Javid drive to di­vert youth from crime

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

SA­JID JAVID has un­veiled de­tails of a new drive to stop young­sters be­ing drawn into crime or ex­ploited by gangs.

The Home Sec­re­tary an­nounced that 29 projects en­dorsed by Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sion­ers (PCCs) will re­ceive fund­ing to­talling £17.7m over two years, in­clud­ing schemes in Hum­ber­side, South York­shire and West York­shire.

The money will go to­wards ini­tia­tives that aim to di­vert young peo­ple away from a life of crime and vi­o­lence at an early stage.

Min­is­ters have come un­der in­tense pres­sure over ef­forts to tackle spi­ralling lev­els of vi­o­lent crime.

Plans for an Early In­ter­ven­tion Youth Fund were set out in the Se­ri­ous Vi­o­lence Strat­egy, which was pub­lished in April.

An­nounc­ing the re­cip­i­ents, Mr Javid said: “As well as tak­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion to curb knife crime, we need a longer-term ap­proach to prevent our young peo­ple from get­ting drawn into a life of crime in the first place.”

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