MP Clive Lewis hits out at government over knife crime surge

PUBLISHED: 17:39 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:40 14 May 2018

Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis

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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has attacked the government over the “shocking” rise in knife crime in Norfolk.

Norfolk Constabulary recorded 269 crimes involving knives between October 2016 and September 2017, an increase of 186pc on the same period in 2012-13.

He said: “These are shocking figures which combined with the surge in the number of criminal gangs moving drugs dealing operations to Norwich show that the nationwide rise in serious violence is not just confined to large cities.”

He also cited a leaked Home Office report that suggested police cuts have contributed to a rise in serious violent crime across the country adding: “They must have still been humming with their fingers in their ears when an embarrassing Home Office report was leaked.”

After the figures were released last month then home secretary Amber Rudd promised new restrictions on the sale of knives.

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