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HOWARD TOLD TO END CAPPING OF POLICE AUTHORITIES

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If home secretary Michael Howard means business with his latest crackdown on crime, he should end government impose...
If home secretary Michael Howard means business with his latest crackdown on crime, he should end government imposed restrictions on police authority budgets, say the chairs of the Associations of County and Metropolitan Authorities.

In a letter to Mr Howard today the chairs of the two associations ask him to remove the cap on police authorities' expenditure.

'We read with interest of your proposals for the latest in a long series of 'crackdowns on crime'. We have also noted that the Conservative party conference voted to abolish capping,' wrote Josie Farrington and Jeremy Beecham.

'In the light of the Lord Chief Justice's sensible observations, first, that detection of crime must be in the forefront of policy on law and order, and second, that the police should be provided with the resources they need to bring criminals before the courts in the first place, will you now remove the cap on police authorities' expenditure?'.
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