Po­lice cuts prompt fears of ter­ror at­tack at mil­i­tary sites

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

♦ Sen­si­tive mil­i­tary sites are at un­ac­cept­able risk of ter­ror at­tack be­cause of cuts to spe­cial­ist de­fence po­lice, it has been claimed.

The De­fence Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion has writ­ten to Gavin Wil­liamson, the new De­fence Sec­re­tary, warn­ing that se­cu­rity lev­els are fall­ing at po­ten­tial tar­gets, such as mu­ni­tions sites, be­cause of cuts to civil­ian po­lice.

The fed­er­a­tion, which rep­re­sents civil­ian MOD po­lice of­fi­cers, is fac­ing a cut of up to £15mil­lion from its bud­get of £167mil­lion this year and is ex­pected to lose around 300 posts. It comes as the MOD is try­ing to find £20bil­lion of sav­ings in the next decade.

Ea­mon Keat­ing, the fed­er­a­tion’s na­tional chair­man, said ter­ror­ists “wouldn’t hes­i­tate to at­tack mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ments”.

He said: “MOD sites around the coun­try are now be­low the min­i­mum level of se­cu­rity needed to pro­tect them from a ter­ror at­tack.

“The risks are ev­i­dent, yet de­ci­sions are be­ing taken by of­fi­cials that pri­ori­tise the bot­tom line over the threat to per­son­nel and as­sets that in some cases cost tens of bil­lions.”

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