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Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a dry but cool night in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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Lincolnshire expected to miss smoking target

Lincolnshire is expected to miss ambitious plans set out by the government to be smoke free by 2030, according to a new report.

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BBC

At the moment, figures show just over 17% of the county's population regularly light up.

The report by Frontier Economics predicts Lincolnshire won't reach the target to stop everyone smoking in 11 years.

Lincolnshire's weather

There could be some sunshine around this afternoon. Here's the latest forecast:

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BBC

Increase in people carrying knives in Lincolnshire

The number of people caught carrying knives in Lincolnshire has risen by 44% in the last year.

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Google

Lincolnshire Police say offences rose from 183 per 100,000 people in 2017/18 to 263 in 2018/19 .

The force released the figures at the start of a national week of action named Operation Sceptre, which aims to increase awareness about the dangers of carrying knives

Det Ch Insp Amy Whiffen, force lead for knife crime, said: "People carry knives either for their own protection, to try and gain respect, out of pure anger or because they are intent on committing crime.

“Whatever the reason, carrying a knife means even the smallest situation can escalate into something much more serious or life-changing."

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and fine day today with temperatures up to 18C in places.

This evening there will be clear skies and lots of sunshine and it should stay dry overnight.

Chapter 9 - Trapped

James and Freya are stuck on another planet with no way home!
After discovering that Frank has sent James and Freya to the wrong Richmond, things go from bad to worse when it turns out they're trapped on Galaxon's home planet!

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There's going to plenty of sunshine around today with temperatures up to 19C in places.

Overnight it should stay dry with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

RAF Waddington prepares for arrival of 'Protector'

The MOD has signed a £100m contract to test an unpiloted aircraft which will be based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

MOD sign
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The remotely controlled "Protector" aircraft, which is capable of flying in civilian airspace, is expected to be delivered to Waddington in 2021 and in service by 2024.

A total of £93m is being spent on constructing a new purpose-built hangar at RAF Waddington for the Protector, as well new facilities and accommodation.

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: "This contract represents a welcome step towards our world-beating Protector aircraft reaching the frontline, giving us the upper-hand against our adversaries.

"Protector will be able to fly consistently for up to 40 hours and will be deployed across the full spectrum of operations, including search and rescue, flood prevention or disaster response missions."

Firefighters to begin training on new fire engines

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are getting their first taste of the county's fleet of new fire engines this morning.

A new fire engine
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is spending £8m on 33 new appliances over the next three years.

The vehicles include new equipment including portable winches to recover damaged cars and LED lighting to help at the scene of road collisions when there are no street lights.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman, Dave Hopkinson, said: "We're not just a fire service, we're Fire and Rescue. It's right for us to have the right equipment."

Crews are being introduced to the new engines at a training centre in Waddington, near Lincoln.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There should be some decent sunny spells today for most of us though there may be a few showers on higher ground.

Temperatures could get up to about 23C in places:

Red Arrows suffer 'greenhouse' conditions on US tour

It seems the heat and humidity are proving a challenge for the world famous Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows as they continue their North American tour.

Red Arrows at Niagara FAlls
Cpl Adam Fletcher/RAF/PA Wire

Members of the team are halfway through their 11-week deployment and have performed displays and fly-pasts over several iconic landmarks, including Niagara Falls (pictured) and the Statue of Liberty.

Red 3, Sqn Ldr Mike Bowden, says: "The heat has a massive effect on the performance of the aeroplane...Taking off to the way the aircraft feels when we're doing manoeuvres.

"Even on the ground, when you're pulling over the canopy, it's like a greenhouse," he said.

The team is currently in Texas, with displays also due to take place in Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles to follow in the coming weeks.

Police appeal over woman missing for three weeks

Have you seen Leigh-Anne Hanson? Police in Lincolnshire are appealing for help finding the 25-year-old who went missing about three weeks ago.

Leigh-Anne Hanson
Lincolnshire Police

She was last seen near the Witch and Wardrobe pub in Lincoln, near the River Witham, according to police.

Leigh-Anne was wearing navy jogging bottoms, a short-sleeved green top and black trainers.

Anyone who has seen her, or knows her whereabouts, is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

Union supports axing of Fireman Sam as fire service mascot

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Lincolnshire has welcomed news that Fireman Sam is being axed as the county's fire service mascot.

Fireman sam
PA Media

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has decided to ditch the popular BBC television character saying it's outdated and could put people off joining the service.

The FBU's Lincolnshire representative, Ben Selby, says: "Our concerns are about the subconscious messages that the term 'fireman' only refers to males in that workforce.

"That's simply not the case. We've got brave women firefighters right up and down the country."

Earlier in the year, the creator of Fireman Sam said he couldn't understand how the programme put women off joining the service.

Horncastle bypass plans shelved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a £50m bypass in Horncastle have been shelved, with Lincolnshire County Council saying it's struggling to get funding for the project.

Horncastle town centre
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The authority says the benefits of the project aren't significant enough to attract financial backing and is "currently not being progressed".

However, it is "included in the council's pipeline of projects to consider in the future", it adds.

Executive member for highways, Councillor Richard Davies, says: "This doesn’t mean Horncastle will never have a bypass, but it does mean we’ll need to look at other funding options."

The project was aimed at solving delays on the A158 through the town centre during peak times.

Lincolnshire MP backs road safety campaign

Campaigners fighting to cut the speed limit outside a Gainsborough Primary School say they've received the backing of their local MP.

Outside Castle Wood Academy
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Parents want a 20mph speed limit introduced outside Castle Wood Academy to keep children safe.

Mum Kelly Geeson says: "Sir Edward is really nice. He says he's fully committed to helping and supporting us."

Parents also want extra pedestrian crossings and a school crossing patrol.

Fireman Sam axed as fire service mascot in inclusivity row

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has decided to axe Fireman Sam as its mascot as he "does not reflect what we do" and could put people off joining the service.

Fireman Sam
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Lincolnshire's Fire Chief Officer, Les Britzman, says: "There’s been a lot of research that says that images that young people have about what careers they want to do are formed when they are about four or five.

“If you are promoting that image we might be stopping people wanting to apply for the fire service 20 years down the line.

"We've got other images that better reflect what we do; no one is called fireman these days, they're firefighters."

The firefighter from Pontypandy will be replaced with fire extinguisher mascots Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Earlier this year, the creator of Fireman Sam said he couldn't see how the children's show puts women off joining the service.

The Fire Brigades Union is supporting the decision.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very mild start to the day with a few outbreaks of rain in places.

This afternoon there could be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it'll be dry with temperatures up to 21C.

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

A dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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New company set to take over Lincolnshire road repairs

A new company's set to take over road repairs in Lincolnshire under an estimated £638m contract.

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Google

Balfour Beatty will take over from April next year, under a 12-year deal drawn up by Lincolnshire County Council.

About 250 staff employed by current contractor Kier will transfer to Balfour Beatty under the agreement.

Councillors are expected to approve the plan next month.

Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

It should be a cloudy but dry afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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BBC

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fairly pleasant day today with highs of about 19C.

However, overnight the cloud will thicken and rain will move in from the west.

Focus on protecting motorcyclists in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are taking part in a fortnight-long campaign aimed at protecting motorcyclists on the county's roads.

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

From today you'll notice more officers on the roads offering safety advice to riders, as well as looking out for people driving under the influence, using mobile phones or speeding.

Of the 39 people killed on the county's roads this year ten were motorcyclists.

Lincolnshire attracts motorcyclists from near and far as they come to experience our rural roads, attend organised 'bike night' events, the racing at Cadwell Park or visit the coast, particularly during the evenings or weekends. We welcome them but want to make sure they and others around them ride safely.”

Insp Ewan GellLincolnshire Roads Policing Unit

Councils in Lincolnshire resettle 34 Syrian refugees

Councils in Lincolnshire have resettled just 34 Syrian refugees in the past five years, according to data analysed by the BBC.

Boston skyline
BBC

Nationally more than 17,000 refugees who fled the Syrian war have settled in Britain since March 2014, with the largest proportion - 2,937 - finding homes in Scotland.

The East Midlands has taken in the fewest number - 774 - in the whole of the country.

refugee data
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Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

There could be some rain around this afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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BBC

Health visitors begin week-long strike over pay

Health visitors in Lincolnshire are staging a week-long strike in a dispute over pay.

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Google

Unite Union say its 58 health visitor members have lost more than £2,000 a year compared with NHS staff after their contracts were switched to Lincolnshire County Council.

The authority says it has a "competitive pay structure in place" and valued the health visitors' work.

The week-long strike runs until Friday and comes on top of the 17 days already taken or scheduled.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a mild and cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of rain.

That rain will be heavy in places to begin with but should fade through the afternoon.

Temperatures of about 13C to 15C:

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Lincolnshire school boy told not to return after first day

A four-year-old boy was told he couldn't return to school after his first day because they didn't have a place for him.

Tiffany Clarkson took her son Teddy to William Alvey School in Sleaford on Wednesday. When she picked him up, the headteacher said he "wasn't on their school system."

Tiffany Clarkson and son Teddy
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The family say they declined their first school offer and their appeal to send him to William Alvey was successful. This was confirmed in a telephone conversation.

Teddy's father Wesley Netherton says they have to wait a fortnight to see if he can return to the school: "Teddy loved his first day at school and telling him he couldn't go back brought tears. He was heartbroken."

Lincolnshire County Council have been approached for a comment.

Arrest after slow speed tractor chase in Lincolnshire

A man's been arrested following an unconventional slow speed police chase involving a stolen tractor in Lincolnshire.

police jacket
BBC News

The vehicle was spotted by police being driven "erratically" near Market Rasen late last night.

Specially trained armed response officers eventually blocked the road, forcing the tractor to stop.

Officers say they were unable to use a "stinger" device because of the size of the tractor's wheels.

Supt Paul Timmins says it was a "distinctive Lincolnshire incident".

"We have lots of farm traffic which is attractive to thieves. Last night we had a positive outcome and were able to put someone in custody," he added.

Waste incinerator helps power 29,000 homes

More than a million tonnes of rubbish has been processed at Lincolnshire's Energy from Waste plant since it opened in 2013.

Energy from Waste plant
Lincolnshire County Council

Waste burned at the facility near Teal Park, in Lincoln, has generated power for 29,000 homes, according to Lincolnshire County Council, and reduced the amount of rubbish to landfill by around 92%.

All the stuff that comes from all of our households and bins - only 4% goes to landfill. The rest either comes here if it can't be recycled, if it can it goes to other plants in the county and re-used again. It's a very efficient process and we've probably got one of the best systems in the country."

Councillor Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

Councillor ordered to undertake social media training

A Conservative councillor in Lincolnshire says he's learned his lesson after facing censure for social media comments.

Roger Patterson was suspended from the party back in July after tweeting that Jeremy Corbyn "should be swinging from the gallows like Saddam Hussein".

Roger Patterson
BBC

He apologised at the time and today the party said he will remain suspended until November and will undergo social media training.

Mr Patterson - who sits on West Lindsey council and was the chair of the Gainsborough Conservative Association - says he wrongly reacted to comments he'd read on Twitter:

It was a knee-jerk reaction... Some of the stuff I saw sickened me It was like a momentary loss of my mind, I blew my top and said something stupid. I regretted it pretty much straight away but the damage was done. All you can do really is hold your hand up and say "yeah I did it, I'm sorry".

Roger Patterson

Police funding boost not enough says Chief Constable

Lincolnshire's Chief Constable says the county still needs more money - despite the Chancellor announcing extra cash for law enforcement yesterday.

Sajid Javid told the Commons the police in England were in line for a £750m funding boost.

Sajid Javid
BBC

But Chf Con Bill Skelly says that doesn't address an underlying problem which has faced Lincolnshire for years:

Everyone is going to see a rise but it does mean that we remain at the bottom of the pile. So will we continue our arguments with government... they still need to address the underlying problems with the distribution and Lincolnshire should, in fact, get more.

Bill SkellyLincolnshire Police

Health visitors stage 48-hour strike action in pay row

Health visitors in Lincolnshire have started a further 48-hour strike action in a dispute over pay.

The Unite union said 58 of its members have walked out because they had not received a pay increase for two years.

The union claims workers lost more than £2,000 a year after their contracts were switched over from the NHS to the County Council in 2017.

The authority has previously said it has a "competitive pay structure in place" and valued the health visitors' work.

Hundreds turn out to hear Brexit Party leader speak

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was in Lincolnshire last night, but refused to be drawn on whether he will stand if a snap general election is held.

The rally at Lincolnshire Showground
BBC

Mr Farage and other speakers addressed a Brexit Party rally at the Lincolnshire Showground, where about 700 people turned up to hear him.

When asked by the BBC if he would stand if a general election was called shortly, Mr Farage said: "I'm not yet going to answer that question because I'm not thinking about what I'm going to do, I'm thinking about what we as a party are going to do."

Mr Farage warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not tor revive Theresa May's EU withdrawal deal.

He added: "I guess the worry is that what if Parliament over the next 48 hours votes to not allow us to leave on 31 October, and Boris then says 'Let's put it to the people' and then Labour stops a general election. If that happens, I think we're in a very dark place with our whole democracy."

Help from above: Police drones take to the skies

Drones are to be used by Humberside Police officers responding to emergency calls, it's been confirmed.

A drone
Humberside Police

The aircraft have already been used by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, but will now be shared with the police.

Fitted with high definition and thermal imaging cameras, they will be used to help search for missing people or in major incidents, according to the police force.

Charitable trust plan for Lincoln's Usher Gallery

Lincolnshire's only publicly-run art gallery could be saved if plans to allow a charitable trust to take it over are approved.

The Usher Gallery
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A Lincolnshire County Council meeting later is expected to discuss the future of the Usher Gallery in Lincoln.

Under county council proposals, areas of the gallery could be used for weddings or celebrations, with some works of art moved to another museum.

The proposals are part of wider plans by the county council to cut £750,000 a year from its heritage budget.

Will Mason, the council's head of culture, says having a third party take over the gallery would be a good option.

Mr Mason says: "We've actually already started having meetings and supplying information to the two trusts which have come together as a partnership to explore that as a possibility.

"I genuinely believe it is a move forward because more people will be engaging with a wider range of activity."

The county council is expected to vote later on whether to give two years' notice to City of Lincoln Council as part of its plans to save money.

But City of Lincoln Council argues that would mean it would be forced to move some of the artefacts currently in the Usher Gallery out the county.

New support group for patients with head and neck cancer

Lincolnshire patients with head and neck cancer will no longer have to travel out of the county to go to a support group.

The launch of the support group
The Swallows Lincolnshire Support Group

NHS staff have teamed up with The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Group to hold regular meetings each month in locations across Lincolnshire.

They've now officially launched the group.

Rachel Thompson, from the oncology team at Lincoln hospital, said: "Last year there were 12,000 diagnoses within the UK, so it's not big numbers.

"But in terms of the side effects of the treatment, it can really affect patients in terms of their quality of life."