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Jail for couple who exploited vulnerable people in Lincoln

A married couple have each been jailed for three years after being convicted of a series of offences of dishonesty at Lincoln Crown Court.

Peter and Alison Childs
Peter and Alison Childs

During the six-week trial jurors heard how husband and wife duo Peter Childs, 61, and Alison Childs, 48, exploited vulnerable members of the Lincoln and District Mencap charity (LDM) over a number of years through their financial handling of funds.

This charity, based on Tentercroft Street, Lincoln, had an affiliation to Royal Mencap, but operated independently and its purpose was to aid those with varying degrees of learning difficulties to live independently in the community.

The charity received charitable donations and also a grant from Lincolnshire County Council in order to operate.Some of the vulnerable members paid regular Utility and Maintenance Payments (UMP) to LDM for LDM to then pay their bills on their behalf.

Although some of this money was legitimately used for the purposes of paying bills, the amount required by Peter and Alison Childs of the members was far more than the amount of the bills. The Childs’ would then keep the surplus for themselves.



Women in Tenerife dragged into sea by a wave'

The two women who drowned in Tenerife rescuing children appeared to have been "dragged into the sea by a wave," a Guardia Civil spokeswoman has said.

The two women were swept away by a wave. Credit: ITV News

"We can confirm that both were British and both were relatives, although we are not certain how they were related at the moment," the spokesperson added.

"She will be greatly missed by us and all our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends at this very sad time".

Officials from Lincolnshire West CCG and NHS England said they were "saddened" by the news and will work very closely with patients and staff at the practice and offer them any support that they need.

Read: Oldham doctor drowns in Tenerife rescuing children


Lincoln woman drowns rescuing children in Tenerife

The resort of Playa de la Arena, not far from where the women got into difficulty Credit: PA

A woman from Lincoln has drowned in Tenerife after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.

Thirty-nine year old Barathi Ruvikumar, was on holiday with Uma Ramalingam, a 42-year-old hospital consultant from Altrincham.

Uma Ramalingam, a 42 hospital consultant, died after while on holiday with Barathi Ruvikumar, 39, from Lincoln.

The women were pronounced dead on Sunday evening, after getting into difficulties during their rescue attempt off the coast of Playa Paraiso, to the southwest of the island.

A third woman, aged 38, who has not been named, survived along with the two children, aged 10 and 14, after being pulled out of the water by rescuers.

Jade Etherington: tour bus to celebrate Winter Paralympian

Jade Etherington is Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian
Jade Etherington is Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian Credit: PA Wire

An open top bus tour celebrating Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian Jade Etherington will take place in her home city of Lincoln later.

Skier Jade won three silver a one bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.


Jason Manford's lateness costs him in Lincoln

Comedian Jason Manford will make sure he's not late for a gig again after his lateness in Lincoln last night set him back more than £3,500. He realised on his way to the Engine Shed that he would be around 40 minutes late due to traffic, so offered to buy the audience a round of drinks.


Seemed like good idea to offer free drink cos of lateness! But shoulda added Kopparberg to the banned list of drinks!

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