Should more be done to re­duce knife crime?

Read­ers have their say on shock figures

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Last week The Re­former revealed a crime was com­mit­ted with a knife ev­ery five days in Ruther­glen or Cam­bus­lang in the past three years.

The scale of knife cul­ture in the towns was un­cov­ered with al­most 250 crimes in­volv­ing blades com­mit­ted since 2014.

De­spite a de­cline in incidents in the last year, res­i­dents were adamant more should be done to re­duce the level of knife crime.

We asked mem­bers of the pub­lic on Ruther­glen Main Street for their thoughts on the shock­ing figures in­clud­ing Jean and John Tag­gart from Spit­tal.

Jean said: “The po­lice should be out late at night and when the young­sters come out the pubs. They shouldn’t just tar­get them be­cause they are young­sters, but be­cause it will make them more aware.

“As well as that, there should be longer sen­tences. Fin­ing them is no good be­cause if they don’t have the money, they won’t pay for it and won’t learn any­thing from that.” John added: “It’s an im­pos­si­ble task.” Mark West said: “I have only lived in Ruther­glen for just over a year and I don’t see any trou­ble. But it is shock­ing, it’s not good at all. There should be more done.”

Alan Mait­land from Ruther­glen said: “There def­i­nitely should be more done to help keep peo­ple safe. We need more po­lice on the street.”

Ruther­glen shop­per Jean Shearer agreed. She said: “You very rarely see them. And if they are on their bikes, that’s not any good to any­one.”

There should be more done to keep peo­ple safe. We need more po­lice on the street. Alan Mait­land

Longer sen­tences Jean Tag­gart

More po­lice Jean Shearer

Shock­ing Mark West

Keep peo­ple safe Alan Mait­land

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