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PM's new crime plan is a ‘gimmick’ to distract from criticism

BORIS JOHNSON’S “beating crime plan” is a gimmick to distract from criticism over the “pingdemic” and police anger at Home Secretary Priti Patel, police leaders have said.

The Prime Minister is expected to unveil his new plan tomorrow after leaving quarantine at his Chequers country retreat.

Mr Johnson vowed to ensure that every victim of crime has “a named officer to call – someone who is immediately on your side.”

His government has faced anger over the Covid-19 rules causing staff shortages as infections soar during his time in isolation following contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

And Ms Patel received a rebuke from the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents rank-and-file officers.

The body said it no longer has confidence in her after describing a bitterly opposed pay freeze as “the final straw.”

On Mr Johnson’s announcement, Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: “That’s a gimmick because it’s not practical.”

He also criticised the PM’s suggestion he backs police “all the way.”

“His words are hollow and my colleagues are fed up with it now,” Mr Marsh said.

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