North East Lincolnshire

Police have discovered a cannabis farm that was growing thousands of plants on three floors of a house in Grimsby.

Officers raided the house on the junction of Freeman Street and Garibaldi Street in the town on Friday, October 23.

Thousands of cannabis plants were found at the property, spread across three floors of the building, as well as growing equipment.

Evidence is being gathered while the farm is being dismantled and the electricity supply is made safe again.

There have currently been no arrests in connection with the farm, and police are appealing for information about the premises.

If you can help, call 101 and quote log 265 of October 23, or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

A former priest in Grimsby who denies sexually touching a number of boys will face trial in April next year.

Father Terry Atkinson, 68, was summoned to appear before Lincoln Magistrates Court last month accused of five offences of sexual assault, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

The summons followed an investigation by Lincolnshire Police into alleged indecent assaults on boys.

Some of the offences are alleged to have occurred while he was involved with St Johns and St Stephens Church Centre, which is now known as the Shalom Youth Project, on Grimsby’s East Marsh estate.

It comes as part of a Lincolnshire Police investigation into historic sexual abuse cases within the Diocese of Lincoln known as Operation Redstone.

Atkinson, of Tetney Road, Humberston, was excused attending a plea and trial preparation hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday, October 22.

No pleas were put during the ten minute hearing but Atkinson denies all the allegations made against him.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for a trial beginning at Lincoln Crown Court on April 26 next year.

It is estimated to last five to six days.

Operation Redstone

Three men were convicted – Roy Griffiths, John Bailey and Stephen Crabtree – for historical sexual offences against children and vulnerable people.

The trials highlighted a culture of coverups in the church.

Investigations found decades of allegations had been ignored by former Bishops of Lincoln.

Abuse cases were not referred to police until decades later, it was revealed in the Church of England Past Cases Review.

Victims also spoke out the first time in a BBC Panorama documentary.

North East Lincolnshire Council said it had by far the biggest week on week increase in COVID-19 cases.

Some 1,037 residents have had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (based on pillar 1 and 2 testing), which is an increase of 419 cases over the last week.

The last three weeks have seen a doubling in new cases every six days and a forty-fold increase in the seven day rate of infection since the start of September.

However, its rate remains lower than the Yorkshire & Humber. South Yorkshire is moving into tier 3 (very high) restrictions from Saturday.

North East Lincolnshire is currently in the medium risk (tier 1) category, alongside Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.

The cumulative rate of COVID-19 infection in North East Lincolnshire is 596.6 per 100,000, which is a big increase from the previous week, when the rate was 382.3 per 100,000 (w/c October 5).

Analysis of 644 new cases in North East Lincolnshire  confirmed since October 1 suggests an even spread across the working age population, with a steadily increasing number of cases now occurring in the young population.

There has been a growing number of cases in older people in the region since the beginning of October.

Cases of confirmed COVID-19 in North East Lincolnshire since October 1 analysed by age and gender.

Geographically cases are occurring in all parts of the borough, but far more are now occurring in the Grimsby residential suburbs of Humberston, New Waltham, Freshney, Yarborough and Park wards.

North East Lincolnshire Council said the region is experiencing regular, small outbreaks in a range of settings including social clubs, spas and gyms.

However, the largest number of outbreaks are happening in workplaces and schools.

Heat maps of age specific incidence per 100,000 people. Rates are calculated excluding data from the last four days due to reporting delays

COVID cases confirmed since October 1 in North East Lincolnshire by ward of residence.

Hospitals and care homes

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has 20 patients with confirmed COVID-19 in Grimsby Hospital (as of October 19).

This is the most since April and represents a substantial increase since the beginning of October.

There are a small number of cases in care homes currently. Many care homes are situated in the parts of the borough currently experiencing the highest number of cases.

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