THE NUMBER of Capital criminals caught carrying knives rose by nearly a third last year, according to the latest figures released by Police Scotland.
While reports of violent crime dropped slightly, officers encountered almost 200 cases of criminals in possession of a bladed weapon between April and December compared the previous year.
The 196 reported cases of knives being found represented a 32 per cent rise on the 148 found in the 2017-18 period.
Cases of carrying any weapon also increased, rising by 19 per cent from 456 to 543.
Overall, crime was down 3.4 per cent – with 40,746 complaints compared to 42,134 the previous year, though serious assaults were up eight per cent from 291 to 315.
Speaking last month, Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair said: “What we’ve seen in terms of offensive weapons is positive because what it tells me is we’re making sure officers conduct stop and search in the hotspot areas.”