The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall told a tribunal today that the enforced retirement of hundreds of experienced officers was not just about saving money.
Shaun Sawyer was giving evidence in a test case over whether forcing people to leave after 30 years' service amounted to age discrimination.
The outcome could have far-reaching consequences for other police forces. From London, Bob Constantine reports.
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A light breeze winds across the region, with clouds and rainy spells. There may be mist or fog in places.
Tonight will see light winds across the region, accompanied by cloudy skies, outbreaks of rain and mist and fog spreading north overnight.
Campaigners fighting the abuse chose Bristol bus station to try to educate the public on a growing problem.