Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Backlash at 'Desperate' May's Delay to Brexit; Forty Knife Crimes a Day Dash Met Chief 'S Claim That Violence Is Stabilising

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Backlash at 'Desperate' May's Delay to Brexit; Forty Knife Crimes a Day Dash Met Chief 'S Claim That Violence Is Stabilising

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor and Sarah Collins in Brussels

THERESA MAY was accused of a "desperate last move" today as she admitted she could delay Britain's final departure from the European Union until almost 2022.

The Prime Minister faced a furious backlash from Tory MPs for confirming that she is considering remaining "a matter of months" longer in the transition period, during which full EU rules will still apply.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who is being mooted as a replacement Conservative leader, hit out, telling the Evening Standard: "This is moving in the wrong Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 Mayor Sadiq Khan. Both have insisted that they are doing everything possible to tackle knife crime, with police ramping up the use of stop and search and carrying out a succession of anti-knife crime operations.

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick also claimed during the summer that violent crime in the capital was stabilising following a surge in the number of murders carried out in the early months of this year.

Today's statistics appear to dash those hopes, as do national figures revealing significant increases in homicide, other "high harm" violence, robbery, burglary and vehicle crime.

They mean that an average of 40 knife crimes a day are now being carried out in the capital, with the 91 knife killings representing an 11 per cent increase over 12 months.

Confirming the rise, the Office for National Statistics said: "While knife crime remains a rare crime, today's figures show knife crime recorded by the police in London is at the highest level since data started to be collected for the year ending March 2009."

Among the victims of the latest surge in knife offending was law student Sami Sidhom, 18, fatally stabbed as he arrived home in Forest Gate from a West Ham match in April. …

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