Ukip leader de­fends Robin­son as ad­viser

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News - Po­lice chief blames aus­ter­ity bud­get cuts Cameroon troops kill dozens of sep­a­ratists

Ukip leader Ger­ard Bat­ten has de­fended his de­ci­sion to ap­point far-right ac­tivist Tommy Robin­son as an ad­viser, af­ter the move was branded ap­palling by his pre­de­ces­sor, Nigel Farage. Mr Farage ac­cused Mr Bat­ten of tak­ing the Euroscep­tic party in a “shame­ful” di­rec­tion and called for him to be ousted as leader. But Mr Bat­ten de­nied that he was tak­ing Ukip to the ex­tremes and of­fer­ing a wel­come to racists. He said Mr Robin­son – real name Stephen Yax­ley-Lennon – would help him turn Ukip into a “mass move­ment ... a party for or­di­nary peo­ple”. A chief con­sta­ble has ad­mit­ted the ser­vice his force is pro­vid­ing the pub­lic is “nowhere near where it needs to be” and blamed aus­ter­i­ty­driven bud­get cuts. Cleve­land Po­lice chief Mike Veale spoke out about the lack of re­sources they must cope with. And he urged the Govern­ment to help, say­ing: “My mes­sage is clear; give us the tools and we will do the job.” He was speak­ing af­ter a BBC story showed that Hartle­pool – a town within the Cleve­land force area – has to man­age with 10 pa­trol of­fi­cers for a pop­u­la­tion of 90,000. Cameroon’s mil­i­tary says it has killed at least 43 armed sep­a­ratists fight­ing for the cre­ation of an English­s­peak­ing state in the Cen­tral African na­tion. Troops have de­stroyed at least three camps in sev­eral op­er­a­tions since Thurs­day in Bali vil­lage in the Mezam ad­min­is­tra­tive area and Abu vil­lage in Fun­dong, in the North West re­gion, said Gen­eral Agha Robin­son. The mil­i­tary seized a huge con­sign­ment of guns, am­mu­ni­tion, ma­chetes, mo­tor­cy­cles and drugs, he said.

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