Chief Constable Ian Learmonth
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Kent Police 'may investigate by phone'

3 December 2013 Last updated at 23:25 GMT

Kent's chief constable reveals the force may use only the phone to investigate some crime because budget cuts mean they cannot afford to send an officer.

The measure is a result of budget cuts of £50m in four years which have seen the loss of 500 police officers and 1,000 support staff.

Kent Police Federation spokesman Ian Pointon said it was a return to the resource levels of the 1980s.