Labour Councillors Call For Action on Knife Crime
Gloucester’s Labour Councillors are appalled at the recent increase in knife crime incidents that have occurred in the city in recent days. Clearly there is a serious problem with knife crime and there is now an urgent need to prioritise and put more effort into addressing the matter, coming up with some realistic answers and solutions.
We know that drugs and drug related matters are behind some of these crimes and welcome the convictions and sentences that have been given, but this is only part of the solution.
More effort, resources and a greater emphasis needs to be directed at preventative projects and education. Young people and communities need to understand the dangers and risks involved in carrying knives. In the past such work has been delivered by the statutory youth and community services which targeted vulnerable young people and those at risk of involvement in knife crime. Sadly austerity measures have led to these services being cut, creating a vacuum which no other organisation or agency has filled.
The cuts to the police service, which are all too apparent and particularly the serious reduction in community and neighbourhood policing have also contributed to the problem.
Gloucester now needs a concentrated effort by all agencies and Labour Councillors are calling for an emergency summit and a detailed and realistic action plan to start this process. This should be lead by the County Council, the City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and involve other agencies as appropriate. Gloucester is not alone on this issue and there is much work and good practice going on in other parts of the country. We should learn from this and adapt such work to benefit our city and make our communities safer for all.
Councillor Terry Pullen – Deputy Labour Group Leader
On behalf of Gloucester City Labour Councillors
Labour Councillors Call For Action on Knife Crime Gloucester’s Labour Councillors are appalled at the recent increase in knife crime incidents that have occurred in the city in recent days....