SNP MSP hails fall in number of youth crimes

An SNP MSP has welcomed statistics that show the number of recorded crimes committed by children and young people have fallen by almost 19 per cent.

The annual Scottish Policing Performance Framework report also reveals the number of complaints against police decreased by 388 to 4,310 – down 8.3% from the previous year.

John Finnie, SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands and former police officer, said: “These figures show Scotland is becoming a safer country and it is particularly encouraging to see the number of crimes involving young people has fallen.

“I am also delighted to see the number of complaints about police officers and staff has fallen, with decreases recorded in seven out of the eight police forces.

“Having a visible police presence on our streets is helping to combat youth offending which is reflected in these statistics and the fact crime is now at a 35-year low.

“Efficiency savings are also up and the number of reports submitted to the Procurator Fiscal within 28 calendar days has also increased.

“The SNP is committed to tackling the underlying problems of crime in our society – namely alcohol.

“Cheap and widely available alcohol fuels anti-social behaviour which is why we are re-introducing our minimum pricing plans.

“The SNP Government, in partnership with police and local authorities, are helping to deliver a safer Scotland.”