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Lincolnshire PCC report shows rise in sexual offences

The number of sexual offences in Lincolnshire has risen by nearly twenty per cent year on year according to the Police and Crime Commissioner's annual report, published today.

Overall crime is down by nearly three per cent and there were big drops in the levels of anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

The commissioner, Alan Hardwick, has defended his policy after the Police Federation criticised him for spending more than £600,000 on police volunteers, instead of frontline officers:

Crime commissioner at centre of row over rebranding

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire is at at the centre of a row after it was revealed she's spent £10,000 on rebranding while bobbies on the beat are axed in budget cuts.

Julia Mulligan, has just paid for new corporate logos - and it's outraged those who represent rank and file officers, who say it is a waste of money.

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Crime commissioner defends branding spend

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been criticised for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.

"It is a real disappointment that the Federation didn’t come to talk to me before making a comment on this issue. Our last meeting was very constructive and I know they welcomed my and the Chief Constable’s recent commitment to maintaining police officer numbers in North Yorkshire.

"The budget for my office is completely separate from that of North Yorkshire Police, and I continue to cost markedly less than the old Police Authority. However, on taking office, I had to put in place the basics of doing business, which included branding, templates and other practical items. Over time these will save money and resources as we are now pretty much self-sufficient."

– Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Police Commissioner defends £10,000 spend on branding

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been criticised for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.

Julia Mulligan defended her decision to pay consultants £10,462 for a “distinctive and recognisable brand identity” - saying her budget is "completely separate" from that of North Yorkshire Police.

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Select Committee Chairman to question Crime Commissioner

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says he has called Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to question him over events which have happened over the last few months.

Alan Hardwick suspended Neil Rhodes, temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, over "potential conduct matters".

Mr Rhodes returned to work after winning a High Court ruling against his suspension.

Crime Commissioner to go before Select Committee

Neil Rhodes (left) and Alan Hardwick

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has been summoned to appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee today.

He will be questioned over events which have taken place since he took up the office last year. He could be questioned over his suspension of temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

Humberside Police Commissioner wants to appoint youth crime ambassador

Matthew Grove - Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove says he wants to appoint a youth crime ambassador for North Lincolnshire - and three more to work in other parts of the force's area.

He says he plans to work with young people in the Humber region, following the appointment of a 'Youth PCC' in Kent.

The news comes after a 17-year-old who was appointed Britain's first youth police commissioner has stepped down amid a scandal over offensive material she posted on Twitter.

Chief Constable investigation

The Chief Constable and Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, has been appointed as investigating officer to look into a potential conduct matter concerning the Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes.

I am pleased to appoint Sir Peter Fahy to conduct an independent and rigorous investigation and I look forward to receiving his findings in due course.”

– Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire
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