Boris challenged over policing

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, is challenged over planned closures of police station front counters and cuts to London Fire Brigade. More than 30 fire stations are earmarked for closure due to a budget shortfall of £50million.

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Boris faces fire questions

Boris toured the new fire control centre in West London in February Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, will face tough questions from London Assembly members over plans to close more than 30 fire stations.

The budget for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is being cut by £64.5million over the next two years.

Emergency services at the scene of a fire and explosion in Denmark Hill, Camberwell Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Labour members say to meet the funding gap, 31 stations and 36 fire appliances are earmarked to be cut. The list of closures has been revealed in a report that will be presented to LFEPA this week.

The Fire Brigades Union has described the planned closures as "completely unacceptable" and say they believe public safety will be affected.

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