SAJID JAVID has branded serious violence a ‘virulent disease’ that needs treating as he unveiled a blueprint to tackle bloodshed on Britain’s streets.
The home secretary has acknowledged that the ‘mindset of government needs to shift’ to combat the scourge.
In his first major speech on crime, Mr Javid (pictured) will say today: ‘Just as we can design products to prevent crime, we can also design policy to shape the lives of young people to prevent criminality.
‘Changing the lives of young people will not be an easy task. Crime has a way of drawing in those who feel worthless.
‘But when you belong to something greater than yourself, when you have something to lose, it’s not as easy to throw your life away. No future should be pre-determined by where you’re born, or how you’re brought up.’
Stating his support for a ‘public health’ approach, Mr Javid will highlight the importance of data to improve the understanding of the pathways into illegal activity.
The government and police have come under intense pressure after a spate of fatal stabbings prompted warnings of a ‘nat-ional emergency’.
Mr Javid will also play down fears over plans to give state bodies a legal responsibility to tackle signs of serious violence.
He will say the approach is about giving health professionals and teachers the confidence to report their concerns.
■ A PRISON officer has been rushed to hospital after his throat was cut by an inmate. The man was attacked at HMP Nottingham yesterday morning, the Ministry of Justice said. He has since been released from hospital. The Victorian-era jail is a category B male prison which was expanded in 2010 to hold 1,060 inmates. It was put into special measures last year after being rated ‘poor’ for safety.