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Theresa May to resign as prime minister

Theresa May is to quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving way for contest to decide new UK prime minister.

Theresa May
PA

In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the EU referendum result.

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

BreakingTheresa May to quit as leader on 7 June

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June.

Theresa May
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Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It should be dry and fine today, with light winds and a good deal of sunny spells.

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New interim boss for Lincolnshire hospitals

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.

Flood
BBC

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

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud.

Watch my full forecast here:

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.

Sign
EPA

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.

Woodhall Spa
BBC

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."

Wendy JonesCo-owner

Lincolnshire MP will not be candidate for leader

A Lincolnshire MP has ruled herself out as a contender for the Conservative leadership.

Victoria Atkins
UK Parliament

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.

Lincolnshire Police
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.

Bowthorpe Park Farm
Google

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.

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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.

A1 crash scene
Lincolnshire Police

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.

A1 crash scene
Lincolnshire Police

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 Cameron
Lincolnshire Police

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.

Fire
BBC

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.

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Owner of British Steel 'must be held to account' - Union

The owner of British Steel must be held to account for its stewardship of the firm, a union has said.

British Steel
REUTERS/Scott Heppell/File Photo

British Steel, which employs about 5,000 people in Scunthorpe, will be placed into insolvency later this morning following a breakdown in talks between the government and the company's owner, Greybull.

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

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

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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.

Boston Pilgrim Hospital
Google

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.

Little Coates Road
Google

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.

PC Paul WalkerHumberside Police

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.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Ian West/PA Wire

'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.

Police
BBC

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.

Jessica Nunn-Wright and Evie Sanger-Davies
BAFTA

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.”

Evie Sanger-Davies

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.

Dafodils
REUTERS/Toby Melville

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
NICK ANSELL/PA WIRE

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 new swimming pool to be revisited

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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?"

Councillor Giles McNeillLeader, West Lindsey District Council

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.

Greg Algar
BBC

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."

Greg AlgarLandlord, Dambusters Inn

Investigations continue within Diocese of Lincoln

The Diocese of Lincoln says investigations are continuing following the suspension of the Lincoln Cathedral's chapter clerk.

Lincoln Cathdral
BBC

Yesterday, a diocesan spokesman confirmed that Will Harrison had been suspended as "a neutral act over procedural matters".

It is the second high profile suspension within days.

On Thursday it was revealed the Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, was being investigated over safeguarding matters.

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.

Rendel Street
Google

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.

Police
BBC

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."

Marc JonesPolice and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire

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.

The trashed exhibition
Market Deeping Model Railway Club

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."

Peter DaviesChairman, Market Deeping Model Railway Club

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

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Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

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.

Lincolnshire County Council logo
Lincolnshire County Council

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.”

Rob ParkerLincolnshire County Council

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 Hollway
Ministry of Defence

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.

Police
BBC

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.

Man on phone
Getty Images

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.

Lincolnshire Police spokesman

Hunt for missing prisoner

Police are attempting to trace Stephen Archer after he absconded from an open prison.

Steven Archer
Lincolnshire Police

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.

Sir John Franklin statue in Spilsby
East Lindsey District Council

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.

Councillor Rob Parker
Lincolnshire County Council

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 Rebecca Dawson
Humberside Police

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. "

PC Rebecca DawsonCommunity Beat Manager

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.

Lincoln Cathedral
BBC

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

The former general manager of Lincoln City Football Club, who wasjailed earlier this year for defrauding the club, has had assets worth more than £35,000 confiscated by a court.

John Vickers
BBC

John Vickers 48, of Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln, was sentenced to 14 months in jail in January after pleading guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to a charge of fraud by abuse of position.

The court was told he used the money to fund a gambling addiction.

Vickers was freed earlier this month under an early release scheme.

But in a Proceeds of Crime hearing, Vickers was ruled to have benefited from his crime by £36,212. The court was told that he has assets to cover the amount.

Judge Simon Hirst ordered the £36,212 should be confiscated and paid as compensation to Lincoln City.

He ordered Vickers pay the money within three months or face an additional nine-month jail sentence.

New mobile app retraces Pilgrims' footsteps

A new mobile app providing people with self-guided tours of Lincolnshire towns connected to the ship which took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World has been launched.

Mayflower memorial stone in Plymouth
BBC

Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage of the Mayflower from Plymouth to the America.

The anniversary will commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook the epic journey.

Users of the new app can get free guided walks and driving tours of Boston, Gainsborough and Immingham as well as other UK towns, cities and villages.

It will notify users of nearby places of interest, allowing visitors to follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower Pilgrims and explore all the stops on the Mayflower trail.

The app has been designed to take people on a Mayflower journey, telling the stories behind the places the Pilgrims were from and where and why they travelled."

Charles HackettChief executive officer, Mayflower 400

Councillors to work together to break political deadlock

Councillors at North Kesteven District Council have agreed to work together to break the political deadlock.

North Kesteven District Council offices
Google

The council was left with no overall control following this month's local elections.

At a meeting last night, Conservative Richard Wright was re-elected as leader but said he is willing to work closely with the Independents and those who remain unaligned.

He said: "If people want to make it work, then any model is workable. Models just don't work if people don't want them to. We've offered a model, let's see if people are prepared to make it work."