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Simon Foster Calls “Let’s Prevent Knife Crime”

Here on my Blog – I often like to raise the big issues. There is not many bigger than the increase in Knife Crime across the UK.

Recently I have been in conversation with Simon Foster Labours Candidate for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, about the concerns we all have, when we read or hear about Knife Crime and the dangers it poses to our young people.

Simon is rightly concerned about the regional impact of knife Crime. Its a potential problem for every Ward in the West Midlands County. So I support very much what Simon is attempting to do. Though its important here to say that when I ask about Knife Crime here in Wednesfield North the statistics are very low, something I am so very grateful for.

But I remain keen to be part of the drive to Prevent Knife Crime.

Simon told me that “It is the first duty of government to keep its people safe and secure. However, when it comes to knife crime the Tory government has failed in its duty to keep our young people safe and secure. This is having a catastrophic and devastating effect on young people, their families and communities.

In England and Wales, between 2014/15 and 2018/19, there has been an increase in Police recorded knife crime committed by someone of age 24 or under of 80%.

The causes of knife crime are complex. Not every case is the same. However, the Tory government is well aware of the urgent action needed to prevent knife crime but the action taken has been far too fragmented and small scale. There has been a lack of political will and an abject failure to do what is needed.

We can prevent knife crime if we take the following action: strengthen community policing; restore high quality youth services; reduce exclusions from school; invest in the violence reduction unit, focusing on prevention, early intervention and the underlying causes; and ensure a joint approach bringing together communities and local agencies – health, education, local authorities, police, youth justice and the third sector to prevent knife crime.

Together, we can take the steps necessary to prevent knife crime, protect our young people and save lives.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” I like those issues that Simon raises, as I am sure every Parent in Wednesfield North would echo many of those sentiments.”

I am of course interested in receiving your comments.

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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