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Lincolnshire Police defends high use of tasers

Lincolnshire Police has defended its high use of tasers following information that has been made public in an HMIC report today.

The force used tasers 332 times in 2014, which is more than double what has been been recorded in similar forces.

Deputy Chief Constable Heather Roach says it is due to the rural nature of the area they cover.

Deputy Chief Con Heather Roach

Overall Lincolnshire police scored a 'good' rating in the report.

They have been asked to make improvements when recording 'taser use' and understanding when 'stop and searches' should take place.

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Power cut affects 999 and 101 calls in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are unable to receive emergency calls because of a power outage.

The force says all 999 calls are being re-routed and dealt with by Nottinghamshire Police.

However, they are asking where possible for members of the public not to call the non-emergency number 101 until power is restored.

It is business as usual in terms of our 999 calls so please do not hesitate to ring in an emergency. We are however still having issues with our 101 service because of the outage so if your call can wait until we are back up and running again then please call us when full service has resumed.

As always, please do not use the 999 service for anything other than an emergency.

– Police spokesperson

Three injured in A15 smash

Three people have been seriously injured after a collision this morning on the A15 near Navenby in Lincolnshire.

The accident happened just before 9.40am when a blue Subaru Impreza was in collision with a silver Vauxhall Zafira.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision or saw either the blue Impreza and the silver Zafira before the collision to contact them on 101 or the witness hotline on 01522 558855.

Pensioner sentenced to life for murder of disabled partner

A pensioner from Louth has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her vulnerable partner.

Lynn Stallard

67-year-old Lynn Stallard was told she must serve a minimum of 12 years for the murder of 68-year-old Louis Spires.

Lincoln Crown Court previously heard she smothered her long-term partner, who was registered disabled and partially sighted, after an argument.

His family released a statement saying he had suffered for years at Stallard's hands.

Louis is, and will always be, missed by all his family and friends. He was such a lovely, caring man, who would not hurt anyone, so it was such a shock to hear of the terrible and tragic news of how his life was taken from him too soon. We just want justice for Louis now, not just for his death but for all the pain and suffering Louis had to deal with over the years at the hands of Lynn Stallard, someone who was meant to care and look after him as he was registered disabled and partially sighted. He needed help, which he did not get.

– Malcolm Spires, brother of Louis Spires

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Two stabbed in Boston incident

Two men were taken to hospital last night with stab wounds after an incident in Boston.

Police and ambulance were called to a house in West Street just after 7pm where it is believed there had been an altercation and two men were injured. They were taken to the town's Pilgrim Hospital for treatment.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the inciden and. West Street was closed off whilst it was examined as a crime scene.

Police search for missing 62-year-old

Concern is growing for a missing 62-year-old man who has not been seen since leaving his Lincolnshire home this morning.

Missing Robert Marris Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Robert Marris has not been seen since he left his home in Grasby at 9.45am. His car has since been located parked on Far Ings Road, at Barton.

Mr Marris is described as 5' 9" tall, of medium build, with short grey hair. He was wearing navy blue walking trousers, walking boots, and possibly a black fleece. He may be wearing glasses.

Police find body in Lincolnshire field

Police searching for a missing 50-year-old woman who disappeared from the Holbeach area of Lincolnshire four days ago have found a body.

Police searching for missing Karen Greenwood have found a body Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Karen Greenwood was staying with relatives in Fleet Hargate when she went missing on Thursday.

The body of a woman was found yesterday afternoon, a mile away, in a field near Gedney. Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the Coroner has been informed.

Lincolnshire Police recruits to star in ITV series

Some of the newest officers of Lincolnshire Police will be the subject of a three part ITV series, "Rookies", starting tonight on ITV at 9pm.

The new series follows some the recent recruits as they undergo the personal and professional transition from appointment to fully fledged officers patrolling independently:

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