Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe United midfielder Tom Pugh has signed a new one-year contract, with a further 12 months in the club’s favour.

The 20-year-old made his senior debut for the Iron as a substitute in a Checkatrade Trophy match against Mansfield in November 2018, whilst still a youth trainee.

Pugh, who has won two caps for Wales Under-21s, made two more first team appearances for Scunthorpe in the 2019/20 season. He also impressed for the club’s Under-23s during the same campaign.

Pugh, who is a central midfielder that can also play right-back, made four first-team cup appearances in the 2020/21 season, including starts in the Papa John’s Trophy against Lincoln and Mansfield.

He also came on as a substitute in Scunthorpe’s final league match of the season against Stevenage.

A 41-year-old man from Scunthorpe has been jailed for seven years after robbing a shop with threats to kill staff, just moments after he attempted to rob an elderly lady.

John James McFayden, 41, of Frodingham Road, attempted to steal the car keys and handbag of a 65-year-old woman on Chapel Street in Scunthorpe.

The lady managed to fight off McFayden’s accomplice while he acted as a lookout, before a member of the public helped her out.

He then went on to steal £355 from the till of a shop on Doncaster Road, while threatening to kill a shop worker if she didn’t part with the money.

He admitted to the charges in court during a three day trial at Grimsby Crown Court on Friday, May 7, and now faces a seven-year jail sentence.

DC Mike Tilley from Scunthorpe CID was leading the investigation, and he said: “The nature of Mr McFadyen’s offences are despicable and have understandably caused the victims distress.

“It is clear that his own greed outweighed his ability to make good decisions and for that, he will now have to spend the next few years behind bars reflecting on his actions.

“No-one should feel unsafe going to work or about their daily life, so we are glad to see Mr McFadyen now off the streets, unable to cause further harm.

“I want to thank the victims for coming forward to report these crimes, as well as my team who have supported the investigation and helped to secure a conviction.”

A delivery driver in Scunthorpe said it was “a dream come true” to win a brand new Land Rover and £120,000 cash in a £2.50 online raffle competition.

Mark Todd, 53, won the grand prize after taking part in a spot the ball-style competition put on by online company BOTB.

Mark won a top of the range 400 horsepower Land Rover Defender worth £70,000, and if that wasn’t enough he also won £120,000 in cash.

He was informed of his victory by Christian Williams from BOTB, who filmed his reaction live.

Upon realising he had won not just the car but also the money, Mark jokingly said: “Wow, my Mrs is gonna love me forever now!”

Incredibly, Mark said that his wife Sue had predicted his win with a dream just days before, in which they won a car and a house in a random competition.

Mark said: “I can’t believe it, this is literally a dream come true!

“I’ve got an old Land Rover Discovery at the moment but it’s 20 years old, so I definitely need a new one.

“I’ve also just started a new job about a month ago and it’s a longer commute for me so I wanted a hybrid car to do my bit for the environment. This one is perfect!”

Mark has said he will be putting the prize money towards a deposit on a house, as well as a massive caravan and some “proper teeth”.

“I’ve been waiting to have some dental work but because of the pandemic it’s been pushed back and back so I’ll definitely be using some of it to sort my teeth out.”

Christian, who passed the good news onto Mark, said he was delighted for him.

“He seems like such a lovely guy and this car is going to be life-changing for him.

“He’s proof that dreams can actually come true – literally in Mark and Sue’s case. Massive congratulations again Mark!”

BOTB give away huge prizes regularly, including two cars every week as well as a lifestyle prize.

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