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Sajid Javid yesterday demanded extra money for police forces and wider use of stop and search to combat the surge in knife violence.
In a major intervention at Cabinet, the Home Secretary launched an impassioned plea for millions of pounds so forces can put more officers back 'on the beat'.
Prime - Minister - Powers - Police - Blades
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.
Sources said Mr Javid and Mrs May had a 'lively' exchange as she defended changes she made as home secretary which resulted in sharp falls in the use of stop and search.
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Attempting to get on the front foot over the issue after a spate of horrific crimes, Mrs May ordered an urgent set of ministerial meetings to address action against knife crime.
But she was contradicted by Britain's most senior police officer over her rejection of the link between police numbers and the rise in violent crime.
Monday - Mrs - May - Correlation - Crimes
On Monday, Mrs May insisted there was 'was no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers'.
But yesterday Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick rejected that claim.
Interview - LBC - Miss - Dick - Years
In an interview with LBC, Miss Dick said: 'In the last few years, police officer numbers have gone down a lot, there's been a lot of other cuts in public services, there has been more demand for policing.
'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.'
Comments - Pressure - No10 - Chancellor - Philip
Her comments will put huge pressure on No10 and Chancellor Philip Hammond to prioritise police funding in the coming months.
Mr Javid is agitating for more money despite increases in the police precept – the amount added to council tax to pay for local forces – which will boost funding by nearly...
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