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Body believed to be that of missing man

Officers searching for missing Jack (Derek) Foster have found the body of a man in the area of Foston, Grantham, on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th January.

The body was discovered on the verge of the A1 Great North Road near to the Foston/Allingham turn off. Formal identification has yet to be carried out but officers believe it is that of 83-year-old Mr Foster, who has been missing since 23 December.

His next of kin have been made aware and a post mortem examination is expected to be carried out at some point over the next few days to establish cause of death.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Man stabbed in Grantham

A woman has been arrested after police and ambulance were called to a house in Grantham this morning where they found a man with a stab wound.

The emergency services were called to a property in River View Maltings about 11.30am this morning where they found the injured 42-year-old man, who was airlifted to the Queens Medical Centre for treatment.

The area has been cordoned off for a forensic examination.

A 41-year-old woman was arrested at the property and is being quizzed by detectives.


Primary school in Grantham burgled

Two people burgling a primary school have been caught on CCTV and seen removing items from the school.

They stashed stolen objects in the hedge line of the park behind the school directly opposite Hill Avenue.

Both offenders appear to have been male. One was wearing a blue top with a black hood, dark coloured trousers and trainers. The second was wearing a grey hooded top, grey trousers and trainers.

Items taken include boxes of commercial LED lighting and emergency lighting, a Makita power drill and a power pack.

Police resume search for missing pensioner

Specialist search teams have resumed their search today around Grantham for missing pensioner Jack Foster.

The 83-year-old has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon when the last sighting of him was just after 2.30pm in the town's bus station.

Lincolnshire police do not know whether he got on a bus or no but are appealing for anyone who may have seen him on Tuesday afternoon to contact them

The police are also renewing their appeal for people in the north Grantham area to check their sheds and outbuildings for anything to suggest that somebody may have stayed there or to hear from anyone who may have offered Jack a lift.

Christmas Day search for missing Grantham pensioner

Lincolnshire Police have issued a new appeal this evening for people living in the area of north Grantham to check outbuildings and sheds for 83yr old Jack Foster.

Mr Foster left Grantham Hospital on Tuesday morning about 11am after treatment for a broken left shoulder.

He was due to be taken home by taxi but has not been seen since he left hospital.

He has very limited mobility and shuffles rather than walks. He was not using a walking stick when he left hospital.

Ground searches will continue during Christmas Day but in the meantime, people living in the north of Grantham are asked to check their outbuildings and sheds for any sign that Jack might have been there.

Concern for missing 83-year-old who disappeared after hospital appointment

Police are appealing for information about an 83-year-old man who hasn't been seen since he left Grantham Hospital on Tuesday after treatment for a fractured shoulder.

Jack Derek Foster was last seen at Grantham Hospital Credit: Police handout

Jack Derek Foster left the hospital following an out patient appointment and was supposed to go his home in Lilley Street, Long Bennington but he never arrived.

When he left hospital he was wearing a dark brown overcoat, dark trousers and shoes. He is described as a white, with grey receding hair, glasses, slim build.

He has a fractured left shoulder which means he cannot move his left arm.

He carried a walking stick in his right hand and is described as being ‘unstable’ on his feet. His walk is described as a ‘shuffle’.


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

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."

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