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Day At The Races

More than 9,000 people are expected to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse today for one of its most popular jump racing occasions of the year, the Rand Farm Park Boxing Day At The Races meeting.

There’s a packed programme of jump racing, including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National. Like the ultimate Aintree race – the Randox Health Grand National - stamina is crucial for the Lincolnshire National, which is run over a distance of three and a half miles.

“Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. 26th December is always a very affordable festive day out for families over Christmas.

"I would recommend people to set off in plenty of time to get to the racecourse today. The racecourse is clearly signed, with a number of routes in place and we urge all visitors to follow them and to get here early.”

– Nadia Powell, Market Rasen Racecourse General Manager

The gates of the racecourse will be open from 10.05am when the fun begins for a first race time of 12.05pm. The finale is at 3.25pm.

Olly Murs announces Scarborough gig

Olly Murs has announced he will perform at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre as part of his massive 2017 summer UK tour.

Olly Murs

The chart-topping singer will play at the venue on Sunday July 9 2017.

Olly’s 20-date outdoor tour will be his biggest headline shows to date, which also include a performance at Market Rasen Racecourse for Ladies Day on June 2, 2017.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale at 9am on Friday December 2.


Boxing Day meet at Lincolnshire racecourse

Spectators are preparing to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse for one of the biggest sporting days out of the year.

Market Rasen Racecourse Credit: ITV Yorkshire

For many people in Lincolnshire, Boxing Day is a once-a-year chance to enjoy a traditional festive afternoon at the races at the county’s only racecourse.

As well as a packed programme of jump racing including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National, there will be a bouncy castle, a rodeo Christmas pudding and lots more besides.

“Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of the festive season as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. It’s Lincolnshire’s big day out at Christmas time.”

– Nadia Gollings, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse,

The first race is scheduled for 12.25pm; the finale is at 3.20pm. Gates open at 10.25am and the best advice is to get to the racecourse early.

Visitors should take heed of the well-established Boxing Day traffic management plan:

From Lincoln: Take the A158 (Skegness) road and fork left at Bullington (signed), following the directional signs via Holton cum Beckering and Bleasby.

A46 northbound to Market Rasen: Light traffic is strongly recommended to turn right in Faldingworth and to follow the diversions via Buslingthorpe.

A46 southbound and from Grimsby: Follow signs on to the B1225 (Caistor High Street), and the yellow signage via North Willingham and Sixhills.

A15 southbound: Turn left at Caenby Corner and follow signs.

Police appeal after theft from purse in Market Rasen

Police in Lincolnshire have released a picture of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a theft from a woman's purse in Market Rasen.

Credit: Lincolnshire Police

At around 2pm on Wednesday 8th December a 71-year-old woman was on John Street when she was approached by a man who is described as short and with a Polish accent. He asked the lady to change a £2 coin; while she was looking into her purse the man continued talking to the woman and distracted her, managing to take £80 from her purse without her noticing.

Police would like to trace the man pictured to see if he has any information that could assist the enquiry.


20 dogs stolen in Lincolnshire

Police in Lincolnshire are searching for a number of dogs who were stolen from Market Rasen.

Credit: Lincolnshire Police

All 20 of the stolen dogs are King Charles Cavaliers, aged between one and six.Three are female and the rest are male. Police have asked if anyone is offered a similar dog for sale to report it to them.

Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire man who filmed himself kicking a rabbit avoids jail

A Lincolnshire man who drunkenly filmed himself kicking a rabbit has been given a suspended jail sentenced, following an RSPCA investigation.

Credit: Press Association

Zamual Mallinson has also been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after he was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.

The 24-year-old, from St Mary’s Lane, Market Rasen, was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.

A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April last year found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.

On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.

Some viewers may find the following footage disturbing

Mallinson was found guilty of three offences after a three day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 12 week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £7,000.

Our investigation was initially focussed on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.

– Chief inspector Ian Briggs, RSPCA

Female pedestrian involved in Market Rasen crash dies in hospital

A 71-year-old local woman who was involved in a crash in Market Rasen yesterday died at the Hull Royal Infirmary last night, police have confirmed.

The crash happened in Mill Street around 4.25pm on Tuesday 1 September. One vehicle was involved, a black Vauxhall Vivaro panel van.

The driver, aged 46 is from the Brigg area was interviewed by police following the crash.

The road was closed at the time of the collision and re-opened at 9.20 pm.

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