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A competitive eater with over one million YouTube subscribers has become the first to beat an eating challenge at a Lincoln cafe.

Beard Meats Food, otherwise known as Adam Moran, saw the challenge on The Lincolnite when news dropped about Harty’s Cafe in North Hykeham’s ‘heart attack’ breakfast.

The mammoth tray comes with five sausages, five pieces of bacon, three eggs, four slices of toast and two fried bread slices, all on a bed of chips, as well as large bowls of mushrooms, beans and chopped tomatoes, plus a hot drink.

You have 30 minutes to eat it all — if you defeat it you get the meal free and appear on the wall of fame, if you don’t, it’ll set you back £20.

Beard Meats Food was sent The Lincolnite story to give the challenge a go.

He completed the challenge with over 10 minutes left.

But the heart attack breakfast challenge was no match for Adam’s competitive eating.

Adam, 35, completed the challenge with over ten minutes remaining, becoming the first to do so, before jokingly asking: “Do you have a dessert menu?”

Jo Hart, owner of Harty’s cafe, said: “This will help people know that my business exists, publicity wise it’s definitely got our name out there.”

Beard Meats Food has taken on hundreds of eating challenges in his five years on YouTube, culminating almost 250 million channel views.

The former banker currently holds the British record for most Big Macs eaten, as well as being the 2015 Yorkshire Pudding Eating World Champion.

He also has his stomach and tastebuds insured for £1 million due to the importance of his brand to his life.

You can check out his YouTube channel here, or follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

A husband and wife from Lincoln exploited and abused agricultural workers, including failing to make holiday payments, and have been banned from acting as company directors for 21 years.

Lincolnshire Recruitment Services Ltd was incorporated in June 2012 and provides workers for the agricultural industry, but Simon Melville, 42, and his wife Julie, 41, have been disqualified for 11 and 10 years respectively.

The recruitment firm began to struggle and entered into creditors’ voluntary liquidation in August 2018. This brought the company to the attention of the Insolvency Service, who established that the duo had breached regulations intended to protect workers from exploitation.

Investigators found that six months before its collapse, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority inspected the firm in February 2018 before revoking its GLAA licence.

GLAA Inspectors found that between July 2017 and September 2018, the couple failed to make holiday payments to 186 employees.

They charged employees for safety equipment which should have been supplied for free. They also didn’t provide employees with copies of their contracts.

In addition, they didn’t provide clients with formal terms of business, they disclosed employees’ personal details to third parties without consent, and allowed employees to transport staff to various sites without proper driving licences or insurance.

The inspection also found that Julie Melville had acted as the Principal Authority under the terms of the firm’s GLAA licence. However, GLAA had not formally authorised her to do so as she had not sent in her application.

She also concealed her position as Principal Authority from the GLAA during the regulator’s visit and only applied after the unannounced inspection.

Insolvency Service investigators found that Simon Melville had been illegitimately running Lincolnshire Recruitment Services in breach of a previous disqualification. He had been disqualified for nine years in December 2014 following the collapse of Melville Agricultural Contractors.

After the company finished trading he withdrew £45,000 worth of cash which should have been used to pay that firm’s tax liabilities.

Julie was aware of the ban but breached her own responsibilities as sole director by allowing her husband to run the recruitment firm behind the scenes.

Mr and Mrs Melville are now banned from acting as directors or directly or indirectly becoming involved without the permission of the court. This applies to the promotion, formation or management of a company.

The Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Simon Melville on October 9, 2020 after he did not dispute that he aced in breach of his prior ban. The latest ban is effective from October 30, 2020.

Julie’s disqualification began on October 9 after she did not dispute that she allowed a third party to act as a director and, like her husband, caused the recruitment firm to abuse the GLAA’s licensing regulations.

Popular confectionery shop Doughnotts will launch a new delivery service in Lincoln this weekend.

Doughnotts has outlets in Nottingham, Leicester, and Lincoln — and will make its first delivery slots available from 9am on Saturday, October 24.

The firm already offers click and collect from its Nottingham bakery only, but after a successful trial of the new delivery service, it is ready to launch and will be online here from Saturday.

This includes boxes of six glazed donuts with drizzle. The price is £15 for a standard or glazed box, plus £7 shipping and they can be delivered to all of England and Wales.

You can choose from six flavours for a standard box and choose a drizzle for the glazed box.

The flavours for the standard boxes are:

  • Red Velvet – vanilla fudge, red velvet cake
  • Cookie Monster – vanilla fudge, crushed biscuits
  • Death by Chocolate – chocolate fudge, chocolate cake
  • Homer (V) – vanilla frosting, sprinkles
  • Glazed (V) – Doughnotts’ classic glaze
  • Salted Caramel (V) – salted caramel frosting

The glazed box will have the following optional drizzles: biscoff (V), hazelnut, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate (V).

The first slots and donut boxes will be available from October 24. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Doughnotts has been testing several premium flavours and is working on redeveloping them so they are better for posting.

They will require three days notice and the order will be shipped the same day where possible, as 100 boxes get made per day from the Nottingham bakery.

The firm is currently running on skeleton crew, but the new service could potentially create two to three new jobs.

Doughnotts will require three days notice and the order will be shipped the same day. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Daniel Byre, Marketing Manager at Doughnotts, told The Lincolnite: “It is something we have been working on and testing for the past few months.

“With the new lockdown restrictions and COVID tiers, it has forced our hand to bring this forward.

“We are really excited and getting people from outside the areas of our shops wanting our products. We are looking forward to being able to offer our products to them too.”

Meanwhile, the Lincoln shop remains open but with a limited table service to eat in, as well as a takeaway option.

The firm has also been shortlisted for the best dessert only restaurant in the Deliveroo awards and people have until Wednesday, November 4 to vote for the winner here.

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