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Frontline police could be cut as Met Police face total budget cut of £1.4bn

The number of police on the streets in London could be cut as senior officers struggle to make savings ordered by the government.

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The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told ITV News the force might have to slash its budget by up to a third following last week's Autumn statement.

The MPS was looking at a further possible shortfall of £800m on top of existing savings of £600m - a total budget cut of £1.4bn

Sir Bernard said it would be difficult to maintain the current police head count of 32,000.

Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: PA

City Hall revealed today Scotland Yard had been sold to an Arab investment group for £370m - more than £100m above the asking price.

But the profit cannot be spent on police salaries because of rules about 'capital' and 'revenue' spending.

City Hall Credit: PA

It's difficult to be precise yet, but it's clear though, the first £600m we've taken out, we've managed to keep 32,000 police.

If we expect to find another 800m together means a third of the budget, that's going to be very difficult to maintain.

Clearly it's going to be a challenge with a third less budget.

– Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Boris Johnson Credit: PA

It will be expensive in the long run to keep the numbers of police that I want to see on the streets of London.

I think with a growing population in the greatest city on earth, we've got to keep numbers high for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to be making that case to the Treasury and to government.' Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London