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Commissioner attacks decision not to reduce police cuts.

POLICE commissioner Bob Jones labelled a decision not to reduce the cuts faced by his West Midlands force as "grossly unfair" yesterday.

Home secretary Theresa May confirmed the government's funding formula, which Mr Jones says will result in cuts of more than PS25million to West Midlands Police.

It had joined other metropolitan forces arguing they are being disproportionately hit by cuts to government grants.

Bob Jones, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "There has been no movement on grant damping rules.

"This means the people of the West Midlands will continue to be penalised to reward areas with much lower policing demands and needs.

"This is grossly unfair and I will continue to seek support for the Fair Funding Campaign for West Midlands Police Service."

Up to 35 Police Community Support Officers' jobs are thought to be under threat along with funding for groups supporting victims, young offenders and drug addicts.

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