Hertfordshire’s police commissioner is planning to freeze the force’s share of the Council Tax this year despite warning earlier it may have to be raised.

David Lloyd said a better-than-expected settlement from central Government meant he could spare taxpayers a planned 3.4 per cent rise in the police precept.

The force receives 10p of every Council Tax pound paid in the county.

Last year the Conservative warned of possible station closures and job losses at Hertfordshire Constabulary, as well as tax rises, as it looked to save £30 million from budget by 2018.

In a statement Mr Lloyd said: "Now, due to careful financial planning and a better than expected overall settlement from central government, I am pleased to confirm my intention to freeze policing taxes for the fourth year running.

"In doing so, I am confident that the future of Hertfordshire’s local policing model can be safeguarded. At the same time, I am committing to funding the vital partnership work across the county which keeps our communities safe in each district and borough."