A 70-year-old man from Mablethorpe died and another passenger was seriously injured after a car crashed into a tree in a village near Alford.

The collision involving a Renault Modus happened on Main Road in Withern just before midday on December 22.

Two passengers, a man and a woman, were both seriously injured and taken to hospital. The female driver was not seriously injured.

Lincolnshire Police announced on Thursday, December 31 that the man has since sadly died and they are now investigating the collision.

Any witnesses or anyone with information or dashcam footage is being urged to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident reference number 149 of December 22.

A secondary school in Alford will temporarily close for a week due to coronavirus.

John Spendluffe Technology College said it has experienced “considerable staff shortages, not due to confirmed COVID cases but to protect our staff if they have potential links to settings with confirmed cases”.

On Friday it said it had two positive cases of coronavirus – one in the Year 11 cohort and one in Year 7. A letter to parents/carers from headteacher Ms Shorrock on Saturday confirmed another case within its Year 8 bubble that morning.

After consultation with its chair and vice chair of the governing body it was decided to temporarily close to all students for the week from Monday, November 16.

Ms Shorrock said: “We feel this is the right decision for staff, students and the local community. This step will allow staff to work with their individual class remotely and upload targeted work not our Class Charts platform.”

She added: “We appreciate that this will cause some disruption and inconvenience to our families but we feel this is unavoidable at present.

“There is no substitute for having children face to face with their class teacher and we do not anticipate that this pause in our usual curriculum offering will be for an extended period.

“Our desire would be to have children back in school as soon as possible, but only if it is safe to do so.”

A school in Alford has been closed for at least a day over fears of coronavirus.

John Spendluffe Technology College on Hanby Lane in Alford confirmed the closure saying all students in Year 7 and 10 or any student that catches the Hunts 7 bus.

The school said this was due to “a serious COVID-19 concern affecting these year groups and bus service”.

The school added that depending on the test result it may continue to be closed for these students, who must stay at home and complete the work set on class charts as normal.

All other students should attend school as normal.

The school and the bus company are working together “to maintain high standards of hygiene and safety to keep pupils safe”.

The school’s announcement in full.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in schools in the county continues to rise. Lincolnshire County Council confirmed on Tuesday that 11 schools, including Lincoln College, have positive cases.

In addition, confirmed cases of COVID-19 has also been reported at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School and Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham.

There have also been three confirmed cases at schools in North East Lincolnshire and at least one in North Lincolnshire.

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