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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

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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 www.facebook.com/OliverFranklinFundraising

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.

Credit: Press Association

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

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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.

Vote for Grimsby and Cleethorpe's favourite Monopoly landmark

Vote for landmark Credit: PA

Monopoly bosses will be in Grimsby and Cleethorpes today asking people which regional landmarks should replace the board's top spot, Mayfair, for a brand new Monopoly board.

Cleethorpes Pier, The Dock Tower, the Auditorium, Heritage Centre and Grimsby Town football club have each polled well since voting opened up last month. Polling closes on March 30th.

The new Grimsby board is part of Monopoly's 80th anniversary celebrations.

Mother speaks out about hospital transport fears

A mother from Cleethorpes says she's scared and worried after being told she'll no longer be provided free transport by the NHS to take her seriously ill son to hospital for operations. One-year-old Bobby Pullen has chronic lung disease and needs regular medical assistance, meaning he can't safely be transported long distances or taken on public transport. His mum Tamsen says she's been told the family no longer qualifies for transport out of the Grimsby area - despite having an operation booked in Sheffield at the end of this month.

Contractor appointed for Cleethorpes Pier refit

A contractor has been appointed to start work on the refurbishment of Cleethorpes Pier. The seafront venue is set to be relaunched this summer. The new owners hope it will increase visitors to the town and support local businesses.

This is an exciting milestone for us. There has been a huge amount of time and hard work put in behind the scenes to get to this stage, but this signals real progress for the future of The Pier. We believe that we are going to deliver a venue that the area is proud of as well as one that supports the local community. The Pier will replace the gap left in the entertainment market by the closure of the Winter Gardens; our aim is for The Pier to be a successful part of the regeneration of Cleethorpes, to aid increased visitors to the town and support local businesses.

– Simon Huxford, Managing Director
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