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Bishop to bless Lincolnshire's gritters

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The Bishop of Lincoln will bless Lincolnshire's gritters in the hope of cutting the number of winter crashes.

The bishop said past ceremonies had been followed by a reduction in the number of crash deaths

The Right Reverend Dr John Saxbee, who retires in January, has blessed the county's fleet each year since 2003.

He said past ceremonies had been followed by a reduction in road deaths, which was "perhaps not a coincidence".

The blessing takes place at Sturton by Stow on 7 December, with church leaders simultaneously carrying out ceremonies at the county's other depots.

Bishop Saxbee said: "These annual 'Blessing of the Gritters' events have coincided with a dramatic reduction in the number of fatalities on Lincolnshire's roads.

"Perhaps that is not a coincidence, and as I look to my retirement in January I hope and pray that driving carefully and arriving safely will continue to matter to all who use our road network in the years ahead."

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