British PM Theresa May Holds Summit to Address UK Knife Crime Epidemic
UK police chief Sara Thornton: Knife crime now a “national emergency.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency knife-crime summit to deal with the stabbing epidemic raging across the country. The announcement comes after 21 people were stabbed to death in London since the beginning of the year.
“We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address its complex root causes,” she said.
The UK police chief Sara Thornton called rising knife crime a “national emergency.” There were nearly 40,000 crimes involving knives in England and Wales between January and September 2018, the UK’s Office for National Statistics disclosed. The stabbing incidents were at the highest in a decade, since UK authorities started collecting relevant data.
May’s government is taking drastic measures to get law and order under control. The police have been granted an initial sum of £10 million to fund a “surge” of extra officers to combat knife crime across the UK, according to the newspaper reports.
Reuters reported British prime minister’s plans:
Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she will hold a special meeting on tackling Britain’s soaring knife-crime rate as she battles accusations that her government’s austerity policies are partly to blame.
A wave of fatal stabbings has dominated headlines this week, displacing concerns about Britain’s exit from the European Union and fuelling criticism that May is neglecting other priorities during the Brexit negotiations.
A former head of Britain’s biggest police force accused the prime minister of being personally responsible for the crisis because of her squeeze on police funding and a weakening of powers to stop and search suspects.
Police officers described the situation as a national emergency and politicians pressed May during her weekly question session in parliament to explain whether she plans to reverse the funding squeeze on police.
May, a former interior minister, said more must be done to tackle the causes of violence and promised to meet victims but declined to say whether there would be an increase in spending on police.
Richard Cooke, a senior police officer from West Midlands, urged the government to puts more cops “on the beat and empowers them to make robust use of stop-and-search powers.”
The Liberal British media was quick to pounce on the police for making such ‘offensive’ demands. “Knee-jerk demands for more police and stop-and-search won’t end knife crime,” the Daily Telegraph declared.
“Stop and search is deeply toxic, especially when people feel that they are being stopped because of their class or ethnicity, ” left-wing newspaper The Guardian said. “Our research suggests that it [stop-and-search] is a critical part of the social process whereby riots occur.” In a separate article, The Guardian accused the UK police of racism, claiming “[s]top and search is controversial because of a historic greater likelihood of use against black communities.”
The British and foreign news outlets focused on cuts in law enforcement funding and lack of police force on the UK streets while reporting the issue of knife crime — without mentioning the elephant in the room: mass migration. The recent surge in stabbing incidents in Europe is often linked to unregulated immigration from the Middle East and Arab North Africa. Last April, Germany’s national police trade union, the DPoLG, admitted that “young Arabs” were importing a culture of knife crime into the country.
No amount of policing can stem the tide of violent crime if Europe continues to import criminals in their droves through its open borders policy. With the March 29 deadline for Brexit approaching, the UK has a real chance of enforcing stricter immigration controls. However, going by PM May’s current performance as a negotiator, the UK’s woes may not come to an end anytime soon.
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As Home Office Minister PM May was responsible for reductions in the number of coppers. Now she wants emergency funds to “surge” the number of coppers. But of course all of this “national emergency” talk distracts from her Brexit betrayal.
Time to Guy Fawkes Evil May.
(She’s just Hillary Clinton in regular Great-Grannie Get up.)
Theresa May – the WORST PM IN ALL HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!
If they address the epidemic of idiotic liberalism, all the other epidemics will automatically be resolved.
“’We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address its complex root causes,’ [T. May] said.”
Understanding the root causes is the LAST thing May wants to admit. And for that reason JIM will not be invited to her conferences.
Understanding the root causes is quite simple. The 7th C. mad man complied all the reasons and wrote them down in a book.
Actually…dealing with Jihad and Muslims would do very little to combat knife crime in the UK.
The vast majority of knifings that occur are being carried out by black teenagers, fatherless black teenagers with no strong positive male role models in their lives.
I was watching this on TV the other day and it was amazing the number of talking heads who went out of their ways to NOT be offensive and to talk away all the reasons why young fatherless black teenagers are carrying out the majority of the knife attacks in the UK.
Personally I found the moral equivalence and talking away of the actual root causes offensive! These idiot talking heads have no idea yet they keep talking and politicians keep listening to them and people keep being killed needlessly.
The police should be there to ENFORCE the laws and to keep order for the community. The reality is blacks will hate the Police regardless of how touchy feely they are to them. It has been ingrained in to their sense of victimhood entitlement.
What is needed is for Parliament to issue a generic, all-inclusive “anti-hate” proclamation. Nothing solves deep-rooted hatred faster than a united wall of virtue signalling by corrupt political wind bags.
It seems that propensity for crime with certain groups occurs regardless of where they live, as does their inability to admit that their problems are self inflicted.
You mean West Indian Muslims??????
But do they hold the knives sideways?
She should resign in shame for her cowardly treasonous behavior and acts.
Politicians will look every where for that root cause but won’t dare find it. They will be perplexed.
They should just stare long and hard in any mirror……
What the UK and the USA need is common sense knife reform. But the powerful homophobic misogynist transphobic Islamiphobic white supremacist knife lobby keeps putting scary-looking high capacity assault knives into the hands of crriminals and the mentally unstable. Millions of hate-filled knife knuts boast of owning an arsenal of ten or more knives!
Reform knife laws now. For the children.
UK did “common sense knife reform” already. The results have apparently not changed to anyone’s satisfaction.
The political party that supports unrestricted abortions is not allowed to play the “For the Chill-dren!” card in the Gun/Knife Control Game.
Prediction: There will be legislation to limit “assault knives” – meaning knives that look especially scary. Also look for knife buy back programs and a new police unit tasked with going into schools and teaching children to stay away from knives, in a culturally sensitive manner, of course.
“Paradoxically” the rate of knife crimes will increase, rather than decrease.
I predict they’ll just redefine what the word “knife” means. Then they can pretend that the problem is something else, while “knife” murders officially drop.
When Orwell wrote of “newspeak” he had Britain in mind.
Don’t they already have knife turn-in boxes set up around London?
Yes, and a program to encourage eliminating pointed kitchen knives as well. What they haven’t done is the most effective action possible – Knife Buy Backs.
Immigration reform to obfuscate carnage from social justice adventures, to implement democratic gerrymandering, to bolster the economy and GDP, and compensate for a progressive population under the planned parenthood protocol, is a double-edged scalpel.
Simple. Legalize the carrying of handguns.
Make that Concealed Carry.
The “wild” West was much more polite than Leftist movie makers want you to ever know.
The way UK’s society is going, they will have to arm people. I expect that when things get worse in France, that UK citizens will realize they need to purge certain low life elements.
For several thousand years, civilizations have been attempting to deal with the problems of human violence. And, nothing that they have done has ever stopped it. And, when it comes to having weapons, human beings are incredibly inventive.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, in the US, LEAs cracked down on biker gangs. Thhey used stop and frisk tactics to make arrests for illegal weapons possession. It made it very hard for members of these groups to carry a gun or knife in public. So, the inventive human mind came up with a solution. Members of these organizations began carrying large, aircraft grade aluminum flashlights. As the flashlights were not classified as weapons, they could be carried with impunity, while still providing the person with a respectable club.
I wonder what flashlight control laws the UK will enact when that problem crops up.
Seattle just busted a bunch of illicit massage parlors.
Guess what? All immigrants. These were Chinese.
Unrestrained immigration has consequences.
Remember when these kinds of suggestions came from Monty Python?
Knife crime epidemic? Wait, you mean criminals have found ways to be criminals even without guns??? How could that happen, taking away the guns was supposed to solve this kind of stuff!
Don’t laugh at them, Lindsey Graham is now talking about a national Red Flag law. You know, someone calls and says you’re a danger to the community and the police come take away all your guns and ammo and you have to prove your innocence.
What the hell happened to the Constitutional Republic that we have this many sissies running the show?
I see how well that worked at Mary Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL.
It resulted in that insufferable prick David Hogg being inflicted on all of us.
U.K. murder rate: 1.2 per 100,000
U.S. murder rate: 4.9 per 100,000
Mexico murder rate: 19.26 per 100,000
But wait, it gets even better—
Guatemala murder rate: 27.3 per 100,000
Belize murder rate: 37.6 per 100,000
Venezuela murder rate: 56.3 per 100,000
Honduras murder rate: 56.5 per 100,000
El Salvador murder rate: 82.4 per 100,000
The President was damn right about that National Emergency declaration.
tom_swift: Guatemala murder rate: 27.3 per 100,000 …
My Goodness! No wonder so many people are seeking asylum.
Yea why stay and fight to make your country better when you can come to somewhere that other people have already done the work for you and you can demand free stuff.
Mu goodness, no wonder we can’t have a rational conversation when disingenuous twits don’t understand what asylum means.
Yes and if you take away 5% of counties that are overwhelmingly run by leftist and have strict gun control those numbers look much different.
Gremlin: Yes and if you take away 5% of counties that are overwhelmingly run by leftist and have strict gun control those numbers look much different.
Sure, if you take away the cities. But then the U.S. would be but a shadow of itself.
Ah, ah, ah, be more specific, Sparky. If you take away the small section of cities plagued by gang violence, you’ll see an incredible reduction in the murder rate. In fact, as long as you stay out of those well know areas, you’re safer from violent crime than the UK or France.
Common sense knife law is the answer.
Gremlin1974: Yea why stay and fight to make your country better …
Said the Native American to the Pilgrims.
In any case, many asylum seekers are families trying to save their children from being abused by the chaos in their home countries.
Only, by definition, they’re not asylum seekers. Learn the difference before more vacuous appeals to emotion