No more money or officers in new strategy to tackle street violence

Amber Rudd says forces have the funding to tackle the violence on Britain’s streets

Amber Rudd says forces have the funding to tackle the violence on Britain’s streets

Emergency plans to extend stop and search are in a tough package of measures the Home Secretary Amber Rudd is announcing following a string of fatal stabbings and shootings in London in recent weeks.

"It was Theresa May who so enthusiastically culled police officers".

She was responding after a memo marked "official - sensitive" obtained by The Guardian found police cuts have "likely contributed" to a spike in violent crime.

Amber Rudd has denied seeing analysis from her own department which challenged her assertion that cuts to police were not to blame for rising violence.

County lines drug dealing involves gangs grooming and using children and vulnerable young people to traffic drugs into new locations outside their home areas.

She said: 'You can not arrest your way out of this. The evidence, however, does not support this.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Rudd said that when knife crime was soaring in 2008, police numbers were close to the highest they had been in decades.

The strategy appears to fall in line with the home secretary's position, who in her foreword to the document writes: "I am clear we can not arrest our way out of this issue". "We need to be getting to these young people before they make that awful decision to pick up a knife".

Now police can stop and search individuals for corrosive substances but only if they believe the person in possession intends to use it as an offensive weapon and cause injury.

Rudd said local councils have the option of raising police precepts on council tax to help support services, but Macleod said funding for youth offending programmes has already been halved since 2010.

Reforms were introduced in 2014 to ensure the tactic was used in a more targeted way following criticism over the number of stops of black and minority ethnic individuals.

She said: "It's targeting stop and search rather than just going randomly around saying 'I think you look like you might be a gang member so therefore I'm going to stop and search you"'.

Her comments come after a week in which nine people were stabbed to death in London, taking the number killed in violent attacks since the start of the year to more than 50.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC's Andrew Marr show this morning that recorded crime was at historic lows, but admitted there was a particular problem with violence on the street. Instead, what we have got is 111 pages of hot air.

Under the plans it will be illegal to carry acid in a public place without good cause, while ander-18s will be banned outright from buying acid.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: "The Tories" concern about knife crime doesn't even run so far as providing new money or extra officers to tackle it.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said the Government was wrong to ignore the impact of policing cuts.

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