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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said: 

"These figures show police forces across the country are being heavily hit by the 20 per cent cuts, making it harder for them to fight crime and anti-social behaviour. 

"The Conservative-led Government has announced today it is sticking to plans to make the biggest cuts in the first few years putting Chief Constables in an extremely difficult position. The Conservative-led Government is cutting too far, too fast and already around 2,000 police officers have gone since the election with thousands more to follow. 

“We welcome the fact that measures Labour introduced before the election, to tackle gang violence, have come into force this week, but new measures won't help if there aren't enough police on the streets to implement them.

“The Home Secretary seems to finally recognise that anti-social behaviour is a priority for people and communities across the country. However, tackling anti-social behaviour depends on having the neighbourhood police and PCSOs to do the job. Cutting those police now is a major blow to communities battling anti-social behaviour across the country."

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