Joseph Verney

Local News Reporter

Joseph joined the team as a news reporter in February 2018. He has a keen interest in sport and also likes to insert puns into stories where appropriate. If it isn't punny, it's not funny!


Grimsby Town have signed centre forward Stefan Payne on an initial deal until the end of the season.

Payne joins the Mariners after his release from Tranmere Rovers to become Paul Hurst’s fourth signing since taking over as manager.

The 29-year-old, who will be eligible for Tuesday’s trip to Barrow, has played for a plethora of clubs, including Fulham, Gillingham, and a two-year spell at non-league side Dover Athletic, where he scored 44 goals.

Payne returned to the Football League with Barnsley in 2016 and has also spent time at Shrewsbury Town, Bristol Rovers and Tranmere.

The new signing is already familiar with manager Hurst, who signed him on loan in January 2017 during his time in charge of Shrewsbury. He made 49 appearances and scored 14 goals for Shrewsbury.

Hurst will be hoping the striker can help to improve Grimsby’s form as the Mariners currently sit second from bottom in League Two.

The historic Judge’s Lodgings, nestled between Lincoln Castle and Cathedral, are now on the market for offers over £800,000.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to sell it so a new owner can “protect the fabric and heritage of the building and enhance the scene in the uphill Lincoln area”.

The 5,232 square feet the Grade II listed property is being offered on a 999 year-long leasehold and is marketed by Banks Long & Co – take a virtual tour here.

Take a look inside. | Photo: Banks Long & Co

Over the years the county council has used the Georgian building for various functions, training and events.

Lincolnshire County Council said it no longer has any use for it and the building is not currently being used.

The building was constructed in around 1820 by Architect William Hayward as The Judge’s Lodging, to serve the Crown Court, still inside the walls of Lincoln Castle.

The property was extended in the 1960s with a cavity brick two storey extension to the rear, which has various bedrooms and other amenity space.

It has been used over the years for various functions, training and events. | Photo: Banks Long & Co

A two storey extension to the rear accommodates various bedrooms. | Photo: Banks Long & Co

There is a small garden to the side of the property, with pedestrian access off Castle Hill immediately to the west.

Banks Long & Co said the property would be suitable for a variety of other commercial uses including restaurant and retail, or even as a boutique hotel.

However, the property is not considered suitable for either residential conversion or office use.

The property has a current rateable value of £41,500 and best offers by informal tender are required by 12pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.

There is a small garden to the side of the property. | Photo: Banks Long & Co

A great view of Lincoln Castle too! | Photo: Banks Long & Co

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Martin Hill, said: “The Judge’s Lodgings is a beautiful building steeped in history.

“Over the years we have used it for various functions, training and events, however we feel the time is right now to offer the building for sale as we no longer have any use for it.

“We want to see it taken on by a new owner who will protect the fabric and heritage of the building and enhance the scene in the Castle Square area which is enjoyed by residents and visitors, contributing to Lincoln’s uphill economy.”

Food delivery company Deliveroo will launch in Grimsby in February after a rise in a demand to have the service in the Lincolnshire coastal town.

Deliveroo is looking to employ new delivery drivers and riders in Grimsby. It has seen rider demand soar this year and now works with 50,000 across the UK.

The restaurants and takeaways in Grimsby who have already signed up have not yet been publicly revealed.

Local businesses are still being signed up. Restaurants, takeaways and grocery retailers can apply to become a Deliveroo partner here.

Harrison Foster, Deliveroo’s UK Regional Director, said: “We’ve seen a huge demand for Deliveroo in Grimsby and we’re excited to be launching next month. We’re really excited to be creating new work opportunities for local people.

“The team is looking for people with passion, drive and great customer service who are seeking the added benefit of flexible work amongst other perks. Anyone who’s interested should head over to our website to sign up.”

Lincoln and Scunthorpe are already covered by Deliveroo.

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