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Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would hold a "summit... in the coming days... to explore what more we can do as a whole society to tackle to this problem".

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May said: "A growing number of young people have lost their lives in a growing cycle of violence that has shocked us all".

KNIFE CRIME is hitting today's news headlines with calls for more policing after the fatal stabbing of two teenagers over the weekend - Jodie Chesney, 17, who was stabbed to death in a park in east London and Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, who died in Manchester.

Jodie is one of ten teens killed by knives this year in Britain - with the government now looking at how to crack down on knife crime.

"And I'm afraid that's been demonstrated year after year, back when the prime minister was home secretary".

A total of 285 knife and sharp instrument homicides were recorded in the year ending March 2018, the highest number since Home Office records began in 1946.

Police say the surge in knife crime in a country where guns are hard to obtain has been driven by several factors, including rivalries between drug gangs, cuts to youth services and provocations on social media.

Superintendent Una Jennings, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "South Yorkshire Police was represented at the meeting to share good practice and develop a national response". We do not have enough police officers to deal with what is put in front of us.

The issue has shot to the top of the political agenda after figures show the number of deaths from stabbings reached a record previous year.

The cutbacks have been driven by government-enforced austerity measures rolled out in a bid to reduce Britain's national debt levels following the global economic crisis of 2008.

"I agree that there is some link between violent crime on the streets obviously and police numbers, of course there is and everybody would see that".

British Interior Minister Sajid Javid said he would be meeting police chiefs this week to find ways to tackle the problem as he called for an end to the "senseless violence". "It can not and must not go on", Javid said.

Mr Allen said: "We see too many weak gateways or disclaimers, from online retailers specifically, where the customer self-declares they are 18 without having to submit any proof - this is a wholly inadequate solution and provides an easy route for children to obtain knives against very limited checks".

Peter Neyroud, a retired police officer turned criminology lecturer at the UK-based University of Cambridge, agreed with Case's assessment.

Mrs May served as home secretary between 2010 and 2016 and oversaw a period where cuts were made to police forces.

"If there was no correlation between crime and police, then you wouldn't have any police at all".

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