Police in Fife are defending their use of stop and search practices, warning it is vital in keeping dangerous weapons of the streets.
According to the most recent figures, officers in Fife have dealt with 225 incidents involving offensive or bladed weapons wince April 1st 2018, 42 more than during the same period in 2017.
That is an increase of 20%.
Officers say they monitor known violent criminals, and have the power to search them in public or at their homes if there are concerns they may be carrying a blade.
Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan, the divisional commander for Fife, says he is aware that the process is controversial: