Apr 11 2012 by Wendy Scott, Airdrie & Coatbridge
MSP welcomes change in knife crime law
AIRDRIE & Shotts MSP Alex Neil has strongly welcomed the Crown Offices decision to take a zero tolerance approach to knife crime.
Mr Neil said that knife crime has gone down by 40 per cent since the SNP came to power but it was still far too high.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, announced that those carrying knives could face a maximum sentence of four years, up from one year.
Mr Neil said: The zero tolerance approach was piloted across Scotland for six weeks over the festive period and brought about an 18 per cent reduction in knife crime.
This approach is now to be made permanent with immediate effect.
Now anyone caught carrying a knife will be prosecuted before a sheriff and a jury. That means that those found guilty could serve a four-year sentence. I believe they deserve it.
We cant be soft on knife crime. Those who carry a knife deserved to be punished because if they carry it then they intend to use it.
The streets of Scotland will be a lot safer as a result of this policy.