Crime budget cuts ‘a disaster’

Police SOCO tent on Wombwell High Street following a serious assault in the town overnight

Police SOCO tent on Wombwell High Street following a serious assault in the town overnight

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COUNCIL chiefs in St Helens are calling on the government to stop its plans to cut police budgets.

In a motion to the full council, Councillor Keith Deakin, who represents the borough on Merseyside Poice Authority, directly linked the move with a rise in crime.

He said: “As usual the cuts are a postcode lottery.

“While the leafy suburbs of places like Surrey will hardly feel the cuts places like Merseyside will suffer the brunt.

“Effective policing is already under threat. We are beginning to see an increase in crime as there are fewer officer available on the streets.”

Councillor Sue Murphy, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth, added: “St Helens is extremely proud of its good partnership working with Merseyside Police and together we have made massive inroads into tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Now these cuts are all set to totally undermine all of that hard work. This town and its residents deserve more. The cuts are putting people’s safety at risk.”

Councillors passed Coun Deakin’s motion and instructed chief executive Carole Hudson to write to the Home Secretary opposing any more cuts to police budgets.

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