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  1. Humber Bridge toll booths to reopen

    Toll booths on the Humber Bridge are set to reopen later this month as coronavirus restrictions are eased - but cash will not be accepted.

    The Humber Bridge

    The booths on the landmark bridge have been closed since 29 March as part of the measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

    But with traffic steadily increasing over recent weeks, the Humber Bridge Board has taken the decision to reopen the toll booth lanes on 29 June.

    Customers can apply for a pre-paid tag which sits in their vehicle window, or they can pay via new contactless payment terminals on the outside of the booths which accept credit and debit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

    Relevant risk assessments have been carried out and safety measures have been implemented to ensure toll booth operators and customers are protected, the Humber Bridge Board has said.

  2. Protest held at Grantham Hospital over changes to A&E

    Campaigners opposed to plans to turn Grantham Hospital's A&E into an urgent treatment centre have held a protest at the site while socially distancing.

    Protesters outside Grantham Hospital

    Last week, bosses at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust approved plans to turn the hospital into a coronavirus-free site.

    The proposals will see A&E patients and non-elective patients turned away from Grantham Hospital to other sites across the county.

    Meanwhile, elective surgery and day cases, such as chemotherapy patients, will be taken from Boston Pilgrim and Lincoln hospitals and transferred to Grantham.

    Protesters outside Grantham Hospital

    Some staff and councillors joined in the protest, with a total of about 200 people taking part.

    Jody Clark, from the Fighting for Grantham Hospital campaign, said: “We stood in support of our staff, who are being moved due to the changes.

    "We also oppose the level of these changes. We understand the need for a safe site for vulnerable patients but the trust's plan leaves a lot of our hospital closed.

    “Grantham Hospital's site has multiple entrances and exits, so with a little investment,they could easily increase the safe capacity and still keep most of our local services."

    United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has been asked for comment.

  3. Safety measures put in place as businesses re-open

    Measures have been put in place to keep shoppers safe in Lincoln, as businesses reopen following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

    Social distancing sign

    Many non-essential shops have opened their doors today for the first time in months.

    Richard Baxter, from Lincoln BIG, which promotes the city to tourists and shoppers, said lots of work had taken place over the last few weeks, including painting and cleaning.

    Mr Baxter said: "The main thing is to keep the city safe. We’ve got lots of safety signs on the footpaths and on the lampposts and benches to remind people there is a 2m rule in place and to abide by that and everyone will be safe.

    "The insides of shops are going to be a bit different as well. Coming in to a shop to do some shopping is far superior to pressing a few buttons on a computer and looking at a screen all day. The experience is still going to be there when you walk into a shop, but it’s just going to be a bit different.

    "Please be patient with the queuing system. It looks like all this work we’ve done is going to work," he added.

  4. Where must I wear a face covering from Monday?

    Face coverings on public transport - and for hospital staff, outpatients and visitors - will be compulsory in England from Monday.

    woman in face mask

    This is in line with new World Health Organization (WHO) advice. It says non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.

    Anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England should wear a face covering from Monday - to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

    The new rules coincide with a further easing of lockdown - including the return to class of some secondary school pupils and the reopening of non-essential shops.

  5. Motorist punched in the face by cyclist who stole car keys

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist was punched in the face by a man on a bike who stole his car keys in Spalding.


    Lincolnshire Police say the male cyclist rode towards the victim's car as it turned into the Lidl store on Holbeach Road at about 15.45 on 24 May.

    He then approached the driver’s window, punched him in the face and took his car keys before leaving the area.

    The force say the man was wearing all red cycling gear and a helmet.

    Anyone who saw what happened or has information should contact the force.

  6. Shoppers flock to high street as retailers open again

    Shoppers in Lincoln started to queue outside Primark from as early as 05:00 ahead of it opening its doors today for the first time since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

    Queues outside Primark in Lincoln

    The chain, which like other clothing shops has been closed since 23 March, does not offer online shopping, meaning customers can only buy in the store.

    Shopper Mya told the BBC: “I came from Horncastle, which is about 45 minutes, away so I was up at 06:00 to get here for 07:00.

    “I’ve been doing online shopping, but it’s not the same. Going in to the shop is better, you’re able to see things in person.

    "I will probably go to a few other shops as well, see if there are any good sales," she added.

    Another shopper, Libby, said: “I’ve come for everything. I prefer going to the shop in person because it’s easier and you don’t have to wait. I’m quite impatient.”

  7. Urgent appeal to find missing Lincoln man

    Police have issued an urgent appeal to find a man who has gone missing from Lincoln.

    James Harvey

    James Harvey, 24, was last seen leaving Lincoln Hospital at about 06:00 this morning.

    Lincolnshire Police say they have concerns for his welfare and have asked anyone who sees him to come forward.

  8. Police seize cannabis plants worth £1.1m

    More than 2,500 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than £1.1m have been seized and destroyed by police in North East Lincolnshire.


    Humberside Police say officers have raided six cannabis farms in the past three weeks in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.

    The force say five men aged between 25 and 36 have been charged in connection with the discoveries.

    The raids are part of the force's Operation Galaxy, which began over a month ago, and has resulted in the discovery of a total of nine cannabis farms and 14 arrests.

    Det Insp Tom Kelly said: "My team are dedicated to making North East Lincolnshire and beyond a safer place to live and will continue to take action against those intent on challenging that.”

  9. Queues continue to grow as shoppers flock to Primark

    Long queues were seen at Primark stores across England as the retailer opened its doors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown started.

    This was the scene earlier today in Lincoln where dozens of people lined up in High Street and into Saltergate waiting to go inside.


    Queues were also forming outside St Marks shopping centre.

    St Marks shopping centre
  10. Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

    It will be another mostly cloudy day with patchy mist and drizzle at times.

    However, later in the day, cloud may break to give a few sunny intervals, especially inland.

    After that we're in for a misty and murky night with further low cloud and patchy drizzle drifting in from the North Sea.

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  11. Retailers set to welcome back customers after three months

    Shops in England selling non-essential goods can reopen today for the first time in almost three months.

    john lewis

    While food shops, pharmacies and other essential retailers have been open throughout lockdown, non-essential stores have been locked since 23 March.

    This includes retailers offering clothes, toys, books and electronics - as well as record shops, tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets.

    The government says they must meet Covid-19 guidelines to keep shoppers and workers safe, but Boris Johnson has urged people to "shop with confidence".

    He said he was "very optimistic" about stores reopening - although acknowledged that retailers did not know whether there will be a "huge wave of customers" or a "trickle".

    Earlier this morning queues were already building outside Primark in Lincoln's High Street, with the first person joining the line at 05:00.

    queue outside primark

    The unlocking comes as face coverings become compulsory when travelling on public transport in England from Monday. Children under the age of 11 will be exempt, and the rules might be waived for people who have a legitimate health reason for not wearing one.

    However, face coverings in shops will not be mandatory, with retailers hoping their introduction of an array of other safety measures will be sufficient.