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Norovirus forces wards to close at Pilgrim Hospital

Pilgrim Hospital Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston in Lincolnshire has closed three wards and restricted admission to two because patients and staff have symptoms of norovirus.

The closures are a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus.

The wards will reopen once patients have been discharged and the area has been free from symptoms of the winter vomiting bug for up to 72 hours.

The hospital remains open.

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Drinking alcohol banned in Boston town centre

Drinking alcohol in the street in Boston town centre will be illegal from today, after public consultation revealed "overwhelming support" for the introduction of the ban.

On Monday night Boston Borough Council agreed to be among the first in the country to introduce new legislation declaring the town centre a drink-free area.

Anyone found drinking alcohol in the designated area will be subject to arrest if, when requested by a police officer, they do not stop drinking or surrender the drink.

Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.

Police release images after fraud at Ladbrokes in Boston

The force has released CCTV images of two people they wish to speak to in connection with the crime Credit: Lincolnshire Police
The force has released CCTV images of two people they wish to speak to in connection with the crime Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after a distraction fraud at a betting shop in Boston.

The force has released CCTV images of two people they wish to speak to in connection with the crime.

At about 1.30pm on Thursday November 20, a couple walked into the Ladbrokes betting shop in the Market Place. They asked the cashier to change notes into different denominations, and they used techniques to confuse the cashier into handing out more money than was received.

Then, the man kept the cashier distracted while the woman left the shop so that she was gone before the cashier had time to realise what had happened.

Fears for 'emotional' missing Lincolnshire man

Missing man Owen Belcher Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing man from Boston.

Owen Belcher, 28, was last seen on Tuesday morning. Officers say he was "in an emotional state of mind" at the time, and concern for his welfare is growing.

Owen is 5'6" tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and a goatee beard.

Police deal with possible wartime shells in Boston

Police and members of the MOD's Explosives Ordnance Disposal team are investigating a garden in Boston. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Lincolnshire man believes he has found wartime artillery shells in his garden.

Police and members of the MOD's Explosives Ordnance Disposal team are investigating the area in Boston.

A cordon has been put in place, affecting Cotton Road, Tavener Road and Kyme Road.

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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.

Body found in the River Witham in Boston

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.

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