March 13, 2020 5.22 pm This story is over 20 months old

A furious Lincoln mum has hit out at a school where her son has reportedly suffered abhorrent racist abuse.

The mum reported the comments made by another pupil at Washingborough Academy back in December but she has been unhappy with the response.

She claimed that her son was approached by another boy in the school who called him “a dirty n****r,” something she has also reported to the police.

The Lincolnite approached Lincolnshire Police which said its officers investigated the claims but left further action to the school.

It is understood that because the boy in question is under 10-years-old, which is the age of criminal responsibility in England, the police would not approach him.

The mum who reported the abuse to The Lincolnite and requested anonymity said that she was not satisfied with the police or the school.

She said: “The boy who called my son a dirty n****r has not even lost a single break, the school hasn’t done anything about it.

“Since then that word has been used again in the playground and one of the pupils has even recorded themselves saying it on Tik Tok.

“I didn’t expect the police to arrest the boy or anything like that but if you don’t tell children it is wrong then it will happen again and again.”

Washingborough Academy refuted the claims that they have taken no action to prevent racism at the school going forward.

Headteacher Jason O’Rourke told The Lincolnite: “The school takes the issue of inclusivity and diversity very seriously and has embedded these key values in its teaching for years.

“It was very disappointing that this isolated incident occurred four months ago but in response, we have spoken to all the children and parents involved.

“In addition, we have developed further the programmes we run to educate the children and teach them the tenants that are at the heart of our school community – responsibility, understanding and respect.”

A Lincolnshire pilot was not licensed to fly the plane which crashed and killed both people on board, an official report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found.

David Ibbotson, from Crowle, was flying Cardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala to the club before the plane crashed last year.

The final report from the AAIB also said that the pilot had not completed training on night flights and was not licensed for commercial flights.

Even if he was licensed for commercial flights, the Piper Malibu light aircraft is not permitted for paying customers.

He was also determined to fly at speeds of 245 knots when the maximum speed allowed is 203 knots.

In the report, the AAIB also said that planes should be made to carry carbon monoxide (CO) monitors.

That call comes after the AAIB reported that both Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson were poisoned by toxic levels of CO.

Crash investigators have carried out toxicology tests that have found a high level of carbon monoxide in Sala’s body, which was recovered in February 2019.

The pilot’s body has still not been recovered but the AAIB said in a report that he was also likely exposed to carbon monoxide.

Brayford Pool’s viewing platform will reopen this year, half a decade after it was deemed unsafe.

Now the Brayford Trust has commissioned a structural report and will wait for those results before moving onto the next stage.

The City of Lincoln Council previously agreed to fund the repair work, but the Brayford Trust will oversee the plans.

In one of the quarterly reports, it details how the trust will need to take measures to ensure the platform is not used for informal moorings.

Any boats mooring up to the platform could be “damaging and dangerous,” according to the report.

For many months, it looked set to be replaced with a two-storey floating restaurant building of a similar style to the city’s Wagamama.

The motivation behind the restaurant was much-needed funding towards the upkeep of the historical pool.

It was refused however, and councillors agreed on a loan and annual grant to the trust of £25,000 as an alternative.

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