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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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.

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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."

'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.

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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.

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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

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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

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.

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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."

Climate emergency to be declared by council

West Lindsey District Council looks set to be the next Lincolnshire authority to declare a climate change emergency.

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Campaigners have started a petition calling for the move and council leader Giles McNeill says he'll put forward a motion at a meeting next month.

Maura Cook, from the Caistor Environmental Group, says they want to make sure protecting the environment is a top priority.

She says: "Some councils have declared a climate emergency and then, if they've been making a decision about a new road development or car parking or something, they've got to make sure their decision fits in with the fact they're working in this emergency environment."

Vegan fish going down a treat

If you're trying to figure out what you fancy for tea tonight, how about fish and chips but with twist?

Carholme Chippy
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The Carholme Chippy in Lincoln has introduced a new vegan menu, but instead of fish they're serving banana blossom.

Owner Nick says: "Banana blossom is the flower that grows at the bottom of the bunch of bananas. That's harvested and put into a brine.

"It's actually an amazing vegetable to use as an alternative for fish."

Vegan fish
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He says it doesn't taste like fish or banana, but is quite bland and is marinaded to give it an authentic taste.

Volunteers help clear allotment shed after arson attack

Volunteers have spent the morning clearing an allotment in Lincoln which was hit by arsonists.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire made an appeal for help after Fred Hyde's shed was destroyed at Boultham Park Allotments a week ago.

Previously, it was used to help people with mental health issues to learn about growing vegetables.

Mr Hyde's daughter-in-law, Janet, said: "It's been quite emotional seeing the old shed being pulled down. It's been mixed emotions.

"My poor old dad didn't quite know how to feel with it, he's just pottered around, watching from a distance."

The fire is being treated as arson, police have confirmed.

Tourism in Lincolnshire now worth over £1.5bn to county

The value of tourism in Lincolnshire has passed the £1.5bn mark for the first time.

Lincoln Cathedral
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The latest industry figures show more than 20 million people visited the county last year.

The off-peak season between October and March is also seeing a rise in tourists coming Lincolnshire, according to the county council.

Councillor Colin Davie, who oversees tourism for the authority, says efforts are being made to attract more and more people.

"We've got direct trains coming to the city shortly, LNER are working with us closely to deliver a service that's going to bring a lot more international visitors to Lincolnshire," said Mr Davie.

"That's particularly as we look forward to the 400th anniversary of Mayflower next year and the history of the Pilgrim Fathers being traced by their ancestors in the US who are going to come in their droves to our county," he added.

Vending machine dispenses short stories at Lincoln Uni

A vending machine with a difference has been installed at the University of Lincoln, dispensing short stories instead of chocolate bars or crisps.

The vending machine
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It's believed to be the first of its kind in the UK and prints the stories on a receipt-size scroll of eco-friendly paper.

Users can chose between a one, three or five-minute story to receive for free.

Ian Snowley, a Dean and Librarian at the university, says it's proved hugely popular so far.

"We've only had our two machines for just under three weeks and we've dispensed more than 1,200 stories," he says.

"We're knocked out. It's one of those things where you just don't know how popular things will be, but it's been incredibly popular. The publisher thinks we're breaking all the records."

In future, students will be able to write their own stories for publication through the vending machine, Mr Snowley added.

Patients to be steered away from A&E to ease pressure

NHS call-takers in Lincolnshire are being asked to help steer more patients away from A&E if they could get treatment elsewhere.

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Patients calling 999 or 111 could be offered treatment at home or at a GP surgery instead of a trip to a hospital.

It's hoped it could help relieve pressure on the county's emergency departments over the winter.

Dr Dan Boden, a Lincolnshire A&E consultant, said: "We're hopeful we can continue to increase the numbers of patients managed in a different setting away from A&E.

"We know our departments both at Lincoln and at Pilgrim are so small we haven't got the geographical space to see all the patients coming through the department currently."

Police warned about mental health response changes

Humberside Police is being warned against cutting back its response to people with mental health problems.

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From next January, the force plans to reduce support to organisations like the ambulance service and hospitals dealing with people in mental health crisis, according to East Riding councillor Vanessa Walker.

Humberside Police says it would never make a decision which would put people in danger.

In a statement, the force said: “The skills and support that vulnerable people who are in crisis need are often not those of a police officer.

"We feel it is imperative that partners from policing, social care, mental health and other agencies each have a role to play."

Police say knife crime is taken seriously

Lincolnshire Police says it is taking knife crime seriously, after BBC research showed a 75% rise in serious knife crime over the last five years.

Man holding a knife
Press Association

Det Ch Insp Amy Whiffen said: "We do take knife crime seriously and we're working with our partners closely in relation to intervention with young people who commit crime involving knives. We look to re-educate them and make them aware of the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.

"There is an increase and that's why we continue to deal with the crimes robustly and work with our partners.

"We have police officers out there who are using their powers effectively at this moment in time. Lincolnshire is still one of the safest places to live in the country."

She said crimes were now recorded 'in a better way' which could be one reason for the rise.

Horses across Lincolnshire rescued amid equine crisis

The RSPCA has rescued 34 horses in Lincolnshire from neglect and suffering in the last year.

Rowan the horse
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The animal charity has more than 850 horses needing new homes after rescuing 1,071 across the country.

Over-breeding, the high costs of vet bills, the rising cost of hay and feed and falling demand for some types of horses have all contributed to what the RSPCA calls "the horse crisis".

The charity's centres are full with hundreds of rescued horses and ponies, and many more are being cared for in private boarding stables or looked after by foster carers.

It is continuing "Adoptober" rehoming campaign, looking for loving homes for horses of all breeds, ages and sizes in their care in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire health visitors balloted over strike action

More than 70 Lincolnshire health visitors are being balloted for strike action in their long-running pay dispute with the county council.

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The Unite union said the dispute had now escalated from the first bout of strike action in July.

That centred on claims health visitors have lost more than £2,000 a year since they were transferred from the NHS to the council.

The union argues that as all health visitors have the same community nurse qualifications and training, it believes all health visitors should therefore be graded and paid accordingly.

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

The ballot opens on Friday and closes on 25 October.

I hope all our members fully support this ballot, because, if they don’t vote to take action, they will be accepting the division of the role and for those that don’t move onto a grade 10 it will mean a loss of £4,000 per year, which is totally unacceptable.”

Steve SysonUnite regional officer

Council defends using city hotel to house people in need

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Almost 300 rooms at a Lincoln hotel have been booked by the city council to accommodate people in need since it opened last year, it's been revealed.

Travelodge in Lincoln
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A total of £96,213 was spent on hotel rooms at the city centre Travelodge, according to a Freedom of Information request to City of Lincoln Council.

The council bought the 127-room hotel on Tentercroft Street for £13m in March last year and leased it back to the company for 25 years.

The authority says the bookings were due to a shortage of emergency and temporary housing.

The majority of the money spent on the temporary accommodation will be reimbursed through housing benefit, the council said.

The authority has a statutory duty to house people who might find themselves homeless, including priority groups such as pregnant women, those with children, vulnerable old people and victims of domestic abuse, it added.

We only use Travelodge as a last resort but, at busy times, there can be a shortage of suitable emergency and temporary accommodation in Lincoln. This means Travelodge needs to be used more often than we would like. We will continue to do whatever we can to help where and when possible."

Paula BurtonHousing solutions manager, City of Lincoln Council

Everyone needs to tackle knife crime - Murdered teen's mum

A campaigner against knife crime in Lincolnshire says everyone needs to play their part in tackling the problem.

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Caroline Shearer's 17-year-old son, Jay Whiston, was murdered seven years ago and now she runs the Only Cowards Carry charity.

BBC research has found serious knife crime in Lincolnshire has risen by 75% over the last five years.

Ms Shearer said: "The police are out there, They are doing whatever they possibly can. However, the number of crimes are rising – they are rising beyond what the police can physically tackle.

"This is why it’s got to be down to the community, it’s got to be down to everyone keeping an eye out and helping each other. If not, we will be overtaken by it.

"Seven years ago, my son was murdered. We teach our kids to swim, we teach them to ride a bike. Now we need to teach them there are kids out there with weapons."

Police investigate stabbing in Lincoln

Police have launched an investigation in Lincoln after a man was stabbed in the city at the weekend.

Police
BBC

The attack happened on St Rumbold’s Street at about 15:10 on Saturday.

The victim was taken to hospital, though his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A male suspect wearing a black hooded top left the scene, according to police.

Big rise in knife crime in Lincolnshire

Serious knife crime in Lincolnshire has increased by 75% over the past five years, BBC analysis of police figures suggests.

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Under Freedom of Information Law, the BBC asked all 43 regional police forces in England and Wales for details of serious knife crime in their area.

Serious knife crime is defined as any assault, robbery, threat to kill, murder, attempted murder or sexual offence involving a knife or sharp instrument.

Despite the rise in Lincolnshire, the statistics also show the percentage of people being charged in the county is falling.

Last year, 16% of knife crime offences led to charges, compared to 35% in 2014.

All crimes involving knives are thoroughly investigated, according to Lincolnshire Police.

The figures don't include any charges for murders, and sometimes young people are given cautions or rehabilitation to avoid unnecessarily criminalising them, the force adds.

Chapter 10 - Tug Of War

James and Galaxon have their final showdown.
James and Freya may be trapped on Galaxon's home planet with no way of escape, but their task is far from over. Facing Galaxon and his friends, will they be able to save the ring?