A NEW initiative to curb knife crime has been launched.

Last week, justice secretary Humza Yousaf unveiled “Nae Danger” - a comic book-style leaflet outlining how various scenarios involving knives could be handled.

The project was announced at the No Knives Better Lives (NKBL) National Youth Conference in Glasgow, with the pamphlet intended to be a more realistic solution in communities where reporting friends is seen as “unacceptable”.

It is hoped the project will help young people safely intervene when they suspect someone they know is carrying a blade.

Mr Yousaf said: “Our approach to knife crime, focusing on prevention, is recognised across the UK and internationally. In the last ten years we have seen knife carrying across Scotland fall dramatically. In that time we have invested over £4 million in NKBL.

“The ‘Nae Danger’ resource is an excellent example of how young people can safely look after each other by changing behaviours within their own communities.”

Nae Danger has been put together by the team at NKBL and will tackle issues such as gang culture and violent incidents.

In one of the scenarios featured, entitled “About the Bevvy”, youngsters are seen leaving a party when an alcohol-fuelled argument starts.

Vicki Ridley, of NKBL at YouthLink Scotland, said:

“This resource acknowledges the power of prevention that young people already possess and taps into natural instincts such as being a good friend, and looking out for one another.”