BRITAIN’S spiralling knife crime epidemic saw another man stabbed to death in the street yesterday — as senior police pleaded for ‘emergency’ cash and Theresa May was accused of trying to combat crime ‘on the cheap’.
Scotland Yard said a man died after being found with knife wounds in Leyton, east London — the 21st murder in the capital this year.
The prime minister announced a Downing Street anti-crime summit but faced criticism following the fatal stabbings of ten teenagers already in 2019, including 17-year-olds Yousef Makki and Jodie Chesney over the weekend.
Home secretary Sajid Javid, who met chief constables from across the UK yesterday, called for more cash by the end of this week, only for Mrs May to hit back in the Commons.
She told MPs she would be chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee ‘in the coming days’, while insisting: ‘The responsibility for these crimes lies with the perpetrators, although everything must be done… to tackle the root causes of this violence.
‘We do ensure police have the right resources: £460million more is available this year and nearly double that next year.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘Police officers are telling me there’s simply not enough of them to do the job. You cannot keep communities safe on the cheap.’
Sara Thornton, who chairs the National Police Chiefs’ Council, called for ‘emergency’ extra funding, telling BBC Breakfast: ‘We need to have more officer hours on the streets.’