OPINION – A sharp message can cut knife crime

THE campaign to educate young people and keep them away from gang violence and knife crime is an effort which must be ongoing.

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However, in order to be delivered effectively and reach as many people as possible these campaigns cost considerable sums of cash, and police and council budgets are already under pressure.

Therefore, the decision to use Proceeds of Crime cash to fund the latest initiative in the city is entirely appropriate and will hopefully shock young people into realising the full horrors of the injuries knives can inflict.

The programme, using graphic medical evidence, leaves nothing to the imagination and those who hear the presentations will be fully aware of the devastating damage that can be caused by just a single knife blow.

Latest police statistics have shown a reduction in violence and inroads being made in tackling knife crime but, as the Medics Against Violence team will testify, there are still too many lives being lost and families shattered by knife and gang violence in Glasgow.

Getting the message across in the starkest terms to young men in particular can help in that struggle and using the cash seized from criminals who are partly responsible for violence and the causes of violence in our communities is the right way to fund it.

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