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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 charged over Louth murder

A man has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of Richard Woods, of Spring terrace, Louth, on 12 January.

Harry Scott, 23, formerly of Ramsgate, Louth, has been bailed to an address outside of Louth until his appearance at Skegness Magistrates on 29th April.


Country's longest-serving MP to stand down

The country's longest-serving MP, Lincolnshire's Sir Peter Tapsell, is to stand down at the next General Election.

Sir Peter (centre) is to stand down
Sir Peter (centre) is to stand down Credit: Press Association

Sir Peter, who's 84, will retire next year as MP for Louth and Horncastle, which he's represented for 17 years. He's been an MP in the county since 1966.

He first entered Parliament in 1959 when he won the West Nottingham seat. He was a personal assistant to the Prime Minister of the time, Anthony Eden, and is the last survivor of Harold Macmillan's era as Premier.

In more recent times he has **campaigned for funding for flood defences in his constituency.

Co-op to sell Louth farm

The Co-op is to sell its farming assets and will consider the future of its pharmacy business as part of plans to revive the troubled mutual.

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The group, which is reportedly set to announce losses of £2 billion in results for 2013 due next month, has started the process of selling the agriculture business, which features 15 farms and three packing sites, one of which is based in Louth.

It also confirmed that it is exploring options on the pharmacy business, including the sale of all or part of the operation. The division is one of the UK's three largest pharmacy chains, with 750 branches and 6,500 staff.

Police release man on bail over Louth murder

The 23 year-old man being questioned by detectives in relation to the death of Richard Woods, has been released on police bail until 12th March whilst the investigation continues.

His body was found at his home on Spring Terrace on Sunday. Magistrates have granted extra time for detectives to continue questioning a 23 year-old man.


Police name Louth murder victim

Detectives in Lincolnshire investigating the murder of a 32-year-old man have identified him.

Richard Woods was found dead at a house on Spring Terrace in Louth early yesterday morning. A 23-year-old was arrested at the property and remains in custody.

Police investigate unexplained death in Louth

Police in Louth are treating the death of a man as unexplained after they were called to a house in the town. Officers found the body of a man in his 20s at a house in Spring Terrace at around 5:30am. Another man in his 20s was at the house and he was arrested.

Investigations are now being carried out to establish what led to the man's death. A post mortem examination is being carried out this evening.

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