A Cleethorpes mum has praised firefighters and a quick-thinking neighbour after her daughter’s car was engulfed by flames in front of her home.

Andrea Barker, who lives on Queen Mary Avenue, had been watching television on the evening of Tuesday, December 7, unaware of the developing blaze, when her neighbour knocked on the door.

Once alerted to the fire, and while awaiting the arrival of emergency services, Andrea’s living room window was soon aglow with frightening eight-foot flames.

“I was really surprised as the car hadn’t moved all day,” Andrea told The Lincolnite.

“I checked CCTV and nothing untoward had happened so firemen said was an electrical fault.”

Unfortunately, her daughter’s car could not be saved. It’s believed the blaze was caused by an electrical fault. | Photo: Andrea Barker

Sadly, Andrea’s 19-year-old daughter’s car was a write-off, and the bay windows of the house suffered heat damage. However, the family are counting themselves lucky.

Andrea shared a message to the fire service and her neighbour.

“I’d like to thank them for there speedy arrival and the reassurance given. Great men.

“Next door, Andy, was great. He alerted me and has been very helpful afterwards with regards to insurance.”

Lincolnshire Police has launched an investigation into reports of an alleged sexual assault in Lincoln last week.

The incident is reported to have taken place on Wednesday, December 1, though it is unclear at what time.

Police would like to speak to the man photographed on CCTV, as they believe he may be able to help with investigations.

If you have information that can help police’s appeal, or recognise the man in the photograph, call 101, quoting incident 52 of December 4.

A Grimsby woman with her own interior design and homeware company is also making a name for herself as an Instagram influencer and OnlyFans model with thousands of followers and subscribers.

Vikki Blendell, who studied at Tollbar Academy in Grimsby, used to work at The Range around 10 years ago, but now lives a more luxurious life including driving a Range Rover and holidays in Ibiza – follow her on Instagram here.

Her head-to-toe body art and racy photographs have invited growing attention online

The 29-year-old, who turns 30 next week, has lived in Ibiza in Spain and in Australia, as well as in her home town of Grimsby.

She has her own business called So Kelvin, which sells and promotes canvas prints, decorative candles, and a range of homeware items.

Vikki also has a large following on her OnlyFans account where she claims “you won’t see this content anywhere else” as she prepares to show off her tattooed body to her fans.




Vikki joins a growing trend of men and women seeking financial freedom and fame through the OnlyFans website.

The site, which has seen some users become millionaires with their provocative ‘adult entertainment’, has also recently become host to museums wishing to share nudes online.


It’s not always a straight path to fame and glory though, with critics questioning links to sex work and pornography.

The site also cost one actress her job recently. Sarah Jayne Dunn was dropped from Hollyoaks after she created an account and refused to back down in her quest to use the platform as she wished.

Many who achieve ‘influencer’ status also have to contend with hurtful comments and judgements from many in the online community; something Vikki responds to with a positive attitude.


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