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Britain's largest police force will no longer investigate thousands of burglaries, thefts and some assaults, it has been revealed.
The Metropolitan Police have stopped looking into low-level crimes – which critics claim will give criminals ‘the green light to thieve’.
The new guidelines, which were issued to officers in the London force last month, have been introduced as part of the force’s ongoing cost-cutting drive.
Officers were told that they no longer had to investigate low-level incidents of grievous bodily harm or car crime unless a victim identified a suspect.
Any crimes that involved a loss of less than £50 also no longer have to be investigated unless a suspect is identified.
The guidelines also stated that burglaries should only be looked into if the thieves used violence to gain entry or tricked their way in.
The Met is aiming to save £400 million by 2020 as part of cuts to the service’s budget.
In the last four years, the UK's biggest police force has had to make £600 million of savings and says it is due to lose an extra £400 million by 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of recorded offences has increased, with violent crime rising by 63% since May 2013 and gun crime increasing by 54% in the past two years.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons said: ‘We are having to balance the books with fewer officers and less money.
'We must prioritise our resources to be able to cope with the demand so our officers can be in the right place at the right time to help the public.
Under the new plans officers will only analyse CCTV if the footage is clear and the crime appears within a 20-minute window.
It is thought that the changes will result in around 150,000 fewer crimes being investigated each year.
Ex-Met Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville told The Sun: ‘No consideration is being given to victims. The new principles will focus police attention on easy crimes where there is a known suspect.
Ken Marsh, of the Met Police Federation, told the publication: ‘The public are getting a raw deal.
Among the thrill-seeking officers spotted on the bumper cars was Chief Superintendent Darren Downs, whose annual salary is £80,000. He later posted online: 'Fantastic afternoon at the fair.'
Inspector Scott Snowden tweeted pictures of his colleagues, saying: 'Cops having a bit of well earned fun with people at the fair!
He told the Hull Daily Mail: 'The kids have really enjoyed seeing us. '
People on Twitter reacted furiously, with one saying: 'Please don't ever complain again of shortage of police.'
Laura Blackett, 20, was one of them. She told The Sun: 'It took hours before any police turned up. I thought if they were there they were off doing other important things - not riding dodgems.'