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Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

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It's going to stay mostly cloudy today with the chance of catching a few showers at times, although there will be plenty of dry spells. A few brighter intervals may break through occasionally.

It will remain cloudy this evening, again with the possibility of the occasional shower

Outbreaks of rain will then develop overnight, some sharp.

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BreakingChristmas Market cancelled in Lincoln due to coronavirus

Lincoln's Christmas Market has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's been announced this morning.

Lincoln Christmas Market
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City of Lincoln Council said it had made the "difficult decision" to ensure the safety of all those who would be visiting and operating the market.

The market has taken place in the city since 1982 and in recent years has seen more than 200 temporary stalls in the city for four days of trading, attracting around 250,000 visitors.

As well as the the market not running, the council have also announced the Christmas lights switch-on will also not go ahead.

Simon Colburn, Assistant Director for Health and Environmental Services at City of Lincoln Council said: “This has not been an easy decision to make, but the health and wellbeing of staff, traders, residents and visitors is of upmost importance to us."

Cabinet approves £1m CCTV upgrade plan

Plans to invest more than £1m in upgrading CCTV across North East Lincolnshire have been unanimously approved by cabinet.

CCTV camera

According to report the existing CCTV system is more than 20 years old and has issues around outdated technology, coverage and transmission.

The report says investing in the system in Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes will help prevent and detect crime, increase public safety and improve security for people and property across the borough, though some campaigners had dismissed the plans as a "waste of money".

Speaking at a meeting last night council leader Philip Jackson said: "Clearly just over £1m is a major investment in the system across the borough, but it's an important one.

"Clearly our old system is getting very outdated and was not really up to the task anymore.

"Because of the improvements we will be able to bring about in reducing crime, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes I would imagine we should be able to save that amount of money quite easily over the lifetime that we will be paying back that £1m of capital money.

"I think it's a financial investment as well as making North East Lincolnshire a safer and better place for people to live."

Hospitality support 'fantastic news' says college boss

The chief executive of Boston College says government plans to support jobs in the hospitality industry is "fantastic news" for young people.

pub in Lincoln

The government has announced a number of measures to support the entertainment and hospitality industry, including a cut from 20% to 5% on VAT.

Pubs and restaurants have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic, with many operating at significantly reduced capacity because of social distancing measures.

The government is also offering a 50% discount on eating out at restaurants on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August, to encourage people back into ailing food venues.

But many of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's measures will benefit young people, including encouraging 30,000 training schemes for young people by offering business grants to start them up, and by offering businesses an incentive to keep staff employed after furlough schemes end by giving firms a "bonus grant".

Claire Foster, the chief executive of Boston College, says the measures will be very helpful to young people who she says will be "most affected" by the economic downturn.

History tells us that young people are far more likely to be in the sectors that have been especially hit by the pandemic. But [in normal times] are up to two-and-a-half times more likely to be made unemployed or to not be able to get a job. So for our young people this is fantastic news.

Claire FosterBoston College