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By Charlotte Wright

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  1. Springer spaniel to detect digital crime in Lincolnshire

    Meet Flurry, Lincolnshire Police's latest recruit. He's been trained as a digital detection dog and can sniff out mobile phones, hard drives and other digital devices.

    Flurry the springer spaniel

    Assistant Ch Con Kerrin Wilson said: "Criminals are becoming more tech savvy and hiding evidence on sim cards etc.

    "We needed to develop a system to be able to find those who, are very sneaky, hide them in the most obscure places.

    "The scent the dog is searching for is a digital scent which comes off all digital devices," he added.

    Dogs working for other forces around the country have discovered devices behind sockets and under floorboards.

  2. Love in the air over Lincoln as Reds mark Valentine's Day

    The famous Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows have taken to the skies over Lincoln today for their traditional Valentine's Day display.

    Red Arrows

    The famous red heart is one of the RAF Scampton-based team's most popular manoeuvres.

  3. Appeal for help in tracing missing Boston woman

    Have you seen Ruth Zwaan? Lincolnshire Police have made an urgent appeal for help in finding her:

    Ruth Zwaan

    Ms Zwaan, who's 54, was reported missing from her home on Wyberton Low Road in Boston, earlier this afternoon.

    Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

  4. Storm Dennis: Train company asks people not to travel

    People planning to use train services in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire over the weekend are being asked not to travel as the country braces itself for Storm Dennis.

    An Azuma train

    Operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is asking passengers to defer their travel until Monday, with disruption expected.

    High winds and heavy rain are forecast for much of the region over the next two days.

    Speed restrictions could be imposed, LNER said, with reduced services being operated.

    Warrick Dent, from LNER, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Saturday 15 February or Sunday 16 February to defer travel to Monday 17 February, where possible.

    “We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and will have extra staff on duty to help.”

  5. Lorry strikes bridge in Grantham

    This is the scene on Barrowby Road in Grantham this afternoon - and it's not the first time.

    A lorry is currently stuck under the bridge, something which has happened dozens of times over the years, most recently last month.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays:

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  6. Disabled racing driver sets sights on Le Mans 24 Hour

    A young motor racing enthusiast from Lincolnshire is bidding to be part of an all-disabled racing team hoping to compete in the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours race.

    Joe Colehouse

    Joe Colehouse, from Sleaford, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 10-months-old, has been selected to drive for Team BRIT.

    The 21-year-old is due to start training with the team this Spring as they aim to become the first ever all-disabled team to compete at Le Mans.

    He said: "I’ve always tried to be a champion for disability sport. Disability does not have to be a barrier to achieving your dreams.

    "I hope that with the team, I can help to show people that anything is possible," he added.

  7. Lincoln City stadium expansion given planning approval

    Plans to increase the capacity of Lincoln City's Sincil Bank stadium by almost 1,500 have been approved.

    Sincil Bank

    The club wants to redevelop the Stacey West Stand by increasing the seating capacity from 1,944 to about 3,400 and building new concourses and facilities.

    However, in a statement the club said securing planning permission was "not a commitment to undertake the development".

    Chief Executive, Liam Scully said: “We are all delighted that the planning permission application for the Stacey West Stand project has been granted.

    "We now enter phase two of the process where we will look to partner with grant giving agencies and commercial partners as part of our fundraising attempts, in order to make this exciting project a real possibility.

    "At this stage we must stress this is not a commitment to undertake the development as this will depend on many factors, however we enter phase two with positive intention and with full commitment to explore all options to drive the football club forward on and off the field.”

  8. 'When it rains we get scared' - Wainfleet flood victim

    On the day a new report is published into last year's flooding in Wainfleet, some of those hit hardest say they've been badly affected by the experience.

    River Steeping

    The town, close to Skegness, saw two months' worth of rain fall in two days.

    The report concludes there were a number of reasons why the River Steeping burst its banks last June.

    They included the amount of vegetation, silt levels and grazing cattle which may have weakened the river bank, the report suggests.

    It also says the river should be regularly dredged in the future.

    The Environment Agency insists dredging wouldn't have made much difference because of the "significant rainfall".

    Wainfleet resident Jean Hart, whose home was flooded, says she's been badly affected by what happened in June.

    "When it rains, I think everyone in Wainfleet who got flooded actually gets quite scared. We get out of bed, shoot up to the river to see what's happening.

    "All the furniture we're buying for the house now is stuff we can pick up quickly and take upstairs because we never want to go through this again."

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    Video caption: Harry Miller: 'This is a watershed moment for liberty'

    Ex-police officer Harry Miller reacts after a court finds Humberside Police's actions against him were "disproportionate".

  10. Police probe into 'transphobic' tweets unlawful

    The police response to an ex-officer's allegedly transphobic tweets was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

    Harry Miller

    Harry Miller, from Lincolnshire, was visited by Humberside Police at work in January last year after a complaint about his tweets.

    He was told he had not committed a crime, but it would be recorded as a non-crime "hate incident".

    The court found the force's actions were a "disproportionate interference" on his right to freedom of expression.

    Speaking after the ruling, Mr Miller said: "This is a watershed moment for liberty - the police were wrong to visit my workplace, wrong to 'check my thinking'."

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1 Lincolnshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Lincolnshire northbound severe disruption, at B6403 Bridge End Woolsthorpe.

    A1 Lincolnshire - A1 Great North Road in Woolsthorpe By Colsterworth exit slip road closed northbound at Woolsthorpe, because of flooding.

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

  12. Lincolnshire singer cosies up with Lewis Capaldi

    Lincolnshire singer Holly Humberstone has taken to Twitter to mark the end her European tour with Brit Award nominee Lewis Capaldi.

    The 20-year-old, from Grantham, has been supporting the 'Someone You Loved' singer in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France.

    Holly, who played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year, said she had had an "amazing time".

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  13. Grazing cattle blamed for weakening flood defences

    A report into flooding in a Lincolnshire town has found grazing cattle may have made river defences more susceptible to breaching.

    Wainfleet flooding

    Nearly 600 homes in and around Wainfleet were evacuated after two months' worth of rain fell in just two days causing the River Steeping to burst its banks last June.

    The report, carried out by Norfolk County Council, found the main cause of the breach was "significant rainfall" which led to the overtopping and erosion of the relief channel bank.

    However, it said the design of the banks, the amount of vegetation, silt levels and grazing cattle were all factors.

    "Areas of riverbank had been grazed by cattle which had caused some damage that was still evident on a site visit after the flood event (sheer banks in vicinity of breach)," the report said.

    "This may have weakened the bank, caused erosion and made it more susceptible to breaching."

  14. Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Katerina Christodoulou

    Look North weather presenter

    It's a cold, frosty but bright start to the day.

    A band of rain will move in from the west around lunchtime but should clear by the evening.

    Temperatures will get up to about 10C or 11C.

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    Video caption: Watch: Friday's forecast
  15. Wainfleet flooding inquiry report to be published

    An independent inquiry into a flood which forced hundreds of people out of their homes in Lincolnshire is due to be published later.

    Wainfleet flooding

    About 600 houses were evacuated in Wainfleet when the River Steeping burst its banks on 12 June.

    RAF helicopters were drafted in to drop bags of ballast in a £1m operation to fill a breach in the riverbank after the equivalent of two months' rain fell in two days.

    The inquiry has been carried out by Norfolk County Council.