Police 'to give up on minor crimes without major funding increase'

Bedfordshire commissioner says county risks becoming ‘retail theft capital’ of UK unless more cash is allocated in budget

More police forces are poised to give up investigating minor offences such as car crime and retail thefts without a significant funding increase in the budget next week, police and crime commissioners have warned.

The home affairs select committee was told on Tuesday that forces across England and Wales will lose a further 6,000 officers by 2020 without an urgent cash injection.

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