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Police newsletter 'pointless'

Published 12/04/2010 | 06:32

Items included in a Cambridgeshire Police newsletter are stating the obvious, a campaign group claims
Items included in a Cambridgeshire Police newsletter are stating the obvious, a campaign group claims

A group which fights to reduce gobbledegook questioned the value of a police newsletter which included the headline: "Police continue to target offenders".

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The freesheet - produced by Cambridgeshire Police and the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership, a group made up of various local authorities - also said one "priority" for 2010 was "reducing offending".

"I'm sure the people of Cambridge were relieved to hear the 'news'," said a spokeswoman for the Plain English Campaign. "It may be the most pointless headline in history."

She added: "Do local authorities really need to spend public money telling people what is blindingly obvious? What next, 'nurses continue to care for the sick?'"

The newsletter said readers were getting "information about what the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership together with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, City Council Housing and Youth Workers have been doing in your area to tackle burglary and robbery".

It said Cambridge was one of 35 areas given extra Home Office funding to help reduce burglary and robbery as part of a Home Office Vigilance Programme.

Last week, a committee of MPs said The Office of Fair Trading should investigate the impact of council-funded freesheets on local newspapers.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it was concerned about the growing number of local authority publications competing with commercial local newspapers.

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