British PM Theresa May Holds Summit to Address UK Knife Crime Epidemic

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 3/8/2019 | Vijeta Uniyal
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency knife-crime summit to deal with the stabbing epidemic raging across the country. The announcement comes after 21 people were stabbed to death in London since the beginning of the year.

“We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address its complex root causes,” she said.

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The UK police chief Sara Thornton called rising knife crime a “national emergency.” There were nearly 40,000 crimes involving knives in England and Wales between January and September 2018, the UK’s Office for National Statistics disclosed. The stabbing incidents were at the highest in a decade, since UK authorities started collecting relevant data.

May’s government is taking drastic measures to get law and order under control. The police have been granted an initial sum of £10 million to fund a “surge” of extra officers to combat knife crime across the UK, according to the newspaper reports.

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Reuters reported British prime minister’s plans:

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she will hold a special meeting on tackling Britain’s soaring knife-crime rate as she battles accusations that her government’s austerity policies are partly to blame.

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A wave of fatal stabbings has dominated headlines this week, displacing concerns about Britain’s exit from the European Union and fuelling criticism that May is neglecting other priorities during the Brexit negotiations.

A former head of Britain’s biggest police force accused the prime minister of being personally responsible for the crisis because of her squeeze on police funding and a weakening of powers to stop and search suspects.

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Police officers described the situation as a national emergency and politicians pressed May during her weekly question session in parliament to explain whether she plans to reverse the funding squeeze on police.

May, a former interior minister, said more must be done to tackle the causes of violence and...
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