East Devon PCSO numbers to be slashed to five ‘by 2020’

PUBLISHED: 11:19 17 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 20 November 2018

Police confirmed no body was found in Castle Batch Park.

Police confirmed no body was found in Castle Batch Park.

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East Devon’s PCSO numbers are set to fall again by 2020 - bringing to the total number of officers to just five across the region.

Honiton PCSO Rich Shelton revealed the cuts at the meeting of Honiton Town Council last Monday.

He said: “PCSO numbers are going down to 200 by March 2020.

“That was from a figure of 360 a couple of years ago, across Devon and Cornwall.

“In East Devon now, we currently have eight.

“They are stationed at Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster.

“That figure we believe will go down to five.”

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The total number of PCSOs across Devon and Cornwall will be 200 by 2020, instead of the original figure which was 150 by 2021.

“That originally was changed in response from the feedback we received from our partners and the general public.”

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