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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.


Traders face 12% rise for Lincoln Xmas Market pitches

Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincoln Christmas Market Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Traders at this year's Lincoln Christmas Market will pay 12 per cent more for pitches amid a predicted £78,000 income shortfall.

It comes after fewer stalls last year - due to the refurbishment of Lincoln Castle - and coach bookings meant income was down £67,000 from the predicted £561,000 to £494,000.

Last year's market made a surplus of just £4,000 against the budgeted £81,000. Running costs were estimated at £16,000 but the actual cost to the City of Lincoln Council was £83,000.

The 12 per cent rise in fees and charges due to be approved by the council's executive on Monday, June 16 would generate £316,000 for the 2014 market

Red Arrows pilot to present awards to Lincoln students

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging
Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students from Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of the Blue Skies Programme by Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris.

The charity was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who lost his life in August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by inspirational individuals from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

With the help of trained personnel from across the base, these level 1 and level 2 students have been guided through problem solving, teamwork and communication tasks, which will provide the Level 1 students with credits towards a qualification in BTEC Workskills.

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