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MSP welcomes funding of local campaign

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 19:30 GMT on Saturday, November 5th, 2011.

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MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Jamie Hepburn, has welcomed a roll out of the No Knives, Better Lives Campaign.

“People in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth will welcome the roll out of the No Knives, Better Lives campaign. The campaign has been a real success in other parts of the country, with significant drops in the number of people carrying knives being recorded in the areas targeted." Jamie said. 

Mr Hepburn's comments come after the North Lanarkshire campaign gained an extra £500,000 of funding. 

The campaign was launched in 2009 and works in partnership with the National Violence Reduction Unit, Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Parliament. Since 2009 the campaign has been working to educate young people about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.

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Mr Hepburn added: “We must all work together to tackle the problem of knife crime in our communities. There are of course no easy solutions, but if we are to make a difference we must tackle the root cause of knife crime as well as punish the offenders, and education is absolutely key."

The No Knives, Better Lives campaign using a range of tactics such as hard-hitting talks in schools, targeted advertising, diversionary activities, youth work interventions, and the roll out of an anti-knife message, sent to the mobile phones of young people.

Continuing, Jamie added: “The SNP is absolutely committed to tackling knife crime and alongside No Knives Better Lives the Crown Office has also announced that it will apply longer sentences to people using knives in crime hotspots and public places to deter even more people from carrying knives.”

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