AN EMERGENCY £100million has been promised to police forces to tackle the knife crime crisis.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said the extra cash would be made available immediately for England and Wales and ring-fenced for overtime costs and specialist crime reduction units.
But critics said the amount was too little after police cuts worth as much as £1billion since 2015.
Although home secretary Sajid Javid said in December funding would rise from next month to boost recruitment, Mr Hammond told MPs that training extra officers ‘takes time and action is needed now’.
He said the extra cash — including £80million of new Treasury money — will be used for knife crime response.
Welcoming the funding, National Police Chiefs’ Council head Sara Thornton said: ‘It will help police forces strengthen our immediate response to knife crime and serious violence.’ It comes after a series of fatal stabbings, many claiming teenage victims, including 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in east London.
■ A TEENAGE boy was in a critical condition last night after being stabbed outside Leyton Tube station in east London. Police said the 17-year-old suffered ‘life-threatening’ injuries after the attack just after 12.30pm. No arrests have been made, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said last night. Police said officers were on the scene within six minutes.