Violent crime has soared in recent years, with Government statistics from April 2018 to March 2019 showing an eight percent year-on-year rise in knife crime. As part of a new campaign launched by the Home Office to try and quell the epidemic, stories about knife crime printed onto the boxes of popular takeaway chicken shops Chicken Cottage and Morley’s. Announcing the news on Twitter, the Home Office said: “We are rolling out our #KnifeFree chicken boxes in over 210 chicken shops in England and Wales, including Morley’s, Dixy Chicken and Chicken Cottage. They use real life stories to show people how they can go #KnifeFree.”
However, the new plan to help tackle violence across the country has been widely mocked on social media.
One Twitter user said: “Anyone else look at this and think knives never came in chicken boxes?”
Another added: “This is the most frustrating thing I have seen this year. Instead of investing in youth centres and activities. You are decorating chicken boxes.”
A third commenter could not help but tease a commenter from the US who was confused as to “why a chicken box would include a knife in the first place”.
He joked: “It’s traditional in the UK to use a 7inch kitchen knife to eat fried chicken, plunged into each piece from a height.
“Sadly, it was resulting in a high casualty rate e.g. #thigh2thighSlippage put down to hijinks. Many people couldn’t imagine eating chicken any other way.”
Another asked: “Is there some sort of link between fried chicken and knife crime?”
The plan was announced as part of a number of initiatives unveiled by the government to try to bring down the level of violent crime.
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He said: “We’ve got fewer police officers now than any time since 2003, while the population has risen by two million.
“Are the police worried about the lack of numbers? The answer is yes. Our police work so hard. They are under-resourced and over-stretched.
“We need more officers and so I’m using City Hall money – council tax and business rates – to recruit more, but we need central government to give us more support to reverse the cuts made.
“In the eight years before I became mayor, Boris Johnson never raised council tax to pay for police. In my first three years I’ve raised council tax the maximum I’m allowed to do by law to divert it to the police.
“Our police is funded by roughly 80 percent by central government and 20 percent by other sources. It’s now gone down to 70 percent from central because I’ve raised other sources, but I can’t fill the massive hole left by £1billion of cuts.”
Mr Johnson has also vowed to bring back stop and search, targeted and intelligence-led police powers to allow officers to confront those suspected of carrying a knife