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Police officers call for emergency stop and search powers to stem knife crime epidemic

Police officers call for emergency stop and search powers to stem knife crime epidemic

“The offrolling of 19,000 children is nothing short of a national disgrace. They are just going onto the streets where they become victims of the gangs,” he said. Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee, said making schools partially accountable for the outcomes of excluded and off rolled children was a “number one priority

“The offrolling of 19,000 children is nothing short of a national disgrace. They are just going onto the streets where they become victims of the gangs,” he said.

Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee, said making schools partially accountable for the outcomes of excluded and off rolled children was a “number one priority in terms of dealing with knife crime.” “This is an epidemic now,” he said.

The Department for Education said a legal mechanism to hold schools accountable for excluded pupils was “not off the table.”

The Prime Minister vowed to tackle the causes of knife crime by addressing the issues which led “so many young people” to carry blades. However, she maintained there was “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”.

“What matters is how we ensure that police are responding to these criminal acts when they take place, that people are brought to justice,”  she said.

“But what also matters is, as a Government, that we look at the issues which underpin, that underlie, this use of knives and that we act on those.That’s a cross-Government approach, it’s not just about the police, it’s about the whole of Government and it’s the whole of Government that’s responding.”





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