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Local BB Gun shootings
Posted By Chris on Thursday 26th July 2007 @ 9:41 PM | Filed Under: Misc

Local BB Gun shootings

Disorderly behaviour in the Ingoldmells and Skegness area has increased recently as BB gun crimes become more prevalent. The shootings have been occurring throughout Skegness and Ingoldmells, resulting in victims being left shocked but largely uninjured. Police have made clear that armed police will handle incidents of this nature.

Fixed penalty tickets have been issued to two men, who had been shooting at pedestrians on Tuesday July, 17th. Several pedestrians were hit, but none injured, by the pellets as the silver, Hyundai Coupe travelled between Sea Lane, Ingoldmells and Lumley Road, Skegness. Police traced the vehicle and arrested the two men involved. The 22 year old from Skegness and 27 year old from Scarborough were released but the BB guns used in the incident were seized by the Police.

Similar events have also occurred such as on Sunday, July 1st, when an eight year old was shot on Everingtons Lane, Skegness. A man with black spiky hair is reported to have pulled alongside the boy as he was cycling before firing at him. The boy wasn’t severely hurt from the incident but was left shocked and bruised.

BB guns are available in the Fantasy Island market and other retail outlets around the area. Whilst not illegal to purchase or carry, they should be used responsibly and not fired at other people. Police are keen to remind the public that armed Police will attend when dealing with such incidents. The Anti-social Behaviour Act (2003) states that “it is an arrestable offence to carry an imitation firearm in a public place without permission, whether or not it is capable of discharging a shot or a bullet. Carrying an air weapon in public, loaded or not, is also an offence. The maximum penalty is six months imprisonment."

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Illegal Parking Initiative
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 25th July 2007 @ 1:18 PM | Filed Under: Misc

Illegal Parking Initiative

A trial period granting Police Community Support Officers with the power to ticket illegally parked vehicles in Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Hogsthorpe since May. Problems encountered by the local neighbourhood policing team were evident when Lincolnshire Police chief, Tony Lake, visited Ingoldmells. Prior to the trial, requests were often ignored when dealing with illegally parked cars.

The trial is the first of its kind in the Lincolnshire area and has already resulted in 15 tickets being issued. PC Seb Clarke leads the local policing team stated; "We're just coming into the busy season now. We're expecting increased traffic in the area, which is likely to result in a rise in the number of tickets being issued over the coming two months. It's important to stress that the new powers to allow my officers to issue fixed penalty tickets doesn't mean they are being used as traffic wardens. What it does is give them additional support should they come across illegally parked vehicles during their day-to-day business."

The Ingoldmells Action Group and Ingoldmells Parish Council, both campaigned for the powers to be introduced. “Although the trial period is due to finish at the end of the holiday season in late September, early October, I am keen to make the arrangement permanent" commented Inspector Steve Hill.

Here at Island Quest, we recommend the use of local car parks. The main car park at Fantasy Island costs £4 and is free after 6pm. Others in the nearby area can cut the cost by half and are only a short 5 minute walk from Fantasy Island and other attractions. Alternatively, use public transport whilst travelling in and around the area.

If plans go ahead to build new rides or attractions on Fantasy Island's car park, the number of parking spaces in the area would dramatically decrease. This would leave tourists with few other places to park their cars. The lack of parking spaces could also affect the success of the future plans.

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Locals Concerned Over New Owners
Posted By Chris on Monday 23rd July 2007 @ 1:09 AM | Filed Under: Ownership

Locals Concerned Over New Owners

Recent letters that appeared recently in The Skegness Standard highlight residents concerns over Fantasy Island. Opinions like this are not uncommon in local press, but these in particular refer to Conduit Leisure, and their strategy for their latest acquisition, Fantasy Island.

“As a local person who lives very near Fantasy Island, I was willing to hear what Conduit had planned and give them every chance, but I do not respond well to threats and bully boy tactics. I feel Conduit have shot themselves in the foot, and that they should put their own house in order. The music and tannoy coming from some of the rides is once again reaching horrendous proportions at the weekends.”
Ann Wells, Ingoldmells

In reference to the remarks of Mr. Hollins of Conduit, myself and many more of the residents of Ingoldmells would be very pleased if they (Conduit) did walk and take Fantasy Island, and all the rubbish, noise and pollution with them and let us have some peace and quiet. And the sooner the better.”
Mr A Hopkins, Ingoldmells

“Have they thought that if given the chance by Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council that some of the plans that Conduit have in mind could be really beneficial to the village of Ingoldmells? For instance, all year round jobs, indoor venues for our young people, like skating and football, and several other things they can take part in.

Conferences which would bring money to the village, and good accommodation for holiday makers. I do believe I have heard a similar comment before that the lady stated in her letter, "I was willing to hear what John Woodward had planned and gave him every chance", it was made by the same lady. There is a bigger majority of residents and holidaymakers who would disagree with the gentlemen's comments. Give them a chance.”
Bernard Wise, Ingoldmells

Residents concerns in relation to the negative effects of living near an amusement park are clearly evident, particularly as Fantasy Island is located in the small, coastal, village of Ingoldmells. Inevitably, amusement parks of this nature have both positive and negative effects in the surrounding environment. The park attracts a huge number of tourists to the area each year, boosting the economy in the area considerably. Conduit Leisure may have big plans for the park, but the park’s success rests on the complicated task of pleasing not only their guests but also the local residents.

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Featured Fireworks Videos
Posted By Chris on Sunday 22nd July 2007 @ 10:45 PM | Filed Under: Events

Featured Fireworks Videos

As new owners of Fantasy Island, Conduit Leisure, commemorated the beginning of the parks thirteenth season earlier this year. Now, relive the magic and wonder of the fireworks that graced the skies above Ingoldmells on the evening of April 7 , with two selected YouTube videos.

--Ray Quinn singing --

--Fireworks accompanied with movie theme music –

Videos via: sambennett1984

News Desk Upgrades
Posted By Chris on Sunday 22nd July 2007 @ 8:51 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

News Desk Upgrades

The news archive has now been categorised. This is to make it easier for visitors to find specific news items based upon what the article has been filed as. Articles are filed by who posted the article and assigned a category. News is also filtered into annual archives (2006)(2007) based upon the date the article was posted.

The following tags are used to categorise articles; General Park News, Jubilee Odyssey, Millennium Coaster, Absolutely Insane, Volcanic Impact, Amazing Confusion, The BEAST, Fantasy Mouse, Rhombus Rocket, Fantasea Flume, Coconut Twist, Wreckers Cove, Grand Prix Go-Kart, Childrens Rides, Retired Rides, Future Development, The Market, Nearby Attractions, Maintenance, Winter News, Trip Reports, IQ News, Events, Ownership and Misc. The news archive is then filtered to display only the relevant articles for the selected tag. Similarly, posts can be searched by their poster; in doing so, only articles posted by the selected author would be displayed.

The news archive has also been configured to make the most of social bookmarking services. Digg,, furl, and a number other bookmarking services can be used directly from a selected news article. In doing so, the relevant service is opened, allowing visitors to help promote the article around the web. A "Discuss" link is also evident on selected news articles, allowing readers to share their own views and opinions on the issue in the related Island Quest forum.

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