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Government announces additional funding to tackle violent crime

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that an extra £35 million will be given to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in a bid to tackle violent crime.

The money is to be given to violence reduction units from the 18 areas worst affected by violent crimes.

The units, which were set up this year, bring together organisations including the police, local government and community leaders to tackle violent crime by understanding its root causes.

The Commissioners received an initial £35 million to set up the centres during August this year and the new funding will see a similar amount provided for 2020/21.

The Metropolitan Police area will receive the largest portion of the funding (£7 million), while Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Midlands and West Yorkshire will each secure more than £3.3 million.

South Yorkshire, Northumbria, Thames Valley, Lancashire, Essex, Avon and Somerset and Kent will each get more than £1.1 million.

On top of that Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Sussex, Hampshire and South Wales will also each receive £880,000.

This early intervention approach forms one part of the Government’s drive to tackle serious violence, which also includes bolstering law enforcement with 20,000 new police officers and increasing prison sentences for violent criminals.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I will not tolerate criminals drawing vulnerable young people into a life of violence.

“We are delivering on the people’s priorities by recruiting 20,000 new police officers and introducing tougher sentences to keep offenders behind bars for longer, but agencies must also work together to tackle this issue head-on.

“These units are already playing a vital role in diverting young people away from crime and the funding will allow them to continue this important work.”

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Gurjit Singh
As a member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS), holder of the Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification and duty solicitor for the Coventry area, I regularly represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including road traffic offences.

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