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Knife crime: Cressida Dick says violent crime rise linked to policing numbers

There is "some link" between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime, the UK's top police officer, Cressida Dick, has said.The Met Police commissioner was talking a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no direct correlation". It comes after two 17-year-olds were killed in separate stabbings in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend. Ms Dick told LBC Radio the deaths show "how big of a challenge this is" and that it is not a London-only issue. Jodie Chesney was killed in an east London park as she played music with friends, while Yousef Ghaleb Makkie was stabbed to death in the village of Hale Barns, near Altrincham. Ms Chesney's family have backed a call for longer jail terms for people carrying k ...