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  1. Boy inspired by Capt Tom 'climbs three peaks' on stairs

    David McKenna

    BBC Yorkshire

    Ben on the stairs

    A boy who was inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore has completed the National Three Peaks Challenge - on his stairs.

    Ben, 11, from Lincoln, climbed the equivalent of 3,408m - the combined height of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike - in just over 17 hours.

    The youngster, nicknamed Captain Ben, says he is now considering a stairway trek up Mont Blanc (4,808m).

    Ben, who has previously climbed the UK's highest peaks for real, has so far raised more than £3,000 for the NHS.

    He went up and down his stairs 1,704 times.

    Ben, 11, on Ben Nevis in 2018
  2. 'Not reasonable' to drive to coast, police say

    Man walking on beach in Skegness

    Police have urged people not to drive to the Lincolnshire coast to take exercise.

    It comes after details of a document - previously sent to police forces across the UK - were made public.

    The document - entitled "what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live" - was issued by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing,

    On exercise, it states driving to the countryside for a walk is "reasonable" if "far more time" is spent walking than driving.

    Quote Message: If you don't need to travel in your car to go for a walk, because you can walk from your house, then actually don't do that.. There is opportunity for the majority of our communities in the county to go from their home address or very close to their home address without the need to travel half an hour to the coast". from Jason Harwin Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police
    Jason HarwinDeputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police
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    Video caption: City are eerily quiet as once-gridlocked roads run clear and building sites are dormant.
  4. Latest coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire confirmed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An 80-year-old woman has died in a Lincolnshire hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, it's been confirmed.

    She had underlying health conditions, according to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

    This brings the total number of deaths in Lincolnshire's hospitals from people who've tested positive for coronavirus to 70.

    Meanwhile, in northern Lincolnshire, a further three people have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, according to Northern Lincolnshire And Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

    These figures mean the number of people who've died in hospitals across the Greater Lincolnshire region after testing positive for Covid-19 has now increased to 101.

  5. E-book borrowing in Lincolnshire hits record high

    There's been an 80% rise in e-book lending in Lincolnshire, compared to this time last year, it's been revealed.


    All Lincolnshire's libraries shut last month in an effort to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

    Online services are being expanded during the crisis to include more audio books, music and national newspapers.

    Lincolnshire County Council's spokesman for libraries, Nick Worth, said: "It's phenomenal and shows a lot of people are staying at home."

    Major libraries in the county are operated by a charitable social enterprise.

  6. 'Fingers crossed' for injured swan found in Spalding

    The RSPCA is caring for an injured swan which was discovered hobbling around Spalding.

    A swan

    The bird was found on Tuesday on Two Plank Lane on the towpath near the river.

    It was taken to a wildlife centre in King's Lynn where it's being treated for a broken toe.

    Vets say it's touch and go whether the swan will survive.

    Wildlife Centre Manager Alison Charles said: "Unfortunately, the prognosis is poor as the swan has osteomyelitis, which is an infection in the bone, and some arthritis too.

    "All we can do is treat him, give him plenty of rest, and keep our fingers crossed."

  7. Woman dresses up as dinosaur to beat lockdown blues

    A woman from Lincolnshire has the perfect solution to the lockdown blues - dressing up like a dinosaur.

    Leanne dressed as dinosaur

    Leanne Davis from Coningsby has decided to don a T Rex costume for her essential shopping.

    Quote Message: I went out, walked all the main roads waving at people and then I decided to take myself down to the local Co-op." from Leanne Davis
    Leanne Davis
  8. Historic aircraft return to Lincolnshire's skies

    The Lincolnshire-based Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) looks set to return to the skies - but not for official displays while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

    The BBMF

    The Ministry of Defence says the BBMF, which operates from RAF Coningsby, will be taking regular flights to maintain its authorisation to fly.

    Flown by regular serving RAF Aircrew, the BBMF operates aircraft including spitfires, Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber.

    From May to September each year, these aircraft can usually regularly be seen in the skies commemorating public and military events.

    In a statement, the MOD says: "No decision has been taken on this year’s display season for all RAF display teams. The RAF will work with event organisers and adapt to the rapidly changing situation as it develops."

  9. Coronavirus: Beach-goers challenged 80 miles from home

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Four adults from Nottingham told police their children "needed a change of air and view" when they were stopped on a beach in Lincolnshire.

    Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes in Lincolnshire

    Officers said they challenged the group in Theddlethorpe on Wednesday - nearly 80 miles (129 km) from home.

    "We have no words" the force said on Facebook.

    The government has said people should "stay local" and not travel unnecessarily for exercise during the coronavirus outbreak.

  10. Flood protection scheme for Lincolnshire village

    Work is under way on a new scheme to protect up to 50 homes in Digby from flooding.

    Flood sign

    Lincolnshire County Council is overseeing the £630,000 project to build a drainage channel on the east side of the village.

    Once completed, the channel - between North Street and Station Road - will take rainwater away and into Digby Beck.

  11. Three fatalities mark 'tragic day on roads' - Police

    Thursday was "a tragic day on Lincolnshire's roads", police have said, after three men died in three separate crashes in the county.

    Police jacket

    A 33-year-old man died on the A15 near Cranwell when his BMW collided with an HGV at about 04:45 yesterday.

    Then, at about 10:15, emergency services were called to the A17 at East Heckington after a crash involving a car and a lorry carrying pigs.

    The 81-year-old driver of the car died at the scene, police have confirmed.

    And a 68-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a lorry on the A1175 at Market Deeping at about 23:30 last night.

    Lincolnshire Police say its thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died.

    Investigations are continuing into each of these fatal crashes, police add.

  12. Millions awarded to businesses during coronavirus crisis

    East Lindsey District Council says it's handed out £20m of government money to small businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.


    The announcement comes after some businesses in the district claimed on social media that they've been waiting nearly a month for help.

    But the authority says it has so far issued 2,000 grants and is still taking further applications.