Thursday 16 January 2020 / 11:37 AM Crime / Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott responds to knife possession statistics

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to latest knife possession statistics, said:

“There is no evidence in this data that the government’s new approach to tackling knife crime is having a positive effect. The number of offences is rising while fewer offenders are facing jail, clear signs of failure.

“Rising knife crime undermines all the Tory claims on law and order. Unfortunately, until they tackle the crises they created through cuts to policing, schools, to mental health and drug services, there can be little confidence of any major improvement.”