Army could be brought in to combat knife crime, says police chief

Army could be brought in to combat knife crime, says police chief

Army could be brought in to combat knife crime, says police chief

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.

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 Wednesday's meeting.

Residents are set to take part in a peaceful protest through Romford town centre tomorrow night in memory of Jodie Chesney as well as highlighting the need for more police on the streets.

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Mrs May introduced reforms in 2014 to ensure stop and search was used in a more targeted way, following criticism that the tactics unfairly focused on black and minority ethnic individuals.

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

"A Knife to the Heart of Britain", the Daily Mail splashed across its front page on Monday. "These searches are an essential tool of big-city crime-fighting".

In Birmingham three teenagers died in the space of 12 days last month.

The Prime Minister praised the "excellent" work of police and other agencies in driving down knife crime across Scotland, particularly in Glasgow, where the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has been praised for its impact.

And on Wednesday Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said: "Look at the facts, there are fewer police officers doing less policing and there's more crime.". "We've got to do everything we can".

Her family have called her murder a "totally random and unprovoked attack".

Jodie was a Girl Scout and school friends said students at Havering College would be wearing purple on Friday in honour of Jodie and her Barking & Dagenham scout troop colours.

"[It's] hard to imagine", she told LBC on Tuesday.

At the same time, police have suffered big cuts in staffing and funding under austerity measures imposed across government departments by May's government.

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

"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.

"Serious violence is on the rise, communities are being torn apart and families are losing their children", Javid told parliament.

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".

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