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North Somerset’s police bosses call on Government to ‘act now’ and address funding

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 August 2017

Sue Mountstevens and Andy Marsh.

Sue Mountstevens and Andy Marsh.

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The bosses of Avon and Somerset Constabulary say policing is at a pivotal point as they call on the Government to ‘act now’ and address funding issues.

The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh have previously written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to say policing is being ‘pushed to the limits’.

They have now met with Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd and Ms Mountstevens said: “We had an honest and robust conversation... and I am reassured he’s listening.”

The news comes after crime went up by 17 per cent in North Somerset in the past year, and Ms Mountstevens said: “Clearly any further reductions in police funding will increase the risk for all our communities.

“I will be making the argument for investment in our police service loud and clear to central Government. 
I hope that all our local MPs join me in this important debate.”

MORE: Drug, knife and violent crime on the rise in North Somerset.

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