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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:

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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".

Rugby legends look ahead to World Cup

The Rugby World Cup will be played in England this autumn, and two legends of the game are looking forward to it as much as everyone else.

Brian Moore and Rory Underwood, played on the 1991 England team which came within a whisker of lifting the trophy.

Chris Dawkes has been to meet them:

Brian Moore

Rory Underwood

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Roadside delivery for Lincolnshire mum

Luckily for one expectant mum from Lincolnshire, help was close by when baby Lilly Wager refused to hold on just a few more minutes to get to hospital.

She was delivered at the weekend in a layby alongside the main road between Skegness and Boston. By luck - her mum went into labour just moments before an Ambulance drove past. Michael Billington has the story.

£24 million boost for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

A multi-million pounds boost has been announced for the local economy in Lincolnshire and East yorkshire.

A total of just over twenty four million pounds has been awarded to projects and businesses there, including money for the regeneration of Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe Town centres.

Cleethorpes pier: setting for today's announcement

Three and a half thousand new homes are also planned as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. The funding has come from the Goverment's growth deal programme.

MP Martin Vickers, left, and Lord Richard Newby announce the good news
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