The Government has promised another £100 million to help in the fight against knife crime A senior police officer has said the best way to deal with a knife attacker is to “run away as fast you can”, after a Tory MP suggested youngsters should learn Martial Arts to defend themselves.Sir Christopher Chope said youngsters who got fit and learnt Judo or Tae Kwon Do would be better able to deal with a knife attack.But Dave Thompson, the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police warned against relying on unarmed combat, and insisted that the best advice was always to run away.Mr Thompson was appearing at the Home Affairs Select Committee, alongside Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, to answer questions from MPs on serious violent crime.They both said the current knife crime epidemic was the worst it had been in their long careers.Sir Christopher, who is a member of the committee, said: “One of the ways in which people can be prepared is by doing Judo or Tae Kwon Do, being physically able and taught how to deal with a situation when you are threatened with a knife.”Mr Thompson replied: “The best knife prevention technique is to run away as fast as you can…I would probably not advocate a strategy of increasing combat readiness through martial arts of young people generally, but there is some attraction in those sports, they are hugely popular and they take young men off the streets.” Tory MP suggested martial arts could help in the fight against knife crime Cressida Dick has said knife crime is at its worst in her 35-year careerCredit:PA She said: “It needs to be a higher priority and then there needs to be more real coordination and delivery of the things we know work, and will work, and of course potentially some further resourcing of these, which is something else I would ask for.”Asked about the recent cash injection from the Government, Ms Dick said: “It is very welcome but when you compare it with all the things we know we could do and all the savings and reductions across the relevant sectors, not least policing at a time of increasing complexity, expectation and demand, £100 million is a small amount of money relatively, absolutely.” Earlier this month, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced an extra £100 million to help tackle knife crime. But Ms Dick said while welcome the extra funds were not enough and she urged ministers to “step up” and treat the issue as more of a priority.Ms Dick insisted that tackling horrific levels of violence was the number one priority for everyone working in the Met.But she said there was too little coordination and not enough focus by government departments and said the £100 million announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond earlier this month as a “relatively small” amount. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ms Dick said: “If you look at the stabbings of young people, I think this is a new and worrying and tragic phenomenon. The last couple of years have seen the highest and most worrying levels [of knife crime] in my service.”She went on: “There has been a massive amount of attention from the media and undoubtedly some really tragic cases and everyone in the country is more focused on this.”The Home Secretary has shown a considerable amount of leadership around it. However what we are not seeing yet is real cross government actions and that being delivered in a meaningful way on the ground in our communities.” Ms Dick said while government departments were stretched and were focussed on other issues such as Brexit, it was vital they “stepped up” and came together to help drive down the scourge of serious violence.