LANCASHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has asked the government to provide more cash for the force as the costs of the coronavirus pandemic continue to increase.

He has told Home Office Minister Kit Malthouse more certainty around funding is vital if it is to meet recruitment targets,

Mr Grunshaw said that since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in March, the Lancashire force has spent an extra £795,000 responding to the crisis, with the figure set to reach £1million by June.

This comes at a time when the government has asked it to make savings of over £86m.

Mr Grunshaw said: “In these unusual times we have seen the importance of the police and other frontline services .

“I have written to the police minister Kit Malthouse to make sure that Lancashire will not be any worse off for responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and seeking clarity.

“The people of Lancashire will expect that their police service is not short-changed and that money spent responding to coronavirus is replaced in full by government.