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Looking back on knife crime in Scotland – Talking-up Scotland

No knives, better lives

I’m wary of seeming smug when there is so much suffering in other places but it’s still worth reminding everyone of what has been achieved or which has happened for unknown reasons, so here are the most recent TuS reports on knife crime:

The Theresa Effect in the Independent today: ‘Knife crime has risen to the highest level since 2010 in England and Wales, new figures have revealed as police say stabbing investigations are being made harder by social media. In the year…

(c) SWNS According to the Scotsman today: ‘Scottish police officer numbers at lowest level in nine years. In the first three months of year, Police Scotland had the equivalent of 17,170 full time officers, according to Scottish Government statistics. The…

‘Treating knife crime as a health issue has led to a dramatic drop in stabbings: of the 35 deaths of young people in Britain this year, none were in Scotland.’ https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/dec/03/how-scotland-reduced-knife-deaths-among-young-people As violent crime spirals out of control in London…

(c) playbuzz.com/nicklivingston It’s been more than 80 years since ‘No Mean City’ was set in Glasgow and comedians, including our own, continue to base their humour on an image of a violent, drunken people but the last ten years have…

Michelle Ballantyne, Scottish Conservative early years spokeswoman (c) The Southern Reporter Yesterday, the Scotsman headlined with: ‘Scots teachers pressured to cover up knife incidents’ and followed up with: ‘A Johnston Press knife crime investigation revealed ten pupils across Scotland are…

(c) Police Scotland According to the Guardian yesterday, in England and Wales, knife crime has increased by 21% to September 2017. This a dramatic figure large enough to suggest an emerging and extremely worrying trend. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/25/knife-and-gun-rises-sharply-in-england-and-wales In Scotland, knife crime…

Watching Sky News this morning, making sure I don’t even catch a glimpse of Jackie Bird, I saw a short piece on how London police have been learning from Glasgow police on how they might reduce knife crime especially fatal…

What is Reevel thinking? This is the latest in a series of lies by Reporting Scotland on, for example, gangs, knife, crime, obesity and hospital infections. I’ll summarise in the next post today. Last night, Jackie Bird opened confidently…

I think we’re all getting a bit embarrassed with comparisons revealing Tory England to be a place in hell. While there are times when I will persist because the justifiable target is not the poor souls living there but…

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