Backlash as May rejects link between stabbings and police numbers

Political row erupts amid new evidence of a sharp rise in teens using knives

The prime minister has sparked a backlash over the government’s handling of rising knife crime after she insisted there was “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers” amid new evidence of a sharp rise in teens using knives.

Police and crime commissioners, senior officers and youth workers pushed back against Theresa May’s comments as a political row erupted over the government’s grip on knife crime.

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