Knife Crime

Home Department – in the House of Commons on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Sheryll Murray Sheryll Murray Conservative, South East Cornwall

What steps she is taking to reduce knife crime.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

We are determined to tackle the scourge of knife crime. We are recruiting 20,000 more police officers, increasing police funding, making it easier for the police to use stop-and-search, and ensuring that more perpetrators go to prison for longer. We have legislated through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 and knife crime prevention orders to help take more knives off the street. We are also introducing the serious violence Bill, which will put a duty on police, councils and health authorities to prevent and reduce serious violence.

Photo of Sheryll Murray Sheryll Murray Conservative, South East Cornwall

Last month, a young man tragically lost his life in Liskeard after being stabbed. What action is being taken to get knives off our streets in towns and rural areas?

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

First, I offer my condolences to the bereaved family. It is a terrible event to happen and I know it will have shocked everyone in the town. Happily, I understand that an investigation is ongoing and an arrest has been made, and we await the outcome of that investigation. As my hon. Friend, who has fought hard for resources for her constituency, will know, Devon and Cornwall police will receive more funding next year and will be able to recruit 141 additional officers in the first year, as part of the 20,000 police officer uplift. I hope they will be put to good use to prevent exactly this sort of incident.