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Lincolnshire council tax on the up

Lincolnshire County Council says its share of council tax will increase this year.

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Owners of a typical band B and D property will pay an extra £45 a year on average.

The authority says the extra money is needed to ensure vital services such as adult care and flood protection are maintained.

But the leader of the council's Labour group, Rob Parker, voted against the budget, saying the authority has cash in reserve which needs to be spent:

We have a significant of money, over £60m, available. We think it's unreasonable. £6m was put in last year and here we are a year later and it's still being unused."

Rob ParkerLincolnshire County Council Labour Group

Lincolnshire 'lowest giver' to Church of England

The Church of England in Lincolnshire says it's facing a £3m deficit in part because its parishes have the "lowest amount of giving in the country".

Lincoln Cathedral
BBC

The Diocese of Lincoln, which is currently embroiled in controversy of its handling of safeguarding issues, says its money problems are "unsustainable".

The amount of money parish churches give from donations by the public to the Diocese has been steadily decreasing.

In the past few years, the Church of England has sold off assets to plug the gap, which it says puts further pressure on its finances in loss of interest.

Dementia costs to rise by £360m

The cost of dementia care in Lincolnshire is expected to rise by 73% in the next decade, according to a study.

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The London School of Economic and Political Science combined the costs to the NHS, Social Care and the value of unpaid work by family to come to the total.

Between now and 2030, it's expected the number of people with dementia will rise from 850,000 to 1.2m.

The Alzheimer's Society says the system is "unfair and unfit for people living with dementia".

It's calling on the government to invest more in this kind of care.

The government's partnership with Alzheimer's charities has led to the establishment of a UK Dementia Research Institute and with a £230m investment hopes to have treatments for dementia by 2025.

Cyber crime canine's training under way

A 10-month-old Springer Spaniel is being trained to sniff out digital storage devices to help combat cyber crime in Lincolnshire.

PD Flurry
Lincs Police

Police Dog Flurry is the first to undergo the 10-week training course.

When qualified, he will be able to sniff out hidden phones, hard drives, memory cards and computers.

Lincolnshire Police say he'll be able to help with child exploitation, child sex offences, economic crime and so-called "county lines" investigations.

The force is only the fourth to use the idea, which has proved successful in other counties.

This training course lasts around 10 weeks and is similar to training a dog to find drugs. I am really excited to see how Flurry does once he is fully operational. I am sure he will be a fantastic enhancement to our Dog Section."

Assistant Ch Con Kerrin WilsonLincolnshire Police

Ambulance service fails in 11 out of 12 key criteria

Terminating the contract of an under-performing ambulance contractor in Lincolnshire would leave patients in a worse position, health bosses have warned.

Thames Ambulance Service vehicle
BBC

Thames Ambulance Service provides non-emergency transport for patients to get to and from hospital, but it has failed in all but one of its key success criteria.

Health bosses in charge of providing the service said it was "unfortunate" it was under-performing but that it would be risky to cancel the contract during winter.

Councillors in charge of scrutinising the local health service said the service was "not acceptable".

In November, Thames Ambulance Service was stripped of its contract in Hull, after North Lincolnshire stripped it of its contract in 2018.

The service does not in any way shape or form seem to be performing for our residents."

Councillor Carl MaceyChair, Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Panel

Over 100 new frontline officers for Lincolnshire force

Lincolnshire's police force is to recruit an extra 120 frontline officers, it's been confirmed.

police in boston
Paul Green

Police chiefs say it's "one of the force's largest ever recruitment drives".

A central government grant and a rise in council tax will pay for the extra officers.

Ch Con Bill Skelly says the force will start recruiting straight away.

At least 50 officers will start this year, he pledged.

Cocaine and cannabis confiscated from school pupils

An 11-year-old girl had cannabis in her possession while at school in Lincolnshire, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Cocaine
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It's also been revealed that cocaine was confiscated from a teenage pupil, according to police figures uncovered by BBC Podcast, The Next Episode.

A total of 75 similar drug-related cases have been recorded at Lincolnshire Schools over the last five years.

Lincolnshire Police officers say they find the data "particularly concerning", but they provide extra assistance to children affected by drugs.

Lincolnshire's weather

BBC Weather

There'll be some rain around to end the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast
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Severe accident: A46 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Snarford to Spridlington Road.

A46 Lincolnshire - A46 Lincoln Road in Snarford closed and stationary in both directions from the Snarford junction to the Spridlington Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

It will be a windy afternoon in Lincolnshire with the risk of a shower.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast
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Lincolnshire charity ready to support farmers

As farmers count the cost of the recent wet weather, a Lincolnshire charity says it's on standby to help.

Field
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Forage Aid, set up by Leadenham farmer Andrew Ward, supports farmers whose livestock has been caught up in extreme weather conditions by providing forage and/or bedding.

There are cases and there are areas where there are lots of floods, so it's not a question of if, it's a question of when we get the call."

Andrew WardFounder, Forage Aid

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire this afternoon.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast
BBC

Severe disruption: A158 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A158 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, at Langworth Railway Crossing.

A158 Lincolnshire - A158 Station Road in Langworth blocked and stationary in both directions at the Langworth Railway Crossing junction, because of the level crossing isn't working.

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

The Red Arrows create a Valentine's treat in the skies above RAF Scampton
The display team created the romantic symbol in the skies above their home base.
Building the Boston barrier
Timelapse video of construction on the £100m flood barrier in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Springer spaniel to detect digital crime in Lincolnshire

Meet Flurry, Lincolnshire Police's latest recruit. He's been trained as a digital detection dog and can sniff out mobile phones, hard drives and other digital devices.

Flurry the springer spaniel
Lincolnshire Police

Assistant Ch Con Kerrin Wilson said: "Criminals are becoming more tech savvy and hiding evidence on sim cards etc.

"We needed to develop a system to be able to find those who, are very sneaky, hide them in the most obscure places.

"The scent the dog is searching for is a digital scent which comes off all digital devices," he added.

Dogs working for other forces around the country have discovered devices behind sockets and under floorboards.

Appeal for help in tracing missing Boston woman

Have you seen Ruth Zwaan? Lincolnshire Police have made an urgent appeal for help in finding her:

Ruth Zwaan
Lincolnshire Police

Ms Zwaan, who's 54, was reported missing from her home on Wyberton Low Road in Boston, earlier this afternoon.

Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Storm Dennis: Train company asks people not to travel

People planning to use train services in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire over the weekend are being asked not to travel as the country braces itself for Storm Dennis.

An Azuma train
LNER

Operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is asking passengers to defer their travel until Monday, with disruption expected.

High winds and heavy rain are forecast for much of the region over the next two days.

Speed restrictions could be imposed, LNER said, with reduced services being operated.

Warrick Dent, from LNER, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Saturday 15 February or Sunday 16 February to defer travel to Monday 17 February, where possible.

“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and will have extra staff on duty to help.”

'When it rains we get scared' - Wainfleet flood victim

On the day a new report is published into last year's flooding in Wainfleet, some of those hit hardest say they've been badly affected by the experience.

River Steeping
BBC

The town, close to Skegness, saw two months' worth of rain fall in two days.

The report concludes there were a number of reasons why the River Steeping burst its banks last June.

They included the amount of vegetation, silt levels and grazing cattle which may have weakened the river bank, the report suggests.

It also says the river should be regularly dredged in the future.

The Environment Agency insists dredging wouldn't have made much difference because of the "significant rainfall".

Wainfleet resident Jean Hart, whose home was flooded, says she's been badly affected by what happened in June.

"When it rains, I think everyone in Wainfleet who got flooded actually gets quite scared. We get out of bed, shoot up to the river to see what's happening.

"All the furniture we're buying for the house now is stuff we can pick up quickly and take upstairs because we never want to go through this again."

Harry Miller: 'This is a watershed moment for liberty'
Ex-police officer Harry Miller reacts after a court finds Humberside Police's actions against him were "disproportionate".

Police probe into 'transphobic' tweets unlawful

The police response to an ex-officer's allegedly transphobic tweets was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

Harry Miller
PA Media

Harry Miller, from Lincolnshire, was visited by Humberside Police at work in January last year after a complaint about his tweets.

He was told he had not committed a crime, but it would be recorded as a non-crime "hate incident".

The court found the force's actions were a "disproportionate interference" on his right to freedom of expression.

Speaking after the ruling, Mr Miller said: "This is a watershed moment for liberty - the police were wrong to visit my workplace, wrong to 'check my thinking'."

24-hour charity cycle underway in memory of young girl

A 24-hour static cycle ride in memory of a little girl from Lincolnshire is under way at RAF Digby today

L-R: Cyclists Amy Sutherland, Emma Hurst, Gill Bennett and Marie Delaney
Marie Delaney

Three-year-old Elena Betts, from Welton, died just after Christmas after having a second multi-organ transplant.

Today, staff are aiming to collectively cycle 528 miles - the equivalent of two return journeys to King's College Hospital in London, where Elena was looked after.

Marie Delaney with Elena's parents
Marie Delaney

Organiser Marie Delaney (pictured above centre with Elena's parents says): "I met Dan (Elena's dad) quite a while ago and he told me about Elena and everything she and the family had gone through and I just thought it would be nice to do something for them. This was before she died, but they were quite happy for us to carry on with the cycle.

"There are four bikes - I'm on one for roughly 20 hours with a few breaks and the other three bikes are made up of people from RAF Digby - about 30 people."

The money raised will be given to the Children's Critical Care Unit at Kings College Hospital.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for an unsettled start to the day with some heavy rain in places but that should clear up as the days goes on.

This afternoon will be cloudy with some isolated showers but it should become drier with top temperatures of 7C or 8C:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cold and windy start to the day and we may see some scattered, wintry showers in places this morning.

But, those showers will become less frequent as the day goes on and most of us should have a dry afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 6C or 7C:

Lincolnshire's weather forecast

It will be a dry but cold night in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast
BBC

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a windy afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather Forecast
BBC

Tax row casts shadow over future of Lincolnshire Show

The future of the Lincolnshire Show is in doubt following a row over how much tax the organisers should pay.

Lincolnshire Show
BBC

The show is run by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) which, until now, has been accepted as a charity by West Lindsey District Council meaning it qualifies for a reduced tax rate.

But, the council says it has now received legal advice that it shouldn't be treated as a charitable organisation and is taking the matter to court.

Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, where the LAS is based, said they would be challenging the council's position.

She said: "We fully intend to challenge the decision taken by West Lindsey District Council to remove charitable rate relief for the showground so that we can ensure the future of our much-loved show, charitable work and the viability of other businesses and organisations that rely on our events and venue for income.”

A council spokesperson said it was unable to comment on the matter while the case was ongoing.

Insect farming to be discussed at conference

Farming insects for food will be among the talking points at the Lincolnshire Farming Conference today.

Insects
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The event is being held at the county showground north of Lincoln.

With mounting pressures on farmers to provide more sustainable food sources, they'll be exploring opportunities for farming insects as food and animal feed.

I think we have to open our minds for new sources of food. The world is changing."

Chris RotheryLincolnshire Agricultural Society trustee.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another cold and windy day today and we still have a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place across higher parts.

We may see some sunny spells but it will feel very cold with temperatures of just 5C or 6C.

Planned new industrial estate could create up to 400 jobs

A developer has submitted plans for a new industrial estate in Saxilby that could create up to 400 roles in the county.

Ariel shot of proposed land
Stirlin Developments

The proposed scheme will be located opposite the Riverside Enterprise Park site and the Saxilby Enterprise Park, which is just off the A57.

Stirlin Developments says the 20-acre site will create over 200,000 sq ft of commercial property.

The application has been submitted to West Lindsey District Council and, if approved, work will start before the end of the year.

Volunteers leap into action following Storm Ciara

Volunteers have been helping the emergency services clear trees blown down in the strong winds which buffeted Lincolnshire this weekend.

Large tree fallen in road
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team

About a dozen members of the Lincolnshire Community Assistance Team (LCAT) have been providing assistance at two locations where tress were blocking roads.

LCAT is made up of volunteers who help their local community in times of need.

Many own 4x4 vehicles which can be used to assist the emergency services in severe weather conditions.

4x4 on the road
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team
4x4 with rope attached
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another windy day with a fair number of showers blowing in from the west.

It'll feel chilly as well, with temperatures only getting up to about 6C or 7C.

Overnight it's going to stay windy with plenty more showers:

Council tax rise to pay for policing is approved

Council tax payers in Lincolnshire will have to pay more for policing after the county's Police and Crime Panel approved a rise this afternoon.

police
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Part of the council tax, known as the police precept, will increase by 4.1%, adding £10 a year to a typical band D property - the maximum allowed by the government.

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says the increase is necessary to protect levels of service.

Killer went on "tour of last pleasures" after attacks

A man from Branston near Lincoln accused of murdering his mother and her partner, admitted today he went on a "tour of last pleasures" after carrying out the killings.

photo of couple
BBC

Andrei-Mihai Simion Munteanu told a jury at Lincoln Crown Court that he drove to Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Cardiff then Edinburgh in July, 2019.

The 22-year-old has admitted strangling his mother, Dr Leela Monti, before beating her partner, Robert Tully, to death with a hammer.

Mr Simion Munteanu denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Lincolnshire force makes progress but 'has work to do'

The Lincolnshire Police force has made progress but still has work to do, according to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and Fire Services (HMICFRS).

Police officer
BBC

A report just published by HMICFRS finds the force is good for "effectiveness" and "legitimacy", but needs to improve "efficiency".

The force provides a good policing service to its communities bearing in mind it is one of the lowest cost forces in England and Wales. The force is good at investigating crime. However, it needs to improve how it prevents crime and anti-social behaviour by using a more consistent, structured approach to solving neighbourhood problems.

Zoe BillinghamHM Inspector of Constabulary

In response, the Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Jason Harwin, said he was pleased with the report, and that action was being taken on the issues highlighted.

Lincolnshire's hospitals boss to stay on

The interim chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Andrew Morgan, is staying in the job for another two years, it's been confirmed:

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Mr Morgan has been on secondment from the Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust since July 2019.

His role at ULHT was due to end in March, but has now been extended until 2022.

Lincolnshire's hospitals are in special measures amid concerns about patient care.

NHS proposes widening fertility treatments

More people in Lincolnshire could be offered fertility treatment on the NHS.

Testubes
SPL

Patients are now being asked for their views on plans to give wider access to services, meaning more people - including transgender patients - would get the chance to have their sperm, eggs, or embryos frozen

Liz Ball, chief nurse for Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, says it means more options will be available.

"It'll give people the opportunity, so if they are undecided at the moment whether they want children in the future, it will give a period of time for those preservations of freezing the eggs or sperm so...they can make a choice at a later stage."