Bedfordshire: ‘Under-funded’ police concerns prospective PCCs

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On 6 May, Bedfordshire will be electing its third police and crime commissioner (PCC) since the post was created in 2012. The outgoing PCC, Kathryn Holloway of the Conservatives, has highlighted the force needs to make £6m savings over three years. What do the candidates make of the current financial situation?

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