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PM denies Lincolnshire Police is on 'verge of collapse'

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed a claim that Lincolnshire Police is on the "verge of collapse".

Credit: Press Association

The PM referred to Lincolnshire when he was asked a question about funding for police forces during a live TV interview ahead of May's General Election.

A member of the audience quoted Chief Constable Neil Rhodes who said the force was on the "verge of collapse."

In his reply, Mr Cameron said: "I do not accept that. I understand they are under pressure."

When it comes to Lincolnshire, crime has come down, the police are doing a great job but there is more we can do using modern technology to make sure crime continues to fall under this Government and if we do that we will be saving money as well.

– David Cameron

He was speaking during Cameron and Miliband: The battle for No 10 begins, on Channel 4 last night.

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Ex-Yorkshire Marine Kosta laid to rest in private ceremony

The family of a former Royal Marine killed while fighting Islamic State in Syria have laid him to rest during a private ceremony this morning.

Erik Konstandious Scurfield, from Barnsley was buried after a funeral service in Nottingham.

The 25-year-old was the first UK national killed battling Islamic State in Syria.

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Five years of austerity in Doncaster

ITV Calendar has been in Doncaster today ahead of the start of the General Election campaign. Locals have been giving their views on the five years of austerity since the Coalition Government came to power. Dave Honeybone was one of the local care workers who went on strike when his job was privatised last year. He says he has lost hundreds of pounds a month because of the changes to his terms and conditions. Mick Wattam from the Doncaster People's Assembly has been involved in campaigns against cuts to local services, including care homes, in the town.

Ukip MEP denies wrongdoing over expenses

A Ukip MEP has denied any wrongdoing over the use of her European Parliament allowances and expenses.

Jane Collins is the MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Credit: Press Association

Jane Collins, the MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, has been accused of using taxpayers’ money to pay rental or running costs on offices owned by her partner Mike Kendall.

However, in a statement she says that she pays no rent on the office she shares with fellow MEP Mike Hookem.

The office sharing arrangement that Jane current has with her fellow Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, is designed to allow both MEPs to work together cohesively and to share a number of staff members in a convenient and cost effective way. The office space that Jane and Mike occupy is owned by Wallingfen Park Ltd, of which Jane’s partner Mike Kendall is a Director. Jane pays no rent on the office space in question; however, she does contribute to costs of utilities, telephones and other incidental expenses.

– Statement, Jane Collins MEP's office
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