Two youths suspected of criminal damage at an Italian restaurant in Sleaford have been banned from all pubs and bars in the town.

The vandalism at Tiamo on Sleaford Market Place happened in the hours after England lost to Italy in the final of the European Championship on July 11.

The outdoor seating area was smashed up, with the senseless behaviour reportedly filmed by drunken perpetrators.

Sergeant Stuart Mumby-Croft from Lincolnshire Police said: “I can confirm that both suspects have been identified and spoken to by police and are being dealt with for causing that damage.

“Further, both suspects have this week been issued with bans from all pubs and bars in the Sleaford area thanks to their clear demonstration of how they behave after too much to drink.”

Chairs ruined, I wonder if whoever did it feels better about themselves now. | Photo: Tiamo Italian

He added that the ban was not the first to be issued to drunken and abusive revellers in the town.

“Another ban is being served today on a male who was aggressive and abusive to bar staff when drunk in Sleaford over the weekend.

“If you cannot handle your drink and you cause issues in the town centre on a night out, we will work with Pub Watch and seek to take your choice to go out, get drunk and cause problems out of your hands.”

Tiamo Italian recently took to social media to thank the local community who had supported the business through the ordeal.

They wrote: “Thank you so much to the whole of the Sleaford community for clubbing together yesterday to help us. Your help, your support and your kindness has been incredible.

“There’s too many people to mention, but from going to Grantham to buy trellis, getting wood, turning up with drills and screwdrivers, fixing furniture, getting furniture, sending flowers, leaving voicemails, bringing cookies, fundraising and donations, sending videos of the culprits, messages of support.

“You’re all amazing people and THIS is Sleaford.”

Emergency crews have been called to a crash near to the A57 Dunham Bridge.

The crash, in which a car has reportedly rolled over, happened at around 11.30am on Wednesday, July 28, east of the toll bridge. The crash involved a Ford Kuga and a BMW 118i and was reported to Lincolnshire Police at 11.10am, who said the road was blocked.

Police say two people have been injured in the crash and taken to hospital to be assessed.

The road remains closed while the vehicles are recovered. It is expected to open in the next couple of hours.

Traffic is building in the area.

Those in the area can help keep others informed by emailing [email protected] or calling 01522 837217.

The government has backed plans to draw up a possible electric road system, or e-highway, near Scunthorpe, capable of powering electric lorries.

Some £2 million has been released to design the scheme, which, if approved and funded, would see electric cables installed above a 20km stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe.

If designs are accepted, the electric trucks could be on the road by 2024, the Department for Transport announced on Tuesday.

It is part of a £20 million series of studies to accelerate the rollout of zero-emission road freight. The trials are funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK.

The ‘Electric Road System’ feasibility study, led by Costain Ltd with a consortium including Scania and Siemens Mobility, proposes to supply battery-electric trucks with electricity from overhead catenaries via a pantograph (similar to those used by trains and trams), enabling HGVs to charge dynamically.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Through our bold and ambitious transport decarbonisation plan, we’re leading the way in the transition to zero emission vehicles by becoming the first country in the world to commit to ending the sale of all new fossil-fuelled road vehicles by 2040, subject to consultation.

“From Doncaster to Scotland, by working in partnership with industry, this funding will allow us to better  understand the role of zero emission HGVs while levelling up the industry  and boosting regional economies.”

Plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero in Britain by 2050 will see new diesel and petrol lorries banned by 2040, a pledge that has put pressure on lorry companies to tackle the difficult challenge of decarbonising road freight.

Other studies successful in their funding bids, and competing with the Scunthorpe proposal for final government funding, include hydrogen fuel call trucks and battery electric lorries.

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