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Cumbria in top ten most expensive forces

Cumbria 's Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV Border

A new survey claims the cost of running police and crime commissioners' offices could be cut to put extra police officers on the street.

The report from the Taxpayers' Alliance says that proportionate to population, Cumbria is the seventh most expensive of 41 force areas in England and Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner costs criticised

Richard Rhodes is Cumbria's PCC Credit: ITV Border

A new survey claims the cost of running police and crime commissioners offices could be cut to put extra police officers on the street.

The report from the Taxpayers Alliance says that for every 1,000 members of the electorate, Cumbria is the seventh most expensive of forty-one force areas in England and Wales.

For every 1,000 people in the area, it says the cost for Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is £2,274.

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Survivor of domestic abuse supports Cumbria Victims Charitable Trust

Cumbria is one of the safest places to live in the UK but last year there were over 24,000 crimes reported across the county.

Today, a new charitable trust was launched specifically designed to help the victims of crime in the region.

One woman from west Cumbria, who suffered repeated domestic abuse when with her ex-partner, supports the new initiative.

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