WEST Yorkshire’s police chief has warned of the risks of further cuts in funding.

Sir Norman Bettison said more cutbacks would leave the force unable to cope with the sort of disorder that swept the county a year ago.

Sir Norman said he had “serious concerns” that cuts would leave officers unable to cope with violence.

The Home Office is seeking a 20% cut in budgets by police forces across the country.

In West Yorkshire, that means the police have to cut the budget by £67m by 2015 – with 1,800 staff, half of them police officers, having to go.

It is feared Government ministers will be looking for further cuts when they consider the next round of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Sir Norman said: “There is bound to be a tipping point somewhere and the fact we haven’t reached it yet doesn’t mean there is more to cut.

“The thing I worry about is it is exactly a year to the day since London was going up in flames and we had people at various parts of Leeds and Huddersfield who were wanting to take the police on.

“But we used our resources quickly and efficiently and sent them packing.

“Public disorder is always an ever-present risk. The time that you need new numbers, resources and boots on the ground is the time that public disorder threatens.”