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Five police forces 'will struggle' with budget cuts

Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire are among five forces that will struggle to cope with future budget cuts, the police watchdog has warned.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said neighbourhood officers were doing duties that could have a "detrimental effect" on crime prevention work.

The HMIC report warned the forces would find it especially difficult to cope with further cuts after 2015.

Sally Chidzoy reports.

  • 18 Jul 2013