Blitz on booze and blades in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

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PARENT power is being harnessed to help make local streets safer.

The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has teamed up with ParentLine Scotland to support parents worried their children may be drinking or carrying weapons.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “Recent incidents of violence and theft in and around Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs have been very concerning.

“This scheme from the VRU and ParentLine Scotland will make a big difference to parents worried about their children falling in with the wrong kind of activities.”

Strathclyde Police will be involved in the campaign, along with other Scottish forces and partnership groups.

Efforts will include ongoing use of stop and search in known hotspots, patrols with handheld metal detectors, using bail conditions to keep people from offending and writing to or visiting the homes of knife and weapon carriers.

The campaign runs until July 31.

Fiona McLeod, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said it was a “positive move”.

She added: “Alcohol is a key indicator in the trouble young people can find themselves in – whether that be knife crime, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe sex or anti-social behaviour.Parents are right to be worried when even the most careful child can get accidentally mixed up in a potentially dangerous situation.”

Ms McLeod is a strong supporter of SNP plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol.