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England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam has urged youngsters to not believe everything they read on social media, instead asking to trust medical professionals and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Boston’s Van-Tam has said that we should trust people who have spent “years and years training for the role” of medical professionals, as vaccine hesitancy in younger age demographics is being linked with social media misinformation.

The government has announced it will be opening national vaccine hubs to 12-15 year-olds this half-term break, in an attempt to “ramp up” jabs amongst younger people.

Last week, The Lincolnite reported that less than a quarter of Lincolnshire children aged 12-15 have been vaccinated for COVID, according to government figures released on Thursday, October 14.

Professor Van-Tam also spoke about the vaccine rollout at Boston United, the football club he supports, and said the Pilgrims were in a “very strong position” as 90% of the players and staff were double jabbed.

He stated the importance of footballers receiving the jab due to their position as idols to young people in society.

“They are role models whether they like it or not,” JVT told the BBC on Wednesday, October 20, and he himself has given a number of the Boston players their vaccines.

A grand opening event has been held at the new Rebos Department Store in Boston, as it replaces the iconic Oldrids shop some 200 years after it first opened in the town.

Oldrids closed on Strait Bargate in July 2020, after an incredible 216 years of trading in Boston, blaming the closure on the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced footfall.

It has been replaced with Rebos Department Store, a new flagship shop for the town which boasts beauty, fashion and homeware products, as well as gifts, a restaurant and a cafe.

The mayor of Boston, Councillor Frank Pickett, was in attendance for the grand opening. | Photo: Boston Borough Council

It first opened on October 4, but a grand opening event was held on Friday, October 15, with Boston Borough Council leader Paul Skinner and mayor of the town Frank Pickett in attendance.

A spokesperson for Boston Borough Council said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the team and celebrate the opening of the store – which has breathed new life into the former Oldrids building.

“We’d like to thank Rebos Boston for inviting us along and we wish them every success for the future!”

Breathing new life into the former Oldrids building! | Photo: Boston Borough Council

Rebos owner Serkan Arslan said: “We were able to employ more people (around 50) to join the new store and it’s such a unique location, the best in any town.

“We hope bringing Rebos to the town centre will help other businesses to grow. We appreciate the support from the people of Boston and if you come to see us please leave a Google review so we can continue to improve the store.”

A father saw his beloved dog killed as he saved the life of a drunken man on a busy main road.

Max Williams, who was walking 19-week-old Loki, bravely went into the road and dragged the man out of the busy A16.

Just as he let him go, Loki broke free and began running along the verge.

Max, 34, went into the road again to try and stop the approaching traffic. Sadly, one car did not slow down and hit and killed Loki instantly.

“It was dreadful and has been haunting me since. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life,” said his distraught owner.

The driver didn’t stop or report the collision but it’s understood police have traced a vehicle in connection with the incident.

Max says he doesn’t believe the driver was speeding but the road is well lit and he can’t understand why the car didn’t slow down.

“Although my puppy was only a baby he was a Cane Corso so he was a large dog who weighed 36kg. This car must have seen me, the drunken man and my dog,” he added.

Max’s family – including fiancée Becky Waller and three children – are devastated over the tragedy near Tytton Lane East, Wyberton – close to Boston United’s new ground – at about 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 12.

Moments beforehand, Max had seen the drunken man walking in the middle of the road and shouting at a young woman and child.

Max said: “After [he had] two very close calls with cars, I rang 999. While I was on the phone to them he continued to throw himself in front of traffic.

“He was aware of what he was doing. I had to do something to stop him – I would never have been able to live with myself if I’d found out later that he’d been killed.”

Businessman Max says the police have told him they are unhappy about his own efforts to trace the driver of the vehicle which killed Loki, including a social media offering a reward for information and trying to gather CCTV footage from nearby premises.

“And worse still they say I might be liable for any damage to the car,” Max added.

It could be deemed that he did not have proper control of Loki but Max believes video footage from na cyclist will clear him of any blame.

The clip of the harness is broken but it’s not clear whether this happened as Loki got free or it was damaged in the collision.

Max said: “I’ve gone over it a million times in my head. It was a pull. The one thing I hope from people take away from me sharing this story is that they are extra careful on the roads – life can change so quickly.”

He added: “The impact this has had on my family is unreal. We waited five years to get Loki, we travelled abroad to get a certain breeder, spent tens of thousands of pounds on training and more importantly he was our youngest son.

“To say this has ripped our family apart is no understatement. My children are heartbroken and Becky has been unable to leave the house since – they spent 24 hours a day together.”

Max said Loki was a caring and gentle dog, loved by everyone whom he came into came into contact with. He featured on Instagram and had done advertising for dog food brands and dog clothing company.

“He was incredibly photogenic and loved being the star of the show,” added Max. Loki was regarded as the youngest son of the family.

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