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People across Lincolnshire have woken to the news that Russia has begun a military attack in Ukraine, in what has been described by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “path of bloodshed and destruction”.

Explosions have been heard in cities across Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an operation to ‘demilitarise’ the neighbouring country.

Missiles have hit Ukrainian infrastructure and at least eight people are reported to have been killed.

Boris Johnson has pledged that the UK and allies will “respond decisively” in a statement published on Twitter, as he prepared to chair a Cobra emergency meeting on the crisis.

The Prime Minister had previously made it clear that the UK would not send troops to Ukraine if Russia launched a full-scale invasion, as it is not part of NATO.

During a visit to The Lincolnite offices last week, Boris Johnson said RAF Waddington, and Lincolnshire’s military strength would be crucial to monitoring the Ukraine crisis.

The PM examined military resources at the RAF base near Lincoln, praising the “extraordinary machines” kept there.

He told The Lincolnite he did not believe Russia’s assertions at the time that troops were stepping back.

“I’m afraid the bad news is that the Russians are basically having us on, when they say that they’re withdrawing,” said Mr Johnson.

“They’re not withdrawing, clearly they’re encroaching.”

He praised Lincolnshire’s “very proud” history of support for the armed forces – particularly the RAF.

“I’m sure Lincolnshire will continue to play a very important part but we do not want that you know, I want to stress we don’t want conflict.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said EU leaders would be asked to approve “massive and targeted sanctions” against Russia, as well as freezing Russian assets in the EU.

Data has revealed the places across Lincolnshire where first time buyers (FTB) will find the most affordable homes, and how much they’ll have to earn to own them.

The average cost of a first time home, and the household income required, has been broken down by local authority area by Zoopla.

Despite recent reassurances from TV expert Kirsty Allsop that a person’s first home is just a Netflix and a gym membership cancellation away, the deposit and income required can be overwhelming.

In Lincoln, where the average house price for first time buyers (FTB) is £170,000, a resident would have to give up a £20 a month gym membership for more than 70 years to afford a 10% deposit.

Not only have house prices continued to rise over the last few decades, but first time buyers have an even bigger challenge today with the cost of living set to skyrocket.

First-time buyers accounted for 51% of all properties bought with a mortgage last year, according to Zoopla – up from just 38% in the previous year.

Zoopla has calculated the cost of the average home for a first-time buyer in each area of Greater Lincolnshire.

Those looking to get onto the property ladder will find the most affordable area to be North East Lincolnshire, where, on average, buyers can purchase a three-bedroom terraced property for £105,000.

The most expensive place to buy is South Holland, where a first time home costs around £184,995 and buyers have an average household income of £41,000.

A glance over the border to picturesque Rutland would see the average house price for a first time home jump to £260,000 and require an average household income of £57,750.

See the full breakdown below:


North East Lincolnshire

  • Average house price for FTBs – £105,000
  • Household income required to buy – £23,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom terraced

North Lincolnshire

  • Average house price for FTBs – £140,000
  • Household income required to buy – £31,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom semi-detached

West Lindsey

  • Average house price for FTBs – £140,000
  • Household income required to buy – £31,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Two bedroom terraced

Boston

  • Average house price for FTBs – £149,000
  • Household income required to buy – £33,250
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom detached

East Lindsey

  • Average house price for FTBs – £170,000
  • Household income required to buy – £37,750
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom semi-detached

Lincoln

  • Average house price for FTBs – £170,000
  • Household income required to buy – £37,750
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom semi-detached

North Kesteven

  • Average house price for FTBs – £180,000
  • Household income required to buy – £40,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom semi-detached

South Kesteven

  • Average house price for FTBs – £180,000
  • Household income required to buy – £40,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom terraced

South Holland

  • Average house price for FTBs – £184,995
  • Household income required to buy – £41,000
  • Most common properties for FTBs – Three bedroom semi-detached

The lost and found section of a hotel can unearth some truly unusual sights, and in Travelodge’s across Lincolnshire it is no different, with Star Trek costumes and a model of Lincoln Cathedral being just some of the bizarre findings.

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has revealed some of the interesting items left behind in its 582 hotels across the UK, including some peculiar finds across Lincolnshire.

Millions of people stay at Travelodge hotels annually, so it is only natural that a variety of characters leave things behind, from the important to the head-scratching.

Some of the more obscure finds in the lost and found sections across Lincolnshire were a model of Lincoln Cathedral, a wedding bouquet and a five tier wedding cake made from cheese, all at Lincoln City Centre Travelodge.

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

At the Thorpe on the Hill site, there was a 6ft Christmas tree, complete with decorations, and a handwritten book of cake recipes, while Sleaford served up a set of company accounts.

In Gainsborough there was a set of medals left behind in the same hotel where a large Pikachu figurine was forgotten about, while in Newark on Trent there was a collection of bespoke perfumes and a Star Trek costume. Nope, me either.

Lincolnshire isn’t the only place in the UK to offer up truly bizarre tales in the Travelodge Lost & Found audit for 2021, as a newlywed couple in Birmingham were in such a rush to catch their honeymoon flight that they left behind their Nikah Nama (an Islamic marriage certificate).

Perhaps most alarming of all was in Manchester Central Travelodge, where a Pomsky dog called Beyoncé was left behind. The owner thought her sister had put Beyoncé, no not that one, into her carseat, and only realised her error 50 miles into their journey home to Leamington Spa.

Shakila Ahmed from Travelodge said: “In 2021, following Freedom Day, we welcomed back millions of customers to our 582 UK Travelodge hotels including our hotels in Lincoln, and we saw a significant increase in bookings.

“This has led to a range of interesting items being left behind by our customers across our UK hotels. This year’s Lost & Found audit includes a rise in
holiday themed items, wedding props, precious sentimental items, smart gadgets and beloved pets.

“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a
hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”

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