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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.

Boston residents offered flood advice

It is six months to the day since a tidal surge led to hundreds of people being evacuated from their flooded homes in Boston in Lincolnshire. Today residents are being offered advice from the council and the Environment Agency about flood grants.

The Stump and swollen River Witham Credit: ITV News Central

They are also being encouraged sign up to the automatic emergency flood warnings and personal flood plans.

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Body found in the River Witham in Boston

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A man's body has been found in the River Witham in Boston. Not formally identified yet but family have been informed http://t.co/M39XZniTbY

Officers were called to an area of the River Witham near High Street at 9.20am this morning, after a member of the public saw a body in the water.

The body was recovered from the water with help from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Police believe they know the identity of the man, who is thought to be in his 20s, and have contacted his family, but a formal identification has not yet taken place.

Car park charges to rise in three Lincolnshire hospitals

Car park charges will go up at Lincoln County Hospital
Car park charges will go up at Lincoln County Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Parking charges are to go up at hospitals in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston for the first time in five years.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust's board voted on the price rises - which will take effect from 1 June.

A daily £1.50 charge will be implemented for Blue Badge holders at Lincoln County, Boston Pilgrim and Grantham District hospitals - it is not known when this will begin.

Prices will go up from £1.20 to £1.40 for a one-hour stay, from £3 to £3.40 for up to four hours and from £3.50 to £4 for up to six hours.

The trust says it has financial challenges to meet and the cost of providing car parks increases year on year.

£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.

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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.

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.

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