Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill hails a drop in knife crime just hours before a spate of three attacks

FOUR men were stabbed in three knife attacks within around 48 hours of the SNP minister announcing that a government campaign had reduced the number of people caught carrying knives.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill
A SPATE of stabbings including the attempted murder of a teenager took place only hours after Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill hailed a drop in knife crime.
The SNP minister claimed 60 per cent fewer people were caught with knives across Scotland in the past seven years thanks to a Government campaign.
But within just over 48 hours, four men were stabbed in three knife attacks.
MacAskill made the claim on February 13 at the former Chirnsyde community centre in Milton, Glasgow, which was once the HQ of the Lyons crime gang.
Community campaigner Alex O’Kane, secretary of the Unite union’s Canal ward community branch, said: “Many people round here don’t believe the knife statistics produced by the police and MacAskill.
“This cluster of serious knife attacks in a small area illustrates the scale of serious violence on our streets, although the ­public are?often?never?told?about?these?­incidents.”
At 10.30am the day after MacAskill’s PR event, a man, 24, named locally as ­Steven Gemmell, was left for dead. Shocked commuters witnessed the knife attack half-a-mile away in Balmore Road.
The Sunday Mail can reveal that at 1am the next day, two men aged 16 and 21 were stabbed in Milton’s Liddesdale Road.
The road is next to the street in which MacAskill posed for photos at Chirnsyde – now called Milton Resource Centre.Police are treating the attack on the 16-year-old, named locally as Joe ­Williamson, as attempted murder and both victims were taken to hospital.
Around 7pm that same day, Alan ­Strachan, 32, was injured by a weapon which locals say was a samurai sword.
That attack happened by the police ­station on Maryhill Road, which was shut in both directions for several hours.
Strachan – the brother of ex-Partick Thistle footballer Adam Strachan – has been returned to jail after the attack for allegedly breaching parole conditions.
Police did not issue press releases about either the Liddesdale Road double stabbing or the Maryhilll Road stabbing.
A man, 21, has been arrested over the Balmore Road attack but there have been no arrests for the other incidents.

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