Nottinghamshire Police to get £1.5million to tackle 'serious violence'

Nottinghamshire Police have been given more than £1.5million from the government to help tackle 'serious violence'.

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that £12.4 million of the Serious Violence Fund will be distributed to 18 forces dealing with high levels of violent crime, including £1.54million for Nottinghamshire Police.

Inspector Donna Lowton, Nottinghamshire Police lead on knife crime, at the knife amnesty earlier this year.

Inspector Donna Lowton, Nottinghamshire Police lead on knife crime, at the knife amnesty earlier this year.

It comes just days after an altercation involving a knife outside a Nottingham nightclub and reports that a teenager was attacked "with a Stanley knife" by a group of men in Mansfield before being "punched and kicked".

More than £51 million was announced for the forces before Easter for additional officer deployments, improved intelligence, and short-term operational actions such as targeting habitual knife carriers.

Nottinghamshire Police was also the first police force outside of London to create a 'knife crime task force', as well as organising two separate knife amnesties in the last nine months.

Mr Javid said: “I’ve been doing everything in my power to ensure we have the strongest possible response to tackle violent crime - and law enforcement plays a key role in this.

“This money means forces can take urgent action, including more officers on duty in the worst affected areas.

“It takes a collective effort to tackle violent crime and I’ll continue to work closely with police and partners to end this senseless bloodshed.”

The announcement comes ahead of the first meeting of a new ministerial taskforce on serious youth violence, chaired by the Prime Minister, in Downing Street today.

Nottinghamshire Police are one of 18 police forces to receive more than £1million from the fund, with the Home Office supplying the Metropolitan Police more than £20million and neighbouring Leicestershire Police more than £1.4million.