Following a crisis meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid, police chiefs are drawing up plans to target at least £10m of additional spending at specific areas in the UK to combat rising knife crime. Approval for the extra funding is to be sought from Chancellor Philip Hammond. Mr Javid has also proposed giving police more flexibility on introducing emergency stop and search. Mr Javid said: “We have to listen to the police when they talk about resources.” He added a call for serious violence “to be treated by all parts of government, all parts of the public sector, like a disease”. Downing Street is believed to be preparing a new regime, mirroring the Prevent anti-extremism programme, to require councils, schools and agencies to report children believed to be at risk of being pulled into knife and gang crime.
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