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Amber Rudd: Social Media To Blame For Rise In Murders

Amber Rudd: Social Media To Blame For Rise In Murders

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has claimed that social media could be to blame for the recent rise in murders in London and other areas, dismissing claims that police cuts have had any effect.

Rudd said Internet companies needed to improve their response to youth violence. The statement came after a spate of murders in the Capital and just hours before two more people were violently killed last night. Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are now at their highest level since 2010/2011. It is thought that there is 20,000 less police officers on the streets than in 2010.

Amber Rudd has been facing widespread criticism, especially on Twitter where she has started trending.

 

 

Angela Rayner, speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday, also criticised Rudd's response to the murders.

 

Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary called for targetted stop and search by local police to tackle knife crime. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, like Rudd, denied that police cuts had any effect on the murder rate increasing. However, Javid did say "We're going to consult on extending the powers of stop and search" The Communities Secretary admitted 'There is a real problem here' and said the Home Secretary will announce a new strategy to tackle to problem tomorrow.

 

Do you believe police cuts are responsible for the rise in murder rates? Comment your thoughts.

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