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Cleethorpes sex offender sentenced to 14 years

A 62-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of historic sex offences at Grimsby Crown Court yesterday.

Colin Bell was sentenced to 14 years for historic sex offences Credit: Humberside Police

The jury decided that Colin Bell, 62, of Coulbeck Drive, Cleethorpes was guilty of the offences of rape and indecent assault of a girl under 16. The charges related to incidents that took place approximately 25 years ago.

It was further recommended that the greatest proportion of the sentence must be served before he can be considered for parole.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed for life which prohibits Bell from having any unsupervised access to any girl under the age of 16.

We welcome the verdict of the jury and the lengthy sentence now handed to Colin Bell.

Perhaps most importantly is the justice this outcome brings for the victim whose life has been adversely affected by her experiences at the hands of this man.

We must acknowledge her bravery in coming forward to report the offences to us and hope that she may now gain a degree of closure.

Humberside Police is committed to the protection of vulnerable people and anyone reporting a sexual offence can be assured their case will be investigated thoroughly and sensitively.

– Phil Gadd , Detective Chief Inspector, Humberside Police


Ryan hands out free bike helmets to schoolchildren

Free bike helmets are being handed out to more than 400 schoolchildren as part of a campaign to keep them safe on the roads.

Ryan Smith with pupils

Ryan Smith and his father Mark, were at Ellison Primary School in Cleethorpes to launch the scheme.

Ryan suffered a serious brain injury in 2013 whilst cycling in Lincolnshire - without a helmet. A foundation set up by his father in his name now works with schools to promote cycle helmet safety awareness and petitions to make them compulsory.

Handing out helmets
And for teachers too!

Concern growing for 13-year-old missing from Cleethorpes

13-year-old Brandon has been missing since Sunday Credit: Humberside Police

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old Brandon who has gone missing in Cleethorpes.

Brandon Fitzgerald was reported missing to police on Sunday 21 February when he was last seen in the Cleethorpes area.

He is described as 5ft 6ins tall, of stocky build and wearing grey Nike jogging bottoms, a grey Nike jumper, a black coat and black Adidas trainers and a light blue Nike baseball cap.

Concern is growing for Brandon’s welfare due to his age and lack of contact with those close to him.

Woman rescued from mud in Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes pier

A woman was rescued by the coastguard after being stuck in mud on Cleethorpes beach for more than two hours

The alarm was raised yesterday evening by a member of the public who realised the woman was in difficulties near the pier and called the emergency services.

She was pulled to safety by the Cleethorpes Coastguard Rescue Team and handed over to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to be checked over.

A spokesperson for the UK Coastguard asked people to check the tide times before they went walking on the beach and advised that anyone who did find themselves stuck in mud should try to spread their weight as much as possible, try to avoid moving and to remain calm.

Support for Cleethorpes restoration project

A two million pound project to restore historic shop fronts and other Victorian architectural features on the sea front at Cleethorpes has been given a major boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund has indicated they'll support the resort's Seafront Townscape Heritage project which focuses on conserving and enhancing historic buildings along Sea View Street and Alexandra Road.


Man seriously ill in hospital after being found in Cleethorpes street

A 26-year-old man is in a serious condition in Hull Royal Infirmary after being found with potentially life threatening injuries in a Cleethorpes street.

Credit: Press Association

He was discovered in the early hours of Friday morning near the post office on Cleethorpes High Street. Detectives say they do not know how he sustained his injuries and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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