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Police and crime commissioners will be given an extra £35m to tackle violent crime, the home secretary has announced.

Priti Patel said the money would allow violence reduction units in 18 areas worst affected by serious violence to continue operating.

Set up earlier in 2019, these units bring together the police, local government and health and community leaders to tackle violent crime by understanding its root causes.

In August, police and crime commissioners (PCCs) received £35m to set up the centres and the announcement continues the funding for 2020/2021.

The Metropolitan Police area will receive the most money – £7m – while Greater Manchester, Merseyside, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire will each get more than £3.3m.

South Yorkshire, Northumbria, Thames Valley, Lancashire, Essex, Avon and Somerset and Kent will receive more than £1.1m each.

While Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Sussex, Hampshire and South Wales will each get £880,000.

Ms Patel said: “I will not tolerate criminals drawing vulnerable young people into a life of violence.

“We are delivering on the people’s priorities by recruiting 20,000 new police officers and introducing tougher sentences to keep offenders behind bars for longer, but agencies must also work together to tackle this issue head on.

“These units are already playing a vital role in diverting young people away from crime – and the funding I have announced today will allow them to continue this important work.”

Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping said: “We can embed and build on the projects already under way and support new initiatives designed to tackle serious violence.

“This funding will provide security for our ambitions for the future.”

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