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Anti-social behaviour cuts feared

Cutting efforts to fight anti-social behaviour would be "a very significant mistake" for police, a watchdog has said.

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Denis O'Connor said some forces in England and Wales already responded too slowly to calls from vulnerable people.

He warned that if spending cuts led police to neglect the problem, it could tip some areas into a "spiral of economic and social decline".

The BBC's Andy Tighe reports.

  • 23 Sep 2010
  • From the section UK
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