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Council appeals for white goods for flood victims

Boston Borough Council is appealing for white goods to help flood victims get back on their feet. Last month a tidal surge caused flooding which hit large parts of the town damaging many homes.

Today and next week the council is asking for donations of fridges, cookers and washing machines to their Fen Road depot - but only in full working condition.


Tribute to Boston murder victim

Charlotte Piccaver Credit: family photo

The family of murder victim Charlotte Piccaver, stabbed to death after a row over rent, have spoken of their relief at the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Mehmet Ozen. Speaking after the verdict, they said:

"After months of suffering and anguish, it is a relief to hear the guilty verdict.

Charlotte was a loving, loyal daughter to all her family and friends. Her death leaves a void that will never be filled but the guilty verdict allows us to start looking forward, rather than being in limbo, and we thank everyone involved in the case".

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, who led the investigation, said:

"This again brings into the public domain, the danger of knives, sadly leaving two families without their loved ones this Christmas."

Life for double murderer

A man from Boston has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 27 years, after being found guilty of stabbing to death a man and a woman in a row over rent.

Charlotte Piccaver was found dead in the flat she rented in April. Her housemate's boyfriend - Darren Harwood was found unconscious. He died later in hospital during surgery. Forty-one-year-old Mehmet Ozen was convicted of two counts of murder.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court was unable to reach a decision on a third charge of the attempted murder of another woman.

The court heard that Ozen was angry after discovering that Miss Wright had complained to the property owner about Ozen having asked her for more money, despite the fact that she had paid rent in advance.

Stabbed to death: Charlotte Piccaver Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The jury also heard that Miss Wright, Mr Harwood and Miss Piccaver, had been arrested 48 hours before the fateful night, accused of assaulting Ozen, but were later released without charge. Following that incident, relations between them continued to deteriorate, culminating in the final argument.

Mr Justice Flaux told Ozen he had carried out 'a deliberate, targeted revenge attack on two unarmed people when, in reality, there was no threat to your life'. He also told the families of the victims he had been "unbelievably impressed" with their dignity.


Buses put on to help get people in Wyberton to safety

Homes currently at risk of flooding in Wyberton are to the east of Wyberton Low Road and North of Slippery Gowt Lane, which includes the Riverside Industrial Estate.

Anyone living in this area is advised to either move upstairs or if you are unable to do so or have no place of safety to go to, the emergency services will visit your property to assist. Call 01522 782189 if you need assistance.

Buses are also in operation to assist moving people from the area. The buses are travelling along the B1397, along Tytton Lane East, Wyberton Low Road and left back to the Spirit of Endeavour Pub.

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