Police budget cuts queried

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LABOUR Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield challenged the Home Secretary over fears about rising crime in Sheffield.

Speaking in Parliament, the MP quoted South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Med Hughes, who said budget cuts will “undoubtedly affect each and every area” of his force.

Mr Blomfield said: “The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police is facing a loss of 1,200 police and civilian posts.

“He is absolutely clear that there will be an enormous impact on frontline policing and has said crime will rise in South Yorkshire. Given the Home Secretary’s concern that we should trust the police and their judgment, what would she say to him?”

Home Secretary Theresa May replied: “It is clear that savings can be made while frontline services are maintained and improved.”