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Flood Aid 2014 raises money for Boston flood victims

There are hopes that a two day festival this weekend has raised thousands of pounds to help people who were forced from their homes by the floods which swept through Boston last December. The Flood Aid concert saw a number of local bands play in the town's Central Park - and today theatre groups have entertained children and families with a range of eye catching performances. Almost 700 homes and businesses were affected by last year's tidal surge - and some are still not fit for people to return to.

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Search for missing teenager

Police in Lincolnshire are searching for 17 year-old Simona Kozlovska, who was reported missing from the Carver Road area of Boston at 10.50pm on Monday 21 July, after failing to return from shopping in town.

Simona lives in Manchester and is visiting relatives in Boston. She is familiar with the town as has visited previously.

Simona is 5'7" tall, of medium build, and has shoulder length hair in a ponytail. When last seen, she was wearing a top with coloured flowers on, white trousers, and was carrying a white leather bag with jewels on.

Teenager Simona Kozlovska who has gone missing in Boston Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Manhunt underway after burglar escapes from Lincolnshire prison

Timothy Riggot on the run after escaping from North Sea Camp prison Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police are searching for a convicted burglar who has escaped from a prison in Lincolnshire Timothy Riggott, was serving his sentence at North Sea Camp near Boston. He was last seen shortly before 9am on Thursday morning. He left the prison on foot and is not thought to have any money with him.

The 41-year-old prisoner is described as 6ft 1in tall, of thin build, with brown cropped hair. He was wearing green trousers and a grey sweatshirt. Police believe Riggott, who is originally from the Lincoln area, may have attempted to travel in that direction.

Boston Stump development plans unveiled

Boston Stump Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There are plans to develop the Boston Stump, aimed at making the church a bigger part of the community.

The proposals included connecting Blenkin Hall, which is next to the church, to it via a labryinth. The hall would then become home to a visitors centre and a soft play area for children. The church is seeking lottery funding and plans will go on display to the public this coming week.

Charity warns of prison riots because of warder reductions

Lincoln Prison Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The number of prison officers at Lincoln prison was cut by 37 per cent in three years.

Figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform show that there were 207 officers working there in September 2010, but three years later that number had dropped to 130.

North Sea Camp open prison

At North Sea Camp, near Boston, numbers reduced 29 per cent from 56 to 40. The charity warns that it could mean riots and attacks in prisons become more common as a result.

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Hospitals boss speaks over care standards concerns

Adam Fowler has been speaking to Jane Lewington, Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, after the Trust was told it will remain special measures.

The Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Louth Hospital, was placed in special measures six months ago after concerns were raised about mortality rates and standards of care.

In a recent visit, inspectors found evidence of improvement, but said the Trust still has some way to go before it reaches the required standard.

Police search for missing woman from Lincolnshire

Police are searching for a missing woman who has not been seen since she left home to go to work on Wednesday.

Diane Tytheridge has not been seen since Wednesday

Diane Tytheridge, 60, left her home in Bicker at around 6am to go to work at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Before she got there she contacted colleagues to say she would not be in and has not been heard from since.

Diane is 5' 4" tall, of slim build, and has long fair hair. She drives a black Ford Fiesta, registration DT03 GPT.

Police are increasingly concerned for Diane's welfare and are appealing to her to contact them to let them know she is safe.

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