A 12-year-old boy who raised more than £1,500 for an ambulance charity, got the chance to try his dream job of paramedic at a specialist training day in Lincoln.

Ambulance loving Lucas Artiss walked at least 30,000 steps every day of March, totalling nearly 979,000, to help raise money for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).

The Gainsborough boy joined staff and students at the University of Lincoln on Thursday, May 13 to take part in a paramedic science skills and scenario day.

Lucas was first on the scene to treat patients in each scenario during the training day. | Photo: University of Lincoln

He worked in a team alongside second-year university students and had the chance to practice some of the core skills, including advanced airway management.

The student teams were equipped with a full complement of emergency response equipment, which Lucas got to use. This included the latest Lifepak defibrillators and extrication equipment.

Lucas with the students. | Photo: University of Lincoln

The team also had the very latest mechanical CPR device, coincidentally also called LUCAS (Lund University Cardiac Assist System).

Lucas was first on the scene to treat patients in each scenario during the training day, after which he was presented with a certificate from the University of Lincoln to celebrate his achievements.

Lucas was presented with a certificate to celebrate his achievements. | Photo: University of Lincoln

He said: “It’s been wonderful to get to have the kind of experiences that a paramedic does every day.

“My favourite part was the scenario with a patient in cardiac arrest and getting to use the equipment to treat him and help save his life.”

Another scenario Lucas worked on during his day as a paramedic. | Photo: University of Lincoln

Jonathan Chippendale, Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, said: “When we heard about Lucas’ dedication to raising money for the ambulance service, and that he wants to be a paramedic when he’s older, we knew we had to invite him to come and get some practice here at the University of Lincoln.

“We were delighted to welcome him and help him find out more about the job and our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course.

“He was a brilliant addition to our team and will no doubt make an excellent paramedic in the future. We hope he’ll consider joining us here at Lincoln in a few years’ time to continue his training!”

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a large amount of jewellery was stolen during a burglary in a village near Gainsborough.

The burglary happened between 12pm and 3pm on Monday, April 19, when either one or multiple offenders are alleged to have broken into a house on Walkerith Road in Morton.

Upon entering the house, large amounts of jewellery were stolen from one of the rooms before the burglars left.

Police are now encouraging the public to come forward and help solve this crime.

Officers are also asking people to stay on the lookout for any second hand shops that suddenly acquire lots of jewellery, or to keep an eye on social media in case they are listed online.

Anyone who heard anything suspicious in the area at that time, or may have information that could assist enquiries, is being asked to call 101 or email [email protected], quoting incident 304 of April 19.

A car was set on fire in Gainsborough over the weekend as the recent spate of arson in the area continues.

At around 3.56am on Saturday, May 1, a Ford Focus car was deliberately set on fire in Apley Close, making it the seventh case of arson in just over two weeks for the town.

This most recent case comes after Lincolnshire Police put on more patrols on the streets of Gainsborough to combat the level of fire-related crime, when six different arsons were reported over a fortnight.

Among those incidents were a house fire on Stanley Street, which destroyed the home and saw a woman arrested, a van belonging to mental health charity Bearded Fishermen being torched on Sandsfield Lane, and Autohub on Trinity Street reporting numerous cars suffering burn damage.

Police also said that they are not treating the fires as a series, but are considering any links there may be between incidents.

The car firm said “further to other reports of arson within Gainsborough and the local area, the team at Autohub are sad to report that they also became victims”. | Photo: Autohub

Police have condemned the incidents and want to reassure the public that the situation is being treated with the utmost seriousness.

Inspector Gary Brockie, of Lincolnshire Police in West Lindsey, said: “Each incident is being investigated fully and these investigations remain ongoing.

“Neighbourhood officers are engaging with the local community looking to identify and explore every opportunity to identify and arrest the offenders.

A van belonging to the Bearded Fishermen charity in Gainsborough went up in flames and was destroyed.

“Enhanced patrols are ongoing within the area with support from our Specialist Operations Teams and we are working with colleagues from partner agencies such as Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and West Lindsey District to try and identify anyone involved.

“These offences not only have a huge impact upon the victims but they are clearly dangerous events which not only put the offenders at risk but others around them.

A resident on Sandsfield Lane in Gainsborough was shocked to find her car on fire. | Photo: Donna Dukes

Police have also said that they are not treating the fires as a series, but are considering any links there may be between incidents.

Anyone who has any CCTV or information that may help police with their investigations should call 101 and reference the following crime reference numbers for the relevant case:

  • Ford Focus fire on Apley Close – Incident 52 of 01/05/2021
  • Hyundai, VW Golf and Peugeot fire on Trinity Street – Incident 18 of April 22
  • Seat Ibiza fire on Sandsfield Lane – Incident 16 of April 10
  • Bearded Fishermen charity van fire on Sandsfield Lane – Incident 465 of April 20
  • 9 Artic Trailers damaged by fire on Learoyd Road – Incident 35 of April 21
  • Deliberate fire at Caenby Cliff – Incident 422 of April 21

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