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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

Man assaulted in Cleethorpes nightclub

A 22-year-old man is recovering after being assaulted in a Cleethorpes nightclub.

It happened around 4am on Sunday January 18, 2015 at The Lighthouse nightclub in Sea Road.

The victim was allegedly punched in the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground before then being kicked in the face.

The suspect who is described as a white man, then made off from the scene.

The victim was taken to hospital suffering a sore jaw, swollen nose and cuts to the knees.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


Labour election campaign bus stops in Grimsby

Labour's Shadow work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves MP and Labour Election Campaign Co-ordinator Jonathan Ashworth MP will take the Labour Express campaign bus to Cleethorpes and Grimsby today for a major day of campaigning by the Party across North East Lincolnshire.

Rachel Reeves MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The two frontbench MPs will be joined by a bus-load of campaigners from Leeds and will hook up with a crowd of local campaigners on arrival at Cleethorpes Pier, including parliamentary candidates Peter Keith (Cleethorpes) and Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby).

They will spend the afternoon campaigning on residents' doorsteps across the two constituencies.

Police release CCTV following alleged assault in Cleethorpes

Humberside Police have released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to following an alleged assault on the junction of Barcroft Street and Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes at around 3.30am on Monday 01 December.

An 18-year-old woman was walking along the street when an unknown man approached her from behind and allegedly grabbed hold of her. The woman broke free from him and ran away:

Dolly Parton becomes honorary member of Cleethorpes Rotary Club

Dolly Parton during a performance at the O2 World Arena in Berlin Credit: PA

American music legend Dolly Parton has just become an honorary member of the Cleethorpes Rotary Club after its involvement with her worldwide book project. The country and western star made a personal appearance to launch the scheme in Rotherham in 2007. Her "Imagination Library" has boosted literacy to the under fives by giving out free books to nurseries

Man killed and another seriously injured in Cleethorpes crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died and another was seriously injured in a crash in Cleethorpes.

It happened just after 5am on Saturday December 6, 2014, on Humberston Road in Cleethorpes when a Honda Accord, left the road and crashed into a gate post and a parked car on a driveway.

The 45-year-old driver died from his injuries. The 26-year-old front seat passenger was seriously injured and was taken to hospital where his condition is described a critical but stable.

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