‘They have to take dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions’ – deputy mayor

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DEPUTY mayor Bev Hughes, who leads on polic­ing for Andy Burn­ham, said: “Ev­ery vic­tim of crime rightly ex­pects their re­port to be taken se­ri­ously.

“But these fig­ures lay bare the stark re­al­ity of years of cen­tral gov­ern­ment cuts – the po­lice sim­ply can­not in­ves­ti­gate ev­ery crime and have to take dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions about where best to fo­cus their time and re­sources.

“They – and I – wish this were not nec­es­sary but un­for­tu­nately it is.

“How­ever, it is a pri­or­ity for me and for the Chief Con­sta­ble that the most se­ri­ous of crimes that cause most harm to com­mu­ni­ties are fully in­ves­ti­gated with no ef­fort spared to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.”

●●Deputy mayor for polic­ing and crime Bev­er­ley Hughes

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