West Midlands chief constable says he does not want blank cheque but, after cuts and terrorism, force is showing ‘red lights’

Police would face “real challenges” tackling a repeat of the 2011 riots following years of budget cuts, one of Britain’s most senior officers has warned.

A series of major incidents to hit the country in recent weeks had laid bare the strains faced by forces under financial pressure, Dave Thompson, chief constable of West Midlands police said.

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