The number of police officers on patrol at night in East Kent has caused a senior lawyer to speak out about their declining number. 

The figures were realsed by a Freedom of Information request and prompted the warning from the lawyer.

This is Kent report: 

A LACK of police response cars available at night is leaving tens of thousands of people vulnerable to crime.

That is the view of top defence lawyer, Hugh Roberts, who fears Kent Police’s budget “has been skewed to pay for bureaucrats and not policemen.”

The force has twice refused to answer Freedom of Information requests by this paper asking how many response cars are available at night.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.