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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

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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

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UKIP suspend Yorkshire & Humber MEP

UKIP has suspended Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Amjad Bashir, pending an investigation into "extremely serious financial issues".

Amjad Bashir

The sixty two year old, who moved to Bradford with his family when he was eight , was elected to the European Parliament last year and is UKIP's small and medium business spokesman.

UKIP say they have suspended Mr Bashir while party officials carry out investigations into a number of issues which it considers to be extremely serious.

Mr Bashir has been informed of the specifics of the investigations which include unanswered financial and employment questions, interference with UKIP candidate selection processes and a continued affiliation with Mujeeb Bhutto, despite the party’s protests against Mr Bhutto’s involvement with Mr Bashir or UKIP.

"The UK Independence Party has a zero-tolerance policy and takes the matters at hand extremely seriously.

"The allegations against Mr Bashir are of a grave nature and we will be forwarding our evidence obtained so far to the police.

"UKIP will not tolerate anyone abusing their positions in the party, as we have a firm commitment to differing ourselves from the existing political classes.

"As a result, Mr Bashir’s involvement with the party was suspended today with immediate effect pending further investigations."

– UKIP spokesman

Parking charges set to return to Halifax town centre

Reprieve is over

Motorists will be charged for on street parking in Halifax town centre from February 2nd - after enjoying a four month reprieve.

A new Traffic Regulation Order will allow the Council to reinstate parking charges and enforce all parking restrictions across the 20 streets in the central area of Halifax.

On street parking charges were lifted in the town centre in October 2014, after it became clear that some of the Council’s TROs could not be legally enforced.

Details of the new order will be available to view on streets in the town centre from January 30th and on the council's website.

Woman's body recovered from River Foss

The body of a woman has been recovered from the River Foss in York.

Police were called yesterday evening by a member of the public who believed there was a body in the River Foss near Sainsbury’s on Foss Bank.

Officers attended the scene and recovered the body of a woman in her sixties. They say they are treating her death as unexplained and a full investigation is being carried out.

The woman has not yet been formally identified and officers are in the process of contacting her next of kin.

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