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Police urge residents to be vigilant after burglary spate near Grantham

A number of burglaries have been reported in villages near Grantham over the last few days. They are mainly happening in the early evening when offenders have made their way into properties before quickly searching through rooms and quickly exiting.

Your house may be secure; you may have left a radio or television on; you may have heeded all of our advice on ways to deter potential criminals. We are grateful for that and it can work as a deterrent but we ask you not to rely on it completely. If you are away from home and someone knocks on your door and nobody answers, even if it appears you are in, it could be a tell-tale sign that the property is empty. We massively need the public’s help on this. As much as we would like to, it's not possible to have police officers everywhere all of the time. That’s why I am asking people to take some further steps on top of the practical crime prevention advice. If you are going out tell a neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on your property, and do the same for them. If you or they see anything or anyone suspicious then ring us as soon as possible on 101. You might, for example, have someone knock on your door in the early evening and ask for directions. This might be legitimate but it could also be an excuse to see if householders are in. If that happens then report it to us. Let us be the judge of what is important, we could have had a number of others calls from people nearby reporting the same thing and that will tell us that something suspicious is going on in that area. I would rather we have hundreds of phone calls come in that we determine unimportant and find one in there that gives us something significant than I would have no calls because people don’t want to bother the police.

– Inspector Gary Stewart

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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

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.

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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

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

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