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I am really pleased to learn that the latest figures reveal that cases of handling offensive weapons across South Lanarkshire have fallen over 71% since 2007.
In 2007/08, there was 17 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in South Lanarkshire– which has fallen sharply to just five by 2016/17 - a drop of 71%.
The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland” – and are a further indication that SNP efforts to tackle issues such as knife crime have worked.
It’s great to see that the SNP’s comprehensive approach to violent crime and weapons offences is working.
Whether it is working with the amazing Street Project, or my work with Police Scotland and others to reduce antisocial behaviour in Hamilton, I will always ensure that the safety and security of my constituents is my top priority.
The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.
I had a great time at the Stonehouse Jubilee Club a couple of weeks back. I really want to congratulate all the volunteers who together provide a weekly club for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
It is a cruel and devastating disease and so many of us have been touched by it in some way, whether personally or through a family member or a friend.
It was a joy to see the Jubilee Jammers and listen to their variety of folk, war-time and popular songs creating this friendly, warm atmosphere.
Chris Dickie, Chair of the Stonehouse Jubilee Club, is an incredibly devoted volunteer who understands how much loneliness and isolation can add to the misery of having this condition: “Many people are living alone and rarely have the opportunity for any social interaction. It’s great to see how much they enjoy the music, our different activities, and how they make new friends.
I certainly enjoyed the music and dance with the Jubilee Jammers!