Protestors have been gathering in Lincoln to show their opposition to proposed cuts to the fire service.
The Defend Our Fire Services march started at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street and was aimed at increasing public awareness to the effect cuts would have to response time and coverage by the service.
Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county.
The Defend Our Fire Services march will start at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street on Saturday 31 January from 11.30am.
Our campaign seeks to increase public awareness of how the proposed cuts to our Fire and Rescue services will impact on response times and coverage. The service has already experienced a significant reduction to its funding and consequently a further £1.23 million of cuts will have devastating affects for both fire fighters and the public. The campaign has developed real momentum so far and over 1000 people have already signed our petition. However, we still need many more signatures and we're calling on everyone who values their local fire services to march with us on Saturday.
The Fire Brigade Union in Lincolnshire have praised the campaign saying it shows the strength of community support for the fire service:
We thank all members of the public who have thrown themselves into this campaign. It shows how strongly the local community feels about cuts to their fire service.
The chief fire officer for Lincolnshire has argued that the proposals will enable the service to save money without reducing the service:
Obviously any reduction to the fire service is regrettable; however, we are confident that the proposals being consulted on allow us to achieve the required savings while having the least impact on the overall level of service provided. Since 2010, we have increased the number of fire engines crewed by whole-time firefighters on a 24 hour basis from two to nine, and on average our on-call firefighters across the county train for an extra hour each week. During this time there has been no reduction in the number of fire engines or fire stations and we have been able to make significant investments in new appliances and equipment, to allow our firefighters to continue to deliver a first class fire and rescue service for Lincolnshire.
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A memorial service has been held earlier in memory of a nine year old schoolboy in Lincoln who died two days before Christmas. The service took place at a church in the city centre. A book of condolence, which was opened yesterday, has also now been closed. Kate Hemingway reports:
The family of a nine-year-old schoolboy who died two days before Christmas say they have been overwhelmed with tributes and messages of support.
Alex Robinson was found at a property on Pennell Street on December 23rd and died later in hospital. His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart Greene has been charged with his murder .
Yesterday hundreds of people queued to sign a book of condolence in the 9 year old's memory. His family said they would like to offer their 'heartfelt thanks' to everyone who has contributed to the book, or who has offered kind words during this tragic time. As they try to come to terms with the loss of Alex.
A memorial will be held this lunchtime for the 9 year old Lincoln schoolboy Alex Robinson, who died two days before Christmas
The Reverend at St Peter-at-Gowts Church in the city said he is only expecting a small number of close relatives to attend today's service.
Yesterday hundreds of people queued to sign a book of condolence in the 9 year old's memory. The book itself will be closed today.
Alex was found at a property on Pennell Street on December 23rd and died later in hospital. His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart Greene has been charged with his murder and is due back in court in April.
A book of condolence has been opened in Lincoln following the death of a 9-year-old boy two days before Christmas.
The book at St Peter at Gowts Church for Alex Robinson was opened this morning and will be opened again tomorrow morning. A church service is also planned for tomorrow lunchtime.
Alex was found at a property on Pennell Street and died later in hospital. His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart Greene has been charged with his murder and is due in court in April.
Reverend Jeremy Cullimore from St Peter-at-Gowts Church said some of Alex's school friends may want to sign the book:
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