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Urgent appeal for missing woman with autism

Police have issued an urgent appeal for help in finding a vulnerable missing woman.

20 year-old Lorna Smith was last seen at 1.15pm this afternoon, after she wandered away from the grounds of Toynton Hall, near Spilsby, where she attended college.

Lorna has severe learning difficulties and autism so there is great concern for her safety if she is walking on a public road.

Lorna is 5' 8" tall with long, curly, brown hair. She is wearing a long, grey speckled cardigan over a black dress and white, 3/4 length leggings.

Anyone who has seen Lorna, or who has any information that may help the search, is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police urgently on 101, or 999 in an emergency.


Home Secretary says Shaun Wright 'should consider his position'


BREAKING: Home Sec says Shaun Wright should consider his position


Theresa May was cautious not to sound as if she was strong-arming him - he was democratically elected. But inference is, Wright should go.

Murder investigation launched in Bridlington

Humberside Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 39 year-old Bridlington man this morning.

Murder investigation launched in Bridlington
Murder investigation launched in Bridlington

In the early hours, police were called to a disturbance at a house on Sewerby Road and found a man with a life threatening wound. The ambulance service were in attendance but the man died as a result of his injuries at the scene. Four men have been arrested in Seaton, near Hornsea, on suspicion of murder - a 27-year-old, a 22-year-old, and a 37-year old, who are in police custody, and a 47-year-old who is currently receiving treatment at HRI for injuries sustained during the incident.

Police appeal after nursery graffiti

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a sign at a children’s nursery was spray painted.

The Children First nursery was daubed with red spray paint
The Children First nursery was daubed with red spray paint Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The window graphic at Children First on Monks Road, Lincoln, was daubed with red spray paint sometime during the evening or night of Thursday 21 August or Friday 22 August.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the graffiti being carried out or who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area of the nursery around the time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.



Police officer questioned over Hillsborough alcohol claims

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough stadium Credit: PA

Claims that the "vast majority" of fans at Hillsborough were the worse for alcohol have been questioned by a barrister representing families of the deceased.

Philip Colin Lomas, a police sergeant acting up to inspector in 1989, has previously told the court in Warrington that large volumes of fans were carrying drink and there was a large volume of ticketless fans.

Mr Lomas was positioned outside the stadium on Middlewood Road before the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The Coroners' Court in Warrington
The Coroners' Court in Warrington where the Hillsborough Inquests are taking place Credit: PA

He told the inquests he saw people carrying six-packs, large bottles of cider and a carafe of wine.

Lawyer Brenda Campbell showed the witness a number of photographs and videos showing fans arriving at the Leppings Lane end of the ground.

Regarding one photograph she asked: "The photographer is looking in your direction, capturing those fans who have passed you by, and the majority of whom you have told us are the worse for wear for alcohol?"

"A static photograph does not show how people walk," he replied.

Ms Campbell continued: "Where in this photograph are the people with the large quantities of alcohol that were coming from your position?"

"I have no idea," he said.

Hillsborough Memorial
Hillsborough Memorial Credit: ITV Granada

The barrister then accused Mr Lomas of being "welded" to his account.

He answered: "I know what I saw. I know what I heard."

The witness was also questioned about the account of the disaster he made in his police pocketbook on 17th April.

Mr Lomas told the court he had a rough pocketbook which would later be destroyed but he did not remember making any rough notes about Hillsborough although it was the practice at the time.

Shown pages from the witness's 'good' pocketbook, he agreed it was neatly written without any mistakes.

Ms Campbell asked: "It came completely from your head through the pen and onto the page without any need to correct or change or amend?"

"Correct," he replied.


Officers told disaster caused by 'drunken ticketless fans'

by Andy Bonner

The Hillsborough inquests have heard claims a senior South Yorkshire police officer told a sergeant how the disaster was caused by "drunken, ticketless fans."

Philip Colin Lomas attended a briefing with former Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Anderson at Doncaster police station about five days after the disaster.

He told the court:

"Welfare was mentioned and then it was that blame towards South Yorkshire Police was being looked at and it wasn't anything that we had done that was at fault. It was down to drunken, ticketless fans that caused the disaster and we shouldn't be blaming ourselves for that."

– Philip Colin Lomas

Mr Lomas said he didn't question where it had come from because "he would know the bigger picture" as Assistant Chief Constable. He added: "It certainly fit into what I saw that day. I saw a lot of people the worse for drink. I saw a lot of people without tickets."

Mr Lomas said officers were told they wanted specific evidence regarding drunkenness and about the number of fans that were asking for tickets. He added that they should not make mention about the radios going down because "there was a reason for that" or about staffing levels at turnstiles because that was being explained by people who could address it better.

Mr Lomas said the fact that someone was saying telling him what to put in didn't ring any alarm bells.

Earlier, Mr Lomas said a superintendent, David Nettleship, asked him on the day after the disaster to convey to officers that pocket notebook entries should not be made while they were in shock.

He added that he made an entry the following day.


Hillsborough Inquests hears Police were asked to say fans had been drinking

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough stadium Credit: PA

The Hillsborough Inquests have heard that police officers were asked to mention in their statements that fans had been drinking.

Philip Colin Lomas, a police sergeant acting up to inspector in 1989 was questioned about the veracity of his statements.

Mark George QC, a lawyer representing 22 of the bereaved families, put it to him that: "It hurt you, as a loyal trooper, that your police force was apparently being blamed for the fact that 96 people had died at a football match."

"It was certainly distressing for me to feel that we were blamed for something which I didn't believe that we were guilty of," he replied, "but not so much that it would make me tell untruths."

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough stadium Credit: PA

Guy Gozem QC, representing retired Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Anderson, asked the witness if it was clear in his mind who said what, when.

He replied: "After 25 years I don’t think anybody can put their hand on their heart and say they are 100% certain about every fact.

I do recall ACC Anderson saying we should avoid mentioning the radios, avoid mentioning the staffing levels down there and they needed the evidence about the drink that I saw people carrying etc."

Liverpool fan
Liverpool fan Credit: PA

Mr Lomas agreed that a number of officers had been traumatised by the disaster and his superior's comment that officers should not blame themselves for what happened was made in a welfare context.

Mr Anderson, he said, was in charge of the department that would deal with such issues.

The witness added that he would not have stretched the truth, even if Mr Anderson had asked him to.

On the subject of supporters carrying four-packs before the match, Mr Lomas told the court they must have either thrown the alcohol away or passed it on to somebody else before they arrived at the stadium.

He also agreed that it is difficult to know for sure if someone is drunk unless they happen to be falling down.

Questioned about his rough notebook, Mr Lomas explained that he never wrote a first version and then streamlined it or put it into greater detail in his official pocketbook.

Huddersfield bowlers lose appeal for new facilities

Indoor bowls has been removed from the plans for a new leisure centre in Huddersfield.

Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield
Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield Credit: Kirklees Council

Cabinet members discussed the issue after the decision not to include bowls was referred back by scrutiny councillors.

Councillors have agreed to meet bowlers to discuss future provision for their sport.

In a statement, Kirklees Council said Council Leader Cllr David Sheard listened to bowlers, but said that the financial case did not stack up.

They say he agreed to continue to meet with bowlers alongside Cabinet colleagues to discuss where and how flat green bowling can be provided once the current sports centre is closed.

Read: No bowls in Huddersfield

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