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Man charged with nine-year-old grandson's murder

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The grandfather of a nine-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.

Alex James Robinson was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital around midday on Tuesday but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives say that following a post mortem examination Alex's death is been treated as murder, although they have not revealed how he died.

His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart James Greene was tonight charged with his murder. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on Boxing Day.


Police chief: 'I fear we will compromise public safety'

The head of a police force praised by David Cameron for solving more crime with less money says continuing spending cuts would put public safety at risk.

Neil Rhodes, chief constable of Lincolnshire said his force could be the first to fall over, as he put it, because of having less money.

ITV News deputy political editor, Chris Ship reports:

Police chief warns budget cuts 'compromise public safety'

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has warned that further cuts to his force could "compromise public safety" and bring an end to neighbourhood policing.

Neil Rhodes has written to Home Secretary Theresa May warning that more cuts could leave his force "unsustainable".

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports.

Lincolnshire Police: We cannot take more budget cuts

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes, said it was not possible for his force to endure further cuts to funding without effectively demolishing neighbourhood policing in his county.

Speaking to ITV News Presenter Nina Hossain on the ITV Lunchtime News, he said:

"We have 1,220 officers, we now have 1,100, to take a further 236 officers out is simply not sustainable."

Home Office: Police reform is working and crime is falling

Policing Minister Mike Penning has hit back at criticisms by the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, who warned his force could be "unsustainable" within a few years if funding cuts continue.

Mr Penning said independent studies show crime is falling, and police forces across the country are managing to balance their budget's whilst protecting frontline staff.

Police reform is working and crime has fallen by more than a fifth under this government according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales. There is no question police will still have the resources to do their important work. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary recently found that forces can successfully manage to balance their books while protecting the frontline and delivering reductions in crime.

We have made it easier for the police to do their job by cutting red tape, scrapping unnecessary targets, and giving them the discretion to use their professional judgement. The government is already conducting a fundamental review of the way funding is allocated between force areas. This work is ongoing but we will consult with police forces and others in due course.

– Policing Minister Mike Penning
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