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Woman cleared in assisted suicide trial

A woman has been cleared of helping her friend to kill herself.

Emma Crossman Credit: ITV News

Milly Caller, 22, was charged with encouraging or assisting the suicide of Emma Crossman, who was found dead in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, in January last year.

Caller was alleged by the prosecution to have been "obsessed and infatuated" by Miss Crossman, 21, at the time of her death.

The jury found Caller not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court after hearing six days of evidence, including testimony from Caller, who said she did not think her friend would take her own life.

Caller did not show any emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict.

She stood in the glass-fronted dock flanked by a security guard in a leather jacket and black trousers.

Her family and friends were in tears in the public gallery and, after Caller was released from the dock, she was embraced by her supporters in the court.

Outside, her family said she should never have been put in this position.

Her sister, Fiona, said: "She hasn't got a nasty bone in her body. She's the nicest person you would ever meet. She doesn't deserve any of this."

The jury came back with the verdict just moments after they had been given a majority direction by the judge.

They had been deliberating for about four-and-a-half hours.

Sleaford charity shop targeted by superglue vandals

A charity shop in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, has been targeted twice in as many weeks by vandals who caused £750 worth of damage.

Sleaford charity shop targeted by superglue vandals

We are deeply saddened that our shop in Sleaford has been targeted twice in two weeks by vandals super-gluing our locks. The cost of replacing the locks and then having a new shutter system installed is £750, a huge and unnecessary expenditure for the hospice.

– Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice


Plans unveiled for new £6m Sleaford fire station

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has unveiled plans for its new £6m fire station in Sleaford today.

Plans for new £6m fire station unveiled Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Residents were invited to the Eastgate Centre to see the proposals. The building will house fire crews and an international search and rescue team. It will also include offices for council staff.

The County Council hopes to sell off the existing fire station plus council offices to fund the development. It will also save £240,000 a year in running costs. It is hoped work will start in August and completed next year.

Sean Taylor from Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue has been talking about the plans.

No lunch for schoolchildren

Hundreds of children in Sleaford, Boston and South Holland won't be provided with their usual school lunches today as the company that supplies them - Food for Thought GB Ltd - have been stopped from trading for operating without a licence.

They supplied around a thousand school meals a day.

Sleaford straw fire update

'It has been over a week since the arson attack on one of our storage sites near Sleaford. Since the incident most of the remaining stock has been removed from the site with just approx 3000 bales left and isolated from the remnants of the fire. These will be removed shortly.We are also removing loose straw and degraded materials which is currently being received by a large landowner for use as compost. Sleaford REP are also meeting the Lincolnshire Joint Fire Task Force shortly to discuss this incident and the other strategic storage sites we operate. This will include reviewing all operational plans and emergency response planning as is normal under these circumstances. We want to be good neighbours and do have positive relationships with local councillors and organisations. Therefore we would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the public by the fire including the closure of the A15. Work continues to clear the site and clean areas effected by this criminal act.'

– Mike Harrison, Sleaford Communications Managers


Fire in Sleaford

There are reports of a large fire west of Sleaford just off the A15.

Sleaford Town manager 'critically ill' after A1 crash

Kris Jones was involved in a serious accident on the A1 on Monday evening. Credit: Sleaford Town FC / Lee Blake

The manager of Sleaford Town FC is critically ill in hospital after a crash on the A1.

Kris Jones is in intensive care at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham following the accident on Monday evening.

All the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Football Club are with Kris and his family at this difficult and trying time and we request that their privacy is respected.

– Sleaford Town FC statement

The club has asked the league that Saturday's game against AFC Rushden and Diamonds be postponed. The league has agreed. Assistant Manager, Terry Fleming, has been placed in temporary charge.

Police treat fire at Sleaford Bass Maltings as suspected arson

Police are treating a fire at Bass Maltings in Sleaford as suspected arson. Today they have been conducting house to house inquiries as the fire and rescue service continue their investigations.

The Grade II listed buildings have been at the centre of a bitter row between the District Council and Sleaford Town Council for the last five years. The question many are now asking is how will the fire affect plans to invest one hundred million pounds in to the redevelopment of the area, potentially creating a thousand new jobs.

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