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Grimsby victim's family appeal for calm

The man killed in an incident in Grimsby earlier today has been formally identified as Dean Southwick.

His mother, Lisa Briggs and her partner Trevor Day, have tonight urged the local community to leave the investigation to the police and not to take matters into their own hands. In a statement they appealed for calm.

We have every confidence in the police and believe that they will bring the person responsible for the death of Dean to justice. We know that feelings are running high locally but we don't want retribution. We want the police to be allowed to conduct their inquiries and take the necessary course of action to resolve this matter for us. We are devastated by the loss of Dean and want to be free to grieve for him without worrying that others will try to take the law into their own hands.

– Dean Southwick's family

A 19-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remains in custody at Grimsby Police Station and detectives continue to question him. A second man, aged 18, is in Hull Royal Infirmary where his condition is described as poorly but stable.


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Grimsby man called 'Something Long And Complicated' has Facebook account reactivated

A man from Grimsby who changed his name by deedpoll to 'Something Long and Complicated' has finally had his Facebook account reactivated after a long battle with the company's administrators.

Something Long and Complicated's passport Credit: Something Long and Complicated / Facebook

The 30-year-old who now lives in London feared he would lose his wedding snaps after Facebook blocked his account.

He claims he sent the social networking site photographs of documents - including his driving licence and passport - but they refused to grant him access because they thought his name is fake.

Something was born William Wood before he officially changed his name in 2007.

Since his return to the social media site he has posted a picture of his passport and driving licence to prove that he did change his name.


Police appeal for help after attempted rape in Scunthorpe

Officers are appealing for help in identifying a man who attempted to rape a woman as she walked her dog in Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

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Police were called at 7pm on Tuesday, October 6, following reports a woman had been attacked on Messingham Fields, off Holme Lane. She fought back and was able to get away.

The man was described wearing dark coloured clothing and a black hooded jacket.

“Incidents of this nature are rare, but are extremely distressing for the victim and the community as a whole. We are working with the victim and we also wish to reassure the public that a thorough investigation is taking place. Regular patrols are being made in the area and, while there is no suggestion the victim was at fault, we would also encourage people to consider their personal safety and be aware of their surroundings.Try not to walk alone, especially at night, but if you have to, ensure you keep to well-lit areas, busy streets, main roads and footpaths. Avoid badly lit areas, parks, alleyways and underpasses.”

– DS John Shepherd, Humberside Police

A 33-year-old Scunthorpe man initially arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail after helping police with enquiries.

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