This week I received a letter from the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability updating me on the Government’s efforts to tackle violent crime and knife crime specifically.
As you can see, the Government is delivering a comprehensive programme of action to tackle serious violence crime and you can follow the below link to learn more about the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy.
The Minister states that “we are determined to go further and do all in our power to stem the recent rises in knife crime, to bring an end to the serious injuries and fatalities that are devastating our communities. This is why we are looking to introduce Knife Crime Prevention Orders to the Offensive Weapons Bill”.
Knife Crime Prevention Orders were requested by police to give them the powers they need to manage more effectively those who are engaged in, or are at risk of engaging in, knife crime and to divert them from a life of escalating serious violence.
The Government’s intention is that Knife Crime Prevention Orders will be preventative rather than punitive in nature, enabling the police and their partners to address the underlying issues that feed into violence, and provide the help and support these young people need in order to turn their backs on knives.
In my work as your local MP I regularly meet with representatives of the Norfolk Constabulary who I support wholeheartedly as they take on crime that is both new and incredibly worrying.
I know that crime, and safety in our community of a paramount importance to my constituents, therefore I will be using my voice in Westminster to work with the Government to ensure the police have ample tools at their disposal to tackle the scourge of knife crime in Norwich.
As always, I will keep you updated on all the latest developments in this area.