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A joint operation between Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police has led to the discovery and seizure of a large quantity of unsafe cigarettes and tobacco.
A search of a premises in Lincoln led to the discovery of illicit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco. Initial indications are that the items recovered are both counterfeit and unsafe for consumption.
The discovery was made with the help of Nico, the tobacco detection dog, funded by Quit 51 Stop Smoking Service and supplied by Wagtail UK.
The items were discovered at the bottom of a refuse bin, hidden by a bag of rubbish on top. The items were covered in liquid which had seeped out of the refuse bag but were still intended for sale.
Senior Trading Standards Officer Kirsty Herbertson said: “The information we get from the public is vital in helping Trading Standards get these unsafe and counterfeit items off the streets.
“This is not a victimless crime. We know that money made from these items can often go towards funding more organised crime and possibly even people-trafficking.
“You never know what is going into these cigarettes and tobacco or what people are breathing into their lungs. It is clear these people have no regard for the wellbeing of the people who buy these products.
“There have been two deaths in the county that we know of from fires started by illegal cigarettes, which were found to not be self-extinguishing.
“Whenever we discover and seize a quantity like this it means we have been successful in preventing harmful products being sold in our communities.”
Principal Trading Standards officer Andy Wright said: “It is especially disappointing that a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco was seized from one particular retail premises in Lincoln. Counterfeit, unsafe, and non-duty paid cigarettes have been seized from this premises on a number of previous occasions and criminal investigations instigated as a result.
“We had sought to enlist the assistance of the owner of the building in order to prevent further sales. It is unfortunate that this has not been successful and we have now found it necessary to include the owner in our investigations.”
If you have any concerns contact Trading Standards on 03454040506 or Crime Stoppers on 0800555111
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Police are continuing to appeal for information after 54 year old Peter Sullivan absconded from North Sea Camp on the 29 November.
He was convicted previously of manslaughter and had been released a number of times but recalled for further offences such as burglary.
His original conviction for manslaughter was over 30 years ago and he is not currently thought to pose a risk to the general public.
Officers investigating this case suspect that he may have remained in Lincoln.
Sullivan is described as white, 5’11”, slim build, with a grey beard and receding hair.
Sullivan spent time in America and talks with a slight accent which has been described as sounding Australian.
He is missing the top of his third finger on his left hand and has an interest in computer science and further educating himself.
He originates from the Kent area but has no ties in the area any longer.
Sullivan is generally well spoken and may portray himself to be an educated man and can be manipulative and convincing.
The CCTV image of Sullivan has been uncovered from Lincoln centre on the day he absconded.
Please call 101 with incident reference number 323 of 29 November if you have any information.
Reference: Incident 323 of 29 November
As reports continue to come in regarding the Police Officer impostor scam, one brave woman speaks out in the hope of warning others against falling victim to this cruel and convincing crime.
As reported last week, this is a complicated scam in which fraudsters call their target on the phone and claim to be a Police Officer (the name DC Smith of Hammersmith Police has been repeatedly used in Lincolnshire).
Jackie is 80 and lives in a village near Lincoln and was last week targeted by fraudsters. She said, “I just want to assist the Police to make everyone aware of how professional these scams can be. I’m now concerned for all the other people out there who may succumb to this or any other scam.
“They have no conscience or care about the effect they have on the lives of their targets, who are mainly elderly and on their own. They need punishing – so let’s get this message across clearly. They will not win. We have all worked hard for a living, what makes them feel they can make their living from others hard earned cash?”
In Jackie’s case the man kept her talking for over an hour. He told her that they had arrested some individuals in connection with credit card fraud. 25 cards had been recovered and Jackie’s card was amongst them.
The man claiming to be an officer went on to say that staff in the bank had been corrupted and that they were part of this fraud. He said that Jackie’s help would be key to helping them disrupt this fraud and arrest those responsible.
Jackie was told to go to the bank to withdraw five thousand pounds. He said this would ensure a block was put on her account. He told her that the corrupt staff in the bank would give her fake notes and that they would then be able to get the fingerprints of those responsible. If Jackie didn’t do this, the fraudster told her, then her money would be at risk and the Police would not be able to disrupt this gang.
Jackie explained that the panic she felt prevented her from thinking clearly but she knew that something was not quite right with the story.
Jackie was coached in what to say in the bank and told to take her phone with her, keeping the line open so he could hear everything that happened.
The alarm bells that had been ringing since Jackie picked up her phone to this man could no longer be ignored. She dialled 999. The fraudster, still on the other line, asked Jackie what she was doing and why she was not trusting him now. Jackie told him she wanted to verify the crime number.
Within seconds of that 999 call, Jackie was told by the call taker “this is a scam, hang up immediately.”
Lincolnshire Police are asking everyone to help spread this message and to report any incidents, Tel 101 so a clear picture can be drawn of the scale of the problem.
Officers in Mablethorpe are appealing for information into an incident at Springwell Academy, Seaholme Road, Mablethorpe.
When staff arrived on the morning of 6 December, a pig’s head had been placed, or thrown, into the playground.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact 101 and state that this is under incident 226 of 6 December.
Lincoln Minster Preparatory School has been listed in the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100 Preparatory Schools for the second year running, soaring up the league table to 44th place.
Schools are ranked by aggregated average scaled scores achieved by children in reading, spelling, grammar and maths in their SATs tests taken at the end of the primary phase in Year 6.
In 2016 the school, which is not academically selective, ranked in the Top 100 for the first time in 90th position. Just one year later it has soared to 44th position as a result of pupils’ attainment in the summer term.
This comes just weeks after a highly successful ISI inspection which graded the school as ‘Excellent’ for pupils’ personal development and ‘Good’ (with Excellent features) for pupils’ achievements.
Head of the Preparatory School, Fiona Thomas, who has led the Prep School since 2012 said: “Being listed in the Top 50 Independent Prep Schools is a wonderful achievement for Lincoln Minster School and comes at the same time as a more demanding curriculum and more rigorous SATs tests. The percentage of high scores achieved by our pupils is particularly impressive. At Lincoln Minster Preparatory School we have successfully managed to raise attainment, but have not compromised on our extensive enrichment offer, leading to a true education for life for every child.”
Lincoln Minster School Headmaster Mark Wallace said: “This achievement is further testament to the excellent work taking place at Lincoln Minster School from Nursery to Sixth Form; the efforts of the staff have been rewarded through the success of our pupils – both from a curricular and co-curricular point of view.”
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Anne-Maria Olphert, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, recently shared her expertise in end of life care provision at the international Nursing World Conference in Las Vegas.
Anne-Maria has had an interest in end of life care for a number of years, and has travelled to both the United States and New Zealand to learn from services delivering best practice, thanks to funding from the Winston Churchill Fellowship and the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award and Travel Scholarship.
The conference theme was ‘viable quality health care’ and Anne-Maria was one of only two UK nurses presenting to an audience from across the globe representing Japan, Thailand, Canada, New Zealand, China and more.
She said: “The organisers of the Nursing World Conference asked me to share the learning from my visits and subsequent research, which showed that in the UK there were still too many people dying in a place they hadn’t chosen and without their loved ones.
“In my presentation, ‘Live well, die gently’, I explained that one of the key areas we can work on is how we plan ahead to respect people’s wishes at their end of life and support their loved ones. This includes helping people die in the place of their choice.
“Research shows that in any given year, one per cent of the population will die. Health services need to do more to identify who the people entering their last 12 months of life are likely to be, as if we don’t know who they are, how can we can find out about and then respect their final wishes?
“At Lincolnshire Partnership we’re working hard to address this and we have a range of patients who are now benefitting from our extra efforts in this area, from our mental health patients to our older-adult hospital inpatients and those people we care for in the community, including dementia patients and their carers.
“We’re working across all our services to identify as early as possible those people who are approaching the end of their life, having more conversations with patients about their wishes – known as their ‘living wills’, working more closely with hospices and delivering services to the nationally recognised Gold Standards Framework for end of life care.
“It was wonderful to be able to not only share my experience at the international conference, thanks to financial support from the organisers, but also to learn from other delegates from around the world and to bring that back to the Trust.”
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