Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service

Council calls for help to assess flooding on county roads

Lincolnshire County Council is asking motorists to update the authority on the state of the county's roads after yesterday's heavy rain brought flooding to the region

Writing on Twitter the council called on drivers to help identify roads that are no longer flooded:

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Villagers take steps to prevent flooding in Scotter

Villagers are taking steps to avoid flood water getting into their homes after the River Eau overtopped in Scotter, near Gainsborough.

The village is one of the worst affected in Lincolnshire, with reports coming in that one home has waist high water in the kitchen.

Sturton by Stow and Blyton near Gainsborough, Middle Rasen and Grimoldby near Louth have also been hit by flood water.

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Torrential rain causes flooding in Lincolnshire villages

This is the scene in the village of Blyton, near Gainsborough, this morning.

Firefighters have spent the night pumping water away from homes at risk of flooding.

They're also dealing with flooding incidents in Middle Rasen, Grimoldby and Sturton by Stow.

Blyton near Gainsborough
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Sturton by Stow and Middle Rasen Primary Schools are both shut today because of flood water on nearby roads.

The A46 between Market Rasen and the Laceby roundabout is also closed.

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.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

Police probe messages to fire chief in Fireman Sam row

Police are investigating messages sent to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire officer over his decision to drop Fireman Sam as a mascot.

Fireman Sam
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Last month, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it would no longer use the character to promote the service after complaints he was not 'inclusive' enough.

Lincolnshire Police said no arrests had been made, but confirmed officers had interviewed a 55-year-old man at a police station in Essex on Friday relating to a suspected offence of malicious communication.

Firefighters to begin training on new fire engines

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are getting their first taste of the county's fleet of new fire engines this morning.

A new fire engine
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is spending £8m on 33 new appliances over the next three years.

The vehicles include new equipment including portable winches to recover damaged cars and LED lighting to help at the scene of road collisions when there are no street lights.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman, Dave Hopkinson, said: "We're not just a fire service, we're Fire and Rescue. It's right for us to have the right equipment."

Crews are being introduced to the new engines at a training centre in Waddington, near Lincoln.