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Man charged over Fireman Sam malicious messages

A 55-year-old man has been charged in connection with messages sent to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer after the brigade dropped Fireman Sam as their mascot.

Fireman Sam mascot
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Jeremy Flashman of King's Road, Southminster, Essex is accused of sending malicious messages to Les Britzman over the decision.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

Mr Britzman said Fireman Sam would be replaced with fire extinguisher-shaped mascots called Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Mr Flashman is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on the October 31.

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Severe accident: A133 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A133 Essex both ways severe accident, from B1027 St John's Road to B1369 Old Road.

A133 Essex - A133 London Road in Clacton-On-Sea closed and queues in both directions from St Johns Roundabout to the B1369 Old Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A120 Essex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A120 Essex eastbound severe accident, from A133 to B1035.

A120 Essex - A120 in Raven's Green closed eastbound from the A133 junction to Horsley Cross, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Gary Smee

BBC Sport

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