London crime: Police furious after Sajid Javid tells them to step up response to knife attacks in capital

London crime: Police furious after Sajid Javid tells them to \step up response\ to knife attacks in capital

London crime: Police furious after Sajid Javid tells them to step up response to knife attacks in capital

Speaking from the US where he is confronting social media firms to do more to combat child abuse, he hinted that he was making progress in his battle with the Treasury to secure extra funds for the police.

He said he was deeply worried by the spiralling knife violence which has seen five deaths over the weekend period, taking the number of murders in London to 118 this year.

"I think resources is part of the issue, making sure that police as they deal with more of these complex situations that they have the resource they need," he told Sky News today on the trip to Seattle.

"That is why I welcome the commitment by the chancellor just a week ago to sit down with me and discuss what resource is needed for the police and we have the December settlement just a few weeks away so this is something that can be looked at very, very quickly."

He suggested his conversations with the chancellor on finding more resource to help tackle knife crime had been positive as he hinted more money could be on the way before the end of the year.

"What we saw in this budget was a Chancellor that was listening. He listened to the needs of the defence service and health and others and he set out quite rightly that hes going to listen to the needs of the police, so I am very confident that hes listening," he said.

His comments follow a  statement he issued last night in which he disclosed he had told Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick to step up and get violent crime under control.

He asked for an update on the spate of knife attacks in London and discussed what was being done to bring the epidemic under control.

The government recently announced plans to tackle violent crime through the use of a public health approach.

But Mr Javid told Ms Dick: We must step up the police response to get the situation under control so that these measures have time to work.

He also urged Scotland Yard to make full use of police powers, including stop and search, as its officers seek to end the bloodshed.

He acknowledged that it was a national issue, while recognising the particular challenge in London. "We must act together, and I stand with you as we face this challenge, he told Ms Dick.

It came as another three people were stabbed in London on Wednesday in broad daylight, the first in Shepherds Bush at lunchtime and a second in Hackney in east London in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a 98 year old second world war hero was left fighting for his life after he was attacked by burglars at his Enfield home.

Police chiefs have warned they are at "tipping point" as they face losing another 10,000 officers because of a £420m pension shortfall, which follows a reduction of 22,000 in frontline officers since 2010.

In his Sky interview, Mr Javid also defended his branding a grooming gang sick Asian paedophiles", saying those who criticised him for it were being "oversensitive".

Despite criticism, he said he did not regret the comment as he was simply "stating the facts". In October, Mr Javid tweeted about 20 British Asian men being convicted of grooming girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.

"These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice," he wrote, also praising the victims bravery.

"I dont regret it at all. When I made that comment I was stating the facts, and the sad truth is that if you look at recent high-profile convictions of gang-based child sexual exploitation there is a majority of people that come from Pakistani heritage backgrounds – thats plain for everyone to see.

"What Ive said is that we, in trying to deal with this, trying to turn this round, we must look at all factors and we must not be too sensitive and shy away or be oversensitive.

"Thats why I think we should be looking to see if there are any cultural issues and thats why Ive commissioned some research on this."

The home secretary has increased pressure on the Metropolitan Police to bring the capitals knife crime epidemic under control as charities criticised the governments painfully slow response.

Sajid Javid interrupted a trip to the US to call Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, after yet another week of bloodshed that saw five victims, including three teenagers, stabbed to death.

Having reassured her that he stands with her, Mr Javid told Ms Dick: We must step up the police response to get the situation under control.

A 17-year-old boy was in a critical condition after a stabbing in West Hampstead, northwest London, on Tuesday. On Monday a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Tulse Hill, south London, in front of his mother, the third teenager to…

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