Region’s chief constable warns £20m budget cut will shift focus to current criminal cases and away from historical cases relating to 1969–1997 conflict

Austerity cuts are going to lead to police officers being taken off cases relating to unsolved crimes from the Troubles, Northern Ireland’s Ch Con has warned.

George Hamilton, the head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has said that £20m cuts to his budget mean that he will have to transfer detectives away from historical cases stemming from the 1969–1997 conflict and on to current criminal inquiries. Nearly 4,000 people were killed during the conflict and tens of thousands were injured.

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