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Soldiers deployed to Skegness after flood warnings issued

Flood warnings are in place for parts of Lincolnshire. People are being told to prepare for large waves and possible flooding.

Around 100 soldiers from the Catterick army base have been deployed to Skegness, where about 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

Lincolnshire County Council is tweeting travel advice:


Fruit machines targeted in pub burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses after four fruit machines were targeted in a pub burglary in Skegness.

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Sometime between 3.30am and 4.28am on 15 May two offenders broke into the Red Lion pub on Roman Bank and targeted the machines.

It is believed they entered the building from Prince George Street. A quantity of cash was stolen.

Lincolnshire Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything or anyone suspicious in the area.

They have urged them to contact 101 quoting incident 87 of 15/05/2016 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Two women seriously injured on pedestrian crossing

Two women are in hospital with serious injuries after a collision with a car on Roman Bank, outside Butlins.

The women were crossing the road using a controlled pedestrian crossing just before 1am. The driver of the silver Volkswagen Golf, which was travelling in the direction of Ingoldmells, was not seriously injured.

The two women, one aged 22, have been taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

"This is a terrible collision, two women have been very seriously injured and any information witnesses can offer that will help our investigation would be very useful. We appeal to anyone who was in the area of Roman Bank near to Butlins around the time of the collision to contact the witness appeal line 01522 558855."

– Sgt Adrian Scargill the East Midlands Operational Support Service


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Lincolnshire business leaders call for council action to extend Skegness holiday season

Two business leaders in Lincolnshire are backing calls for councils to do more to extend the tourism season on the East Coast.

More needs to be done for tourism say business leaders Credit: ITV News

John Chappell the General Manager of Skegness Water Leisure Park and Chris Baron the Resort Director of Butlins have both spoken out as an online petition to extend the caravan season continues to gain support.

More than 700 people have now signed it and are calling for caravan sites to be allowed to open more between the months of October and March.

Planning decisions are ultimately made by the local authority, and the Environment Agency’s role is to provide them with expert guidance regarding flood risk. The Environment Agency has worked with the council to develop a position that balances flood risk with the needs of the tourist economy on the east coast. Caravans are particularly vulnerable to deep or fast flowing flood water which would be expected if coastal defences were overwhelmed. Therefore the agreed position restricts occupancy of caravans during the winter months, when evidence and history shows the factors that lead to coastal flooding are more likely to occur.

– Environment Agency
More than 700 people have now signed it and are calling for caravan sites to be allowed to open more between the months of October and March. Credit: ITV News

I'm very keen that we grow the coastal economy of Lincolnshire, it is a massive contributor - over £520 million a year - to the wider economy so we set a target to double that contribution to a billion pounds a year....but we have to be cautious about how we do that bearing in mind the huge challenges we face with climate change and coastal flooding. We all remember what happened in 1953 when people died on the coast in terrible storms and we have to recognise that climate change is having an impact on our weather all over the country. Caravans themselves are not firm like hotels are...having watched the footage from Scotland over the weekend of caravans floating down rivers, I would not want to see that happen on our coast. There is a way forward I'm sure, we should work together to deliver it.

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive councillor for economy and environment - Lincolnshire County Council
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