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Manchester Council quietly scraps Mayor's plan for police officers in schools

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Cut through the noise by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox Manchester will not take part in the Mayor's plan for police officers to be based in schools, it has emerged.

Andy Burnham announced last summer that he wanted 20 officers to be posted in 'schools of greatest need'. It was a key measure in the Mayor's 'Serious Violence Action Plan' aimed at tackling a rise in violent crime in Greater Manchester.

But it immediately attracted criticism from campaigners who say police officers in schools can led to criminalising of young people and excerbate racial inequalities.

Teaching unions and academics voiced their opposition with thousands signing a petition. Now it has emerged Manchester Council quietly stepped back

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