Northern Lincolnshire

A 59-year-old man from Grimsby has been jailed for three years after so-called ‘paedophile hunters’ caught him on his way to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Brian Royston was intercepted by members of Elusive Child Protection Unit at a train station in Handforth, Cheshire on October 3, where he believed he was meeting up with a 13-year-old girl.

The paedophile hunter group then had a heated exchange with Royston about his intentions, all of which was caught on camera, before he was taken away by police.

Upon meeting Royston, the hunters ask him a series of questions in regards to his relationship with the alleged victim, who happened to be a decoy account, which he was unaware of.

It was discovered that he had packed condoms to meet the 13-year-old girl, highlighting his sexual intentions with her, before the hunters read out some of his explicit message exchanges.

You can watch the full 26 minute video of the group’s sting on Brian Royston by visiting their Facebook page.

Brian Royston, of Scartho Road in the North East Lincolnshire town, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, during a hearing at Chester Crown Court.

The 59-year-old was jailed for three years, half of which will be served on licence, and he will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

After his sentencing, Elusive Child Protection Unit, which has over 40,000 page likes on Facebook, said: “[It’s the] fastest turn around we have seen, charged and sentenced in under two months.

“Massive well done to all the team, including hunters and our faithful security, job well done guys!”

One of the most famous seals at Donna Nook has returned once again to give birth to a new pup, 20 years after she was first found tangled up in rope.

Ropeneck arrived at Donna Nook on Saturday, November 20, giving birth to her new pup eight days later on Sunday morning.

She was named Ropeneck after being rescued by a warden in November 2000, some 21 years ago, after being found entangled in rope.

This caused distinctive markings to her neck but she survived the ordeal and has returned to Donna Nook once again.

The first seal pups born at Donna Nook this season were last month in late October, and more have been arriving in the recent weeks.

Ropeneck and her new seal on a wintery Sunday morning at Donna Nook. | Photo: Donna Nook Warden

As per the most recent seal update from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which is updated every Friday, there are now 520 bulls, 1,599 cows and 1,589 pups on the coastline.

The seal viewing area is usually packed with people each year, but was closed in 2020 due to lockdown from the coronavirus lockdown, so its return this year has brought about plenty of excitement for Lincolnshire.

Booking will not be required, but with wardens expecting it to be particularly busy after last year’s absence, people are being encouraged to try and avoid peak weekends.

You can keep up to date with the seal progress on the Donna Nook Warden Facebook page.

A woman who stabbed her partner in the stomach after a row over £10 has been sentenced to a restricted hospital order without limit of time.

Alexandra Whalley, 44, of Selge Way, Grimsby, admitted wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm, after an incident at her home on May 21.

The court heard couple had been arguing all day and at one point Whalley had left the house and told neighbours she had to either “leave this place or stab him”.

The argument continued when she got back to the house and she later attacked her partner with a large kitchen knife, causing a significant wound to his abdomen and damaging his liver.

The argument spilled into the street, where concerned neighbours called an ambulance and flagged down a passing PCSO, who detained Whalley until more officers arrived.

DC Chris Clarke, who led the investigation, said: “This was a pre-meditated and brutal attack that the victim was lucky to survive.

“I would like to thank everyone who got in touch about this incident and particularly the victim for his bravery throughout the investigation.

“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone – no matter their age, gender, sexuality or background.

“What’s important to us is that you know that we will listen and we will do everything we can to support you.

“We know how difficult it can be to come forward but we have a dedicated team of experts who can help you, ensure you’re safe and help you through the process.”

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