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.

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Cuts at Lancashire Police

Lancashire police chiefs are holding a briefing on the force's finances this afternoon. There have already been warnings that front-line police staff are facing greater cuts than in most other forces across the country.