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Mark Smith gets bike safety message across to Prime Minister

Lincolnshire's Pride of Britain 'Fundraiser of the Year' finalist Mark Smith has been speaking to the Prime Minister about his campaign for compulsory wearing of cycle helmets.

Mark was nominated for the award for his work since his son Ryan suffered life-changing injuries after being knocked off his bike.

He missed out on the prize, but says the chance to talk to David Cameron was a great opportunity.


Skegness flooding forum

The Skegness Community Forum will meet today to discuss the risk posed by coastal flooding. The meeting will include speakers from local authorities and organisations such as the Environment Agency, so they can explain their work in protecting and preparing the coast for the future.

Pregnant cow's head stuck in wall for several hours

A pregnant cow, which became stuck in a wall in Skegness, has been freed by firefighters in Lincolnshire.

Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Crews had to use heavy breaking equipment Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

The animal which was trapped for several hours had to be sedated before Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue service used heavy breaking equipment to get it out of the opening of a wartime pillbox.

Cow was assisted by Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cow was trapped for several hours Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

It is now said to have fully recovered from the ordeal.

Burglar jailed for 5 years

A man who committed burglaries in Skegness and Winthorpe, as well as in the Barnsley area in July, has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Craig Fellows has been jailed for 5 years for a string of burglaries Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Craig Fellows, 44, of Royston, Barnsley admitted burglary with intent to steal at a property in Queen's Drive, Skegness, and burglary of a caravan at Winthorpe.

The court heard that during the Skegness burglary, he walked into the home of a 75-year-old man. When he was discovered he asked for money, but the man managed to push him outside.

After this incident he went on to break into a caravan in Winthorpe, stealing a laptop and cash.

Fellows was identified on CCTV and was traced and arrested.

He admitted two charges of burglary and two charges of theft in the Barnsley area. He also admitted breach of a suspended sentence imposed by Barnsley Magistrates for theft.

Craig Fellows was a short stay visitor to the coast who blighted the local community of Winthorpe, preying on the elderly and vulnerable.

"He would find it acceptable to invite himself into people's home and help himself to their belongings. With the help of the local community Fellows was quickly identified and arrested, and this led to his immediate imprisonment.

"Whilst such offences are few and far between, these incidents act as a reminder for us all to think about our home security, and something as simple as keeping the door locked can be so effective".

– Det Sgt Lee St Quinton, Skegness CID


Firefighters tackle Skegness leisure park blaze

Seven fire crews are currently tackling a blaze at Southview Leisure Park in Skegness.

The complex has been evacuated but there is no reports of any casualties.

Crews from Mablethorpe, Skegness, Holbeach, Leverton, Alford, Spilsby and Horncastle are all in attendance.

Police search for missing 14-year-old boy

Police are searching for a 14 year-old boy, who has been missing since yesterday evening.

Leroy Johnson Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Leroy Johnson, from the Wellington Way area of Skegness, left Lady Jane Franklin School in Spilsby on Tuesday morning, along with two other boys, and the three walked to Boston.

Leroy was last seen in Craythorne Lane in Boston around 6.30pm yesterday. The two boys he was with have returned home safely but there has been no further sighting of Leroy.

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