Police chief says rise in knife crime in England is national emergency

Senior officer calls for emergency funding and Cobra meeting to tackle violent crime

One of England’s most senior police officers has called for emergency funding and the convening of a Cobra meeting in Whitehall to help tackle the rise in violent crime.

Speaking before talks with the home secretary, Sajid Javid, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Sara Thornton, said the recent spate of deadly stabbings involving young people should be treated as a national emergency.

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