Police cuts 'not enough' says watchdog

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The National Audit Office says two-thirds of forces had shortfalls in their plans to cut costs last year. Credit: Press Association

Planned cuts by police forces fall £500 million short of the savings needed, Whitehall's spending watchdog has warned.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said two-thirds of police forces across England and Wales have not made enough cuts and will not meet their savings targets.

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Police cuts 'not enough'

The National Audit Office (NAO) says planned cuts by police forces fall £500 million short of the savings needed. Police forces need to make £1.5 billion of savings, but two thirds of them are not doing enough to reach this total.