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Summary

  1. Trust's high hopes for Lincolnshire hospitals funding boost
  2. General election: UKIP leader doesn't rule out standing in Lincolnshire
  3. Paintjob for Lincolnshire's Lancaster bomber legend finished just in time
  4. Live updates on Friday 27 April 2017

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By Alex Rhodes

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Sir Tom Jones

The Welsh singer called off four shows this week as he is in hospital with a "bacterial infection".

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Your Lincolnshire headlines

Our top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom today include:

Crop damaged by fire

Around 200 sq m of crop in Scotter have been damaged by fire this afternoon.

Fire crews from Gainsborough attended the call on Brigg Road.

It was caused by a bonfire being left unattended.

Schools attempt 115 miles in 24 hours

As we head into the summer holidays two schools in Grantham are undertaking quite the challenge.

Poster
Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship

Groups from Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School which make up Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) are attempting a 24-hour, 115-mile relay run across the county.

They cater for pupils between the ages of three and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

They want to raise £2,000 to improve the school's outdoor amphitheatre.

Committee chair sorry for colleagues' negative comments

The chairman of a council committee which branded children's ideas for Boston Market Place 'tacky' and 'bonkers' says she's extremely disappointed with her colleagues.

Boston market
BBC

Pupils from Boston High School submitted the plans to Boston Borough Council, but some members said an idea for an archway would be a "waste of money".

Councillor Judith Skinner has apologised for the negative comments:

Myself and other members of the Task and Finish group highly valued the input from the schools and I am extremely disappointed at the other members of the group that made negative comment.

Cllr Judith SkinnerBoston Borough Council

Woman admits GBH on baby

A Lincolnshire woman who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to a five-month-old baby is due to be sentenced later this year.

Jamie-Lee Lauren Cooper, 30, from Billinghay near Sleaford, appeared before Lincoln Crown Court today.

She was granted bail and will appear in court again in September.

Window fall boy was 'vibrant' and 'incredibly kind'

The school of a Lincoln boy who died after falling out of a window have said they are 'devastated' by the news of his death.

In a statement the headteacher of Monks Abbey Primary School, Vicky Johnson described William Coy as "a vibrant boy who was incredibly kind".

He seemed to have a gift for knowing when others needed help; qualities which made him very popular with his peers and staff alike. Most of all William talked with great affection about his family and came to school every day with a smile. It is hard to describe how much he will be missed by friends, staff and the whole school community.

The school are also providing support to the children and staff.

BreakingA52 in Grantham closed

The A52 Barrowby Road in Grantham is closed.

The railway bridge by Asda was struck this lunchtime.

An inspection is taking place.

Your lunchtime headlines

Our top stories so far today across Lincolnshire include:

Fundraising page for boy fall death family

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for the family of a 6-year-old boy who died after falling from a window in Lincoln.

Lindum Avenue
Google

The incident happened on Tuesday night, at a property on Lindum Avenue.

The boy's been named locally as William Coy.

Extra police on Lincoln's streets to tackle drug abuse

Officers are to be brought to Lincoln from other parts of the county, to help deal with drug taking and anti-social behaviour.

Drugs
BBC

It follows criticism from city centre businesses that the problem is getting out of hand, and it's not being treated as a priority.

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says his officers are having their shifts extended to 12 hour shifts, they have had their rest days cancelled and have been pulled away from other areas of the county to deal with the issue.

He added he understands that it can be frightening for residents: "My 80-year-old mother comes to Lincoln shopping.

"She does not want to feel frightened walking down the High Street. I do not want to take my nine-year-old down the High Street and her be exposed to this so I feel it, I understand it, I see it and we need to tackle it."

The reality is these aren't vermin these are people these are our residents and we need to tackle the issues that underlie it."

Marc JonesLincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner

Severe disruption: M180 Lincolnshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 Lincolnshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A15 and J5 for Barnetby Interchange.

M180 Lincolnshire - One lane closed on M180 eastbound between J4, A15 (Scawby) and J5, Barnetby (Barnetby Top), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Teenagers create community garden in Alford

Teenagers across Lincolnshire are getting involved in projects to improve their communities as part of the National Citizen Service.

Volunteering
Ciara Hickinbottom

Several groups are working across the county, including teenagers in Alford who have created a garden which will include a picnic area and be wheelchair accessible, on a piece of overgrown National Trust land.

Volunteering
Ciara Hickinbottom

Skelly 'can't comment' on Scotland top job rumours

Lincolnshire's top police officer says he can't comment on speculation that he's leaving his job.

Bill Skelly
BBC

Bill Skelly has been widely linked with the Chief Constable's job at Police Scotland.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said he supported Mr Skelly's application last month.

But Mr Skelly told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that despite rumours he can't say anything until next month.

Final interviews are expected to take place on 13 and 14 August.

The SPA said the new chief will be responsible for more than 22,000 police officers and staff and a budget of more than £1bn.

Advice for elderly people as temperatures soar

As temperatures are set to soar to 30 degrees celsius once again over the weekend, Age UK in Lincolnshire have put out advice on how to keep vulnerable elderly people cool in the heat.

Elderly people
AFP

The charity has said there can be serious health consequences from too much heat, with older people being particularly at risk.

It has offered this advice:

  • Pull down blinds
  • Shut windows when it's hotter outside than inside
  • Avoid the heat and stay out of the sun
  • Have cool baths and showers
  • Stay hydrated - drinking cold drinks regualrly

Praise for golfer Turner's 'tenacity and determination'

The former headteacher of Lincolnshire golfer Ashton Turner has been praising his determination, as he competes in the second day of The Open Championship in Scotland.

Ashton Turner
Rex Features

Turner developed a rare form of cerebral palsy after falling into a fish tank and fracturing his skull at the age of one.

But now, the 22-year-old, from Alford, is playing in his first major tournament.

He will tee off at 16:00 in Carnoustie today.

Turner's former headteacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Alford, Angie Francis, says he was good at any sport he played and regularly represented the school and the country.

His former primary school headteacher, Debbie Forster, says it's a brilliant achievement to overcome his illness.

Real tenacity there and resilience as well. He was very determined to be the best he could be."

Debbie Forster

'Frustration' at police attitude to drug abuse

A local business in Lincoln say she is "frustrated" at the police's attitude to drug abuse, after she caught people taking drugs outside her shop.

Drug abuse
BBC

Stephanie West, from Route One Hairdressers, saw people injecting themselves outside her shop and said she was also threatened with a dirty needle.

She called the police three times but eventually had to walk to the local police station herself to get help.

Lincolnshire Police say they are working to deal with the problem.

Well wishes for Tom Jones after gig cancelled

Dave Wade

BBC News

Last night it was revealed Sir Tom Jones has cancelled his gig at Belvoir Castle on Sunday because of illness.

Tom Jones
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The 78-year-old It's Not Unusual singer is being treated in hospital for a "bacterial infection", according to his Twitter page.

"The condition is being well managed and we are hoping for a speedy recovery," the statement said.

Sir Tom has also pulled out of performances at Stansted Park and Chester Racecourse.

You've been wishing the Welsh singer well on Facebook. Claire Sellors wrote: "So sorry we won’t be seeing Sir Tom. We wish him all the best and hope he has a speedy recovery. Hell yeah!"

Mark Jakeman posted: "Hope he gets well soon, he's a legend!"

Belvoir Castle
Getty Images

A notice on the Belvoir Castle website said: "Tom Jones cancelled please contact Cuffe & Taylor for refunds."

Weather: Dry start with showers later

BBC Weather

A dry and fine start today.

It will then be a dry day with spells of sunshine, but also some showers breaking out.

These showers could be heavy and thundery and may be slow-moving.

Weather
BBC

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Haugham to Haugham.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 London Road in Burwell closed in both directions from the Haugham junction to the Haugham junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from B1517 Mareham Lane to Bonner Close.

Lincolnshire - Mareham Lane in Sleaford closed and slow traffic in both directions from the B1517 Mareham Lane junction to the Bonner Close junction, because of an accident involving pedestrian and motorist and police in attendance.

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

Headteacher criticises "shameful" comments

Councillors who described pupils' plans to revamp Boston marketplace with an arch as "bonkers" and "tacky" have been criticised by the school's headteacher.

The archway was suggested for the entrance from Wide Bargate, with pupils from Boston High School saying they felt the arch would "make the market place more noticeable and attractive".

The proposal formed part of a project with Boston Borough Council.

One councillor said the idea was "bonkers", while another called it "rather tacky".

Andrew Fulbrook, the head teacher of Boston High School, has defended the pupils though and described the comments as "shameful and ill-advised".

Boston Market Place
BBC

People in that sort of position need to reflect carefully on the language they use. The reality is we're talking about a group of students who have worked collectively, trying to their best, to put Boston on the map and they've given up hours and hours of their own time."

Andrew FulbrookBoston High School headteacher

Lincoln MP questions workers' rights post-Brexit

The MP for Lincoln has questioned what the government will do to protect workers' rights after Brexit.

Karen Lee told the Commons that European Court rulings have been crucial in "ensuring fair pay for residential care workers" and then asked if there were any guarantees in place to protect workers after Britain leaves the EU.

Karen Lee, Lincoln MP
BBC

In response, Brexit Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, said there are no plans to undermine any of those rights.

Three more Lloyds bank branches to close in Lincolnshire

Three more branches of Lloyds bank are to close in Lincolnshire.

The uphill branch in Lincoln will shut in November and the ones in Holbeach and Donington, near Spalding, in January 2019

Meanwhile, the bank has also confirmed branches in Coningsby, Mablethorpe and Alford will shut in October.

Lloyds bank in uphill Lincoln
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Tom Jones cancels Belvoir Castle concert

Sir Tom Jones has cancelled a planned concert at Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, on Sunday 22 July after being admitted to hospital with an infection.

Sir Tom Jones
BBC

Cuffe and Taylor, who were promoting the gig, have issued a statement saying the singer is "extremely sorry" and "disappointed" about being unable to perform.

Ticket holders are being advised to contact their point of purchase for a full refund.

Sir Tom Jones has a bacterial infection for which he is being treated in hospital. The condition is being well managed and we are hoping for a speedy recovery. He is extremely sorry and disappointed not to be able to perform, and sincerely apologises for inconveniences caused to the audience and all those who are involved in the event."

Cuffe and TaylorConcert Promoter

Hot wheels

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after the theft of a vintage car and motorcycle.

1964 Porsche
Lincolnshire Police

A 1964 Porsche and a 1976 Harley Davidson were stolen from a garage in Freiston between Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July.

Officers say the vehicles could have been loaded onto a lorry and transported via the A52.

1976 Harley Davidson
Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire golfer ready for The Open

Ashton Turner tees off at Carnoustie looking for glory in The Open but, ahead of the tournament, has been speaking about his battle with cerebal palsy.

Lincolnshire's Ashton Turner
Rex Features

The 22-year-old, who was born in Alford, suffered an accident at the age of one, when he fell into a fish tank and fractured his skull - The injuries led to fears he may never walk properly again.

To help with his co-ordination and balance, Turner's parents bought him a set of plastic clubs and he eventually progressed as a member at Kenwick Park near Louth.

Turner will take to the course today, in his first major tournament, alongside American Sean Crocker and Malaysian Gavin Green, looking to claim the coveted claret jug.

The main problem was that I couldn't put my heel on the floor properly and would only walk on my toes. When I fell over, I wouldn't put my hands out, so for the first three years at school I had to wear a crash helmet."

Ashton TurnerGolfer

Mothercare future details expected today

More details are expected today over the future of Lincoln's Mothercare store, as the struggling company holds its annual general meeting.

Mothercare
PA

The chain they said they would be shutting 60 stores by June next year earlier this month, but gave no details of how the city store, in the St Marks shopping centre, could be affected.

The company has more than one hundred and thirty shops.

Around 900 jobs are at risk nationally.

Could a natural pool be the answer for Market Rasen?

An eco-friendly, natural pool has been suggested as an alternative for the lack of an indoor swimming in Market Rasen.

Pool
Office de Tourisme de Combloux

Conservative MP for Gainsborough, Sir Edward Leigh, has suggested the idea.

So far around 500 people have a signed a petition calling for a new pool.

The MP says an outdoor swimming pool, which is kept clean by plants and running natural water, would put the town on the map.

This innovative solution has proved successful elsewhere. At Combloux in France, for example, their natural swimming pool is pure, clear, and free from chemicals. The need for active maintenance in this model is significantly less than a conventional pool as well as being far more environmentally friendly."

Sir Edward Leigh MP

Farmer's 'tinderbox' plea over dry countryside

Firefighters from Lincoln used water back packs, beaters and shovels to put out a fire in Doddington last night.

They say an area of grassland and peat was affected.

Andrew Ward
BBC

It comes as a Lincolnshire farmer warns about the risks of rural fires.

Andrew Ward, who farms at Leadenham, near Lincoln, says the hot dry weather has left them vulnerable.

He's issued a plea to people who visit the countryside to take care with cigarette ends, and things like barbecues and Chinese lanterns.

Weather: Fine and mostly dry day ahead

A bright start, with any mist clearing rapidly.

A fine day thereafter with warm, sunny spells, though slightly cooler on the coast.

Just a chance of the odd shower near the coastline, but mostly dry.

Weather
BBC

Tourism boost idea is 'bonkers'

An idea from students to create a Welcome Archway to Boston Market Place has been branded "bonkers", "tacky" and a "waste of time" by councillors.

Market Place
BBC

The council were discussing ways to rejuvenate the town centre at a recent meeting and ideas from four local schools were submitted.

The archway was suggested for the entrance from Wide Bargate, with pupils from Boston High School saying they felt the arch would "make the market place more noticeable and attractive".

Jonathan Noble, a Conservative councillor, said the idea was a waste of time and money.

I think it's an absolutely bonkers idea. The market place is the centre of the town, the centre of town's not very big, everybody knows where the Market Place is and for people who come to Boston parking in Wide Bargate the market is signed."

Jonathan NobleConservative councillor

Councillor Anton Dani, of the Bostonian Independents Group, however, said he felt it was a "really great idea"'.

He suggested placing it on another main route into the centre such as the Town Bridge.

Severe accident: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Nut Lane and Brick Lane.

A52 Lincolnshire - A52 in Wrangle closed in both directions between the Nut Lane junction and the Brick Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vans.

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

Morrisons hosts autism friendly shopping hour

The Lincolnite

Morrisons
Joseph Verney for The Lincolnite

Morrisons on Tritton Road has launched a special shopping hour for autistic customers and the carers of autistic children.

The ‘Quieter Hour’ is being introduced for customers who would benefit from a calmer shopping trip and will take place every Saturday from 9am until 10am.

Many people who are autistic can struggle with music and everyday supermarket noises like checkout beeps. The ‘Quieter Hour’ has been launched with the support of the National Autistic Society to make supermarket shopping a less anxious experience.

Heat wave reveals Cadwell Park's old circuit

A discovery has been made at Cadwell Park in Louth because of the recent dry weather.

Circuit
Cadwell Park

The original track has become visible in the dry grass.

All over the country features which are usually hidden by grasses and crops, are appearing in the yellowing fields - making for some quite interesting discoveries.

Concern over Remembrance Day Parade

The charity behind the poppy appeal is appealing for more volunteers in Spalding.

Poppies
BBC

There are concerns that the Royal British Legion branch in the town may have to close, if new members don't step up.

The group says it's because many of their volunteers are becoming too frail to fundraise.

Volunteers organise the town's Remembrance Day Parade and the Poppy Appeal and there are now concerns these will not be able to go ahead unless new help comes in.