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Good evening. The man responsible for the running of Humberside Police
has been accused of macho politics over his plans to increase the
amount people pay for policing. Matthew Grove says a small council
tax increase will help keep more police on the streets. But some have
accused him of acting ignorantly, as Phillip Norton reports.
5p, the extra weekly cost to the taxpayer to adequately police the
Humberside force area. That's according to the Police and Crime
Commissioner, Matthew Grove who says a precept increase is vital, despite
councillors on the area's crime panel voting against it. The public
say to me their first priority is actually to ensure we have a good,
effective policing service. That's what the public tell me week in,
week out. They say, Matthew, protect our police service. This is what I
need to do on their behalf to protect the police service. It's a
very modest increase. Mr Grove is proposing a rise of just
under 2% to the police precept. He says that works out at around 5p per
week for every household. That money will go towards more officers on the
streets by improving the technology they use to make them more
efficient. The chairman of the Crime Panel is angry, saying they are
being ignored. I think it's quite a foolish way to
go about it. I would put it quite simply, a macho type proposal, which
is not needed at all. I think it's just a way of saying, I am my own
man, I am the Commissioner, I will do as I think. I won't listen to the
government, I won't listen to the panel, I won't listen to anybody.
Matthew Grove says the Humberside Police force has reached the point
now where it cannot provide a robust or adequate service for the area. In
addition the force has to make savings of more than ?30 million. He
says he is already making savings. This is the former police authority
headquarters, a building he put up for sale soon after being elected. A
move, he says, that will save ?50,000 a year. On the streets of
Hull, most people I spoke to were happy for him to ask for more. If it
keeps the police on the streets, yeah, instead of just sat behind a
desk filling in forms. I'll pay. If it saves jobs, fair enough. I just
don't want it to get wasted on stupid things, luxuries. Maybe with
a bit of extra money their argument is they can do more but they should
be able to do it anyway. Earlier on Look North, Matthew Grove responded
to the criticism. I work for the public, not for the government and
certainly not for the Police and Crime Panel. If Matthew Grove goes
ahead, these few extra pennies a week will add up to another ?800,000
a year for the Humberside Police kitty. The panel that scrutinises
his work say his arguments don't stand up.
Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has declined to
comment, after it was recommended he apologises to his Chief Constable
for suspending him last year. The Police and Crime Panel said Alan
Hardwick ignored legal advice and wasted ?160,000 when he suspended
Neil Rhodes. Mr Hardwick told Look North it would be inappropriate to
comment before receiving any official communication from the
panel. Businesses on the Lincolnshire Coast
have welcomed the government's decision to allow ?5 million to be
spent protecting the area from flooding. The money will be spent on
building sand banks to defend thousands of homes between
Mablethorpe and Skegness. Our correspondent, Paul Murphy, reports.
Work to repair this coastline has been under way ever since December's
damaging tidal surge. News of extra defence money has been welcomed,
especially by vulnerable coastal businesses.
We are below sea level here and all the way along. Trusthorpe was
flooded and all the people had to be evacuated. And, you know, you see
other people being flooded and it is a really scary thing.
The 30,000 properties and 20,000 caravans on this low`lying coast
represent a significant part of Lincolnshire 's economy.
We have incredible assets behind the flood defences that we need to
protect, agriculture, industry. Our tourism industry brings ?500,000
into the area, very important and, of course, the residents.
The defences are here to prevent history repeating itself. Hundreds
lost their lives in the East Coast floods of 1953 but one of the
survivors believes the newly announced funding doesn't go far
enough. No good. Not enough? Not enough. In anyway whatsoever. It
wants a lot more spending on it. If they don't, it'll cost more to
restore it. The new government money comes on top of an existing
programme of flood repairs. It includes funding to protect 200
homes at Welwick in East Yorkshire, after damage to the Humber bank. To
repair a 60`foot gap in the river bank at Blacktoft, to install a
three`quarter of a mile temporary defence at Riverside Quay in Hull
and there's protection for more than 2,000 homes on the Trent at
Kettlethorpe. There's funding to for Lincoln to protect around 80
properties in the Stamp End area of the city.
I think in view of the floods that have been happening all over the
country, I think it should really be allocated all over as well. The
river does come up quite high so I would think for the whole area it is
quite a good thing. What the tides take away, the diggers must always
put back. The ?5 million of government cash is, of course being
welcomed but it is just a drop in the ocean in this constant process.
Defences protected much of Lincolnshire 's coast from
December's tidal surge. These communities know there is little
room for complacency. Businesses helping to fund Hull's
City of Culture year say it's a once in a lifetime chance to get rid of
stereotyped views about the city. 22 companies have already pledged more
than a third of a million pounds, that's of the ?15 million pounds
needed. Those involved say it's a unique chance to promote Hull to the
world. The City of Culture is a one`off
event for the city. This won't come round again for us. So if you want
to be on board and believe in what is promoting the city, promoting the
culture and showing the positive offerings that we have then, you
know, we strongly believe it is money well worth spending. Now the
weather with Keeley Donovan. Hello, good evening, further wet and
windy weather to come through the course of the night. Already we've
got rain setting in from the west. It'll continue to spill northwards.
It'll have mostly clearly by the end of the night, just the odd shower.
Windy in the short term with potentially some heavy spells of
rain too. Temperatures dropping back to three or four degrees. Through
the morning there could be the odd shower lingering. Then it'll develop
into dry and bright conditions for a good bulk of the day. Later in the
day we'll start to see showers heading in from the west. It might
be that some places stay dry for most of the day in daylight hours.
Windy tomorrow with temperatures reaching six or seven degrees. A few
showers through the morning on Sunday. That is all. We are back
tomorrow lunchtime. Enjoy the rest of your evening, good night.
Hello again. Nelson's flag ship HMS victory, was launched in 1765 and
you can still see it today in Portsmouth Harbour. But through the
whole of that history, you will struggle to find a wetter winter
than this one across southern England. Scotland has already been
in the record books. Their December was the wettest since standardised
records began about 100 years ago. There's plenty more where that came
from. Another storm is knocking on the door and will affect the whole
of Western Europe, steaming in from the Atlantic. Giving us a steady
stream of rain in most places. Severe gales ahead of that rain
gusts up to 60 mph. Battering the coasts once again. For the North,
across the Scottish mountains yet more snow. It's really piling up
here at the moment. A cold