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An inquest heard how a prisoner at HMP Lincoln was found dead in his cell by an officer.

Benn Marsden, 33, was a serving prisoner at Lincoln’s jail on Greetwell Road who died on January 14, 2022, after being found in his cell by a prison officer.

An inquest hearing into Marsden’s death was opened by coroner Paul Smith at Lincolnshire Coroners’ Court on Thursday, January 27.

His cause of death is yet to be determined as further tests must still be conducted, and the inquest has been adjourned until July 14.

A 52-year-old man from Spalding who was allegedly murdered died after a stab wound to the chest, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Darren Kirk died after an alleged assault at a property in Cygnet Court in Spalding on December 20, 2021. A second man, 46-year-old Mark Stone, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after an alleged serious assault at an address in Bowditch Road.

Wayne Rule, 45, of Cygnet Court in Spalding, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Wearing a grey top and grey jogging bottoms Mr Rule appeared before Judge Simon Hurst at Lincoln Crown Court on December 23, 2021.

The case was adjourned for a provisional trial, on a date to be fixed, at Lincoln Crown Court next year. The trial is expected to last three weeks, with his next court appearance scheduled for March 4, 2022 for a plea and case management hearing.

An inquest was opened by Paul Smith, HM Acting Senior Coroner for the County of Lincolnshire, on Thursday, January 27. The place of death was confirmed as Cygnet Court in Spalding, with the clinical cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The inquest was adjourned and a date for a further hearing was set for June 17, 2022.

A 12-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who tragically lost his life in a car crash died of a head injury, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Ted Vines sadly lost his life after a collision on involving a silver Mercedes-Benz A220 and a silver Ford Galaxy on the B1190 at Bardney on Sunday, January 16, while on his way to a football match in Branston. Ted was a passenger in the Ford Galaxy.

An inquest was opened into Ted’s death by Senior Coroner Paul Smith at the Myle Cross Centre in Lincoln on January 27. Proceedings were adjourned for a full hearing to take place on July 19.

Ted’s football club – Alford Town – set up a fundraiser which has raised more than £8,000 as tributes continue to pour in for the popular boy. A minute’s applause held at multiple football matches was just one of the ways the local community has remembered the 12-year-old boy.

Lincoln City paid their respects before their game against Plymouth with a shirt for Ted which they placed in the dugout. And Boston United Community donated a shirt with Ted’s surname on the back.

Boston United Community donated a football shirt to Alford Town Under-12s in memory of Ted Vines. | Photo: Alford Town FC

The huge support for the fundraiser was met with “heartfelt gratitude” by the football club, who said in a statement: “Alford Town Football Club would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all those who have sent messages of condolence through the club to the Vines family at this incredibly difficult time and for all the amazing donations that have been made to Ted’s memorial fund via the online Just Giving page.

“In addition the club greatly appreciates the immensely supportive response of the whole football community across Lincolnshire to this tragedy. Our thoughts remain with Paul, Sarah, Will, Charlie and Stella Vines.”

The petition calls for improvements to the Bardney Causeway, which has numerous pothole issues. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

There is also a petition which was set up by residents in Bardney and calls for improvements to the road, and the introduction of a 40mph speed limit on the section of the B1190 known as the Bardney Causeway. More than 1,600 people have signed the petition by the time of publication – add your signature here.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated by police.

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