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Every week I speak to local residents concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour in our area. Time and time again the crimethey or their neighbours have experienced is made worse by the closure of our local Police Station, the lack of community police officers and the switching off of our street lights.

The simple fact is that the huge cuts made to the budgets of our local Police service and local Council’s mean it’s now impossible to provide the level of service experienced pre-2010.

The arguments that we have to make savings, that we can’t afford more investment, that we have to live with austerity are now blown wide open given the £1billion bribe the Tories have just given to the DUP.

The reality is, that for years the Tories have slashed our Police force claiming the country was broke, then when they needed to stay in power, the found over £1billion. Funny that!

Why is it that our Member of Parliament supports investing in public services in Northern Ireland but he’s voted to cut the services of his constituents here in North Warwickshire and Bedworth.

The time has now come for the Tories to admit they’ve got this wrong. Cutting the Police is never acceptable. Closing our Police Station, reducing the number of officers on our streets and turning off our street lights is frankly taking the electorate for fools.

Tory Councillors and our MP are found of scuttling around our area claiming its nothing to do with them. We should never forget, every Tory Councillor and our Tory MP are responsible for the reduction in Police Officers, the switching off of our lights and the huge cuts to our Police budgets. We should never let them forget

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