The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that knife crime in England and Wales is at its highest known recorded level. There were more than 40,000 offences just last year, and almost all police forces are experiencing a rise.
The Offensive Weapons Bill is currently being debated in Parliament and Liberal Democrats are supporting initiatives to introduce a public health approach to violence with the help of the NHS, local authorities, educators and employers.
The Liberal Democrats are also calling for an extra investment of £300 million a year into local police forces to increase community policing. At present, reduced funding is hurting police forces at a time when they are under the greatest pressure.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The ONS statistics are appalling. The Government must reduce these rates as quickly and effectively as possible. This means tackling crime from all angles.”
"By giving £300 million a year to police forces, we will increase the police presence in communities, increasing deterrence and providing reassurance. Our citizens deserve to feel and be safe.”
"It will take more than just extra police to tackle this violence. A public health approach also means educating and supporting our communities and young people with the help of health professionals, social workers, teachers and employers alike."