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Figures show drop in police numbers

The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by more than 2,500 last year, the first significant fall for at least six years, figures show.

There were 142,363 officers on September 30, a drop of 1.7% compared with the previous year, Home Office figures show.

The fall in numbers comes amid fears of further job losses over the next four years as the police grants are cut by 20% under the Government's spending review.


From Belfast Telegraph