Untreated sewage discharged into the sea around the coast has seen pollution warnings at almost 50 beaches nationally – including three in Lincolnshire.

Data from water companies by the Safer Seas and Rivers Service, run by the charity Surfers Against Sewage, showed discharges have taken place following heavy rain across the country this week.

It followed a spell of extremely dry weather, prompting Lincolnshire to be placed in drought conditions last week, and the weather flipped on its head on Tuesday as homes were damaged by extreme flooding in Market Rasen.

Many popular seaside resorts were found to have been contaminated by untreated sewage discharges into the water, including here on the Lincolnshire coast.

Three beaches in Greater Lincolnshire have pollution risk warnings in place. | Photo: Surfers Against Sewage

A map on the Surfers Against Sewage website flags up three alerts in Greater Lincolnshire for pollution risk warnings. One is at Ingoldmells, and the other two are by Grimsby and Cleethorpes in the North East area of the county.

Beaches along the south coast are worst affected, and it comes after water service regulator Ofwat opened an investigation into storm overflow spills and sewage dumps across the country.

The regulator called for more action as part of a national inquiry into wastewater companies, including Anglian Water, which covers Greater Lincolnshire.

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A woman who persistently begged in the street and would target people when they were at the cashpoint has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) following proactive work by the Lincoln Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Romayne Thompson, 30, of no fixed address, began begging in the city centre in May this year.

The team worked in partnership with the City of Lincoln CCTV team, viewing extensive CCTV footage which showed that in the space of just one week in June, she had approached in excess of 50 people in Lincoln High Street.

In some instances, she would approach people and directly ask for money, as well as follow individuals to cash points and make further requests when they have withdrawn their money.

She was previously convicted on of seven begging offences which took place between 5 May and 22 May in Lincoln High Street. That hearing was held at Lincoln District Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, and she received a 12 month conditional discharge.

After continuing to offend, she was then convicted for persistent begging after being captured on CCTV approaching people, often when they were at ATMs, and asking for money between 27 May and 15 June.

At a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on 10 August she was given a two-year CBO with a specific condition not to beg for money or goods within the Lincoln city boundary.

The CBO is an order designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court. If it’s breached, this is a criminal offence and custodial sentence can be enforced to deal with the individual.

PC Andy Balding said: “This is someone who was very aggressive with begging, who would approach members of the public and ask them directly for money, or provide a story designed to elicit sympathy and ultimately money from her victims.

“On several occasions she has followed people to cash machines and then been handed notes from the victim. This kind of behaviour can be extremely intimidating to vulnerable members of the public who can feel pressured into handing over money when they might otherwise choose to ignore the request.”

We keep a continued watch of people who we have issued CBOs for, and we proactively release their image so that members of the community have the opportunity to stay clear of their offending, and are more able to report an incident if one occurs.

If you have an incident you feel needs police attention, please contact us on 101.

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