Boris Johnson has called for an increased use of stop and search powers to combat knife crime.

The Foreign Secretary insisted police had to "come down like a ton of bricks" on gang leaders as he warned against "going soft".

Mr Johnson said when he was mayor of London he adopted a dual approach that boosted stop and search incidents while mentoring young people to prevent them getting sucked into gangs.

We did two things simultaneously, and this is what Sadiq Khan needs to do. You cannot be soft on this. If people are going to go equipped with a knife, they are putting other people at risk and they are putting themselves at risk. You have got to stop them, you have got to search them and you have got to take the knives out of their possession.

Boris Johnson speaking to the Daily Telegraph