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Lincolnshire PCC suggests tax hike to avoid policing cuts

The police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire has recommended an almost 2 percent increase in the amount people pay towards the police in their council tax . In turn Alan Hardwick says the force won't have to make job cuts.

It is just a week since the Chief Constable and Mr Hardwick asked the Policing Minister for money from a special grant - because of concerns about the impact Government cutbacks could have on officer numbers.

Kate Hemingway reports:

The Home Office say reforms are working and that crime has fallen under the current Government:

What matters is how officers are deployed, not how many of them there are. HMIC has made clear that there is no simple link between officer numbers and crime levels, the visibility of the police in the community and the quality of service provided. Decisions on the size and composition of a police force’s workforce are for individual chief officers and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). The Government is already conducting a fundamental review of the way funding is allocated between force areas. This work is ongoing but we will consult with police forces and others in due course.

– Home Office spokesperson


Community groups benefit from proceeds of crime

Nearly £750,000 seized from criminals in West Yorkshire has been put back in to the community in the last year.

Hundreds of charities and voluntary groups have benefitted from the Safer Communities Fund, at a time when many find themselves more squeezed than ever before.

But the figure could be twice as high. Half the money that's collected here through the Proceeds of Crime Act finds its way in to Government coffers - something West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner wants to change.

Adam Fowler reports:

Harold Wilson's car a snip at £25,000

A car belonging to the Huddersfield-born Prime Minister Harold Wilson has gone on the market for £25,000. He ran the Labour Government for two terms in the 1960s and 70s - and his preferred mode of transport was the Austin Princess Vanden Plas. Fitted with a high speed gear box and with only eight thousand miles on the clock - experts reckon it is something of a bargain. Matt Price reports


Snow remains on higher ground

The weather brought parts of the region to a standstill yesterday as snow flurries descended during rush hour - many journeys to work took hours instead of minutes.

Snowmageddon day two didn't really emerge, but those living in higher parts of West and South Yorkshire and Derbyshire are still facing problems due to the plunging temperatures.

Chris Kiddey has been out with a mountain rescue team near Hathersage:

Court hears evidence from long-time friend of John Heald

A court has heard more details about the days leading up to the arrest of a man accused of stabbing a hotel landlady to death.

John Heald is charged with murdering Bei Carter at her guest house in Bridlington in July last year. He was arrested following a major search by police, more than a week later.

Today, a friend of John Heald gave evidence at his murder trial - describing how he didn't believe John when he said he thought he'd killed someone.

Michael Billington's reports from Hull Crown Court:

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