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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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Police funding formula 'not fit for purpose' says Lincs PCC

Lincolshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has written to the Home Secretary outlining his concerns over the sustainability of policing in the county due to budget cuts.

PCC Alan Hardwick and Lincs Chief Constable Neil Rhodes

In his letter to Teresa May he said the police funding formula was 'not fit for purpose.'

Mr Hardwick said the force already had the lowest numbers of officers and staff per population and one of the 'highest workloads' in the country.

"Whilst our overall performance continues to be good when compared to other Forces, the Chief Constable and HMIC have concerns about the ability of the force to maintain its current level of service to the communities of Lincolnshire beyond 2016. " said Mr Hardwick adding that the next step would be to cut back on officers and PCSOs to meet savings.

It comes after Lincolnshire's Chief Constable Neil Rhodes published a letter he sent to Teresa May expressing his fears that his force could be the first in the country to 'fall over' if cuts continued at the same level for the next three years.

Read in full Lincs PCC's letter to Home Secretary

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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

Leaders Live policy video: Crime

"Are you happy with your relationship with the police?" asks entrepreneur and Bite The Ballot ambassador Jamal Edwards.

"Are you wondering why it has become normal to pick up a paper and another young person's getting killed in the streets? Why is this happening? Why is more not being done to stop gang violence?"

He is going to be grilling political leaders on issues like these for Leaders Live. How about you?

Police granted more time to detain terror suspects arrested in Dover

Officers from the Met Police have said that warrants of further detention have been granted for five men arrested following a counter terrorism operation in which a vehicle was stopped going outbound at Dover port on Sunday.

Four addresses in east London and one in south London are being searched as part of the investigation. Some of the searches are still ongoing.

A further two addresses in North Wales are being searched, and these searches are ongoing, police said.

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Police community support officers to strike over pay

Community support officers and fingerprint experts and members of Unison have backed industrial action in protest at a 1% pay offer. Unions are seeking a 3% increase after wage freezes or below inflation deals for the past three years.

Police community support officers to strike over pay Credit: PA

These results send a clear message that after two years of pay freeze and last year's below inflation pay rise, police staff have had enough and that they are now ready to take industrial action over pay.

We are calling on the police employers to return to the negotiating table to improve the current pay offer.

– Unison general secretary Dave Prentis

Vehicle stopped leaving Dover under Terrorism Act

Officers from MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), Kent police and the MPS Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) stopped an outbound vehicle at Dover port at around 11.30pm on Sunday.

A vehicle was stopped leaving Dover under Terrorism Act. Credit: PA

Police said a further 12 men and one woman who were stopped in the same vehicle were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences by Immigration Enforcement officers.

At around 3.45am today two men aged 24 and 40 were arrested in east London, while at 8.30am a man, 28, was arrested, all on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism contrary to section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

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