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Tollemache Road, Grantham
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was called at 14.56 to reports of a fire at SCB Ltd on Tollemarche Road in Grantham. Over 50 firefighters attended the incident to put the fire out. As at 8pm (25/08/17), four crews are still on site damping down.
It was a multi-agency response which involved partners, including: EMAS, Lincolnshire Police, South Kesteven District Council, Environment Agency, PHE, Anglian Water and Lincolnshire County Council Highways all working together.
Smoke still continues to be in the area, so if you live or are travelling nearby, please keep your windows closed.
The building of Specialist Chemicals Ltd was destroyed.
A number of road closures were put in place: Springfield Road/South Parade, South Parade/Albert Street and Spittlegate level crossing is closed. Please check with @lincspolice for updates on these closures.
South Fen Road, Bourne
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was called to a scrap yard on South Fen Road in Bourne at 16.52 to reports of a large pile of scrap metal on fire.
10 crews are currently on scene trying to contain the fire, our crews being assisted by crews from Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire.
There is a large smoke cloud above the property, which is not thought to be hazardous. If you live nearby, please keep your windows and doors closed.
Working with partners, this is another large multi-agency incident. (8.05pm 25/08/17)
Adidas trainers, Superdry jackets, The North Face coats, Hermes bags, Chanel perfumes and watches were also among goods confiscated in a joint operation between Lincolnshire Trading Standards, Lincolnshire Police, Immigration Enforcement, Brand Enforcement UK, Surelock, WRi, Adidas Group, REACT UK, IPMS, Cath Kidston and Deckers, alongside the market management .
Emma Milligan, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “By working together with the market management and the local neighbourhood policing teams to tackle these sellers, we are sending out a strong message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Lincolnshire Police Sergeant Kathryn Odlin said: “This enforcement is a fantastic example of successful partnership working to investigate the counterfeit world.
“The raids took place following intelligence from our partners and we hope it will remind people that fakes are illegal and will not be tolerated.
“People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime, but buying fakes may help to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimes.”
Graham Mogg from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, added: “The large scale availability of counterfeit goods at markets, as we’ve seen today, seriously undermines legitimate businesses and in turn impacts on the UK’s ability to grow the economy through creativity and innovation.
“A multi-agency collaborative approach is the only way that we can effectively undermine this criminal activity and to that end we are extremely grateful for the time, effort and professional approach by all the partners involved to tackle this problem.”
Investigations are ongoing.
Ken Cox, 82, had been volunteering at the Ruskington book shop since it opened in 2013.
Following the death of his wife in 2016, Ken had found friendship and company through volunteering, before he died suddenly on 21st May from a stroke.
After 36 years’ service in the RAF, Ken and his wife, Moyra, moved to Ruskington during retirement to be closer to family. Both Ken and Moyra had always volunteered in their spare time, so Ken decided to volunteer at the St Barnabas book shop in the village.
Ken and Moyra’s daughter, Lydia Sheldon, 49 said: “I’ve been told Dad was a great sales man in the shop, and he enjoyed talking to customers and advising them on books and films.
“Even on the days he wasn’t at work, he would often call into the shop on his scooter to say ‘hello’ to the other volunteers and check they were working hard!”
Ken’s life changed drastically when his wife, Moyra, died aged 86 in May 2016 from multiple organ failure in St Barnabas Hospice, Grantham.
Lydia said: “Although Mum was only in the Hospice for a night, I can’t thank them enough for the support and care our family received.
“After Mum died, Dad decided to sell her haberdashery items and give this money to St Barnabas in gratitude for her care. In total, this came to over £1,000.
“I’m so glad my dad was able to continue volunteering for St Barnabas after Mum’s death, as the book shop was a brilliant help in ensuring that he wasn’t as isolated.
“Even though she was ill for a year prior to her death, Mum always encouraged Dad to continue volunteering at the book shop because she knew it was so beneficial for him.”
Ken has always been highly regarded in his life, which can be seen from his time in the RAF where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This is a silver medal for distinguished service and gallantry.
Lydia looks back fondly at the memories she shared with her dad, before his death.
She said: “One of my most special memories of Dad is our Wednesday film nights. He often came round with a DVD he had bought from the St Barnabas shop, or one of his own ‘golden oldies’, and we would watch it with wine, cheese and biscuits.
“Dad’s taste in film was very different to my own, but I always treasured that time together.
“I’m glad that Dad found so much joy from volunteering with St Barnabas, as it indulged his love of film and books, and kept him going after my mum’s death.
To find out more about the range of volunteering roles across Lincolnshire at St Barnabas Hospice, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Volunteer Services on 01522 518 232.
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Police officers acted reasonably and proportionately when they requested a drunk driver turn down his music but allowed him to go on his way shortly before he died in a collision, according to the IPCC.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) also ruled that Lincolnshire Police officers who attempted to later stop John McKeown when they noticed he was not wearing a seat belt were not at fault.
In a report published yesterday (August 18), the IPCC concluded that police contact with the driver was minimal and their actions did not contribute to his death.
Mr McKeown, 62, died in hospital after he lost control of the Micra he was driving and hit a wall in Stamford, in the early hours of August 22, 2015.
Shortly beforehand officers had attempted to stop him after spotting him driving without his seatbelt on. When officers got out of their car to speak to him at a junction he pulled away. He was followed for a short distance before the fatal collision occurred.
However, his family questioned why he was allowed to remain in control of his car as other officers had earlier requested that he turn down the music in his car as he drove off.
The IPCC said officers concerned had no reason to suspect he had been drinking and in the investigator’s opinion it was therefore reasonable and proportionate that once Mr McKeown had complied with the officers’ request about his music, they had taken no further action until later seeing that he was driving without his seat belt.
The IPCC’s report concluded that there was no causal link between his death and officers’ actions.
IPCC Operations Manager Steve Martin said: “I would like to again extend our condolences to Mr McKeown’s family for their sad loss. Our investigation found no fault on the part of the police who attempted to stop him in his car during the normal course of their duties. For reasons we will never know he did not comply with their request to stop and ultimately there were tragic consequences.”
An inquest at Stamford Coroners Court returned a narrative verdict on July 27 this year.
It concluded that Mr McKeown had died in a crash while over the drink drive limit and not wearing a seat belt. He had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal drink drive limit.
The IPCC investigation decided there were no misconduct issues for any police officers.
A familiar sight over Grantham, most of RAF Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has been grounded due to an engine fault.
The problem is related to the Rolls Royce Merlin engine – which powers aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane.
Issues with the engines caused five of the Spitfires, its Hawker Hurricane and its Lancaster bomber to be grounded until the technical hitch is solved.
The BBMF’s three remaining Spitfires use different engines but are reportedly also out of action for other reasons.
A Dakota transport plane and two Chipmunk trainers remain airworthy.
Although there’s no word yet on how long it’ll take to fix the problem, it comes ahead of the first RAF Scampton airshow, set for early September.
The event is due to include planes from the BBMF, which has a total of 12 historical aircraft, including a Lancaster – one of only two left flying in the world.
In a Tweet the BBMF announced: “A routine engine inspection has highlighted an issue requiring more technical advice. Until that advice is received, the BBMF will not be flying.’
A spokesman for the BBMF apologised for the grounding: “A routine engine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of our Merlin engines. We are currently investigating the fault.
“Consequently, purely as a precaution we have taken the decision to temporarily pause flying of our aircraft powered by Merlin engines. We will advise further as soon as we are able to.
“We are still operating our Griffon-engined Spitfire. We realise the disappointment this will be to our many supporters and airshow organisers; however, safety is our paramount concern.”
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Can you help with an investigation into an incident at Fantasy Island?
A women was walking with her family when her young daughter stopped and asked the owner of a dog if he bites.
The girl’s mum stood between the dog and her daughter as the dog lunged towards the girl. The women was bitten on her leg and bottom by the dog.
The dog is described as a sandy/brindle coloured staffy type dog and was being walked by a man who is described as having grey hair.
Police are appealing for the owner of the dog or anyone who can help to contact us on 101 quoting incident number 455 of 3 August.
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