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Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing man

Police say they are "urgently" looking for a Lincolnshire man missing since Wednesday.

steven mackie
Lincolnshire Police

Steven Mackie, 56, went missing from his home near Louth earlier this week.

Lincolnshire Police say he has been seen driving around the county in a black Peugeot 308, with sightings in Spalding and Horncastle.

The forec has asked for anyone who spots Mr Mackie or sees the car - registration number KS10 AEC) - to contact them.

Lincolnshire's 'Greta' behind Horncastle climate protest

A 12-year-old girl from Horncastle is staging Lincolnshire's answer to worldwide climate change protests today.

holly pavey's climate change
BBC

Holly Pavey has been taking part in protests in the town since the last school year.

Today, millions of people across 150 countries are expected to take part in the largest ever protest against climate change.

Holly says that, even if not many people turn up to her protest, it's still worth doing.

I am very hopeful that a lot of people will turn up but Horncastle is a small town. Greta Thunberg says no one is too small to make a difference and I believe that no school strike is too small to make a difference.

Holly Pavey12-Year-Old Climate Activist

£2m repairs fund set up for flood-hit farmers

A £2m repairs fund has been set up by the government to support farmers who were affected by severe flooding earlier this year.

Wainfleet flooding
PA Media

The Farming Recovery Fund will pay out grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover the costs of repairing damage.

Wainfleet in Lincolnshire (above) and parts of North Yorkshire, including Grinton (below), were hit by flooding in the summer following heavy rainfall.

Stuart Roberts, from the National Farmers Union, said farmers "desperately needed" support.

"The reinstatement of the Farming Recovery Fund will be a relief to those farmers affected by the recent flooding events in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who're now coping with a massive clear-up operation," he said.

Collapsed bridge at Grinton
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Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another fine day today with plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 21C in places, well above the average for this time of year.

Overnight it will stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 9C.

Pictures: Enormous vegetables impress

Lincolnshire growers have been showing off their wares at a vegetable show in Harrogate.

It's fair to say that you'd have no trouble with getting your five a day if you were handed one of these:

beetroot
BBC
Barry the beetroot and his grower Neil Pattison from Lincoln
massive marrow
BBC
Grower Brian Hunn from Boston shows off his marrow.
Simon Croson and a large pumpkin
BBC
Simon Croson, from near Sleaford, and his pumpkin

Groups encouraged to apply for 'tampon tax' funding

Lincolnshire groups supporting women and girls with issues like period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health are being given the chance to apply for funding paid for by the so-called "tampon tax".

tampon
Getty Images

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates money generated by the VAT on sanitary products to projects which support women.

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation says groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 from a national pot of £3.5m.

We will use this vital funding to support the groups on the ground making such a big difference to women’s lives.

Sue FortuneCEO at Lincolnshire Community Foundation

Police should 'turn up unannounced' on farms, say NFU

Farmers in south Lincolnshire are encouraging the police to turn up unannounced onto their farms to help deter criminals.

Farmer and police
NFU

Over recent weeks there's been a rise in the amount of farm machinery stolen in the area.

Chris Carter from the National Farmers Union said local members were in favour of giving the police free access to farms.

The bottom line I suppose is do we want criminals around our farm or the police? We'd much rather see them here, and if it gives them intelligence, which is what they say they want anyway, then we're entirely happy with that."

Chris CarterChairman of the South Holland National Farmers Union

County's hospitals need £236m for maintenance

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Calvin Robinson

Health bosses in the county say Lincolnshire's hospitals have suffered from "two decades worth of under-investment" and now need £236m to bring them up to standards.

Boris Johnson at Pilgrim Hospital
GOV

It comes after the Prime Minister promised £21.3m to improve the A&E at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston this summer.

But officials from the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, part of Lincolnshire's health service, told a County Council scrutiny panel that even if the trust found £236m that "will not give us buildings that are fit for the future, they will only be fit for today."

Councillors also heard that an extra £81m is also needed for planned changes to health services in Lincolnshire.

In total, that means that Lincolnshire's Health Services say they need £317m to bring our health services up to scratch.

It is a massive amount of money and that is only to get it to a reasonable standard. It’s quite hard to see how they are going to achieve this."

Councillor Carl MaceyChair of the Health Scrutiny Panel for Lincolnshire

Man to appeal against vasectomy lie rape convictions

A man who was found guilty of rape for lying about having had a vasectomy is appealing against the convictions.

Jason Lawrence
Derbyshire Police

Jason Lawrence originally from Leicestershire,was given a life sentence in 2016 for raping five women, attempting to rape one woman, and sexually assaulting another.

The assaults took place between June 2011 and November 2014 in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

One of the women had consented to having sex with Lawrance, but a jury found the consent she gave was negated because of his vasectomy lie.

Now his legal team is challenging that decision.

Shaun Draycott, his solicitor, said: "If these convictions are upheld on appeal, the concern is that members of the public, both male and female, who have never been considered criminals in the eyes of the law will be at risk of prosecution for serious sexual offences."

His legal team will only be appealing against the convictions in relation to Lawrance's vasectomy deceit, and not his other offences.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another dry day with some decent spells of sunshine for most and temperatures up to 21C in places.

Overnight it will remain clear and dry, meaning we're in for a chilly night with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

Watchdog: No police misconduct in death of missing teen

An independent watchdog has found that there was no police misconduct in a missing person investigation which ended in the death of a teenager.

Liam toner
Trinity Mirror

Liam Toner, 19, went missing after a night out in Cleethorpes on December 16 in 2017.

He was dropped off by a taxi driver in Holton-Le-Clay in Lincolnshire, but was found dead the next evening in a ditch between Holton-Le-Clay and his home in Ulceby, around 20 miles away.

The Independent Ofice for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation found that although Liam was reported missing at 08:50 of that day, police didn't begin investigating until after 17:00.

The IOPC has made recommendations for Lincolnshire and Humberside police forces to improve future cross-border missing persons investigations with improved communication.

Teens arrested after bricks and tiles 'thrown from roof'

Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and attempted burglary in connection with an incident in Scunthorpe.

scunthorpe high street
Google

Humberside Police were called to High Street at about 21:00 on Tuesday after reports two people had climbed on to a roof and were throwing bricks and tiles down onto the street.

The force said a shop window was smashed and bricks were also allegedly thrown towards officers.

Following the incident an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were arrested.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fine and dry day though there may be a little bit of patchy cloud in places. Temperatures will get up to about 18C.

Overnight it will be clear and cool with temperatures around 7C.

Wheels of justice turn slowly in county

Court cases are taking far longer to complete in Lincolnshire than the national average.

Google
Google

A report for Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Panel reveals cases in the county's magistrates' courts are taking more than 50% longer to complete now than they did in 2010.

This works out at around 207 days in Lincolnshire compared to the national average of 169.

The report says the closure of the courts in Grantham and Skegness created a significant reduction in the number of defendants being seen.

Only Lincoln and Boston magistrates' courts remain in the county.

A number of other factors have also contributed to the slow down, including a change in bail procedures and fewer available crown court dates.

Lincolnshire's weather

It should be a dry sunny end to the day in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast......

BBC
BBC

Sex crime reports up due to recording changes

Police say a rise in reports of sexual assaults and rapes in Lincolnshire is down to the way they are recorded, not because there have been more attacks.

Police jacket
PA Media

New figures show there has been a 33% increase in 12 months, with reports going up from 1,500 in 2017 to just over 2,000 in 2018.

The force has launched a campaign to make sure people understand they must have consent before engaging in sexual activity.

They also want victims to feel confident in coming forward.

Increase in rapes and sexual assaults in Lincolnshire

The number of rapes and sexual assaults reported in Lincolnshire has gone up by 33%, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Google
Google

The force said more than 2,000 incidents were reported last year, compared with just over 1,500 in 2017.

It has launched a campaign promoting the importance of getting consent to coincide with Freshers' Week in Lincoln.

We take every opportunity to encourage victims to come forward. It’s important that new students coming into the City see our Force as one to be trusted, one that is proactive in the highlighting of the importance of consent and one that will investigate a case meticulously and with compassion.

Detective Supt Jon McAdamHead of Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit

Lincolnshire's weather

There'll be some sunshine around in Lincolnshire this afternoon. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start the rest of the day will be fine and dry with temperatures up to 16C in places.

Overnight it will stay dry and settled.

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a dry but cool night in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Lincolnshire expected to miss smoking target

Lincolnshire is expected to miss ambitious plans set out by the government to be smoke free by 2030, according to a new report.

BBC
BBC

At the moment, figures show just over 17% of the county's population regularly light up.

The report by Frontier Economics predicts Lincolnshire won't reach the target to stop everyone smoking in 11 years.

Lincolnshire's weather

There could be some sunshine around this afternoon. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Increase in people carrying knives in Lincolnshire

The number of people caught carrying knives in Lincolnshire has risen by 44% in the last year.

Google
Google

Lincolnshire Police say offences rose from 183 per 100,000 people in 2017/18 to 263 in 2018/19 .

The force released the figures at the start of a national week of action named Operation Sceptre, which aims to increase awareness about the dangers of carrying knives

Det Ch Insp Amy Whiffen, force lead for knife crime, said: "People carry knives either for their own protection, to try and gain respect, out of pure anger or because they are intent on committing crime.

“Whatever the reason, carrying a knife means even the smallest situation can escalate into something much more serious or life-changing."

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and fine day today with temperatures up to 18C in places.

This evening there will be clear skies and lots of sunshine and it should stay dry overnight.

Chapter 9 - Trapped

James and Freya are stuck on another planet with no way home!
After discovering that Frank has sent James and Freya to the wrong Richmond, things go from bad to worse when it turns out they're trapped on Galaxon's home planet!

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There's going to plenty of sunshine around today with temperatures up to 19C in places.

Overnight it should stay dry with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

RAF Waddington prepares for arrival of 'Protector'

The MOD has signed a £100m contract to test an unpiloted aircraft which will be based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

MOD sign
Tim Ireland/PA Media

The remotely controlled "Protector" aircraft, which is capable of flying in civilian airspace, is expected to be delivered to Waddington in 2021 and in service by 2024.

A total of £93m is being spent on constructing a new purpose-built hangar at RAF Waddington for the Protector, as well new facilities and accommodation.

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: "This contract represents a welcome step towards our world-beating Protector aircraft reaching the frontline, giving us the upper-hand against our adversaries.

"Protector will be able to fly consistently for up to 40 hours and will be deployed across the full spectrum of operations, including search and rescue, flood prevention or disaster response missions."

Firefighters to begin training on new fire engines

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are getting their first taste of the county's fleet of new fire engines this morning.

A new fire engine
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is spending £8m on 33 new appliances over the next three years.

The vehicles include new equipment including portable winches to recover damaged cars and LED lighting to help at the scene of road collisions when there are no street lights.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman, Dave Hopkinson, said: "We're not just a fire service, we're Fire and Rescue. It's right for us to have the right equipment."

Crews are being introduced to the new engines at a training centre in Waddington, near Lincoln.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There should be some decent sunny spells today for most of us though there may be a few showers on higher ground.

Temperatures could get up to about 23C in places:

Red Arrows suffer 'greenhouse' conditions on US tour

It seems the heat and humidity are proving a challenge for the world famous Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows as they continue their North American tour.

Red Arrows at Niagara FAlls
Cpl Adam Fletcher/RAF/PA Wire

Members of the team are halfway through their 11-week deployment and have performed displays and fly-pasts over several iconic landmarks, including Niagara Falls (pictured) and the Statue of Liberty.

Red 3, Sqn Ldr Mike Bowden, says: "The heat has a massive effect on the performance of the aeroplane...Taking off to the way the aircraft feels when we're doing manoeuvres.

"Even on the ground, when you're pulling over the canopy, it's like a greenhouse," he said.

The team is currently in Texas, with displays also due to take place in Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles to follow in the coming weeks.

Police appeal over woman missing for three weeks

Have you seen Leigh-Anne Hanson? Police in Lincolnshire are appealing for help finding the 25-year-old who went missing about three weeks ago.

Leigh-Anne Hanson
Lincolnshire Police

She was last seen near the Witch and Wardrobe pub in Lincoln, near the River Witham, according to police.

Leigh-Anne was wearing navy jogging bottoms, a short-sleeved green top and black trainers.

Anyone who has seen her, or knows her whereabouts, is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

Union supports axing of Fireman Sam as fire service mascot

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Lincolnshire has welcomed news that Fireman Sam is being axed as the county's fire service mascot.

Fireman sam
PA Media

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has decided to ditch the popular BBC television character saying it's outdated and could put people off joining the service.

The FBU's Lincolnshire representative, Ben Selby, says: "Our concerns are about the subconscious messages that the term 'fireman' only refers to males in that workforce.

"That's simply not the case. We've got brave women firefighters right up and down the country."

Earlier in the year, the creator of Fireman Sam said he couldn't understand how the programme put women off joining the service.

Lincolnshire MP backs road safety campaign

Campaigners fighting to cut the speed limit outside a Gainsborough Primary School say they've received the backing of their local MP.

Outside Castle Wood Academy
Google

Parents want a 20mph speed limit introduced outside Castle Wood Academy to keep children safe.

Mum Kelly Geeson says: "Sir Edward is really nice. He says he's fully committed to helping and supporting us."

Parents also want extra pedestrian crossings and a school crossing patrol.

Fireman Sam axed as fire service mascot in inclusivity row

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has decided to axe Fireman Sam as its mascot as he "does not reflect what we do" and could put people off joining the service.

Fireman Sam
PA Media

Lincolnshire's Fire Chief Officer, Les Britzman, says: "There’s been a lot of research that says that images that young people have about what careers they want to do are formed when they are about four or five.

“If you are promoting that image we might be stopping people wanting to apply for the fire service 20 years down the line.

"We've got other images that better reflect what we do; no one is called fireman these days, they're firefighters."

The firefighter from Pontypandy will be replaced with fire extinguisher mascots Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Earlier this year, the creator of Fireman Sam said he couldn't see how the children's show puts women off joining the service.

The Fire Brigades Union is supporting the decision.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very mild start to the day with a few outbreaks of rain in places.

This afternoon there could be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it'll be dry with temperatures up to 21C.

Drugs and weapons seized in North Lincolnshire

A quantity of what are thought to be class A and class B drugs, as well as weapons and cash, have been seized by police at a property in Ashby, North Lincolnshire.

Humberside Police
Humberside Police

Officers carried out a warrant at an address on Everest Road this morning.

It follows reported concerns and information from the local community, police say.

This is a great result today, with drugs and weapons taken off our area’s streets."

Mark FletcherLocal Neighbourhood Inspector, Humberside Police