Review of 2014: May

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Police were investigating two reports of indecent assault in Sleaford against girls in their early teens.

Inspectors were treating the offences as linked, with one suspect for both.

○ Tesco renewed its long-standing commitment to build a new store in Sleaford, allowing North Kesteven District Countil to advance controversial plans for a Compulsory Purchase Order over part of the Boston Road Recreation Ground to facilitate the project.

○ An army bomb disposal team was called to Sleaford after a member of the public spotted a mortar round in a garden.

Police were called to the address in North Road and examined what was described as a post-Second World War 81mm mortar round, before calling in the army. The shell was deemed inert.

○ UKIP triumphed at the 2014 European Election in the East Midlands region, winning 32.9 per cent of the vote.

Liberal Democrat Bill Newton Dunn, of Navenby, Britain’s longest-serving MEP, lost his seat, after finishing fifth in the ballot.