Fight the cuts to Cumbria police's funding
The future of policing in Cumbria was under-threat; those at the top feared proposed funding cuts would see the force stripped back to a blue light service.
Chief Constable Jerry Graham warned that crime would rise and the bobby on the beat would be consigned to history.
We - the News & Star, The Cumberland News, North West Evening Mail, Times & Star, The Whitehaven News and Lakeland Radio - united to fight the cuts, to protect those who dedicate their time to protecting us.
Thousands of you answered our call and we took our battle to the Prime Minister's door, handing over a petition of almost 12,000 names.
And, by the time the consultation closed at the weekend, that figure had soared to 14,471.
Yesterday there was victory.
As MPs labelled the consultation a shambles, Policing Minister Mike Penning apologised for an error in the funding formula and postponed the controversial funding formula review.
The new budget for 2016/17 will now be set in December, using the existing formula.
The force is not safe: cuts will still come in the comprehensive spending review but it was the combined effect of the two crippling cuts which threatened to bring Cumbria police to its knees.
For now, we claim a victory for the people, a victory for common sense.
But we will not back down and are prepared to keep fighting to ensure that our county gets a fair deal.
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