Minister visits skills scheme 
for offenders

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Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was today visiting an Army-led outreach course to see how military training is boosting young people’s skills and steering them away from trouble.

Over five days at Castlelaw Farm, near Penicuik, young people in the 14-18 years age group, who are minor offenders or on the periphery of offending, take part in activities such as map reading, sport, adventure training, First Aid, drill and living in the field.

Mr MacAskill said: “We know the vast majority of our young people are responsible members of society. However, some of them can fall through the cracks and get involved in crime or antisocial behaviour.

“Cutting youth crime is a key priority for this government and we want to nip bad behaviour in the bud early before it becomes a major problem later. Early intervention is the most effective way to do this.

“We recognise the value of what training like this can offer young people.”