Hampshire police officers set to protest over cuts

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THE number of Hampshire officers set to march in protest against government spending cuts has soared to more than 350.

They will join officers from across the country for the Police Federation demonstration in London on May 10.

The organisation, which represents rank and file officers, hopes to highlight what it describes as the ‘unprecedented attack on policing’ by the coalition government.

It comes as Hampshire Constabulary battles to save £54m by April 2015.

Already police station front desks have closed, some are being sold off and 650 police officer and staff posts have been axed. But Chief Constable Alex Marshall has said he is committed to protecting officers and staff dedicated to ‘local, visible policing’.