Rosie shows support for police protest

SUPPORT: Rosie Winterton MP with Doncaster's Central ward councillor John McHale, who is a member of South Yorkshire Police Authority, and Sgts Steve Butler and Richard Vernon, and other officers from South Yorkshire Police at the Houses of Parliament.

SUPPORT: Rosie Winterton MP with Doncaster's Central ward councillor John McHale, who is a member of South Yorkshire Police Authority, and Sgts Steve Butler and Richard Vernon, and other officers from South Yorkshire Police at the Houses of Parliament.

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A DONCASTER MP has backed police protesting over plans to reduce the number of officers in the region.

Rosie Winterton held talks with Doncaster officers from Doncaster as they joined thousands of others in a march at Westminster.

She has now raised their concerns with Home Secretary Theresa May.

Off-duty officers from across England and Wales rallied to protest about Government plans to cut police budgets by 20 per cent.

The officers also met Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband.

Miss Winterton said: “The Government’s decision to cut 20 per cent from police budgets goes too far and too fast – and means more than 400 officers will lose their jobs in South Yorkshire by 2015.

“Already dozens of officers have gone from 999 response units, neighbourhood policing and traffic units. The Government should urgently rethink the scale of police cuts and set out a proper plan to cut crime instead.

“Policing is under pressure like never before, and it is communities like ours in Doncaster that will pay the price.”

Miss Winterton said plans for more proportionate cuts of 12 per cent were shown by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, and work by the previous Government, to be deliverable without impacting on frontline services.