Police officers should no longer go into schools to warn children about the dangers of extremism, according to Britain's most senior policewoman, as she called on teachers to perform the role instead.

In a move likely to cause conflict with the teaching profession, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said it should not be the role of police to give classroom talks as part of the Government's key counter-terrorism strategy.

The police's school liaison role in the scheme, known as "Prevent", must be sacrificed as forces struggle with budget cuts that could see them losing thousands more officers over the next five years, she said.

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