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Seal sanctuary full after December floods

A seal sanctuary on the East Coast has been inundated over Christmas with new visitors in the wake of last month's tidal surge.

Natureland in Skegness has never been so busy. December's record breaking high tide swamped parts of Lincolnshire playing havoc with the grey seal population at the height of their breeding season. Gaynor Barnes reports.

Cycle crash teenager wakes from four-month coma

A teenager who has been in a coma since August has woken up and said his first words.

Ryan Smith, aged 16, was knocked off his bike by a van while riding to his summer job in Grantham.

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Teenager Ryan Smith Credit: ITV News Central

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, his first words after opening his eyes were "hello", "mum" and "dad".

Ryan had not been wearing a helmet while riding his bike. After the accident, his father Mark launched a campaign following the crash to encourage youngsters to ride safely.

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Top cyclist backs father's helmet campaign

Ryan Smith from Lincolnshire is still in a coma Credit: ITV News

A father's call for the wearing of helmets by all cyclists to be compulsory has been backed by champion rider Mark Cavendish.

Ryan Smith, who's from Lincolnshire, remains in a coma after his accident while riding to work for a summer job near Skegness.

Dad Mark Smith says his son did not want to wear a helmet because it would 'mess up' his hair.

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Top beach award for popular Midlands tourist destination

Skegness beach being enjoyed in the peak season. Credit: ITV News Central

Skegness Central beach has been given a top tourism award for its cleanliness by litter campaign group Keep Britain Tidy.

The beach, which is popular with tourists from the Midlands, has met new European Union standards. It's one of 55 beaches across the UK to be awarded a Blue Flag.

Keep Britain Tidy operations director Richard McIlwain said: "We campaign to improve the quality of our local environment and we know that communities love their beaches and understand what an asset they are for their towns' economies.

Skegness beach in the summer. Credit: ITV News Central

Search continues for missing man from Skegness

David Leman disappeared three days ago Credit: Lincolnshire

Police and volunteers are continuing to search for David Leman who disappeared three days ago.

He was reported missing after his dog was found near Skegness' Gibraltar Point.

Detectives are also searching for him in the town and are reviewing CCTV from this time of his disappearance on Monday morning.

David Leman is of mixed race, around 6ft tall with a shaved head. He is thought to have been wearing jeans and a hooded jacket.

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