Aylesbury’s MP, Rob Butler, is ‘delighted’ that Thames Valley Police will receive £1.16m in tackling serious violence across the region.

The cash injection is part of a £35.5m investment towards Violence Reduction Units in police force areas across England and Wales.

Mr Butler, who became the town’s MP in 2019, said: “I am delighted that Thames Valley Police will receive more than £1 million to tackle the violence that has been denying too many young people their futures.

The police station in Aylesbury is on the Wendover Road

“This funding will help bring together organisations across our community to confront violent crime and address its underlying causes as well as also funding positive prevention projects amongst children and young people.

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“By backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safer, helping make Aylesbury a great place to live, work, visit and invest.”

The Government has now invested some £105 million in the programme, supporting more than 100,000 young people since it was established.

The money forms part of a wider government drive to tackle crime and make communities safer.

This includes recruiting 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, of whom more than 6,000 have already been hired.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, said: “Violence Reduction Units play a vital role in preventing young people from being dragged into the horrors of serious violence, and this funding will enable them to continue this crucial work.

Bucks Free Press: Priti Patel (Aaron Chown/PA)Priti Patel (Aaron Chown/PA)

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“I will continue to back our police with the resources and powers they need to cut crime and make your community safer.”

Since the start of the 21st century, 30 police officers have lost their lives whilst on duty.