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Father fights to change cycle helmet law after son's accident

A father is continuing fight to change the law after his son was left in a coma after a cycling accident.

Ryan Smith was knocked off his bike last July, and spent four months in hospital before opening his eyes. Six months after the accident he's showing slow signs of progress.

His father has organised a petition to try to get the wearing of cycle helmets made compulsory - but the Government has already said it won't change its legislation. Matt Price reports.

Government rejects calls for new bicycle 'helmet' law despite online petition

The government has rejected calls for a new law on wearing helmets whilst riding bicycles despite thousands of signatures on an online petition.

The father of Ryan Smith from Skegness launched a campaign to make it compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets after his son suffered a brain injury from a riding accident. Mark Smith says he will continue his fight.


Father says fight for bicycle helmets is not over

The father of Ryan Smith from Skegness says his fight for bicycle helmets to be made compulsory is not over. Ryan was left with a brain injury when he was knocked off his bike. He was not wearing a helmet. The Government has rejected calls for a new law on wearing them.

Ryan Smith from Skegness who was left with a brain injury after being knocked off his bike
Ryan Smith from Skegness who was left with a brain injury after being knocked off his bike Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Campaign to save Skegness pavilion

The pavilion has been empty since 2008 Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Campaigners in Skegness have launched a petition to try and stop an 18th century pavilion from being knocked down.

The Tower Garden's Pavilion has stood empty since 2008 and is in desperate need of repair.

East Lindsay District council cannot afford to renovate it and say it will be knocked down unless a suitable owner can be found by April.

Seal sanctuary full after December floods

A seal sanctuary on the East Coast has been inundated over Christmas with new visitors in the wake of last month's tidal surge.

Natureland in Skegness has never been so busy. December's record breaking high tide swamped parts of Lincolnshire playing havoc with the grey seal population at the height of their breeding season. Gaynor Barnes reports.

Helping the homeless in Skegness

A team of street pastors will take to the streets of Skegness tonight, offering support and supplies to homeless people who are most vulnerable at this time of year.

As well as a friendly face and a safe environment, the Street Pastors will hand out practical items such as foil blankets to those suffering the effects of the cold, flip flops to those wearing unsuitable footwear and bottles of water to help combat dehydration.



Butlins redcoat auditions take place in Birmingham

The 2014 Butlins Redcoat auditions will be held in Birmingham today, the first of two days of auditions, they will take place at the Hippodrome.

Redcoats, Oli Catt, Emma Saint, Andy Burton and Laura Miller in 2005 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The company is looking to recruit people for its West Sussex (Bognor Regis), Somerset (Minehead) and Lincolnshire (Skegness) resorts.

Candidates will need to learn new skills from street theatre to magic and circus skills.

East Lindsey lifeguard services secured for three years

East Lindsey District Council has approved £173,000 to secure lifeguard services in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea for the next three years.

“The RNLI has provided a high quality and respected beach lifeguard service in East Lindsey for a number of years now and I’m pleased we’re able to extend that agreement. Not only do the lifeguards provide a visible reassuring presence to beach users, they also offer advice on water safety and the need to respect the sea.”

– Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder covering Beach Safety and tourism

Man has ear bitten off in Ingoldmells attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man had part of his ear bitten off during an attack in Ingoldmells. The 28-year-old from Doncaster was verbally abused and assaulted before part of one of his ear lobes was bitten off in the early hours of this morning.

This was a nasty incident, a man has lost part of his ear and is scarred for life. We have a suspect in custody but I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened. The area was quite busy at the time and it is likely that someone saw something that my assist the investigation.”

– Detective Constable Emily Wooll-Rivers, Skegness CID

Rail service between Skegness and Nottingham gets back to normal

Rail services linking Skegness with Nottingham have started getting back to normal.

Nottingham station has undergone a £100 million revamp, with buses replacing trains over the last month. It re-opened yesterday but today officials will see how staff and commuters cope with the changes as people return to work following the Bank Holiday.

Network Rail area manager Justin Page says they've have thousands of people working on the project.

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