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Lincolnshire child-sex-offender sentenced to 14 years in prison

A Lincolnshire child sex offender has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

49-year-old Philip Belcher, from Bourne, pleaded guilty to offences including rape of a female under 13, sexual assault of a female under 13, taking indecent images of a child and inciting a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to a total of 22 years, 14 years in prison with 8 years on extended licence.

Detective Claire Hammond wanted to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by Belcher's actions. She said:

This was a harrowing case for everyone involved; the victims have shown great strength and bravery in standing up to ensure Belcher is brought to justice for these offences.

Experienced detectives have been moved by the strength of the victims and their families and the traumatic nature of Belcher's offending.

This case was not straight forward due to the vast areas of the country that the offending has occurred over a sustained period.

– Detective Claire Hammond

New leads in investigation into murder of Alan Wood in 2009

Detectives investigating the brutal murder of Alan Wood in October 2009 have appealed for information to help find a man called Pawel Wrzyszcz.

Alan Wood

Alan Wood was bound, tortured and mutilated at his home in the tiny rural Hamlet of Lound, near Bourne in Lincolnshire, in October 2009.

Police know that his bank cards were stolen and used in Bourne and nearby Stamford over the following couple of days.

Police have not yet discovered a motive as, despite the use of what officers described as an "extraordinary level of violence," only a few hundred pounds was taken.

Det Supt Stuart Morrison, who is leading the investigation, said officers are trying to trace a man named Pawel Wrzyszcz, (pronounced “Pavel Vursch”) who may be able to help with the enquiry.

We would very much like to trace a man by the name of Pawel Wrzyszcz, aged in his lates 20s to early 30s, who we think may have been living and working at a car wash or car washes in the Peterborough and Stamford area in the mid to late period of 2009. If anyone knows Pawel, or knew him at the time, please contact us as soon as possible. And if Pawel himself sees this appeal, we would very much like to hear from him.

– Det Supt Stuart Morrison


Paralympic champion Jade sets another record

Jade's four medals made her the most successful British woman in Winter Paralympic history. Credit: PA

It's another record for Paralympian skiier Jade Etherington from Lincolnshire - she's become the first person to be granted the freedom of her home town.

The proposal was unanimously agreed by Bourne Town Council last night.

Man admits Tory Office blast

A man arrested after a blast caused minor damage to a Conservative Party office has pleaded guilty to possessing an explosive substance.

A spokesman for Lincoln Crown Court said Paul Leversedge, 24, had been remanded in custody after admitting a single charge of having an explosive substance under suspicious circumstances.

Leversedge, of Marquess Court, Bourne, Lincolnshire, was detained in the early hours of June 10 this year after police were called to the Conservative Hall in nearby Burghley Street where Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles holds constituency surgeries. Leversedge will be sentenced on November 28.

The elderly become a target of cash crimes

Police are urging the elderly to be cautious of a man who has been approaching them asking for money.

The man was last reported to have asked an elderly man for petrol money in the Bourne area. He followed the man to his home and gave a watch in return for the cash.

The offender was dressed in a smart dark suite, has tanned skin and a thin face with short dark hair and in his late 30’s or early 40’s.

The police urge people to come forward with any sightings of the man.


Man remanded on Tory blast charge

A 24-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life following an explosion at a Tory Party office.

Paul Leversedge faced magistrates in Grantham in connection with the blast at the Conservative Hall in Bourne on Monday.

The explosion caused minor damage to the office, where Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles holds constituency surgeries.

Following the incident on Monday morning, Mr Boles, who serves as a planning minister, issued a statement in which he said: "Obviously I deplore this act of violence."

Police were called at around 1.24am on Monday to reports of an explosion at the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association office in Burghley Street.

A Grantham Magistrates' Court spokesman said Leversedge, from, Bourne, was remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on June 26.

Man charged after Lincolnshire Explosion

A man's been charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life, after an explosion at a Conservative Party office in Lincolnshire.

The bomb squad were called in and parts of the centre of Bourne were sealed off for 12 hours after the blast, early yesterday morning. Paul Leversedge, who's 24 and from Bourne has been remanded in custody and will appear at Grantham Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Cops investigate small explosion

Police were called to Sellwood Terrace off Manning Road in Bourne at 8.30am this morning following reports of a small explosion.

Investigations are ongoing but it appears something within a rubbish bag (possibly a firework or similar) had caused a very small explosion.

No one was injured and there was no damage to any properties. As a precaution, bomb disposal officers attended the scene and the road is currently cordoned off to allow for investigations to take place.

F1 champ takes to the track in Lincolnshire

Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester Credit: Matthew Baker/PA Wire

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill will be in Bourne today to mark 50 years since his father Graham first won the world title. He took the Formula 1 crown while driving for the British Racing Motors team which was based in the Lincolnshire town.

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