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Gang jailed for fraud and money laundering

A gang based in north-East Lincolnshire who made more than £10 million selling fake Viagra through a bogus mail order business have been sentenced.

Judge Charles Wide QC described it as a "highly organised, large-scale criminal enterprise" which risked the health of members of the public, as he sentenced the gang at the Old Bailey.

He said the "the real mischief is the catastrophic damage that could be caused" to the public. Drug companies had pointed out that acid, brick dust and road paint had been found in fake Viagra.

The gang amassed more than £10 million in more than 100 bank accounts in the UK and abroad.

The gang also had a base in Sussex.

Four of those who received sentences today were based in north-East Lincolnshire.

  • Catherine Laverick, 47, from Ulceby, north Lincolnshire, was one of those sentenced. She was in day-to-day control of the operation in north Lincolnshire, and received £175,000 -£266,000. She was sentenced to three years and 10 months for money laundering, two and a half years on another count of money laundering and 15 months for conspiracy to supply.
  • Sarah Laverick, 26, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 16 months for money laundering and four months for fraud. Her sentence was suspended but she was ordered to do 200 hours of supervised unpaid work.
  • Hugh Adair, 37, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 12 months for conspiracy and four months for fraud. Both sentences were suspended but he was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
  • Donna Denton, 40, of Cleethorpes - who set up card facilities said to be for the sale of jewellery but they were actually to enable payment from customers for the unlicensed medicines - received a suspended 18-month sentence and was ordered to abide by a tagged curfew.

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Police investigate assault on boy in Grimsby

Police in Grimsby are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old school boy who was making his way home from school.

The incident happened around on Millfield Avenue, Scartho as the boy cycled home.

The boy has told police that he was approached by two unknown teenage boys who began spitting at him.

When he questioned them as to why they were doing that, the boys became abusive towards him prompting the schoolboy to cycle off around the corner being pursued by the aggressors.

On catching up with the boy he claims to have been pulled from his cycle and assaulted by the two who then ran off.

Give your body a holiday for booze and sign up for ' Dry January"

North East Lincolnshire Council and partners are supporting Dry January, the month long national ‘no alcohol’ challenge from Alcohol Concern and Public Health England, and encouraging local residents who would like to take part to take a month out from alcohol and enjoy the benefits of having a break from drinking.

The national campaign aims to show that ‘taking a break from alcohol’ after the Christmas period is a beneficial thing for your wallet, waistline and general health.

Dry January is not about never drinking again, it’s just an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.

An independent study showed that 72% of participants in Dry January last year had maintained moderate levels of drinking six months after completing the month and also experienced the following benefits:

• 79% of participants saved money

• 62% of participants had better sleep and more energy

• 49% of participants lost weight

“Nationally, over 17,000 people took part in Dry January in 2014 and many reported that taking a month-long break from alcohol acted as a reset button concerning their alcohol use for months afterwards, not only helping people to drink less per drinking day but also to drink less frequently.

"We know from previous years that people who do Dry January will feel better, lose weight and save money. To sign up for Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, people should visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.”

– Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for health and chair of the health and wellbeing board

“January is the perfect time to sign up to a holiday from alcohol.

"It’s an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.

"We are supporting Dry January and many other local organisations, including pharmacies, Freshney Place, Shoreline, Lincs Inspire and some town centre pubs are getting involved too. Look out for the posters around the town. I will definitely be taking part.”

– Joanne Hewson, deputy chief executive, communities

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Mel B wins TV personality award

X Factor judge Mel B has scooped an award for her starring role in the TV singing contest.

Mel B on the X Factor Credit: ITV

The Leeds-born former Spice Girl was named top TV personality at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, held at London's One Mayfair tonight, which recognised her popularity on the ITV show's judging panel.

Chart-topping former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson, who is from Tetney , near Grimsby, got the Ultimate UK Music Artist.

Ella Henderson

"It means a lot. Everything has been so crazy and busy lately so to be back in the UK and get dressed up for the night, it's great.

"It's all about women and glamour, and to receive something for my music, I feel very proud tonight."

– Ella Henderson

Humberston Fitties sale imminent

The Full Council has agreed to go ahead with the recommendation to negotiate the sale of Humberston Fitties holiday park, bringing the site one step closer to being sold.

Humberston Fitties Credit: Calendar

A final decision on the sale and negotiation of will be made at the Full Council's next meeting.

The move by North East Lincolnshire council has been seen as an attempt to raise cash against its assets.

The council currently owns and manages the holiday chalet park.

£1.7 million "brought in" by Peaks Parkway speed cameras

It has been revealed that up to 70 drivers every day were caught speeding on Peaks Parkway in Grimsby in the first three months after a 30mph limit was introduced.

Fines handed out to drivers are thought to have made up to £1.7 million pounds in just 12 months. The limit is due to be raised to 40mph.

“The decision by full council to put up the speed limit to 40mph came after more than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the increase.

“A working group was set up in response and the matter thoroughly investigated after years of debate.

“We believe increasing the speed limit not only addresses the needs of the local community, but also the needs of business and visitors to Grimsby and other parts of the borough.”

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council

Safer Roads Humber says the increase is concerning and that speed restrictions do go some way to preventing more serious accidents:

“I am naturally concerned that increasing this speed limit to 40mph will give drivers less time to react to unexpected events and if a crash does occur the increased speed will result in more serious injury.

"Whilst exceeding the speed limit is not the major cause of collisions it is almost the sole determinant of the likelihood and severity of injury. I do acknowledge that North East Lincolnshire Council has responsibility for this road and they can raise the speed limit. Ultimately it is their decision to make.

"I am pleased that it is intended to enhance signage and improve road markings. I hope that drivers will continue to drive carefully along this road with extra special care at the major junctions.”

– Mick Harris, Safer Roads Humber

Appeal for missing Scunthorpe woman

Police are appealing to the public for help in locating missing Scunthorpe woman Hayley Marsden who has not been seen since Sunday 31 August .

Hayley Marsden has not been seen since Sunday Credit: Humberside Police

Hayley, 41, of Bluebell Close, Scunthorpe was last seen at around 4.30pm on Sunday when she is reported to have left The Tavern public house, Hiigh Street, Scunthorpe. Hayley is described as white, 5 ft 6 ins tall and of medium build with shoulder length blond hair.

When last seen she was wearing purple and red patterned trousers with a denim jacket and black Thoms shoes.

Police and family are becoming increasingly concerned for Haylley’s welfare as her disappearance is out of character and she has not been in touch with family members.

Enquiries to date have suggested that Hayley may have got into a taxi, reported as being a silver coloured Toyota Avensis, close to where she was last seen. Police are keen to trace the dirver of that vehicle as they may have information which could assist with enquiries.

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