Two more teenagers killed as knife murders in Britain soar

Saul Bowman
March 8, 2019

She said problem pupils are often shunted into referral units where they have fewer hours in class and so spend more time on the streets.

The home secretary said he wanted a "legal duty" on government departments to help prevent serious violence.

The chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), Sara Thornton, who earlier had said the problem should be treated as a national emergency, was also at Wednesday's talks, as were representatives from the National Crime Agency.

In 2010, there were 143,734 police officers in England and Wales.

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man, thought to be in his 20s, died of stab wounds in East London.

Home Office statistics show the number of police officers fell from their peak of 144,353 in 2009 to 122,404 in March 2018.

Calling for "real leadership" from May, Neyroud said cuts to police numbers reduce the capacity of the forces to deploy to "high crime locations, which we know will reduce such crimes".

Mr Javid said: "I think police resources are very important to deal with this".

Sajid Javid has acknowledged that police resources are important in tackling knife violence, as Theresa May faced a mounting backlash for denying a link between officer numbers and bloodshed on Britain's streets.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick also disagreed with the prime minister's position in an interview with LBC on Tuesday.

Knife crime is on the rise nationally and there were eight fatal stabbings in South Yorkshire past year, although locally knife crime is down by 12 per cent.

"I think we all need to work together on this and if there are things that the military would offer for us then of course I would think about it, not to carry out policing functions but other supplementary functions".

"The prime minister says there is no link between cuts to our police and soaring levels of violent crime".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph ahead of the summit, Mr Javid said he would be open to suggestions for improving the official response to what he described as "a disease, spreading through our communities, infecting our young people, taking and blighting lives".

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

The rise in knife crime is "almost certainly" linked to government-enforced austerity measures, Case told Al Jazeera, with cuts to "support services and opportunities for children. leaving communities increasingly disadvantaged and fearful".

"The only person who believes this rubbish is Theresa May and I'm afraid".

Senior officers from seven of the forces most affected by violent crime - the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, South Wales, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire - will attend a meeting today.

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