Cases of handling of offensive weapons across Argyll and Bute have fallen sharply in the past 10 years, the latest figures have revealed.
In 2007/08, there was 14 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in Argyll and Bute, falling sharply to three by 2016/17 – down 79 per cent.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell (SNP) said: “This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to issues such as knife crime is paying dividends for our communities across Argyll and Bute.
“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the number of weapons offences across Argyll and Bute – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely.
“Given this sharp drop in weapons offences, contrasting sharply with the trend south of the border – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers
“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years.”