In England and Wales, ‘high-harm’ violent offences involving weapons rose by 16%, in the year-ending March 2018. Homicides rose by 12% to 701 in the same period.
In the same period, in Scotland, ‘serious assaults’ fell by 1.4% and homicides fell by 12.7% to only 55.
I appreciate that ‘high-harm’ and ‘serious’ violence may not be strictly comparable, but the contrasting trends remain of interest.
This is, of course, part of a long-term trend of falling violence in Scotland in the period of SNP administration, where:
‘Crimes of handling of offensive weapons fell by more than two thirds over the last decade. There have been fewer convictions for handling offensive weapons and a fall in the number of emergency hospital admissions due to assault with a sharp object over the same period.’
This fall in violent crime is also part of a wider pattern of improvement across Scottish society and in our policing of crime:
Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find.