KNIFE crime will be tackled like a killer disease in a blitz on street violence to be launched this week.
All public bodies — including police, councils, schools and the NHS – will have a new legal duty to prevent and tackle the “epidemic”.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted the burden of tackling knife crime cannot be left to police alone,
He said: “Violent crime is a disease plaguing our communities and taking too many young lives.
“We are now saying to public bodies you must clamp down on serious violence in the same way you would deal with some infectious disease. For me, it is as serious as a disease and if we start to think of it that way, more people will come together and try to stamp it out.”
Under the plan, nurses and teachers who meet young people at risk of being lured into joining gangs will be expected to raise the alarm.
Youth clubs, probation staff and community projects will be expected to play a part.
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The “public health duty” will ensure that services work together to share data, intelligence and knowledge.
Mr Javid hailed our Beat the Blades campaign which seeks a wider range of measures to tackle knife crime.
He said: “The Sun on Sunday has rightly pointed out that the answer isn’t just about beefing up law enforcement. To tackle serious violence you’ve got to do it on all fronts.”
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