Home Secretary calls for emergency knife crime crisis summit
The Home Secretary has called in police chiefs from around the country for an emergency summit on the growing knife crime crisis.
It has been reported that Sajid Javid has demanded extra funding from the treasury for more police officers to stop and search suspects for weapons.
We spoke to former gang member and Pride of Winner Omar Sharif who said that a five-year sentence for carrying a knife in the street would deter people from using them.
He said: “Young people know they can get caught up to two or three times with a knife and just get a warning - a slap on the hand.”
Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford spoke passionately about the need to tackle the root of the problem and stressed that the local community and the Government need to do more and create more opportunities for young people.
Alex said: “Prison is the end result. We need to start at the beginning so these boys don’t end up in prison.”