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NewsMurder Squad cops probing the “evil” stabbing of Girl Scout Jodie Chesney arrested second suspect Ben Gelblum

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Theresa May has ordered an urgent set of ministerial meetings to address action against knife crime, amid controversy over her claim that there was no direct link with cuts in police numbers.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick also disagreed with the prime minister's position in an interview with LBC on Tuesday.

Sara Thornton, chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said too many young people are dying on the streets of United Kingdom towns and cities and police needed to do all they can to stop the spiral of violence.

On Monday, Mrs May sparked fury when she said there "was no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers".

Posting on Facebook on Saturday, Jodie's grandmother Debbie Chesney said too many young people were having their lives "cut short by needless violence".

When asked for his view on the matter, Mr Javid said it was important to "always make sure the police have the resources they need", adding: "We have to listen to them when they talk about resources".

'I think that stop-and-search is a very valuable tool and some police forces have started in recent years making even more use of that, and they have my full support, ' he added.

"The public are losing faith in our ability to control our streets and they need to see and they need to feel a step change in our response to public safety concerns", she said. "This previous year I've been given more, so what I'm doing at the moment is recruiting".

Figures published last month by the Office of National Statistics showed that there were 285 fatal stabbings in England and Wales a year ago - the highest since records began in 1946.

It comes after the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in an east London park on Friday night in what her family branded a "totally random and unprovoked attack".

Flowers at scene of crime – Credit:SWNS
Flowers at scene of crime – Credit:SWNS

"We have fewer police in London now in 2019 than at any time since 2003 - our population has grown by a million-and-a-half since 2003".

A 17-year-old boy - who can not be named for legal reasons - has been charged with the murder of Yousef, Greater Manchester Police said.

Ms Dick replied: "I think anybody who is not seriously mentally ill, seriously addicted, who is seeking "recreational" drugs, particularly class A drugs, yes, I think that is a good way to put it, I do".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Since 2010, we've seen 21,000 police officers taken off our streets and 760 youth centres closed".

"There is no hiding from this issue. serious violence is on the rise, communities are being torn apart and families are losing their children", Javid said in parliament.

The home secretary (pictured) held emergency talks with chief constables today after a spate of fatal stabbings.

Thornton's comments come after Theresa May dismissed that there was a link between police numbers and the reduction of knife crime.

He told Sky News that online retailers have a role to play in stopping people young people buying knives.

According to the Sky News broadcaster, Javid on Wednesday met with seven police chiefs from the areas with the higher rates of knife crimes to discuss possible ways to tackle the problem.

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