Deeksha Teri


Deeksha Teri is a local news reporter at Lincolnshire Reporter. She is also currently pursuing MA Journalism from University of Lincoln.

A prolific hare courser and three others were handed fines totalling £2,695 after they were found guilty of trespassing on Lincolnshire land to hunt with dogs.

Three men and a 17-year-old were fined in relation to a hare coursing incident at Gedny Hill on December 13, 2017.

Aaron Smith, a 24-year-old prolific hare courser from New Causeway, Reigate, Surrey, has been fined £1,015 and given a three year Criminal Behaviour Order, which bans him from entering onto any private land in Lincolnshire with a sighthound, greyhound, long dog or lurcher type dog.

He has also been banned from accompanying anyone with these types of dogs, until he has a written permission of the landowner, and ordered to have his dogs microchipped.

Alfie Chambers, 39, of Molesey Close, Hersham, Surrey received fines and costs totalling £690.

Leonard Doe, 36, of Bishops Grove, Hampton, Surrey received fines and costs totalling £620.

The court also ordered to take away his car.

The 17-year-old, who has not been named by police, received fines totalling £370.

However, an application for removing three dogs that were used in hare coursing was not granted.

Warning against such behaviour, Superintendent Mark Housley said: “This is Lincolnshire’s third Criminal Behaviour Order for hare coursing. This, coupled with the heavy fines imposed, gives a clear message that hare coursers are not welcome in Lincolnshire.”

Fourteen weeks of works to expand and improve the junction leading to the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby will begin on Monday, March 26.

It will give better and faster access to the hospital from the junction of the Scartho Road, Forsythia Drive and Cragston Avenue.

An additional lane will be created to give two lanes in both directions. The traffic signals will also be replaced.

Some landscaping works will be carried out with trees getting replaced, and the junction will be widened into a strip of hospital-owned land.

The plans for the improved junction. Image: NELC

Access to the hospital will be maintained throughout the 14 weeks of improvement works, but there will be temporary lane closures and traffic lights, as well as extra staff to ease congestion at peak hours.

The final phase of works will require some night-time road closures.

Cllr David Watson, portfolio holder for energy and the environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:  “This is a busy junction and struggles to cope with the volume of traffic at peak times with its current layout.

“We need to upgrade the junction so it can cope with more traffic as more homes are built in the Scartho Top area.

“A new controlled crossing will also be installed to make it easier for people to reach the hospital. At the moment they have to rely on breaks in the traffic and it needs to be made safer.”

New Look shoppers will be pleased to hear all Greater Lincolnshire branches of the fashion brand have been saved from a round of closures across the country.

The struggling clothing retailer has announced plans to potentially shut 60 of its 590 stores in UK.

In the start of the year, the future of Lincolnshire stores was blurry. However, it has now been made clear that Lincolnshire stores will operate without any danger of shutting down, for now.

It’s blaming weaker consumer confidence, “the implications of Brexit” and competition online for its decision to go into a Company Voluntary Arrangement CVA.

This action has been taken after a major decline in the revenue of the company.

The fashion outlet’s cutback will affect approximately 980 jobs, but the company said it hopes to redeploy staff.

While the final decision is yet to be taken, all UK stores will remain open as normal.

Daniel Butters, partner at Deloitte, said: “It is important to stress that no stores will close on day one, and employees, suppliers and business rates will continue to be paid on time and in full.”

Irrespective of the final decision, the company has assured that the online sales will not be affected by this nationwide closure.

Alistair McGeorge, executive chairman of New Look, said: “Given our challenged trading performance and over-rented UK store estate, we are having to take tough but necessary actions to reduce our fixed cost base and restore long-term profitability.

“We have held constructive discussions with our key landlords and strategic partners and will now seek creditor approval on our CVA proposal.

“A priority for us is to keep all potentially affected colleagues informed during this difficult time.”

New Look is the latest big High Street chain to announce financial issues.

Toys ‘R’ Us and Maplin announced administration last week and restaurant brands including Prezzo and Lincoln’s Chimichanga were also lined up for closure.

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