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A homeless drug addict frightened a woman after smashing his way into her home with a brick, in broad daylight.
Lincoln Crown Court heard the woman was confronted by Paul McMahon after she was disturbed by the sound of broken glass coming from the dining room of her home in Lea Road at around 10am.
McMahon, 32, fled after the woman warned him: "I've already phoned the police," the court was told.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "This was a daytime burglary of an occupied property where there was a confrontation with one of the occupants."
Entry had been gained by McMahon throwing a brick through one of the rear windows.
Mr Scott added: "The woman had been reading a book and was so frightened that she ran upstairs while still on the phone to the police."
McMahon was spotted by police in Cromwell Road. He gave officers a false name but fragments of glass in his clothing were found to match the broken window in Lea Road.
At the time of the burglary, McMahon was wanted by the police after he failed to attend court for a drugs offence.
McMahon had been released on bail but carried out a second burglary in Gainsborough just three weeks later.
This time, officers in an unmarked patrol car spotted McMahon jumping over the wall of an unoccupied house in Parish Mews.
McMahon was arrested after police gave chase and found him to be in possession of a number of Xbox appliances stolen from the house.
After his arrest, McMahon admitted four other house burglaries and one offence of lead theft under the Operation Clean Slate scheme run by Lincolnshire Police.
Mr Scott told the court: "The offences spanned dates between 2009 and 2013 and the value of the stolen property was £2,070."
Gordon Aspden, mitigating, said McMahon had taken significant steps to combat his drugs problems after being remanded into custody.
McMahon, of no fixed address, admitted two offences of burglary on January 28 and February 19 this year and asked for five other offences to be taken in to consideration.
Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath said there was an element of confrontation in the Lea Road burglary.
Judge Heath told McMahon: "You frightened her by your actions."
McMahon was jailed for three years.
A chicken farm could be transformed into a 239-acre nature park that will be the first of its type in Lincolnshire.
Picnic spots, an education area and a visitor centre are all part of plans for Boiling Wells Farm, near Sleaford.
Developers also want to enrich wildlife habitats, add a variety of native plants, trees and create nature trails.
The features would surround rows of solar panels put up in seven fields – an idea which has never been seen in the county before.
Kinetica Energy, based in Manchester, is behind the proposals for the land off Grantham Road close to South Rauceby.
Projects director Guy Bebbington said: "The land is currently used as an intensive chicken farm.
"But, along with the farmer, we want to create a recreational and educational facility.
"It will benefit the local community and generate enough solar energy to power up to 6,000 average UK homes, roughly equivalent to all of the homes in Sleaford.
"By the end of this decade the UK will have lost one-fifth of its current energy generating capacity.
"We need to address this shortfall, and renewable schemes like this one have a vital role to play in meeting the country's energy needs in the future."
While there are other facilities that harvest the sun's energy in the county, such as those in Stow and Conisholme, it is the first time the concept has been used as the basis of a visitor attraction.
Plans have been sent to North Kesteven District Council with a request for advice on whether an environmental impact assessment would be needed before a planning application was submitted.
The documents show a detailed layout of the eco park, which will also include wildflower meadows and wetlands to support a variety of animal life.
Kinectica Energy is now setting up meetings with local councils, residents, organisations, schools and community groups to discuss the proposals.
Mr Bebbington added the scheme was being designed to "increase access to the countryside" for people living in the area.
Oxfordshire-based planning consultancy Aspect has helped to develop the plans.
In documents sent to North Kesteven District Council, it said: "Extensive landscape proposals that link with the existing landscape infrastructure and ecological enhancements may include creating wide, robust landscaped boundaries to filter views from the surrounding areas and incorporating locally native tree, hedge and shrub species."
Electricity generated by solar farms is fed into the national grid.
The developers are then paid for the energy that they produce.
An MP has said members of the public are owed an apology after they were left waiting outside a meeting about the suspension of Lincolnshire's top cop.
The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel – the body set up to oversee the work Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick – called an extraordinary meeting to discuss the suspension of acting Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
But a mix-up meant members of the public were not shown into the room for the 15-minute discussion at the East Lindsey District council offices in Manby.
Margaret Ottaway who was left waiting outside, said: "It is an absolute and utter disgrace. I know about councils and being open but the first thing you should do is apologise to the county."
James Gilbert, East Lindsey District Council spokesman, apologised for what he described as an "administrative mistake".
The chairman of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel, Councillor Ray Wootten, said: "I can only apologise that people did not hear the meeting and under the circumstances, I would feel exactly the same way. I can only apologise again.
Mr Hardwick and Mr Wootten were then called to a meeting of the Home Affairs Select Committee about the suspension in Westminster on Tuesday May 14.
Its chairman Keith Vaz questioned Mr Wootten about why the public had not been shown into the police and crime panel meeting. He said he felt the situation was "farcical" and people were owed an apology.
Mr Wootten said East Lindsey District Council would issue a full apology only if there was more media coverage of the incident.
Mr Vaz said: "I think the committee finds the state of affairs very unsatisfactory and I will be writing to the chief executive of East Lindsey District Council asking for a full explanation."
"We don't think it is satisfactory that you should wait to see if there's articles in newspapers before advising the public on what is a very important matter."
Mr Hardwick suspended Mr Rhodes in February amid claims the chief constable had allegedly tried to force settlement of an employment tribunal claim against another police force.
Mr Rhodes later argued he did not know enough about the claim to have an opinion on it and was merely trying to broker talks between the various parties.
A High Court judge then ruled the suspension was unlawful and quashed it, before Mr Rhodes returned to work.
It has emerged the taxpayer will be left to foot a £50,000 bill from the case.
Coun Wootten said the panel was initially told it did not have a remit to look into the suspension. This advice was then contradicted by Damien Green, the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice.
Mr Hardwick told the Home Affairs Select Committee that he stood by his decision to suspend Mr Rhodes, but their working relationship remains viable.
"We are both professionals, we have a good and sound working relationship," he said.
Mr Hardwick told the committee he would apologise to Mr Rhodes if Sir Peter Fahy's investigation, expected to conclude in four weeks, found him to have been wrong over the suspension.
The Lincolnshire Police and Crime panel has set up a task group to focus on what lessons can be learnt.
Mr Wootten said: "No stone will be unturned on this. There was much concern that we as a panel were not taking any action on this issue. But we were advised legally that nothing could take place until after the judicial review and after the local elections so that none of us could be seen as gaining politically from the meeting."
An interim report will be presented on June 6 with the full report submitted on September 6.
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A teenager who attempted to rape a woman in a quiet Lincolnshire village has been locked up.
The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of a court order, approached his victim as she walked her dog across a field.
Prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, Mark Watson said the boy hugged the 49-year-old woman from behind.
The teenager, who did not know the woman, then apologised before grabbing hold of her and knocking her to the ground.
The boy ripped off the woman's clothes and as she struggled to get away he tried to rape her. He continued to apologise and said "Please don't tell my mum and dad".
The attack only ended when another villager walked into the field, on the outskirts of a village near Woodhall Spa, and the boy fled.
Mr Watson said the victim had been badly affected by what happened and has since had nightmares.
The boy admitted two charges of attempted rape and four charges of sexual assault as a result of the incident on October 30.
Alison Summers, defending, said the boy has since shown insight and remorse and has acknowledged the effect of what he did.
She said: "This is a boy who has never before found himself before the courts.
"He is clearly an intelligent child and has been doing well in his education."
Miss Summers said the boy had a "deeply disturbing" early childhood before being taken into care and then being fostered.
She told the court he suffered severe neglect, abuse and abandonment and only had stability in his life after going into a foster home.
He was sentenced to four years at a young offenders' institution and will be on licence for a further two years.
Judge Michael Heath said: "You engaged in an extremely serious sexual attack on a 49-year-old woman.
"The attack was sustained and you tried to rape her. I have come to the conclusion that you are dangerous."
Computer systems belonging to the CIA, the Pentagon and the NHS were hacked by a gang of cyber criminals – which included a hacker from Lincolnshire.
The gang, who boasted they were "gods", caused millions of pounds worth of damage to international businesses.
They also posted the personal details of hundreds of thousands of members of the public online.
Spalding-based Jake Davis, 20, the group's press secretary, was a 'core' member of the team, dubbed Lulzsec.
Davis, known by the alias 'Topiary', issued mocking press releases ridiculing the security of the websites that had been hacked and ran the group's official Twitter feed.
This week, Davis, of Beech Avenue, Spalding, appeared at Southwark Crown Court along with three other gang members. He was told he should expect jail.
The court heard Ryan Ackroyd, 26, posed as a 16-year-old girl called Kayla to mastermind the campaign of cyber attacks in 2011.
He was the chief hacker of the shady online outfit, which hijacked websites belonging to The Sun and the News of the World, electronics giant Sony, and film studio 20th Century Fox.
The group bragged "We are gods now" as they launched waves of attacks against Nintendo, the UK's Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and the Arizona State Police.
Ackroyd was assisted by Ryan Cleary, known as Viral, the controller of a 'botnet' which hijacked compromised computers and used their combined power to launch attacks against websites.
Cleary, 21, bragged to prosecutors that he could have seized control of up to a million computers using software he had spent more than five years building. When arrested Cleary was also caught with a stash of child pornography, it can now be reported.
Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18, an A-Level student at Deptford Green School, was in charge of publicising the personal details of hundreds of thousands of people online.
Sandip Patel, prosecuting, said: "The defendants waged what was undoubtedly a sophisticated and orchestrated campaign of online attacks between February and September 2011.
"Their target being a series of corporations, individuals, and state agencies ranging from the CIA in the USA to the Sony Corporation, and from News International to the NHS here.
"They saw themselves as latter-day pirates, scouring the internet for vulnerable computer systems.
"When they found them, they burrowed in, pillaged and stole vast quantities of sensitive data, reformatted it and published it on the internet in a variety of ways."
Mr Patel said the damage to organisations has been valued at "millions of pounds", and 750,000 pieces of personal data were recovered from Davis' computer alone.
He dubbed the four hackers as having 'advanced levels of ability and cunning', adding: "Equally striking is the relative youth of the defendants."
The name Lulzsec is a combination of 'lulz' or 'lols', meaning 'laugh out loud' and 'security', and was a direct descendant of notorious hacking group Anonymous.
Ackroyd, of Oak Road, Mexborough, Doncaster, admits one charge of conspiring to do an unauthorised act with intent, or reckless as to, impairing the operation of a computer.
Cleary, of Wickford, Essex, earlier admitted two counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers.
Al-Bassam, of Peckham, southeast London, admits two counts of conspiring to do an unauthorised act with intent, or reckless as to, impairing the operation of a computer.
Davis admits the same two charges.
The case continues.
A creative design agency from Lincoln has been commissioned to work on projects for a global transport and energy giant.
Ideafuel, based at Think Tank in Ruston Way, has been signed up by Alstrom, which operates in 100 countries and at 30 UK sites.
The first contract asked the business to develop a game that would engage visitors at a major trade exhibition.
Designers came up with the concept of adding a small turbine and motor to a penny farthing bicycle.
People had to use a small chimney sweeping brush to break a beam that stopped the turbine and allowed the brush to be passed through to the other side.
Ideafuel has now been invited to work on a number of other projects with Alstrom, which employs 93,000 people within its transport, power generation and electrical grid divisions.
Shaun Cole, account director at the business, said: "We are gaining a growing reputation for the quality of our creativity and this has clearly come to the attention of organisations such as Alstom.
"We're particularly proud of the contraption and all the other elements we have delivered for Alstom and it's gratifying that we have been invited to work on other projects."
Ideafuel's Dickensian penny farthing contraption was the centrepiece of Alstom's stand at a health and safety exhibition for the power industry.
The Lincoln firm also created literature for the game and winners' medals.
Alstom's UK head of marketing communications Jo Doxey said: "It made the exhibition a huge success with more than half of the footfall at the exhibition participating in the Alstom stand.
"It was a challenge, both in terms of the deadlines we were up against and the level of creativity required, and Ideafuel delivered exceptionally well on both fronts.
"The team at Ideafuel aren't frightened to come up with something different and they back this up with the reliability to deliver to tight deadlines."
Alstrom, which is helping to develop the UK's power, transmission and transport infrastructures, claims one in four of the world's light bulbs is powered by its technologies.
It reported sales of €20.3bn in 2012/2013.
Ideafuel can provide creative design, marketing and advertising services.
Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "It's great to hear of one of our members realising its full potential, and working with a world leader such as Alstom.
"Through the Lincolnshire Chamber, we encourage and support businesses of all sizes across the county to look at international contracts and put themselves forward for them.
"The excellent work that IdeaFuel is doing proves that Lincoln's business community has what it takes to win competitive contracts, and I hope that this encourages more to do the same."