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Lincolnshire PCC: Force cuts mean come 2016 all bets are off

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick, says the forces budget settlement for next year is worse than he feared, and that the force may have to make severe job cuts.

He says figures released today will mean a £3 million cut in real terms.

In the coming year we're going to have to ride out the storm, which we can do. We're still working out the full implications of the cuts, but I am optimistic that over the next year we will be able to police with the thin blue line not being made any thinner, but after that, I'm afraid from 2016 onwards, all bets are off.

– Alan Hardwick

The Home Secretary, Theresa May has agreed to meet with Mr Hardwick and his Chief Constable to discuss their concerns over the way Lincolnshire Police is funded in the future.

Lincolnshire currently has the lowest number of officers and staff per head of population in the country, and Mr Hardwick's statement comes after warnings of severe job cuts if changes are not made to the way budgets are allocated.

Meanwhile, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCCs) warned that "maintaining a strong front line presence will inevitably become much more challenging".

Price of region's water to fall by around 3%

Average water bills in Yorkshire will fall by around 3% over the period 2015 to 2020, reducing the average bill from £373 per year to £361.

Water bills are set to fall across the region Credit: Press Association

The average household water bill nationally will fall by around 5%, not including inflation, over the next five years, Ofwat has said.

The regulator said it would mean the average bill would fall by around £20 from £396 to £376.

It also promised customers they would see improved levels of service over the period.

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Former busker donates song proceeds to homeless charity

A singer from Leeds is donating all the proceedings of her latest single to Shelter - because of what she witnessed while busking on the streets.

Hannah Trigwell has moved on a bit since then - attracting millions of views on Youtube for her music and touring in Europe over the summer, but she wants to raise awareness of how lonely this time of year can be for people in need of a home.

Here is her song:

Man robbed in Thorne

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed or have information on an violent and unprovoked attack on a 38-year-old man in Thorne.

On Sunday, 30 November, between 4.30am and 5.50am, the man was walking home from the Windmill Inn along Plantation Road towards the canal bridge at Canalside.

Two unknown men have approached him and also started to walk in the same direction. The man attempted to change direction as he felt uncomfortable, when one of the men punched him and knocked him unconscious to the ground.

When he came round, his wallet, phone and rucksack had all been stolen. He sustained serious damage to his eye socket as a result of the punch and now requires a metal plate inserted into the socket.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have information on the attack and robbery, and would urge people to call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 304 of 30 November 2014.

Daughter of murdered teacher says memorial fund is fitting tribute

One of the daughters of Ann Maguire, the teacher murdered at her school in Leeds, has been speaking to Calendar about the Arts Education Fund set up in honour of her mum.

Kerry Maguire says she hopes the fund aimed at helping young people fulfil their ambitions in music, drama, language and dance, will be a fitting legacy for her.

Almost £45,000 has been raised from public donations. A panel including Ann Maguire's family are now inviting applications from young people and community groups - grants are expected to be awarded in March next year.

The first grant of £1,500 has already been given out to Leeds-based Yorkshire Dance which champions the development of dance in Yorkshire. The Leeds Community Foundation. which is administering the fund, hopes that by giving this early grant it will show the kind of projects that could benefit.

Rail engineers to strike over pay dispute

Scores of RMT rail engineering staff working for Wabtec at the Doncaster rail works will strike for five days next week in a fight over pay and conditions.

Following a massive “yes” vote for action the union’s Executive Committee has instructed members to strike from 00.01 hours on Monday December 15 and 23.59 hours on Friday December 19.

“RMT members at Wabtec do essential work and at the very least they should expect is a pay rise that reflects their commitment to the company.

" After all, it is the staff that generate the company profits for this large American engineering outfit. “The Doncaster engineering works is part of the history and fabric of the railways in Britain and the engineers working on the site play a crucial role in keeping our trains rolling.

"Their massive vote for action in this fight for workplace justice is a reflection of the anger on the shop floor.

“RMT remains available for talks and we are in no doubt that the determination of our members will remain rock solid as they battle for a fair deal.”

– Mick Cash , GMT General Secretary

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Drivers warned over motorway petrol scam

Police are warning motorway drivers to be aware of a potential scam involving people asking for money after they claim to have broken down on the motorway.

Drivers warned over motorway petrol scam Credit: Press Association

It follows several recent incidents in which people have been flagged down by drivers who claim to have run out of petrol and ask to borrow money only for them to do the same thing at another nearby junction.

Most recently police say on 7 December, a man was reported to be flagging down motorists near Ainley Top and offering cheap jewellery for money for petrol as he said he had run out. Another similar incident was reported on the M62 at junction 28 where a man claimed his bank card had broken.

Stopping on any part of the motorway network is extremely dangerous and our advise would be to only do this in an emergency. ‘The motorway network is patrolled by ourselves and officers from the Highways Agency as well as being constantly monitored via CCTV for incidents, including breakdowns. ‘The fact that people have stopped to help another stranded motorist shows how publicly spirited people are, which is a nice thing to see at this time of year, but our advise is not to stop and leave it to the police and our partners to deal with.

– Inspector Christopher Norbury
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