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Police Commissioner calls for 7p council tax increase

Keeping up numbers Credit: PA

Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has confirmed he intends to maintain numbers of police officers and police community support officers at their current levels for a further year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick

In order to achieve this, Mr Hardwick is recommending a council tax precept increase of 1.95%. For the majority of Lincolnshire residents this amounts to no more than 7 pence per week.

Alan Hardwick said: “My proposal ensures I am able to continue to deliver all of the commitments I made in my Police and Crime Plan. Most importantly it means the Chief Constable can deliver what the people of Lincolnshire tell me they want to see. Visible, local policing is the bedrock of policing in Britain and it is essential we do all we can to maintain it in Lincolnshire.”

Maintaining number of bobbies on the beat


Chuckle Brothers announce latest tour

Rotherham's favourite comedy duo, The Chuckle Brothers, are teaming up with Dorothy, The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow for their latest tour - and a new twist on the Wizard of Oz story

Paul and Barry Chuckle

Paul and Barry star as wizards and are promising lots of laughs in a family show aimed, they say, at everyone between the ages of three and 103.

The tour kicks off on February 14th - but you can see them here first, on Calendar tonight at 6pm.

And to find out when are near you, click here

They came in to Calendar to tell John Shires and Gaynor Barnes about their plans:

  1. Tyne Tees

Churchill's funeral train on display in York

The funeral train that carried Winston Churchill from Waterloo to Oxfordshire in 1965 is going on display at the National Rail Museum in York from today.

The Battle of Britain class locomotive named after the statesman, plus the carriages, were restored at Shildon in County Durham and in parts of Hampshire.

James Lester, the fireman on the footplate of the locomotive hauling the train back in 1965 was present to witness the funeral train brought back together half a century later:

It's been great working with the museum on this display to mark this anniversary and for me; it's like turning the clock back 50 years.

I'm a little more hard of hearing than I was back then but the sound of that whistle and seeing the locomotive and train, together again, has brought it all back to me, the huge crowds watching us go past and the deep sense of sadness that was evident on the occasion."

– James Lester

They train and carriages are part of a special display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill's state funeral.


Search for missing Darren, 15, in York

Missing from York: Darren Boyd

Police in York are appealing for the public's help to trace a 15-year-old boy who has gone missing.

Darren Patrick Boyd, from the Boroughbridge Road area of the city, was last seen by his family at 8pm on January 28th. His family and police are concerned for his wellbeing as Darren is believed to be in an emotional frame of mind. Officers are searching for him across the city.

He's 5ft 3in tall, slim, with short dark-brown hair and it's believed he is wearing a navy blue Nike hooded top, light grey Nike tracksuit bottoms and black-navy blue Nike trainers.

Polish man who 'blighted Spalding' removed from UK

Dawid Szumlanski, banned for at least one year

A Polish man said to have 'blighted Spalding' with his persistent street drinking has been removed from the UK under an Administrative Removal order.

Dawid Szumlanski, who's 28, will be unable to re-enter the UK for at least one year.

Community Inspector Jim Tyner said: "Szumlanski blighted Spalding with his persistent street drinking and he was also convicted of shop theft during the Op Washer period in December".

Dean Windass to become Tigers' Club Ambassador

Hull City have announced that Dean Windass is to be become the club’s first ever official Club Ambassador.

Born and bred in Hull, Windass has been one of the most important figures in the Tigers’ history, making his debut in 1991 under then manager Terry Dolan.

He returned to the Tigers in 2007 following spells at Oxford United, Bradford City, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United.

In the last year Windass has returned to the KC Stadium to entertain guests in the corporate lounges on match days, and last December he travelled to India with club officials tor epresent the Tigers at the Barclays Premier League Live event.

His new role, from February 2nd, will see him representing the football club at local schools and community events as well as having increased responsibilities on match days and also assist the media department.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be an ambassador for Hull City. I’ve always had a special affinity with the club and always will do. I spent many happy years at the club and achieved some of my greatest sporting accolades whilst playing here, so I was delighted to be asked to take up this role."

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