Page last updated at 10:24 GMT, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 11:24 UK

Wrong time for police cuts - MLA

PSNI

An assembly member has criticised police budget cuts in Londonderry which will see fewer officers on the streets.

Chief Inspector Chris Yates said police overtime in Derry could be cut by as much as 60% over the next year.

He said staffing levels will be reviewed in key front line units but he still has enough resources to deliver a professional service to the Foyle area.

DUP MLA William Hay said: "The cuts are wrong at this time, especially when there's a high threat from dissidents."

He said that he had "deep concerns" about a policing budget where there are "frontline service cuts".

Within the last month the PSNI closed the response unit on the Waterside and transferred all base response units to Strand Road.



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