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Missing man's body found in sea off Skegness coast

Dean Greenwood, whose body was found four and a half miles off the Skegness coast last month Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police are investigating the death of a Leicestershire man who has been found dead in the sea off the coast of Skegness.

Dean Greenwood was discovered 4.5 miles out to sea on August 20. He is believed to have got onto the beach next to the Bar Rumba pub on Roman Bank in Ingoldmells at around 1am a week before his body was found.

"We are appealing to anyone who was in the area of the beach between Ingoldmells Point and Vickers Points between half past midnight and 7am that Wednesday.

"Did you meet Dean or do you recall seeing a single man walking around the beach area?

"Dean's mobile phone was found on a bench nearby by a man who later spoke to his family about returning it. We haven't yet traced this man so would also appeal to him to contact us".

– DS Lee St Quinton, of Skegness CID


22-year-old woman charged with assisted suicide

A woman from Sleaford in Lincolnshire has been charged with assisting the suicide of a 21-year-old woman.

Emma Crossman was found dead in January at her home in Leicester Street, Sleaford.

Milly Caller, of Great Hale, near Sleaford, was charged by Lincolnshire Police after an inquiry into the death of Ms Crossman.

22-year-old Caller has been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on October 16.

Autumn colour helps West Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the West Midlands feel down as the nights draw in and the days get shorter.

But Autumn colour could be the natural tonic to the winter blues. The National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier.

Walking through Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, visitors can see blue-tinged hills standing tall in the distance. As the nights draw in during the autumn months, the skies become a dark blue colour. The water in the stream and the waterfall appear to shine brighter and the heather takes on a blue tinge. Credit: The National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (51%).

Despite 68% of people in the West Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 42% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with just over a third (34%) claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

The short ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire takes you to the spectacular orange scene of the 450 year old Spanish chestnut avenue which is said to be planted in the formation of the Spanish armada. You will also come across the Quarry Oak which has been standing proud for around 1,000 years. Credit: ITV News Central


Tour of Britain director urges more councils to host it

More local councils are being urged to apply to host stages of next year's Tour of Britain.

The event's race director Mick Bennett, who was born in Birmingham, said it could help boost the local economy.

The tour passed through parts of Worcestershire earlier this week, including Pershore and Evesham, bringing in hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra income.

Pictures: Tour of Britain speeds through the Midlands

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