Sounds like in England they just randomly wand people for weapons now. Crackdown takes 179 knives off west Scotland streets JOHN INNES ALMOST 180 knives have been taken off the streets of the Strathclyde Police area after a campaign against violence. About 20,000 people were stopped and searched by police in the region between 6 November and 3 December. Across Scotland, 500 knives and other weapons - including coshes, machetes, swords and meat cleavers - were seized. Officers used more than 1,000 metal detectors distributed under the Safer Scotland initiative, recovering 299 knives and 244 other weapons. Strathclyde led the way in knife seizures with 179, followed by Lothian and Borders Police with 38, and Grampian with 25. Other forces' seizures were: British Transport Police, three; Central, 19; Dumfries and Galloway, one; Fife, six; Northern Constabulary, ten; and Tayside, 18. Cathy Jamieson, the justice minister said: "Too many young men think it's acceptable to take to the streets with a knife in their pocket. I have a very clear message to them - carry a knife and you are now more likely than ever to be caught." Chief Inspector Alex McGuire from the Safer Scotland co-ordination unit said: "These figures clearly demonstrate that there are still individuals out there who continue to think it's acceptable to carry a weapon on the streets of Scotland.