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.
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.
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.
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”.
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