Three burglaries were reported in Lincoln between August 17 and August 21, with thieves entering homes through insecure windows in all cases.

Laptops, cash, a mountain bike and a mobile phone were amongst the items stolen.

The incidents were:

  • Boundary Street, Lincoln – Insecurity
    It is believed that offenders gained access to the property on August 17 via either an insecure rear ground floor door or a first floor bathroom window. A number of items were left at the back of the property, thought to have been stored there for later collection. Nothing was stolen as occupants returned home. Incident 411 of 17/08/2014
  • Cecil Street, Lincoln – Insecurity
    Sometime between 8am and 3.30pm on Wednesday August 20 an offender or offenders is believed to have accessed the house via an insecure rear window. Clothing, cash, a mountain bike, a laptop and charger lead were all taken. Incident 471 of 20/08/2014
  • Sandra Crescent, Washingborough – Insecurity
    Sometime between 4.30pm on August 19 and 3pm on August 20 an offender or offenders has gained access to the property via an insecure window. A laptop and mobile phone were taken. Incident 270 of 20/08/2014

The result comes from the force’s current Help Yourself campaign in Lincoln, which highlights to residents the importance of securing their homes from potential thieves to help lower the recent spike in burglaries.

Properties in urban areas are leading the market recovery in Lincolnshire, according to new research.

Data collected by Savills estate agents shows homes in commuter locations and school areas have seen the most growth.

The market reached a turning point last summer and positive quarterly price growth has been seen every quarter since.

Rupert Fisher, residential director at Savills Lincoln, said: “The prime housing markets across the UK all saw positive annual price growth in the year to June 2014, rising by 5.7% on average.

“While price growth in the East Midlands was slightly more subdued at 4.3%, this is the strongest year-on-year growth since mid 2010.”

According to the research, 75% of buyers in the East Midlands work in local cities and towns.

Due to this, places that have an easy commute or are close to highly regarded grammar and private schools have become increasingly popular.

Rupert added: “For those wanting to commute to London from our county, the value gap between the two locations is large enough that you can retain a property in the capital.

“With the current pound per square foot in the East Midlands averaging £170 for prime property compared to £1,200 in London, it is evident how far your money will go.”

Prime properties in cities and towns in the East Midlands have seen annual growth of 4.8%, leaving their values — 9.4% below the 2007 peak, while properties in rural locations  still remain -15.8% below peak.

Becoming a competitive athlete takes a lot of hard work, and for most people mastering even one sport is tough enough — but not triathletes. They swim, bike and run in a gruelling test of strength and endurance to see who will be first to cross the finish line.

Team GB triathlete Nikki Fletcher from Doddington Park, Lincoln, is one of those brave enough to take on the challenge, and she’s passing on her expertise.

Nikki wasn’t content with just competing herself – she now runs Tri 3, a triathlon club based in Sleaford, where she trains people of all ages to become triathletes.

Nikki said: “My main aim is to make people aware of the sport and show that anyone can have a go. Obviously there are some people who compete to a very high level but anybody can get involved.

“Around eight or nine years ago I gave up my job and started getting very fit. I competed in my first triathlon in 2006.

“My proudest moment as an athlete was when I competed in at the European Championships in Turkey, it took a lot of hard work to get there.”

Nikki offers help to aspiring athletes in a number of ways from group coaching to one-on-one sessions and can even offer advice by analysing videos of someone’s swimming technique.

This is something that she does for anyone of any level whether they’re competitive, just doing it for enjoyment or even if they’ve never had an interest in triathlons before.

Nikki added: “It’s hard to put into words what is most rewarding about coaching because it’s more of a feeling.

“It’s about helping people find enjoyment through reaching their full potential and being the best they can be.”

The club couldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the support of other people involved, and Nikki is full of praise for the people around her.

She said: “When I started the club there were already running and swimming clubs in Sleaford and now it’s great how some have gelled together to be involved in Tri 3.

“The ethos and community spirit that has become part of the club makes me very proud. There’s no one person that makes this club what it is.”

As well as helping people through her training programmes, Nikki also raises money for charity whilst competing in triathlons herself.

She champions two charities: Women’s aid, the key national charity to stop domestic violence, and the Royal Marines Association, an organisation that supports both existing and former Royal Marines.

One of Nikki’s clients, Tom George, said: “Nikki is a fantastic coach who is very friendly and extremely enthusiastic motivating you to reach your targets. The sessions are great fun and vary from week to week, focusing on different aspects of swimming.

“Nikki’s expertise and knowledge in this field has dramatically improved my performance through tweaking my technique along the way.”

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