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Police re-appeal to public in search for missing Sleaford man

Police in Lincolnshire are continuing to search for a man who was last seen nine days ago.

Robert Taylor's family are growing increasingly concerned Credit: Lincolnshire Police

51-year-old Robert Taylor was last seen setting off from his home in Sleaford on February 1.

Detectives originally issued an appeal on February 4 for any information about him or any sightings of him to be reported to us.

Mr Taylor's family are very concerned because he has not made any contact since he left and for him to go missing is very out of character.

He did not have his wallet or medication with him, which is adding to his family’s worries.

It is thought that he was wearing a green polo shirt with grey / brown cargo trousers but it is not known which coat he may have taken.

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Firefighters tackle huge blaze at recycling plant

Firefighters have spent the day tackling a huge fire at a recycling plant near Sleaford.

Crews were called out to Mid UK Recycling near Ancaster at around 2am to the fire made up of burning carpets and household waste.

It led to road closures, and local residents were advised to keep their doors and windows shut as a precaution.

Adam Fowler reports:

Police appeal to find missing teenagers from Sleaford

Police in Sleaford are appealing to find two girls from Sleaford who have not been seen since Wednesday 24 June.

Kaityn is described as 5ft 6in in height

Kaityn is described as 5ft 6in in height, with long straight brown hair, wearing denim shorts, a white cropped top, and a navy cropped bomber style jacket. She was last seen wearing pink trainers and carrying a floral design handbag.

Alex is described as 5ft 6in in height

Alex is described as 5ft 6in in height, with long black curled hair, and wearing black leggings,a short white top, with a pink silk kimono with white and black tassels. She was last seen wearing grey and black trainers.

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Mother of tragic suicide teen speaks of loss

The mother of Emma Crossman, who took her own life, leaving her best friend to face a crown court trial, has spoken for the first time about her loss.

Sharon Parr has made a national television appeal for those who have depression not to suffer in silence.

Her daughter Emma committed suicide at her home in Sleaford.

Last week her best friend Milly Caller was cleared of assisting her to end her life.

Grace Melody Gardner reports:

Don't suffer in silence. For more on symptoms of depression and how you can get help, click here.

Woman accused of assisting friend's suicide 'should never have been prosecuted'

The family of a woman cleared of trying to help her friend commit suicide say she should never have been prosecuted.

Amelia Caller known to her friends and family as Milly was charged with "encouraging or assisting" the suicide of Emma Crossman, who was found dead at her Lincolnshire home in January last year.

Today a jury at Lincoln Crown Court took just under five hours to clear her of the charge, Her family and friends were in tears after the verdict was announced. Kate Hemingway reports

CPS defends assisted suicide prosecution

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended bringing forward a prosecution against Milly Caller for assisting the suicide of her friend Emma Crossman.

Milly Caller in the middle with her two sisters, Fiona Caller on left and Emma Caller on the right

Caller was cleared of any wrongdoing by Lincoln Crown Court earlier today. Afterwards, her sister Fiona said she should never have been prosecuted.

However, the CPS says there was 'sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction'.

Cases of this nature are uniquely challenging and sensitive. Taking all the evidence into consideration and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors it was decided that there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. After legal argument the judge agreed it was right for a jury to decide. We respect the jury’s decision.

– CPS statement
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