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Hundreds of police stations to close

I hit the phones, alongside another Sunday Times reporter, to survey the cuts to frontline services in police forces across the country.

We found that across 30 of the 43 constabularies in England and Wales, 350 of 931 public counters at stations — 38% of the total — are to be closed in the next six months.

Full text can be found on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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Councils hike charges by 100% or more

Behold, my first Sunday Times splash.

This story started as a quick trawl of local councils to see if cuts to local government budgets were impacting on the cost of council services. Short answer: yes. Everything from nursery provision to cemetery fees have seen charges hiked, or introduced for the first time, in councils across the country.

Struggling to make ends meet, councils are making big asks of their residents. But while the frontline staff scrabble for funding, council chiefs are still earning vast sums.

The full story is on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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