Beloved Flower Lover,
Whilst delivering flowers to another family who were victims of knife crime, we got talking to a mother who helped us put out the flowers who told us that Scotland had stopped its knife crime epidemic. Paul Ohare from the BBC reported how. He writes…..
Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) was set up to stem the tide of knife crime which saw Glasgow become Europe’s murder capital.
From its formation in 2005 the VRU proposed a fresh approach to tackling the problem.
Its key message was that gang-related stabbings and slashings were not just a policing issue but a public health issue. The unit’s motto was a simple one: “Violence is preventable, not inevitable.”
In 2004/05 there were 137 homicides (which include murder and culpable homicide figures) in Scotland – in Glasgow, there were 40 cases alone, double the national rate.
By 2016/17 the number had more than halved to 62…. The BBC also reported thst
Over the years the VRU has worked closely with partners in the NHS, education and social work.
It has stressed the importance of positive role models and its projects have been shaped by statistics.
Former director John Carnochan once showed me a jagged graph of violent crime in Glasgow. It included many spikes but at one point it plummeted dramatically.
Mr Carnochan explained: “That was Valentine’s Day.”
Love may virtually halt violence once a year but other factors have helped Glasgow shed its unwanted reputation as No Mean City.
The London Flower Lover