Ev­ery knife sten­cil tells a heart-break­ing story

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Im­ages of knives which spell out the dev­as­ta­tion caused by stab­bings have been painted on Ruther­glen Main Street.

But Po­lice Scot­land says South La­nark­shire is one of the safest places to live in Scot­land.

Part of the No Knives, Bet­ter Lives cam­paign, the sten­cils see the words ‘dev­as­tated mum’and‘bro­ken dad’ painted on the ground in the shape of knives.

Re­mind­ing peo­ple of the harm caused by knife crime, the aim is to make peo­ple “think twice”about car­ry­ing a weapon.

In­spec­tor An­drew Thomp­son of La­nark­shire Po­lice Divi­sion said:“South La­nark­shire is an in­cred­i­bly safe place to live. Your chances of be­ing the vic­tim of se­ri­ous vi­o­lence in South La­nark­shire are [based on pop­u­la­tion] lower than the vast ma­jor­ity of lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas in Scot­land, but there’s still more work to be done.

“The ar­eas cho­sen for sten­cils are those that have a slightly higher than av­er­age rate of knife crime within South La­nark­shire and we hope that this tac­tic will help peo­ple think about the con­se­quences of car­ry­ing a knife. The sten­cil lo­ca­tions are not aimed at one par­tic­u­lar age group, but are de­signed to pro­voke a dis­cus­sion and change the at­ti­tudes of those who carry, or con­sider car­ry­ing, knives.”

In­spec­tor Thomp­son said the sten­cils had been painted on Ruther­glen Main Street and some streets sur­round­ing the main thor­ough­fare, as well as streets in neigh­bour­ing Hamil­ton, Wishaw and Air­drie.

They have been in­tro­duced as part of a wider cam­paign to ed­u­cate the pub­lic and co­in­cides with work in schools and youth groups.

In 2015, No Knives, Bet­ter Lives cam­paign­ers de­liv­ered ed­u­ca­tional work­shops to more than 9,000 peo­ple across North and South La­nark­shire.

Warn­ing Th­ese painted mes­sages have ap­peared on pave­ments in and around Ruther­glen Main Street

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