New laws to tackle gun and knife crime will not work, a senior police representative has said.
Alan Gordon, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, spoke after the fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Paul Erhahon on Friday.
Mr Gordon said some people had a “scant regard” for human life which would not be combated by legislation.
The Violent Crime Reduction Act introduced a range of new offences relating to gun and knife crime.
Mr Gordon said he thought the intention to try to control violent crime was good but added that he was cynical as to whether legislation was the right answer.
Knife crime laws ‘will not work’