Cuts putting people at risk says police boss

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WIGAN’S Police and Crime Commissioner has criticised the Government’s spending review, saying cuts to police budgets endanger lives.

Chancellor George Osborne yesterday announced plans to slash the Home Office budget - which includes policing - by six per cent.

The exact cuts to police budgets have not yet been revealed apart from Mr Osborne stating they will be less than six per cent.

But a six per cent decrease in Greater Manchester would mean a loss of £26.8m, the equivalent of 1,200 student police officers.

Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “The communities of Greater Manchester have suffered enough because of these reckless cuts that have already left a £134m hole in the local policing budget and the loss of more than 1,000 officers from out streets.

“This unthinking approach by George Osborne and Theresa May is simply not sustainable.”