Norfolk police officers in London march

Norfolk police officers joined their colleagues from across the country to march on Downing Street with the message: 'Less is less'.

Seven busloads of off-duty police officers and their supporters made the journey to London to protest at cuts they believe will damage the service irreparably, by reducing officer numbers and operational budgets.

The march got under way at noon, with an estimated 20,000 officers moving from Millbank, past the Home Office, Parliament and Downing Street to finish at Waterloo Place.

Paul Ridgway, chair of the Norfolk Police Federation, told officers they were making 'policing and federation history' by taking part in the march, which is also in opposition to reforming recommendations made to the Government in an independent report by Tom Winsor.

The proposed measures include cutbacks on officers on 'restricted duty' – often through injury or ill-health, increasing pensionable age, and introducing direct entry into police ranks.

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Mr Ridgway said: 'We are here to tell the Government they have got it wrong, and that it's not too late to pull back from it.

'Norfolk has already cut �19million from its budget, and it is now being told it needs to make another 20 per cent carte blanche cut across the board.

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'We want the Government to realise what they are doing to the service.'

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