On 9 April, the Home Secretary launched the Government's new Serious Violence Strategy.
The strategy marks a shift in the approach to knife and gun crime, and recognises that changes to the drugs market, such as increases in consumption and county lines dealing, require a different approach to tackling violent crime. The action in the strategy focuses on tackling county lines and misuse of drugs, early intervention and prevention, supporting communities and local partnerships, and law enforcement and the criminal justice response. Initiatives described in the strategy include new laws making it harder than ever to purchase and possess guns, knives and acid, an £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, a new Serious Violence Task Force, and a new National County Line Co-ordination Centre. The full speech can be found here and the strategy is available here.