Met Commissioner links rise in violent crime to police cuts

Met Commissioner links rise in violent crime to police cuts

Met Commissioner links rise in violent crime to police cuts

John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales which represents low-ranking officers, accused the prime minister of being delusional.

"I agree that there is some link between violent crime on the streets obviously and police numbers, of course there is and everybody would see that".

"There's been a lot of cuts in other public services there's been more demand for policing, and therefore there must be something". "I don't exclude it, I really don't".

"We have a Justice Secretary who is saying we need to scrap shorter sentences because the prisons are full".

And he urged the Prime Minister to sign off proposed new powers to make it easier for police to stop and search those suspected of carrying blades.

In the a year ago alone, 27 under-19s have been stabbed to death, and there have been 285 knife killings in all - the highest level since the Second World War.

Jodie was killed as she played music with friends in the park in Harold Hill on Friday.

A Met Police spokesman said the man had been arrested in Leicester and remains in custody.

Yousef Makki, also 17, was killed in Greater Manchester on Saturday. Two boys, also aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

"In advance of the weekend just passed, we had arranged for more officers from our Violent Crime Taskforce to be on duty and we have extended their shifts to raise our visibility across London".

"We've experienced the tearing of the social fabric of our communities".

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She called for anyone with information into the attack on her youngest granddaughter to contact the police. If young people begin to feel unsafe, the temptation only increases for them to carry a weapon too, so it is important not to let such perceptions escalate.

Meanwhile, violent crime rose by almost a fifth in the year to September 2018, according to police figures, and the increase in knife killings has been particularly pronounced.

"If you went back in history you would see examples of when police officer numbers have gone down and crime has not necessarily risen at the same rate and in the same way".

Nineteen murders have taken place in London this year, according to London Metropolitan Police.

"But what also matters is that as a government we look at the issues that underpin, that underline this use of knives".

The head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, was speaking a day after Theresa May insisted there was no direct connection between the two.

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

Several MPs, including a former Home Office minister, have called for the Government to convene a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee.

The row has broken out as a knife amnesty is set to be held across England and Wales next week.

"Arrangements will be made to transport the male to London in due course".

"We have been highlighting these issues for some time to Government and there is an urgent need to come together to deliver focused and properly resourced action through a whole-system approach in order to deal with this scourge of knife and violent crime in our communities", he said.

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