West Mids Police Meeting With Home Secretary Over Knife Crime

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"We have to listen to them when they talk about resources", he said after meeting with senior police officers.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Javid said: "I think police resources are very important to deal with this".

Theresa May's only public contribution to the debate over knife crime after two especially senseless murders at the weekend was a single television clip in which she insisted that there was "no direct correlation" between the rise in the violent use of knives and the fall in police numbers.

Ahead of the meeting, chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs' Council Sara Thornton had called for emergency funding to pay for overtime so forces could put more police officers on the streets.

Senior officers from the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, South Wales, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire attended the meeting, as did representatives of the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs' Council.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested in Leicester in connection with the murder of Jodie.

Police officers described the situation as a national emergency and politicians pressed May during her weekly question session in Parliament to explain whether she planned to reverse the funding squeeze on police.

THERESA MAY has been accused of trying to keep communities safe "on the cheap" following the recent knife crime epidemic.

"As we look at all of this, obviously our thoughts and prayers are with those family and friends of those who have lost someone", he said. If one young person gets stabbed, similar youngsters locally are more likely to carry a knife for their own protection - and so the infection spreads.

Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire, has said "getting tough on young people who carry knives is misguided and unlikely to address the problem".

"We don't want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now". A machete was found near Runshaw College in Leyland, following Monday's incident. I'm absolutely committed to working with the police in doing this.

"It's a priority for policing and police officers are making huge efforts but it's a much wider problem.it's got to involve local authorities, health, education, parents and families", she said.

He told Sky News that online retailers have a role to play in stopping people young people buying knives.

Meanwhile, government figures published last month show a record high of 285 people in England and Wales were killed by a knife or sharp instrument in the year leading up to March 2018, the latest period for which annual figures have been published.

In February, figures showed the number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales a year ago rose to 285, the highest number since records began in 1946.

"I think it would cause more alarm and concern than anything else", he told the London Assembly police and crime committee.

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