A town with a population of 90,000 has had its ‘streets abandoned by police’ and been left with just ten officers on duty at a time.
Residents of Hartlepool, County Durham, band together to patrol their neighbourhoods after police failed to respond to a spate of thefts and burglaries.
Locals have taken to solving their own crimes on Facebook after budget cuts saw the number of frontline officers at Cleveland Police slashed by 500 in the past eight years.
Politicians said police had ‘given up’ responding to some calls from hard-working taxpayers and warned that the situation is similar in towns across Britain.
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