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Story time on children's ward

Over 100 books are expected to be real page-turners for children in hospital. Kate Lomas, from Mablethorpe, has made a donation worth £600 in Usborne books to the Rainforest ward at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales hospital.

By making a ‘book pledge’ to local businesses, Kate was able to raise money and buy a range of literature from touchy-feely books for babies to detective novels for teenagers.

She said: “I am an independent Usborne book rep and wanted to do something which would help out the hospital.

“I am very passionate about reading, my children love books and I believe it helps broaden the imagination. I want to thank all the local businesses who supported my cause.”

Paula Staines, play specialist at the hospital, said: “We will be handing out the books to children over the Christmas period both on the Rainforest ward and in our assessment department.

“It is never an easy time for a family to have a child in hospital, but with kind donations like this it helps to make the experience less daunting.

“We are extremely grateful for Kate’s donation as we would not be able to provide these things on our own.”


Coastal overnight car parking row

A group of mobile home owners are facing legal action to stop them camping on a car park on the East Coast.

Lincolnshire County Council says it's taking the steps after four years of complaints from local people and businesses near to the Huttoft Car Terrace between Mablethorpe and Ingoldmells.

A barrier to stop large mobile homes using the site has been cut down several times costing taxpayers thousands of pounds. Adam Fowler reports.

Pensioner's jewels stolen by conmen

A 91 year-old woman in Mablethorpe has had jewellery stolen from her home after being targeted by conmen.

On Tuesday 18 February, a man called at the lady's address in the Seaholme Road area, asking to buy any unwanted jewellery. She allowed the man into the house and showed him some items of jewellery before agreeing a sale on a number of pieces. She later discovered that other items were missing.

Police are treating the incident as a distraction burglary and are reminding residents to be very careful about allowing strangers into their homes. A resident in Sutton-On-Sea contacted police on Tuesday 25 February to report a suspicious man who was visiting houses asking to buy jewellery.


Cannabis found in Mablethorpe house

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of producing drugs after a haul of Cannabis was found in a Mablethorpe house.

On Tuesday, officers en route to an unrelated incident in George Street, Mablethorpe, noticed a smell of Cannabis coming from a house on the street.

A search of the house revealed a large amount of plants being cultivated in the upstairs bedrooms.

Two men, aged 40 and 57, were arrested on suspicion of producing a Class B drug.

Neighbour catches roof blaze on film

Around 20 firefighters have tackled a blaze in Lincolnshire which left a house badly damaged. A neighbour captured on camera the moment the fire took hold in the roof of the semi-detached property in Mablethorpe. It then quickly spread and destroyed the rest of the roof.

It was soon brought under control and no-one was hurt.

Report: Sand blast

Extra sand, dumped on beaches to increase sea defences on the east coast, is being blown inland and causing problems according to residents. Many who live in Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe are calling for more to be done by the Environment Agency who put the sand there in the first place.

Kate Hemingway reports:

Man dies in crash in Mablethorpe

A 22-year-old man from the Chesterfield area has died at the scene of a crash in Mablethorpe. The man was the driver and only person in a silver VW Polo car when it left the road on Gibraltar Road and collided with a wall.

Local diversions are being set up and the road will be closed for a prolonged period while police examine the scene and remove the vehicle.

No-one else was injured in the crash.

Anyone who saw what happened is encouraged to get in touch with the Collision Witness Hotline 01522 558855.

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