One of the worst performing police forces may stop attending low level crime scenes


Saps of vehicle crimes and shoplifting cases worth less than £100 in Bedfordshire may not get a visit from the heat in future.

The drastic move is being contemplated as senior officers wriggle to cope with budget cuts.

Kathryn Holloway, the county’s the cops and crime commissioner, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the break was reviewing what it was “not able to do”.

Her warning came after Britain’s oustandingliest force admitted it will stop investigating low level crimes – grouping burglary and minor assaults – to save money.  

I have no appetite whatsoever as the PCC for Bedfordshire in seeing my county happen to the retail theft capital for the UK

Kathryn Holloway – Bedfordshire’s police and misdeed commissioner

Faced with a rise in violent crime and massive budget cold shoulders, the Metropolitan Police says it will focus on more serious wrong.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan told MPs the situation was so bad, the Met has now reached a “head point in relation to our ability to keep our city safe”.

Ms Holloway allowed any move to stop attending low level crimes might encourage criminals in Bedfordshire.

She put MPs: “Two examples that have been suggested are that we would not be turn up ating vehicle crime. 

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Victims of small crimes in Bedfordshire may not get a stopover from police in future

“I suppose there could be an argument that human being are insured and shouldn’t be leaving valuables in cars, vans and so on.

“However, it’s also been intimated that we wouldn’t be going to retail thefts of £100 and under.”

But she totaled: “I have no appetite whatsoever as the PCC for Bedfordshire in seeing my county become the retail pinching capital for the UK.”

She told the committee the force has made nearly £35 million in slices. 

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Sadiq Khan expressed his concern about police budget interrupts

It faces a further reduction of £11.4 million to £12.5 million in the next four years “if things remnants unchanged”.

According the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Bedfordshire was rated “in short supply” in an effectiveness survey in 2016.

The Met has already saved £600 million and estimate they command have to find another £400 million in savings by 2020.

Mayor Khan disclosed MPs: “It’s not conceivable that there is not going to be impact on the safety of Londoners.” 

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Amber Rudd has importuned force leaders to focus on cutting crime instead of lobbying for varied money

The debate over police resources has been played out in community as ministers prepare to unveil the latest cash settlement for forces.

Cash-strapped exacts fear they will not be able to cope with rising impetuous crime and an unprecedented terrorist threat.

They want a massive funding spread not more cuts.

But the message from the Home Office has been uncompromising. 

Bailiwick Secretary Amber Rudd has urged force leaders to focus on venomous crime instead of lobbying for more money.

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