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Front-line policing 'in jeopardy'

The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, Tony Melville, says his force is heading towards a "cliff edge" because of budget cuts and a freeze in the amount raised for policing through council tax.

He told the Today programme's Evan Davis that a combination of early, national and local cuts had created an "extraordinary challenge" to policing.

He also said they had "re-engineered" their police force to make efficiency savings but common sense dictated that further cuts would affect front-line policing.

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