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Lincolnshire Police chief warns cuts could make force 'unsustainable'

Lincolnshire's Chief Constable has warned his force could be "unsustainable" within three years if funding cuts continue at current levels.

Cuts to police budgets could cause Lincolnshire force to 'fall over' wants Chief Constable Credit: Press Association

Neil Rhodes, has written a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May, seen by the Daily Telegraph, expressing his concerns.

He said in the letter his force could be the first to 'fall over' as cuts to officer numbers in response to a reported £10.4 million budget shortfall would mean it would be unable to police effectively.

"If we were a business, then it would be funded at below the cost of being in business. The cupboard is bare and it is likely that we will be the first force in the country to fall over.

In 2016-17, Lincolnshire Police will be on the basis of current financial projections, on the edge of viability. In the following year it will be unsustainable.

To cut numbers by the amount needed would mean service degradation to a level that would be unacceptable to our communities and compromise both public safety and officer safety."

– Neil Rhodes, Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police

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First pictures: Girl saves boyfriend's life on first date

Zach Selby and Chloe Tonnes Credit: News Team

A 16-year-old student saved her new boyfriend's life after he had a heart attack on their first date.

19-year-old Zach Selby, an apprentice hairdresser and Chloe Tonnes, a beauty student, were camping in Lincolnshire when he suddenly collapsed alone on a deserted beach in the early hours of the morning.

Young love: the couple say their relationship is stronger than ever Credit: News Team
Zach recovering in hospital Credit: News Team

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Police: Elderly man and woman killed at level crossing

British Transport Police (BTP) say two people killed after being struck by a train at a level crossing were "a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s", and were both from the Lincolnshire village of Cherry Willingham.

BTP said they were continuing to investigate the circumstances but that the incident was "currently being treated as non-suspicious".

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