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Beat bobbies an endangered species, says Police Federation

The bobby on the beat is becoming an "endangered species" in England and Wales because of government spending cuts, the Police Federation has said.

A survey for the organisation suggests 33 out of the 43 forces have scrapped, reduced or merged their neighbourhood policing teams since 2010.

Ministers called the funding settlement challenging, but said forces had enough resources and crime was falling.

June Kelly reports.

  • 20 May 2015
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