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New visitor centre to open at Gibraltar Point

The new £1 million visitor centre at Gibraltar Point officially opens today.

It replaces the old centre which was damaged during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This was an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity that we have fully taken advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"This is just one of a series of investments on the coast, which we are confident will help attract new visitors to the area.

"Combined with the new outdoor theatre space and North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council

University lecturers to stage 48-hour strike in pay row

University lecturers across our region are set to begin a two-day national walkout today in an ongoing row over pay.

Credit: Press Association

The strike has been called by the University and College Union (UCU).

Further industrial action will see staff working to contract from this point, which includes refusing to work overtime, set additional work or undertake voluntary tasks such as covering for colleagues.

The move is likely to cause disruption on campuses around the country.

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Woman, 70, dies in Boston drain accident

Woman has yet to be named

A woman has died after she was found in a car in a water-filled drain in Boston.

Emergency services were called to Maud Foster Drain in Horncastle Road at 7.45am today. The woman was found seriously injured in the submerged car and taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Police say she is 70-years-old and from the Boston area but that they are not in a position to be able to name her yet.

Officers remain at the scene while the investigation into the accident continues.

Gas leak causes evacuations and road closures

Gas leak leads to evacuations Credit: ITV library picture

A number of homes have been evacuated and roads have been closed in Navenby, Lincolnshire, this morning following a suspected gas leak.

Police were alerted just before 7.30am to reports of a smell of gas on the A607 Lincoln Road, where it is believed that a grass cutter may have damaged a gas pipe.

Nearby properties have been evacuated and residents have gone to a local care home. A short section of road has been closed at Green man Lane junction and Heath Lane. National Grid are currently on the scene and it is hoped the situation will be resolved soon.

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