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Police efforts to combat gang crime have been praised by an American ‘supercop’ who advised the government on last year’s London riots.

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Bill Bratton, 64, who tackled gangs as head of police departments in New York, Boston and Los Angeles over the last two decades, told Radio 5 Live he does not believe police cuts will lead to a rise in crime.

And he hit out at those who criticise police, saying: “To blame the police, I am sorry, there are other issues at work here.

“Lots of these people are just, unfortunately, criminals.”

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