A married pensioner who groomed and then sexually assaulted a vulnerable 15 year old girl has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Donald Arblaster, 71, sent flattering messages to the girl telling her she was beautiful and that in different circumstances they might have married.

Arblaster, who had been married for 52 years, went on to invite the girl to his holiday caravan at Ingoldmells where he sexually assaulted her.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said the girl visited Arblaster’s caravan on consecutive days in May 2019 and on the second occasion what happened was interrupted when the victim’s mother phoned her to see where she was. As a result of what subsequently emerged the girl’s family contacted police.

Mr Philo said: “It is clear that the victim had the impression that whatever she was doing would result in her being in serious trouble as well as him.

“There is a huge disparity in age between them. He told her not to tell anyone and told her to delete messages.

“The Crown say that he was intending to do something more serious. We say that if he hadn’t been foiled he would have gone on to do something more serious.”

Arblaster, 71, of Glascote Road, Glascote, Tamworth, Staffs, admitted two charges of sexual assault on a girl aged 13 to 16 and a further charge of meeting a girl following grooming.

He was jailed for 28 months and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. He was also given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight told him: “She is someone with vulnerabilities. It is clear you were messaging each other as if you were lovers. You were 69 at the time and she was 15. That is not a relationship. That is abuse.”

Mark Watson, in mitigation, said: “This is a person of previous good character. He takes full responsibility for what happened. He read things into an interaction which weren’t there and he got carried away with his own feelings. There is an enormous amount of disgrace and shame that he feels.”

He said Arblaster looks after his wife whose health is poor and also suffers from ill-health himself.

Fantasy Island Skegness has crawled into the ongoing caterpillar cat fight between Marks & Spencer and Aldi by ‘cocooning’ the Crazy Caterpillar ride in solidarity with Aldi.

Supermarket chains M&S and Aldi are currently involved in a legal battle after M&S claimed that Aldi’s ‘Cuthbert the Caterpillar’ cake infringes the trademarks of its own ‘Colin the Caterpillar’.

M&S filed a claim against Aldi in the High Court on April 14, and is suing the budget supermarket as well as demanding that Cuthbert is removed from Aldi shelves.

The company claim Cuthbert shares “substantial similarity” with Colin, and they are pledging to “protect” their Caterpillar cake from plagiarism.

Aldi, which introduced their caterpillar confectionary almost thirty years after M&S did theirs, has been posting a series of memes in response to the lawsuit, demanding that we #FreeCuthbert.

Fantasy Island, the theme park in Ingoldmells, joined in the debate with a tongue-in-cheek move, saying they will close the Crazy Caterpillar ride in solidarity with Aldi and to not offend Marks & Spencer.

The resort created a cheeky post on Facebook with #FreeCuthbert on it, truly showing which side of history it wants to be on.

It’s proved a valuable publicity move for the attraction’s social media page, with more than 4,000 ‘reactions’ to the post.

Update: Police said on Friday that Jodie has now been found safe and well in the Merseyside area.

A 16-year-old girl from Ingoldmells has gone missing after her bedroom was found empty, with police releasing an ‘extremely urgent’ appeal to find her.

Jodie Bettany was last seen in her room on Wednesday evening and was reported missing at 9.15am on Thursday, December 31.

Jodie may have travelled to the Merseyside area either overnight or on Thursday, but could possibly still be in Lincolnshire.

Jodie is described as having long dark blonde hair, is of petite build, around 5ft tall and may have been wearing a black bomber coat with a fur hood.

Police are concerned for her wellbeing, and have urged anyone with information of Jodie’s whereabouts to call 101 and quote reference 83 of December 31.

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