UK police forces are increasing patrol hours to help tackle violent shop crime as part of the final allocation of a £100m fund.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has now fully allocated the fund announced in March to 18 police forces. 

The five police forces with the largest allocation (£41.48m) are the Metropolitan Police (£20.84m), West Midlands (£7.62m), Greater Manchester (£4.8m), Merseyside (£4.2m) and West Yorkshire (£4.02m).

When asked how the fund will be used to help independent retailers, a Met Police spokesperson said: “We will be asking our officers to work even longer hours through overtime in the short term to increase our presence on the streets even further.”  

Merseyside Police chief constable Andy Cooke added: “It will mean additional patrols at key times and increased visibility to keep communities safe and put violent criminals on the back foot.

“We have also seen a massive increase in the number of stop searches carried out by our officers across Merseyside.” 

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