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Police want to build picture of Mingzi's life and lifestyle

The officer leading the investigation in Mingzi Yang's death in Lincoln says it is important they build up a picture of her life and lifestyle. DCI Martin Holvey is asking anyone who might have known her to contact Lincolnshire Police.

“We know that Mingzi, who had a young son, came to the UK in 2008 from China and had been living in Sincil Bank since 2012. She studied at Lincoln College and is widely described as a well-liked, friendly young lady who got on well with her tutors and peers. Her college friends, her friends in the community, people who knew her from the school gates – we would like to hear from anyone who knew her in any way.

Her immediate family are based in China and through work with the Chinese Embassy and local authorities in China I have managed to talk to her parents who are understandably distraught. Our thoughts are with them.

– DCI Martin Holvey, Lincolnshire Police

Appeal one week on from death of Chinese student

Mingzi Yang Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Detectives investigating the death of Chinese student Mingzi Yang are appealing for help in tracing a pedal cyclist seen in the Sincil Bank area of Lincoln where her body was found a week ago today. They are treating the death of Miss Yang, who was 29 and mother of a young son, as murder.

Anyone who was in Sincil Bank or the surrounding area last Tuesday and who saw anything suspicious - and in particular a man on a bike, wearing a blue safety helmet - between 7am and 1pm is asked to contact police.

They are also hoping to build up a detailed picture of Mingzi's life. It's known she came to the UK in 2008 from China and had been living in Sincil Bank since 2012. Also that she studied at Lincoln College. Her immediate family remain in China and are said to be "distraught".

Police officers will be in Sincil Bank today carrying out further enquiries and trying to jog people’s memories. A 33-year-old man has been charged with murder.


Final preparations underway for Magna Carta to leave Lincoln for America

The final preparations are being made to transport the Magna Carta from Lincoln to America.

The eight hundred year old document will be displayed in Boston in Massachusetts, then to Williamstown and finally the Law Library of Congress in Washington.

Meanwhile a new home for it is being built at Lincoln Castle where it will return next year, but not before an historic visit to London. Rev Philip Buckler explains all.

Man charged with murder of 29-year-old Lincoln woman

A 33-year-old man is due in court charged in connection with the death of a 29-year-old woman in Lincoln. The body of Mingzi Yang was found at a house in Sincil Bank in Lincoln on Tuesday June 17th, 2014. Wai Hong Tsang, from Grimsby, is charged with murder.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Lincoln this morning.

"Since the death of Mingzi we have spent a great deal of time trying to build up a picture of her life and we still greatly need the assistance of the public with that task. I would appeal to anyone who knew her, even if it was only casually to get in touch with officers to help us construct a greater understanding of the life she led since arriving in the UK in 2008"

– DCI Martin Hoyley, Lincolnshire Police

Arrest in Lincoln murder case

Detectives investigating the death of Mingzi Yang in Lincoln on Tuesday 17 June have revealed they have made a further arrest.

"The person in custody is currently being interviewed about Mingzi's death and, at this early stage, I am not releasing further details about the arrest. We are continuing to build up a picture of Mingzi's life and I would like to take another opportunity to appeal to anyone who knew her since her arrival in the UK in 2008 to contact us.

"There may still be college friends, neighbours and casual acquaintances who might have information that could assist the enquiry, especially if they saw her on the morning of her death".

– Senior Investigating Officer DCI Martin Holvey

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 181 of 17/06/2014. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Arrest after woman found dead in Lincoln house

Police have made an arrest on suspicion of murder after the body of a 29-year-old woman was found in a house in Lincoln yesterday.

Officers were called to a property on Sincil Bank, at 12.20pm where they found the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today to determine how she died.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit is appealing to the public for any information.

Unexplained death in Lincoln

Police have launched an investigation after a 29-year old woman was found dead at an address in Sincil Bank, Lincoln just after midday.

Her death is being dealt with as unexplained and officers are currently on the scene at Sincil Bank.

We are currently dealing with an incident in Sincil Bank and are treating the death of a woman as unexplained at present.

“If anyone saw or heard anything in the area at the time we would like them to contact police with any information that may assist the inquiry.”

– DI Suzanne Davies, Lincolnshire Police

Council: Rent increases to fund market improvements

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive has been asked to agree a 12 per cent increase in fees for stallholders at Lincoln Christmas Market 2014.

Stall holders face rent increase
Stall holders face rent increase

The council says the increases are being proposed to "ensure the council is able to continue running the event safely and successfully."_


_Claire Thompson, Principal Events and Culture Officer, said:


“The additional income will be used to contribute to the market’s infrastructure, including an improved layout in the castle area, and to fund essential lighting towers needed following the short power cut at last year’s event.

“It will also be used to improve the visitor experience and support the running of the market, which brings huge benefits to the city.

“We have recommended that park and ride prices are frozen and are also proposing that discounts for local traders will remain the same: 20 per cent discount for stallholders from within Lincoln and 15 per cent less for Lincolnshire-based traders.

"Charity stalls will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount, and craft or fair-trade stalls would pay 10 per cent less.”

The council says 300,000 visitors to the market spend around £12 million and that it generates a trade boost of more than a quarter for shops compared to other weeks around Christmas.

Miners strike 30th anniversary rally

Trade unionists in Lincoln will gather tonight to remember the thirtieth anniversary of the miners strike with a public rally.

The meeting will be addressed by Mel Hepworth, a striking Yorkshire miner at the time, and activists involved in the Women Against Pit Closures movement.

We are proud to be hosting this event to remember what was the most significant industrial dispute in modern British history.

"For nearly a year, one of the most active and well-organised trade unions in the country pitted itself in a fight to defend jobs and entire communities against a Tory government that wanted to crush our movement and any opposition to its policies of austerity. I think there's a lot of lessons for the present day."

– Nick Parker, Secretary of Lincoln & District TUC

Lincoln & District TUC is hosting the event, which is open to members of the public, from 7pm at Lincoln Labour Club.

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