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Police bring illegal rave to an end

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they ended the illegal rave at Twyford Woods, near Bourne, last night on health and safety grounds. The operation was carried out during daylight between 7.30pm and 9.15pm. No one was injured.

12 more arrests were made for various offences bringing the total since it began to 28. A number of vehicles have been seized along with sound amplification equipment and generators.

The force closed the A1 during Sunday evening for the police operation. They have apologised to motorists.

We felt it necessary because of our concerns for public safety and the proximity of the illegal event to the A1 and people attempting to return to cars left on the verges of the carriageway.

– Lincolnshire Police


Illegal rave crowd attack police

Four police officers have been injured - one seriously - after officers came under attack from a large crowd of revellers when they broke up an illegal rave in Lincolnshire last night.

Four Lincolnshire Police officers were injured breaking up an illegal rave near Bourne

Police went to the Twyford Woods area, just off the A1, near Bourne, around midnight, after receiving a call from a member of the public complaining about loud noise and anti-social behaviour.

But when they attempted to break up the gathering they came under attack from the large crowd. Four officers were injured, one seriously but not life-threatening. A police dog was also injured.

Three women from Norfolk were arrested and police seized sound amplification equipment and generators. Police are asking motorists to avoid the roads around Twyford Woods whilst their enquiry continues.

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.

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