The use of off-trade glass as a weapon in violent assaults by young offenders

Alasdair Forsyth, Furzana Khan, William McKinlay

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This article aims to highlight the neglected issue of ‘glassing’ injury risk from off-trade alcohol bottles. The study participants included a survey of male Young Offenders (n=172) recruited during their induction into Scotland's only Young Offenders Institution in 2007 and an interview sample (n=30) recruited in the same way during 2008. A self-complete questionnaire enquired about respondent's drinking and offending. Face-to-face interviews were conducted to qualitatively investigate issues raised by the 2007 survey. The survey comprised more than a quarter of Scotland's male Young Offenders. Over 80 per cent had been drinking before their current offence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-245
Number of pages13
JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • violence
  • alcohol
  • Young Offenders
  • glassware
  • knife-crime


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