Senior police officer calls for emergency funding and Cobra meeting to tackle violent crime

One of England’s most senior police officers has called for emergency funding and the convening of a Cobra meeting in Whitehall to help tackle the rise in violent crime.

Speaking before talks with the home secretary, Sajid Javid, Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the recent spate of youth knife crime deaths should be treated as a national emergency.

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