For the Prime Minister to stand in front of the British public, as children are dying on our streets, and say there is no correlation [between police cuts and the rise in violent crime], is an absolute disgrace
– John Apter, Chairman of Police Federation of England and Wales
One of Britain's top police chiefs told Good Morning Britain Prime Minister Theresa May is 'delusional' for dismissing the suggestion there is a link between police cuts and the rise in violent crime in the UK.
John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said the loss of almost 22,000 officers in the last ten years, through cuts backed by May when she was Home Secretary, has severely hampered efforts to control Britain's knife crime epidemic.
Apter called for an 'open and honest' conversation about the use of stop and search tactics in the UK, in the face of criticism it disproportionately targets young black men.
GMB's Alex Beresford shared his own experience of being stopped and searched by police, pointing to a need for better understanding of the root causes of knife crime.