I hope we never get this bad, but I fear we might:
Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you’re carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation, obvious exemptions for fishing etc.
— Scott Mann (@scottmann4NC) March 14, 2019
Instead of trying to ban basic household tools, maybe, just maybe, the answer is more policing. This:
It’s vital police have the resources they need to crack-down on the rising levels of knife crime. I’ve listened & we will be giving £100 million extra to forces, targeting the hardest hit areas. I’ll continue to give police the support they need
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) March 13, 2019
Is a good start, but many are saying it’s far from enough. The BBC reports,
The money will mainly go to the seven forces where violence is highest.
But the fund – announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Statement – falls short of the £200m to £300m requested by police chiefs last week.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the extra money was “a drop in the ocean” after years of decreasing police budgets.
“Cuts have consequences and the government needs to urgently give our police the funding they desperately need,” he said.
Funding to police forces – which comes from central government and council tax – fell by 19% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2018-19, according to the National Audit Office.
Officer numbers have fallen by around 20,000 since 2010.
Knife crimes are at an all-time high, and the U.K. seems incapable and unwilling to get to the bottom of why.Published in