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£320,000 for flood-hit Boston

The Stump and swollen River Witham Credit: ITV News Central

£320,000 has been given to Boston to help the town recover from the flooding of last December - more than anywhere else.

People affected by the floods which hit Boston on December 5th will also be able to apply for a council tax discount.

Businesses could receive business rate relief for three months - the council will decide the extent of damage to trade.

The Government is also introducing 'flood resilience grants' of up to £5000 to fund additional flood defences and the council is hoping to recover its own flooding costs through various funds.

Charity appeals for knitted jumpers to keep dogs warm

A stitch in time - knitters Emma Barwell Pauline Banbridge and Carol Couch Credit: Sarah Clark

Knit a jumper for a chilly canine. That is the appeal from the Jerry Green Dog Rescue as it launches its first Great Doggy Knit Off campaign.

The aim is to keep dogs without a home warm this winter and the charity is asking for knitted jumpers, snoods, hats and blankets to help.

More than 160 abandoned and unwanted dogs are feeling the chill - particularly short-haired and older ones.

Knitted items can be donated to any of the charity's five centres including at Algarkirk near Boston in South Lincolnshire.

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Prince William takes royal selfie with Lincolnshire girl

Prince William poses with Madison Lambe Credit: SWNS

Prince William has become the latest royal to join the selfie craze, posing with a member of the public at Sandringham.

According to the Daily Mail, William photographed himself with twelve-year-old Madison Lambe from Boston, Lincolnshire, because she was too nervous to press the button.

Read: The girl from Cheltenham who had her picture taken with the Queen

Read: The Royal selfie - Prince of Wales joins online craze

Man given life for double stabbing of couple in Boston

The scene of the double stabbing in Boston in April Credit: ITV News Central

A man's been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a couple in Boston.

Charlotte PIccaver died after being stabbed in April. Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Charlotte Piccaver and her partner Darren Heywood died after being stabbed at a flat in April.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard it may have been in a disagreement over rent.

Mehmet Ozen, who's 41 and lived in another flat in the same building, will have to serve a minimum of 27 years.

Temporary flood defences to be erected in Boston

Similar defences in King's Lynn Credit: Environment Agency

Temporary flood defences will go up in Boston, Lincolnshire tomorrow. They'll help to reduce the risk of floods in the area after 30 metres of flood wall were damaged by the tidal surge earlier this month.

In total, 60 metres of temporary defences will be in place.

Similar defences in King's Lynn Credit: Environment Agency

Environment Agency teams have already been water-proofing and stacking up one-tonne sandbags.

A 40-metre hole in a flood bank has already been repaired by driving steel piles into the ground and 2000 tonnes of stone used to fill in the hole.

Boston properties visited by community support team

All properties in Boston in Lincolnshire have been visited by a member of a community support team, so occupants’ needs can be assessed.

Lincolnshire Police says properties where nobody was home have been revisited at least once, and the team would continue to work to reassure the community that there is a visible and secure presence in the area.

Throughout this recovery phase, people from all agencies, businesses and charities have been working extremely hard to support the communities in Boston.

Members of the emergency services and uniformed agencies can be very easy to spot but there are others whose sterling efforts may not have been so obvious to the public.

I would particularly like to extend my thanks to the staff at Boston Borough Council, whose support in co-ordinating the recovery, and in helping to bring everything together, has been invaluable.

– Superintendent Phil Vickers

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Boston shops selling unlicensed medicines raided

Seven Eastern European shops in Boston in Lincolnshire have been raided for illegally selling unlicensed prescription-only medicine.

The raids were carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Concerns were raised after a man's death was thought to be linked to medicine sold in an Eastern European shop.

Several shopkeepers have been cautioned by police and could face jail sentences if caught again.

Neal Patel from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned anyone purchasing illegal medicines that they pose a risk to their own health.

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'Untouchable' man to be sentenced for murder

Due to be sentenced for murder: Slawomir Dziob Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man described as being thought 'untouchable' by Boston's Polish community will be sentenced today for murder. Slawomir Dziob, 35, denied the murder of 28-year-old Jan Pawel Stochnialek, whose body was found in a waterway in Boston in January last year.

But he was found guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court. Mr Stochnialek was last seen alive at a Christmas Eve party when he was seen to become involved in a heated discussion with Dziob. The prosecution alleged that, at some point between 23rd December and 25th January, Dziob murdered him.

Chief Superintendent Paula Wood said: “There is a flourishing Polish community in Boston, with whom we have maintained a close connection throughout the investigation into Mr Stochnialek’s murder.

It became apparent at an early stage that this community regarded the offender as, in some way, ‘untouchable’ and that there was a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to bring him to justice.

I hope that today’s successful outcome offers reassurance to all our communities in Boston and Lincolnshire that such worries were groundless..... and that, regardless of nationality or criminal reputation, those who harm our communities will be found and brought before the court”.

'Low staffing levels' affected treatment of patients

A report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that urgent action is needed from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to improve standards. The report said:

  • Low staffing levels had an impact, including in the care and treatment of patients, communication between staff, maintenance of patient records and access to staff training and appraisals
  • Staff could not always respond to patient needs and not all care needs were assessed or planned, there were concerns around the documentation and decision making about whether to resuscitate patients
  • This is not the first time the has highlighted problems at the trust, previously carrying out an investigation into the service, it said most recent reports show changes made had not been properly embedded in to the trust's culture

Source: Care Quality Commission

National standards 'not met' by Lincolnshire NHS Trust

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission has found that national standards have not been met by Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and Lincoln County Hospital in Lincoln. The report looked at:

  • The care welfare of people who use services
  • Management of medicines
  • Staffing
  • Supporting workers
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision and records

Read: Urgent action demanded to improve NHS standards

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