BBC QT: Ex-Chief Constable makes heartbreaking confession on knife crime – ‘It's my fault'

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BBC QT: Ex-Chief Constable makes heartbreaking confession on knife crime - ‘It's my fault' 1

The debate on Thursday night centred around knife crime, particularly in London. It sparked a series of horrifying responses from the audience, who discussed their own experiences with the panel. The question that started the discussion was asked by a member of the audience who said her son had been mugged locally “three times” in a year.

She wanted to know what the panel intended to do about knife crime.

In a devastatingly frank response, Mike Barton – who worked on the beat in Durham as the head of police – reassured the audience member of what role the police still have to play.

He said: “This is my fault, this is the fault of police because for 39 years, I’ve done your bidding.

“I’ve locked up a lot of drug dealers, and when I’ve locked them up, I’ve put them in the court and they’ve been put away for a long time.

“But two hours after I have locked them up, behind my back two more violent drug dealers have tried to take over the patch.

“And the most violent one has won.

“So I then go after the most violent drug dealer and this is a Darwinian spiral of violence.”

He added: “We’ve created that because we’ve done their bidding.

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