5th August 2008

MORE women are committing violent offences including organising knife attacks on other women, Scotland’s top law officer told MSPs yesterday.

Elish Angiolini, the Lord Advocate, said that in the past young women were more likely to have been "collaborators" with their boyfriends, hiding weapons and cleaning up after attacks, but were now carrying knives of their own.

Last night Dr Fergus McNeill, a criminologist at Glasgow University, said young women in poor areas were under the same pressure as men, leading to fighting for "respect," but the trend should not be exaggerated.

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