BORIS Johnson will step up the war on violent crime this week with fresh action to stop youngsters being dragged into gang culture.
The PM has approved an extra stream of funding for specialist teams operating in 18 of the worst hotspots.
A £35million cash boost will enhance the work of Violence Reduction Units set up to tackle the root causes of street crime.
The units work with schools, youth clubs and community groups to intervene long before kids pick up a weapon.
Hospital staff and social workers have now been given a legal duty to protect youngsters by flagging up knife wounds, suspicious injuries or unusual behaviour.
Teachers are also under an obligation to report danger signs.
Police recorded 47,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales in the year up to March 2019.
In London alone, 2019 was the bloodiest year in a decade with 133 people violently killed.
Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday said: “I will not tolerate criminals drawing vulnerable young people into a life of violence.
“The units play a vital role in diverting young people away from crime and the funding I’ll announce will allow them to continue this important work.”
Parties in care pact
TORIES are ready to strike a deal with Labour to fix the social care crisis.
Ministers may put some of Jeremy Corbyn’s Election ideas into practice in a cross-party compromise.
The Prime Minister has ordered intensive work on a long-term plan that guarantees dignity and security — without anyone having to sell their home to fund care costs.
Details will be unveiled within weeks and sources say it is a top priority once Brexit is delivered on January 31.