Cut crime not cops - MP

A BARNSLEY MP has launched a petition against police cuts, saying we need “a plan to cut crime, not to cut police officers”.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East covering Wombwell and Darfield, is calling for the Government to re-think the scale of police cuts.

He has taken action ahead of the upcoming police funding review.

Mr Dugher claims that the proposed 20 per cent frontloaded cuts are taking an “irresponsible gamble with policing and public safety in Barnsley”.

As a result of proposed cuts, 14.7 per cent police officers from communities in South Yorkshire are set to go. And 32.9 per cent of police staff and a further 18 PCSOs will lose their positions because the Government is cutting “too far and too fast”, he added.

The MP is urging people to register their views in next month’s funding consultation, that will later be debated in the Commons.