Toni Asher says …
Grantham Indoor Bowls Club, Trent Road is hosting Darlington v Croydon in the Denny Plate from lunchtime on Saturday, February 14th.
Toni Asher says …
Grantham Indoor Bowls Club, Trent Road is hosting Darlington v Croydon in the Denny Plate from lunchtime on Saturday, February 14th.
A Lincolnshire Police Officer Has Developed a New App Called Pocket Sergeant to Make Life Easier for Serving Police Officers
Pocket Sergeant app offers information and proper law enforcement course of action tips to officers. The app is available at Google Play and Apple Stores.
With the number of police officers employed by forces in England and Wales at its lowest number since 2002, officers on the front line are overworked and need all the support they can receive.
Now, a serving police officer living in Lincolnshire, who has felt the impact of the huge drop in front line officers, has launched a new app called Pocket Sergeant.
The new app is aimed at helping his fellow officers deal with the day-to-day pressures of front line policing.
Pocket Sergeant, which is available for download from Google Play and Apple stores, is an important tool for serving police officers that will help to make their job easier.
The app was developed to assist police officers, police staff, Special Constables and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), in an ever changing world.
The decrease in the number of full-time police officers and staff and the increase of Special Constables and volunteers has led to the call for more support and new technology to help officers on the front line.
Pocket Sergeant aims to answer the call of modern day policing by helping to provide better time management for police officers and support staff.
That app will also with its up to date information, advice, and procedure help to reduce the number of questions senior police officers are faced with on a daily basis.
Paul Cooper, who serves with the Lincolnshire police force, sought to bring something to the table of modern policing and help others in the law enforcement family.
His interest in mobile technology and criminal law led to his idea of Pocket Sergeant. Using his own funds, Cooper was able to gain interest from a start-up app development company, Sockmonkey Studios, and its principals Bob Makin and Darren Cuthbert, in the concept.
After nearly a year of development, the app is available at a cost of £3.99. The download numbers that have surprised Paul Cooper shows how important the app is for serving police officers. The money from the downloads will be re-invested in the app.
A wealth of information is available on the app. Some of the features provided by Pocket Sergeant include elements such as offence definitions, points to prove, whether there is sufficient evidence to charge a suspect (offence specific). It also helps with whether a crime report should be submitted and offence codes. There is a checklist section, which allows users to tick off points covered in statements, a contacts section so users can add their work-related contacts, an on-board calendar and a recent feature, Reference Library. The library holds important documents such as the PACE Codes of Practice that can be referred to at any time from the user’s handset and do not require a data connection.
Police Sergeant is also a great app for and is currently being used by security staff and store detectives. Members of the public who have an interest in criminal law can also download it too.
Learn more about the Pocket Sergeant app by visiting http://www.pocketsergeant.co.uk today.
Tracey Gwyther and her daughter Cerys are running 5k in memory of a very special lady ‘Alice’ , Tracey’s Nan and Great Grandma to her four children.
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It is due to return southwards at 7.05pm.
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Muriel Sowden says…
My husband works in Rome and when I was visiting him there, I met a remarkable teenage boy and his family.
He has a passion for history, is intelligent and cheerful, with an engaging smile! That he is still able to smile and be optimistic for the future is a testament to his courage and bravery.
Ten years ago, in his home town of Iasi in Romania, Paul and his brother were excitedly sledging in the snow, when Paul suffered a tragic accident.
It was obvious to his parents, Vasile and Liliana that he had badly broken his leg. Vasile carried his son to the local hospital. There followed a painful few weeks where it was eventually discovered that Paul’s femur had been badly fractured.
A metal splint was inserted into his foot to help stabilize the fracture and aid the healing of the bone.
Unfortunately, he contracted a Staphylococcus aureus infection and the site had to be drained – this process took a painful six months.
The hospital in Iasi decided to transfer Paul to Bucharest for more specialised help in treating the fractured leg. He spent a month there, being treated with antibiotics and endured the trauma of having an external fixator put in place, in an effort to promote healing by supporting the bone. Following a diagnosis of Osteomyelitis the doctors removed part of the head of the femur and replaced it with a prosthesis.
Three years later, the doctors in Bucharest refused to remove the prosthesis, instead it was suggested that the leg should be amputated – a drastic suggestion for a young teenage boy.
This was a very difficult time for the family.
Several years had passed since the original accident and every day saw Paul in pain. His parents were distraught. The stress and worry had a serious effect on Liliana, who, sadly, lost a baby girl in late pregnancy.
It was at this time, that there seemed to be a ray of hope. Vasile learned that there was a clinic in Bologna, Italy where the doctors were world leaders in this sort of condition. He determined that Paul should be seen there, at the Rizzoli Clinic.
The Romanian doctors did not share Vasile’s enthusiasm or determination that Paul should go to Bologna, but, at last, thanks in part to a campaign by a Romanian newspaper; Paul arrived in Bologna in 2011.
His condition was so serious that he was operated on as an emergency, by a team of twelve doctors. He was very brave and always in good spirits, despite the constant pain.
Unfortunately the years of surgical procedures and infections had affected the growth of the leg and Paul’s right leg was now some 7cm shorter than the left.
It was decided to try the Ilizarov technique for lengthening the femur, so Paul and his family found themselves in Rome, at the Gemelli hospital, where he is undergoing the painful treatment that involves a frame being attached to each end of the bone and the bone being lengthened, millimetre by millimetre, ever so slowly, by the tightening of nuts on the frame.
This process could take several more months and there is a possibility that there will be more complications due to the damage previously done to the hip.
The doctors fear he may need more surgery to his hip.
Paul needs a full-time care-giver to assist him and his father has assumed this role. The family is staying in Rome until the treatment is finished and their financial situation is desperate.
They are trying to exist on a very meagre income. Paul needs to go back to the hospital regularly and has x-rays every two weeks. Despite the difficulties, Paul has not lost hope that his leg will improve and he longs for a ‘normal’ future.
He has an extraordinary zeal for life and deserves to have this hope realized, following so many years of suffering.
If you have been touched by Paul’s story, as I have, you can make a donation to help the family stay in Rome until his treatment has been completed.
Please, please help this young man and his family! Go to http://www.gofundme.com/lt9pz8
Staff at Lincolnshire YMCA and the Nomad Trust say they are devastated after a van was stolen following a break-in at the charity’s warehouse on Monks Way in Lincoln.
The theft of the 3.5 tonne blue Renault Master van was reported to Lincolnshire Police in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 12th February).
The loss of the van, which was used to collect and deliver items to the Nomad Trust charity shop on Sincil Street, Lincoln, is a massive blow to the organisation.
“Clearly this setback is going to have a great impact on the operation of the charity shop which contributes to our fundraising efforts and the support that we provide to members of our local community.”
The furniture and electronics units at the charity’s warehouse – where the keys to the van were kept – were raided.
The van, which features a white Nomad Trust logo and large white text, was driven through the metal shutters, causing hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage as a result.
Malcolm continued: “Because of recent cuts to our funding it will be a struggle for us to replace the van and repair the damage to warehouse shutter. We need the support of the public to help us find our van, and to consider supporting us with donations to get us back on our feet.”
Lincolnshire YMCA merged with the Nomad Trust in 2013 to help people secure and sustain tenancies in the city as well as providing ongoing support once housed.
The Nomad Trust charity shop provides good quality and affordable clothing and home items and furniture to public. It also provides access to free clothing, bedding and kitchen packs to its service users when they move into their accommodation.
Lincolnshire Police have launched an investigation and are trying to track down the stolen vehicle.
If you have any information in relation to the stolen van please call the police on 101 quoting incident number 53 of 12th February 2015.
The winners of our competition run jointly with the Grantham Urban Hotel for two free tickets each to their skating rink are…
Winners have been notified directly.
Ian Mutch says…
Does anyone know who the Grantham phone number 368074 belongs to?
its registered on the nuisance websites
..but asked for my Mrs by surname.
Got the number logged…. But funnily enough its disconnected
Heat lamps used in cannabis grows that have been seized by Lincolnshire Police have been donated to Lincoln City Football Club.
Three lamps have so far been given to the club to help with pitch maintenance after being confiscated by officers.
A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to put these lamps to good use after they have been seized as part of criminal investigations.
“Once items like these are ordered to be destroyed by the courts there is a cost to the Force to get rid of them so not only does it help financially but it puts them to good community use and hopefully helps Lincoln City FC.
“We have built up an excellent working relationship over a number of years with the club and we are pleased we can continue to work together and strengthen our already excellent working relationship. And hopefully it will assist them with the maintenance and upkeep of our local football ground.
“We hope in the future to be able to donate more lamps like these. ”
Lincoln City FC said the idea comes on the back of similar initiatives used by Notts County, Oldham and Rochdale with the lights to be mounted on special rigs at Sincil Bank Stadium.
The light from the lamps heats up the soil and replicate warmer conditions helping the grass to grow, improving and cultivating the turf around the goalmouths and other worn areas of the pitch.
Head Groundsman Phil Kime said: “Over a season the playing surface gets a lot of wear and tear, especially the South Park goalmouth which doesn’t get any sunlight for at least four months of the year so this would make a great difference to the pitch.
“We will be looking at constructing a mobile framework over the next few weeks to hang the lights from and then converting the power supply from the stadium generator to keep running costs to a minimum.
“Our thanks again go to Lincolnshire Police as without their support we would not have been able to bring this project to reality.”
**Pictured: Lincoln City FC Head Groundsman Phil Kime (left) and his assistant Paul Ash.
This male German shepherd was found wandering in Grantham yesterday.
If this is your dog, please ring – South Kesteven DC customer Services Team on 01476 406080 (8.45am – 5.15pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday; 8.45am – 4.00pm Wednesday and 8.45am – 4.45pm Friday) or out of hours contact number 01476 590044 .
THERE are growing queues on Belton Lane, Great Gonerby, in both directions, between the B1174 Newark Hill and the A607 near Manthorpe.
This is due to roadworks
Denise Pearl Shaw says…
Further to the original publication for Grantham Empty Arms support group we are pleased to announce that we have arranged a first date for group meeting, Wednesday 18th at 6.30pm.
Unfortunately this has taken a little longer than we had hoped but thanks to Kaz Smith at the Market Place cafe we have a temporary base so we can reach out to the community as quickly as possible rather than leaving for too long.
I shall be asking doctors surgeries and Surestart centres to display our posters so these bereaved parents know that we are there for them.
For background go to…
GranthamMatters and the Grantham Urban Hotel have joined forces to give you the chance of winning a pair of FREE tickets to the ice rink.
There is something for all ages including dedicated sessions for under 5s – where penguin stablisers will aid them around the rink; to mixed skating sessions during the afternoon. “
It will now be open daily from 1pm to 8pm, extended to 9pm at weekends at The Urban Hotel, Swingbridge Road, Grantham.
To win a FREE pair of hour-long tickets, to be taken between 1pm and 5pm, all you have to do is answer a simple question.
Skaters can turn up and queue but if you want to be guaranteed a particular time then we recommend that you book in advance. Booking and more information can be found at: http://www.urbanhotelgrantham.co.uk/skate/ or telephone 0843 886 9006.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets, email the answer, together with your name and email address to GranthamMatters@gmail.com
The question is: What was the name of the Grantham Urban Hotel when it first opened?
Closing date: 10am Thursday 12th February.
Helen Chambers says:
Me and a few others on facebook are very concerned about animals being given away or sold on facebook and gumtree etc.
These animals could well be used for dog fighting purposes.
There are also rumours of animals being snatched in Grantham.
The only way to stop this vile sport is to raise awareness.
Sue McQuinn ask…
Does anyone know if any of the pharmacies in Grantham participate in the Minor Ailments Scheme?
From NHS uk: “Some pharmacies also run minor ailment services that deal with specific common health problems.
“Pharmacies run schemes that deal with specific ailments, such as aches and pains, skin conditions and stomach upsets.
“If your pharmacy runs such a scheme, the pharmacist will be able to assess your needs, give you advice, suggest medicines if appropriate, and refer you to a GP if necessary,”
When pharmacies provide medicines as part of the minor ailment service, you get the medicines on the NHS. If you normally pay a prescription charge, this charge will apply here.
If you’re exempt from prescription charges – if you’re over 60, for example – you’ll get the medicine free.
If they do, it might relieve some of the pressure on local GP surgeries.