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Grimsby edition of Monopoly set to be unveiled

A new Monopoly board featuring landmarks from Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be officially unveiled later today. The launch coincides with the famous board game's 80th birthday.

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Two ten-year-old schoolchildren from the region will be officially launching the board along with lots of other youngsters bedecked in themed Monopoly costumes.

The official ceremony will take place at exactly the same time as the game hits shop shelves in both Grimsby and Cleethorpes, as well as online shelves including Amazon.

However the board will not appear in Scunthorpe where it has been reported that the rival town has "banned" it.


Cleethorpes to host National Armed Forces Day next year

Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire will host National Armed Forces Day next year.

National Armed Forces Day 2015 was hosted in Guildford last month Credit: Press Association

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Defence Minister Earl Howe yesterday.

Guests from around the world are expected to come together to thank current and past serving members of the forces and their families.

I’m delighted to inform North East Lincolnshire that you have been accorded the privilege of being the national host for 2016. I know you will do the nation proud next year, just as you’re doing this year

– Earl Howe

We have a great military history in North East Lincolnshire – whether it was our fishing fleet being used as mine-sweepers, the Grimsby Chums, the hundreds of aircraft that left Lincolnshire’s soil, we have been part of defending the nation for hundreds of years.

We’ve worked extremely hard in the last few years to build this fantastic event, and to be awarded the national event is a great honour.”

– Alex Baxter, Armed Forces Champion for North East Lincolnshire

Mother launches fundraising appeal in memory of son

A mother has launched a fundraising appeal for the air ambulance team who tried to saver her son's life.

Oliver Franklin, from Cleethorpes, was just 19 when he died in an accident earlier this year.

His mother, Kirsty, is now on a fundraising mission Oliver's memory. Adam Fowler reports

To find out more about Kirsty's fundraising appeal visit


Police release picture of woman over Cleethorpes assault

Police investigating an assault on a woman in the Parkway cinema in Cleethorpes have released a cctv image of a woman they would like to identify.

Do you recognise this woman? Credit: Lincolnshire Police

It is alleged the woman assaulted her forty five year old victim in the foyer of the cinema following a heated argument earlier in the evening. The victim required medical treatement for bruising after the assault.

Rail union confirms TransPennine Express strike

A rail union has announced that it plans to go ahead with strikes on the TransPennine Express between Cleethorpes and Sheffield.

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The RMT have planned to take strike action on the following days:

  • Sunday 7th June 2015
  • Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Sunday 21st June 2015
  • Sunday 28th June 2015

They have also planned to take further industrial action on the following days:

  • Saturday 30th May 2015
  • Saturday 6th June 2015
  • Saturday 13th June 2015
  • Saturday 20th June 2015
  • Saturday 27th June 2015

Gang jailed for fraud and money laundering

A gang based in north-East Lincolnshire who made more than £10 million selling fake Viagra through a bogus mail order business have been sentenced.

Judge Charles Wide QC described it as a "highly organised, large-scale criminal enterprise" which risked the health of members of the public, as he sentenced the gang at the Old Bailey.

He said the "the real mischief is the catastrophic damage that could be caused" to the public. Drug companies had pointed out that acid, brick dust and road paint had been found in fake Viagra.

The gang amassed more than £10 million in more than 100 bank accounts in the UK and abroad.

The gang also had a base in Sussex.

Four of those who received sentences today were based in north-East Lincolnshire.

  • Catherine Laverick, 47, from Ulceby, north Lincolnshire, was one of those sentenced. She was in day-to-day control of the operation in north Lincolnshire, and received £175,000 -£266,000. She was sentenced to three years and 10 months for money laundering, two and a half years on another count of money laundering and 15 months for conspiracy to supply.
  • Sarah Laverick, 26, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 16 months for money laundering and four months for fraud. Her sentence was suspended but she was ordered to do 200 hours of supervised unpaid work.
  • Hugh Adair, 37, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 12 months for conspiracy and four months for fraud. Both sentences were suspended but he was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
  • Donna Denton, 40, of Cleethorpes - who set up card facilities said to be for the sale of jewellery but they were actually to enable payment from customers for the unlicensed medicines - received a suspended 18-month sentence and was ordered to abide by a tagged curfew.
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