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Could parking become cheaper in Lincoln?

The new head of tourism organisation Visit Lincolnshire says he's working with councils to look at reducing car parking charges in the centre of Lincoln.

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BBC

Mike Timson has taken over the top job at the organisation which helps drive up visitor numbers and investment in the city and the surrounding area.

He says he'd like to see a park and ride service introduced in the south of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

It should be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast
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Red Arrows arrive back in Lincolnshire

The Red Arrows arrived back in Lincolnshire this lunchtime from their tour of North America and Canada.

BBC
BBC

The aerial display team landed back at their base at RAF Scampton after an 11-week tour, which included displays in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

Families and friends were waiting to greet the crew when the touched down.

Largely sunny afternoon ahead for Lincolnshire

It should be a dry afternoon in Lincolnshire, though there's the slight chance of a shower in places.

Here's the latest forecast:

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BBC

Special constables needed as numbers fall

More special constables are needed to join Humberside Police after the force said it had seen a drop in numbers over the last three years.

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Special constables are unpaid volunteers who have full police powers, uniforms and equipment.

Some of these trained volunteers have gone on to become full-time regular officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: "We have been actively recruiting over the past two years and I do not think it will be any surprise that of the pool of people that have joined the regulars, a large number have come from the specials."

Red Arrows due to arrive back in county after US tour

All eyes are on the skies this lunchtime to catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows coming back home to Lincolnshire.

Red Arrows over New York
Reuters

They're returning from an eleven-week tour of North America and Canada, which included displays in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Families are waiting for the aerobatic team at the Reds home in RAF Scampton.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Plans to revamp a Lincoln sports ground revealed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new 3G sports pitch and 75 homes could be built on Ravendale Sports Ground in Lincoln.

Ravendale Sports Ground plans
Lincoln College

The plans, put forward by Lincoln College, would see the current facilities at the site enhanced, including laying three new football pitches.

The homes will include energy efficiency and low energy measures in a bid to reduce the impact on the environment.

Lincoln College says they would “respect the setting and character of the surrounding residential areas”.

Ravendale Sports Ground plans
Lincoln College

Lincoln College Group Director of Finance and Commercial Tom Dannatt says the plans will bring great benefits to the area:

We are confident that this proposal would enhance sports facilities in the community; open up and improve an underused green space and provide new homes for young people and families."

Tom DannattLincoln College

Union boss attacks council over health visitor pay row

Unite leader Len McCluskey has accused Lincolnshire County Council of "failing its public duty" to resolve an ongoing dispute about health visitors' pay.

Len McCluskey
BBC

Since July more than 70 health workers have walked out on numerous occasions for a total of 32 days.

They argue that since the county council took over their contracts from NHS two years ago they haven't had a pay increase, meaning they've lost £2,000 a year.

Speaking at the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, in Harrogate, earlier Mr McCluskey said the "cash-rich county council' was forcing through a "two-tier system to divide workers".

He said Lincolnshire families with young children are suffering the consequences of a reduced service.

Let me be clear to those council bosses sitting in Lincolnshire county hall. You are failing in your public duty to resolve the impasse and pay your health visitors what is theirs."

Len McCluskeyGeneral Secretary, Unite
Health visitors on strike
Unite

Lincolnshire County Council say they have always valued the work of health visitors, are committed to working collaboratively with the workforce and would welcome further constructive talks with Unite.

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

'Organised' lead thief gangs target Lincolnshire churches

At least 30 incidents of lead theft from church roofs have taken place in Lincolnshire so far this year.

Replacing stolen lead costs tens of thousands of pounds and historic buildings are often left without a proper roof for weeks following such thefts.

Police and insurers believe organised gangs are behind the attacks.

St Peter and St Paul’s in Gosberton had an estimated 12 tonnes of lead stripped from its roof in May - and, as this video shows, water is still coming into the building when it rains:

The Reverend Ian Walters, the vicar at St Peter and St Paul’s, says it's hit him and the congregation hard:

It has been very devastating and very depressing really, because every time it rains we go, 'Oh no'"

Reverend Ian WaltersVicar

Mental health absences rise among ambulance staff

The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.

EMAS
BBC

The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.

Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.

The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.

The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:

We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."

The Reverend Kev CharlesChaplain and staff support lead, EMAS

Severe disruption: Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from Spa Road to Waterside North.

Lincolnshire - Baggholme Road in Lincoln closed in both directions from the Spa Road junction to the Waterside North junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bad weather delays Red Arrows return

The Red Arrows say they'll have to stay in Greenland for another 24 hours following bad weather.

The team are on their way back from Canada and North America where they've been on an 11- week tour.

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The current home of the RAF aerobatic display team is RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

New plans revealed for former Lincoln store

A former Lincoln shop could be turned into an amusement-themed bar, under new plans.

Former Ruddocks store
Google

Lindum Leisure Limited has submitted plans to City of Lincoln Council to transform the former Ruddocks of Lincoln shop on the city’s High Street.

The site has been empty since it closed its doors in April 2017 after more than 160 years of business.

The council is expected to make a decision on the proposal at a later date.

Children struggling to find adoptive families

Older children, children with disabilities, and those with brothers and sisters who need to be kept together, are struggling to find adoptive families in Lincolnshire, according to the county council.

Child with book
BBC

These children often end up waiting the longest time to find a home, the council says.

As a result, the authority's now running information events in Lincoln - one today and one on Thursday - for anyone interested in adopting.

Anne Johnson, adoption team manager at the county council, says the authority's looking for all sorts of different people to be adoptive parents:

Nobody is too old. You can adopt if you're single, you can adopt if you're gay and we have some really successful same-sex couples in Lincolnshire."

Anne JohnsonAdoption team manager, Lincolnshire County Council

Fraud costs county council £1.3m in lost council tax

£1.3m is being claimed incorrectly in single-person discount on council tax in Lincolnshire, it's been revealed.

Council tax bill
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It follows a review of 75,000 households across the county.

Lincolnshire County Council says it has a zero tolerance approach to council tax fraud, which it says "takes money away from local services and is unfair on the majority of people who pay the correct bill".

Lucy Pledge, head of internal audit and risk management, says the authority will now look into other types of fraud:

Over the coming months, our next focus will be on procurement fraud, financial mismanagement and identifying where business rates have not been paid."

Lucy PledgeLincolnshire County Council

Spot checks carried out to ensure welfare of workers

Officers investigating modern slavery say they have carried out a number of spot checks in Lincolnshire.

GLAA officer
GLAA

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority visited a number of businesses in South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey last week.

Inspectors interviewed workers about their hours, pay and conditions.

Despite finding no problems, they say the checks should act as a deterrent.

Lincolnshire is regarded as a key region for inspectors because of the high levels of agricultural, food processing and packaging work, which is carried out by licensed labour providers.

If found guilty, unlicensed gangmasters can be given up to 10 years behind bars and unlimited fines.

Police probe messages to fire chief in Fireman Sam row

Police are investigating messages sent to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire officer over his decision to drop Fireman Sam as a mascot.

Fireman Sam
PA Media

Last month, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it would no longer use the character to promote the service after complaints he was not 'inclusive' enough.

Lincolnshire Police said no arrests had been made, but confirmed officers had interviewed a 55-year-old man at a police station in Essex on Friday relating to a suspected offence of malicious communication.

Lincoln's homeless to get more mental health support

Rough sleepers in Lincoln should soon get swifter access to mental health treatment.

Homeless
BBC

NHS England says new funding has been used to hire specialist staff trained in dealing with trauma, including psychiatrists and nurses.

The funding, estimated to be worth about £60,000 per person, means homeless people can be given more face-to-face contact, the health service adds.

Lincoln is one of seven cities which will benefit once the services go live after Christmas.

New national ploughing champion crowned at Nocton

Over the weekend around 250 competitors battled it out to be named the British national ploughing champion in Lincolnshire.

Tractor and plough
BBC

The 69th British National Ploughing Championships took place in Nocton.

After two days of competing Evan Watkin was named Supreme Champion of Great Britain and awarded the Ken Chappell Trophy.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Family of RAF engineer who died in crash welcome findings

The family of an RAF engineer who died in a Red Arrows jet crash have welcomed the findings of a report into the incident.

Cpl Jonathan Bayliss
Royal Air Force

Cpl Jonathan Bayliss (pictured) was killed when the Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows Hawk in which he was a passenger crashed in Anglesey in March last year.

The RAF Service Panel found the pilot, Flt Lt David Stark, was almost certainly distracted and fatigued - factors which led to the crash.

But they said no blame could be attached to Cpl Bayliss.

Family solicitor Tom Spearpoint said the report also highlighted the need for more training for engineers before they travel in jets.

"Had Jonathan had more training and been more aware of the risks this manoeuvre entailed, it's possible he would have appreciated it at that critical movement and may well have have been able to eject," he said.

Flt Lt Stark suffered non-life threatening injuries after ejecting from the plane.

Ex-rugby captain's four-year ban after failing drug test

The former captain of Lincoln Rugby Football Club has been banned for four years after failing a drugs test.

stock rugby image
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Leigh Dearden failed the test in March this year after testing positive for two different steroids and cocaine.

A report for the Rugby Football Union says he claimed he'd been given medication by an associate who had told him it was a painkiller.

He said he was "horrified" when informed of his result.

But after saying he'd never taken recreational or performance enhancing drugs, he then refused to disclose further information.

Mr Dearden then failed to attend a hearing or respond to further requests which, according to the rules, is automatically considered to be an admission of the offence and that taking them was intentional.

A spokesperson for Lincoln Rugby Club said: "Lincoln Rugby Club are thoroughly disappointed in the behaviour of this former player.

"We do not condone substance abuse and have a zero tolerance policy towards drug taking."

Red Arrows pilot 'fatigued' before fatal crash

A Red Arrows pilot involved in a fatal crash was almost certainly fatigued and distracted, according to investigators.

Flt Lt David Stark
Royal Air Force

The Service Inquiry Panel (SIP) found distraction may have directly influenced Flt Lt David Stark's actions on 20 March 2018.

Flt Lt Stark (pictured) was injured and his passenger, Cpl Jonathan Bayliss, died when a Hawk aircraft crashed on Anglesey in March last year.

The Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows team had been on a training exercise at RAF Valley and the crash happened just as the team was due to come back to its base at RAF Scampton.

Flt Lt Stark managed to eject from the Hawk jet but his engineer Cpl Bayliss died in the crash.

The SIP inquiry found that although Flt Lt Stark was an experienced pilot, his routine did not include "sufficient time for rest".

It added the pressures felt by Red Arrows pilots were "exacerbated by resource constraints" and the "shortfall" in engineering and air safety personnel could lead to a future incident.

The panel concluded: "At the critical moment of the sortie he may not have recognised the associated hazards as the situation developed."

Headteacher describes fatal crash scene

The headteacher of a school attended by a teenage boy who was injured in a crash in Lincolnshire yesterday has described the scene shortly after the collision.

A 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision in North Hykeham between a bike she was travelling on and a lorry shortly after 17:00 on Wednesday evening.

Air Ambulance
Aaron Ozenbrook

A 14-year-old boy who was also travelling on the bike remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Dale Hardy, the headteacher of the boy's school, Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, says he was at a parents' evening when he found out about the crash.

Teachers ran out to help provide support at the incident, he said:

We heard a helicopter circling. People coming onto site they were telling us there'd been a collision outside, potentially with youngsters involved. That's the most awful news to a headteacher - really, really difficult to face. But something had to be done."

Dale HardyHeadteacher, Sir Robert Pattinson Academy

School left 'heartbroken' over teenager's bicycle death

Students at a school in Lincolnshire have been left "heartbroken" after one of their fellow pupils was killed when the bike she was riding on collided with a lorry, the headteacher has said.

tributes
BBC

The 15-year-old girl, a pupil at North Kesteven Academy, was pronounced dead at the scene on Station Road in North Hykeham at about 17:10 yesterday.

The girl is believed to have been travelling on a bicycle with a 14-year-old boy when the collision happened.

The boy has been left with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

A steady stream of school children has been laying flowers at the junction with Newark Road this morning.

Many of them have been in tears, with a member of school staff there to comfort children.

The school's headteacher, Jo Cunniliffe, says everyone was "heartbroken to hear of the death of one of our students".

The headteacher of Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, the boy's school, says staff and students' "thoughts and prayers are with both families at this awful time".

'Find a green space' for your mental health

People with anxiety, stress and depression should be prescribed contact with nature to ease the burden on the NHS, according to new research.

green volunteering
University of Essex

Lincolnshire's Wildlife Trust says that even "walking around your nearest green space" can be beneficial.

The University of Essex have released a study to mark World Mental Health day.

They found people reported feeling significantly better after taking part in outdoor projects.

It's just those little things like, in your lunch hour, going for a walk but not just walking around the shops and probably spending money. But finding your nearest green space, or if there's a river you can walk by.

Rachel ShawLincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Girl on bike dies in North Hykeham lorry crash

A 15-year-old girl has died after a bicycle she and another teenager were riding on collided with a lorry in North Hykeham.

Station Road
Google

It happened at about 17:10 yesterday evening on Station Road (pictured).

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries which aren't believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

This devastating incident has not only had a major impact on the families of these teenagers, but it has shocked the community. It has been difficult for everyone involved and our thoughts are with the families."

Insp Ian RichardsonLincolnshire Police

Lincoln park boats plan gets go-ahead

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Boating will return to Boultham Park in Lincoln after an improvements project was approved by city councillors.

Boultham Park artists impression
City of Lincoln Council

City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee backed the scheme last night, which will see a 10-boat pontoon built and a series of fishing pegs installed around the lake.

A new viewing platform, seating area and five pieces of public art in the park are also included in the plan.

Tammy Smalley, head of conservation at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which supported the plan, said the project will help improve the biodiversity of the park.

Everything we are involved in is because we want to recover nature. The reason we are giving our time to this project is because we believe the city council is doing the right thing and the Boultham Park restoration is the way forward."

Tammy SmalleyLincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Two hurt as lorry and cycle collide in North Hykeham

Two people have been seriously injured in a collision involving a lorry and a cyclist in Lincolnshire.

Station Road
Google

It happened just after 17:00 yesterday afternoon on Station Road in North Hykeham, with two people taken to hospital for treatment as a result.

The road was closed for several hours following the crash as police carried out their investigations.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

Severe accident: A1434 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1434 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at Station Road.

A1434 Lincolnshire - A1434 Newark Road in North Hykeham closed and queues at the Station Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rail routes reopen but disruption expected

Trains are now running between Lincoln and Newark after a person was hit by a train, but disruption is expected to continue into this evening:

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Incident on Lincoln rail routes as person hit by train

A person has been hit by a train between Lincoln Central and Newark Castle:

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East Midlands Railway said on its website that the incident was disrupting trains on the Leicester/Nottingham/Lincoln and Newark Northgate/Lincoln/Grimsby routes.

Emergency services are now on the scene.

It states the line should reopen within the next 30 minutes, and that the normal train service is expected to resume at about 16:00.

Lincolnshire Police to get 50 new officers

Lincolnshire Police will be able to recruit 50 new officers in the next year, but the force says it still faces a funding challenge.

Police
BBC

It's part of the first wave of a previously announced 20,000 uplift in officers across the country.

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commisioner Marc Jones says it's a great start, but more needs to be done.

"Definitely 50 officers we could not have afforded to employ without this money. That said, we still have a budget deficit next year of £6,500.

"Ultimately people always say they want to see more of the police and to be honest, I welcome that," Mr Jones added.

The chief has done a great job of using the technology we have invested in to keep the police on the streets for longer - and we want to do more of that."