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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

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