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Police officer sacked after admitting stealing kayak and paddles

Officer sacked after admitting stealing a kayak and paddles before selling them on eBay Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A Lincolnshire police officer has been sacked after admitting to stealing a kayak and a set of paddles before selling them on eBay.

Constable Andrew Hamilton, who was a detective based in Grantham CID, kept the money from the sale, despite knowing or believing he was not lawfully entitled to do so.

He was dismissed by the force for gross misconduct just months after being awarded a Chief Constable's commendation for saving a motorists life who passed out at the wheel at 60mph.

The public hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Neil Rhodes who said: "There is no place in the police service for an officer who demonstrated such unequivocal dishonesty."

A1 in both directions closed due to overturned tanker

A1 in both directions is closed and there is stationary traffic due to fuel spillage from an overturned chemical tanker, with the road likely to be closed till early evening.

The incident took place between A607 (Harlaxton / Melton Mowbray Turn Off, Grantham) and Heath Lane (Hungerton Turn Off, Great Ponton).

There is congestion on A1 to B1174 Great North Road (Great Gonerby Turn Off) and on A1 to B6403 High Dike (Woolsthorpe / Easton Turn Off).

The tanker involved in the accident is carrying Sodium Hydrochloride. Traffic is Grantham town centre is heavily congested.

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Grantham woman attacked by Beverley Allitt wins battle over benefits

A woman from Grantham who was attacked by serial killer Beverley Allitt has won a long battle to have her benefits reinstated.

Kayley Asher (R) with her mum Sharon Credit: ITV News

Kayley Asher, who was targeted by Allitt in Grantham Hospital in 1991, was awarded damages of £11,500 and later granted £120 a week in disability benefits.

The Department for Work and Pensions cut off those benefits 18 months ago and demanded she repay the money because they believed she had more than £16,000 in savings as a result of the compensation and interest paid on it.

But now the DWP has said Kayley’s benefits will be reinstated.

Her mum Sharon told ITV Calender that the last 18 months 'have been hell' and the family is relieved she will now get benefits reinstated.

Kayley hopes to buy a new CD player to play her One Direction CDs on and book a trip to Butlins with some of the money to celebrate.

"Decisions are based on the information provided. After we received further details about Ms Asher’s circumstances, she was found eligible for Employment and Support Allowance.”

– DWP spokesman


A&E department at Grantham Hospital closed after fire

All operations and clinics schedule for Wednesday morning at Grantham Hospital have been postponed. Credit: ITV News

The Accident and Emergency department at Grantham Hospital has been closed after a fire on Tuesday evening.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said all operations and clinics scheduled for Wednesday morning have been postponed.

Meanwhile ambulances are taking patients to other nearby A&Es.

No one was injured in the fire, which was caused by a power cut.

Medical Director at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Suneil Kapadia, said:

“Due to a fire at Grantham hospital on Tuesday evening which caused a power cut, Grantham Accident & Emergency department is currently closed.

"To ensure patient safety, ambulances are diverting patients to other A&Es and we are asking patients who need care urgently to call 111 for advice.

"All operations and clinics scheduled for Wednesday morning have been postponed.

"Our staff have been working hard to keep patients safe and to return services back to normal as quickly as possible. No was injured in the fire”.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia
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