Javid says police resources ‘very important’ as May faces knife crime backlash

Middle class drug users blamed for violent deaths and stabbings

Sajid Javid acknowledged today 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. 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.

May introduced reforms when she was interior minister to use the powers in a more targeted way following accusations that black and ethnic minority individuals were being disproportionately affected.

Theresa May provoked fury on Monday when she said there "was no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers".

"That's why the government will be launching a consultation on treating this as a public health issue".

Two-thirds of police forces in England and Wales recently responded to a Freedom of Information request from Channel 4's Dispatches which showed that, in those force areas, the number of teenagers recorded as having killed with a knife had risen from 26 in 2016 to 46 previous year.

"We think it needs to be treated as if it was an emergency", she said.

"If there are sufficient police numbers, can the prime minister please explain why yesterday the defence secretary was offering to send in the military to assist?"

A man has been arrested in Leicester in connection with the murder of teenager Jodie Chesney who was stabbed to death in east London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Donald Trump warns against 'socialist nightmare' at conservative conference
The United States and the DPRK have said they intend to continue talks, but have not said when a next round might take place. Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill, February 27, 2019.

When asked for his view on the matter, Mr Javid said it was important to "always make sure the police have the resources they need", adding: "We have to listen to them when they talk about resources".

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

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

Mr Allen said: "We see too many weak gateways or disclaimers, from online retailers specifically, where the customer self-declares they are 18 without having to submit any proof - this is a wholly inadequate solution and provides an easy route for children to obtain knives against very limited checks".

Mrs May confirmed she will hold a summit in Downing Street bringing together police forces and other agencies to confront the growing crisis. We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address its complex root causes.

But the rise in violent crime is more than a question of police funding and overall numbers.

Meanwhile, across the country, there has been a 12 per cent increase in police recorded offences involving a knife over the past year, to 39,332.

In a video posted on Tuesday, he said young people "shouldn't pay the price for austerity with their lives".

Related News:

Most liked

Sarri Stayed "Relaxed" During Recent Weeks of Turmoil at Chelsea
Sarri has taken a lot of heat over the last few months, but he showed in this match that he has everything under control. The Blues sit sixth in the English top flight, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United , with a game in hand.

Islamic State fighters put up fierce resistance to defend last pocket
It said last month that some 400 troops would remain in the region to ensure that ISIS would not be able to regroup. The fighting has intensified with troops now coming face-to-face with the ISIS militants on the frontline.

R. Kelly jailed after child-support hearing
The parents of the other girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage , 23, plan to hold a news conference later Wednesday. "I think all the women are lying", Greenberg said after Kelly turned himself in to police.

Andrew Bogut linked to shock National Basketball Association return
But Yahoo Sport claim the 34-year-old will return to the Warriors, where he won the 2015 NBA Championship. Andrew Bogut warms up for the Sydney Kings for a playoff game.

The $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot victor finally steps forward
The victor , from SC , has elected to remain anonymous and chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. SC law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous but those provisions are different in most other states.

VAR can't come soon enough for Arsenal boss Emery after Spurs draw
The most important thing is the performance was good to build a positive run. Our approach to the match was good and we could have won this match.

Kylie Jenner takes Mark Zuckerberg's place on Forbes' youngest billionaire list
She has since reversed course, however, and now says that the reason her family is no longer together is because of Thompson. She is the sole owner of the brand Kylie Cosmetics. "Khloe and Tristan are still communicating and always will.

North Carolina's Roy Williams collapses on sideline due to vertigo
The game portion of the night ended on a good note for North Carolina, which was led by Coby White's 28 points and six 3-pointers. The Tar Heels have won 10 of 11 and 20 of 22 against Clemson, though the Tigers claimed the teams' meeting last season 82-78.

House panel widens Trump obstruction and abuse of power probe
The House Judiciary Committee is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. Nadler said the committee would need to organize and "sort out" the evidence before taking further steps.

At least 23 dead in Alabama tornado
Still and video images showed trees that had been snapped in two, debris-strewn roads and wrecked houses in the wake of the storm. Lee County was only one of several areas across Alabama hit by severe weather, as damage was reported in at least six counties.

Trump ‘Ordered’ John Kelly to Grant Jared Kushner a Top-Secret Security Clearance
In a statement Thursday night, Cummings said the White House had not responded to that request. In January, Trump told The New York Times that he had no role in Kushner's clearance.

Luka Chuppi earns decent, Sonchiriya fails at the ticket window
Despite 'Luka Chuppi' and ' Sonchiriya ' belonging to vastly different genres, the clash ended up affecting the latter's numbers. With this, the film has done a total business of around Rs 17.75 crore which is excellent.

Trump says he will sign executive order over college free speech
During his speech, Trump also announced that he will soon sign an executive order protecting free speech on college campuses . Cohen's testimony alleged that President Trump committed crimes in his business life, as a candidate, and as president.

Fortnite Season 8 Week 1 Challenges Are Now Available
The volcano, which is located where Wailing Woods used to be, has deadly lava and vents that can sweep players into the air. Once again, the pass will have 100 tiers and will reward players with new skins, emotes and V-Bucks as they progress.

Polestar 2 brings fight to Tesla Model 3
As the driver approaches the vehicle, the smartphone app shows battery status, range, and the time remaining to a full charge. Further tech, such as numerous connected services and the facility to use your smartphone as a vehicle key, also feature.