Local knife figures take a sharp fall
in the past decade

Michael Russell MSP
Michael Russell MSP

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.”