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Yousef Makki and Jodie Chesney, both 17, were killed in separate knife attacks two days apart
Prime Minister Theresa May has not listened to police concerns about knife crime, a former head of the Metropolitan Police has said. Mrs May said the deaths of young people were "appalling" as she announced an upcoming summit on knife crime.But Lord Stevens told the BBC: "I don't think she listens, quite frankly, to what she's being told."Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May was not doing enough to tackle the root causes of knife crime.Earlier, Sajid Javid called for knife crime to be treated "like a disease", and said "we have to listen to them [police] when they talk about resources".
'Not good enough'
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Lord Stevens - who was commissioner of the Met between 2000 and 2005 - criticised Mrs May's handling of crime and policing as PM and when she was home secretary. He said the Home Office had not been listening for the past five or six years."All you got from the Home Office, and in particular the home secretary at the time, now the prime minister, was 'our reforms are working'."She hasn't listened to what's been going on and it's not good enough."Lord Stevens said he thought the current home secretary, Sajid Javid, was the right person to see the crisis through.He said it should be Mr Javid who chairs the upcoming summit on knife crime at 10 Downing Street. "He's got the personality, he's got the empathy. He understands the difficulties on the streets and he understands the difficulties the police are facing."
Total knife offences in England and Wales
Offences involving a knife or sharp instrumentSource: Home Office, year ending March except 2017 and 2018 which are year ending September. Figures exclude Greater Manchester.
Knife crime
Greater Manchester Police
Merseyside Police
West Midlands Police
South Yorkshire Police
London violence
West Yorkshire Police
Metropolitan Police Service
Sajid Javid
Cressida Dick
South Wales Police
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