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Call for tougher knife sentences

MORE than 100 anti-knife crime campaigners yesterday marched outside the Scottish Parliament calling for tougher sentences for killers.

The demonstration was arranged in memory of 27-year-old Barry McLean, a father-of-one from Burntisland, Fife, who died in a knife attack last year.

His father, Alan McLean, addressed the rally saying: "We must join together and unite against knife crime.

"Every one of us here has suffered so much, lost so much, and we all ask for so little in return."

The campaigners are calling for a minimum tariff of 25 years for knife killers, mandatory prison sentences and clearer directions from the court and judges to help juries navigate their way through "legal jargon".

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