In an unprecedented move Mayor of London has praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel for “waking up” to the realities of knife crime in the capital. The government has recently pledged to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years.
Sadiq Khan's praise appears in light of the recent revelations made by the Home Secretary where she has accepted the links between the government cuts and violent crime. He said,
“Violent crime began rising in London in 2014, serious youth violence since 2012. We are doing lots of things from City Hall to grapple with this and the good news is that this Prime Minister and this home secretary finally accept there is a link between massive cuts and an increase in violent crime.
“Priti Patel is my fourth home secretary. She understands the importance of investing in police. I am trying to persuade her and the government to also invest in youth services and preventative services. Let’s divert young people away from criminal gangs and picking up a knife.”