Dudley MP lists victims of knife crime in Parliamentary debate.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin called on the government to take urgent in the West Midlands after Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson declared knife crime in the region an emergency.
Austin used a debate in Parliament to list the names of people from Dudley or the Black Country who had been killed over the last few years, including Ryan Passey and Christina Edkins who were both tragically killed as a result of knife crime..
He said people in Dudley were furious about the increase in knife crime and wanted tougher action and more police on the streets to deal with the problem.
Austin has previously called on the Government to provide sufficient funding to West Midlands Police and be tougher on those who are caught with a knife.
Austin cited Ministry of Justice figures showing 1182 people were cautioned in 2018 for possession of a weapon or offensive weapon in the West Midlands, yet just 347 (29%) went to prison, a 7% drop on previous year and under the national average.
In Austin said:
“We’ve seen a series of tragic deaths as a result of knife crime in the West Midlands, including in Dudley, and I want the government to take tough action to try and stop any more needless and tragic deaths.
“The people responsible for violent crime are the criminals themselves, but West Midlands Police has lost over £175 million and 2000 police officers under this government. At the same time, we have seen the closure of youth centres, sports projects, community centres and other organisations that keep young people off the street, sending fewer people to prison. You wouldn’t need a crystal ball to predict that all of that would mean crime and violent crime would increase.
“Local people want more police on the streets, more offenders brought before court and more criminals put in jail. If you are caught with a knife there should
“The government needs to do more so that West Midlands Police are equipped to deal with the challenges it is facing with violent crime and perpetrators brought to justice.