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Summary

  1. Live updates on Thursday 25 April 2019

Live Reporting

By Lynsey Bradford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Police appeal after graffiti scrawled on Lincoln Uni lab

    Do you recognise this man? Police want to identify him in connection with criminal damage in Lincoln.

    The man

    The University of Lincoln’s Ground Lab has been damaged with graffiti on three occasions.

    This lab is located on the junction of Hermit Street and Portland Street in Lincoln.

    The three incidents took place on 5, 11 and 27 February.

    Police say they believe the man pictured above can assist with the investigation.

  2. Number of RSPCA calls over exotic animals on the rise

    At least 340 calls were received by the RSPCA in Lincolnshire last year about exotic animals, new statistics show.

    Snakes

    In 2018, the charity received 342 calls about exotic animals, rescued 86 exotic pets and 53 exotic fish - a rise from 87 creatures and 18 fish in 2017.

    Seven dead snakes were also dumped in Lincolnshire in March last year (pictured).

    The large snake is believed to be a reticulated python.

    A royal python, boa constrictor and corn snake were also among those found.

    Quote Message: The snakes were all close together and we think they must have been dead when they were first dumped. Sadly, many people do take on pets without carrying out their research first and then find later down the line that they cannot cope." from Insp Justin Stubbs RSPCA
    Insp Justin StubbsRSPCA
  3. Lincoln store banned from selling alcohol

    A Lincoln store has been permanently banned from selling alcohol following a raid by Lincolnshire Police and immigration officials.

    Rayan Store

    The Rayan Store, on High Street, was raided on 24 May last year and a male who had entered the country illegally was found to be working in the store.

    Despite being issued a fine of £15,000 by the Home Office, owner Chulak Mohamed continued to employ the male who on occasions was left to run the store despite being untrained.

    Mr Mohamed had failed to carry out any of the mandatory right-to-work checks when employing him, police say.

    The store’s alcohol licence has been revoked at a review hearing by the City of Lincoln Council’s Alcohol Licensing Sub-Committee.

    Quote Message: The decision of the licensing committee means that Rayan Store will no longer be able to sell alcohol of any kind. It sends a clear deterrent message to others considering involvement in this illegal activity. " from Sgt Kimble Enderby Lincolnshire Police
    Sgt Kimble EnderbyLincolnshire Police
  4. 'Be quiet and think': Grantham school's peace garden opens

    The Bishop of Grantham has opened a new peace garden at a Lincoln primary school.

    The Bishop at the Peace Garden

    The space at St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School was designed by the children at the school.

    It's used in religious education lessons, at playtime and for collective worship.

    Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain said the peace garden was an important asset for the school: "Not everyone has a garden at home, so this gives everyone in school the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature."

    Quote Message: Within the life of the school, sometimes it might be really good for an adult or young person to go and just take some time out and sit, be quiet and think." from Nicholas Chamberlain Bishop of Grantham
    Nicholas ChamberlainBishop of Grantham
  5. Crime in Lincolnshire rises by 20% - New statistics

    Crime across Lincolnshire has increased by 20% in the past year, with a rise in the number of violent crimes, stalking, harassment and public order offences.

    The increase was revealed in figures released today by the Office of National Statistics, but Lincolnshire Police said the rise was partly down to changes in the way crimes are recorded:

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    Quote Message: A change to the way police forces are recording crime explains some of the increases in offences but, once again, we are seeing real rises in crimes such as violence. Locally, we are incredibly stretched and under-resourced and it is with great regret that we are currently going through reducing the number of staff, police officers and PCSOs we have available to meet the needs of communities in Lincolnshire." from Craig Naylor Deputy Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police
    Craig NaylorDeputy Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police
  6. Farmer's anger at temporary shooting ban

    Food production in the UK could be hit as a result of a new temporary ban on shooting so-called "pest birds", a Lincolnshire farmer has warned.

    Pigeons

    Natural England is revoking some licences for shooting 16 species of wild birds.

    It follows a legal challenge to the way the permits have been issued.

    Andrew Ward, a farmer from Leadenham, says it doesn't make sense: "Pigeons will absolutely decimate an oil seed rape crop and will completely remove it from the field."

    Quote Message: For us now to control a pest - which pigeons are - to keep our crops alive, to feed the nation, we cannot now do that. We are now putting at jeopardy food production in the UK." from Andrew Ward Farmer
    Andrew WardFarmer
  7. Breaking'Human body part' found on path near Grimsby

    A human body part has been found in a village on the outskirts of Grimsby, police have confirmed.

    Police tape

    What police say is "suspected to be a lower limb" was found at about 06:45 this morning on a path near the old railway track at Louth Road in New Waltham.

    Det Ch Insp Craig Nicholson said: "We are in the very early stages of the investigation, however it is suspected to be a lower limb.

    "A cordon is in place and people are asked to please avoid the area and allow officers to carry out inquiries as part of the investigation."

  8. Seconds out! Double-decker with boxing ring hits the road

    A double-decker bus which has a gym, mobile boxing ring and smoothie bar on-board will be unveiled in Hull later before setting off around East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

    Tommy Coyle

    Hull boxer Tommy Coyle (pictured) came up with the idea of the Box Clever Bus, which will be launched on Hull's Orchard Park estate.

    He said: "If not for boxing and the structure it gave me to channel negative energy in a positive way, I would no doubt have chosen the wrong path.

    "I intend on putting back into the community with the bus, to repay the support I have received."

    The bus was bought with Home Office funding secured by Humberside Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The NHS has funded the smoothie bar.

    The bus is set to visit Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Goole, Immingham, Bridlington and Withernsea over the course of the next 12 months.

  9. Edward Leigh MP intends to stand as Speaker

    The Conservative Gainsborough MP has said he intends to stand for the office of Speaker when a vacancy arises.

    Sir Edward Leigh said on his Twitter account he would be a traditional speaker, would prioritise serious debate and would be "rigidly impartial".

    He also tweeted: "I oppose any move against the present speaker who must be allowed to retire at a time of his choosing.

    "In order to protect the office of Speaker, this issue must not be politicised."

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  10. Headteacher criticises tests for four-year-olds

    Plans to test four-year-old children when they start school are a waste of time, according to a Lincolnshire headteacher.

    Children answering teacher's question

    The government is piloting the scheme this September, with the rest of the country due to follow suit next year.

    The Department for Education says the tests will be used to measure how well primary schools are doing to make sure all children reach their potential.

    But a petition opposing the idea, signed by 65,000 people, is being handed into Downing Street today.

    Sally-Anne Caunter, the headteacher of Barkston and Syston Primary School, says the tests won't help schools or the pupils.

    She said: "If they're doing really well at four, it doesn't necessarily mean they're going to do well at seven because it might just be they're a really early starter and then they might plateau.

    "Or you might have a four-year-old who hasn't engaged with learning yet and, at the age of seven or eight, it clicks in."

  11. Reward for information about wanted man

    A £1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or charge of Bailey Brown who has links to Gainsborough.

    Brown

    The 21-year-old is wanted in connection with the criminal damage of seven vehicles in the early hours of 18 May last year on Church Street in Gainsborough.

    Crimestoppers has issued the appeal for information on his whereabouts.

    Information passed directly to the police will not qualify for the reward and the reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers directly.

  12. Council defends borrowing £1.5m for community building

    Skegness Town Council has defended a decision to demolish the former pavilion in Tower Gardens and borrow £1,460,000 to build a new community centre.

    The pavilion

    The centre, with office space and a cafe, will be built on the site of the former pavilion.

    Town clerk Steve Larner said he expected contracts to be signed for both the asset transfer from East Lindsey District Council and the development of the community building in the next few days.

    He said it was not possible to save the pavilion.

    Quote Message: The pavilion was no longer repairable. It was in a very poor state indeed. Over the last few years as the roof became more exposed, water ingressed in there it had become rotten and unsaveable." from Steve Larner Town clerk, Skegness Town Council
    Steve LarnerTown clerk, Skegness Town Council
  13. Man charged with Grimsby rape

    A man has been charged in connection with a rape on Freeman Street in Grimsby in the early hours of Sunday 14 April.

    Police

    Florin Butnaru, 31, of Freeman Street in Grimsby, has been charged with rape and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

    He’s due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates' Court later this morning.

  14. Plans for student housing are rejected

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to turn a 60-year-old pub in Lincoln into new student housing have been rejected.

    The Golden Cross pub

    The Golden Cross pub would have been flattened and replaced with a three-storey building with 47 bedrooms, kitchens, common rooms and laundry rooms.

    According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, City of Lincoln Council's planning committee rejected the plan by Lomas Architecture Design and Developments Ltd, which had said there was a need for more student housing.

    Councillors said that the scale of the building was too big for the area and was not in keeping with Queen Street.

    Quote Message: There comes a time when we have to say 'enough is enough'. If this site is right for a development then I feel that it should be for local people." from Ronald Hills Councillor
    Ronald HillsCouncillor