Chancellor Philip Hammond has given police an extra £100 million to fight knife crime across the country - but West Midlands Police alone has lost £175 million in funding since 2010.

Labour MPs said Mr Hammond's announcement won't come close to making up for the cash lost by police forces.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says the force has lost £175 in funding from central government since 2010.

The Chancellor told the House of Commons that funding totalling an additional £100 million is to be shared between police forces in England to pay for additional overtime targeted on knife crime and new Violent Crime Reduction Units.

Mr Hammond said: "We must and we will stamp out this menace".

But Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr) said: "This is likely to mean around £10 million for the West Midlands.

"It obviously doesn't make up for the funding that has been cut.

"The problem is that the Government keeps on providing piecemeal funding like this but what we need is long-term funding that can be used to deal with all the wider issues that are contributing to the problem of violent crime."

MP Khalid Mahmood

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove, welcomed the Chancellor's announcement.

He said on Twitter: "It's vital police have the resources they need to crack-down on the rising levels of knife crime. I've listened and we will be giving £100 million extra to forces, targeting the hardest hit areas.

"I'll continue to give police the support they need."

 

Three teenagers died in knife attacks in two weeks in Birmingham.

Hazrat Umar, 17, was killed in Bordesley Green on Monday; Abdullah Muhammad, 16, died in Small Heath last week; and seven days earlier Sidali Mohamed, 16, was stabbed outside a college in Highgate.

The attacks were among 269 knife crimes recorded so far this year in the West Midlands.

Data published by the House of Commons last year shows that West Midlands Police had 8,413 police officers in 2010, and 6,259 in 2018, a fall of 2,154.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has announced the force will be boosting its numbers to 6,739 by 2021, with the money coming from to "efficiency savings". 

Home Secretary Sajid Javid visits Northfield in Birmingham to speak to officers, chief constable Dave Thompson and police and crime commissioner David Jamieson
Home Secretary Sajid Javid visits Northfield in Birmingham to speak to officers, chief constable Dave Thompson and police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

But it still means officer numbers will be significantly lower than they used to be.

He has also joined forces with police bosses across the country to call for 10,000 new police officers and investment in youth services, to combat knife crime and youth violence.

 

Also backing the demand are London Mayor Sadiq Kahn and elected politicians responsible for policing in Greater Manchester, Humberside, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Cleveland, South Wales and Lancashire.

In a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, also signed by Labour Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh, they said: "This is a national crisis, and it requires leadership from the top of government."