The crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne has welcomed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, saying:
Police reform is working. We have swept away central targets, reduced bureaucracy and these figures show forces are rising to the challenge of doing more with less. Many have achieved significant reductions in crime with reduced budgets.
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It will be cold and frosty across the north of the UK tonight, with some icy patches in the west.
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Temperatures are expected to rise today and tomorrow, with heavy rain expected tomorrow. Melting snow plus heavy rain could mean trouble.