Police cuts pose greatest risk to countering terrorism, says ex-chief

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Robert Quick rejects Johnson’s ‘cliches’ about sentencing laws after London Bridge attack

A former head of counter-terrorism has said cuts to police numbers, not the length of sentences, have played the greater role in jeopardising public safety.

Robert Quick, who led Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command from 2008-9, rejected claims made by Boris Johnson after last Friday’s attack at London Bridge in which a terrorist killed two people before being shot dead by police.

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