Peter Bleksley, previously known as ‘The Chief’ on Channel 4’s Hunted, has described the prime minister as “daft, deluded and dangerous” after she claimed that cuts in police numbers had no correlation to rising knife crime.
On Monday, Theresa May faced backlash after she said there "was no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers".
The former Metropolitan Police officer told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “Quite frankly the prime minister is daft, deluded and - with this entrenched position - she is dangerous.
“She will not look herself in the mirror and confront the realities. The realities are that the cuts that she has made while being home secretary and prime minister have had an enormous impact.
“Of course knife crime is a very complex issue. It is not just about police cuts, there are other facts that need to be borne in mind.
“But being in denial that the dramatic reduction in police numbers has no correlation to crime figures is frankly delusional. It is very worrying that our prime minister would adopt that position.”
'Slaughtered on our streets'
Mr Bleksley urged the government to deploy the army as a short term solution.
He said: “We need an urgent response to this. I know the issues are complex and I know the solutions won’t be discovered overnight but as a very short term response to this issue you could mobilise the army.”
He added: “This is what is needed to be done in the short term while more officers are recruited and then trained.”
Mr Bleksley suggested that without the work of doctors, there would be more knife crime fatalities.
“There are young people being slaughtered on our streets with such frightening regularity,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for doctors and surgeons and their skills, there would be even more fatalities.”