A former Met Police superintendent has said police are running the risk of becoming "irrelevant" because they are no longer spending time connecting with communities.
Leroy Logan appeared on the breakfast show in the wake of Theresa May claiming there was no link between rising knife crime and police cuts.
However, Mr Logan argued that a lack of police presence was causing young people to carry knives as a personal safety measure.
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"When you have a lack of [police] numbers you'll have less of a chance to reassure people that they are safe, particularly young people," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.
"The fact that they are not connecting with police as they should because of a lack of numbers has been linked to an increased fear of being a victim of crime and violence, and there's more of a propensity that they will carry knives."
Theresa May's denying of a link between policing cuts and knife crime has sparked a backlash, with NHS data revealing that the number of under 16's being treated for blade wounds has almost doubled in the last five years.
New police figures also show a 53 per cent increase in the number of teenagers using knives for murders, robberie, rapes or sexual assaults between 2016 and 2018.
"People are fooling themselves if they think austerity has no impact," Mr Logan added.