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Charity shop praises community following break-in

Tradesmen, businesses and locals have rallied to support a charity shop in Lincoln following a break-in.

Charity shop praises community following break-in

The St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice shop was broken in to between 20 and 21 November. The intruders got in through the roof, doused the shop in bleach and stole more than £400.

We were absolutely devastated when we learned of the burglary and in particular the mindless destruction they had caused to our premises. It was heart-breaking to see, particularly as our staff and volunteers put their heart and soul into ensuring the High Street store is of the highest quality. The support we have received since has been absolutely amazing and it really goes to show that senseless crimes such as this will not deter us from our dedication to provide end of life care.

– Caroline Peach, Assistant Retail Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

Since the burglary, donations have poured in and £2,000 of damage to the roof was repaired free of charge by a firm in the area. A new CCTV and alarm system has also been donated.

We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received and have been taken aback by the sheer generosity of the Lincolnshire community. We have seen donations to our shop increase and have received so many warm wishes. The help and assistance from local businesses has been second to none and the security firms we are working with will help to secure our shop from any future break-ins.

– Caroline Peach, Assistant Retail Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice


Police search for missing Lincoln woman

Police in Lincolnshire are trying to track the movements of a woman who was last seen on Tuesday.

Emily Holloway has not been seen since Tuesday

Emily Holloway, 39, left an address in Yarborough Road, Lincoln at just after midnight on Tuesday 2nd December.

Officers believe that Emily took a taxi from Lincoln at about 00:30am on Tuesday 2nd December and was dropped off in Newark.

Emily is described as 5ft 9” tall, of medium build, with short dark hair and blue eyes. She was wearing dark jeans, a maroon jumper and a red mac coat.

Man jailed for targeting young girls over the internet

A man who targeted girls as young as 12 over the internet, pressurising them to send indecent images of themselves, has been jailed for eleven years.

James Frost from Lincoln jailed for 11 years

James Frost, 29, from Witham St Hughes, Lincoln, targeted 16 young girls aged between 12 and 17. Lincoln Crown Court was told he used flattery, coercion and insults in his contact with the youngsters.

He admitted 30 offences, including engaging in sexual activity with children and supplying them with drugs.

Terminally ill man's wedding wish granted with help of hospital

Terminally-ill patient Dave Brooks was granted his final wish after his family and staff at Lincoln County Hospital decided his wedding would go ahead, come what may!

Dave and Di with friends and family on the day of wedding at Lincoln County Hospital

The 54-year-old lorry driver from Lincoln and his long-term partner Di Hawkins, 51, had always planned to marry but only set a date in May after he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.

David Brooks and his partner Di before being diagnosed with cancer

The big day was planned for December 4 but then Mr Books became ill and was admitted to Lincoln County Hospital and it looked like the couple's hopes would be dashed.

That was until staff rallied round and a wedding service was held at the hospital - just six days before Dave finally succumbed to his illness and died.

Although devastated by the death, family and friends say that at least they were given the chance to see Dave happy during his final days.

"We can't thank the hospital nurses and the staff enough. It was such an emotional day. Nan cried through the whole thing and I think a lot of the nurses were in tears too. It meant so much to dad that he had his whole family in one place at such an important time.

– Dave's daughter Samantha

"It was what Mr Brooks wanted and it was great to see so many family members help him and his bride make it so special"

– Nicola Richmond, Healthcare support worker


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Karl McCartney 'writing to Twitter over security concerns'

Tory MP Karl McCartney insists he has never favourited any tweets and says he will be writing to Twitter to express concern over the security of his account.

A political opponent earlier highlighted that his Twitter account had favourited an explicit pornographic image.

In a statement to ITV News, he said:

It was brought to my attention earlier today by a number of people that a Twitter post from Lincoln Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate showed a pornographic tweet and around 50 other random tweets had been ‘favourited’ on my Twitter account from the past four years.

I have removed all ‘favourites’ from my account, I have reset my password and those who follow me regularly on Twitter will know that I have never been into the practice of favouriting tweets or images in my 6-7 years on Twitter and stick to posting or retweeting in the main (25k+) including at times images of interesting cars I see whilst out campaigning.

I am writing today to Twitter to express my concern that six months from a General Election the security of Twitter accounts needs to be able to stand up to any malicious and salacious attempts to embarrass the account holder, I will await their reply with interest.

– Karl McCartney

Blessed are the gritters

A special ceremony will take place in Lincolnshire today to bless the county's gritters.

Lincolnshire's gritters will be blessed today by the Bishop of Lincoln Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The annual ritual will be led by the Bishop of Lincoln as a way of thanking those who keep the county's roads safe each winter - as well as wishing them well as they begin their annual maintenance work.

Jade Etherington to switch on Lincoln lights

Paralympic star Jade Etherington will be in Lincoln tonight to turn on the city's Christmas lights.

Paralympic star Jade Etherington will be in Lincoln tonight to turn on the city's Christmas lights. Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old from Bourne retired from skiing this month to focus on her teaching career.

The festivities start at 5.45 and the big switch on is at around 7 o'clock.

Cycle route works in Lincoln to finish sooner than expected

Work to create a cycle route and improve the footpath on a road in Lincoln will finish earlier than expected after a petition from local residents.

Children using a cycle path Credit: PA

The roadworks on Station Road have been causing of up to two hours. The council says work gangs on the site will be increased from three to five, and weekend works will take place to reduce the 16-week timescale of the project.

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