Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde welcomed a report into the No Knives Better Lives (NKBL) campaign that shows the number of Scottish youths convicted of handling an offensive weapon has fallen by 85% in the past decade.
Since the NKBL programme began in 2009, the amount of young people aged under 18 convicted of handling an offensive weapon had reduced from 456 to 68 in 2017-18, the report found.
Overall, the number of violent crimes recorded by the police in Scotland fell by 43% – and handling an offensive weapon, where it is not used to commit another offence, fell by 60%.
Commenting, the local SNP MSP said:
“These figures show that projects like the No Knives Better Lives campaign can have a positive, tangible effect on people’s lives and safety.
“While there is still more to do to ensure every young person, no matter where they are from, lives free from the harm caused by knife crime, these updated figures show progress is being made.
“The work of YouthLink Scotland and local partners delivering the NKBL programme must be commended, as these prevention efforts are clearly turning the tide on the cyclical nature of the issue and getting the message over to young people that carrying an offensive weapon is not the answer to their problems.”