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'Untouchable' man to be sentenced for murder

Due to be sentenced for murder: Slawomir Dziob Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man described as being thought 'untouchable' by Boston's Polish community will be sentenced today for murder. Slawomir Dziob, 35, denied the murder of 28-year-old Jan Pawel Stochnialek, whose body was found in a waterway in Boston in January last year.

But he was found guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court. Mr Stochnialek was last seen alive at a Christmas Eve party when he was seen to become involved in a heated discussion with Dziob. The prosecution alleged that, at some point between 23rd December and 25th January, Dziob murdered him.

Chief Superintendent Paula Wood said: “There is a flourishing Polish community in Boston, with whom we have maintained a close connection throughout the investigation into Mr Stochnialek’s murder.

It became apparent at an early stage that this community regarded the offender as, in some way, ‘untouchable’ and that there was a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to bring him to justice.

I hope that today’s successful outcome offers reassurance to all our communities in Boston and Lincolnshire that such worries were groundless..... and that, regardless of nationality or criminal reputation, those who harm our communities will be found and brought before the court”.

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Knife-wielding robber targets Ladbrokes bookies

A man armed with a knife stormed into a Lincolnshire bookies and threatened staff before escaping with cash from the till.

The robber targeted the Ladbrokes Bookmakers in Sincil Street, Lincoln, at around 6.30pm on Friday (August 30), and threatened a member of staff with the knife before emptying the cash register.

The Lincoln branch of Ladbrokes Bookmakers was targeted by a knife-wielding thief
The Lincoln branch of Ladbrokes Bookmakers was targeted by a knife-wielding thief Credit: Nick Ansell/PA

He then ran off towards St Mary's Street.

The man, who was white and around 5ft 10ins tall, was wearing a black hooded coat with the hood pulled up and a scarf covering the lower part of his face.

Witnesses say he spoke with an English accent.

Police investigate shooting of 50-year-old man

Police believe the shooting is a domestic incident Credit: PA

Police are investigating the shooting of a 50 year old man in Lincolnshire after he was taken to hospital with shotgun injuries.

The victim arrived at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston last night after being shot in the chest. A 28-year old man's been arrested. Police believe the shooting is a domestic incident

The man was taken to Boston's Pilgrim hospital after 8pm last night Credit: PA

Illegal raves on the increase in Lincolnshire

Police in Lincolnshire say they are being forced to deal with a growing number of illegal raves in the county – a problem that often involves excessive noise, alcohol and drugs.

Just a few weeks ago officers broke up an illegal party on land in Bourne Woods, which attracted around 250 people from all over the country.

Some farmers and landowners are saying that police do not have the manpower to deal with the events.

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Man dies after being hit by a coach

Police in Lincolnshire are trying to identify a man who died after being hit by a coach on the A16 near Spalding.

It happened at around 6pm on Saturday 4 May on the southbound A16 near to Cowbit. It is believed the man was walking along the road when the collision occurred.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man did not have any form of identification on him, so officers are trying to establish who he was. He is described as around 6'4" with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a 2-tone grey hoody, grey tracksuit bottoms and yellow trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Lincolnshire Chief Constable back to work today

Lincolnshire's Chief Constable Neil Rhodes

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire will be back at work today after overturning a suspension.

Neil Rhodes was suspended by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner over "potential conduct matters". However, the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, declined to investigate.

Chief Constable speaks out after being reinstated

Having been reinstated as a Constable and Chief Constable I have travelled back from the Judicial Review hearing at Manchester and have met with my chief officer team and have resumed control of the force. Over the Easter period I will be taking a long-planned period of leave and I look forward to serving the community of Lincolnshire as best I am able upon my return."

– Nick Rhodes, Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police

I would very much like to thank the huge number of people in the Lincolnshire Police and ordinary members of the public for their messages of support which number several hundred. I am really grateful to them and I want to get back to work to repay their faith in me.

The most important thing now is that all of our attention turns to policing the County of Lincolnshire."

– Nick Rhodes, Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police
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