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Police investigate after 13-year-old is indecently assaulted

Lincolnshire police have commenced an investigation after a 13-year-old girl was indecently assaulted woodland between St Edmunds Road and Ancaster Drive in Sleaford.

Police launch investigation after indecent assault

The girl was with her bicycle on the afternoon of May 4 when she was approached by a man who carried out the assault.

It was not reported to the police until 7th May.

The offender is described as white, possibly aged in his late 50’s, 5’6” tall. He was of slim, possibly athletic, build. His hair was short at the sides and slightly longer on top. It was grey and combed forward with a fringe.

He was clean shaven. He wore black knee length shorts and a plain grey tee shirt.

Detective Inspector Pete Grayson, leading the investigation, said, “I am keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the woods last Sunday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm in the afternoon. They may have seen the victim or the offender and in any event may have information for us.

We are told that two young women aged between 18 and 25, walking a golden Labrador,were seen close to the woods at around the relevant time. I would very much like to speak to them as they may have seen something useful to this investigation.”


Hayley's skirt turns up in Lincoln charity shop

A charity shop in Sleaford got an unexpected delivery last week when they received a dress worn by Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Julie wearing the skirt while filming in Blackpool Credit: Press Association

Julie's character, Hayley Cropper, left the show after a controversial storyline earlier this year.

The skirt is a purple, floral, Birketex skirt, in size 16, with sequins and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

It is being sold for £45 at Sleaford’s British Red Cross shop.

Engineers start rail upgrade in Sleaford

Four improved level crossings and 19 miles of new signalling will start being used this month as rail engineers carry out the next phase of modernising e the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line between Peterborough and Doncaster via Lincoln.

No trains will run between Lincoln and Spalding between 4 and 14 April to allow the improvements to be completed.

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, says:

The GNGE line is an important route for both freight and passenger trains. Demand for rail services continues to grow and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand

During just ten days our engineers will install modern signals which will help to allow for future increases in services as well as improving reliability. At the same time the level crossings at Scopwick, Rowston, Blankney and Sleaford North will be upgraded with the latest technology.

The new signalling system will replace 1930s mechanical technology with modern electronic systems.

Woman named by police after assisting suicide arrest

Lincolnshire Police has named a 21-year-old woman, who died suddenly in Lincolnshire as Emma Crossman.

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting suicide following Ms Crossman's death in Sleaford. She remains on police bail.

Police says an inquest into the woman's death will not be opened and adjourned until the criminal investigation has concluded.


Man jailed for attempted rape

James David Taylor Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man has been jailed for eight years for the attempted rape of a woman in Sleaford.

James David Taylor, 26, from Grantham was sentenced for attempted rape, robbery and threats to kill at Lincoln Crown Court today.

He approached his 20-year-old victim in Lincoln Road, Sleaford in May as she walked over a bridge. He tried to rape her, stole cash from her and threatened to kill her.

Det Sgt Tim Wilkinson said: “This is a significant sentence and we hope it enables the victim to move forward with her life. We also hope it sends out a clear message to offenders in the county. You will be arrested and put before the courts.”

Food bank says demand has doubled

A food bank in Sleaford says the demand for their service has doubled in the last year. The Sleaford New Life Community Larder delivered food to 700 last year, but 1,300 in 2013. They say the increase in demand has come alongside a decrease in donations.

Plus the rise in the cost of living has meant many people they deliver to are still in employment. Calendar talked to Rob Munro from the Larder.

Police trying to trace owner of medals left as war tribute

The medals were found at the war memorial in Sleaford

Police are appealing to the owner of a set of seven Second World War medals to come forward.

The medals were found a month ago when they had been left on the war memorial in Sleaford.

Police are appealing to the owner of a set of seven Second World War medals to come forward

They were left as part of a tribute but concerns were raised that they could be subject to theft so they were taken to the Police Station for safekeeping.

Police are asking for the owner of the medals to come forward

Enquiries so far have failed to identify the owner, so Police are appealing to the public to help.

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