The number of violent crimes recorded by Police Scotland has increased by more than 10 per cent in a year, figures show.
Statistics produced by the national force show the number of murders, attempted murders and serious assaults all rose in the year to 31 March.
The overall recorded number of non-sexual crimes of violence was 8,008, up from 7,268 the previous year – an increase of 10.2 per cent.
Sexual crimes also increased, up 7.3 per cent to 13,457, but Police Scotland welcomed the figures, saying sex offences continued to be under-reported.
The force said it detected the equivalent of an extra 90 crimes every week compared to last year.
However, the Conservatives expressed concern at the rise in violent offences, with the number of attempted murders increasing by 23.5 per cent to 310.
Commenting, Liam Kerr said:
“These shocking figures expose the reality that despite the SNP’s claims, violent crime is increasing at an astonishing rate.
“The SNP must support Police Scotland to tackle the perpetrators of this violence and abandon their plans to abolish short-term sentences immediately.”
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