James with GMP Bury Superintendent Paul Walker and GM Deputy Mayor for Policing Bev Hughes
James with GMP Bury Superintendent Paul Walker and GM Deputy Mayor for Policing Bev Hughes

Bury North MP James Frith has called a public meeting to discuss growing concerns about rising crime in Bury as the latest government police settlement shows the ninth consecutive year of cuts to Greater Manchester Police.

The meeting, which will also be addressed by GMP Bury Superintendent Paul Walker and Cllr Tamoor Tariq, Chair of the GM Police & Crime Panel, will be held at 6pm on Thursday 7th March at Woodbank Cricket Club and is open to all residents of Bury North.

Greater Manchester Police have seen over £153 million slashed from their budget since 2010, leading to the loss of almost 2,000 police officers, 22% of the force, and nearly 200 PCSOs.

Violent crime has risen in Greater Manchester by 195% since 2010.

Central government say they’re giving more money to the police this year, but the small additional amount of funding they’ve allocated doesn’t even cover the increased pension liability faced by local forces. Any further increases will have to come from the council tax precept, pushing the burden of funding the police onto hard-pressed local taxpayers.

James said: “I’m hosting this meeting because many local people have contacted me to express concern in recent months about rising crime and the ability of the police to tackle it with their current resources.

“I am doing all I can to oppose the cuts in Parliament and pressure the government into giving our police the funding they need to keep our streets safe, and I know GMP are doing their best with the resources they have. This will be a chance for local people to air their grievances and hear from the police what they’re doing to address concerns.”

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