October 17, 2018 2.54 pm This story is over 65 months old

Lincoln Warm Rail back from the ashes

The original rail was ruined in an arson attack

The Lincoln Warm Rail is back from the ashes after a builder created a new one to replace the original which was destroyed during an arson attack.

As previously reported, the original rail was put up by community group Compassionate Lincoln to offer warm clothing and other items to people sleeping rough, but it was ruined in a blaze just after 4am on Friday, January 5.

The ‘warm rail’ was set up to provide clothing for people on the streets of Lincoln.

It has now been replaced thanks to Warm Rail builder Sam and the YMCA shop on Waterside South, but they are taking extra steps to ensure it is kept safe.

The rail will only be accessible during the opening hours of the YMCA shop to ensure that it won’t be vulnerable overnight and it is still accessible for the people who donate to it.

January’s ‘arson attack’

Police said at the time it was being treated as arson and “spiteful”, “nasty”, “disgusting” were just some of the comments from people after the incident in the city centre.

Compassionate Lincoln previously said it was a “deliberate attack”, but they remained committed to the cause saying “one person doesn’t get to spoil” their mission and a new rail has been created.

The rail was destroyed in a deliberate attack in January. Photo: The Lincolnite

The aftermath of January’s fire. Photo: The Lincolnite

All donations including jumpers, coats, gloves, scarves and socks, will be gratefully received.