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Guns stolen from North Lincolnshire farm

Thieves have stolen two guns from a vehicle parked at a Winterton farm. The theft happened at just after midnight this morning (Wednesday, August 26) at a property in Holmes Lane.

The owner of the guns and a friend had been out shooting and returned to the farm, leaving the guns and other associated equipment on the back seat of his white Toyota Hilux.

However, when they returned to the vehicle a window had been smashed and the guns stolen.

The first is a rare hand built Blaza R8 .242 bolt gun, with a scope and silencer, which was in a camouflage bag, along with eight to 10 rounds of ammunition.

The second is a Remmington 700sps .223 bolt action gun, with a Longbow Generation 3 ITT autogated tube scope and a silencer.

This was also in a camouflage bag, along with a military spec night view camera, a thermal imager and six to eight rounds of ammunition.

A chain saw was also removed from a nearby shed.

“We are keen to speak to anyone with information about this incident. “There are two potentially lethal weapons at large and officers are doing all they can to ensure they are brought back into safe hands.

“These are rare, high-end weapons and we would appeal for anyone who is offered them for sale to come forward.”

– Insp Stephen Lamb, Lincolnshire Police

"Other vehicles may be involved" in Branton crash

At a press conference earlier, Temporary Inspector Steve Askham from South Yorkshire Police Roads Policing confirmed that other vehicles may have been involved in the crash in Branton that has left two dead.

"We've spoken to a number of witnesses and some CCTV, there is the implication from those witnesses and the CCTV that other vehicles may have been involved and we are actively seeking those."

– Steve Askham, South Yorkshire Police

Two men who were injured in the crash are also being sought by police.


Dunston house fire victim named

The scene on August 24th Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A woman who died following a house fire in Dunston in Lincolnshire in the early hours of Monday 24th August has been named by police as Audrey Swallow. The seventy-year-old's next of kin have been informed.

A post mortem has been carried out but further tests are needed to establish the exact cause of her death.

Two men who were also injured in the fire remain in hospital for treatment.

The investigation into the fire is continuing.


Chris Powell becomes Football Foundation Ambassador

Credit: Football Foundation

Chris Powell has become an ambassador for the Football Foundation. The first-team manager of Huddersfield Town FC is a highly-respected and experienced figure in the game, with a glittering playing career with stints at Charlton Athletic FC, West Ham United FC and Leicester City FC, as well as earning five England caps under Sven Göran Eriksson. He also served as chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) for the last five years of his career.

‘‘I am delighted to become an Ambassador for the Football Foundation. It is fantastic charity that does an incredibly important job. “Investing in more quality community sports facilities means that more people get to enjoy the benefits of playing regular sport, purely for the love of it. It is also critical to encouraging more home-grown players to come through from the grassroots. “The Foundation has developed 15 years’ experience of directing facilities investment into where it is most needed and where it will have the biggest impact. It does not just give money and walk away – the Foundation ensures that the facilities are financially sustainable and are used to their full potential for years after they have been built. “The £1.3bn of grassroots projects that have been delivered by the Foundation since 2000 is a testament to what an effective charitable vehicle that its Funders have created and I’m delighted to support the cause.”

– Chris Powell
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“We are absolutely thrilled to have Chris’ on board as a Football Foundation Ambassador. As well as being a top player and manager, he has always been very popular and respected in the game. “To have Chris helping us get the message out about the positive impact that the Foundation’s investment of our Funders’ contributions is having on grassroots football, and the many other sports that benefit from Foundation funding, is a fantastic boost for us at the start of the new season!”

– Rory Carroll, Head of Communications at the Football Foundation

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – meaning it has delivered nearly £1.3bn of grassroots investment.

Warning over 'Royal Mail' email scam

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Humberside Police are warning people to beware of a new email scam by criminals claiming to be from Royal Mail. They've targeted businesses and personal users, persuading the victim to click on a link within the email that infects their computer with CryptoLocker ransomware.

The ransomware encrypts the victim’s system and a window appears requesting a payment, to be made in Bitcoins, in order to decrypt the files. Often it warns that unless between £300 to £360 is paid immediately, the cost will rise to £600 to £660.

The emails sent fall into two types:

It states Royal Mail is holding a letter and there will be a £5 per day charge if it is not collected. The email then instructs the victim to click on a link to get it resent, but instead the link infects the operating system with the ransomware. The second form of email states a parcel could not be delivered and is awaiting collection. A link on the email is provided for more information. This takes the victim to what looks like part of the Royal Mail website, where the victim is asked to enter a code – believed to be in the original email.

Once this is entered, the victim is instructed to download an application. Instead, the ransomware is downloaded.

“There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect yourself from scams like this.

“Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or has it been specifically addressed to you? It also pays to look at the sender’s address. Does it seem legitimate?

“Take a closer look at the quality of the images included. Are they good enough to have come from Royal Mail?

“Never open attachments from unsolicited emails, no matter who they appear to be from.

“Even if an email appears to be from a legitimate company, don’t click on any links supplied. Go to the firm’s website and log in from there.”

– Michael Wood from the force Major Crime Unit

Police 'concerned' for injured men

West Yorkshire Police says concern is growing for two men who police believe were seriously injured after a car crashed into a house in Doncaster yesterday (Tuesday 25 August).

Witnesses have reported seeing the men leave the scene of the crash, which happened at around 12.50pm in Poppyfields Way. Reports suggest that at least one of them had serious injuries and had lost a significant amount of blood.

Despite extensive enquiries carried out by police to find them, they have not yet been located.

“From the witness accounts we have so far, one of the men had a terrible leg injury, which we believe was caused by the fire. People have told us the men were seriously injured and we believe they need urgent medical attention due to the impact of the crash and also the fire.

“No one has presented themselves at hospital with these injuries or at our local GPs, so the likelihood is that these men are still suffering with serious injuries, which could be life-threatening and have terrible consequences. I urge them to come forward to get the treatment they need.

“Also, I urge anyone who knows were these men are to come forward and tell us what you know so that we can ensure they are safe and well.”

– Inspector Steve Askham, from the Serious Collisions Unit

Two other men inside the car died at the scene. Another man, who was also inside the car, is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police are currently unable to confirm who was sitting where inside the car. Work is ongoing to formally identify the two deceased men.

One woman was inside the house at the time of the collision. She was not injured.

A police presence will continue in the area today while officers speak to local residents and review CCTV.

Crews remain at Bradford nightclub fire

Old Warehouse Nightclub, Bradford Credit: @traceannr

Two fire engines are still at the scene of a nightclub fire in Bradford, damping down and carrying out salvage work. Fire crews were called to the Old Warehouse Nightclub, Sackville Street at 2.09am today.

The fire was on the second floor and in the roof void of the three storey building. The roof has been severely damaged by fire and areas of the ground floor, occupied by a number of bars have been water damaged.

“The whole of the roof was involved in the fire, which was well developed when crews arrived. The roof has been extensively damaged but fire crews have managed to stop the spread of the fire to adjacent properties and no-one has been injured as a result of the fire.”

– Station Manager Dave Cookson, who was Incident Commander

The nightclub was completely closed to the public at the time and no people were inside.

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