Incidents of recorded crime had risen in Western Isles by fifteen times the national average between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron (Conservative) spoke out after official Scottish Government figures were revealed

He said that the SNP Government in Edinburgh must do more to tackle rising crime in the Western Isles.

“In the last recorded twelve months there were 384 crimes across our area which was an increase of 15%, far higher than the rise experienced across the rest of the country.

“We think of the Western Isles as a relatively low-crime area so this is a concerning development, particularly as crimes of dishonesty showed an even greater percentage increase.

“Our police deserve all the help we can give them but, ultimately, it is up to the SNP Government to provide them with the support and resources they need to do their job.

“Judging by these results, it is evident that they need to do far more to help our police tackle this upsurge in criminal activity.”

The crime statistics are available here: : https://www.gov.scot/publications/recorded-crime-scotland-2018-19