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Sajid Javid today admitted that Britain needs more police officers to tackle the knife crime epidemic gripping the country's streets.
The Home Secretary said it is his personal 'mission' to get the carnage under control after 119 people were killed in the country this year.
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He said the UK needs 'immediate action' to combat the 'disease' of violent crime and urged police to make fuller use of their stop and search powers.
The Treasury is under massive pressure to find extra cash for the police after officer numbers fell by 20,000 since 2010 while funding was cut in real terms by a fifth over the same period.
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Mr Javid's stark warning comes after five people were murdered in less than a week in London.
He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: 'Police numbers have to be an important part of the solution. Let's not pretend that it's not.
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'There has been a big increase in police funding in the last three years.
'There was a big increase last year. That said, I'm the first to admit, we need to take a fresh look at that and make sure that police - not just in London, but across the country - have the resources that they need.'
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He said he wants the Government and public agencies 'to look at it as a disease and say: 'How do we eradicate this disease?''
Mr Javid took a swipe at London Mayor Sadiq Khan's claim that it will take 'ten years' to tackle the violent crime epidemic in the capital.
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He said: 'We don't have ten years, we don't have ten months. There needs to be immediate action.'
But he said that some of the longer term early intervention will take some time.
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Presenter Susanna Reid challenged Mr Javid over if he is doing enough to crack down on the violence, saying...
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