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By Gill Sennett

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  1. Lincolnshire 'lowest giver' to Church of England

    The Church of England in Lincolnshire says it's facing a £3m deficit in part because its parishes have the "lowest amount of giving in the country".

    Lincoln Cathedral

    The Diocese of Lincoln, which is currently embroiled in controversy of its handling of safeguarding issues, says its money problems are "unsustainable".

    The amount of money parish churches give from donations by the public to the Diocese has been steadily decreasing.

    In the past few years, the Church of England has sold off assets to plug the gap, which it says puts further pressure on its finances in loss of interest.

  2. 15 new shops for Springfields Shopping centre

    One of the biggest shopping outlets in Lincolnshire has finalised plans for a huge expansion.

    design for springfields

    A total of 15 new shops, as well as three restaurant units, are planned for Springfields in Spalding.

    It's hoped 350 more jobs will be created as a result.

    A decision on the planning application is expected in the summer.

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    Severe disruption: A1136 Lincolnshire both ways

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    A1136 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from Cartergate to A1243 Bargate.

    A1136 Lincolnshire - A1136 Frederick Ward Way in Grimsby closed in both directions from the Cartergate junction to the A1243 Bargate junction, because of unsafe lamp post.

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

  4. Police appeal over Lincoln West Common sex assault

    A woman in her 40s has been sexually assaulted while walking her dog on Lincoln's West Common.

    west common

    The attack happened at about 22:00 yesterday near the Long Leys Road entrance to the West Common (pictured).

    The victim told police she was approached by two men and attacked.

    One of the men is described as being about 5ft 11ins tall, with scruffy facial hair and wearing a dark hoody, trousers and white trainers.

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  5. Dementia costs to rise by £360m

    The cost of dementia care in Lincolnshire is expected to rise by 73% in the next decade, according to a study.

    Elderly people

    The London School of Economic and Political Science combined the costs to the NHS, Social Care and the value of unpaid work by family to come to the total.

    Between now and 2030, it's expected the number of people with dementia will rise from 850,000 to 1.2m.

    The Alzheimer's Society says the system is "unfair and unfit for people living with dementia".

    It's calling on the government to invest more in this kind of care.

    The government's partnership with Alzheimer's charities has led to the establishment of a UK Dementia Research Institute and with a £230m investment hopes to have treatments for dementia by 2025.

  6. Cyber crime canine's training under way

    A 10-month-old Springer Spaniel is being trained to sniff out digital storage devices to help combat cyber crime in Lincolnshire.

    PD Flurry

    Police Dog Flurry is the first to undergo the 10-week training course.

    When qualified, he will be able to sniff out hidden phones, hard drives, memory cards and computers.

    Lincolnshire Police say he'll be able to help with child exploitation, child sex offences, economic crime and so-called "county lines" investigations.

    The force is only the fourth to use the idea, which has proved successful in other counties.

    Quote Message: This training course lasts around 10 weeks and is similar to training a dog to find drugs. I am really excited to see how Flurry does once he is fully operational. I am sure he will be a fantastic enhancement to our Dog Section." from Assistant Ch Con Kerrin Wilson Lincolnshire Police
    Assistant Ch Con Kerrin WilsonLincolnshire Police
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    Severe disruption: A1133 Nottinghamshire both ways

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    A1133 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Sand Lane and Girton Lane.

    A1133 Nottinghamshire - A1133 Gainsborough Road in Girton closed in both directions between the Sand Lane junction and the Girton Lane junction, because of flooding.

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

  8. Boston baker's Polish doughnut bonanza on 'Fat Thursday'

    A Polish bakery in Boston is expecting to sell thousands of doughnuts today as part of a Polish tradition.

    polish bakery

    In a tradition similar to Pancake Day, people in many Eastern European countries overindulge in sweets and fatty foods for good luck ahead of Lent next week.

    Nabaz Mustafa (pictured), from the Olawa Bakery in Boston, says sometimes people eat as many as 15 doughnuts for luck on Tłusty Czwartek - or "Fat Thursday".

    It's predicted that 100m doughnuts will be eaten by Poles around the world today.

    Quote Message: In Poland, if you go to any public places, any office, schools, shops, you can find a tonne of doughnuts, and people buy them and eat them all day. I believe people don't even eat meals, they just eat doughnuts. It's really popular." from Nabaz Mustafa Baker, Olawa Bakery
    Nabaz MustafaBaker, Olawa Bakery
  9. Ambulance service fails in 11 out of 12 key criteria

    Terminating the contract of an under-performing ambulance contractor in Lincolnshire would leave patients in a worse position, health bosses have warned.

    Thames Ambulance Service vehicle

    Thames Ambulance Service provides non-emergency transport for patients to get to and from hospital, but it has failed in all but one of its key success criteria.

    Health bosses in charge of providing the service said it was "unfortunate" it was under-performing but that it would be risky to cancel the contract during winter.

    Councillors in charge of scrutinising the local health service said the service was "not acceptable".

    In November, Thames Ambulance Service was stripped of its contract in Hull, after North Lincolnshire stripped it of its contract in 2018.

    Quote Message: The service does not in any way shape or form seem to be performing for our residents." from Councillor Carl Macey Chair, Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Panel
    Councillor Carl MaceyChair, Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Panel
  10. Fantasy Island reassures fans over 'closure' mix-up

    A Lincolnshire theme park has reassured fans it's not closing after photos of the site were incorrectly used in connection with the closure of another park several thousand miles away.

    Fantasy Island, Skegness

    Fantasy Island, near Niagara Falls in America, announced its closure at the weekend.

    However, some websites, including US site IHeartRadio's news pages, have incorrectly used pictures of Fantasy Island at Ingoldmells, near Skegness.

    A spokesperson for Lincolnshire's home-grown Fantasy Island said it was "saddened to hear our 'name twin' theme park has closed".

    But it reminded fans the Ingoldmells park will be open as normal on 21 March, complete with new rides and attractions.

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    Severe accident: A6121 Lincolnshire both ways

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    A6121 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at Elm Avenue Crossroads.

    A6121 Lincolnshire - A6121 in Manthorpe blocked and it's slow in both directions at the Elm Avenue Crossroads junction, because of an accident.

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

  12. Man arrested over Lincoln burglaries

    A man has been arrested in connection with several burglaries in Lincolnshire, including one which left a 102-year-old man with arm injuries.

    john and jean

    The 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of four counts of burglary and two thefts from shops.

    The arrest comes after two burglaries in the Ermine area of Lincoln, including one on Tuesday night which saw a 102-year-old man (pictured above with his wife) fighting off an intruder who tried to force his way into his home.

    Another incident, again on Tuesday, saw a man steal cash and cards after pushing past a 90-year-old disabled woman.

    The arrested man has been released on bail, police say.

    Officers have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

  13. Grace Millane murder: Killer's sentencing 'is not closure'

    A cousin of murdered British backpacker and former Lincoln University student Grace Millane has said the sentencing of her killer this week will not bring closure to the family.

    Grace Millane

    "We've lost Grace. The sentence will not change the fact that Grace is gone," said Hannah O'Callaghan."

    Ms Millane, a Lincoln University graduate who was originally from Wickford in Essex, was strangled by a man she met on a dating app in New Zealand in December 2018.

    Ms Millane's killer, a 27-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty last year and will be sentenced in Auckland on Friday morning - Thursday evening, UK time.

    In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Ms O'Callaghan was asked whether the family felt as if this week was a big week, or marked a chapter ending.

    Ms Callaghan said: "No. Every week is going to be a big week. It's not closure."

  14. Railway use on the rise in Lincolnshire

    More than 5.6m people used Lincolnshire's railway stations last year, according to latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road.

    least used railway station inuk

    The new figures show a rise from 5.4m in 2017/18.

    Lincoln Railway Station was the most used, with 1.9m people using it in 2018/19.

    Grantham, Stamford, and Skegness follow in the rankings with 1.4m, 384,000 and 350,000 respectively.

    The least used was Havenhouse (pictured), between Boston and Skegness, which saw just 158 passengers use it in the year, a decrease of 8.1%.

  15. Man, 102, attacked by doorstep scammer in Lincoln

    A 102-year-old man from Lincoln has been left injured after he tackled a suspected scammer on his doorstep.

    joan and john

    John and his wife Joan, 97, say they've been targeted by scammers a number of times in the past.

    But yesterday afternoon John was attacked after challenging a man on his doorstep and was left with an injured arm.

    Joan says: "He went to the door and all of a sudden he shouted 'Joan" ever so loud. I came to see what was up, and he was holding his arm, upset. There was blood all over. It upset me as well."

    John has now been released from hospital, but the couple say the experience was frightening.

    Police say they're "clearly concerned" because this, together with another incident involving a disabled 90-year-old woman, both involved elderly and vulnerable victims.

    Officers are investigating the attack, police add.

  16. Growing need for Brayford dredging amid flood concerns

    The trust which looks after the Brayford Pool in Lincoln has warned the waterway needs "more regular dredging" due to increasingly regular flooding and high water levels recently.


    Areas around the Brayford Pool have flooded twice in the last few months, including in November last year (pictured).

    The Brayford Trust, which looks after the pool, says it needs to build up its reserves of cash to carry out more regular dredging.

    City of Lincoln Council currently pays £25,000 to the trust for maintenance, but it also receives income from moorings on the wharf.

    It recently spent £580,000 on dredging and improvements to the moorings.

  17. Pilgrim Hospital children's ward won't be fully reinstated

    Health bosses say they're not looking to reinstate the children’s ward at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital to the state it was two years ago, despite success in recruiting new staff to the site.

    Pilgrim hospital

    The children's ward at the hospital was downgraded in 2018 after managers said there weren't enough specialists to continue to run it at the necessary level.

    But Doctor Neil Hepburn, from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), which runs Pilgrim Hospital, says a new system means children are now able to be treated quicker anyway.

    "What would have perhaps taken a day or two, the assessment and treatment can happen much more quickly and the majority go home very quickly indeed," he says.

    Quote Message: The time away from family, the disruption to their family is far less. So we want to build on this and, in fact, the changes in working are being rolled out in Lincoln." from Doctor Neil Hepburn Medical Director, ULHT
    Doctor Neil HepburnMedical Director, ULHT