As people prepare to go out more in the run up to Christmas, a Lincoln woman who created the globally renowned Ask For Angela not-for-profit scheme is proud to have made the county, and the world, a safer place.

The scheme, launched by Hayley Crawford (pictured above) in 2016, aims to ensure that anyone who is feeling vulnerable or unsafe is able to get the support they need. This could be on a night out, a date, meeting friends and other situations, and it is available to everyone of all genders to help them feel safer.

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By-elections to fill seats left vacant by “local titan” Councillor Ray Wootten, will take place in November.

The polls for the seats of Grantham St Wulfram’s ward on South Kesteven District Council and Grantham North in Lincolnshire County Council are scheduled for Thursday,  November 9. The Conservative councillor and former chairman of South Kesteven District Council died at the age of 71 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, leaving behind his wife Linda, a county councillor, and two children.

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A tidal wave of discontent is brewing along the UK’s coastal areas, and the Conservatives are at risk of being swept away in future elections if they don’t address the rising tide of issues plaguing these regions.

A stark warning has been issued by the thinktank Onward, who called for £500 million of extra funding, however, councillors say it will barely scratch the surface of the deep-seated problems these areas face. In their revealing report, “Troubled Waters“, Onward sheds light on the myriad of challenges that coastal areas are grappling with, including stark income disparities, ageing and substandard housing, and elevated crime rates.

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