‘Le­gal duty’ on agen­cies to tackle UK knife cri­sis

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY NIGEL NEL­SON

HOME Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid will to­mor­row im­pose a new le­gal duty on pub­lic bod­ies to tackle knife and vi­o­lent crime.

It means po­lice, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the NHS and youth of­fend­ing ser­vices will be held re­spon­si­ble for fail­ures, rather than in­di­vid­u­als.

The scheme is based on the vi­o­lence re­duc­tion ini­tia­tive in Scot­land, which saw homi­cides fall from 137 to 59 in 12 years.

Vi­o­lence was treated as a pub­lic health is­sue. Po­lice worked with NHS, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial work­ers and young peo­ple were of­fered youth clubs, train­ing and work.

Mr Javid said: “It’s cru­cial we work to­gether to in­ter­vene early and pre­vent this sense­less blood­shed.

“I’m con­fi­dent that a pub­lic health ap­proach will create real, last­ing long-term change.”

It comes as PM Theresa May pre­pares to hear from peo­ple aged 20-25 at a vi­o­lent crime sum­mit at No10 to­mor­row.

CON­FI­DENCE Sa­jid David

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