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  1. Police warn shoppers in Boston to beware of scammers

    Police have issued a warning about scammers in Boston Market Place after a woman in her 70s had a necklace stolen.

    Police

    The victim was walking through the market place on 8 August when she was approached by an unknown female suspect.

    The suspect approached the victim and placed a necklace around her neck telling her ‘it would look nice’. The victim told the suspect to remove it which she did and the suspect then left.

    But a short while later, the victim noticed her gold necklace with a pendant locket that she had around her neck had gone.

    The suspect is described as a woman with dark skin, 5ft 5in tall, black hair in a ponytail and was wearing all black.

  2. Lincoln Uni staff offer reassurance to potential students

    Thousands of students across Lincolnshire are now trying to secure university places after a U-turn on A-level grades.

    The University of Lincoln

    Ministers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales all decided on Monday - four days after A-level results were issued - to revert to teacher assessed grades rather than an algorithm designed to moderate them.

    It followed an outcry after 40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which used a formula based on schools' prior grades.

    A spokesman for the University of Lincoln spokesperson said: ​​​​​​​“We recognise this is a really stressful time for students who are unsure as to the best way forward.

    “At Lincoln, we are calling thousands of applicants to reassure them that they are now part of the Lincoln family. We have experienced staff from across the university available to offer advice and support. We would encourage any student with queries or concerns to contact us directly.

    “We’ve got some really exciting things planned for our students during October and beyond including themed tepees, outdoor cinema screenings, exercise classes and street food vendors, as well as exciting plans for online and face-to-face teaching, and we can’t wait for them to be a part of it.”

  3. New bar and cinema mark completion of Lincoln's Cornhill

    The opening of a new cocktail bar and cinema in Lincoln this week marks the completion of works in the regeneration of the city's Cornhill Quarter.

    The Cornhill Quarter

    The project, headed by Lincolnshire Co-Op, has taken five years to complete and this week will see the opening of The Botanist bar the Everyman cinema.

    The CEO of Lincolnshire Co-Op, Ursula Lidbetter, says today's opening of the The Botanist bar and restaurant is an important milestone.

    "It looks incredible.It's full of plants, it's full of life and it's olde worlde which fits very well with the Victorian street," she said.

    "The whole feeling here is very much in keeping with Victoriana."

  4. Funding fears over future of Lincoln Drill Hall arts venue

    Lincoln Drill Hall bosses say they could be forced to close the site if they lose vital funding.

    Drill Hall

    A decision is expected next week on the contribution City of Lincoln Council makes towards the theatre and arts centre and a petition has been started to lobby councillors not to cut it.

    The chief executive of the venue, Chris Kirkwood, says any cut could have terrible consequences.

    "For that amount of money to be pulled from our business, it would be devastating. I think the most likely outcome is that it would lead to our closure.

    "It's a complicated jigsaw piece, they've been huge supporters and the Drill Hall wouldn't exist if it wasn't for City of Lincoln Council. We recognise fully they are in a really difficult position."

  5. New Covid-19 cases link to Bakkavor factory outbreak

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Four new coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire have been linked to an outbreak at a factory in Newark, health bosses have confirmed.

    Bakkavor factory

    Bakkavor’s Dessert Factory has now voluntarily tested 700 of its 1,600-plus staff and confirmed a total of 72 cases.

    Of those, 23 are employees who live in Lincolnshire and commute to work, plus three of their family members.

    The majority of the workers have only mild symptoms or did not show any symptoms of the virus when they were tested.

    With up to 800 more tests due to be carried out at the site, numbers are expected to rise.

    Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at the county council, said: "In Lincolnshire there’s a concentration of people living in the City of Lincoln Council area, and then there’s a smattering of people just about all over other places in the county."

    Health bosses in the county were keeping a close eye to make sure there was no “outward spread” from those affected, he added.

    However, Mr McGinty said Lincolnshire’s case numbers – although rising slightly higher than before, but in line with national figures – were not worrying.

    A total of 7,680 tests have been carried out in Lincolnshire in the past seven days, of which 30 people were found to be positive.

    “That’s giving us a positivity rate which is roughly similar to most of the rest of the country, so it’s still relatively low and we’re nowhere near numbers that will give us cause for concern anywhere, but we are still seeing cases every day in Lincolnshire," he said.

  6. Top tourism award for International Bomber Command Centre

    The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln has won a major tourism award.

    International Bomber Command Centre

    Visit England chose the centre for its International Tourism Award at a virtual awards evening last night.

    It beat competition from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire - and The Roman Baths and Pump Room in Somerset.

    The awards celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry.

    Nicky Van Der Drift, the Chief Executive at the IBCC, said: "We've only been open just over two years and the project has faced a number of challenges all the way along and this is just such a huge bonus for the team who with dedication and passion have worked so hard. It's amazing."

  7. Lincoln to face Crewe in first round of Carabao Cup

    Lincoln City will face fellow League One side Crewe in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

    Sincil Bank

    The Imps will travel to Gresty Road to face David Artell's side on 5 September.

    Meanwhile, Grimsby will host Morecambe and Scunthorpe will face Port Vale.

    Elsewhere, Norwich City will start their 2020-21 season with an all-Championship tie against Luton Town, while Barrow, promoted from the National League as title winners, face Derby County.

    Harrogate Town, promoted to the English Football League for the first time after beating Notts County in the National League play-off final, face Tranmere in their first ever League Cup fixture.

    Click here for the full first round fixture list.

  8. Married couple sentenced over prostitution operation

    A husband and wife who ran a prostitution ring from flats they rented in Lincolnshire have been given suspended jail sentences.

    Lincoln Crown Court

    Philip Godfrey, 47, and Lamlaiman Godfrey, 52, from Bingham, in Nottinghamshire, operated the racket from flats on the Carlton Estate, in Lincoln, and in North Hykeham.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard the couple recruited Chinese women to work for them, installing them in properties they rented under false names and paid for with cash or pre-paid credit cards.

    Prosecutor Andrew Howarth said police began investigating in July 2017 when officers noticed Oriental or Asian prostitutes were being offered on websites operating in the Lincoln area.

    Sentencing them, Judge John Pini QC told them that only the three year delay in bringing the case to court had spared them from immediate jail sentences.

    “This was a well-planned and organised operation. If you had come to court early in 2018 you would both have gone off to prison.

    "However the reality is that it is now almost three years since these offences were committed. You have not committed any further offences and you are both of previous good character.”

    They were each given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

  9. Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will see some cloud and a scattering of showers.

    As the day goes on, it will become brighter but with showers turning more frequent, these heavy at times with a rumble of thunder possible.

    Any showers will tend to clear through this evening to leave it largely dry for most of the night with clear spells.

    Patches of fog or mist are likely to form in places:

    Weather graphic
  10. Heavy rain causes flooding in Market Rasen

    Heavy rain caused flooding in Market Rasen last night, causing problems on a number of roads in the town.

    Flood sign

    Those affected included Waterloo Street, Oxford Street and John Street.

    A small number of properties were affected, including the cricket club, according to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.

    The fire service is urging people to prepare for more rain as the weather remains unsettled.

    Stephen Bunney, Market Rasen's deputy mayor, says local residents came together to help each other.

    "There was a lot of positive support - neighbours helping each other, making sure the water didn't get in. It was very cooperative," he said.

    "In other areas, people were just saying, 'Oh, not again'. This is not the first time this has happened.