Glasgow is still Scotland's most violent place despite drop in offences

GLASGOW could lose its crime capital title.

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For generations the city has lived with its reputation - sometimes deserved - for trouble with "booze and blades".

New figures released by Police Scotland reveal that Glasgow remains by far the country's most violent, despite a year-on-year fall of nearly 13%.

However, the city in 2013-14 fell from the top spot in league tables for other categories, with Fife emerging as having most sex crimes and Edinburgh with the most housebreakings.

Glasgow had 1538 reports of serious violent crime, including serious assaults and robberies. That was nearly 26 for every 10,000 people, down around 13%.

Edinburgh came second, with 17 per 10,000, but the gap between Scotland's two cities was maintained as the category of crime fell at about the same rate in both.

But the figures show crimes other than violence fail to follow this pattern.

Glasgow had almost as many sex crimes as serious violent ones in 2014, around 24 for every 10,000 people, up 4.4% in the year.

But Fife saw its sex offences climb even faster, from 465 in 2012-13 to 831 in 2013-14. That put its overall figure per 10,000 to 26.3%.

Glasgow also ceded its housebreaking top spot, this time to Edinburgh. There were 2057 break-ins or attempted break-ins in the capital in 2013-14, up 23% on the same period a year before. Glasgow had nearly as many, 2043, but this was down 14%.


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