The ever-evolving menace of street violence, particularly the haunting shadows of 'zombie-style' knives, has been a concern raised with me by residents that I wholeheartedly share. Recently, the government's robust crackdown declared a clear message: these weapons of intimidation have no place on our streets. While this is a laudable step forward, it is merely the beginning, and we must propel further.
No more can retailers walk the fine line of legality, selling these threatening blades under the guise of innocuous merchandise. The government's meticulous definition, ranging from the length to the unique features of these knives, cuts to the heart of the matter.
A round of applause is due to West Midlands Police and the various local groups who have put themselves on the frontline. Their tireless efforts have resulted in the removal of an astounding 100,000 knives since 2019 nationally. Such feats, while commendable, are mere milestones on our longer journey towards safety.
The government's Violence Reduction Units, with their exemplary vision, have already impacted 215,000 vulnerable young people across the country, showing them the light away from a life of crime. But with every life saved, there are many more still at the crossroads.
As your Member of Parliament, my drive is unwavering. I will continue pressing for more support and resources from the Home Office, ensuring Solihull & Shirley gets the funding that is required. It's high time we reclaim our streets and give our future generations the safe haven they deserve.