A senior police officer has said the quality manner to address a knife attacker is to “run away as fast you can”, after a Tory MP recommended youngsters should research Martial Arts to defend themselves.
Sir Christopher Chope said kids who got healthy and learned Judo or Tae Kwon Do might be higher capable of cope with a knife assault.
But Dave Thompson, the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police warned towards counting on the unarmed fight, and insisted that the excellent recommendation was continuing to run away.
Mr. Thompson becomes appearing at the Home Affairs Select Committee, alongside Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, to reply questions from MPs on serious violent crime.
They both said the modern knife crime epidemic was the worst it had been in their long careers.
Sir Christopher, who is a member of the committee, stated: “One of the approaches in which human beings can be prepared is through doing Judo or Tae Kwon Do, being bodily able and taught the way to address a situation when you are threatened with a knife.”
Mr. Thompson responded: “The high-quality knife prevention technique is to run away as rapid as you can…I would likely not advise a strategy of growing fight readiness via martial arts of younger human beings usually, but there may be a few enchantments in those sports activities, they are hugely popular and that they take younger guys off the streets.”
But Ms. Dick said while welcoming the more price range had been now not enough and she entreated ministers to “step up” and deal with the issue as greater of a priority.
Ms. Dick insisted that tackling terrible degrees of violence turned into the something precedence for everybody running inside the Met.
But she stated there has been too little coordination and no longer enough cognizance through government departments and stated the £100 million announced with the aid of Chancellor Philip Hammond in advance this month as a “distinctly small” quantity.
Ms. Dick said: “If you look at the stabbings of young human beings, I assume that is a new and disturbing and tragic phenomenon. The ultimate couple of years have seen the highest and maximum demanding stages [of knife crime] in my carrier.”
She went on: “There has been a massive quantity of interest from the media and absolutely a few simply tragic cases, and absolutely everyone within the united states is greater focus on this.
“The Home Secretary has proven a considerable amount of management around it. However, what we don’t see yet is actual pass government actions and that being delivered in a significant way on the ground in our communities.”
Ms. Dick stated even as authorities departments were stretched and have been focussed on different troubles inclusive of Brexit, it turned into important they “stepped up” and got here together to assist drive down the scourge of significant violence.
She stated: “It wishes to be a better priority and then there needs to be extra actual coordination and transport of the things we recognize paintings and could work, and of path doubtlessly a few similarly resourcing of these, which is some thing else I might ask for.”
Asked approximately the latest coins injection from the Government, Ms Dick said: “It could be very welcome however while you compare it with all the matters we realize we should do and all of the savings and discounts throughout the applicable sectors, not least policing at a time of growing complexity, expectation and call for, £a hundred million is a small sum of money tremendously, truly.”