SAJID Javid has said he could have turned to a life of crime – but his parents and teachers saved him.
The Home Secretary grew up on what was dubbed “the most dangerous street in Britain” where drug dealers tried to lure him in outside the school gates, he revealed today.
Sajid Javid has said his life could have turned out very differently
In a speech on tackling crime in a thinly veiled leadership bid, he promised to treat it like a disease and noted that it was now the public’s main concern in a recent poll.
He said today: “I was lucky. I had loving and supporting parents, who despite their own circumstances gave me security.
“I had some brilliant teachers who motivated me to go further than what was expected of me.
“I even had a girlfriend who believed in me and supported me despite my lack of prospects and went onto to become my wife.”
Tackling serious violence would be a challenge for every Government department because “by the time a person becomes a problem for the police, it is often too late”, he argued in a bid to persuade Tory MPs he’s the man to be touch on crime.
Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic, with 135 fatal stabbings in London last year – a 10-year high.
Mr Javid, who many speculate is set to run for leader when Theresa May steps down, launched a defence of the stop-and-search policy, and even admitted that spiralling knife crime made him fear for his own children.
“I’m not ashamed to confess; I have stayed up late at night waiting to hear the key turning in the door,” he said. “And only then going to bed knowing that they have come home safe and sound.”
Police attend a stabbing in Fulham last week
Sometimes he “cannot help but see the faces of my own children” in the pictures of some of the victims, he added.
“If I don’t feel safe or don’t think the streets are safe enough for my own children then something has gone terribly wrong,” he said.
The drug market, social media and a lack of police funding had led to a spike in violence, he said.
It comes after it emerged that police research suggested that adult chaperones could be used to take kids to school in areas of high knife crime.
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