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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Mayor defends plans to close front counters at police stations

The row about planned police cuts has exploded today, with claims that rape victims could be forced to report to officers based in coffee shops or supermarkets.

The Met has to make savings and Boris Johnson has defended closing front desks at police stations in favour of so-called "pop-up access points".

But critics claim some of those alternatives could put people off reporting crime.

The details now from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris.

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