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Police commissioner fears more cuts on the way

by Andy Dickenson

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has said that she is worried that the county's force may be facing further cuts - just two years after its budget was slashed by 20 per cent.

The commissioner has been visiting villagers campaigning against potential cuts, even though she admits that at the moment it is 'just a rumour. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Special Treat for Kent Specials

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Ann Barnes has announced that Kent's team of Special Constables will have the police part of their council tax paid for them, by the force, from 2014.

She says although the money is what she calls "a drop in the ocean" it's an important thank-you gesture to the officers, who are all unpaid volunteers. David Johns has the story.

He talks to Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Special Constable Mohammed Rahman, Kent PCC Ann Barnes, Chief Officer of Kent Special Constabulary Gavin McKinnon, and Special Constable Jason Bushell.

Special constables play a 'significant' role

These are ordinary men and women who do an extraordinary thing - they give up an enormous amount of their own time often whilst juggling ‘the day job’ and play a significant part in frontline policing as volunteers. They are an inspiration to all of us and their dedication and commitment to keeping our streets safe is second to none.’

– Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

Ann Barnes gives Kent 'specials' a reward

Ann Barnes
Ann Barnes Credit: ITV Meridian

The Police and Crime Commisioner for Kent has announced a bonus for special constables. Ann Barnes says she will acknowledge the work done by the volunteers by arranging for them not to pay part of the council tax.

The move will be in place from April 2014 onwards and will apply to all Special Constables who have provided two years of service and meet other criteria.

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Paris Brown 'really sorry' for any offence caused

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Paris Brown has resigned Credit: Meridian

"I have made the decision after a great deal of thought and consultation with my family. As I made clear at the weekend, I accept that I have made comments on social networking sites which have offended many people. I am really sorry for any offence caused.

"I strongly reiterate that I am not racist or homophobic. I have fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites. I hope that this this may stand as a learning experience for many other young people.

"I would like to thank those people who have sent messages of support and understanding. I wish the Commissioner, Kent Police and the person eventually appointed to this role every success".

Paris: Ann Barnes responds to resignation

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Ann Barnes Credit: Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent: "I take responsibility for everything that happens on my watch, good or bad.

"It is personally sad for Paris and her family. An enthusiastic young woman with exceptional skills and a proven track record in working with young people has ended up in a position where she has turned down the job of a lifetime for her.

"There have been calls for me to resign I am not a quitter by nature. Some have said that this has damaged by reputation To them I say this: reputations are made as much by your actions when things are tough.

"We worked with the best of intentions but sadly on this occasion it hasn't worked out".

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