Theresa May hails Scotland's approach on knife crime

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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.

He told Nick Ferrari the "only person who believes this rubbish" is the Prime Minister herself.

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

She described knife murders as an "appalling tragedy" that "has shocked us all".

He said: "Does the Prime Minister now regret cuts in police numbers and will she undertake that under this review they will be restored to the level they were formerly at?"

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

"You would improve the health service by getting rid of nurses and you'd improve education by getting rid of teachers".

"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.

The issue of knife crime has climbed the political agenda after two teenagers were stabbed over the weekend in separate incidents - identified as 17-year-olds Yousef Makki and Jodie Chesney - bringing the number of people killed by knives this year to at least 24.

The army could form part of the police's push back against the problem of knife crime, according to Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick.

"We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address the complex root causes", she added, under pressure from main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Jodie Chesney, 17, was attacked in a park in Romford, east London, on Friday evening.

Police figures show violent crime rose by almost a fifth in the year to September 2018, intensifying the debate over whether the increase is linked to falling officer numbers.

The Home Secretary emphasised that Ministers must listen to forces following emergency talks with police chiefs, including from Yorkshire's largest two forces, after a string of fatal stabbings prompted warnings of a "national emergency".

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

"We have to listen to them when they talk about resources", he said.

Thompson said the home secretary appeared to accept that there was also a long-term case for extra funding in future spending rounds.

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

Peter Neyroud, a retired police officer turned criminology lecturer at the UK-based University of Cambridge, agreed with Case's assessment.

He said they have had no requests for assistance but "would always be ready to respond".

"This has to stop, there are too many young people having their lives cut short by needless violence".

"If there are more young people carrying knives, it follows there needs to be more people apprehended", he told BBC Radio Manchester.