A SECOND attempt by Essex Police to slash £42m from its budget and still catch criminals has begun today.

The first try, in March 2012, had to be amended because some of the changes failed.

Police officers investigating crimes had too many to look at and the danger was criminals may get away with it if it took too long to bring them to justice.

So new neighbourhood crime teams have been set up.

It means there will be more officers investigating crimes but may be less free to patrol, although the force is trying to minimise the impact.

See the full story and explanation from Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason in Friday's Gazette.