Po­lice un­der strain

Coventry Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

PUB­LIC con­fi­dence in the po­lice has been “se­verely dented” as forces strug­gle to de­liver an ef­fec­tive ser­vice, a Com­mons com­mit­tee has warned.

It is tak­ing longer to charge sus­pects, fewer ar­rests are be­ing made and neigh­bour­hood pres­ences have been stripped back, MPs said.

Falls in fund­ing and staffing lev­els have left con­stab­u­lar­ies un­der “in­creas­ing strain”, ac­cord­ing to the wor­ry­ing re­port from the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee. THE QUEEN was im­pressed by the views from the 10th floor of a fi­nance com­pany’s build­ing she opened in the City of Lon­don yes­ter­day – and joked that they would dis­tract its staff.

Land­marks such as St Paul’s Cathe­dral, the Gherkin sky­scraper and the Lon­don Eye could be clearly seen from the lofty heights of the Schroders build­ing at 1 Lon­don Wall Place.

Richard Beast­all, a part­ner with ar­chi­tects TP Ben­nett, who led the team which de­signed the build­ing’s in­te­rior, told the Queen that all the meet­ing rooms were at the top to take ad­van­tage of the “great views”.

The royal vis­i­tor made those around her laugh when she quipped: “Quite dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate – al­ways look­ing out the win­dow.”

Dur­ing the visit, the Queen for­mally opened the build­ing, which is the new head­quar­ters of Schroders, a global in­vest­ment man­age­ment com­pany founded more than 200 years ago.

The Queen was in­trigued by the hi-tech lifts, where the floor num­ber had to be tapped into a key­pad be­fore en­ter­ing, as there were no num­ber but­tons in­side. While chat­ting to one group, she joked about it, say­ing “They’ve got no but­tons” but “I got here”.

The Queen dur­ing her visit to open the Schroders of­fice

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