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Stockport security guards replace town centre police patrols

Security guards are to make evening patrols of a town centre in place of police in a move some have welcomed, but others have called “ludicrous”.

Totally Stockport, which runs the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), has employed four guards to patrol the area seven evenings a week.

The company said it would help “make things safe and secure”, but one trader said there was little need for them.

Greater Manchester Police said patrols had been reduced due to “less funding”.

Local traders recently voted to become part of a BID and will be funding the guards, who will patrol the Merseyway area and the Peel Centre between 1700 to 0100.

read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43402214