This is how police officers are tonight sleeping as they arrive in the capital to assist a depleted Metropolitan Police as American president Donald Trump arrives.
Giant warehouses are lined with beds – and in some cases simply mats on the floor.
This is how police officers are being forced to sleep for the arrival of the President Of the United States Donald Trump
This is the biggest police deployment since the London riots in 2011
Expexted to sleep in these conditions then complete three 12 hour shifts
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Scotland Yard has lost 20% of its budget since 2010 despite population growth rising by around 100,000 per year.
Much of that was when Theresa May was Home Secretary. Boris Johnson tried to balance the books by selling off police stations across London, which Sadiq Khan has continued. That outlet is running out.
Many have blamed Khan for London’s recent spike in crime though it’s by no means limited to London, and cuts are nationwide.
Criticism of policy is another matter but hard finances count too. London’s Mayor only has limited means to raise income and stem the loss, as do areas across the nation.
Central Government has cuts funds and then said to local Crime Commissioners and Councils (or Mayor in London’s case) across the country that they need to make it the difference – yet the ability to do so is limited.
And so the UK is 20,000 officers down since 2010 and are now sleeping on bunks for three days as resilience is cut.
It doesn’t end here. The Met now needs to find a further £325m in annual budget cuts by 2021-22. Across the UK it’s at least another £700 million.