COLCHESTER'S MP has asked the Home Secretary to ensure the police force have enough cash to combat sexual violence against women.

During a debate in the House of Commons, Tory Will Quince asked Sajid Javid what the Government were doing to ensure Essex Police have sufficient resources.

Mr Quince was one of hundreds of people who joined in a Reclaim the Night March organised by the Centre for Action on Rape an Abuse (CARA) group in November.

He has previously met Mr Javid in a one to one meeting to discuss funding for policing in Colchester.

Mr Quince said: "Last month I attended the CARA Reclaim the Night march in Colchester along with hundreds of my constituents in protest against sexual violence against women.

"What steps is my right honourable friend taking to ensure the police have the resources they need to both prevent these crimes and also bring those who commit these horrific offences to justice?"

Mr Javid said a statement on police funding would be coming soon.

"The honourable gentleman raises a very important issue and it is both about resources - that's why we saw an increase in police resources last year and there will be a police settlement statement soon which will look at resources going forward - but it is also about powers and a reminder we will be bringing forward shortly a domestic abuse draft bill," he said.