Responding to comments by senior police officers that the police is under unsustainable strain because of terror attacks, Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“The first duty of Government is to keep its people safe – this means giving the police the resources they need to do their jobs.

“When Britain’s most senior police officers are sounding the alarm about police funding, Ministers must recognise they should be acting urgently.

“The police desperately need more funding as a whole, the disappearance of bobbies on the beat means intelligence is drying up which is vital to preventing terror attacks in the first instance.

“It’s time for Theresa May to admit her huge mistakes on police numbers and funding. From terrorism to rising knife crime, from acid attacks to gun crime, the Conservatives’ failure to act on police cash is leaving Britain vulnerable.”

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