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Reward offered in hunt for escaped rapist

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a convicted rapist who absconded from an open prison.

Stephen Tierney
Lincolnshire Police

Stephen Tierney, 39, has not been seen since 3 July when he walked out of HMP North Sea Camp, near Boston.

Lincolnshire Police say they are investigating possible sightings in Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

The force say Tierney poses a risk to the public and has advised people not to approach him.

A police spokesman said he also poses a "high risk" to anyone who enters in to a relationship with him.

Anyone with any information about Tierney's whereabouts is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or report online at

Patient attacks paramedic in ambulance
An ambulance worker had his hair pulled out as he was assaulted inside his ambulance in Nottingham.

Severe disruption: A508 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A508 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from A5123 Campbell Street to A428 St Peter's Way.

A508 Northamptonshire - A508 Bridge Street closed and it's slow southbound from the A5123 Campbell Street junction to the A428 St Peter's Way junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A5123 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5123 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, from A4500 Abington Square to Billing Road.

A5123 Northamptonshire - A5123 York Road closed and it's heavy in both directions from the A4500 Abington Square junction to the Billing Road junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New 999 centre could lead to better response times

Response times to 999 calls could be improved thanks to all three emergency services working under one roof in Lincolnshire, fire chiefs say.

Fire engines and ambulances

Fire and ambulance crews have begun moving into a £21m building on South Park in Lincoln, and police officers are due to move into the centre later this year.

It's the first combined fire, ambulance and police station in the country.

We've seen it already at Sleaford and Louth where the operational crews from fire and EMAS have been working together for sometime. You can see on the ground the improvement in operational procedures when we attend things like road traffic accidents, for example.

Tim JoyceArea Manager, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue