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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.

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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.

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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.

Car park charges to rise in three Lincolnshire hospitals

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.

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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