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Manchester police cuts will mean force has to say 'no' and make impossible decisions about where to help

Inspector Ian Hanson, Police Federation

The Police Federation are warning cuts to policing in Manchester may mean the only time someone may see a policeman is when they're being arrested.

Since the coalition government started its austerity programme in 2009 Greater Manchester Police has been told to make cuts totalling £185 million.

It's had to lose 1300 officers and now faces the bleak prospect of dipping below 5000 officers - the mark it regards as breaking point.

The government on the other hand says its reforms have made policing easier.

Now the federation has launched the #WhatDoWeStop campaign to ask the public where they think the savings can be made.

Merseyside police officer takes on Nepal charity challenge after learning to walk again

For one Merseyside police officer just pounding the beat is a major achievement.

Jane Sargeant has been learning to walk again after an operation on her back left her unable to use her legs.

The detective is slowly getting back on her feet and now she's taking on challenges to raise money for a children's charity.

Tim Scott reports.


Police find drugs and gun in Moss Side raid

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Police have recovered a firearm and a quantity of drugs during raids on at a house on Lindum Street in Moss Side this morning.

During the raid they found a loaded automatic handgun and a quantity of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis. The estimated street value of the drugs is £10,000.

A 23 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of firearms and drugs offences and remains in police custody

Drugs and firearms are the scourge of communities and this warrant has helped us make the streets a safer place. We are determined to rid our neighbourhood of firearms and drugs but need help from residents. I would ask anyone who may have information to contact police as soon as possible.

– DI Tony Norman from the Xcalibre Task Force

Three men charged over death of a teenager

Three men have been charged with murder after a teenager was found dead in Merseyside on New Year's Day.

Jordan Campbell, 17, was found at a flat in in Tickle Avenue, St Helens, Merseyside at about 12:00.

Police had been called to reports of an assault at about 11:55, when they saw smoke coming from the property.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service extinguished a number of small fires inside the flat.

Firefighters found the body of the teenager, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a single stab wound.

Police officers injured after brawl in Blackpool

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Police are continuing to question twelve people after a brawl involving up to 500 youths broke out in Blackpool.

Police were pelted with missiles, including cans, as they responded to reports of disorder in Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street on Friday night.

Three officers received minor injuries with police eventually bringing the situation under control after an hour.

Twelve people, aged 13 to 22, have been arrested for a variety of public order offences.

Police investigated over 'bad behaviour' online

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A number of police employees across the region are among those investigated for breaking social media rules. Some of the behaviour reported nationally included 'threatening and racist' comments on social networking sites.

New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations (88). In Lancashire, a member of civilian staff received a written warning over derogatory remarks posted on their Facebook page about a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had issued the staff member with a fine for dog fouling. A Pc with the same force also received management action after it was alleged they made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

A fellow constable resigned over their "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours", in particular the Pc's use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A colleague received counselling after an investigation into a Facebook photo of the staff member asleep whilst on duty in the Control Room.

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