Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s new action plan which includes measures to warn youngsters about the dangers of weapons and spotting those at risk of committing serious violence to stop them in their tracks.
The new action plan is the first of its kind to focus on serious violence. It sets out what the Government, together with police and local agencies, will do over the next three years to cut homicide, knife crime, gun and gang-related crime and sexual and domestic violence.
Key measures include:
· creating a presumption to prosecute those who are found carrying a knife and tougher sentences for knife crime;
· providing the police with 100 portable knife arches and 400 search wands immediately, and making more available over the next year to ensure this technology is available where needed across the country;
· a new £1 million campaign to challenge the ‘glamour’, fear and peer pressure that can drive youngsters to knife crime, and working with Be Safe to offer over 1 million young people access to workshops on the dangers of weapons;
· investing over £20 million over the next three years to support the rollout of multi-agency interventions and information sharing, involving local police, local councils, voluntary groups and health workers, across the country to manage and identify people at risk of committing serious violence as well as providing support for victims;
· increasing the number of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for victims of sexual violence from 19 to 48 to cover every part of the country; and
· greater protection of children from sex offenders – including a pilot in four police force areas (Cleveland, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Warwickshire) to allow for the increased disclosure of child sex offenders’ convictions to certain members of the public.
David Hanson said:
“This is the first action plan of its type to clamp down on serious violence and the measures set out today aim to reduce the incidences of violent crime further, making our streets and out communities safer places to live.
“Although violent crime only accounts for around 1% of all crime, when it does occur not only does it have a devastating impact on the victims but the effects are felt by family, friends and the local community.
“There has been some excellent progress with violent crime down by 31% since 1997, but any incidence is one too many which is why this plan has been put forward.”