Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

London vows knife crime action after tragic weekend

London vows knife crime action after tragic weekend

That idea of an infection is also prompting government proposals to deal with knife crime in the same way you might deal with a public health emergency.

Ms Thornton's comments come after said Theresa May's reforms to stop and search "turned out to be a very grave mistake". "These searches are an essential tool of big-city crime-fighting".

Jodie Chesney, a 17-year-old Girl Scout, was killed in a knife attack in a park in east London.

Speaking during Prime Ministers Questions Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 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?'

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick also disagreed with the prime minister's position in an interview with LBC on Tuesday. "We've got to do everything we can".

The family of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney have backed calls for tougher sentences for knife crime.

"Police alone won't sort this out. we can't arrest our way of this problem", she said.

Mr Williamson told the Press Association the armed forces and Ministry of Defence "always stands ready to help any government department".

"Children have responded to these desperate forming gangs and carrying out knife attacks [because of] disaffection, anger, fear and the lack of positive alternatives", he said.

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At a Cabinet meeting on the issue of knife crime on Tuesday, Mrs May said the killings of Jodie and Yousef last week were "absolutely appalling" and told ministers her thoughts and sympathies were with the teenagers' families.

"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".

At the same time, police have suffered big cuts in staffing and funding under austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Theresa May's government, particularly during her tenure as interior minister in the years before she took the top job.

Meetings will take place "as soon as possible" and were being treated as "a priority" by the PM, said her spokesman.

In an ideal world, we need 10,000 more officers in London, getting out into communities to prevent and deter.

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 - attended yesterday's meeting.

The home secretary (pictured) held emergency talks with chief constables today after a spate of fatal stabbings.

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

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.

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