Good Morning Britain weatherman Alex Beresford interrupted a debate today as he delivered a passionate rant about knife crime.
Beresford couldn’t stop himself from shouting across the studio after John Apter, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, called for more prisons to be built.
“Prison doesn’t work though. It does not work,” he shouted off camera. “I’ve grown up in some of these communities you guys are talking about. Prison is not a deterrent. Some of these boys don’t fear prison.
“If you don’t change the evironment you wont change anything and that’s the key thing.
“This has been happening for years. And it’s not always in the media. It won’t change. it’s going to take several things to come together. Yes policing is one thing.”
Beresford then passionately argued that everyone in the GMB studio, including himself, had benefitted from the environment in which they were raised.
“At the end of the day, if you don’t change these boys’ environment. All of you guys on that side have benefited from the environment you’ve grown up in. You’ve benefited from this work environment. I’ve benefited from it.
“But these boys, not all of them get to benefit from the environment. If we don’t show them something else you won’t change it, sorry.”
ICYMI: In a debate about the effectiveness of using stop and search to combat knife crime in the UK, @alexberesfordTV speaks frankly about the issues behind the problem, and his own experience of being stopped by police. pic.twitter.com/U3sbIyrM2L
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 5, 2019
After Piers Morgan argued that more needed to be done to crack down on those carrying ‘large killing devices’, Beresford replied: “Often you don’t catch them, Piers. Avon and Somerset Police I know for a fact do knife sweeps.
“Often you get the innocent young black boy who gets stopped by police and gets frustrated. We’ve all seem them on social media where they get arrested because they can’t control their anger. That’s how that relationship with the police breaks down.”