Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey has called on the Conservative Government to take responsibility for the knife crime epidemic and invest in more police and youth services.
Ed Davey said:
“Far too many innocent young lives are being taken by the epidemic of violence that is consuming our cities. Instead of just lamenting these tragedies and talking tough, Ministers need to accept their share of responsibility for this crisis.
“When children are excluded from school and see their youth centres closed, it’s hardly surprising that so many of them fall into the grip of gangs. When they see fewer and fewer police officers on the streets, it’s hardly surprising that young people start carrying knives for protection.
“There can be no doubt that unnecessary Tory cuts have made our communities less safe.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand more community police officers, urgent investment in youth services and a dramatic reduction in the use of school exclusions – all part of a proper public health approach to tackle the shocking rise in knife crime.”
NB Although education policy is devolved in Wales, it is the Westminster government which determines the overall allocation of funds here. If there were to be an increase in funding for education in England, there would be a corresponding increase in the Welsh settlement. Policing is not devolved.