A 90-year-old war veteran has returned to a newly cleaned and decorated home this Christmas, with the help of one of our neighbourhood team PCSOs.
PCSO Shaun Lee became aware of Leonard, who served in the Royal Artillery for almost 30-years, back in November after visiting him at home in his flat, and was immediately concerned about the conditions he was living in.
PCSO Lee said: “After I visited him at home I knew something had to be done for his safety and welfare, as the flat was in an extreme state of disrepair with every room completely cluttered and filled with rubbish.
“I made contact with numerous people from different organisations and companies to try and put arrangements in place so that Leonard could have a clean and safe place to live.
“During this time, I went back to see Leonard and sadly found him a little unwell in bed. A paramedic quickly attended and together we managed to get Leonard into an assisted living facility while he recovered, and she also arranged for his pet cockatiel Baby to be temporally rehomed, which gave us the opportunity to sort his house out for him.”
PCSO Lee then continued making enquiries to try and sort Leonard’s home, and found the Veterans Still Serving (VSS) organisation were more than happy to be involved and provided fantastic help, as PCSO Lee explains: “Within a few days, VSS had spread the word about Leonard and managed to do all sorts to help him, from organising new furniture to making sure he had opportunities to socialise.
“A local cleaning firm cleaned the flat top to bottom and a carpet supplier fitted new carpets. Once the flat was clean, a couple of my colleagues and I teamed up with a number of volunteers from VSS and dedicated a day of our own time to decorating it.
“Throughout all this time I kept in contact with Leonard, visiting him with my colleague Caroline and keeping him up-to-date with the progress on his home while he got better.
“The flat is now completed and I am pleased to share that Leonard was able to move back in, just in time for Christmas.
“There are too many people to thank all individually, but to everyone who was involved, a giant, massive thank you as it really was a huge team effort and it shows just how strong a community can be when we all rally together.
“In his time of need, people were there to help and Leonard is a completely different person now to the one I met in November, of which I am forever grateful, as I’m sure Leonard is also.”
Vice-Chairman of VSS Colin Maclachlan said: “Veterans Still Serving are a peer to peer support group for Ex-Forces personnel, and while our primary aim is to support those suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alcohol and Substance misuse, our group is open to all veterans, especially those living alone and who have become detached from society.
“We were able to supply all materials needed and much more for Leonard within 48-hours. It has been a great privilege for all involved and we were really pleased we could assist in making this a Christmas to remember for him.”
Following an investigation into recurrent flooding on the A46 at Holton le Moor, the highways team is pushing for repairs to nearby private drainage systems.
Water continues to overflow from a nearby reservoir, where water levels are still much higher than normal.
This situation is unlikely to change unless there is a prolonged spell of dry weather.
The council has met with the reservoir owner’s agent to explore whether any changes to the reservoir could prevent future overflow. This would be likely to require major engineering works.
The investigations also uncovered significant evidence of a collapsed section of culvert under the railway line, which is preventing water from draining away properly.
Until this blockage is cleared, it means relatively small amounts of rainfall are likely to cause further flooding.
This issue has been reported to Network Rail, who have visited the site to investigate.
Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways, said: “We realise this is an extremely frustrating situation for local residents and motorists, and would like to reassure people we are doing all we can to put an end to the repeated flooding.
“The flooding is actually being caused by water flowing in from the adjacent land, which is privately owned.
“Despite this, we have cleared the nearby private ditch and jetted the system to help the water drain a little better.
“We are working with Network Rail to repair the drainage systems, and hopefully make further flooding less likely.
“If these repairs require any access to the local highway, the team is ready to grant permission as a matter of urgency so there’s nothing to hold them up.
“However, until that work has been done, further flooding is likely during periods of wet weather.”
LANDLORD SERVES NOTICE ON HOUSE OF FRASER GRIMSBY.
House of Fraser Grimsby will close its doors on 1 March 2020. With plans to redevelop the building, the landlord has now served notice on House of Fraser.
The Group had been working closely with the landlord for some time on a solution to keep the store open. Over that time the landlord has not charged rent, but the day-to-day operating costs of the store have been considerable, not least the business rates, but keeping the store open was no longer viable.
A spokesperson for Frasers Group stated: “We are thankful to the landlord for working with us over the past few months, to try to find a long-term solution for the store.”
The Grimsby store is one of a number that was part of the House of Fraser CVA process in 2018 and was originally earmarked for closure as part of that process.
It has only been through the joint efforts of both Frasers Group and the landlord in question that the store has remained open for as long as it has.”
A Grimsby man who was found guilty yesterday of the murder of 47-year-old Shaun Lyall in Cleethorpes last year has today been jailed to life, with a minimum of 21 years, in prison.
Craig Whittle, 45, of Corporation Road in Grimsby was found guilty of murdering Mr Lyall who was found with multiple injuries at a house on Sidney Street on Tuesday 17 July 2018.
Whittle had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice for providing a false statement in connection with Mr Lyall’s death, but not guilty to his murder.
He also faced charges in connection with an incident in Blackpool on Friday 13 July 2018. In relation to that, he pleaded guilty to affray, possession of a knife, and two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply. He entered a not guilty plea to section 18 GBH.
Yesterday at Hull Crown Court the jury in the two and a half week trial unanimously found Craig Whittle guilty on all charges.
In court this morning, Judge Paul Watson QC sentenced Whittle to life in prison with a minimum of 21 years, describing the assault on Shaun Lyall as having all the “hallmarks of extreme violence” and it being a “ferocious and sustained attack, and a brutal and protracted crime of murder.”
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Dickinson said: “The sentencing of Craig Whittle brings to a close part of a lengthy investigation into Shaun Lyall’s death, which was a particularly brutal and unnecessary one.
“Shaun suffered horrendous injuries before he died in what was a sustained and deliberate attack. Craig Whittle has now been given life behind bars for the part he played in Shaun’s murder.
“I want to thank Shaun’s family for their strength and dignity throughout this trial, as they have had to hear horrific accounts of what happened on that day in July 2018.
“I hope this brings some closure to them, and that one person has been brought to account and found guilty for what happened to Shaun.
”I would also like to thank my officers who have worked tirelessly on this investigation, and for their hard work in bringing Craig Whittle before the court which has ultimately resulted in a life sentence for murder.”
Serena Lyall, Shaun Lyall’s mother, said: “What happened to Shaun will haunt me for the rest of my life and I feel appalled at the sickening depravity inflicted on my son. He did not deserve it.
“I could only dream that this day would come and it has. I know we could never bring Shaun back but I want to thank all the people that have brought me, my family and Shaun some closure and justice.
I want to thank the jury for dedicating their time away from their families and lives, to be part of my son’s trial. I understand that it may have been difficult and hard work but I want to express my deepest appreciation for doing this and reaching the verdict of guilty.
“I want thank Kama Melly QC for her expertise and providing the best prosecution for Shaun. And thank you to the witnesses who kindly and bravely spoke in defence of my son.
“Also I would like to thank the police for all the hard work they have done. DC Paula Barden, DC Nichola Oakley, and DCI Rebecca Dickinson have given me constant support and strength throughout this terrible time, working so hard to bring together a strong case and doing everything they could to bring Craig Whittle to justice.
“I know this isn’t the end of the road yet but because of these three officers, this murderer has been caught, tried and found guilty, and it has given me renewed hope that there will be no let-up in the enquiries to bring anyone involved in his death to justice, however long it takes.”
We are still looking for a second man in connection with Shaun Lyall’s murder. Abdi Ali, 29, who is originally from Somalia has links to the Grimsby area, Sheffield, London, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Lincolnshire, and Cleveland.
If you have any information about where he might be contact us on 999 or 101 quoting log 517 of 17 July 2018. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.
We advise you not to approach him and call us in the first instance.