James with Andy Burnham and residents
James with Andy Burnham and residents

Bury North MP James Frith has voiced alarm over the latest figures showing the scale of cuts to frontline policing in Bury and across Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester has lost 2,000 police officers – a 25% reduction – and almost 1,000 police staff and PCSOs.

James said:

“These cuts are deeply worrying and directly linked to growing concern about a rise in crime, especially violent crime. The government are putting the safety of our streets at risk by continuing this programme of unrelenting austerity.

“I hope voters in Bury will think carefully before casting their votes in next week’s local elections. The only way to force the government to reverse course is to send a strong message that enough is enough.”

GM Mayor Andy Burnham discussed the issue of crime on a recent visit to Ramsbottom, where it was raised by many residents. The Mayor recently launched the new GM Police and Crime Plan, which contains a commitment to fight for funding from central government to get more police on the streets of Bury and across Greater Manchester.

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