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Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected gas explosion at a property in Waterworks Street in Gainsborough.

Officers were called to reports of an explosion at the property at 4.45pm on Friday.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and utility services attended the incident and the property has been secured by the services.

Nobody has been injured, and no neighbouring properties have been affected.

Police will remain on scene overnight while enquiries are carried out.

If you have any information about the incident or have dashcam, phone, or CCTV footage which could help, please contact police.

There are a number of ways to get in touch:

  • By clicking on the email link [email protected] and putting incident 328 of the 15 October in the subject box.
  • Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 328 of the 15 October.
  • Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

A village shop could have its license revoked after an illegal worker served two underage test purchasers.

Lincolnshire Police has asked South Holland District Council to carry out a licence review of City Stores, on Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, after the spot check on August 24, 2021.

A report due before the authority’s licensing committee next Wednesday says two 15-year-old volunteers entered the shop at 6.30pm and successfully purchased a bottle of pink Hooch despite being asked for ID and telling the worker they had left it at home.

A subsequent police and Trading Standards investigation found the worker was Sri Lankan and that his visa expired in 2014, meaning he had overstayed and was in the country illegally. He was arrested and transported to custody for immigration.

Further interviews revealed he had been working at the shop since November 2020 and lived in the premises. He said he was paid a percentage of the shop’s takings and was a relation of premises licence holder and designated premises supervisor, Arumugam Sarankan.

Mr Sarankan took over the shop in December 2020 but the premises licence was previously reviewed in 2011 after another illegal worker sold alcohol to children in similar circumstances.

Police found no written authorisation to the shop’s workers for alcohol sales from Mr Sarankan.

South Holland District Council. | Photo: Daniel Jaines for The Lincolnite

They also said there was no incident and refusals log, no age verification policy and no staff training and the store was not operating challenge 25, as well as CCTV not conforming to the force’s specification, and the supervisor sending the majority of his time elsewhere.

The rules state that in the absence of a supervisor, and with no personal licence holder present, the store should not to trade unless at least two trained members of staff are working.

In their report, Lincolnshire Police said the employment of illegal workers in licenced premises had “become an ever more present issue” over recent years and legislation had changed to reflect this.

“Illegal workers are more than likely poorly paid for the hours they are required to work and are not subject to the benefit of a minimum wage or restricted hours as prescribed in law,” said the report.

“Nor are they afforded the benefit of the protections offered by UK employment legislation and are therefore often exploited.”

“Lincolnshire Police request that the Licensing Sub-committee seriously consider a revocation of the premises licence due to… active criminality and serious failings.”

Mr Sarankan has provided evidence to the council in support of his licence but it has been restricted from public viewing.

Police have launched a CCTV appeal after reports of a late night burglary at a caravan site in Mablethorpe.

Reports of a burglary at a rental caravan were made to police just after 11pm on Friday, October 8, at the Golden Sands Leisure Site on Quebec Road.

An iPad, laptop, car keys and bag were stolen but have since been recovered, after the suspect abandoned them.

Police would like to speak to this person. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Police would like to speak to the person pictured in connection with the incident, and are asking the public to get in touch if they recognise him.

If you can help identify the person, contact police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected] and using incident 538 of October 8 as reference.

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