13:02 GMT18 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK police chiefs during a meeting with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday demanded additional search powers and money to deal with the sharp rise in knife crimes across the country, Sky News reported.

    According to the Sky News broadcaster, Javid on Wednesday met with seven police chiefs from the areas with the higher rates of knife crimes to discuss possible ways to tackle the problem. The meeting came after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that there was no direct link between the surge in stabbings and police cuts. According to the broadcaster, the police chiefs have to set out the amount of money they need until Friday.

    The broadcaster informed that at least 35 people were stabbed to death in the United Kingdom since the beginning of 2019.

    Following the meeting, Javid said that police resources were very important to deal with, adding that the government must listen to the police when it talked about its needs.

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    All UK police forces have been experiencing cuts since 2010, with the government funding for the police being dropped by over 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) per year and over 20,000 jobs cut.

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