United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has appointed Andrew Morgan as its new interim chief executive.
Mr Morgan was appointed after an unsuccessful search for a suitable candidate to take the position permanently.
He'll take up the post when current chief executive, Jan Sobieraj, retires at the end of June and will stay in post until Tuesday 31 March 2020.
Have your say on county's 30-year flooding strategy
People in Lincolnshire can have their say from today on how the county can best manage coastal flooding over the next 30 years.
Lincolnshire County Council says climate change and rising sea levels are very significant for the region and the plans will look at ways communities can become more resilient.
The consultation involves drop-in sessions over the next two months and people will also be able to have their say online once the page goes live on the council's website later.
Double shop raid overnight
Two stores in the east of the county were targeted by thieves last night, Lincolnshire Police believe the raids are connected.
At around 01:20 this morning Police were called to the Martin MColls store in the Market Place in Alford after reports that three men in dark clothing had broken in and stolen cartons of cigarettes.
Around 20 minutes later the Coop on Station Road in Sutton-on-Sea, was targeted.
Again three men entered the store before fleeing the scene in a BMW 5 series with a roof bar.
Watch: Thursday's weather forecast
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European elections 2019: Polls held across Lincolnshire
Voters across Lincolnshire and the whole of the UK are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.
Seventy-three MEPs will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.
Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.
Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the whole process completed by 22:00 on Sunday.
Plans to bring historic baths back into use
Plans have been submitted to bring the historic baths at Woodhall Spa back into use.
The building, which dates back to 1821, has stood empty for 35 years.
Expressions Hair and Beauty Salon wants to relocate into the building.
Wendy Jones, one of the owners of the business, said although a lot of work needs to be done, it will be worth it.
We wanted to put the spa back into Woodhall and give it a new lease of life."
Lincolnshire MP will not be candidate for leader
A Lincolnshire MP has ruled herself out as a contender for the Conservative leadership.
Victoria Atkins, the MP for Louth and Horncastle, attracted speculation on social media that she might try to become the new leader once Theresa May steps down.
But her office has told the BBC she won't be a candidate.
Former special sergeant faces hearing
A former sergeant with the Special Constabulary has been accused of lying on an application form to become a regular constable with Lincolnshire Police.
Andrew Davies, previously based at Lincoln, is said to have breached standards of professional behaviour.
A special case hearing will be held on Wednesday 29 May at Lincolnshire Police's headquarters in Nettleham.
Probe after sickness bug linked to farm
Health officials are investigating possible cases of a bug which has been linked to a Lincolnshire farm open to the public.
A spokesman for Public Health England said it is investigating possible cases of cryptosporidium associated with Bowthorpe Park Farm, near Bourne.
The parasite causes severe stomach upsets in children and adults with low immune systems.
Environmental health officers from South Kesteven District Council have also been involved in the investigation, with 13 cases confirmed by its officers.
The council said the farm had precautions in place and there was no ongoing risk to the public.
A spokesman for Bowthorpe Park Farm said the investigation was closed and no link had been established with their premises. The spokesman said the farm had all the right precautions in place to safeguard visitors.
No official approach to Imps for manager Cowley
Lincoln City FC has had no official approach from any club to speak to Manager Danny Cowley and assistant Nicky Cowley.
It's despite reports that Championship side West Bromwich Albion had been talking to Danny.
He told the BBC that reports have been exaggerated: "We haven't had any official communication from any club. There will always be speculation particularly in the closed season when there's no matches. There will always be this level of speculation, and I think with social media it gets magnified and exaggerated in equal measure."
Man arrested after A1 crash near Grantham
A man has been arrested following a crash between two lorries on the A1 near Grantham this morning.
It happened at 06:21 today at the junction of the A52.
The roads northbound and southbound were partially closed while vehicles were recovered, and traffic is still affected.
The man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Have you seen missing Declan?
Police are looking for a missing 15-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who has not been seen since Monday.
Declan was last seen in Horncastle, but could also be in the Skegness area, police say.
Declan is described as 5ft 11ins tall, with short, mousey hair.
He is believed to be wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a grey jumper with black sleeves, a black baseball cap, and black trainers with red and white laces.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.
Commercial building fire under control
Firefighters have now left the scene of a commercial building fire in Gainsborough.
A spokesman for the fire service said crews attended a kitchen fire on Morton Terrace at about 10:30.
The fire was out when the crews arrived but an inspection revealed a fault with the hob.
Nobody was injured, according to the fire service.
Commercial building fire in Gainsborough
Fire crews are currently dealing with a commercial building fire in Gainsborough.
Both pumps from Gainsborough fire station are at the scene.
Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Unite, said: "While Greybull cannot be allowed to walk away scot-free and must be held to account for its stewardship of Britain's second largest steelmaker, ministers cannot wash their hands of the Brexit farce and ongoing uncertainty that has placed the company in difficulty, nor allow a business of such strategic importance to UK plc to disappear like the steelworks of SSI several years ago."
Meanwhile, Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community Trade Union, said the focus must now be on saving jobs.
"This news will heap more worries on workers and everyone connected with British Steel, but it will also end the uncertainty under Greybull's ownership and must be seized as an opportunity to look for an alternative future," said Mr Rickhuss.
Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.
Hospital will spend millions of pounds on children's services
The boss of the NHS trust which runs Boston's Pilgrim Hospital says it's spending millions to ensure children's services can be run safely.
The unit has been under threat because of an ongoing staff shortage.
Last year, children needing more than 12 hours of observation had to be transferred elsewhere. But these measures have since been relaxed in some cases.
Jan Sobieraj, the chief executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are absolutely intent on putting resources in to make it work. One of the consequences that people don't talk about is the cost of maintaining services many millions more than it would have been before. And that's because we believe it is the right thing for the east coast, the right thing for Boston and so we're putting our money behind it even though we've got a huge deficit."
Toy sword man arrested on for drugs
Police were called to Grimsby after reports of a man walking around with a sword - only to find it was a toy.
Officers attended Little Coates Road where they discovered the man was carrying a plastic pirate sword which was popping out from under his jacket.
He was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, but on further inspection he was also found to be carrying an amount of ‘Spice’ which was seized.
He was then arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with the intent to supply.
The 35-year-old man is currently in custody.
I have reminded this man that this was a very stupid thing to do. It wasn’t obvious at all to the public that this item was a toy, as it was hidden under his coat with only the handle showing.
Lincolnshire-born Taupin attends Rocketman film premiere
A Lincolnshire-born songwriter, who co-wrote some of Elton John's biggest hits, attended last night's premiere of a new film about the star.
'Rocketman' - which is released tomorrow - showcases Sir Elton's early career when he met his long-term writer Bernie Taupin.
Mr Taupin was born near Sleaford and later lived near Market Rasen.
And at last night's premiere in Leicester Square, Mr Taupin said it was surreal to see their lives portrayed on the big screen.
"Once again I've overused the adjective, but it's surreal, it's fantastic. Elton and I used to go to this theatre in Leicester Square and see first run movies, American movies. To come here - especially for someone who has not lived in this country for more than 40 years - to come back to stomping grounds and see us being portrayed in this way is absolutely fantastic."
Nine arrested in 'county lines' drugs operation
Nine people have been arrested in Lincolnshire as part of an operation to tackle 'county lines' drugs gangs.
Warrants were executed at properties in Lincoln, Sleaford, Louth and Grantham where officers seized heroin, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine, and a quantity of unknown tablets.
Also seized was more than £3,000 cash, five knives and mobile phones.
County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.
Four different county lines were identified and 12 vulnerable adults were spoken to in Lincolnshire following welfare checks.
Teenagers in final of BAFTA game designers competition
Two teenagers from Lincolnshire are finalists in a BAFTA competition to find the game designers of the future.
Evie Sanger-Davies, 13, and Jessica Nunn-Wright, 14, both from Sleaford, are finalists in the BAFTA Young Game Designers Competition.
Young people aged between 10 and 18 submitted game designs and concepts addressing issues such as mental health, climate change and transgender rights.
Evie and Jessica’s game concept is called Colours. Players spend a week understanding what it's like to live with different personalities, while trying to uncover who the mysterious stranger is who seems to know everything about them.
The final will be held next month at BAFTA in London.
I feel amazed to be a Young Game Designer finalist. I have never entered before and I am honoured to be a part of it. I think there are a lot of skills I can take away from this, like communicating my ideas and working together as a team.”
Holbeach bulb company strikes gold at flower show
A company from Lincolnshire has struck gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the 26th year in a row.
Taylors Bulbs, of Holbeach, has been recognised for its impressive display of daffodils.
Sally-Anne Foreman has been in charge of proceedings for the company at the show, and said it has been quite a challenge
She said: "We plant the bulbs just after Christmas and then they go in to cold storage. We put them in the greenhouse three weeks before the show and then we get on our knees and pray they are going to flower for us in time."
Major hotel chain looking for a site in Skegness
A major budget hotel chain is "actively looking" for a site in Skegness.
Travelodge has confirmed plans to locate in the seaside town but officials say they are yet to identify a suitable area.
It comes just weeks after Premier Inn opened its first hotel in the resort.
A spokesman for Travelodge: "We are actively looking for a site in Skegness but we have not identified one yet."
Plans for a swimming pool at a new £6.3m leisure centre in Market Rasen will be revisited, the new
Conservative leader of West Lindsey District Council has said.
Ground was broken last week at the site of the new leisure centre, which is due to open in late spring 2020.
It will include a pitch, fitness and dance studios, a four court sports hall and 40-station gym.
But councillor Giles McNeill, who was recently elected as leader of the council, said he wanted to look again at the proposals in order to see if they could be made viable or sustainable.
He said that as the plans stand at present, it would require a district council tax rise purely to cover the pool's running costs.
I haven’t found any magic money trees lurking around. If we can build a swimming pool on a sustainable and economic basis I don’t see why we wouldn’t. But at the moment it can’t be shown to be done that way and why should everyone in the district have huge council tax hikes to pay for a swimming pool which isn’t viable?"
Lincolnshire pub in running to be named Britain's best
A Lincolnshire pub is in the running to be named one of the best in Britain.
The Dambusters Inn at Scampton has been crowned regional winner at this year's Countryside Alliance Awards - also known as the rural Oscars.
The awards are a celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage, with the finals being held at the House of Lords next month.
Greg Algar, landlord at the Dambusters, says it's a real honour:
It's fantastic. We're one of two businesses in the whole of Lincolnshire to make it to the House of Lords on 16 June for a final of nine regional pubs in our category and we're absolutely thrilled."
Youngsters on moped seriously injured in collision
A teenage boy and a 12-year-old girl who were riding a moped without helmets have been seriously injured in a collision in Grimsby.
Police were called to Rendel Street in Grimsby at 18:50 yesterday, following a serious collision between a Yamaha YQ Aerox 50cc moped and a blue Mitsubishi ASX3 car.
The girl and the 15-year-old boy were on the moped, which collided with the car at the junction of Rendel Street with Armstrong Street in Grimsby.
Both the rider and passenger of the moped sustained serious injuries. The 12-year-old girl has potentially life-changing injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the moped prior to the collision is asked to contact Humberside Police.
Road safety campaign rolled out across Lincolnshire
Almost a quarter of all reported road traffic collisions in Lincolnshire in the past five years have involved a cyclist or motorcyclist, new figures have revealed.
The statistics, compiled by Lincolnshire Police, show there have been 62 fatal collisions involving motorcyclists and 13 involving cyclists.
In addition, 356 motorcyclists and 184 cyclists were seriously injured.
The force is this week supporting the national 2Wheels campaign in line with its own Operation Falcon, aiming to raise awareness of the dangers faced by cyclists and motorcyclists.
It aims to improve driver behaviour and educate both groups on the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protective equipment.
I am acutely aware that road safety is a priority for our residents and have worked hard with colleagues in the force to find ways to reduce the terrible and pointless casualties that occur."
Fundraising for model railway club tops £80,000
A fundraising page set up after a Lincolnshire model railway club's exhibition was trashed by vandals has topped £80,000.
Donations have been pouring in from around the world after the Market Deeping Model Railway Club's exhibition was trashed by vandals over the weekend.
Members of the club lost years of work in the raid at Welland Academy in Stamford.
An online crowdfunding appeal was launched to help those affected, with rock star and model railway enthusiast Rod Stewart donating £10,000.
Club chairman Peter Davies says decisions are still being made on how to spend the money.
It's still very early days and we've no idea what the final total will be, but it looks as though we will first and foremost be helping other modellers who have been caught up in this."
Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast
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A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.
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Watch: Monday's weather forecast
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Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.
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Council stops short of declaring 'climate emergency'
A call to declare a climate emergency has been rejected by Lincolnshire county councillors.
A motion tabled by the Labour opposition group, called on the council to commit to being carbon neutral by 2030.
The council said it recognised there is a climate problem, but stopped short of declaring an emergency.
The authority has instead passed a new target date of 2050.
Councillor Rob Parker, leader of the Labour group, said he was disappointed with the result, but the amended target was better than nothing.
“Before we started, we didn’t have the same interest as has been demonstrated in the council chamber. We know that this is a matter of great public interest, only yesterday the University of Lincoln declared a climate emergency because it was in the interests of their staff and students.”
Mother of Royal Marine calls for mental health support
A Lincolnshire woman whose son took his own life while on duty with the Royal Marines is calling for more mental health support for service personnel.
James Holloway, who was 25 and from Billingborough near Sleaford, died in 2017 while his ship was moored in Dubai.
His mother Amanda Gray told an inquest in Lincoln today that her son had become depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.
She said: "The most important thing for me is that my son did not die in vain. If there is an emotional relationship breakdown or a death they need to be taken out of service for a few days. There is still a culture of servicemen not showing weakness for fear it might end their careers, and this needs to change."
Richard Marshall, Assistant Coroner for Lincolnshire, said he found it difficult to find fault with any of the individuals who were involved with Royal Marine Holloway.
He recorded a narrative verdict which said Royal Marine Holloway took his own life.
Thieves steal four motocross bikes
Four motocross bikes have been stolen in a burglary in Authorpe in Lincolnshire.
The incident happened at a commercial premises on Main Road at 01:30 on Wednesday.
The bikes were:
a Honda 250cc in red and white
a Husquvarna 85cc in black and white
two KTM 65 cc in orange and white
Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or has information should contact Lincolnshire Police.
Phone scammers target Lincolnshire homes
Lincolnshire is being hit by a spate of scam calls, police have warned.
A man in Boston received a call from a man (possibly a recorded message) just after midday yesterday, claiming to be from OFCOM and suggesting that his internet was being hacked. He hung up.
Earlier that morning, a woman in Swineshead had a call from a man claiming to work for BT telling her that her internet had been hacked and requesting her bank details for a 'bad service refund'.
At about 11:30, an elderly couple in Old Leake were called by a man saying he was from BT and requesting to remote access their computer.
In the afternoon, a woman from Wrangle received a call from a man claiming to be from BT. He said there was an error on the account meaning the woman was to get a refund of £900. The caller then said that £9,000 had been credited by mistake and the woman must transfer the difference from her account.
Lincolnshire Police has warned people to be aware of BT and OFCOM scam calls.
The people making these calls are ruthless and aggressive. Please help us by telling your friends, neighbours and family.
Hunt for missing prisoner
Police are attempting to trace Stephen Archer after he absconded from an open prison.
Archer, 48, is believed to have links to Lincolnshire, Nottingham, Lancashire and Suffolk.
He was convicted of murder in 1993 and absconded on Wednesday 15 May from Sudbury in Derbyshire.
He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slight build. He has a shaved head, blue eyes and has a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm and a dagger tattoo on his left forearm.
Members of the public are asked not to approach Archer, but to dial 999 immediately if they see him.
Franklin Way walking route set to be relaunched
The Franklin Way walking
route in Lincolnshire is set to be relaunched 33 years since it was created.
The route, which runs
between Spilsby and Hundleby, was created in 1986 to celebrate the bicentenary
of the birth of Arctic explorer and former Spilsby resident Sir John Franklin.
Over the years the route had
become overgrown and difficult to follow but thanks to the Spilsby and Hundleby
Walkers Are Welcome group, the route has been re-established, cleared and remarked.
The route will be relaunched on Thursday 30 May as part of the Lincolnshire
Wolds Walking Festival.
Could council become carbon neutral?
A debate is taking place on whether Lincolnshire County Council should become a carbon neutral authority.
The motion has been put forward by the Labour group, which calls for the county council to declare a 'climate emergency'.
Councillor Rob Parker, leader of the Labour group, said it is achieveable, but added: "It would have to examine every single practice that the council does. From heating, lightning, car travel, use of paper, plastic, water - everything the council does. We need to give as much attention to climate change and the way we do our business as we did to austerity."
Meet Grimsby's new 'beat bobby'
Retailers in Grimsby’s Freeman Street are united against crime – and leading the charge is new Community Beat Manager PC Rebecca Dawson.
PC Dawson said she wants to become a familiar sight in the area, and hopes her presence will act as a deterrent to people involved in crime of anti-social behaviour.
She says she is also planning to work with market traders to ensure officers are in the area at key times to prevent problems they were having with a group of nuisance young people running around stalls and damaging goods.
The thing I like most about policing Freeman Street is how friendly and welcoming everyone is. It’s a real united community and I’m really pleased to be a part of that. "
Bishop's suspension: Letter to clergy in Lincolnshire
The Bishop of Grimsby has acknowledged the shock caused by the suspension of the Bishop of Lincoln, in a letter to clergy in Lincolnshire.
The Rt Rev David Court has taken over the running of the Diocese of Lincoln while an investigation is carried out into the handling of safeguarding allegations by Christopher Lowson.
But it's been made clear no allegations of abuse have been made against Bishop Lowson.
A joint letter from Bishop Court and the Bishop of Grantham states: "We realise this announcement will come as a shock to you. We also realise that it follows earlier announcements to do with safeguarding issues in the diocese. We wish to assure you of our confidence in our safeguarding team and the commitment by us all to making the Diocese of Lincoln as safe as it possibly can be for everyone."
Ex-Imps manager has assets worth £35,000 confiscated