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Cash-starved transport police berate minister

PUBLISHED March 18, 2004

The transport police berated a government minister yesterday for failing to provide enough money for the fight against terrorism on the railways, claiming that morale was plunging as officers struggled with a "crumbling" infrastructure.

The transport minister, Tony McNulty, told officers at the British Transport Police Federation's annual conference in Brighton that he had negotiated a tax break worth £3.5m to ease a cash crunch at the force, which has been on a high level of alert since last week's terrorist atrocities on Spain's railways.