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Businesses 'fighting for survival' as roadworks take place

Businesses in a Lincolnshire village say they're fighting for survival because the High Street's closed for months while new sewer pipes are installed.

The work in Ruskington was supposed to be finished this month but Anglian Water says it will now last until June. The new pipes are needed to prevent flooding but local firms say the disruption is driving away customers. Adam Fowler reports.

Funeral of doctor drowned in Tenerife takes place in Lincoln

The funeral of a family doctor from Lincoln who drowned on holiday in Tenerife has taken place today.

Doctor Barathi Ravikumar, who was a partner at South Park and The Heath Surgeries, in Bracebridge Heath, died after getting into difficulties at the Playa Paraiso resort as she went to rescue children who'd been swept into the sea.

Her relative Uma Ramalingam, a consultant obstetrician, also drowned.


Four years for Louth man convicted of child sex offences

Ashleigh Cooper, aged 22 years of Kelstern, Louth was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court to four years imprisonment for six charges relating to Inciting a Child under 13 to Engage in Sexual Activity and Pornography.

Ashleigh Cooper
Ashleigh Cooper

Following pleading guilty to the charges, he received a four year sentence for five of the charges, and a two and a half year sentence for the sixth charge, to be run concurrently.

In an unrelated investigation by South Wales Police, a laptop belonging to a 12 year old girl was seized. The laptop was found to contain communication which was traced to Ashleigh Cooper.

He was arrested in November 2012 on suspicion of Possession of Indecent Images of Children. Following police investigations, particularly into his chat logs, he was further arrested in April 2013 for Inciting a Child Under 13 to Engage in Sexual Activity.

During the police investigations into his activity, Cooper claimed that it was 'his other personality' who was responsible for his offences.

However, Judge Heath commented that Cooper had tried to blame his other personality, but this was just something he raised because of the nature of his charges. He was in no doubt that it was him, Ashleigh Cooper, who was responsible for the offences

Man in critical condition after Boston crash

A 23 year-old man from Lincoln has suffered serious head injuries in a car crash near Boston.

Emergency services were called to Punchbowl Lane, Boston, on April 15, after a grey Renault Clio left the road and entered a ditch.

The driver of the vehicle, a 23 year-old man from Lincoln, was taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, suffering from severe head and abdominal injuries.

He is currently in a critical but stable condition.

The front seat passenger was a 20 year-old man from Coningsby, who was taken to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital with less serious injuries.

Family of Sebastian Goold thank well-wishers

The family of a boy who fell from the back of a moving coach have thanked well wishers for their support.

Stamford Rugby Club
Stamford Rugby Club

Sebastian Goold was part of a team travelling back to Stamford from a rugby tournament in Holt, north Norfolk, when he fell from an exit floor on the coach, sustaining serious injuries.

His parents, Nick and Tracey Goold, said: "We would like to pass on our gratitude and thanks to friends and associates at Stamford Rugby Club, and to the wider rugby family, for their well wishes and prayers at what is a deeply distressing time.

"We have received further messages of support from lots of other people, wishing Sebastian well, and these too have been gratefully received.

"However our focus, at this time, remains on keeping a vigil at Sebastian’s bedside and we ask that we are left alone to deal with this as a family.

The police investigation continues with an examination of the coach due to commence today.

Safety measures to be increased on dangerous Lincolnshire road

Residents of a Lincolnshire town are one step closer to securing a new pedestrian crossing on a particularly dangerous stretch of the A15.

The A15 at Northorpe set for pedestrian crossing
The A15 at Northorpe set for pedestrian crossing Credit: Lincolnshire County Council

After an accident near Thurlby in January that involved two young school children the speed limit has been reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

But people down the road in Northorpe want to go one step further and get a pedestrian crossing.

The criteria for introducing a pedestrian crossing are set by the Department for Transport. Over the last few weeks the number of vehicles passing the site in both directions was counted, as well as the number of pedestrians who crossed the road.

Counts of numbers of vehicles and pedestrians are normally taken within the period 0600 to 2200 to cover a typical working day. This information is then analysed to determine whether a crossing is appropriate.

Lincolnshire County Council, which commissioned the survey, will now create a detailed design for the new scheme and progress with the necessary legal processes, which includes holding a public consultation.

A similar study looking at whether a crossing is required in the adjoining village of Thurlby is still being analysed.


Military planes return to Wittering

RAF Wittering Credit: ITV Central

Military planes flew into RAF Wittering in south Lincolnshire today for the first time in four years.

Since Harrier Jets left the base in 2010 the runway's only been used by military helicopters and private aircraft. But today the airfield was re-activated for use by the University Air Squadron which will use the base for training pilots.


Coach examined after boy's fall

A nine-year-old boy in critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving coach in Norfolk may have been injured after a door opened suddenly, police have said.

The boy, who was returning to his home in Lincolnshire after playing in a tournament in Norfolk for Stamford Rugby Club, was hurt after the incident on the A47 near King's Lynn.

Norfolk Police confirmed the boy's father was travelling on board the 71-seater double-decker coach while his mother travelled in a car as part of the convoy.

The youngsters were travelling home after playing in a tournament at Holt Rugby Club in North Norfolk.

The coach is being held in a secure compound where it is being examined by police and officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

Inspector Chris Brooks said: "This is a very difficult time for the boy's family and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

"As a result of initial inquiries we know just prior to the incident that people were queuing for the toilet.

"Somehow, the door has opened and the boy has fallen from the moving coach.

"We will also be speaking to other people who were on board at the time of the incident and it would be inappropriate to speculate on possible causes at this stage."

The boy has been transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the serious collision investigation team at Norfolk Police on 101.

Boy critically injured after falling from a coach is named locally

A 9-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who fell out of the back of a coach has been named locally as Sebastian Goold.

He was part of a team returning to Stamford from a Rugby tournament in Norfolk. The coach was on the A47 near Kings Lynn. He remains in a critical condition in hospital. His club say they are shocked at what has happened.

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