MPs’ support to help cut crime

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HAMPSHIRE’S top police officer has met local MPs to discuss changes to policing as the force battles to save an extra £25m.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh attended the session, hosted in Parliament by Winchester and Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine.

Mr Marsh outlined plans to help the force save cash while continuing to protect the public and retaining a strong neighbourhood presence.

But he warned further cuts, beyond the £80m to be implemented by 2017, would lead to a worse service.

Among the nine MPs attending were Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt.

Mr Marsh said: ‘It is encouraging that we have a group of MPs who are so interested in public safety.’

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