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crime has come down. But obviously there is this worrying rise we’ve seen in certain areas in relation to violent crime and knife crime in particular.”
She said people found guilty of knife offences are now more likely to be prosecuted, and to spend longer in prison.
“As well as the serious violence strategy, we are introducing the offensive weapons bill, which will increase some of the powers available to police and increase the ability to take action to prevent some of these particularly concerning knives getting into the hands of young people,” she said.
Mrs May insisted police forces were enjoying an increase in funding, despite warnings that cuts have forced them to reduce officer numbers.
Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, delivered a striking message to the Government last year, when he said police “might break” if they face further cuts.
Funding from the Home Office was cut for many years and has now been frozen, which means it is still being cut in real terms.
However, forces can raise extra cash by increasing the police precept added to council tax bills.
Mrs May insisted: “What matters police forces is the total amount money available to it. Extra money available to police forces this year.” to of is