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Top stories today

The top stories across Lincolnshire today include:

Updates on breaking news will continue through the weekend.

Today's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

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Today's top stories

The top stories across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire so far today:

Updates on breaking news will continue through the weekend.

Weather: Dry evening ahead

It will remain dry through tonight with some cloud at times but there will be some clear periods as well.

Rather warm.

weather
BBC

Weather: Dry and clear night

It will remain dry through tonight with long clear spells.

A little patchy low cloud is possible.

Feeling muggy with a minimum temperature of 15C (59F).

Weather graphic.
BBC

'Unprecedented amount of call-outs' for fire services

Four crews from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have been at the scene of another blaze in Lincoln today.

fire
Ruth Holland

They've been tackling a grass fire at Hartsholme Country Park.

The service is warning people to take care ahead of another dry weekend.

We have had an unprecedented amount of call-outs to fires in out-door spaces and we are urging people to take extra care with another dry weekend coming up. Lit cigarettes, barbecues, campfires and even glass can all be incredibly dangerous when the conditions are as hot and dry as this."

Lee MarshLincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Watch: Waistcoat at full mast in honour of Gareth Southgate

One local authority is so proud of this year's England World Cup campaign, it wanted to celebrate a little a bit differently.

Doncaster Council has taken a waistcoat, famously worn by manager Gareth Southgate, and flown it at full mast to commemorate England's success:

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Sport: Scunthorpe United sign Steven Humphrys

BBC Sport

Scunthorpe United have signed Fulham striker Steven Humphrys on a season-long loan.

Stephen Humphries.
BBC Sport

The 20-year-old was on loan at Rochdale in the second half of last season, making 18 appearances scoring three goals, including once against Tottenham in the FA Cup.

He could be available to face Winterton Rangers tomorrow in the Iron's first pre-season friendly.

Record number of nurses graduating in Hull

Almost 130 new doctors are set to graduate from the Hull York medical school next week.

They'll be joined by 238 new nurses at the University of Hull.

Emma Shann, year 3 nursing student.
University of Hull

It's 10 years since the first students graduated at the medical school, taking the total number of doctors trained there to 1,400.

The number of nurses graduating from the university this year is their largest ever number.

Emma Shann and David Taylor, year 3 nursing students.
University of Hull

The University of Hull says the majority of graduating nurses have already been taken on by local health services.

Hull and East Riding Hospitals Trust has offered jobs to 144 student nurses, who are qualifying this year.

Polish lifeguard saves Poles swept out to sea

Three people have been rescued by lifeguards in Skegness after being swept out to sea on an inflatable.

janusz burda
RNLI

The three, which included a child, were dragged 100 metres out to sea at 10:30 yesterday morning.

The group were shouting for help in Polish, but most of the lifeguards couldn't understand them.

Only Janusz Burda (pictured), a lifeguard who had come to work for the RNLI from Poland, understood their calls and put them at ease before towing the three back to safety on inflatables.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Janusz on our team as he was able to communicate with the casualties, which really helped the situation by keeping them calm."

Arun GrayLifeguard Supervisor

No confirmation of Hull City de Wijs bid

BBC Sport

Nobody from Hull City has been available to comment on reports they're on the verge of signing PSV Eindhoven defender Jordy de Wijs.

Reports from The Netherlands say a three-year deal has been agreed, subject to a medical, and that the 23-year-old wasn't at PSV's training session this morning.

Rik Elfrink, a reporter for Eindhovens Dagblad newspaper, says he believes de Wijs will undergo medicals today ahead of signing a deal.

Schoolgirl's nurse dream comes true

A ten-year-old schoolgirl's dream of becoming a nurse came true, but just for one day.

Ellie Lock at Sheffield Hallam University's Health & Wellbeing Faculty.
BBC

Ellie Lock, from Barnsley, wrote a letter to Sheffield Hallam University's Health & Wellbeing Faculty asking about the skills needed to become a nurse.

So the Year 5 pupil was overjoyed when she was sent an invitation for a personal tour of their facilities, and an offer to spend the rest of the day being a nurse.

Speed restrictions on M621 near Leeds to be lifted

After months of frustration drivers will be relieved to learn that a 30mph speed limit on the M621 near Leeds is being lifted.

Workmen help building a concrete barrier on the M621 near Leeds.
Highways England

From Saturday, motorists using one of the main routes in and out of the city will be able to cruise along at the original 50mph limit.

Yellow overhead average speed cameras appeared last November, as work to install a concrete barrier on the central reservation began.

In total 3,401 metres of barrier have been installed and more than 7,700 metres of resurfacing has taken place.

The M621 will remain closed overnight in either direction between junctions 1 and 7 until mid-July with diversions in place.

We would like to thank drivers for their patience with our scheme while we carried out these vital safety improvements on this busy commuter route.”

Esref UlaHighways England project manager

Victorian chocolate goes up for sale

Its just a few weeks since 103-year-old chocolate bars fetched over £3,000 at auction in Scunthorpe.

Now a lady from London has contacted the auction house that sold it to say she has even older chocolate!

The tin of chocolate showing Queen Victoria on it and the words south Africa 1900.
Eddisons CJM Auction

So next Tuesday a 118-year-old block of chocolate that was sent by Queen Victoria to one of her soldiers fighting in the Boer War in South Africa is to go under the hammer.

Broken chocolate in the old tin.
Eddisons CJM Auction

Paul Cooper, the auctioneer at Eddisons CJM says it was part of a gift sent by Queen Victoria to cheer up her soldiers during the Boer War in 1899.

It's thought it will fetch about £200-£300.

Sweet-toothed toffs were country's first 'chocoholics'

A historic document, which was found at a Leeds stately home, has shed light on the sweet-tooth tastes of the estate's well heeled owners in the 18th century.

A bill of sale for chocolate powder dating from 1774.
Leeds City Council

A bill of sale from a London chocolatier, dating from 1774, was found in the archives of council-owned Temple Newsam House.

It shows how fashionable nobles became part of an 18th century chocolate revolution, satisfying their cocoa cravings with special deliveries from the capital.

Drafted in copperplate handwriting, the bill from Nicholas Sanders Chocolate Makers in Greek Street, Soho, shows how Lord Ingram of Temple Newsam paid one pound and thirteen shillings for a taste of cocoa pioneer Hans Sloane’s famous drinking chocolate.

Temple Newsam House in Leeds.
Leeds City Council.

Leila Prescott, curator at Temple Newsam, said: “Hot chocolate in particular became hugely popular among British nobility in the 18th Century.

"Having orders specially sent up from exclusive London emporiums was very much a status symbol and a statement about the life of luxury those who lived here enjoyed."

Six speeders caught by schoolkids

You may be used to cursing under your breath at the sight of speed cameras at the side of the road, but hopefully not at these youngsters:

school kid with speed cameras
BBC

Students at New Leake Primary School, near Boston, have been working with police to highlight the need for safer driving.

The school is on a long straight road, where police say drivers often break the speed limit.

School kids armed with speed guns pulled over six drivers, with the help of police officers, who were exceeding the speed limit.

school kid with speed cameras
BBC

The 'Hull-timate Challenge'

Plans to help raise awareness of the risk of flooding in Hull and the East Riding are being launched today.

An assault course in Hull city center.
BBC

An obstacle challenge around Hull will take place in October.

The Hull-timate Challenge will have 10km, 7.5km and 5km routes through the city centre, as well as a 1km fun run for children.

The fountains in Queen Victoria Square with an assault course in the background.
Hull City Council

It's highlighting the threat of flooding and how to prevent it.

It's being run by Living with Water, which is a partnership between Hull City Council,East Riding Council, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.

They came together after the devastating floods of 2007, when thousands of homes and businesses were affected.

A collection of pictures showing streets in Hull flooded.
BBC

Although significant progress has been made, the risk of flooding remains high.

Living with Water want to raise awareness and funds through the challenge, and say their aim is to improve flood resilience across the region.

Is Brexit to blame? Council thinks so as bike company quits

Sheffield City Council say Brexit is already making Britain a more risky place to invest, after dockless bike-sharing scheme company ofo decided to quit the city.

A man riding a bike in Sheffield
BBC

Labour councillor Jack Scott, who is the cabinet member for transport, says despite the appetite Sheffield has shown for a scheme like ofo's, Brexit imeans Britain "is too risky" for some investors.

“It’s a real shame that ofo is downsizing its operations across the UK, starting with their flagship scheme in Sheffield.

"Brexit hasn’t even happened yet, but it is obviously already making Britain a more risky place for investment."

Dales landslip-prone road to reopen

A road closed since May because of movement in the carriageway is on course to open on Sunday.

Road work at Kex Gill
North Yorkshire County Council

The A59 at Kex Gill, between Skipton and Harrogate, has a history of landslips to the west of Blubberhouses.

North Yorkshire County Council say extensive ground investigations were necessary to find the cause of the problem and to devise a remedy.

The council said work to stabilise the wall below the road has gone to schedule and vehicles should be able to use it again by late Sunday, providing load testing over the weekend shows it's safe for public use.

The stabilisation work involved drilling steel rods into the wall to attach a reinforced mesh, then spraying concrete on the face to bind everything together.

The repair has required a complex operation, but council officers and contractors have worked continuously to put this solution in place for the benefit of all who use the road.”

Don MackenzieCounty Councillor

Protesters hand over 60,000 petition to No10

Campaigners who want Grantham's A&E to reopen overnight have handed in a petition to Downing Street against the downgrading of the unit.

Grantham SOS campign in london
BBC

A&E services were suspended overnight in the town two years ago.

The group have the support of Labour Party members and the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford.

The petition attracted 60,000 signatures.

Can you help find Daniel Rutter?

Police are trying to locate a man who failed to turn up for trial.

s wanted for Daniel Rutter has been found guiltyof perverting the course of justice at Hull Crown Court, but he never turned up for his trial.

Hull Crown Court with an inset picture of Daniel Rutter.
Humberside Police

Daniel Rutter was found guilty of perverting the course of justice at Hull Crown Court in his absence, after he failed to appear.

Police are asking for your help to find him and say he has connections to Hull and Bridlington.

Man, 18, hunted after Sheffield teenager attacked

Police are trying to find a man they want to speak to in connection with an attack on a 15-year-old boy in the Longley area of Sheffield.

Kyle Wood head shot
South Yorkshire Police

Kyle Wood, 18, is wanted by police for assault and a number of other alleged offences including theft, breach of a court order and perverting the course of justice.

Freedom Festival 2018 line-up revealed

This year's Freedom Festival line-up has been announced and features more than 100 events.

A collage of pictures of what's on this year.
Freedom Festival

The Freedom Festival was launched in Hull back in 2007 to commemorate William Wilberforce, who helped to abolish slavery.

Hull's Freedom Festival is celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote this year.

It runs from 31 August to the 2 of September in Hull City Centre.

Bus company positive ahead of World Cup match

If you've been getting the bus around Harrogate this week then you might have noticed something a little patriotic on your ticket:

Bus ticket with 'It's coming home' written on it
@LovattLouise

It's Coming Home has been printed on all the tickets.

The phrase has been shouted and sung across the country by football fans watching England, having been made popular initially in 1996.

We just hope it's not a return ticket.

Firefighters return from 'apocalyptic' moorland fires

A Lincolnshire firefighter who's returned from tackling moorland blazes has described the scene as "apocalyptic".

firefighters on moorland near bolton
Lancashire Fire and Rescue

Fire crews from Lincolnshire have returned home after being drafted in to help tackle wildfires near Bolton and in Greater Manchester.

The teams from Lincoln and Kirton were stood down yesterday after operations there were scaled back.

Firefighter Lee Marsh said he'd never seen anything like it.

The scene of it was apocalyptic, I've never seen of that vast scale. But we were fortunate that Cumbria sent an asset which was just ideal for that job, it has a massive tank of water on it but a small pump that led to very small manageable hoses. So the lads were able to go out a hundred metres or more from the pump."

Lee MarshLincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Tinsley Viaduct improvements prompt road closure

The bottom roads on the Tinsley Viaduct near Meadowhall, Sheffield will be closed and traffic diverted for about six months for improvement works.

Lower deck of the Tinsley viaduct
Google

The £4.5m work on the two-tier bridge will start on 6 August and see about 2.5 miles of safety barriers replaced.

The structure will be waterproofed and the road will be resurfaced.

A service road which runs in between the northbound and southbound carriages of the A61 will carry most of the traffic.

HGVs will be diverted via the local road network.

A 30mph speed restriction will be in place as the work is carried out.

'Much loved' cockatiels stolen in burglary

Two large grey cockatiels and a six-foot-tall gold cage have been stolen from a house in Louth.

Police say a large vehicle must have been involved to take the large cage.

The burglary happened on Scrub Lane on June 23.

Police officers said the birds were "much loved" family pets.

Football omens and portents ahead of World Cup quarter final match

Footy fans are probably seeing all sorts of omens ahead of England's World Cup quarter final match tomorrow.

We quite like this one that's surfaced on Twitter today:

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'Beavering away' to open new show in Leeds museum

A new exhibition which celebrates the ingenuity of animals opens today at Leeds City Museum.

Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries’ curator of natural sciences.
BBC

Beavers to Weavers: The Wonderful World of Animal Makers runs until Jan 6 next year.

It features bird and wasp nests and the tools and traps used by various creatures to catch food and hide from predators.

A huge wasps' nest.
Stuart Robinson

Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries’ curator of natural sciences, said the animal Kingdom revealed some "truly extraordinary feats of invention and creativity".

She said the exhibition would give people a "greater awareness" of animals intelligence and resourcefulness.

"It will also allow us to bridge the gap between our species and see more clearly just how precious these wonderful animals are and how much they enrich our world," she added.

Curator Rebecca Machin holds pearl Buddha figures made inside an oyster shell.
Stuart Robinson

Bike-sharing scheme ofo quits Sheffield

A bike-sharing scheme company is pulling out of Sheffield to focus on other UK markets, it says.

Man riding an ofo bike
BBC

The company ofo, who only launched in Sheffield last January, said despite strong hire numbers they would be leaving the city.

The dockless bikes have been regular sights in Sheffield, sometimes with locks removed or damaged.

The bikes from Sheffield will be used at ofo's other locations, including London.

Archaeologists make first discoveries in search for friary

Archaeologists searching for remains of a medieval friary in Lincoln have made their first discoveries.

dig
BBC

Archaeologists from Bishop Grosseteste University have been digging behind a house in uphill Lincoln.

The first three weeks yielded no major discoveries but they've now started uncovering pottery and animal bones at the dig.

They're thought to be remains from an important friary, which was on the site over 500 years ago.

The dig is being opened to the public to have a look tomorrow.

archaeology finds
BBC

Art critic - 'Feren's should have won'

The art critic for the Sunday Times newspaper has criticised judges in the Museum of the Year competition for choosing Cornwall over Hull.

Waldemer Januszczak
BBC

Waldemer Januszczak said on Twitter Hull's Ferens Art Gallery should have won the Art Fund award last night:

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Multi-million investment in Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The ambulance service in Yorkshire is to get more than 60 new ambulances as part of the NHS 70th birthday funding.

Ambulance
BBC

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is being given £7.5m from the Department of Health and Social Care to buy 62 ambulances.

The funding will also go towards ambulance vehicle preparation services at sites in Leeds and Huddersfield.

The Department of Health and Social Care say: "This will enable staff to quickly re-stock, refuel and clean ambulances, getting them back on the road faster."

The introduction of more resources through this announcement will give extra support as we prepare for the cold season.”

Stephen BarclayHealth Minister

Watch: Smallest of Nelson's fleet docks in Whitby

Thousands of people are expected in Whitby this weekend to mark 250 years since Captain Cook first sailed to the South Seas.

The famous sailor used to live and work in the town and learnt to sail there.

Maritime adventurers will be able to climb aboard the tall ship Atyla to experience life at sea throughout the weekend.

Enthusiasts can also retrace Captain Cook's life by stepping aboard the replica HMS Endeavour and visit a replica of the smallest ship in Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Here's HMS Pickle making landfall in Whitby earlier:

Sport: No decision over Blair - Hull KR

Hull Kingston Rovers won't make a decision if Maurice Blair will still be at the club next season until the end of the month at the earliest.

Maurice Blair.
SWPIX.COM

Rovers coach Tim Sheens won't review his overseas quota places for 2019 until then.

However, he has said Blair does bring added value because he's such a versatile player.

Fundraisers to run '100 miles' up steep hill

Its been known to conquer tourists and locals alike, but Steep Hill in Lincoln is now going to pose a challenge to some plucky fundraisers.

steep hill
BBC

A dozen of them are tackling the Hill, which has a gradient of 14% and is among the steepest streets in the country, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

They plan to clock up 100 miles going up and down the hill this afternoon.

Good luck to them... the temperatures are predicted to be 27C.

Police appeal over baseball bat attack suspect

Police investigating a baseball bat attack on a man in Bradford have released a picture of a man they want to find.

A suspect wielding a baseball bat that police want to trace.
West Yorkshire Police

The 28-year-old victim was set upon by three males between 14:15 and 14:25 on Thursday 17 May as he left a convenience store in Gain Lane, Fagley.

He suffered a hand injury after one of the attackers struck him with a baseball bat.

They also smashed four windows in his car, before leaving in a black vehicle and driving off towards Leeds Road.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Wimbledon 2018: Kyle Edmund is last British player

Beverley's Kyle Edmund is the last remaining British player at this year's Wimbledon after Johanna Konta was knocked out on day four.

Kyle Edmund.
BBC Sport

He's made it through to the third round after beating the USA's Bradley Klahn in straight sets.

Edmund will play three time champion Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

Watch: Gritters deal with melted roads in Lincoln

Temperatures show no signs of dropping, according to the latest forecast.

In Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln, the heat is already taking its toll on the tarmac and the gritters are out and about: