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Siege in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire police were called at around 4pm to Reedings Road, Barrowby, near Grantham yesterday to deal with an incident at a house on Reedings Road. It involved a 21-year-old local man.

"At present we are unable to release any further details for operational reasons. The general public are not in any danger. The area will be cordoned off until the situation is resolved. Further information will be released when possible."

– A Grantham police spokesman

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New rape crisis centre to open in Grantham

A new rape crisis centre to support victims of sexual violence is to open in in Lincolnshire, the Government has announced.

The new centre in Grantham will offer access to expert advice, support and counselling and help with the practicalities of the criminal justice system.

It will be given a £300,000 a year budget to offer specialist support to hundreds of victims of sexual crime.

As well as face-to-face counselling, the centre will offer support groups, female-only safe spaces and counselling through online video conferencing.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan said: "I want women to know that if they ever suffer the horrific ordeal of rape or sexual assault that they will be offered all of the expert advice and support they need to rebuild their lives and put the perpetrator behind bars. "

Fay Maxted, of The Survivors Trust, operating the Grantham centre said: "We are delighted that funding has been awarded to establish a new rape support centre in Grantham. At the moment Grantham and the surrounding area does not have a specialist rape support centre, meaning that traumatised and vulnerable individuals who desperately need access to support can face long journeys, long waiting lists or may not be able to find support at all."

New Grantham Hospice open day

Lincolnshire residents are being invited to be part of history in the making as the UK's first "hospice in the hospital" prepares to open its doors to patients for the first time.

A public open day is being staged today by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group, who have pooled their expertise in a unique partnership to create the purpose-designed, £1.2m unit within Grantham and District Hospital.

The local community will be given an insight into the work of the flagship unit; meet the team who will be providing specialist end-of-life care; and be given guided tours of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Less than 48 hours later the six-bed inpatient unit will open - welcoming the first of an estimated 160 people from south west Lincolnshire each year who will benefit from the homely and healing environment that has been created on their doorstep.

It will save them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to what is currently the charity's only existing inpatient unit at Nettleham Road in Lincoln.

Major development in Grantham gets boost from council

Plans for a new £5 million development in Grantham - including a multiplex cinema and a food court -have been given a major boost after South Kesteven District Council's cabinet recommended the project go ahead as part of the town's regeneration.

Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council
Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council

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Man sentenced for double fatal accident

Andrei Botnari was on wrong side of the road

A man has been sentenced to 2 years 8 months in prison for causing the death of a couple in a collision in Lincolnshire last September. Andrei Botnari, a 29-year-old Moldovan national living in Leadenham, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving.

Geoffrey Cook, who was 60, and his 59-year-old wife, Jill Trail, had just left their home in Caythorpe, near Grantham and were travelling South along the A607 in their sports car.

The court hear Botnari, in a Vauxhall Zafir, approached a blind bend, attempted to overtake a van and a lorry and was completely on the wrong side of the road when his car collided head on with the MG.

Both Mrs Trail, and Mr Cook, who had celebrated a birthday two days before, were pronounced dead at the scene. Judge Morris gave Botnari credit for his acknowledgement of guilt and his genuine remorse but said a custodial sentence was the only appropriate one for causing the deaths of two people.

Community appeal launched as "hospice in the hospital" takes a step closer to opening

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

A community appeal has been launched ahead of the opening of a pioneering “hospice in the hospital” at Grantham.

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, within Grantham and District Hospital, is currently being equipped.

Staff need to raise an additional £85,000 to do this.

The new £1.2 million unit will care for more than 160 people from across South West

Lincolnshire each year – saving them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to the county’s only inpatient unit at Nettleham Road, Lincoln.

Judge sentences man to 20 months in prison for possessing indecent images of children

Graham Kirk of Grantham was sentenced to 20 months in prison Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A judge has sentenced a 57-year-old man to 20 months in prison for crimes relating to indecent images of children.

Graham Kirk , of Hawthorn Court in Grantham was charged with 18 offences of making, possessing and sharing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography and prohibited images.

"We hope it sends a reassuring message to the County that this man will serve a significant sentence for making and possessing indecent images. It's also a clear message to offenders that this will not be tolerated. "

DC Nicky Linn, of the Internet Child Abuse Team

Warning over 'cold call' fraudsters

A 78-year-old man from Lincolnshire is urging people to question anyone who cold calls after he was the target of a fraudster posing as someone from his bank.

The man, from Grantham, was told he needed to transfer £50,000 to an alternative bank because of concerns about suspicious activity on his own account. Adam Fowler reports.

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