Three people from South Yorkshire have been found guilty of offences involving the kidnap and forced prostitution of a Skegness woman.
Stephen John Redhead, 48, and Stephanie Coggan, 26, both of Park Street in Rotherham, together with Jonathan Paul Lindley, 40, of Lowedges Road, in Sheffield, were convicted at Lincoln Crown Court.
Redhead and Lindley were both found guilty of one count of kidnap and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Redhead, and his partner Coggan, were convicted of the offence of causing or inciting prostitution for gain.
Redhead was also found guilty of a fourth count of possession of amphetamine with intent to supply, whilst Coggan was found not guilty of that offence.
The court heard that between 30th December 2013 and 6th January 2014, a 33 year-old woman was forcibly taken by Redhead and Lindley from her Skegness home to Rotherham, where Redhead and Coggan made her work as a prostitute to repay a drug debt.
The victim's drug addiction and lifestyle made her vulnerable to abuse and Redhead and Coggan exploited that vulnerability, using fear and their formidable reputation as violent figures in the drug world to control her and her associates. They subjected her to degrading and humiliating treatment for their own profit and it is satisfying to see convicted of these offences.
A new report has revealed that the region's seaside towns are beating the squeeze on household incomes and continuing to support thousands of jobs along the east coast.
The team at Sheffield Hallam University which carried out the research says many resorts still face challenges, our reporter Adam Fowler has been to Skegness to hear about the lessons the town learned during the downturn.
One of the region's biggest seaside resorts could benefit from a new multi million pound aquarium. A company which already operates a number of attractions in Skegness wants to redevelop a site on the seafront. The council has welcomed the plans saying it will create jobs and provide a boost to the local economy. Adam Fowler reports
Plans have been unveiled for a multimillion pound aquarium on Skegness Seafront.
A company already running a number of attractions in the resort wants to redevelop Panda's Palace indoor play area.
East Lindsey District Council, which owns the building, has welcomed the plan, saying it hopes the the year-round attraction will bring new jobs and extend the visitor season.
The developers say Skegness will benefit from the attraction:
Plans have been unveiled for a multimillion pound aquarium on Skegness seafront. A company already running a number of attractions in the resort wants to redevelop Panda's Palace indoor play area.
East Lindsey District Council, which owns the building, has welcomed the plan, saying hopefully the all-year-round attraction will bring new jobs and extend the visitor season. Construction should take about nine months and the developers plan to have it up and running in time for Easter.
Fire crews have been dealing with flooding incidents in the Skegness area.It follows warnings that there could be some localised flooding due to heavy showers along the east coast.
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Crews from Skegness, Wainfleet and Spilsby dealt with 8 flooding incidents in Skegness, pumping out flood water from properties in the town.
Officers searching for missing Bicker woman, Diane Tytheridge, have confirmed that she travelled to Skegness on the morning of her disappearance.
A review of CCTV has revealed that Diane caught the 8.40am Stagecoach service from Boston bus station on Wednesday 25 June. She travelled on the top deck and arrived in Skegness at 10.05am.
Police are asking for anyone who might have seen her to contact them.
Although Diane's clothing that day is non-descript (blue skinny jeans, a white top and a black jacket), the bag she was carrying is quite distinctive. It is a crescent or banana shaped bag, bright blue in colour, with black underneath.
The family of a woman from Lincolnshire who has been missing for a week have appealed for her to contact them.
Diane Tytheridge was last seen a week ago talking to a bus driver at the station in Boston.
Her daughter, Julia, has flown from Australia to join her brother and sister in the search for their mother.
Candy, Daniel and Julia have made the following appeal to her:
"Mumma, we are all worried sick about you, we love you more than words can say and we are all here to support you. Please get in touch with one of us so we know you are safe - we love you."
Police continue to appeal to Diane Tytheridge, who has been missing for almost a week, to let someone know she is safe.
The last sighting of Diane was at 8.38am on Wednesday 25 June at Boston's bus station, where she spoke to a bus driver, enquiring about buses to Skegness.
Inspector Dan Whyment said:
"Diane has been missing for almost a week now and her family are distraught. We are urging anyone who has seen Diane, or who has any information that might help, to contact us.
"We are also appealing directly to Diane to let someone know she is safe. The charity Missing People offers a number of ways that those who have left home, for whatever reason, can confidentially make contact to let somebody know they have not come to harm".
The daughter and granddaughter of a missing Lincolnshire woman are flying from their home in Australia today to help join in the search for her.
Sixty year old Diane Tytheridge has not been seen since last Wednesday morning after she left her home in Bicker to go to work at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital.
Her car was later found parked in Boston town centre and a review of the town's CCTV has shown what's thought to be a last sighting of her at 8.30am near Boston bus station.