The number of police on the streets in London could be cut as senior officers struggle to make savings ordered by the government.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told ITV News the force might have to slash its budget by up to a third following last week's Autumn statement.
The MPS was looking at a further possible shortfall of £800m on top of existing savings of £600m - a total budget cut of £1.4bn
Sir Bernard said it would be difficult to maintain the current police head count of 32,000.
City Hall revealed today Scotland Yard had been sold to an Arab investment group for £370m - more than £100m above the asking price.
But the profit cannot be spent on police salaries because of rules about 'capital' and 'revenue' spending.