Campaign to hit back at knife crime

LEVELS of KNIFE crime could be set to take a hit in Cumbernauld after the roll out of a new initiative.

Monday, 20th February 2012, 7:30 am

No Knives, Better Lives is the Scottish Government backed operation which seeks to tackle the issue of knife crime in Scotland and is set to be launched in North Lanarkshire.

Under the initiative, a range of innovative tactics, targeted advertising in areas where young people are known to congregate, diversionary activities, work in schools and youth work interventions will be used to get the message across.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, said: “There is a culture of knife crime in parts of Scotland which stretches back decades and too many communities continue to be blighted by the scourge of knives. We want to do everything we can to educate the next generation of young Scots and stop them going down the wrong path in life.