Last week, church go-ers from Birmingham arrived in London after a 6 day march aimed at raising awareness about the rise in knife crime.
Birmingham has seen a sharp rise in knife crime, this year has seen three teenage boys stabbed within a 12 day period.
Jack Dromey MP said:
“North Birmingham Academy, which is situated in my constituency, was forced to install a weapon-detecting scanner at its door for a week last month to raise awareness of the issue and combat fear in the community that pupils could be carrying weapons. It should not have come to this.
Knife crime has soared by 72% since 2013 in the West Midlands and while there are a multitude of factors relating to rising knife crime, the closure of youth clubs and cutting back on youth services for examples, front and centre is the extent of cuts to police budgets since 2010. The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the Mayor of London and the Chair of the Police Federation all agree that the reduction in Police Officer numbers has played a key role in the increase in crime overall, and violent crime in particular. Yet the Prime Minister maintains there is “no correlation”.
So, I applaud the heroic effort of those marching on London this week, carrying a cross made out of around 200 knives, but we should never have reached this stage. Since 2010, the Tories have cut police budgets consistently, stretching the thin blue line ever thinner and putting the public at risk.”
To read the full article in Birmingham online, click here.