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Family's emotional appeal to find missing Larissa

The family of a missing Lincoln woman have made an emotional appeal in an effort to find her.

Larissa Cowen
Lincolnshire Police

Larissa Cowen hasn't been seen since Wednesday lunchtime and was last spotted driving her blue Peugeot car at the Holdingham Roundabout.

Her sister, Georgina, says her family is heartbroken as they continue their search for her.

"She is loved by many many people and I wish she knew. I want her to get in touch and I want her to know how much she is loved by everybody," she says.

"Her brother's been out today looking around Sleaford. Mum and me were out yesterday looking around North Hykeham. We just want some resolution now and we just want her to be found."

Anyone with information about Ms Cowen's whereabouts is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

Ponies wander around village after field escape

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Fourteen ponies caused a stir in Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire this morning when they escaped from a field and went for a wander around the village.

They also made their way into the car park at the Nevile Arms pub just after 11:00.

"They were having a great time," said landlady Trish Conway.

"They were chomping on people's lawns, looking through people's living room windows, trotting around the car park."

Ponies in Kinoulton
Trish Conway

Ms Conway said the ponies came down Owthorpe Lane and Main Street and into the car park before residents and police managed to round them up in a nearby cul-de-sac.

"They went past the window and I thought, 'That's nice, they're moving from one field to another', but then I realised there was nobody with them so I jumped up and ran outside," she added.

Nottinghamshire Police said the owner was found and the ponies were walked back to their field in nearby Hickling.

Ponies in Kinoulton
Trish Conway

Third attempted murder arrest after Leicester stabbing

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Leicester.

Police were called to New Parks Way in New Parks at 17:26 on 5 January where a man was found with stab wounds.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

A 25-year-old man from Leicester was arrested and later bailed, Leicestershire Police said.

Two men, both 26 and from the city, were previously arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further inquiries.

The force added their investigation is ongoing.

New Parks in Leicester

Balloon and lantern releases to be banned on council land

The release of sky lanterns and balloons could be banned in some areas of Lincolnshire.

sky lantern
Getty Images

South Kesteven District Council plans to impose the ban on its own land, because of the danger posed to wildlife and the environment.

Matthew Capper, from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, says balloons and lanterns can be harmful.

"Balloon releases are not good for wildlife, particularly if something like that ends up the sea. For a lot of marine life, if something like that looks like a jellyfish floating in the water then they're going to eat it.

"Setting off something like a Chinese lantern which has a naked flame can set fire to dry areas."

Councillors are expected to adopt the ban at a meeting in Grantham on Tuesday.

Wildlife hospital entrance blocked by fly-tipped waste

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Staff and volunteers at the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital were blocked this morning from getting through the gates due to fly-tipped waste.

Rubble, old carpet and garden waste can be seen in the pictures at the entrance to the centre on Fleckney Road in Kibworth Beauchamp.

Fly-tipped waste at Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

The hospital, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases animals back into the wild, say it is not the first time rubbish has been dumped there.

A spokeswoman said the local authority has begun clearing away the waste.

Fly-tipped waste near the hospital
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

East Midlands paramedic proposed to on back of ambulance

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Paris, fancy restaurants, your own front room - all great options for a romantic proposal. But how about the work place?

That's where ambulance technician Elliot Darlow popped the question to his paramedic girlfriend Emily Howie during their lunch break.

The proposal took place on same vehicle where the East Midlands Ambulance Service pair first met - and fortunately she said yes.


Mr Darlow, from Boston in Lincolnshire, said: "Emily had always said that if someone was ever going to propose to her that she would want it to be as memorable as possible.

"I arranged for Emily to be working on the ambulance with Callsign 7125 that evening as that is the vehicle on which we first met."

Urgent appeal for missing Lincoln woman

Police say they are growing "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a Lincoln woman who went missing on Wednesday morning.

Larissa Cowen
Lincolnshire Police

Larissa Cowen, 52, was last seen at the McDonalds at the Holdingham roundabout in Sleaford at about 13:30. She was driving a blue Peugeot 207 with the registration SD08 NTL.

Officers are asking motorists to check their dashcam footage to see if they can ascertain a direction of travel.

Larissa, who is also known as Lara, is described as 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, with dark brown collar-length hair.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's a chilly start to the day with a few scattered showers here and there.

That rain should clear out this afternoon leaving us with a mostly dry, fine and bright end to the day with temperatures of about 9C.

Overnight it will stay mostly dry and Saturday looks like it will bring plenty of sunshine our way:

Charity 'horrified' at £12,500 bill to empty woodland bins

Boston Woods Trust says it will have to start paying for bin collections after the council said it couldn't afford to collect them for free anymore.

Litter bin

The trust, an amenity space run by volunteers, faces paying the fee for its litter and dog waste collections from April.

Volunteers say they were shocked and "horrified" when they were first told about the £12,500 increase in the cost of bin collections for the charity.

The charity is now asking people to donate £20 a year to help cover the costs.

I initially thought they'd got their figures wrong on the letter, I thought they put an extra nought on it. I couldn't believe they want to charge us that amount of money for emptying the bins."

Steve EllwoodVolunteer, Boston Woods Trust

Arrests as part of Boston murder investigation

Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the death of a man near Boston, police say.

Police jacket

The body of 46-year-old Marcin Stolarek, a Polish national who lived in the area, was found near the pumping station on Chain Bridge Road on 12 January.

He'd been dumped in the water following a sustained assault, according to police.

Detectives say two men, aged 26 and 33, and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Boston last night on suspicion of murder.

All three people remain in custody, police say.

Severe accident: A594 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

A594 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, from Pelham Street.

A594 Leicestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on A594 Welford Road southbound in Leicester from the Pelham Street junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start it's going to turn wet and windy with gusts of up to 55mph.

Temperatures will reach about 11C or 12C.

Things will clear a little ovenight but there may still be some showers in places:

Boston murder inquiry: Victim named as Marcin Stolarek

A man whose dumped body was found in a Lincolnshire waterway was a Polish national, police have said.

Chain Bar Road

A murder inquiry was launched after the man was discovered in water on Chain Bridge Road in Boston on Sunday evening by a members of the public.

Lincolnshire Police named the man as Marcin Stolarek, 46 and said he died from a "sustained attack".

Mr Stolarek lived in Boston, but also had links to Spalding, a force spokesman said.

Det Ch Insp Karl Whiffen, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit, added: "People in those communities may have details that could prove crucial to our investigation.

"Please come forward with information so that we can bring his killer, or killers, to justice."

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Burglary death man is named

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A man who died following an aggravated burglary in Leicestershire has been named.

Howard Staff, 66, was at home in Gibson Close, Wigston on Monday afternoon when an unknown intruder assaulted him.

Police at Gibson Close

Police confirmed he suffered fatal chest injuries but these were not caused by a bladed weapon.

A second man in the house has been discharged from hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Car hits building in Boston

Police in Boston have been dealing with an incident in which a Volkswagen Golf hit a building.

Officers say the black car has now been removed from the scene in West Street and the road is clear.

It's not clear as yet whether anyone was injured.

Woman and dog bitten by Staffordshire Bull Terrier

A woman has been seriously injured after being bitten by a dog in Holbeach.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Getty Images

Lincolnshire Police said the woman, in her 50s, had been walking her two pugs in Hallgate on Monday 6 January when she and one of her dogs were bitten by a white Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

A force spokesperson described the injury as "serious but not life threatening" and said the pug is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the dog had attacked the woman and the pug after escaping its owner.

The force has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

PMQs: Corbyn and Johnson on veteran's hospital bed wait
The Labour leader says more than 2,000 patients faced a 12-hour wait for a bed in hospital last month, including a 92-year-old RAF veteran.

Severe disruption: A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to Fulbridge Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Soke Parkway closed and queues eastbound from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to the Fulbridge Road junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Second body found in Boston

Lincolnshire Police say officers are at the Haven Bank footpath in Boston after the discovery of a body.

Police jacket

The man was found in the water.

Police say the death is not connected with the ongoing murder investigation in the town.

The man's death is not being treated as suspicious, police add.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright day for most with temperatures up to about 9C or 10C.

Overnight there may be one or two showers in western parts but it will stay dry for most:

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It is going to be drier today with some isolated showers and the wind not as strong as yesterday.

During the day, it could gradually get brighter with highs of 9C (48F) and lows of 3C (37F) overnight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Free garden waste collections for some Lincolnshire parishes

People living in a handful of parishes in southern Lincolnshire look set to get regular free garden waste collections.

Wheelie bins
Press Association

Two councillors in Long Sutton and Lutton used community grants to hire a lorry separate to the £49 per year district council-run green waste collection.

The waste which is collected goes to an anaerobic digester in Crowland.

Lutton Parish Council has now agreed to keep providing the service during the summer.

Long Sutton and Tyd St Mary councils are yet to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Boston Borough Council has just announced a 50% hike for its garden waste collection service - from £30 to £45 per year.

The rise is due to increased delivery costs and pressure on council budgets, the council says.

Murder investigation launched after body found in Boston

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in Boston.

police jacket
PA Media

The body was discovered near to the pumping station on Chain Bridge Road at about 18:30 on Sunday by a member of the public.

Lincolnshire Police said they believe the man has died as a result of a "sustained assault" before "offenders have disposed of the body in a waterway".

The man's clothes
Lincolnshire Police

The man has been described as being about 30 to 40-years-old, about 5ft 7in (171cm) tall, with a three-and-a-half inch (9cm) scar on his chin and a tribal-style tattoo on his right shoulder which has started to fade. He also appears to have had dental work to the top row of his teeth.

The man was found wearing blue New Balance trainers, Puma jogging bottoms and a Fishbone branded T-Shirt, similar to those pictured above.

A large number of resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including specialist underwater search teams, and forensic specialists. I would ask people to look at the description of the man -in particular the clothing, the unique scar on his chin, the tattoo on his right shoulder - and contact us if you think you may know his identity."

Detective Chief Inspector Karl WhiffenEast Midlands Special Operations Unit

Tonnes of donations collected for homeless charity

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Binmen in Rushcliffe have collected 13 tonnes of donations for a homeless charity.

Residents left the items out to be collected with their bins last week.

Rushcliffe Borough Council

The snacks, tins of food, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and shoes will be distributed by the Friary in the coming months.

The number of donations has increased by more than a tonne compared to January last year and significantly more than the three tonnes collected in 2018.

Paul Randle, vice-chairman of the Friary said: “It raises the profile of the charity in the borough and it’s just the most superb initiative, we couldn’t survive without the support of the community, we can’t thank them enough.”

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, at J15 for Toll Bar Way.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound at J15, Toll (Sawtry), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, from Black Drove to A141 March Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 South Brink in Guyhirn closed and queues in both directions from the Black Drove junction to the A141 March Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time