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May 26, 2022 11.30 am

Officers were called to reports of a burglary in progress at a premises on Harlow Street, Grimsby at 5:20am this morning (Thursday 26 May).

Following a prompt response from officers five men (from London, Essex and Loughborough) have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Whilst carrying out a search of the area and property officers also discovered a cannabis grow at the premises alongside equipment often used when growing cannabis.

Electricity had also been abstracted dangerously.

If you have any information that may assist us with our enquiries, please contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 46 of 26 May.

Two tips in North East Lincolnshire have won a national award for excellence in waste management thanks to their unique ways of making recycling fun.

Grimsby and Immingham tips, both run by North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste contractor Newlincs Development, scooped the prize for Best Civic Amenity Site of the Year at the Excellence in Recyling and Waste Management awards ceremony in London.

Staff at the community recycling centres (CRCs) were rewarded for their efforts in raising thousands for good causes, as well as the clever seasonal makeovers they do at the sites to lift spirits.

The CRCs have become well-known for their Christmas and summer holiday junk modelling designs, and have even decided to go with a Platinum Jubilee theme – creating royal characters around the site.

Some of the royal-themed characters at the tip to mark the Platinum Jubilee. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

The sites take in more than 1,100 tonnes of waste and recycling each month, with around 23,000 vehicles visiting Grimsby and Immingham tips each month.

Sharon Hunt, operations director at Newlincs Development Ltd, said: “I am so pleased that the site attendants hard work has been recognised at a national level.  It takes a lot of effort in creating all the different displays as well as running the site.

“I would also like to thank the residents of North East Lincolnshire who have donated so generously, particularly at Christmas time enabling us to support both local charities and other life-saving initiatives within North East Lincolnshire.”

The tips won at an awards ceremony in London this month. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

It isn’t just decoration that sets these sites apart, as bikes and bric-a-brac are sold at Grimsby to raise money for charity, and last year 17 defibrillators were given to local groups.

Using items that were initially thrown away, staff also donated emergency bleed kits to 30 locations around North East Lincolnshire, in support of the Control the Bleed campaign.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Congratulations to the team at Grimsby and Immingham CRCs, winning this award is a fantastic achievement and a fitting reward for the work they put in.

“Anyone who has visited the tips recently will see the lengths they go to to make the site a fun place to recycle things you don’t need. There are also plenty of bargains on offer with their bike and bric-a-brac sales, with all the proceeds going to good causes.

“In March they won the Environmental Achievement category in the Civic Awards and now they’ve won the double by winning the Best Civic Amenity Site of the Year. Well done to all involved.”

Decorating the site is a regular occurrence for Grimsby and Immingham CRCs. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Both Grimsby CRC, on Estuary Way, and Immingham CRC, on Queens Road, are open every day from 8am to 6pm, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the sites are open from 8am to 4pm.

May 20, 2022 4.32 pm

A ‘manipulative and dishonest criminal’ who admitted using fraudulent tactics to scam over £400,000 from numerous victims, has been jailed for six years.

Essam Elmegrhi (51) of Tivoli Gardens, Grimsby pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of forgery at Hull Crown Court last week.

The offences took place over the course of three years between December 2014 and July 2017.

Elmegrhi told his victims that he had launched a business linked to the Libyan Embassy supplying medical equipment, including ambulances, to Libya to assist with caring for those wounded in war.

He then asked for large investments, promising quick and profitable returns on their invested money, and saying that the funds were needed to help the business run.

When the money never materialised and a victim questioned him about missed repayments, Elmegrhi sent him a bank letter claiming it was proof that he had tried to pay the money back. However it was confirmed by the bank that this was a false document and had been forged to deceive the victim.

One of the victims described the impact of this fraud, in a victim impact statement, saying: “I doubt the effect of this ordeal will diminish with time, and I personally feel this will remain to be the single worst experience in my life.”

Officer in the case, DC Dan Gargon said: “Elmegrhi is a manipulator and a dishonest criminal who carefully plotted a sophisticated plan to scam a large amount of money from people who trusted him implicitly. He exploited their good nature and betrayed their trust which had a significant impact upon the victims and the local community.

“I hope that the victims and the local community are reassured by the lengthy custodial sentence and the fact that he is unable to continue his deception”

“I want to thank the victims for their support throughout the investigation and court process. This was an incredibly complex and protracted investigation and today’s result wouldn’t have been possible without their cooperation.”

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