Lincs: Chief Constable Neil Rhodes says his force could ‘go bust’ due to Government cuts

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Lincolnshire’s top cop has warned his force could effectively go out of business due to Government cuts.

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, the head of Lincolnshire Police, said under the current funding arrangements, his force would be ‘unsustainable’ by 2018 and will be the ‘first in the country to fall’.

In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, seen by some national journalists, Mr Rhodes warned that the implications for public safety and security could not be more serious.

He said the proposed budget for the coming years would leave a shortfall of £10.4 million, meaning his only option would be to axe a fifth of his front line officers in order to balance the books.