Coronavirus threatens UK police investigations

Coronavirus threatens police investigations as forces brace for fifth of officers to be off

Plans drawn up will see less serious crimes sidelined if large numbers of officers fall ill, Lizzie Dearden writes

The start of 2020 looked promising for British police officers, who were finally seeing their numbers increase after the government’s abrupt U-turn on almost a decade of cuts.

But before the first of 20,000 new recruits pledged by Boris Johnson can settle in, the coronavirus outbreak has emerged to present a fresh threat to police numbers, working conditions and safety.

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New Scotland Yard. Image via Met Police

New Scotland Yard. Image via Met Police

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