It will be a wet afternoon across Lincolnshire.
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It will be a wet afternoon across Lincolnshire.
Here's the latest forecast:
As the Christmas party season starts, Lincolnshire Police are reminding people about the dangers of too much alcohol and the importance of sexual consent.
Officers says at this time of year, people drink more and lines become blurred.
They say no one should feel bullied or pressured into having sex.
Lincolnshire County Council has a new chief executive.
The appointment of Debbie Barnes, the former director of children's services and interim head of paid service, was approved at a meeting of the full council:
The polls have opened across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for the 2019 general election.
Voting is under way in 61 constituencies across the region.
At the last election, the people of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire voted for 38 Labour MPs and 23 Conservative MPs in these seats.
However, of these MPs, two have since become independents and one has joined the Liberal Democrats.
Polling stations opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00, with results expected to be declared on Friday.
The BBC, like other broadcasters, is not allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. More details around electoral law and our BBC code of practice is explained here.
Detectives investigating the death of a man who was brutally murdered 10 years ago say they have received new information following a recent appeal.
Alan Wood, 50, was bound and tortured before he was killed in his home in Lound, near Bourne, in October 2009.
Following an appeal on the 10th anniversary of his murder, Senior Investigating Officer, Martin Holvey, said: "A number of people have contacted us with information including people who didn't speak with us in 2009.
"We continue to work on information provided to us and we've been able to eliminate some names from the investigation where members of the public had suspicions about particular individuals."
He said they're also in the process of reviewing CCTV from 2009, showing a suspect using cash-points in Bourne and Stamford.
A reward of £50,000 has been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
It's going to be a bright and breezy day today with sunshine for many of us but there could be a few showers in western parts.
Temperatures today will be around the 7C mark.
Overnight it'll stay largely clear but there may still be a few showers in the west:
People in Lincolnshire who are on the lookout for a new games console for Christmas are being warned about potentially dangerous fakes which are on sale in the county.
Lincolnshire Trading Standards officers have seized a number of fake Nintendo consoles being sold at £20, a quarter of their recommended price of £80.
But the low price is, according to experts, an indicator of how badly made the copies are.
Officers are warning that if it looks too good to be true, it could be dangerous:
We have had test reports where some of these consoles have been found to have problems with insulation of some of the electrical components. That means there's a potential the products could overheat and even cause a fire."
The RSPCA has criticised the use of snares after rescuing a fox from a trap in Lincolnshire.
The charity has criticised the traps "because of the suffering they cause, not only to animals like foxes that are often the target of such traps, but also to other animals like badgers and even domestic animals like cats".
RSPCA officers freed the fox from a field in North Scarle, on the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border after a member of the public contacted them.
The trap hadn't caused any significant damage to the animal, according to the RSPCA.
The National Farmers Union (NF) says it's "crucial that farmers can control certain species for the benefit of agricultural production, animal husbandry, game management and the conservation of wildlife".
The NFU has a code of practice about the humane use of snares.
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The Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows aerial display team is to be part of major national Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough next year, it's been revealed.
The Armed Forces Day National Event will also include a parade of more than 1,000 active and retired service personnel.
The event, on 27 June, will be the first time the national celebration has been held in Yorkshire.
A Scarborough Borough Council report's laid out the first details of the event honouring of the country’s military, with more than 100,000 people expected to visit the area on 27 June.
The authority estimates the cost of hosting the event, usually attended by members of the Royal family and the Prime Minister, will be more than £500,000 - a cost which the council hopes to offset through sponsorship.
Glitter-covered Christmas cards and other glittery items should not be put in the recycling bin once the festive season is over, a council is warning.
Lincolnshire County Council says the sparkly addition to cards and gift wrap makes the recycling of paper products impossible.
The county's waste and recycling service is also urging people to avoid leaving grub and grease in recycling to avoid contaminating the rest of the bin's contents.
Chronic pain sufferers in Lincolnshire are being urged to consider using new approaches to help deal with their conditions.
The East Lincolnshire area has the highest level of opioid prescribing in the whole country and is now being targeted by a new NHS health awareness campaign.
The campaign aims to promote alternative approaches such as talking therapies and lifestyle changes.
Richard Pell, a member of the team delivering the NHS community Pain Management service for Lincolnshire, says there has been an over-reliance on painkillers.
He says: "We need to look to more than just tablets, medicines, injections and surgery. A more up-to-date understanding of pain really acknowledges it's about more than just biology.
"It's about the psychological and social components of living with long-term pain or conditions."
The number of children arrested by Lincolnshire Police has fallen by 61% in the last seven years, the force has revealed.
The figures have been released by the Howard League for Penal Reform and show the force made 745 arrests of children aged 17 and under last year - down from 1,911 in 2011.
Assistant Ch Con Kerrin Wilson said: “This is good news. It shows our effective work with partners is making real positive change for the children we deal with and, ultimately, giving them a chance for the future.
"We have a chance to engage young minds and offer people an alternative, which will hopefully lead them towards making good choices rather than entering the system and committing more and more crimes of escalating severity."
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
It's a windy start to the day with a Met Office weather warning in place for coastal areas.
That's likely to bring a number of heavy showers with hail, though they will drift out into the North Sea as the day goes on.
Elsewhere we will see plenty of sunshine with temperatures of about 7C or 8C:
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Lincolnshire County Council has selected a new chief executive following the resignation of Keith Ireland.
Mr Ireland left in November 2018 after a "difference of opinion" with council leader Martin Hill.
Debbie Barnes, the executive director of children’s services, was chosen as his successor yesterday.
The recommendation will go to full council for a final decision on Wednesday.
A council spokesman said a recruitment process to fill Mrs Barnes existing post will start once she is confirmed by members.
Repairs to riverbanks in Lincolnshire which burst three and a half weeks ago are now under way.
The Barlings Eau burst its banks after heavy rainfall in the first weekend of November.
About 1,500 acres of farmland were flooded as a result, forcing farmers to use boats to reach their cut-off homes (pictured).
The Environment Agency (EA) says engineers are installing pilings to plug the breach in the river, then water will be pumped off the land before the bank is rebuilt using clay and soil.
Meanwhile, repairs are also under way at the Timberland Delph, another waterway which broke its banks in a village near Woodhall Spa after heavy rain.
The agency also say it's been inspecting flood defences across the county and making repairs to anything which felt the strain of excessive rain.
The EA says this autumn's rainfall was double the usual average and set record water levels on the Rivers Witham and Ancholme.
Despite the extreme rainfall that pushed our rivers to their limits – and the fact that a third of Lincolnshire is below sea level – the vast majority of homes, businesses and land has remained safe from flooding. In fact, less than 1% of the county’s agricultural land has been affected."
Lincolnshire's sprout crop has been unaffected by this year's heavy rain in the county, according to one of the county's food producers.
Staff at TH Clements near Boston, who harvest the sprout crop, say they were worried heavy rain this summer may have affected the crop.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in nearby Wainfleet in June.
But staff say conditions since then have been perfect sprout growing weather and are in action ahead of the Christmas rush right now:
Lots come from Lincolnshire. In the run-up to Christmas, we'll do about 2,000 tonnes of sprouts in about 10 days.
Funding for transport in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands is lower than anywhere else in the UK, a new report suggests.
Centre-left think tank IPPR North has analysed HM Treasury figures for 2018-19.
Treasury data shows that in 2018-19, £903 was spent in the capital for every resident, while the figure for the East Midlands was £268 and £276 in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The data included all public spending and was based on the number of residents in each region.
IPPR North's interim director Arianna Giovannini said: "Sometimes there is an argument that goes along the lines of, 'There are more people in London and there are a lot of people travelling in London and commuting in London', but our point is not that London should get less, it's not an 'either or' argument."
The government said its spending decisions were "rigorous and fair" and said the figures did not include money for future projects like HS2.
The Department for Transport pointed to explanations about the Treasury's figures, indicating London's higher spending included capital investment from Transport for London, and did not account for commuters and visitors from outside the city.
Plans for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance's new HQ have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
The charity currently operates from two sites: one at RAF Waddington where its helicopters are based and another for the charity's staff.
The new HQ, at RAF Waddington, will join the two teams together at the same site for the first time.
A £1.8m grant from the government has been given to help in its construction.
Work building the new HQ should be completed by the end of next year.
Our new base will give us security of tenure, as well as the space and facility to further develop our life-saving service. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, it’s fitting we are laying the foundations for the next 25 years to ensure we can continue to provide pre-hospital critical care to our patients."
A total of 78 people in Lincolnshire are currently awaiting an organ transplant.
Currently, people have to opt in to become an organ donor, but from next spring everyone will be considered unless they've opted out.
The NHS Blood and Transplant service is urging families to discuss it and make their wishes known.
At the moment more than 6,000 people in the UK as a whole are hoping for a donor, including 185 children.
Over 100 arrests have been made since Lincolnshire Police launched a new anti-knife crime campaign, it's been revealed
A total of 122 weapons have been recovered as a result of the campaign, according to the force, with 77 being seized by officers and 45 voluntarily handed in to the police.
The figures for what's known as Operation Raptor have been released just days after three knife crimes in 24 hours in Boston.
Supt Lee Pache said: "Operation Raptor has made a real impact so far and the numbers of arrests and weapons seized demonstrate this is a top priority for us."
People can still hand in weapons at any of the four main stations in the county: Lincoln, Grantham, Boston and Skegness.
The risks of drink and drug-driving are being highlighted by Lincolnshire Police as the festive season gets properly under way.
Officers say they will be focusing their efforts on stopping vehicles and talking to drivers over the Christmas period.
Last year more than 1,100 people were tested in the county, with a total of 67 being arrested for refusing or failing a breath test.
I can’t believe people still take the risk of killing or hurting others by driving while impaired, along with losing their licence and maybe going to prison."
Work on a major junction on the Lincoln bypass which was due to start today has been delayed until at least mid-January, it's been confirmed.
Due to recent heavy rain, work has been delayed and construction of the Hawthorn Road junction won't now start until early next year.
The delays also mean:
The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project aims to improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth and minimise traffic congestion.
Once complete, there will be less traffic congestion in and around Lincoln, along with more opportunities for boosting the county’s economy.
Older LGBTQ+ people living in East Lindsey are to be offered more support thanks to a national charity.
Think 2 Speak, which promotes social inclusion, has teamed up with Community Lincs to help people access services and get support.
Project coordinator Rebecca Kerry said there can be a "stigma" among the over 50s in acknowledging the LGBTQ+ community.
"People are reluctant to answer questions about sexuality and gender orientation. We think because there is that reluctance and there is a low level of services offering support, we don't see those people."
Ms Kerry said Community Lincs had connected with an existing LGBTQ+ support group in Skegness which said 75% of its members were over 50.
She said it would be working with the group to feed back information to Think 2 Speak about the way it works to help develop and train people involved in the project.
A Lincolnshire hospital trust is continuing to ask patients to use pharmacy or GP services if possible to alleviate pressure on A&E departments.
Patients with serious conditions have reported waiting over 12 hours at Lincoln's accident and emergency department due to a shortage of beds.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said Lincoln A&E was experiencing long delays while "very poorly" patients waited to be admitted.
Ambulances also had to queue outside the building on Thursday.
A hospital spokesperson said: "We are continuing to see increasing numbers of patients attending our A&E, many of whom are very poorly and need to be admitted to one of our wards.
"As a result of this unprecedented demand, our wards are extremely busy and patients are facing waits to be admitted, causing delays in our A&E."
Three flood warnings remain in place for Lincolnshire this morning.
An Environment Agency (EA) flood warning means "flooding is expected and immediate action is required".
The warnings are for:
A total of 13 flood alerts also remain in place for Lincolnshire. Alerts mean "flooding is possible, be prepared".
There are currently no weather warnings for Lincolnshire issued by the Met Office.
A telecoms engineer who sent abusive messages to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire Officer in response to the service axing Fireman Sam from its promotional material was today jailed at Lincoln Magistrates' Court.
Jeremy Flashman, 56, of Kings Road, Southminster, Essex, rang fire officer Les Britzman and swore at him after the officer was interviewed by Piers Morgan on breakfast television.
Although Mr Britzman hung up he later received an abusive email and a voicemail message in which Flashman was abusive about the fire chief's mother, his partner and the officer himself.
Flashman, admitted three charges of sending an offensive, indecent or obscene message to Mr Britzman on 11 September this year.
He was jailed for 10 weeks and ordered to pay a £121 surcharge.
Officials at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust say their hospitals are currently "incredibly busy."
They say there have been increasing numbers of patients attending their A&E departments with many needing to be admitted to wards.
The Director of Operations Simon Evans has also urged patients to: "use pharmacy and GP services in the community before coming to one of our A&E departments."
Pothole repairs in parts of Lincolnshire have been delayed because of the recent flooding.
People living in North Hykeham, near Lincoln, have made complaints about huge holes on their streets.
Lincolnshire County Council says some of the work has been postponed or cancelled because staff had to be diverted to deal with the damage caused by flooding elsewhere.
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More than 2,600 drink-spiking incidents have been reported in England and Wales since 2015, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
The data from 22 out of 43 police forces and the British Transport Police also revealed 72% of alleged victims were female.
Cases involving under-18s have more than doubled, from 32 in 2015 to 71 in 2018 - and between January and September 2019, 68 cases had already been recorded, suggesting the total figure for 2019 is set to hit a five-year high.
University of Lincoln student Lily Petch, 18, said her drink was spiked on her second night in the city.
"People said I went from having the best night of my life to then losing consciousness and feeling really sick, she said.
"I couldn't keep my head up, I remember feeling really unsteady and not really knowing what was going on."
Now, Lincolnshire is one of two regions in England to have launched schemes that see pubs and clubs keep drink-spike test kits behind the bar, enabling staff to test drinks using a swab and get an instant result.
The number of child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by Lincolnshire Police has almost trebled in the last five years.
A total of 287 serious incidents have been dealt with in the county since 2014, according to new figures from the NSPCC.
The charity says that nationally cases have gone up by nearly a fifth in the last year alone.
Andrew Fellowes, from the NSPCC, says the increase is "deeply disturbing".
"We believe there could be several potential reasons for this rise, from better police recording and greater public awareness, to increasing pressure on parents and the lack of investment in early intervention services."
A woman aged 88 has been threatened in her own home by a man in Grimsby.
The suspect entered the property on Eaton Court through a back door, approached the victim and asked for jewellery and cash before threatening her.
He then stole two wallets before leaving. One was empty and another had a small amount of money in it.
The victim wasn’t hurt but she was left shaken.
It happened on Sunday 24 November at around 18:30.
The suspect has been described as around 5 feet 8, wearing all black, and spoke with a Grimsby accent.
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Plans have been put forward for a major expansion of a special educational needs school in Spilsby as part of £50 million investment in the county.
Lincolnshire County Council has applied to it's planning department to create a new two-storey building including five classrooms, a science lab and an ICT centre as well as breakout rooms, staff and meeting rooms, a new hall, and changing and toilet facilities at Eresby School on Eresby Avenue.
Lincolnshire currently sees fewer than 30% of pupils with SEND needs attend their nearest school, with 80 pupils being educated outside of the county.
The hope is that with the proposed changes more than 90% of pupils will face shorter journeys county-wide.
Senior project officer Eileen McMorrow said the development would enable a minimum of 84 pupils at the school: "This development will mean children who live in the Spilsby area, who are attending a specialist school other than Eresby, can access high quality specialist education at their local school rather than having to travel long distances to and from school.”
A Lincolnshire village has had a bit of its history returned 30 years after it disappeared.
A cannon was removed from outside Tealby Village Hall in the 1980s.
It was bought back overnight last week with a note of apology.
Chairman of the hall's management committee, Richard Askam, says it's great to have the cannon back:
He added: "I think we'll try and restore it as much as possible. It belongs to the village, it was gifted to the village so we would like to have it back in it's original place but possibly a bit more secure."
Lincolnshire's main hospitals will be entirely smoke-free from 6 January next year.
The designated smoking areas at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth will be removed and smokers will have to leave hospital grounds to light up.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT), which runs the hospitals, says it will provide a safer environment for people and is in line with national guidance.
Smoking campaign group Forest has criticised the plans saying it's not fair on hospital workers.
But Stephen Kelly, from ULHT, said the trust had a duty to protect and care for the health and well-being of its patients, staff and visitors.
"We recognise smoking is a personal choice and we do not discriminate against those who choose to do so. However we are a health-promoting organisation and are committed to protecting and improving the health and well-being of all employees, patients and visitors", said Mr Kelly.
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Hospital bosses in Lincolnshire have apologised for A&E waiting and cancer treatment targets being missed for more than half a decade.
The last time United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) achieved 95% of patients being treated within four hours of arrival at A&E was September 2014.
That was the same month ULHT surpassed the 85% target to start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral.
Earlier this month, it was reported that in October Lincoln County Hospital could only see 64.2% of its patients within four hours. The England average was 83.6%.
Bosses at ULHT have apologised, saying they are not “performing as well as we should be”, but add that increased demand is taking its toll.
Mark Brassington, ULHT chief operating officer, says "We are seeing more patients than ever before coming through our three emergency departments, accessing cancer treatments and being referred for planned surgery.
“Although we are treating more people, we accept that we are not performing as well as we should be and some of our patients wait longer than they should to access some treatments, for which we apologise," he added.
More than 20,000 people calling the non-emergency "101" police number in Lincolnshire last year gave up before their call was answered, new figures show.
The statistics from the Lincolnshire force show that one person calling the 101 number had to wait for 50 minutes to get a response.
The average waiting time was almost three minutes.
Lincolnshire Police says the long waits are down to a high number of calls.
Flooding in a Lincolnshire village has been "devastating" for business, a pub landlord has said.
A stretch of the A46 at Holton Le Moor, near Market Rasen, has been closed for a week after heavy rainfall.
Motorists have been facing lengthy diversions because of surface water and a drainage pipe under the nearby railway has been blocked.
Graeme Sellers, the owner of the Hope Tavern, says he "can't believe" how many cars have become stuck in the water.
He says: "I just hope now that they've gone, people on site actually get on and repair it, so it doesn't happen again."
A week last Thursday we had the bad flood, that was the first one. It dried out on the Sunday. But road closed signs didn't go down until 19:30. So all my Sunday had gone, and if we lose a weekend we lose 90% of the business. Then the flood came again, except this time it hasn't gone away."
How police record "non-crime hate incidents" against transgender people has "a chilling effect" on freedom of expression, the High Court has heard.
Former police officer Harry Miller (pictured) was contacted by Humberside Police in January following a complaint over alleged transphobic tweets.
The court heard he was told he had not committed a crime, but his post was being recorded as a "hate incident".
He is taking action against the College of Policing and Humberside Police.
Mr Miller, from Lincolnshire, claims the guidelines breached his human rights to freedom of expression.
In response, officials said the guidance was lawful and caused no interference with his rights.
The hearing is expected to last for two days.