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Lincolnshire man who filmed himself kicking a rabbit avoids jail

A Lincolnshire man who drunkenly filmed himself kicking a rabbit has been given a suspended jail sentenced, following an RSPCA investigation.

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Zamual Mallinson has also been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after he was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.

The 24-year-old, from St Mary’s Lane, Market Rasen, was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.

A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April last year found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.

On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.

Some viewers may find the following footage disturbing

Mallinson was found guilty of three offences after a three day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 12 week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £7,000.

Our investigation was initially focussed on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.

– Chief inspector Ian Briggs, RSPCA

Female pedestrian involved in Market Rasen crash dies in hospital

A 71-year-old local woman who was involved in a crash in Market Rasen yesterday died at the Hull Royal Infirmary last night, police have confirmed.

The crash happened in Mill Street around 4.25pm on Tuesday 1 September. One vehicle was involved, a black Vauxhall Vivaro panel van.

The driver, aged 46 is from the Brigg area was interviewed by police following the crash.

The road was closed at the time of the collision and re-opened at 9.20 pm.

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Female pedestrian seriously injured in Market Rasen collision

A female pedestrian in her 70s has been seriously injured in a collision in Market Rasen this afternoon.

The incident happened in Mill Street, around 4.25pm. The woman has been flown to Hull Royal Infirmary with very serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicle involved is not believed to be injured.

The road is currently closed and likely to remain so for some hours.

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Woman arrested in connection with attempted child abductions

A 48-year-old local woman has been arrested in connection with two attempted child abductions in Market Rasen yesterday.

An incident was reported to Lincolnshire Police just after 3.45pm yesterday after a woman was reported to have tried to grab a nine-year-old girl outside a Boots chemist on Queen Street.

During that investigation it was found that a similar incident believed to involve the same woman and a four-year-old boy had occurred minutes earlier in McColl’s newsagents on Queen Street.

Nobody was injured in either incident but the children were left shaken up.

These incidents will understandably be of great concern to the local community, to parents and to families, and I would like to make it clear that they are isolated and one-off occurrences; we have had no further reports of anything of this nature having taken place. We have a suspect in custody and are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.

– DI Pete Grayson

Sir Tom Jones to perform at Market Rasen Racecourse

Sir Tom Jones will be performing at Market Rasen Racecourse this summer. He will be bringing his huge repertoire of hits from across genres and generations including ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’, ‘She’s A Lady’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’.

I’m really looking forward to appearing at ‘An Evening At The Races’ this summer. I always have a fantastic time performing to the audiences at the Racecourses so it’s my pleasure to be asked to return for another year.

– Sir Tom Jones

'An Evening at the Races' is happening on 15th August.

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