Number of weapons offences plummets in Argyll

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Cases of handling of offensive weapons across Argyll and Bute have fallen sharply since 2007, latest figures have revealed.

In 2007/08, there were 14 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in Argyll and Bute but that has fallen sharply to three by 2016/17, a drop of 79 per cent.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said: ‘This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to issues such as knife crime is paying dividends for our communities across Argyll and Bute.

‘Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the number of weapons offences across Argyll and Bute – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely.’