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Police and Crime Commissioner candidate withdraws

One of the candidates fighting to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Lincolnshire force has withdrawn.

Mervyn Barrett - who was standing as an independent candidate - says he's pulled out of the race after discovering he'd been "the victim of a bizarre and hugely embarrassing deception" by the person who was acting as his campaign manager.

It follows newspaper claims he was being "secretly backed" by companies pushing for police privatisation.