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Lincolnshire's weather

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

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Lincolnshire's weather forecast

It should be a dry afternoon across Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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BBC

Record number of vehicles seized on county's roads

Members of Lincolnshire's Armed Response and Roads Policing Vehicle (ARV) team say they've set a record in the county for the most vehicles they've seized in a month.

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The ARV team has confiscated 57 vehicles so far this August , including eight just last night.

One of the cars taken off the road overnight belonged to a drug-driver armed with a knife:

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More care needed driving on rural roads - Police

Drivers need to take more care on Lincolnshire's rural roads, which can be more challenging than dual carriageways and motorways, police say.

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The comments come after the death of two motorcyclists near Market Rasen on Saturday evening.

Since the beginning of January there have been 38 deaths on Lincolnshire's roads.

That compares to only 28 deaths over the same period last year.

It's easier to come off a rural road. There are more obstacles...They're single carriageway so if you overtake the chances of a head-on obviously go up slightly."

Rebecca AshtonIAM RoadSmart road safety charity

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire today.

Here's the forecast:

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BBC

People asked to remove 'magnet fishing' finds

People in Lincolnshire who take part in 'magnet fishing' are being asked to be careful and take their finds away.

Rusty bikes and shopping trolleys left by the River Witham
BBC

The activity - where people use strong magnets to find metal objects in waterways - is increasing in popularity, partly because of coverage on social media.

The photo above shows items pulled out of the River Witham.

But Robert Braithwaite, from the Canal and River Trust, says large or dangerous items are often left behind.

"Our resources are being spread more and more with clearing up magnet fishing. You don't know what you're going to pull out of the water and ultimately, the items are being left on the towpath where they do pose a safety issue."

Two die in Barrow upon Humber crash

A woman and a man have died in a serious road traffic collision near Barrow upon Humber.

Police
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The incident involved a Volvo HGV and a Vauxhall Mokka and happened at about midday on Friday near the junction of Thornton Street and Wold Road on the B1206.

Emergency services including the air ambulance attended and roads in the area were closed off for some time.

The driver of the car suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the truck was unhurt, police say.

Humberside Police is appealing for witnesses.

Dutch firm Abellio takes over East Midlands rail franchise

A new train operator for the East Midlands says it will invest £600m over the next eight years as it starts running services on routes from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to London.

The new EMR branding
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The firm won the contract after Stagecoach was disqualified from bidding as it refused to take on pension liabilities.

Abellio, owned by the Dutch government-owned rail firm, has promised new trains, 165 new carriages, and improved infrastructure.

East Midlands Trains will now be called East Midlands Railway (EMR).

It said £400m would be spent on 33 five-carriage trains, which will include air conditioning, wi-fi and plug sockets for passengers.

Chapter 5 - The Riddle Tree

James and the gang find themselves in a brand new dimension!
Having saved Frank the badger from the evil Galaxon, the gang follow ARAGH's best tracker to a brand new dimension in search of the final missing ring.

Lincolnshire councils pay out over £250k in compensation

Falling off donkeys, walking into noticeboards and getting friction burns from slides are just some of the things people have tried to claim compensation for from Greater Lincolnshire councils over the past five years, it's been revealed.

Money
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Under a Freedom Of Information request to all the district councils, Lincolnshire County Council and North and North East Lincolnshire councils were asked for details of both successful and unsuccessful claims.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said Greater Lincolnshire councils have paid at least £263,246.89, but not all authorities could give all their figures so the final tally is likely to be higher.

East Lindsey District Council had the most claims at 52.

Of those who responded, the highest successful claim was from North Kesteven District Council which paid out £32,414 for a slip/trip or fall claim.

There was an unsuccessfully claim to the City of Lincoln Council for slipping on bird droppings.

Hospitals use AI to to help breast screening

The trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospitals is one of just two in the country to take part in a groundbreaking new trial using artificial intelligence (AI) to support breast screening.

Doctor looking at mammogram
Press Association

Currently all images produced during mammograms are reviewed by two members of the breast screening team.

But it's hoped the new assessment tool will revolutionise the way scans are read and analysed in the future.

Simon Harris, from the East Midlands Radiology Consortium, said: "Artificial intelligence is very good at pattern recognition. It looks at a mammogram image and it looks at certain markers or signs that are in there which might be something of interest.

"It's not very good at creative thinking in the way a human would be, but it is very good at spotting differences in images."

Consultant mammographer Bernadette Trzcinski says she thinks it'll make a big difference.

"It also means the women we have to recall because we've spotted something on their mammogram which we want to have a further look at, we have more time to spend with those women who are very anxious," she says.

British Steel buyer is 'pure speculation' says union

The Unite union says talk of a confirmed buyer for British Steel in Scunthorpe being announced by the end of the week is "pure speculation".

British Steel
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It is understood an investment arm of Turkey's armed forces pension fund is the preferred bidder.

But Unite says suggestions of a confirmed buyer are rumours and will meet with the administrator today to raise concerns about leaks.

British Steel went into compulsory liquidation in May, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

More than 60 weapons surrendered to police

A total of 63 weapons have been handed in to police stations across Lincolnshire as part of a two-week long firearms surrender.

The weapons
Lincolnshire Police

Of the 63 firearms, there were four air pistols, 44 rifles, and 15 shotguns.

The guns and ammunition will be destroyed, police say.

We had a selection of weapons handed in. These included fully-functional weapons through to imitation weapons. Imitation weapons in the wrong hands can cause as much fear as live weapons. We are delighted residents have supported our campaign and handed in these weapons which will prevent them from getting into the wrong hands."

Det Insp Mark SeageLincolnshire Police

Students across Lincolnshire get A-level results

Hundreds of sixth formers in Lincolnshire have been getting their A-level results this morning.

Students at North Kesteven
BBC

Many students hope they've got the grades needed to go to their chosen university - others will have to go through the clearing process to find a place.

At North Kesteven Academy, 100% of students achieved A* or A grades in their chemistry A-level, while more than half of students taking Art A-level achieved A* or A grades.

We are really proud of our students who have done incredibly well as a cohort this year. Our teachers have also worked so hard and we have had some real success stories."

Jo TunnicliffeHeadteacher, North Kesteven Academy

Abuse towards young referees is 'unacceptable'

Football officials in Lincolnshire say the abuse faced by referees in the grassroots game is unacceptable and they're taking action to stamp it out.

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Michael Brader, the Referee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association, said on one match day last month three referees had been "reduced to tears" by supporters coming on to the pitch.

This season the association is giving referees under the age of 18 purple shirts to highlight their age in an effort to reduce the chances of them being targeted for physical or verbal abuse.

Earlier this year BBC reports highlighted incidents where young referees across the country have been given death threats and attacked by players and coaches.

What we want to do is take away those limited times when it all goes wrong and people over step the mark, and those bad experiences. We want to eliminate them as much as we can."

Michael BraderReferee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be a few showers around this morning but they will clear away quite quickly and it'll turn dry and bright day for most.

Temperatures could get up to 21C in places:

Police warning over Scunthorpe 'incident'

A diversion is in place after "an incident" in part of Scunthorpe, police say:

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Sala and pilot 'exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash'

Footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash over the English Channel, had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, a report has revealed.

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
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Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle in North Lincolnshire, died in a crash on 21 January while flying to Cardiff from the French city of Nantes.

Toxicology tests on Sala's body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

Mr Ibbotson has still not been found.

But it is likely he would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide, the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) report said.

Students across Lincolnshire receive BTEC results

Students across Lincolnshire are receiving their BTEC and vocational qualification results today.

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Nationally, it's a record year for results.

More than half of all the qualifications awarded to 16 to 18-year-olds in England are for vocational courses, like BTECs and City & Guilds.

Boston College in Lincolnshire offers training in subjects like cookery, brick laying and hairdressing.

Lydia Graves, who opened her results there this morning, says: "I got a triple distinction star in engineering, and I'm going to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to study architectural engineering.

"I did a year of A-levels and I wasn't a fan of mixing between different subjects that didn't really line up together, whereas with engineering I can focus on what I'm really passionate about."

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy day with very heavy outbreaks of rain, especially in southern Lincolnshire.

Temperatures will get up to about 18C:

Cauliflower shortages as extreme weather kills crops

Britain is experiencing a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather killed off much of this year's crops.

Cauliflower
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Heavy rainfall in June destroyed crops in Lincolnshire, and alternative European supplies wilted in last month's heatwave.

Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops.

The shortages were described as "very concerning" by a spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association.

Other brassica - including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts - are also in short supply.

PCC rejects blanket ban on hands-free phone use in cars

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) says he doesn't support a blanket ban on the use of hands-free mobile phones in cars.

Man on phone while driving
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A committee of MPs is considering today whether the use of hands-free should be banned in cars.

But Marc Jones, Lincolnshire's PCC, said: "An effective hands-free kit can be used safely in a car. So I wouldn't necessarily say a blanket ban is the way I would choose to go.

"If you went to an out-and-out ban you would just see an increase in people using mobile phones illegally. The fact that all vehicles are fitted with capacity to use telephones using Bluetooth - how are you going to disable all that technology in all of those vehicles?"

Mr Jones added that a ban would be "very difficult to enforce" and has called for MPs to find a "practical, pragmatic way forward".

County attractions among top 500 'unmissable experiences'

Four Lincolnshire attractions have been named among the UK's top 500 "unmissable experiences", according to Lonely Planet.

Burghley House
Google

The travel guide company has included Burghley House (above), the Viking Way Walk, Lincoln Cathedral (below) and Woolsthorpe Manor on the list.

Lincoln Cathedral
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Lincoln Cathedral is number 78 on the list, the Viking Way Walk - a long distance trail running 147 miles between the Humber Bridge and Rutland Water - is 342 and Burghley House, near Stamford, is number 486.

Woolsthorpe Manor
Google

Woolsthorpe Manor, childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton and home to the apple tree said to have inspired his theory of gravity, was placed at 384.

New dementia support service in Lincolnshire

A new support service for dementia patients and their families is being launched in Lincolnshire.

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Three organisations - St Barnabas Hospice, Dementia UK and Lincolnshire County Council - are working together to provide the county with six specialist dementia nurses or "Admiral Nurses".

They will work with families to provide one- to- one support.

Tracey Carter, from Dementia UK, said: "Our focus, for want of a better word, is to try and enable families to stay in the here and now, to focus on the here and now and to develop a good quality of life and to help them live well with dementia. And then to feel less fear and less stress about thinking about the future and planning."

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly dry and bright today but there could be a few isolated showers in places.

Temperatures will get up to 19C:

British Steel: New owner could be announced this week

A new owner for British Steel in Scunthorpe could be announced this week, it's believed.

British Steel
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The firm was placed in compulsory liquidation in May.

There are reports the government has agreed a £300m support package, but neither the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy or the official receiver has confirmed that to the BBC.

Paul McBean, from the Community Union, says he's cautiously optimistic.

"I spoke to the business secretary and we're getting near to the end. They're going to pick a preferential bidder out of the group and they will get the due diligence to go forward."

Sexual health text service for young people

A new sexual health text service will provide advice and support to young people in Lincolnshire.

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ChatHealth, launched today by Lincolnshire Sexual Health (LiSH), is an easy way for young people aged 13 to 19 to confidentially ask for help about a range of sexual health issues by contacting 07520 649893.

ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday and automatic replies will be sent to messages received out of hours.

LiSH, which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, provides confidential and non-judgmental advice, testing and treatment for all aspects of sexual health, including contraception.

We are really pleased to be able to offer ChatHealth to young people across Lincolnshire. It will make accessing confidential advice about sexual health services easier and less daunting for them.”

Heidi ShooterAdvanced sexual health practitioner for LiSH

Police chiefs answer your questions

Lincolnshire's top police officer and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are due to host their first Public Assurance meeting later.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly and PCC Marc Jones plan on hosting similar open meetings in the coming months:

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Scunthorpe man sought over assault

A Scunthorpe man is wanted by police in connection with an assault.

Archibald 'Archie' Pollock
Humberside Police

Archibald Pollock, who also goes by the name of Archie, is wanted in connection with the incident which happened on 30 July.

Humberside Police said investigations are ongoing in the Scunthorpe area to find him.

Anyone who has seen him or has information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact the Humberside force.

Chapter 4 - The Rescue

James and the gang have to save Frank!
Frank, ARAGH's best tracker, is being held captive by Galaxon... but not for long! James and the gang are on the case, and travel across space to stage a rescue.

Chapter 3 - The Prisoner

Who is Galaxon really, and what exactly is he up to?
Galaxon is an all-evil pan-dimensional being, isn't he? He's big, he's scary, and is no one to be trifled with! Or maybe all is not what it originally seems...

Young refs to don purple shirts to curb on-pitch abuse

Young football referees are being issued with purple shirts by Lincolnshire's FA in a bid to stop the "growing number" of incidents of intimidation and verbal abuse they face on matchdays.

Young refs
Lincolnshire FA

All active referees between the ages of 14 and 17 will be issued with the distinctive shirts identifying them as children for the 2019-20 season.

The FA says abuse towards any official isn't tolerated, but it is particularly shocking when it's directed towards anyone under 18.

It is really important to Lincolnshire FA that we are doing everything we can to create a safe and positive environment for all our children and young people to learn, grow and develop. The purple shirt is a great way to ensure that everyone is aware when the referee on their game is a child."

Sarah PridmoreDesignated Safeguarding Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Pair admit accessing Emiliano Sala post-mortem CCTV

Two people have admitted accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of footballer Emiliano Sala.

Sala and Ibbotson
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The Cardiff striker died in January when a plane he was travelling in, piloted by North Lincolnshire man David Ibbotson, crashed into the English Channel north of Guernsey.

Sherry Bray, 48, and Christopher Ashford, 62, were released on bail and will return for sentencing at Swindon Crown Court next month a judge warned them they face jail.

David Ibbotson's body has not been found.

Tens of thousands of children abused or neglected - NSPCC

About 30,000 children in Lincolnshire have been abused or neglected, according to new research by the NSPCC.

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The children's charity adds that a majority of NHS mental health services in the country are still not doing enough to address the needs of at-risk children, despite improvements.

It's now calling for more transparency from NHS England on how the system is funded.

Isobel Roberts, from the NSPCC, says things have to change:

Our research has found that in most areas children's mental health plans still don't do enough to address the needs of the most vulnerable."

Isobel RobertsNSPCC