Javid backs police as they seek £15m fund to tackle knife crime

Home secretary risks clash with PM as he prepares to make the case for more money

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is set for a further clash with the prime minister after backing demands by police chiefs for an emergency grant, which they believe will be at least £15m, to fund a short-term “surge” of officers to fight knife crime.

After chairing a summit with police leaders, he said the government must listen to police demands for more resources, with those present saying he had backed their calls for more money.

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