Looking back on knife crime in 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:

Knife crime offences rise to highest level since 2010 in England and Wales while they fall 64% in Scotland

September 15, 2018johnrobertson8349 Comments

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…

As knife and gun crime rockets across England and Wales and falls in Scotland, Scotland has far more police officers per head of population

May 2, 2018johnrobertson8347 Comments

(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…

BBC News tries to spread knife crime crisis into Scotland to tell us: ‘You’re no different. Don’t get any ideas!’

April 9, 2018johnrobertson83412 Comments

‘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…

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

February 12, 2018johnrobertson83411 Comments

(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…

Scotsman acts as Tory propaganda outlet in fake news about knife crime as statistics reveal dramatic fall in possession and use across Scotland

February 4, 2018johnrobertson83418 Comments

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…

As knife crime soars in England and Wales and police numbers fall, Police Scotland is staffed at 50% higher level

January 26, 2018johnrobertson8349 Comments

(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…

Sky News suggests Scotland Yard can learn from Scotland on reducing knife crime. Scottish media miss the story

January 23, 2018johnrobertson8345 Comments

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…

Now Reporting Scotland LIES about violent crime RISING when it FELL

February 26, 2019johnrobertson8347 Comments

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…

Massive fall in handling of offensive weapons in Scotland in last ten years

February 21, 2019johnrobertson8341 Comment

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…



2 thoughts on “Looking back on knife crime in Scotland

  1. Alasdair Macdonald March 5, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    Last night on the new BBC Channel, ‘The Nine” led on this matter setting it in the context of how well Scotland has done with this problem, followed by an interview with a representative – a PROFESSOR, no less! – of Medics against Violence.

    This morning GMS did a piece which was much less fulsome with Hayley Miller adopting her customary sceptical and condescending tone.

    So, the point you have made on another post that there are people making decisions in the BBC on the ‘construction of reality’ is plausible. The GMS/Reporting Scotland complex appears to be where it is located. At present, the ‘Nine’ team seem to be adopting a much more balanced and informative approach, which is actually JOURNALISTIC rather than propaganda.

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