Commenting on the Government’s plan to prevent youth crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

“Efforts to prevent young people turning to crime are welcome, but today’s £11 million pales in comparison to the £200 million that Conservatives have taken away from youth services since 2015 and the £700 million they are cutting from police forces across the country.
 
“There are now 4,800 fewer police officers than there were in 2015, and the Home Office’s own analysis shows that this has contributed to the rise in violent crime.
 
“If the Home Secretary is serious about tackling that trend, he must urgently reverse those cuts and put more officers on the beat.”

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