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Lancashire Police announce scale of budget cuts

Lancashire Police Headquarters at Hutton Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Lancashire police chiefs say they're to cut 73 million pounds from their budgets.

The force will cut a further 200 officers and 550 staff over the next four years. It means a total of 1250 staff will lose their jobs.

Lancashire's Chief Constable also said the force would reduce from six divisions down to three.

Lancashire Police budget cuts

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Chief Con Lancs - "the scale and the pace if the cuts is frightening." #lancspolice face tens of millions more in budget cuts.

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#lancspolice will lose 25% of their budget by 2017 totalling over £73 million. The force faces the most radical charges on over 30 years.

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By 2017 there will be 700 fewer police officers in Lancashire and 550 fewer police staff.

Police cuts announced in Lancashire

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Clive Gunshaw - "the government keeps shifting the goal posts," after £42m in budget gut met with a further demand for £31m more.

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#Police Commissioner for Lancs attacks government over the budget cuts his force is facing. More @granadareports

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Lancs Chief Constable Steve Finnigan outlines how the force will be reduced from 6 Divisions down to 3 in a bid to meet government targets.

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Lancashire Police cuts

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Chief Con Finnigan says "it's important we minimise the impact on front line policing." He's already cut £42m. Now he faces £31m further cut

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Lancs Police has already sold off over 30 police stations and police houses, ditched 15 front line counters and reduced back office support.

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Lancs Police Commissioner "we are in danger of reaching tipping point. These cuts are too quick and too deep." As the force faces £73m cuts

Cuts at Lancashire Police

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Lancs Police to make £73m in cuts to services. 700 police officer posts to go as the force faces government pressure.

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Lancs Chief Con says his force faces "the greatest challenge in over 30 years" as they're told to cut tens of millions of pounds more.

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