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Lincs summer drink-driving campaign an initial success

The number of motorists charged with drink driving has dropped dramatically this summer, compared to previous years, according to Lincolnshire Police.

A motorist being breathalysed Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Since launching its annual summer crackdown on June the 1st the force has charged fifty two people with drink related driving offences. Last summer 84 motorists were charged with drink related driving offences in the county.

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

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Cyclist found dead in roadside ditch

Police are investigating after a 55-year-old man was found in the bottom of a roadside ditch with what is believed to be his bicycle.

Police are investigating the death of a man near Spalding
Police are investigating the death of a man near Spalding

The ditch had about 18 inches of water in the bottom. The man was certified as deceased at the scene.

The discovery of the body came at about 9:30pm on Monday evening and it was found that the man had been dead for some time.

Enquiries have begun to establish the movements of the deceased prior to his death.

The last confirmed sighting of him was by a neighbour at his home at around 10:00am yesterday morning.

The ditch referred to is near Gedney Hill Golf Club on West Drove North, Gedney Hill, Spalding

A post mortem will be carried out later today to establish the cause of death. Police are treating his death as unexplained.

Anyone who saw a cyclist near the golf club after 10:00am on Monday or who has any information is asked to call Lincolnshire Police via the non-emergency 101 number and to quote incident number 489 of 9th June.

Two injured in Boston dog attack

Two people have suffered serious injuries following a dog attack incident in Boston.

The incident happened at 3.20pm on Monday 2 June in Margaret Drive.

A 41 year-old woman walking her dog was attacked by another dog. She suffered deep lacerations and her dog received several bites.

An 80 year-old man who intervened to help suffered a facial injury, bites to his hand and a suspected fractured arm. Both victims were treated at Boston Pilgrim hospital.

The dog involved was contained in a police van and subsequently destroyed at the request of the owner.

Two people were interviewed at Boston Police Station in connection with the incident and enquiries are continuing.

The actions of the intervening passerby undoubtedly saved the lady and her dog from more serious injury and he has been badly hurt himself as a consequence. I would like to extend my thanks, on behalf of Lincolnshire Police, for his courageous and selfless community spirit".

– Community Inspector Jim Manning, Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire PCC report shows rise in sexual offences

The number of sexual offences in Lincolnshire has risen by nearly twenty per cent year on year according to the Police and Crime Commissioner's annual report, published today.

Overall crime is down by nearly three per cent and there were big drops in the levels of anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

The commissioner, Alan Hardwick, has defended his policy after the Police Federation criticised him for spending more than £600,000 on police volunteers, instead of frontline officers:

Police appeal for information following fatal motorcycle crash

Lincolnshire Police are appealing to the public for information after two collisions involving motorcycles in the county at the weekend.

One motorcyclist died after his yellow Triumph Daytona was in a crash with an Asda delivery van at around 3pm on Sunday near Frodingham.

Police appealing for witnesses to two crashes involving motorcycles
Police appealing for witnesses to two crashes involving motorcycles

Officers believe a burgundy sports car might have been involved or in the area at the time.

A separate collision in Cleethorpes left another motorcyclist with life threatening injuries when he was in a crash with a red Vauxhall Corsa on Queen Mary Avenue.

A second motorcyclist involved in that crash has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving over the prescribed limit.

Police are appealing for witnesses to either crash to contact them.

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Man's jaw fractured by single punch in Lincoln bar

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man's jaw was broken in four places when he was punched in a Lincoln bar.

They have released photographs of people they would like to speak to.

Police would like to speak to people seen at the Jailhouse Rock bar in Lincoln
Police would like to speak to people seen at the Jailhouse Rock bar in Lincoln

The 22-year-old was taken to hospital where plates had to be fitted.

He was punched at the Jail House Rock Bar on May 10 but it was not reported to police until several days later.

Police would like to speak to people seen at the Jailhouse Rock bar in Lincoln
Police would like to speak to people seen at the Jailhouse Rock bar in Lincoln

Man's body pulled from river in Boston

The body of a man, thought to be in his 20s, has been recovered from the River Witham, in Boston, Lincolnshire. Police say they believe they know his identity and have told his family. Officers are describing his death as "unexplained."

Lincolnshire Police say they were called to an area of the River Witham near High Street and South Street at 9.20am on Sunday, after a member of the public saw a body in the water. The body was recovered from the river with the help of firefighters.

The Coroner has been informed and the man's death is being treated as unexplained until the results of a post mortem examination are known.

Toy bears donated for children after trauma

Lincolnshire Police say the response to an appeal for knitted bears has been tremendous.

PCSO Dave Bunker with donated bears
PCSO Dave Bunker with donated bears

Groups across the county have answered the call to provide toy bears to be given free to children involved in road traffic accidents to help console them while emergency services deal with the incident.

Sue Bain, the Federation Secretary for the Lincolnshire North Federation of WIs contacted PCSO Dave Bunker to tell him that the WI ladies had been 'knitting like demons' and she arranged for him to collect hundreds of bears from them at their Annual Council Meeting held in Skegness.

Meawhile, in Winthorpe, the local 'Knit & Natter' group have knitted over 500 bears and a Teddy Bear Egg Hunt is being organised by PCSO Dee Phillips on April 22.

Hardwick apologises over Chief Constable's suspension

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has offered his "sincere and unreserved" apology to the county's Chief Constable who he illegally suspended last year.

The Police and Crime Panel told Mr Hardwick to apologise over the way he handled the suspension of the then temporary chief constable Neil Rhodes - and today he did. The row, which cost taxpayers £165,000, was over an employment dispute last year. Matt Price reports.

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