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Flood warnings and alerts continue across Lincolnshire

A weather warning is in place for Thursday

Over 30 flood warnings and alerts affecting Lincolnshire remain in place on Tuesday morning, with heavy rain forecast in a number of areas of the county.

According to the Met Office, spells of heavy rain are forecast in areas including Alford, Wainfleet, Skegness, Grimsby and Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning for rain, which will be in place between midnight and 11.45pm on Thursday, November 14 as a risk of further heavy rain may increase disruption from flooding.

Flood warnings & alerts

Ten flood warnings affecting Lincolnshire are currently in place at the time of writing.

This means flooding is expected and immediate action is required in the following areas:

  • Low Barlings and the Short Ferry Area
  • Patrington Haven on Winestead Drain
  • River Don at Moorends and Thorne
  • River Idle at Retford, Eaton and Gamston
  • River Idle at West Retford and Ordsall
  • River Trent at Carlton on Trent including Beck Cottage
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Chapel Hill to Boston
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Washingborough to Metheringham
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Woodhall Spa to Chapel Hill
  • Waithe Beck in the Hatcliffe Area

Hundreds of horses, donkeys, ponies, and mules are at risk at a rescue centre near Lincoln after they were hit by floods.

Several flood warnings and alerts are currently in place affecting Lincolnshire. Photo: Flood information service

The River Eau burst its banks flooding Short Ferry near Lincoln last week and the Environment Agency said it will be several days before water levels fall there.

23 flood alerts affecting Lincolnshire are also in place, meaning flooding is possible and to be prepared in the following areas:

  • Bain Catchment
  • Barlings Eau and Duckpool Catchwater
  • Burstwick and Keyingham Drains
  • Fossdyke Canal and River Till
  • Groundwater flooding south of the Humber Estuary
  • Holderness Drain
  • Lincoln Watercourses
  • Louth Canal and Waithe Beck
  • Lower River Ancholme
  • Lower River Derwent
  • Lower River Witham
  • Minor Watercourses in North Kesteven
  • Rase and Upper Ancholme
  • River Foulness and Market Weighton catchment
  • River Idle in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Steeping
  • River Trent from Cromwell Weir to Gainsborough
  • River Trent in Nottinghamshire
  • River Wreake in Leicestershire
  • South East Holderness
  • River Ouse, Don and the Dutch River catchment
  • Witham in North Kesteven

A 20-year-old man has been locked up for three years after starting a fire in care accommodation with a discarded cigarette.

Callum Lilliot, 20, dropped a cigarette on his coat which he then threw onto his bed at his care accommodation in Awdry Drive, Wisbech, at about 10pm on Boxing Day 2021.

Officers initially were called to the property when Lilliot threatened to jump out of a second-floor window, but arrived to find smoke coming from an open window.

An officer began to kick the door down through fears that people were inside, before a carer opened it with a key and police tried to tackle the fire themselves.

The officers were beaten back by smoke and heat, causing two of them to be hospitalised with smoke inhalation. Four residents and carers were evacuated as Lilliot was arrested a short time later.

He claimed the fire had been an accident as temporary accommodation had to be arranged for other residents, but that was not to be the last time that Christmastime he got himself in trouble with the police.

In a further incident on December 29, just three days later, Lilliot rang 999 to say he wanted to hurt staff at Peterborough’s Edith Cavell Centre by burning it down.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson with intent to endanger life, arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, and threatening to damage or destroy property, during a hearing at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday, June 29.

Lilliot was sentenced to three years detention in a young offenders institution.

Detective Sergeant Lee Womak, who investigated, said: “Lilliot showed little regard for the safety of others when he decided to deliberately drop his cigarette on his coat and start a fire.

“I don’t need to explain why starting fires is so dangerous and I hope Lilliot will reflect on his actions and consider how tragic the consequences could have been.”

A judge has issued an apology to a Boston man who admitted drug dealing after his sentence hearing was postponed for a second time because of strike action by crown court barristers.

Stacey Housham, 42, has been warned to expect jail after he pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and heroin to other users.

Housham was due to be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on June 9, but the hearing could not go-ahead because of protest action by defence barristers.

His case was postponed until July 5, however Judge John Pini QC was again forced to adjourn the sentence hearing after being told Housham’s barrister was unavailable because of strike action.

Housham, who attended the hearing by video-link, will now be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on July 27.

Judge Pini told Housham: “These are serious matters. I have read the papers and the pre-sentence report in detail.

“Quite plainly your barrister needs to be here before you can be sentenced.

“I am sorry about this. It is something completely out of my control.”

Housham pleaded guilty to four charges concerning Class A drugs when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court in April.

He was due to be sentenced after the preparation of a report by the Probation Service.

A number of other cases at Lincoln Crown Court have been impacted by the nationwide strike action by the Criminal Bar Association. (CBA)

Eight out of 10 barristers voted for the walkouts amid concerns the Government will not improve a proposed increase in criminal Legal Aid.

Housham, who was of no fixed address at the time of his offences, and is formerly of Collingwood Crescent, Boston, admitted possessing both cocaine and heroin with intent to supply others on February 10, 2020.

He also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin to others between December 6, 2019, and February 11, 2020.

At a previous hearing the court heard Housham is now clean of drugs and has turned his life around.

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