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  1. £100m 'levelling-up' cash targeted by county's councils

    Plans for a major expansion of Boston College, a new learning campus for Skegness (pictured below), and plans for the Sutton on Sea colonnade have all been lodged today as part of a bid for up to £100m of government funding.

    Skegness Learning Centre

    The projects are part of separate bids to the Town Deal scheme, which the government says will "level-up" funding differences across the country.

    The Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe areas have all been invited to bid for up to £25m each, but will have to clear further hurdles before the money is guaranteed.

    City of Lincoln Council has also submitted a bid for £24.75m across 15 projects to support the growth and development of the city.

    Bids include the redevelopment of the Drill Hall arts venue, proposals for Lincoln City's stadium and redevelopment of the Barbican Hotel.

  2. Teenager cleared of dangerous driving over fatal crash

    A newly-qualified driver has been cleared of causing the deaths of three of her passengers after her overloaded car left the road and collided with a tree in Lincolnshire.

    Lincoln Crown Court

    Kasey Boulton, 19, who had passed her driving test less than a month before the collision, had five passengers in her Vauxhall Astra, including one in the rear footwell.

    Ricky Sharp, 17, Aiden Sawyer, 17, and Joby John Scrimshaw, 14, all died in the crash. Ms Boulton and the other two passengers were also seriously injured.

    Ms Boulton, of Heath Close, Welton, near Lincoln, denied three charges of causing death by dangerous driving following the incident on 25 March 2019.

    A jury at Lincoln Crown Court returned not guilty verdicts on all three charges.

  3. Lost walker found driving home as search for her continued

    A lost walker who sparked a five-hour search and rescue operation in the Peak District was finally spotted driving home to Lincolnshire as volunteers searched for her, it's emerged.

    Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team

    Mountain rescue teams were alerted to the missing woman at about 14:00 yesterday after she called police saying she had got into difficulties between Crowden and Black Hill.

    Five mountain rescue teams were involved in the search, which involved sniffer dogs and five police forces.

    After not being able to find the walker in two possible areas, the search area was extended despite daylight fading.

    However, after five hours of searching, the police called mountain rescue teams to tell them the missing walker's car had been picked up by number plate cameras driving back to Lincolnshire.

    The walker was "safe and well", search teams said.

    An issue with "misleading phone triangulation" meant the walker appeared to be in places they wouldn't have been, extending the search times, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team said.

  4. Police seek cyclist 'seriously injured' in crash with lorry

    A cyclist was seriously hurt when the bike he was riding was involved in a collision with a lorry in Lincoln earlier today, police say.


    The crash is thought to have happened near the Riseholme Roundabout at about 10:30 this morning.

    Officers say they are now trying to trace the cyclist, a man in his 70s, who was taken home by a passer-by, according to Lincolnshire Police.

    His injuries are serious, but not thought to be life-threatening, police believe.

    Anyone who saw the incident, or has any dashcam footage of what happened, is being asked to contact the Lincolnshire force.

  5. Imps fan wants u-turn on letting fans in to stadiums

    Lincoln City fans have hit back at claims it's not safe for them to watch matches in the club's stadium as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

    Lincoln City stadium

    Lincolnshire's public health team have previously said there are concerns about getting spectators in and out safely if they have to use turnstiles.

    But John Matthews, a Lincoln City season ticket holder, insists there are ways around the problem.

    He says: "For a couple of seasons we've had the equivalent of a credit card where we bleep our access in to the ground or have the QR code papers which you can bleep so you're not touching anything.

    "And you can have people coming in to these wide entrances and exits in to the ground."

    Mr Matthews says he's written to the Sports Minister to ask for a rethink.

    The government says the issue is more about how supporters get to and from a stadium and where fans might gather before and after.

  6. Thousands of free breakfasts handed out to county's kids

    About 20,000 free breakfasts will be provided to people in need across Lincolnshire after a huge donation was made to a charity.

    Breakfast cereal

    The Gainsborough Trinity Foundation is giving out free meals this half-term, and it has been given pallet-loads of breakfast cereal by the His Church charity.

    Damon Parkinson, from the foundation, says it will make a huge difference to local children.

    He says: "It's absolutely fantastic because although we've been able to do the meals, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for a lot of children that sets them off whether they're doing holiday activities, going for walks with their families or doing some additional learning.

    "It's absolutely vital and without His Church, we couldn't have offered that to the children."

  7. Volunteers sought to help young adults leaving care

    Volunteers in Lincolnshire are being asked to come forward to help young people leaving the care system develop the skills they need to become independent.

    Children's charity Barnardo’s runs a service called Lincolnshire Supported Lodgings, for young people aged 16 to 21-years-old who are leaving the care system and who do not have the support of a loving family.

    Sally Robinson, a Senior Supported Lodgings Worker for Lincolnshire, says the organisation's currently working with 360 young people across Lincolnshire.

    She says: "We’re looking for people with an interest in working with young people, introducing them into their home and offering support that they’d give their own children and who wants to help them with the practical skills around learning to become independent.

    "For whatever reason in life they can’t live with their own family, they just need that bit of extra support.”

    Volunteers can be from any walk of life, and they must have a spare bedroom, the charity says.

    Anyone interested is being asked to contact the local team.

  8. Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Rain turning increasingly light and patchy this afternoon, before clearing away later.

    It will remain windy with brisk southwesterly winds.

    Rather mild this evening and overnight, under mostly cloudy skies and with brisk southwesterly winds.

    It should be dry, although the odd spot of light rain is possible towards the end of the night:

    Weather graphic
  9. 'Policing is becoming more dangerous' - Special Constable

    A Special Constable from Lincolnshire says he welcomes measures put in place by the county's force to protect officers.

    Special Constable Adam Brown

    New figures show there are more than 400 assaults on officers and staff in Lincolnshire each year.

    Special Constable Adam Brown was attending a road traffic collision when one of the people involved began to resist arrest and then spat in his face.

    He says: "I felt the spit travelling down my face, my glasses, my cheek. We had to take him to the floor to apply a spit hood to prevent any further assaults to officers at the scene.

    "I was just in disbelief. Then it was an emotional rollercoaster thinking about what he might have had that he could have transmitted to me."

    He adds: "I believe policing is becoming more dangerous. You go out to these jobs and you're speaking with members of the public and you never know if it's going to happen."

    Lincolnshire Police says it has introduced a "robust" investigative process and enhanced welfare package for officers and staff who are victims of crime.

  10. Hundreds of police officers assaulted each year

    There are more than 400 assaults on officers and staff each year in Lincolnshire, according to the latest figures.

    A police officer

    Kicking, spitting and biting are among the most frequent types of attack - with more coughing and spitting incidents during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers.

    One detective constable suffered a fractured skull when a car driven by a man hit her in Grantham.

    Lincolnshire Police says it has introduced a "robust" investigative process and enhanced welfare package for officers and staff who are victims of crime.

    Assistant Chief Officer Andrew White said: “Any attack on a police officer is not simply an assault, it’s an attack on the rule of law.

    "Assaults should never be accepted as simply ‘a part of the job’ and while being a police officer is about sometimes putting yourself at risk of harm to keep the public safe, anyone who is assaulted while on duty can be assured of the full support of the force at every stage."

  11. Rising number of Covid cases in Lincoln under scrutiny

    A meeting is due to be held today to discuss Lincoln’s rising number of coronavirus cases.


    Public health officials have warned the city may face tougher restrictions if the trend continues.

    Latest figures show the number of cases per 100,000 of the population for Lincoln is 234, putting it above the England average of 220.

    Lincolnshire’s Outbreak Management Board will discuss the city situation today.

    Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill said: "Although the rates everywhere else are much lower, in Lincoln itself it has gone up recently.

    "I'm not anticipating we'll be moving in to any other tiers at this stage, but it's just a report and we'll probably start meeting more regularly."

  12. Police weapons amnesty nets machetes, knives and cleavers

    More than 100 weapons have been handed in at police stations across Lincolnshire in just three weeks, the force says.

    Some of the weapons which have been handed in

    Kitchen knives, bowie knives, machetes and cleavers are just some of the weapons which have been handed in as part of Lincolnshire Police's weapons amnesty.

    Det Insp Dave Harrop said: “This is really promising and I’m delighted so many people have taken the time to discard knives which could be used as weapons if they were to fall into the wrong hands.

    “There are still just under two months to take part in our amnesty, so please do take advantage of this if you have an item that could be considered a weapon and drop it into one of our secure bins.”

    The secure bins are located at police stations in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Skegness and Spalding until 18 December.

  13. Parents relieved by offers of free school meals

    Some parents in Lincolnshire have spoken of their relief after community groups stepped in to help them feed their children through half-term.

    School meal

    Cafes, restaurants and charities across the county are offering free hot meals to children under 16 after the government voted against providing free meals to disadvantaged pupils during the holidays.

    The Gainsborough Trinity Foundation is one place that's serving up meals.

    Mum Michelle Spence, who uses the service, says it's a big weight off her mind.

    "They've said we can have a free meal and at least I don't have to worry about what I'm going to feed them when I get home. It's one less thing to worry about."

    Damon Parkinson, who's helping out at the Gainsborough Trinity Foundatoin, says the issue isn't a new one.

    "It's just been highlighted and made worse during Covid. I think we need to work together."

  14. Meeting to discuss Lincoln's rising coronavirus cases

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Health bosses and councillors in Lincolnshire will meet tomorrow to discuss the rising cases of coronavirus in Lincoln.

    Medium covid alert level

    The city's infection rate has gone above the England average for the first time.

    Other neighbouring areas with high numbers are being put under the toughest restrictions.

    Tony McGinty, the assistant director of public health in Lincolnshire, says Lincoln could go that way if cases continue to rise.

    "I think that's quite possible that we may see a position where Lincoln goes that way and other areas as well, if they see their numbers increasing and that increase is sustained.

    "Either we, with our local politicians, will want to have that conversation with government, or government will may ask us to consider what we're doing around the tier that Lincoln and other areas are in."