The loss of hundreds of police officers in Lancashire has contributed to an increase in crime, says a senior police officer.
Acting Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary Chris Weigh said Government-imposed public sector cuts were a factor in a rise in particular offences, although crime as a whole remained "historically low" in the county.
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Wet start to the day, cloudy, heavy rain over the Isle of Man and Cumbria. Milder than of late, but breezier. Some hill fog
Turning more mobile and less cold over the next few days across the NW. Tonight, chilly start, temperatures and cloud increasing
After the recent snow and very cold temperatures, we see a return to the sort of weather we would normally expect for the UK in January