AN increase in the maximum penalty for carrying a knife from four years to five has been welcomed by an area MSP.
Roderick Campbell, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee, said the merits of taking a tougher stance on knife crime had been acknowledged during the zero tolerance pilot scheme at the end of 2011.
Increasing the maximum penalty shows that the Scottish Government is working hard to tackle knife crime through tough sentences and preventative measures added Mr Campbell.
“We can see that the statistics are moving in the right direction – violent crime is at a 30 year low and there are 44% fewer weapons on our streets since 2006-07,” said the MSP.
“We are getting the message out there that there is no excuse for carrying a knife and – with over 1000 additional police officers on our streets – you will be caught, and you will be punished.
“This will continue to ensure that lives and families are no longer destroyed by knife crime.”