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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

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:

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".

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