No link between knife crime and police cuts, says Theresa May

By Matthew Weaver and Helen Pidd

Met police say they cannot ‘magic officers out of thin air’ to deal with rise in stabbings

Theresa May has dismissed claims that an increase in police numbers will help solve knife crime, insisting that there is “no direct correlation” between the two.

Speaking after a spate of knife violence, the prime minister said on Monday that she would tackle the root causes of the crisis. However, as police officers and politicians called for more help to deal with the violence, May said it was not a question of resources.

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