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Dorset PCC links youth service cuts to increase in youth crime

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martyn Underhill has blamed cuts to youth services on the increase seen in youth crime.

In a report to Dorset Council’s police and crime panel, Underhill says “The PCC remains cautious about the current provision of youth services in Dorset and acknowledges the accepted evidence base that has linked this reduction to the challenges of youth offending and serious youth violence (particularly knife crime) that have been the feature of many towns and cities across the country in recent years”.

With Youth services in Dorset having lost £1.4bn (equating to 70%) of their funding since 2010/11 he concludes that “more needs to be done” to redress the position and calls for “further prevention and diversionary activity” across the county.