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Boston and Lincoln see biggest rise in food bank users

Food bank in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Calendar

The number of people relying on food banks in Lincolnshire increased by ten times in one area.

A report by charities including The Trussell Trust found that food banks in Boston and Lincoln saw the biggest rises in the number of people seeking help. Meals were handed out to more than 10 thousand people across the county.

Watch: Rising numbers forced to rely on food banks


Boston still suffering six months after floods

It is six months since Boston experienced the worst flooding it had seen in decades.

Yet many residents are still living in water-damaged homes while thousands of pounds put aside to help them goes unclaimed.

The Environment Agency says less than a fifth of those living in flood risk areas have signed up for its free alerts.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that the damage done to St Botolph's Church is far worse than first thought.

Adam Fowler has the story:

Boston flood victims fail to claim repair cash

Thousands of pounds set aside for property repairs following the floods in Boston is going unclaimed.

According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, only around a a hundred and fifty households out of the eight hundred have applied for the five thousand pound "Repair and Renewal Grant."

An event has been held today in Boston Market Place where people could get information about grants, flood warnings and defence systems.

Two injured in Boston dog attack

Two people have suffered serious injuries following a dog attack incident in Boston.

The incident happened at 3.20pm on Monday 2 June in Margaret Drive.

A 41 year-old woman walking her dog was attacked by another dog. She suffered deep lacerations and her dog received several bites.

An 80 year-old man who intervened to help suffered a facial injury, bites to his hand and a suspected fractured arm. Both victims were treated at Boston Pilgrim hospital.

The dog involved was contained in a police van and subsequently destroyed at the request of the owner.

Two people were interviewed at Boston Police Station in connection with the incident and enquiries are continuing.

The actions of the intervening passerby undoubtedly saved the lady and her dog from more serious injury and he has been badly hurt himself as a consequence. I would like to extend my thanks, on behalf of Lincolnshire Police, for his courageous and selfless community spirit".

– Community Inspector Jim Manning, Lincolnshire Police


Boston set to ban booze in town centre

Boston looks set to become the first town in the country to impose a total ban on drinking alcohol in the street.

Councillors in the Lincolnshire town say they are fed up with public drinkers spoiling it for others - and possibly frightening visitors away.

If the ban goes ahead, drinkers risk a £1,000 fine for breaching the law.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Boston town centre nears alcohol-free status

Boston town centre is a step closer to becoming an alcohol-free zone.

Press Association

Councillors have backed a recommendation to stop people drinking alcohol in public areas. They want to tackle knock-on effects like violence, damage and people feeling intimidated by rowdy drinkers.

Plans to make it a borough-wide ban were rejected, as police say they would not be able to enforce it.

The plans will have to be approved by the full council and, if given the go-ahead, Boston could be one of the first town centres in the country to enforce such rules.

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