Javid: government must give police more resources to tackle knife crime

Javid: government must give police more resources to tackle knife crime

Javid: government must give police more resources to tackle knife crime

Speaking on LBC, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told host Nick Ferrari the description was "a good way of putting it".

May said more must be done to tackle the causes of violence and promised to meet victims, but declined to say whether there would be an increase in spending on police.

"If you look at the figures what you see is there is no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers,"she said".

Police officer numbers in England and Wales have dropped by more than 20,000 since 2010, while levels of violent crime have risen in recent years, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the military would be "ready to help" play a part in tackling knife crime.

And I think everybody would see that.

"The public are losing faith in our ability to control our streets and they need to see and they need to feel a step change in our response to public safety concerns", she said.

"We're taking action on many fronts & I'll be meeting police chiefs this week to hear what more can be done".

Home Office stats show the number of stops has gone down from 1.2million in 2009 to 300,000 previous year.

In the wake of Jodie's death, her family have backed calls for tougher sentences on knife crime.

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Underlining the scale of the problem, five people were arrested yesterday after a gang of males armed with knives entered the grounds of Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, and threatened students.

"Also, when it comes to youth services, over the last eight years dozens and dozens of youth centres have closed down, hundreds of youth workers have lost their jobs, thousands of young people who used to have youth centres to go to (now) haven't".

Organised by members of the community, and promoted on Facebook group Havering Safe Streets a spokesman for the march said: "It's been a busy few days and just want to say thank you to everyone who has been helping out getting this march promoted across the borough".

The drugs trade is one of the key drivers behind street violence, particularly county lines networks that target children and teenagers to work as couriers.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a summit with government ministers, police and community leaders to tackle a surge in knife crimes after two teenagers were stabbed to death over the weekend.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Monday that Mrs May "must start listening" to police chiefs over the impact of cutting 21,000 officers, adding: "You can not keep people safe on the cheap".

Home Secretary Javid earlier held emergency talks with police chiefs, saying that "police resources are very important to deal with this".

Evidence suggests the way to stop young people being stabbed does not lie exclusively with the criminal justice system.

Javid met chief constables from seven of the areas worst affected by knife crime on Wednesday to discuss solutions to the problem, which has been described as a national emergency.

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