On Sunday 23rd June, from 10 am onwards at the Warehouse Strength and Conditioning, Unit 2, Dankerwood Road, South Hykeham, the strongest Police Officer in the UK will be revealed.
Officers from across the country will converge to take part in strength testing events including dead lifting and ten tonne truck pulling.
Kirsty James (pictured right), Risk Management Officer for Lincolnshire Police, also undertakes the voluntary role of Fitness Mentor for the Force. Enjoying and competing in the sport in her spare time, Kirsty decided to volunteer to host the national event in Lincolnshire. She said:
“The reason I decided to host this was due to competing in the sport for over three years and falling in love with it.
“I became involved as my gym was hosting a Novice Strongman/ Strongwoman competition in June 2016 with the owner challenging me to enter, which I did and won!
“Unlike most sports that only require one particular type of focus or element, Strongman is so diverse with each competition different from the next, meaning you have to be well skilled and practiced in as many as five or six different events for a competition.
“From my first competition I have entered a further three competitions and came first in two of them. I am currently the third strongest woman in England for my bodyweight.
“Throughout my fitness journey I have met so many different people, of all shapes and sizes who have become lifelong friends who share the same passion and interests, but who have also helped me to recognise that there is no one size fits all model when I comes to health and fitness, which was why I wanted to extend this sport to the police and I found that there was already a police strongman competition held each year.”
It’s a full day event, in aid of raising money for the Police Dependants Trust and MIND; both pivotal charities in helping the policing family overcome tragedy, trauma and any subsequent mental health issues that arise as a result. Donations will be accepted on the day although entry is free for all.
Kirsty wanted to put Lincolnshire forward as host county to reinforce the Chief Constable’s ethos around fitness and wellbeing. She said:
“I thought it was important for me to host it this year as I feel that the way Chief Constable Skelly has steered the force in the direction of wellbeing has taken tremendous effort, with Lincolnshire Police now being one of the driving forces for the wellbeing agenda.
“I want to show that whilst the day is about being physically strong I have wanted to raise the awareness of the struggles that officers and staff face whilst protecting the “thin blue line”. I think UK’s strongest police officer is a great day to showcase the strength, teamwork, dedication and passion that are all important qualities needed in modern day policing whilst showing that wellbeing takes many forms from yoga and meditation- to pulling 10 tonne trucks!
“This sport is for everyone of all abilities with me coaching a Strength and Conditioning class every Sunday to help with such events as my passion for the sport continues I want to give others a chance to experience it and try something new.”
Chief Constable Bill Skelly offered his best wishes for the day and is hoping to attend the event if commitments allow. He said:
“I am delighted that Lincolnshire is hosting UK’s Strongest Police Officer 2019. It is another great example of our commitment to wellbeing for all our people. Kirsty has done a fantastic job bringing the event to the County and I’m looking forward to watching 50 officers and staff each try and pull an HGV! I hope you are able to come along and support the event with big cheers and (perhaps!) a small donation to the Police Dependants Trust and MIND.”
There are currently 47 entrants from all over the UK, with officers and staff coming as far away as Northern Ireland and Scotland. There are currently three officers from Lincolnshire Police taking part.
Over the course of the day they will be taking part in 5 events:
- Truck Pull- 10 tonne truck to be pulled a distance of 10m with a rope and a harness
- Overhead medley- Axel Bar, Log, Olympic bar, BD/ Monster DB- 60 second time limit, should all elements be completed athletes will use the remaining time to “rep out” the DB.
- Axel bar deadlift- head to head- 50mm/ 2inch thick axel bar weighing 20kgs- 60 second time limit
- Yoke into farmer’s walk- 15m Yoke to be ran, than 15m farmers walk- 60 second time limit
- Atlas stones- ascending weight- 60 second time limit
The event is free for spectators however please bring some change if you would like to make a donation to the above mentioned charities on the day. There will also be a raffle which gives the winner a chance to train with Laurence Shahlaei, a renowned UK Strongman and a previous winner of Europe’s Strongest Man.
Police are investigating an unexplained death in Sleaford.
At 11.43pm on June 16th we attended an address in London Road, Sleaford, following a report of a concern for safety.
The body of a deceased man was found at the property.
Police are treating the man’s death as unexplained while we carry out investigations.
Four people, three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with this and are being questioned by officers.
Anyone who can assist with this investigation can call 101, quoting incident number 439 of June 16th.
Reference: 439 – June 16th
Unsung NHS heroes who are making big differences to the lives of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in Lincolnshire have been recognised at an awards ceremony.
Staff and volunteers who regularly go the extra mile at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, were celebrated as part of the ninth Making a Difference Every Day – Staff Excellence Awards, which took place on Friday 7 June 2019.
There were lots of worthy winners on the night selected from categories which recognised people making a difference, inspiring leaders, volunteers and teams of the year.
The Trust received a record number of nominations this year which the 29 finalists and eventual 11 winners were chosen from. Over 300 nominations were received from colleagues, managers, patients, carers and other organisations, who recognised that their work stood out from the crowd.
The event, sponsored by a number of local and national businesses including the University of Lincoln, Servelec, STALIS, Iaptus, Vinci Construction, Civica, Peachy Events and Systematic Print, was a fantastic way to take stock of what has been a busy year for Trust. It was also an opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding achievements of staff and volunteers delivering services day to day.
Trust Chair, Paul Devlin believes the awards acknowledge the team spirit that exists throughout the organisation – which has resulted in LPFT performing stronger than ever.
“These awards are a great way of recognising the hard work and effort all of our staff and volunteers put into their roles on a daily basis,” said Paul. “All the finalists and everyone who received a nomination should feel immensely proud of their achievements.”
Among those receiving their award on the night was Volunteer of the Year, John Donoghue, who volunteered over one hundred hours of support and counselling for LPFT’s Healthy Minds Lincolnshire (HML) service, which provides emotional wellbeing support to children and young people.
Lee Scigala, HML Service Manager, nominated John for the award. She said: “John had previously been a service user of LPFT acute and community mental health and alcohol services. John decided to turn his life around; he started a counselling course and began volunteering. He has volunteered over one hundred hours for the HML service, delivering counselling interventions to children and young people. John’s motivation to overcome adversity and succeed is inspirational.”
“John worked extremely hard to complete his counselling placement and he qualified with a distinction. He is a fantastic example of how with the right support, anyone can turn their lives around. John has shown massive strength in character to make and maintain the changes to his life and I am so glad he has received the recognition he deserves. To add to this achievement, John has now secured a permanent role working with HML as a Healthy Minds Practitioner – this is fantastic news for John and for our Trust.”
This year’s People’s Award nominated by patients and carers went to Nikki Gibson, Clinical Lead and Occupational Therapist for LPFT’s Staff Wellbeing Service.
On winning this prestigious award Nikki said:
“I feel absolutely overwhelmed and honoured that I have been nominated by someone who has used our Staff Wellbeing service.
For someone to share such a personal story in order to nominate me is truly beyond words.
The work I do and the role I have is about supporting staff to be the best they can be and to enable them to bring ‘all of themselves’ to work and also in their personal lives. As an occupational therapist, I work to understand a person’s values, hopes, fears, strengths and challenges in order that I may use these to support the person onto their recovery path, and to find a level of balance and wellbeing that may have been missing for them.
Winning this award was such a wonderful experience, and it’s been great to hear and see the reactions of my colleagues in support of me. The whole night was full of support for one another and a celebration of the work we do as an organisation, it was joyful, kind and fun and I feel very humbled by the whole experience.”
The full list of recipients of the 2019 Making a Difference Every Day – Staff Excellence Awards is available on the Trust’s website www.lpft.nhs.uk/making-a-difference
MORE THAN 600 traders will join together on the Lincolnshire Showground this June, as organisers are preparing for the biggest Show to date.
Taking place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June, the Lincolnshire Show promises something to suit all ages and tastes as it welcomes exhibitors old and new back to the Showground for the two-day extravaganza.
Agricultural machinery dealers and Lincolnshire Show regulars Peacock & Binnington are set to return to the Show, having taken a stand year in, year out since 1898. Founded by Henry Early Cartwright Peacock and John Binnington in 1894, the company offers the finest new and used machinery to meet the needs of modern farming from the top manufacturers in the field.
This year, Peacock & Binnington will be celebrating it’s 125th year with a VR experience for visitors to take part in, as well as a number of other surprises.
Graham Main, managing director at Peacock & Binnington said: “We’re very much looking forward to celebrating our 125th anniversary at the Lincolnshire Show. It has been the highlight event in our calendar for so many years, especially as it’s a fantastic opportunity to thank and celebrate with our customers and develop new connections. Over the years, the Show has of course changed dramatically. In the early days, it provided the chance for customers to have a first look at new mechanizations at a time when machinery development was moving forward at a fast pace.
“These days, it’s a much bigger affair, celebrating everything that Lincolnshire has to offer – from traditional agriculture to the multitude of amazing independent businesses from the county. One fantastic thing about the agricultural industry is that your customers more often than not become your friends and your lives are intertwined – there’s no better time to catch up than at the county show!”
Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, said: “Peacock & Binnington is a Lincolnshire institution and after so many years, the Show wouldn’t be the same without them here – we’re thrilled to have them back for yet another year as they celebrate their own anniversary!”
One of the newest additions to the exhibitors list include Main Ring sponsor, luxury kitchen and handcrafted furniture designers Krantz Designs. In its stand on The Mews, the team will be taking on the challenge of building its best kitchen to date, as well as entertaining visitors with a plush refreshment area complete with revolving gin bar.
Jamie Krantz, managing director at Krantz Designs said; “We couldn’t turn down the chance to sponsor the Main Ring this year after such a successful 2018 – we’re still amazed by the response and are still getting enquiries from people who saw us then.
“We set up the business 16 years ago, but since moving into our showroom on the Bailgate three years ago our business has seen a big shift. Since then, we’ve seen the main chunk of our business go from being national clients, to being based in the local community – which has been incredibly rewarding as we’re much more personally involved in this work. There is something really special about the community in Lincolnshire, so we’re really excited to be celebrating the very best things to come out of the county this June.”
Jayne added: “The influx of traders wanting to showcase at the Show is always fantastic and we’re pleased to see this continue to grow each year. We always enjoy highlighting the best of Lincolnshire and the brilliant local businesses that makes the region thrive.
“With so many anniversaries to celebrate this year, the theme of the Show is Making Memories – which we hope visitors and exhibitors alike will enjoy continuing to make memories with us for many more years to come!”
Advanced tickets are £21 for adults, £17 for 17 to 22-year-olds, children are £6, and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £44. Car parking is free on both days.
For more information on tickets, exhibiting, sponsorship opportunities, membership or hospitality packages, please visit www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk
James Baxendale is the next one in for Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins.
The 26 year old midfielder spent four years at Walsall making over 100 Football League appearances for the Saddlers. After a short spell at Mansfield Town, James has played in the United States, then had spells with Alfreton and Kidderminster Harriers. He finished last season at Mickleover Sports.
Speaking after signing James said “The last two seasons have been tough, I’ve not had a real chance to settle. Getting signed up early has been great. I’m ready to get a full season under my belt and I’m looking forward to being part of a group of lads that want to work hard and win together”
Rawden added “We’re building the squad, we want to hit the start of pre-season with the main nucleus in place, but the door is always open for players to come in and impress.”
A Former Special Sergeant has been dismissed without notice.
A special case hearing was held at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters on Friday 31 May 2019.
It was alleged that Former Special Sergeant Davies, by being dishonest on an application form to become a Constable with Lincolnshire Police breached the following standards of professional behaviour:
Honesty and Integrity
Former Special Sergeant Davies resigned prior to the hearing.
The Chair of the Panel, Chief Constable Bill Skelly, found the conduct amounted to gross misconduct and that the Special Constable would have been dismissed.
Speaking after the hearing, Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: ” I am determined that Lincolnshire Police Officers will behave in a manner that is consistent with the values and ethics of the Police Service and which brings credit upon our Force.
“This begins from the point of recruitment, through selection, and continuously during service.
“The relevant circumstances are accepted by all parties and indicate a willful disregard by Former Special Sergeant Davies for the honesty and integrity that their role as a member of Lincolnshire Police demanded of their behaviour.
“I am clear that my responsibility in these circumstances is to ensure that public confidence in the police is maintained. The expectation of members of the public is that honesty, outside of the specific circumstances of justifiable operational need, can never be compromised.
“The willful provision, by Former Special Sergeant Davies, of important information that was known to be false is entirely inconsistent with his role as a warranted officer.
“Dismissal is the only reasonable decision.”