Cuts to policing

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Major changes to the way police deal with a string of crimes have been slammed as being “the thin end of the wedge”.

Officers will now not attend some crimes if they believe there is not “a realistic chance” of being able to solve it.

Cuts to Lancashire Constabulary’s budget mean there has been a shake-up in handling reports of crime.

The changes mean they will not always go out to reports of non-domestic burglaries, minor thefts and lost property.

The force also no longer sends crime scene investigation (CSI) teams to ‘routine’ vehicle crime and routine criminal damage incidents.

Rachel Baines, chairman of the Lancashire Police Federation, said: “It’s not just about public safety, it’s public confidence. It’s the thin end of the wedge.”

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “We will continue to investigate crime and deliver the high quality policing services.”