The County Council is enhancing the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and the experience for visitors, to this beautiful part of the county.
It’s been given a new look with signage specifically designed to enhance the association with local communities situated within the Coastal Country Park itself. In addition, the signage will help people to be more informed and to recognise when they’re entering a special part of the coast.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place, said: “This is an important addition to the park and further strengthens our vision of a sustainable coastal environment, providing high quality facilities for communities and visitors, improvements for wildlife and contributing to a healthy local economy.
“With a great range of events and things to do, not least to mention the imminent opening of the North Sea Observatory, the coastal country park really is a fantastic asset to the county and one of which we should all be very proud.”
The welcome or ‘gateway’ signage is sited in key, safe locations where the principle routes meet the general boundary of the Country Park: i.e. the A52 at Sandilands to the north end; the A52 at Hogsthorpe to the south and the B1149 to the west.
A specifically adapted sign at the entrance to the North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards will highlight it as a ‘hub’ for facilities and information.
For more information on the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and full listings of events and activities please click here.
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This summer, St Barnabas Hospice are bringing the magic of the movies to Lincoln with their new outdoor cinema
On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, St Barnabas Hospice are hosting their brand new Barnabas Big Screen event at Daisy Made Farm, bringing Lincoln a summer film festival to remember.
Thanks to Big Event Screens, there will be an outdoor screen showing three different films over the two days. On the Friday night will be a popular chick flick film beginning at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm. Saturday afternoon will show a family friendly film at 2pm, with gates opening at 12pm. A movie classic will be shown on the Saturday evening at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm.
The films are yet to be decided, but that’s because St Barnabas wants to put the choice in the hands of the public! Head to their Facebook page on Monday 19th March where the vote for the chick flick film will be open for a week. The vote for the family film will run for a week from Tuesday 20th March, and the vote for the classic film will run for a week from Wednesday 21st March. You could also win a pair of tickets by voting!
Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said: “We would like to thank Paperwork UK, who is the headline sponsor for this brand new event and will be providing our event tickets.
Alex Colman, Sales Director at Paperwork UK, said: “Paperwork UK specialises in ticket and event media for theatres, stadiums and international events and we wanted to show our support for such an exciting occasion happening on our doorstep.
“Being a Lincolnshire business, we’re familiar with so many people who have been touched by the wonderful work carried out by St Barnabas, and we’re very proud to be a sponsor.”
Donations are crucial to the success of this event. There are no set prices for the tickets – St Barnabas simply asks that you make a donation of what you feel it is worth.
£10 would fund two three-course meals for a patient at our Inpatient Unit, £20 would allow St Barnabas to care for a patient in their own home for an hour, and £34 would fund a physiotherapy session for a St Barnabas patient.
Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever Barnabas Big Screen this summer. It’s a great way for the local community to come together and have fun whilst raising money for charity.
“A lot of our events are quite physical, so we wanted to bring a large scale event to Lincolnshire that was something completely different.”
As well as being able to relax in the sunshine and watch a movie, people will also be able to buy hot and cold food, including classic cinema snacks and drinks. There will also be plenty of ice cream!
Alcohol will be available for over 18’s to purchase at the event, and we ask all members of the public not to bring their own in. Any members of the public who are behaving in a disorderly manner will be escorted from the event.
The Barnabas Big Screen is open to everyone, but children will be unable to register for tickets unless accompanied by a paying adult. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times. If a dog causes disruption or mischief, St Barnabas reserves the right to ask them to leave the venue with their owner.
The National Trust’s Tattershall Castle welcomed a very special guest yesterday.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the National Trust, was shown around the magnificent brick Great Tower of Tattershall, a dramatic embodiment of what wealth and power looked like in the fifteenth century. The tour included viewing the magnificent medieval fireplaces – famously spared exportation to America by Lord Curzon in 1914, inspecting four sixteenth century Flemish tapestries and climbing the 149 steps of the spiral staircase to the top of the tower.
On his arrival to the site His Royal Highness met students from Highlees Primary School just as they were finishing their fun-packed day at the castle; the students having explored the tower from basement to battlements, played with medieval toys and designed their very own crowns of which they wore with pride.
Once inside the Great Tower, The National Trust’s Archaeologist Rachael Hall and the Castle Committee Chairman James Hoff talked to His Royal Highness about the specifics of caring for the castle and showed him Tattershall’s fascinating historic graffiti scratched into the stonework; graffiti which varies from a soldier’s name etched during the English Civil War to mason marks made during the buildings construction.
On ascending to the second floor, The Prince of Wales then met members of the property staff who greet visitors and help to care for the buildings, collection and wildlife at Tattershall Castle. His Royal Highness was then shown the historic furniture purchased by Lord Curzon to decorate the empty castle after it was restored from ruin between 1912-14.
Finally, His Royal Highness was guided up to very top of the Great Tower to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Lincolnshire fens and the counties famous ‘big sky’. On a clear day from the battlements of the Castle, you can spot Lincoln Cathedral on the horizon, over 18 miles away as the crow flies.
The visit concluded with a tour of the adjacent Collegiate Church for the Holy Trinity, which historically was part of the castle complex but now is in the care of the local dieses. His Royal Highness met with volunteers that help maintain the late medieval church, along with various representatives from the local community and was shown highlights of the building that included the fifteenth century stained glass and the grave of Tom Thumb.
Paul Robinson, Operations Manager at Tattershall Castle, said, “We’re delighted to have welcomed His Royal Highness to Tattershall Castle today and share with him some of the projects that we have planned as well as the history of this important site. This visit is a wonderful way to recognise the hard work of our whole team in looking after the buildings, collection and wildlife of Tattershall Castle all year round. After all, it’s not every day we get such regal visitors.”
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Enjoy unlimited entry all year round to the award-winning visitor attraction.
Scale the heights of the Medieval Wall Walk, follow in the footsteps of prisoners in the Victorian Prison and immerse yourself in the Magna Carta story.
You can even use the annual pass on event days (terms and conditions apply). Look out for a Kingdom of LEGO, cheer on your favourite knight in the Grand Medieval Joust and gasp in disbelief at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Circus.
To celebrate the launch of the new pass, the castle is offering new and existing members of its mailing list the chance to win a family pass. To join the mailing list, visitwww.lincolncastle.com . The competition closes on Monday 9 April, after which a name will be drawn from the list of subscribers.
Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture, said: “Lincoln Castle has so much to offer that one visit just isn’t enough! An annual pass is fantastic value for money, and gives you unlimited access to our award-winning attractions all year round. You can also enjoy many of our exciting events and activities, which are an ideal way to keep the family entertained during the school holidays and at weekends. It really is your passport to a year of historical family fun at one of the county’s most popular visitor attractions.”
The Family Annual Pass is £75, and on only your third visit you will already be saving money. For further details and to buy yours, visit www.lincolncastle.com .
Eight people, who were part of an international drugs import and supply network, have been convicted and sentenced for a series of offences.
Four men – Jake Louth, Donatas Liumas, Arnoldas Cvetkov, and Jonas Daugintis – were convicted of conspiracy to supply class B drugs. In January 2017 Liumas, Cvetkov and Daugintis were also charged with a separate conspiracy to import Class B drugs. After the trial relating to supply they entered guilty pleas to that offence. Another four people were also charged with the conspiracy to import class B drugs.
Louth was the original target of police enforcement action relating to suspected drug offences and it was through him that the scale of the illegal operation became apparent to investigating officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He was found to be in contact with an Eastern European organised crime group (OCG) with connections in Boston, Peterborough and London.
In April 2016, Cvetkovs and Daugintis were stopped in a vehicle with £14,000 in cash and Louth was detained outside his home in possession of 4kg of class B drugs. Subsequent searches recovered a large variety of controlled substances, including high purity cocaine, synthetic Class B drugs and more than £20,000 cash. They were released on bail. Whilst on bail the supply and importation conspiracies continued, including a drop of drugs for Louth made by the principle member of the Eastern European OCG, Liumas, to a hotel in Boston in May 2016. On August 16th 2016, during a second phase of enforcement, Liumas was arrested in Peterborough. Louth, Cvetkov and Daugintis were also arrested on fresh evidence. They were all charged with the conspiracy to supply offence and remanded into custody.
After they were charged, officers investigating the offences found evidence on a laptop which evidenced the importation of drugs into the UK from China. For the importation Liumas made contact with a number of chemical suppliers in China and from these he was able to source methedrone- based drugs. Through this contact he established payments to a number of people in China via Western Union and MoneyGram. Payments were made to these accounts from locations in Boston, Peterborough and Isleworth, London. More than 40 payments totalling in excess of £36K ($50K – averaging about $2000 per kilo) were identified from known members of this group. The drugs were then shipped back to named but unconnected persons at a
minimum of seven addresses in the UK (including Isleworth, Peterborough, Sleaford and Boston). Significantly, the search at Peterborough on August 16th produced a receipt showing that the day before on August 15th Liumas had sent over £1800 ($2300) to a contact in China and forensic analysis of his phone showed that he sent a copy of this receipt to a Kacafajus Londonas, who was later identified as Rimantas Zigaras.
The investigation team was able to link most of these addresses to the OCG, albeit they had used names not associated with themselves as the intended recipient. Also, in September 2015 a package containing 1kg bound for an address linked to Daugintis and Cvetkov was intercepted at Stansted Airport. The drugs were shipped in packages ranging in size from 200g to 1kg.
In January four people were arrested in London and Peterborough. During the same month Liumas, Cvetkov, Daugintis were additionally arrested and all seven were charged with the importation conspiracy. Further laptops and phones were recovered along with identity documents linking these people to the electronic transfer of money to China.
In June last year the following four men were sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. Liumas, Cvetkov, and Daugintis were also sentenced for conspiracy to import Class B drugs:
- Jake Louth, 35, of Tower Road in Boston, was jailed for seven years and eight months. He was also convicted of Possession with intent to Supply Class A drug, Cocaine. This resulted from a significant recovery of Cocaine at his home address during the April searches.
- Arnaldas Cvetkov, 30, of Joy Paine Close in Boston, and Jonas Daugintis, 21, of Oakham Terrace in Boston, were jailed for seven years and four months each.
- Donatas Liumas, 29, of Freston in Peterborough, was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
OIC DS Ian Brookes said: “The investigation was complicated by the nature of the recovered substances.
“The four kilos recovered from Louth were a substance named TH-PVP, which, although illegal, had never been tested before by our drug analysts. Other recovered substances included 4F-alpha-PHP, which had also previously never been seen before, and some which remain unidentified.
“It became obvious that the drugs must have been sourced overseas and produced in laboratories. Financial enquiries showed members of the OCG had transferred tens of thousands of pounds in cash via Western Union and MoneyGram, to unknown Chinese contacts in Beijing.”
DC Nick Hakes added: “The most significant breakthrough came when the team found evidence on a laptop of online conversations between Liumas and three illicit chemical manufacturing facilities in China. The content of these messages detailed the specific intent to purchase illegal substances and import them into the country, disguised as other materials and sent in small amounts in an effort to avoid detection.”
A second trial of these 4 persons relating to this case took place at Lincoln Crown Court in January this year. The court heard that as a result of the information found on Liumas’ laptop, enquiries led the team to four other people within the OCG who had sent money to China for the purchase of drugs for the onward sale and distribution in Lincolnshire. These enquiries showed that the OCG had imported at least 25 kilos of the raw drug into the UK.
All four were convicted of Conspiracy to Import Class B drugs.
- Rimantas Zigaras, 34, of Wood Lane in Isleworth. Sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
- Justina Kulpyte (partner of Zigaras), 26, of Lanigan Drive in Hounslow. Sentenced to 15 months suspended.
- Giedre Vaitkute (partner of Liumas), 33, of Freston in Peterborough. Sentenced to two years suspended.
- Irnas Nikunttas, 25, of Freston in Peterborough. Sentenced to
five years in prison.
Lincolnshire Police have now successfully found ‘Lucky’ and ‘Spencer’ the new loving homes they deserve.
Another five dogs are due to follow in their paw-steps as we also have permission to find them new homes.
These dogs were seized from an incident of hare coursing near Spilsby last month.
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner said: “We are delighted that the dogs are going to be looked after and this is a real breakthrough for us. We’ve confiscated dogs temporarily for a long time but we are now making every effort to get the dogs taken away from hare coursers permanently.
“My officers have all witnessed a dog being left behind by coursers after it has been badly injured in this cruel activity or because it can no longer compete and make them money.
“We will continue to make every effort to tackle this and get the dogs into the caring homes they deserve.”
In February 2018 there were 113 incidents of hare coursing in Lincolnshire – a 57% reduction on hare coursing reported in February 2017. This is 154 less victims of hare coursing in one month.
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Pennells Garden Centres acquired the Four Seasons Garden Centre at Sleaford as of March 1st
Four Seasons Garden Centre was established at Silk Willoughby by Michael Hix in 2004.
Today it has a busy 180 seat restaurant, a strong retail garden and gift shop as well as a thriving farm shop.
Pennells Garden Centres, whose history goes back to 1780, operate garden centres at Lincoln and Cleethorpes.
Richard Pennell commented “We feel that Four Seasons Garden Centre will complement our
existing two centres and has good potential for further development. We will continue to build on
the established strengths of the business.”
Michael Hix said “I would like to pay tribute to the team at the centre who have helped develop
the centre to the size it is today. Many thanks too to all customers for their support since we
opened and we sincerely hope that continues. I would also like to thank the professional approach
taken by my legal team at Langleys and my accountant Streets”
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On Thursday 22 February two men from Surrey and Oxfordshire and a juvenile from Wokingham appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to hunting hares with dogs.
This related to an allegation of hare coursing at Toynton St Peter, near Spilsby, three weeks earlier, on 28th January.
The two men were fined £300 each. An application for forfeiture of the dogs used was granted for five dogs that were seized at the time of their arrest. The dogs will be re-homed. The juvenile’s case has been adjourned to a youth court for sentencing.
A third man that was arrested at the same time as the others will be dealt with at a separate hearing.
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner said: “This is an excellent result. These people have been dealt with only three weeks after the offence has taken place. We believe that our policy of seizing dogs, supported by the courts granting permanent forfeiture orders, is having a deterrent effect, leading to less hare coursing in Lincolnshire”.
The men fined on Thursday are:
- Billy Cole (34) of Hawthorne Crescent, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey
- Joseph Wenman (31) of Milton Road, Drayton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
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