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Harry Parkhill

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  1. Optician spots tumour during eye test

    A Lincoln optician has warned of the importance of getting your eyes checked after discovering a patient's tumour.

    Optometrist James Bradley

    Optometrist James Bramley, pictured above, noticed that despite a cataract operation his patient's eyesight hadn't improved.

    It turned out he had a tumour on his brain, and is now recovering from surgery after it was removed.

    Mr Bramley says eye tests can pick up a number of conditions, not always related to the eyes, including diabetes, high blood pressure and other issues before they usually become obvious.

    Quote Message: I can remember a while ago picking up another brain tumour, which was in a younger lady who'd never had an eye test before and just wandered past the shop and just thought I ought to have a test. This is not a regular thing, but it does show that an eye test picks up a lot of things. from James Bramley Optician
    James BramleyOptician
  2. Three arrested for dangerous driving after crash

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a crash in Thorpe-On-The-Hill, south of Lincoln on Wednesday.

    thorpe on the hill crash

    The men, aged 25, 26 and 30, have since been released under investigation, police say.

    A hunt was launched yesterday morning to try and find a man who police believed had abandoned his car after the crash.

    Two occupants of another car had to be taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

    Police are still trying to establish who the driver of a Black Mercedes Benz was, and are appealing for information.

  3. New departure from Lincoln Cathedral's senior team

    A further member of the senior team at Lincoln Cathedral is set to depart, it's been confirmed.

    Lincoln Cathedral

    The Reverend Canon Sal McDougall says she'll leave the cathedral team in May.

    She said it was a "tremendous privilege to be responsible for the worship and music in such an incredible place".

    She added that her time there was made "all the more special thanks to the great people I have had the pleasure of working with for the last three years".

    At the moment, her departure means there will be no permanent senior management at the historic site after she leaves.

    The Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, The Revd Canon Dr Paul Overend, "stepped away" from his post in April 2019.

    He faces trial later this year charged with indecent assault on a student at a party in the 1990s - a charge he denies.

    Meanwhile, the Dean of the cathedral, The Very Revd Christine Wilson, has been on a leave of absence since April last year amid "safeguarding concerns".

    Also, the Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson, was suspended by the Archbishop of Canterbury last summer over the handling of safeguarding allegations.

    And the Subdean of the cathedral, The Revd John Patrick, announced his retirement last year.

  4. Police appeal over missing woman with dementia

    People are being asked for help finding an elderly woman with dementia who has gone missing from Lincoln County Hospital.


    Mavis Lambert was last seen at the hospital at about 08:30 this morning.

    Police say she was wearing a beige trench coat, and is of slim build and around 5ft 2ins tall.

    Anyone who sees her is being asked to contact police on 101.

  5. Dambusters wins pub of the year

    The Dambusters Inn at Scampton is celebrating after being named Pub of the Year by the Lincoln branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

    scampton pub

    Landlord Greg Algar has increased the number of hand pumps from two to seven, and provides a changing selection of ales from breweries in the local area.

    He's also installed a microbrewery to produce house beers, and puts on beer festival every May to commemorate the anniversary of the Dambusters raid.

  6. Get knitting: Lincoln hospital's baby blanket appeal

    People in Lincolnshire are being asked to get their needles out to help knit blankets for premature babies at Lincoln County Hospital.

    knitted blankets

    The Warm Baby Project, which donates knitted clothing for newborns, has been asked by the hospital for more blankets because of a shortage at the neo-natal unit.

    Organiser Olivia Cundell says the request has so far been shared 10,000 times on social media:

    Quote Message: I think there are a lot of people out there who do actually want to help. It's been lovely running a platform with so much kindness and people wanting to help." from Olivia Cundell Organiser, Warm Baby Project
    Olivia CundellOrganiser, Warm Baby Project
  7. Two face attempted murder charges over Spalding shooting

    Two men have been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm after a 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound in Spalding last week.


    A 20-year-old man from Spalding and a 25-year-old man from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire are due to appear in court later, according to police.

    A total of nine people have been arrested in connection with the incident, with seven now having being released on bail, the Lincolnshire force adds.

    Det Supt Martyn Parker said he wanted to thank the public and his team for help with what he called a "complex investigation".

  8. Costume business faces 'difficult' coronavirus impact

    A Gainsborough costume firm says its business is facing disruption because of the coronavirus.

    world book day

    Smiffys, one the country's leading costume manufacturers, has a number of factories in China where the virus was first discovered.

    The company has been selling costumes for one of its busiest days of the year, World Book Day, but say it has faced shortages because factories had been closed down in China.

    Quote Message: It's been a difficult situation post-Chinese New Year, with factories only just returning to work now. Our teams on the ground out in China work closely with the factory owners, so they're busy rescheduling any lost production." from Sharon Poulter Spokesperson, Smiffys
    Sharon PoulterSpokesperson, Smiffys

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  9. Skegness icon The Jolly Fisherman is saved...for now

    Skegness' famous seaside mascot, The Jolly Fisherman, has been temporarily saved.

    jolly fisherman with mayor

    There were fears the two costumes of the smiley character would be ditched after concerns they were tatty and unhygienic.

    But during a council meeting last night it was decided to accept costume bookings for the time being and to discuss the issue again later in the year.

    Quote Message: I don't think any councillor there wanted to get rid of Jolly. He's the Skegness brand. People love to see him, you come off the train and you see Jolly. He puts a smile on your face and you've already started your holiday with a smile." from Councillor Jimmy Brookes Skegness Town Council
    Councillor Jimmy BrookesSkegness Town Council
  10. Investigation after man found with head injuries

    A man's being treated in hospital after being found seriously hurt at a house in Lincoln.

    Elder Street, Lincoln

    Police were called at about 09:00 on Wednesday to an address on Elder Street following reports of a man suffering from a serious head injury.

    Officers are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a van in the area, or anyone with dascham footage from about 09:00, to get in touch.