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Other options now looked at for British Steel

The Insolvency Service is set to start seeking out other potential buyers for British Steel, including the plant in Scunthorpe.

British Steel, Scunthorpe

It comes as two months of exclusive talks with the Turkish company Ataer Holdings comes to an end tomorrow.

Some 5,000 jobs are directly at risk in Scunthorpe along another 20,000 in the supply chain.

The official receiver says the company, which is controlled by the Turkish military pension fund and first expressed an interest in saving the business in August, is still "very much interested in acquiring the business."

But they now say discussions with other interested parties can now take place.

I think that's got to be the top priority to find someone to do that- there could be other players out there and we've got to redouble efforts to bring those to the table."

Chris McDonaldMaterials Processing Institute

Lincolnshire council extends property portfolio

Local Democracy Reporting Service

After previously buying a lingerie factory and gym, West Lindsey District Council have now added more property to their portfolio.

Evans Halshal, Doncaster

The authority have now purchased land on Wheatley Road in Doncaster which is currently being used by the car dealership Evans Halshaw at a cost of £5.35m.

It takes their total amount spent on commercial property to more than £20m and the council have another £10m set aside for further purchases.

The return on the council’s investments so far has brought in £1.7m of ongoing potential income – the original target was £1m.

It’s actually doing a really good job and we’re making more money than we expected which is a good thing because it shows we are pragmatic and we are cautious.”

Giles McNeilWest Lindsey District Council

Man, 61, sentenced for upskirting

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man, from Nottinghamshire, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to upskirting.

Mansfield Magistrates

Upskirting, which is the act of secretly taking a photo or filming under an individual’s skirt without their permission, was criminalised in England and Wales in April.

Philip Davis, of Peregrine Gardens, Clipstone, admitted three charges of recording images under clothing to observe another without consent at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 17 October.

The 61-year-old used his phone to record videos underneath women's clothes on all three occasions, police said.

He was sentenced to carry out a community order and rehabilitation activity as well as a curfew with an electronic tag. He's been placed on the sex offenders register for five years

Police increase patrols to clamp down on poaching

Police forces across the county are increasing patrols in rural areas as part of a crackdown on poaching.


Hares and deer tend to be targeted this time of the year after the harvest when fields are left open.

Lincolnshire Police say poachers cause misery to local farming communities.

Memorial bench for 999 workers unveiled

A memorial bench dedicated to emergency workers has been unveiled in Grantham.

Memorial Bench
South Kesteven District Council

The bench has been installed on St Peter's Hill, near to the Guildhall Arts Centre.

An inscription on the bench reads: "Our emergency services who serve, protect and save lives".

All Thomas Cook stores bought by Hays for £6m

It's emerged Thomas Cook's entire network of high street shops was bought for £6m.

Former Thomas Cook store in Lincoln

Hays Travel took over the 555 stores earlier this year after Thomas Cook collapsed, leaving around 150,000 holidaymakers abroad..

There are nine former Thomas Cook branches in Lincolnshire.

The details about the cost of purchase were given to a group of MPs at a meeting earlier today.

Man due in court on rape charge

A man is due in court in Lincoln later to face a charge of rape and a series of other accusations.

Nathan Booth, 29, from Swift Gardens, Lincoln, is expected to appear before Lincoln Magistrates' Court today.

He is charged with criminal damage, grevious bodily harm, threats to kill, engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour and rape.

Two people seriously injured in A607 crash

Two people have been seriously injured following a crash on the A607 in Fulbeck this morning, Lincolnshire Police say.

A607 Fulbeck

The collision, involving two cars, happened just before 07:00.

The road is currently closed between Washdyke Road and South Heath Lane and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Residents are told their caravans are too old and must go

A granddad who has terminal cancer says he won't be able to enjoy the time he has left after being forced to leave his caravan site in Lincolnshire.

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson has stayed at his holiday home at Ingoldmells for 25 years but now the local council says caravans over 20 years old must be removed, including Mr Johnson's.

East Lindsey District Council runs Kingfisher Caravan Park and has introduced the changes which it says will benefit both the long term sustainability of the park and licence holders.

Kingfisher Caravan Park

But owners like Steven say they've been left devastated by the news:

Why should somebody be forced to upgrade a caravan that is perfectly fit for purpose, there's also other people with caravans a bit older than mine and they're in probably even better condition."

Steven JohnsonCaravan owner

Crash closes A607 at Fulbeck

The A607 in Fulbeck has been closed in both directions following a crash.

The road is currently shut between Washdyke Road and South Heath Lane.

Lincolnshire Police are advising motorists to avoid the area:

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Lincoln City sunk on south coast by Marquis strike

Lincoln City have slipped to 15th in League One after losing 1-0 at Portsmouth.

John Marquis
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John Marquis (pictured above) scored for the first time since August to earn under-pressure Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett a much-needed win.

Elsewhere, Grimsby's James McKeown's penalty save helped the Mariners secure a point at Cambridge while goals from James Perch, Jamie Ward and Alex Gilliead saw Scunthorpe secure a much-needed 3-1 win at home to Exeter.

Severe accident: A607 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A607 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Washdyke Lane to South Heath Lane.

A607 Lincolnshire - A607 Cliff Road in Fulbeck closed and queues in both directions from the Washdyke Lane junction to the South Heath Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Shop owners call for action over anti-social behaviour

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Litter, needles and human excrement are some of the things workers say they're often having to clean-up from their shop fronts in Lincoln.

They say it's damaging the High Street and they're now calling for action to be taken to stop it from happening.

Look North's Jessica Lane examines the issue:

Lincolnshire MP tables amendment to Brexit bill

The Independent MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles has tabled an amendment to the government's Brexit bill.

It would lengthen the transition period by two years - ending in December 2022 instead of December 2020.

Mr Boles says he wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit next year.

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Claims roadside workers have been threatened with guns

Council officials say some roadside workers in Lincolnshire have been threatened with what appear to be guns by people waiting in their cars.

It comes following the news that a glass bottle was thrown at contractors at Sutton Bridge last week.

The £100,000 works to upgrade the swing bridge there have led to two-mile tailbacks in recent weeks but it's now been completed.

Sutton bridge swing bridge

Lincolnshire County Council's Richard Waters says staff regularly have abuse and objects hurled at them and it isn't acceptable:

We've had incidents where people have poked guns or what appear to be guns out of car windows - it's just becoming increasingly disturbing really."

Richard WatersLincolnshire County Council

Lincoln Cathedral turns red

If you noticed a funny glow around Lincoln Cathedral last night, fear not, it was just technicians trying out the buildings new lighting system.

Over the last seven months more than 500 LED lights have been installed to highlight and enhance the Cathedral's architecture.

It also means there's now the option to light up the landmark's towers with coloured lights so the building can recognise important local, national and international events

But the red lights have not been to everyone's liking with some saying the cathedral looks "demonic" and makes the building "look like it's got horns."

Red Lincoln Cathedral
Red Lincoln Cathedral

Cancer charity say lack of staff is affecting patient care

NHS workers are so stretched cancer patients in Lincolnshire aren't getting all the emotional and physical support they need, it has been claimed

Cancer care

A survey by the charity Macmillian Cancer Support suggests a quarter of cancer patients across the East Midlands think healthcare staff seem to have unmanageable workloads.

Nikki Cannon from the charity says they are launching a campaign calling on the Government to urgently address the "crisis" facing both the NHS and social care sector:

There is an absolute crisis in the NHS, there are 40,000 nursing vacancies and there are simply not enough staff to be able to deliver care safely and effectively and patients are feeling that."

Nikki CannonMacmillan Cancer Support

The Government says it has recently announced a multi-million pound package of support to train and retain the nurses the NHS needs.

Missing Boston woman now found

Missing pensioner June Woods has been found.

The 78-year-old from Boston was reported missing last night.

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Man charged over Fireman Sam malicious messages

A 55-year-old man has been charged in connection with messages sent to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer after the brigade dropped Fireman Sam as their mascot.

Fireman Sam mascot
PA Media

Jeremy Flashman of King's Road, Southminster, Essex is accused of sending malicious messages to Les Britzman over the decision.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

Mr Britzman said Fireman Sam would be replaced with fire extinguisher-shaped mascots called Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Mr Flashman is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on the October 31.

Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Cliff Road and B1205 Kirton Road.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 in Blyborough Grange closed in both directions between the Cliff Road junction and the B1205 Kirton Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a fallen tree.

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

Plans to upgrade National Centre of Craft and Design

Local Democracy Reporting Service

National Centre of Craft and Design
North Kesteven District Council

Plans have been revealed for a £1.2m refurbishment of the National Centre of Craft and Design in Sleaford.

North Kesteven District Council want to give over the top two floors of the building to the company MRI Software and extend the ground floor to create a gallery, artist workshop, children's zone and performing arts studio.

The plans also include a large indoor bistro and an outdoor seating area.

The authority has been recommended to approve the proposal at committee next Tuesday but concerns have been raised by the Sleaford and District Civic Trust and others over the loss of exhibition space and the impact on the potential remains of the former wharf for the Navigation Warehouse.

National Centre of Craft and Design
North Kesteven District Council

Cases of slavery rise dramatically in Lincolnshire

The number of cases of modern day slavery in Lincolnshire has quadrupled over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

Modern day slavery

Last year 51 victims were found and referred to authorities in the county, but this year numbers are on course to exceed 200.

The figures were revealed at a Modern Slavery conference in Grantham.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says they're working with other forces to tackle the issue:

We're working together regionally and nationally to try and identify victims of these crimes, because ultimately all of these kinds of crimes are putting money in the pockets of organised crime groups."

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Flying high: Airline investment at South Yorkshire airport

Airline operator Tui is adding an extra aircraft to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) as it looks to expand its routes.

A Tui plane
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Two new routes, Fuerteventura and Heraklion, will be added on top of recently announced services to Mexico and Girona.

The new aircraft will join three other planes already based at DSA.

The airport is expected to see 1.4m passengers this financial year, their busiest since opening in 2005.

Grimsby man wanted over attempted murder located

Police say they have arrested Liam Milligan, from Grimsby, after an appeal to find him.

The 23-year-old was wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Humberside Police said he is currently being held in police custody and have thanked everyone who shared their appeal to find him.

Church could be demolished to make way for new homes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to demolish a 60-year-old Methodist church to make way for a housing development have been submitted.

Ermine West Methodist Church

City of Lincoln Council wants to flatten the Ermine West Methodist Church, in Trelawney Crescent, though no application for the proposed building work has been submitted at this stage.

However, the application to demolish the building comes after two previous applications were submitted to check if the council needs permission to demolish 22 nearby flats to build a 325-home residential development to the north of Queen Elizabeth Road.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another chilly start to the day but it should stay dry with temperatures up to 13C in places.

This evening and overnight will also be dry and we may see a little ground frost in places as temperatures dip to between 3C and 5C.

Police appeal for help to find missing 78-year-old woman

Officers searching for a missing 78-year-old woman say they are growing "concerned for her welfare".

June Woods
Family photo

June Woods was last seen in Boston on Saturday and Lincolnshire Police say her disappearance is "out of character".

She is described as being 5ft 3ins with grey hair. It is believed she may have her mobility scooter with her.

Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Lincoln to face Ipswich in FA Cup first round

Lincoln City have been drawn against League One pacesetters Ipswich Town in the first round of the FA Cup.

FA Cup
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Michael Appleton’s men will travel to Portman Road next month to face the Tractor Boys who are currently sitting top of their division after just one defeat in 12 games.

Meanwhile, Scunthorpe United face a trip to League Two rivals Crawley Town and Grimsby Town will host Newport County.

The matches will be played between 8 and 11 November.

Couple "shell shocked" by news home could be demolished

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A couple whose house is one of five earmarked for demolition under plans for a new relief road for Spalding say they have been left "shell-shocked" by the news.

Frank and Catherine Roberts

Frank and Catherine Roberts spent £300,000 on building their mock Tudor property on Bourne Road 20 years ago and thousands more since.

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed last week its preferred route for the central section of the £100m Spalding Western Relief Road, however, the scheme will continue to cut through five homes while four others will also be at risk.

In its appraisal, the council has suggested three options to go before committee on Monday 9 December, including a route through nearby allotments (£50m), the “central” route through Bourne Road (£39m) and one through the Trojan Wood furniture company to the west (£45m).

It says bulldozing the homes would cost them £1.25m, while the Trojan Wood site would result in a compulsory purchase order of £4.5m.

But Catherine and other campaigners from the Spalding Against Relief Road campaign have queried the figures – which split to £250,000 for each of the five houses, or £189,000 if all nine were affected.

Some of the houses the road could go through

New direct trains connect Lincoln to London

Passengers have welcomed the new direct train service from Lincoln to London.

Azuma train

LNER is using new Azuma trains on the route which sees five direct services to the capital on weekdays.

A sixth service in the week is due to be added later in the year and there'll also be five more on Saturdays and Sundays by December.

County Council hope to have new chief exec by end of year

Lincolnshire County Council is hoping to have a new chief executive in post by the end of the year.


The authority's appointment committee will discuss advertising the post at a meeting on Friday 25th October.

It's nearly a year since the former Chief Executive Keith Ireland left the council after just four months in the job.

He left the post with a £134,000 pay off.

Lincs MP missed Brexit vote because of wife's birthday

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh missed the weekend's Brexit vote because it was his wife's birthday, it has emerged.

Sir Edward Leigh

On Saturday MPs had been due to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal but instead passed an amendment effectively requiring the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK's planned departure.

Sir Edward, who did not vote, has been unavailable for comment since the weekend but aides have now confirmed he did not take part because he wanted to attend the celebrations.

Two charged after 'worst trouble in decade' at Elland Road

Two men have been charged in connection with disturbances inside and outside Elland Road following Leeds United's game with Birmingham City.

Supporters clash with police inside the ground

A number of people were arrested when violence flared at the end of the game with police officers and stewards being injured.

Bottles and cones were thrown at officers, West Yorkshire Police added.

A 44-year-old Leeds man has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker and a public order offence, and a 25-year-old Leeds man has been charged with criminal damage to a police vehicle.

Both are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court next month.

Meanwhile, two men, aged 19 and 22, and a 17-year-old youth, all from Birmingham, were given a community resolution for being drunk and disorderly, as was a 56-year-old man, from Lincolnshire, who was arrested with them.

A 24-year-old man, from Leeds, and 20-year-old man, from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation, police say.

An investigation into the trouble is ongoing with CCTV being trawled.

Supt Chris Bowen said: “These were isolated incidents involving only a relative minority of the supporters of both sides and it is fair to say this is the worst trouble we have seen at Elland Road for over a decade."

Missing Boston woman now found

Lincolnshire Police say they have found 19-year-old Aimee Coupland from Boston.

She was reported missing over the weekend.

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Work starts on addressing "major safety issue" near Grimsby

Work is getting underway today to build new crossing outside a school near Grimsby to keep students safe.

Toll Bar roundabout

Plans to rip up the Toll Bar roundabout near the Toll Bar Academy were thrown out after a huge outcry by local residents and businesses.

Today a Toucan crossing is being installed to try and keep students safe when trying to cross the road.

It's something that the academy has been wanting for years, so I'm delighted we're addressing this major safety issue that we've had over the years."

Councillor Philip JacksonLeader of North East Lincolnshire Council

Man charged after bouncer assaulted at Boston bar

A man has been charged with assault after a bouncer was attacked at a cocktail bar in Boston.

Browns Cocktail Bar

Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to Browns Cocktail Bar, in Dolphin Street, at 02.00 on Saturday following a report of an assault on a member of doorstaff.

The force said a 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the assault after he was arrested nearby.

The man has also been charged with two other assault offences, including assaulting an emergency worker.

He is expected to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court later today.

Call for speed bumps to stop speeding drivers

A petition has been launched calling for speed bumps to be installed on a Boston street amid safety concerns.

Jubilee Avenue

People living on Jubilee Avenue began the appeal after several pets were killed by vehicles.

Campaigners say they are worried it's only a matter of time before a child is hit.

It's a great big worry for all of us parents who have kids on the street, one of these days one of them's going to get involved in an accident and they're not going to survive."

Stacey ChippingMother and campaigner

Lincolnshire County Council says there's only been one collision there in the last five years so it would be difficult to justify installing speed bumps, but it says it will monitor the situation.

Police appeal for help to find missing 19-year-old

Police say they are "concerned for the welfare" of a 19-year-old girl who has been missing since the weekend.

Aimee Coupland
Lincolnshire Police

Aimee Coupland was last seen leaving an address in Boston at 23:30 on Saturday.

She is described as 5ft 2ins, with long, blonde/brown hair. She was last seen wearing an all in one black jump-suit and black high heels.

Lincolnshire Police have appealed for anyone who sees her to make contact.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Lincolnshire

There's a fair bit of cloud and a few showers around this morning but it will turn bright and sunny later this afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

New Lincoln to London services to start

Long awaited direct train services between Lincoln and London start today.

PA Media

LNER will now run five direct services to and from the capital on a daily basis.

The Azuma services will run alongside the existing daily LNER High Speed Train.

A sixth weekday service will be introduced in December alongside five additional services on Saturdays and Sundays.

The first of the Azuma services, which are modelled on the Japanese bullet train, is due to leave Lincoln today at 11:18.

Severe disruption: M180 Lincolnshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M180 Lincolnshire westbound severe disruption, from J5 for A15 to J4 for A15.

M180 Lincolnshire - Temporary closure and queues on M180 westbound from J5, A15 (Barnetby Top) in Barnetby to J4, A15 (Scawby) in Scawby, because of animals on the road.

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

Severe accident: A607 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A607 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Barkston and Belton.

A607 Lincolnshire - A607 in Barkston closed in both directions between the Barkston junction and the Belton junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A46 Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Nottinghamshire southbound severe accident, from A617 to A6097.

A46 Nottinghamshire - A46 closed southbound from Cattlemarket Roundabout? in Newark to the A6097 junction in East Bridgford, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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