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Council hopeful Skegness amusement park will remain open

Lincolnshire County Council says its "concerned" after the company which owns an amusement park in Skegness went into administration.

But it says it's hopeful Fantasy Island will remain open.

The business will continue to operate as usual while the administrators review the company’s financial position, and no job losses are expected among permanent staff.

"Fantasy Island has been, for many years, a key tourist attraction on the Lincolnshire coast so we are, of course, concerned by today's news.

"However, local tourism is booming on the coast and across Lincolnshire, so we would be very surprised if the site did close – particularly at this time of year.

"The previous and present owners have invested positively in the area over the past few years and become an important part of the local community, as well as being a significant employer of local people. I'm sure many will be shocked by today's news and will be very sorry to see them go.

"I will be making my full officer team available to help and assist any potential new operator or developer for this key and strategic site, so that they're aware of the support we can offer to help make the attraction a local and national success."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Lincolnshire County Council

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Company behind Fantasy Island goes into administration

The company which owns an amusement park in Skegness has gone into administration.

Conduit Skegness Limited, and associated group trading companies, own Fantasy Island - which includes theme park rides, Europe’s largest permanent seven-day market and 340 static caravan pitches.

The business will continue to operate as usual while the administrators review the company’s financial position, and no job losses are expected among permanent staff.

The seasonal temporary expansion of the payroll during the summer holiday season will also continue as usual.

Paul Clark and Ben Wiles, Managing Directors of Duff & Phelps, have been appointed as administrators.

“Fantasy Island is an important leisure destination that attracts up to 40,000 visitors a day.

As we head into one of the busiest months of the year it is very much business as usual and customers should be assured that this will not impact their experience, whether they are visiting the rides, market or one of the shows.

"It’s also important for employees to know that their jobs will not be impacted during these busy summer months and we look forward to working with the team.”

– Paul Clark, Joint Administrator

Three guilty in forced prostitution case

Three people from South Yorkshire have been found guilty of offences involving the kidnap and forced prostitution of a Skegness woman.

Stephen John Redhead

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.

Stephanie Coggan

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.

Jonathan Lindley

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.

– DCI Steve Taylor

Region's resorts are beating economic downturn

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.

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Aquarium to open for Easter 2015

Plans have been unveiled for a multimillion pound aquarium on Skegness Seafront.

Panda's Palace could be redeveloped

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:

Aquarium plan for Skegness seafront

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.

Panda's Palace could be redeveloped

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 deal with flooding in Skegness

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.

If you have any pictures or videos of flooding please send them to calendar@itv.com

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