"It is the preoccupation of MSPs and police officers - parts of Scotland are blighted by a street culture of slashing and slaughter. Nearly 12,000 people were treated for knife wounds last year, a stabbing rate that is 3 times higher than in England and Wales". This article by Melanie Reid can be found here. Melanie talks to a Doctor who speaks of an attitude in Scotland, where people entering casualty needing treatment because of knife crime come across as having an acceptance of being a victim.
CABOT (Challenging Antisocial Behaviour Together incorporating Communities Against Knife Crime ) is a voluntary organisation, we listen, signpost and support people living with antisocial behaviour.
Our office is based in Bristol.
Our officers are all volunteers and have diverse skills bases including the criminal justice system, customer service,local authority and mental health work.
Our organisation is supported by Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council and Safer Bristol Partnership.
We also have a tenant rep, who will help with local authority housing issues in confidence.
We are also taking a proactive stance against knife crime, and would encourage everybody to do the same in a safe and lawful manner. By joining our voices together as a community, we have more chance of being heard than a lone voice shouting in the wind.