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A mother of three drove at 90mph as she attempted to evade pursuing police officers before finally being stopped by a stinger device, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Tuesday.

Lauren Craig-Tyler drove through red traffic lights, went through a no vehicle area, forced other drivers to take evasive action and ignored requests from police officers to stop during a journey, which started in the centre of Boston and ended 10 miles away in Quadring.

The court was told that the defendant had initially set off from her home near Stamford earlier in the day as she was fleeing from domestic abuse.

Thomas Welshman, prosecuting, said Craig-Tyler first attracted attention when a police check flagged up that she was driving an uninsured car in Bridge Street, Boston.

Craig-Tyler stopped at a red light at a junction with John Adams Way and an officer in a following police car got out and knocked on her window to attract her attention.

Instead Craig-Tyler drove away and after going through a “no vehicle” zone in Wide Bargate she ended up on South Street before going through a red light to enter John Adams Way.

Mr Welshman said she was driving at 40mph in a 30 limit and went through another red light to Boston Docks where she turned round and headed back to John Adams Way.

The police pursuit continued on to Spalding Road with Craig-Tyler driving at 90 mph on the A16 towards Spalding. At Sutterton roundabout her driving caused an articulated lorry to brake to avoid a collision.

The pursuit continued on the A17 and A52 before police activated a stinger device at Quadring. Craig-Tyler drove off the main road onto a track where she continued for 200 metres before stopping. She got out of her car and was arrested nearby.

Mr Welshman said: “It was a prolonged piece of bad driving with deliberate disregard for the safety of others.”

When Craig-Tyler was interviewed she admitted driving without insurance and failing to stop. She told officers she was fleeing from domestic abuse and was “not in a good place”.

Craig-Tyler, 34, of Stamford Road, Pilsgate, near Stamford, admitted charges of dangerous driving, having no insurance, failing to stop when required and possession of a small amount of cannabis as a result of the incident on November 29 last year.

Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that Craig-Tyler had no previous convictions and since the incident has returned to being a law-abiding person.

“She drove to escape domestic abuse. These are the actions of a panicked and worried woman. She couldn’t go home because of what she was trying to escape from.”

Craig-Tyler was given a nine month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with a 25 day rehabilitation activity requirement. She was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pass an extended retest before she can legally drive again.

Recorder Paul Mann QC said the circumstances of the case meant he could suspend the prison sentence.

He told her “You only took to the road to get away from domestic violence. You panicked. In all the circumstances I’m willing to suspend the sentence.”

Boston’s first Travelodge hotel is now open to business guests after a soft launch.

It will be the company’s 19th hotel in Lincolnshire and first in Boston. It is located in a housing and leisure development called The Quadrant, which also includes Boston United’s new football stadium.

General leisure guests will be accepted at the 56-room hotel from May 17 and an official opening will take place in the coming weeks.

The hotel is styled in the company’s contemporary brand design and has on-site parking.

Family, double and accessible rooms are available from £29, and all rooms will feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed, as well as a modern en-suite bathroom. All family rooms will include two individual beds for children.

A standard room at Boston’s new Travelodge.

The hotel has created 15 new jobs within the local community and the team members are currently being trained in nearby Travelodge hotels ahead of the summer season.

It will be managed by Vicky Smith, who started her career as a receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge in 2017. A year later she was promoted to Supervisor before climbing the ladder again in 2019 to become Hotel Manager at Peterborough Eye Green Travelodge.

The 56-room hotel has on-site parking.

She said: “We are delighted to bring Travelodge to Boston and to be one of the 17 new hotels Travelodge is opening this year.

“It is very challenging opening a hotel in a pandemic but I am extremely proud to have built a fantastic team.”

She added: “There has been a desperate need for good quality and low cost accommodation in Boston and our new hotel will certainly fill this gap and be a magnet to attract new visitors to the area. We are expecting a busy summer as the Staycation is set to big this year.”

Boston Travelodge is one of 17 hotels the group is opening in 2021. The expansion programme represents an investment of £175 million and will create 360 new jobs.

Boston Travelodge will also feature the company’s multimillion pound COVID-19 safety and social distance programmed called TravelodgeProtect+.

One delivery rider in Boston seems to have let his hunger get the better of him while on shift, as he appeared in a video allegedly eating a customer’s meal down an alleyway.

The worker was spotted by a local man down an alley at Broadfield Lane in Boston, around 12.30pm on Monday, facing away from the street, with what looks to be an Uber Eats delivery bag at his feet.

He can be seen eating something down the passage, though it is unconfirmed what their meal of choice was from the delivery bag.

The eyewitness who caught the video claims that the Uber Eats worker got food out to give to a customer, but only gave them half of what they ordered.

He said the rider then biked off to a nearby alleyway, so he followed him and saw that he was quickly eating the rest, as well as drinking an orange juice that was allegedly part of the meal.

Questions were raised as to whether this was in fact somebody eating someone else’s order, or just a worker on his lunch break, though some asked why they were hidden behind an alley.

It is only natural for companies such as Uber Eats to implement a delivery charge for orders, but this isn’t what we had in mind.

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