Row over document intensifies after further leak reveals issue of police resources had been raised

Tackling serious violence is not a law enforcement issue alone, according to a key government strategy published amid a row over the impact of police numbers on a surge in violent crime in Britain.

The impact of police levels is conspicuous by its absence from the government’s much-hyped serious violence strategy, which was published by the Home Office on Monday after the Guardian revealed department research had concluded that the fall in the number of police was likely to have contributed to an increase in knife and gun crime.

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