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Latest figures show a fall in offensive weapons crimes across Argyll and Bute.
In 2007/08, there were 14 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in Argyll and Bute. In 2016/17 that figure had dropped by 79 per cent to three per 10,000.
Commenting, 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.
‘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 re-offending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years.’