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Shock police stats reveal at least one domestic attack in Wishaw area every day

Full Story: Shock police stats reveal at least one domestic attack in Wishaw area every day

Figures have been relatively stable in recent years. But if one person continues to be abused in their own home and by those close to them, it is one too many.

I am disappointed that in North Lanarkshire, we have the lowest rate of incidents being recorded as a crime and I have written to Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine to find out why.

Unfortunately many people are too frightened to come forward and report abuse. And some don’t wish to incriminate people they are close to.

It is therefore essential that vulnerable people are protected as much as possible and are given the support and confidence to speak out.

The Scottish Government is bringing in new schemes and legislation to tackle abuse and violence – particularly against women – through the new domestic abuse offence to better tackle coercive and controlling behaviour and training professionals across Scotland to recognise and act upon the signs of domestic abuse.

If anyone is a victim and needs help, I urge them to come forward and contact in confidence either the Police, Women’s Aid, Fearless or my office.

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This Week: Recess Review

31 March – 17 April 2017

The UK Parliament is an incredibly busy place when it is in session. However, there are often recesses throughout the year. From the 31st of March until the 17th of April, the Parliament was in its Easter recess hence why, if you keep an eye on what Marion’s up to through the “This Week” feature, you’d have perhaps noticed no updates over the period!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Motherwell & Wishaw MP has been sitting with her feet up in front the telly! Far from it – Marion has been incredibly busy over the past weeks working hard on casework in her Dalziel Building office, planning for the coming months back at Westminster, and being out and about in the constituency, talking to local people, assisting with issues, and meeting local charities, organisations, and businesses.

Here are some of the highlights from a busy summer back in North Lanarkshire:

Marion took the opportunity of a rare Monday evening home to address Motherwell and Wishaw branch of the Scottish National Party.

Marion had a fantastic trip to Daiwa Sports Ltd, located in Netherton Industrial Estate, meeting with General Manager Jim Robert and spending some time learning about such an innovative, forward-thinking, and successful manufacturer located within the constituency.

The MP attended the Dedication of a Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone in memory of Cambusnethan man William J Milne VC, who received the Victoria Cross during the 1st World War.
Marion visited HMP Shotts to discuss changes made to Prison Officers’ pensions and to learn more about the work they undertake.

The MP was delighted to attend the The SPFL Trust’s Trusted Trophy Tour’s Fir Park stop yesterday afternoon, celebrating the fantastic work done by the club’s Community Trust.
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Shock as Wishaw and Motherwell horror knife crime figures are revealed

Shock as Wishaw and Motherwell horror knife crime figures are revealed.

Our police officers do exemplary work to keep our communities safe.

That often means putting themselves in danger.

For that, we all must recognise the great efforts they take to tackle crime and keep us safe. Recent figures are promising. Knife crime in Lanarkshire, for example, has decreased since 2014. As of 2016, violent crime across Scotland is at a 41-year low. But there is still a long way to go. We cannot be complacent.

The SNP has made it clear that knife crime is unacceptable through education and custodial sentencing.

During the course of the previous Scottish Parliament, the SNP Government raised the maximum punishment for carrying a knife from four years to five.

The Scottish Government also launched the No Knives, Better Lives programme to educate young people on the dangers and consequences of knife crime.