Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of assassinations in Scotland has more than halved over the last decade

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces plans for a unit is an attempt to divert young person away from knife crime. The notion is based on a successful approach being implemented in Scotland. So, what can the English capital learn?


Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit( VRU) was set up to stem the tide of knife crime which find 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 slayings in Scotland. But by 2016/17 the total had more than halved to 61.

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