Drive against knife crime launched for Christmas

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a CAMPAIGN targeting people who carry knives over the festive season, has been launched by the Lord Advocate.

The drive builds on Frank Mulholland QC’s zero tolerance knife crime prosecution policy over last year’s Christmas and New Year.

During that period, anyone caught in possession of a knife in Scotland’s town or city centres would have been prosecuted before a sheriff and jury. This meant the offender faced the potential maximum prison sentence of four years.

For this festive period, the Lord Advocate has extended this zero tolerance action to cover any location in the country.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) seasonal campaign, which runs from today to 4 January, aims to reduce the number of knife crime-related offences and increase confidence in public safety.

Last year’s campaign saw an 18 per cent reduction in the number of knife-related cases from the same period the previous year.

Mr Mulholland said: “Law enforcement has repeatedly warned of the dangers of carrying a knife.

“If you are thinking of carrying a knife – don’t. It is not worth it. I hope this message will result in a safer festive period for all.”

The campaign is supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (Acpos) and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

Assistant Chief Constable Russell Dunn, secretary of the Acpos crime business area, said: “Acpos again welcomes and fully supports the initiative announced today.”