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Homecoming for Ryan Smith

A Lincolnshire teenager who suffered severe head injuries after being knocked off his bike last year will move back into his now specially adapted home today.

Ryan Smith: on the road to recovery
Ryan Smith: on the road to recovery Credit: Calendar news

Ryan Smith, from Chapel St Leonards near Skegness, was originally given little chance to live after he was left in a coma for four months. It's now 13 months since the 17-year-old was knocked off his bike on his way to work.

His father, Mark, was told that it was unlikely he would survive. But Ryan has been undergoing therapy at the Children's Trust Tadworth rehabilitation unit in Surrey - where he's made remarkable progress, so much so that he's able to go home today.

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Seven children bailed after murder investigation arrests

Seven children arrested as part of a murder investigation after a man died from a serious head injury have been released on police bail.

Five boys and two girls were questioned about the death of Warren Free who was airlifted to hospital after he was found injured at an address in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

None of the children's ages have been released by police.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey said: "In the early hours of last Thursday morning, we know that there was an incident involving Mr Free and a group of youths, and that he sustained injuries which subsequently led to his death."

He added: "At present, I cannot confirm the cause of death as further tests need to be carried out. Our investigation is continuing into the circumstances leading up to Mr Free's death."

Four boys held in Spalding murder enquiry

Another four boys have been arrested after the death of a man who was airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury.

Warren Free, 42, died yesterday at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and police are treating his death as murder.

The victim, from Coronation Close, Spalding, Lincolnshire had been found injured at an address in Spalding on Thursday.

Two girls and a boy were arrested yesterday in connection with Mr Free's death. One girl has been released on bail, while the other boy and girl remain in custody, Lincolnshire Police said.

Another four boys have been arrested today in connection with the police investigation, the force added.

None of the children's ages have been released by police.

Following Mr Free's death, Community Inspector Jim Tyner, said:

Coronation Close is a close-knit community and I know many will be affected by what has happened.

My officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and I would urge residents to approach them with any concerns.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, said:

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances in which Mr Free sustained the injuries that led to his subsequent death and I am appealing to anyone with information that may assist the enquiry to contact the major incident room by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of August 28.

Three children arrested after Spalding man's murder

Three children have been arrested after a man from Spalding was murdered
Three children have been arrested after a man from Spalding was murdered Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three children have been arrested after a 42-year-old Spalding man died from a head injury this morning.

The man - from Coronation Close - was taken into Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham yesterday. Police are treating his death as murder.

Two local juvenile girls and one local juvenile boy have been arrested in connection with the man’s death and all three remain in custody.

Officers are conducting enquiries in the Coronation Close area and anyone with information is asked to contact them.

Investigation into fire in Corby - five rescued

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire in Corby early this morning. Fire fighters were called to a ground floor flat in Browning Walk on the town's Poet's Estate.

Five people had to be led to safety through a hallway, which was smoke-logged. Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning to come forward.

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Witnesses sought after serious Lincoln assault

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Lincoln
Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Lincoln Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Swan Street, Lincoln on Monday.

The incident happened at around 3am, when the 19-year-old victim fell to the floor, banging his head.

He was checked over at Lincoln County Hospital but returned the following day complaining of a headache and was transferred to Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield for treatment. He is currently in a stable condition and recovering from his injuries.

A 21-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Derbyshire Police hunt prison runaway

Andrew Keith Taylor, who absconded from HMP Sudbury today
Andrew Keith Taylor, who absconded from HMP Sudbury today Credit: Derbyshire Police

Police are on the hunt for a convicted robber who has escaped from prison.

Andrew Keith Taylor ran away from HMP Sudbury today.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to 88 months imprisonment last year.

His last known address was in Sheffield and he has links to Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Lincolnshire man airlifted after head injury

A Lincolnshire man has been airlifted to hospital in Nottinghamshire after suffering a head injury
A Lincolnshire man has been airlifted to hospital in Nottinghamshire after suffering a head injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man has recently been airlifted from Coronation Close in Spalding to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

The patient - who is in his 40s - was suffering with a head injury and Lincolnshire Police officers are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding his condition.

He was taken to hospital at lunchtime today.

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Police appeal after nursery graffiti

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a sign at a children’s nursery was spray painted.

The Children First nursery was daubed with red spray paint
The Children First nursery was daubed with red spray paint Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The window graphic at Children First on Monks Road, Lincoln, was daubed with red spray paint sometime during the evening or night of Thursday 21 August or Friday 22 August.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the graffiti being carried out or who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area of the nursery around the time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

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