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Severe accident: A46 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

A46 Lincolnshire - A46 Lincoln Road in Snarford closed and it's slow in both directions from the Snarford Crossroads junction to the Spridlington Road junction, because of a serious accident involving a car and sheep.

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

Man jailed for stabbing victim in his home

A man has been jailed for more than five years for stabbing another man in the stomach.

Lincoln Crown Court

Darren Murdoch, 53, attacked 40-year-old Nathan Wilson at Mr Wilson's home in Knight Terrace, Lincoln on 24 September.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Murdoch had accused Mr Wilson of stealing some of his property before stabbing him.

Murdoch, 53, of Ellison Street, Lincoln, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of possession of a bladed article.

He was jailed for five years and eight months.

M1 car fire shuts three lanes

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A car fire has closed three lanes of the M1 southbound between junctions 27 and 28.

Highways England

Highways England said emergency services and traffic officers are on the scene.

Motorists are being asked to drive with care and to be prepared for some delays.

Highways England

Two dead and one seriously injured in road collision

A man and a woman have died after a collision near Gainsborough.


The incident happened at about 17:00 yesterday on the A156 at Gate Burton and involved a white BMW M5 and a silver Vauxhall Astra.

The driver of the Astra, a man in his 40s, and the passenger in the same vehicle, a woman in her 30s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the BMW, a woman in her 50s, was seriously injured. She was taken to hospital.

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended.

Anyone who saw the what happened is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

Nottingham man defrauded employer for more than £125k

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man who defrauded his employer for more than £125,000 has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Adam Cartwright, 39, of Hazel Hill Crescent, Nottingham, falsely purchased electrical goods while working as an electrician at B&M Installations, Nottinghamshire Police said.

He joined the company in 2011, the force added, but his fraud was only discovered when a project manager was made aware of an invoice containing higher costs than expected in October 2018.

Adam Cartwright
Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police's fraud team found he had added electrical parts which were not used in 50 invoices, totalling £128,000.

He was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty.

Det Con Jason Jenkins said: "Cartwright’s actions caused serious distress to the business owners, as well as financial hardship."

Actress Samantha Morton to be awarded honorary degree

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

An actress born in Nottingham is to be awarded an honorary degree in her home city.

Samantha Morton, who was born in Clifton, will be made a Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham on 10 December.

Ms Morton, who has spoken openly about growing up in care and suffering abuse at care homes in Nottingham, attended the Television Workshop in the city from the age of 13 and went to West Bridgford School.

Samantha Morton
University of Nottingham

She has appeared in a number of television shows including Peak Practice, Boon, Cracker and Soldier, Soldier before becoming a regular cast member in the first two series of Band of Gold.

Ms Morton has also worked in films including Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Morvern Callar, Synecdoche New York, The Walking Dead, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Her work has been recognised with Academy Award nominations for her performances in Sweet and Lowdown, and In America, a Golden Globe Award for her role in Longford and a BAFTA for her semi-autobiographical directorial debt for film The Unloved.

Founding member misses Lincoln Christmas Market

One of the founders of Lincoln's annual Christmas market has decided not to set up a stall at the event for the first time since 1982.

Lincoln Christmas Market
Nathan Emerson

FFN Neustadt, from Lincoln's German twin town of Neustadt, says high costs and low revenue meant they made a loss last year.

The company was one of the 11 stallholders at the first ever event in Lincoln.

President Werner Maas says they couldn't justify the journey.

City of Lincoln Council says it understands FFN's position and the significant overheads of travelling from Germany.

But the authority says it's looking forward to welcoming FFN back next year.

The costs have been very high and we made not a profit but a loss, so we decided not to come. If you don't make a profit, that's OK, but if you make a loss that's not OK."

Werner MaasPresident, FFN Neustadt

Man exposes himself in Lincoln supermarket car park

Police are appealing for information after a man was seen exposing himself in a Lincoln supermarket car park.


Lincolnshire Police received a report that the man was sitting in a small, grey car.

The incident happened at about 14:30 on Wednesday in Morrisons car park on Centaur Road.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Worksop Library to stay closed until summer after flooding

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Worksop Library is expected to stay closed until next summer after it was severely damaged by the recent floods.

The library in Memorial Avenue was badly affected when the town flooded on 7 November.

A library spokesman said a "significant amount of work" was needed to restore the building, which could take several months.

Worksop flooding

Motorcyclist in hospital after Blyth crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A motorcyclist was injured last night after a crash with a car on Retford Road in Blyth, Nottinghamshire.

The motorcyclist was taken to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield after the crash at about 17:20, but police said his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Retford Road roundabout

The road was closed for a few hours near the mini-roundabout at the top of Retford Road.

Anyone who saw what happened or has dashcam footage of the crash has been asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

Severe accident: A634 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A634 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, from A638 Great North Road to B6045 Blyth Road.

A634 Nottinghamshire - A634 Retford Road in Barnby Moor closed in both directions from the A638 Great North Road junction to the B6045 Blyth Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A617 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A617 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, from Caunton Road to Southwell Road.

A617 Nottinghamshire - A617 Newark Road in Hockerton closed in both directions from the Caunton Road junction to the Southwell Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Arrests after 200 catalytic converters recovered

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Police have arrested two men and recovered up to 200 catalytic converters after attending a report of a theft from a business in Mansfield.

Two men, aged 29 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of theft at about 13:00 on Wednesday. Both remain in police custody.

Officers later searched one of the suspect's addresses in Mansfield and seized between 100 and 200 catalytic converters, believed to be worth about £20,000.

The force said catalytic converters, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.

There has been a spate of incidents across Nottinghamshire, mostly in car parks and open spaces, according to police.

Catalytic converter beneath a car
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New trains set to hit the tracks in Lincolnshire

The first of almost 100 new trains set to run on routes across Lincolnshire are to be introduced later this month.

new Northern train

Train operator Northern will introduce 50 trains across its network on the 15 December with another 49 due to be brought into service next year.

They'll be more spacious, fully accessible and offer free WiFi and at-seat power, the company has said.

Northern is currently fully refurbishing its existing fleet of 268 trains, improving its stations and has introduced more than 2,000 extra services a week since 2016.

The new trains present huge economic benefits for Lincoln and there has never been a better time to visit with a spectacular programme of events and experiences taking place in 2020."

Mike TimsonChief executive, Visit Lincoln

Men arrested following Lincoln assault

Three men have been arrested in connection with an assault on High Street in Lincoln.

High Street, Lincoln

The assault happened at 05:00 on Monday.

Lincolnshire Police said the three arrested men, aged 42, 35 and 19 are all from Lincoln.

They remain in custody and the investigation continues.

Will our next scheduled election be at Christmas?

Alex Regan

BBC News

Paul McFadden, from Arnold, used Your Questions Answered to ask: "Does the Fixed Term Parliaments Act mean that the next scheduled election will also be in December in five years' time?"

According to the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), a general election must be called five years after the last poll.

So does this mean Christmas shoppers will be carrying around polling cards in 2024?

Houses of Parliament at Christmas
PA Media

The short answer is no.

December's election was called using an emergency piece of legislation, but the FTPA states that an election should be called on "the first Thursday in May in the fifth calendar year" after the last election.

So the next general election will be scheduled for 2 May, 2024.

The act was introduced by the coalition government in 2011 as part of the agreement drawn up by the Tories and Lib Dems in the wake of the 2010 general election.

So an election can only be triggered before that if a motion of no confidence is passed in the government and no alternative administration can be formed or if at least two-thirds of MPs approved calls for an early election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour have, however, said they will scrap the FTPA.

Previously it was up to the prime minister of the day to choose when to call an election, provided it was within five years of the last one being held.

So although December elections will not become the norm, returning to the old system is likely to mean the next prime minister will be able to call a general election at will.

New joint headquarters for police and fire service

East Midlands Today

Plans have been approved for a new £18m joint police and fire service headquarters in Nottinghamshire.

The work will involve redeveloping the current Nottinghamshire Police headquarters at Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, with a new base being built for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The proposals include new offices and training facilities and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Police and fire HQ
Nottinghamshire Police

The fire service said it is hoped sharing buildings will "increase efficicency" and allow the services to work closer together.

Gedling Borough Council approved the plans with a condition it was built within three years and with a new access road.

Thousands expected as Christmas market gets under way

Lincoln is bracing itself for about 230,000 people descending on the city over the next four days as the Christmas Market gets under way today.

Lincoln Christmas Market
Nathan Emerson

About 300 stalls are being set up, and organisers say one in five will be different from last year.

Jerry Jordan, one of the marshalls at the event, says everyone's hoping for a big turnout.

"It's absolutely fantastic, I love it and really enjoy working here. Last year it was fantastic.

"There were so many people who came.You couldn't see the pavement with the amount of footfall we had. Hopefully it will be the same this year."

This year, stalls will be set up in and around the castle, cathedral and uphill Lincoln.

Accidents spark delays on Lincolnshire roads

There are delays on the roads in Lincolnshire this morning due to several incidents.


There's been an accident on Winnowsty Lane involving a car and a motorbike which is causing problems on the A15 Wragby Road Southbound.

One person has suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the A15 is blocked southbound from Horncastle Lane to the Riseholme Roundabout.

Four vehicles have been involved in a crash.

Your photos: Pink sky sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Sunrise was a real treat this morning and some of our Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Weather Watchers caught it on camera.

These stunning pink skies were in East Bridgford, Stretton and Heanor.

Sunrise in East Bridgford
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Sunrise in Stretton
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Sunrise in Heanor

Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire southbound severe accident, from A1500 Horncastle Lane to A46.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 in Welton Cliff blocked and queues southbound from the A1500 Horncastle Lane junction to Riseholme Roundabout, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

Lincolnshire musician praised by Lewis Capaldi

A BBC Introducing artist from Lincolnshire has been praised by one of the biggest selling artists of 2019.

social praise
Lewis Capaldi / Instagram

Lewis Capaldi, the Scottish singer behind Someone You Loved and Before You Go, described Holly Humberstone's music as "class" on his social media feed.

It has exposed the Grantham singer to the global star's 4.2m followers on Instagram.

Humberstone said it's "sooo so mad!!" that an artist she looks up to so much would praise her music in this way.

Canon Chancellor denies indecent assault

A cathedral chancellor has appeared in court charged with a historical indecent assault on a student.


The Reverend Dr Paul Overend, 53, who was appointed Canon Chancellor at Lincoln Cathedral in 2017, is accused of grabbing the woman and kissing her at a party while he was a chaplain at Cardiff University in 1997.

Neil Evans, defending, told Cardiff Magistrates' Court his client denied indecent assault.

He added: "The defence say this incident didn't happen at all. No misunderstanding, it just didn't take place."

The case was sent to Cardiff Crown Court with a hearing set for 2 January.

Rev Overend spent seven years as university chaplain in Cardiff before teaching philosophy and ethics at the university and at Liverpool Hope University.

He was given the full-time post of chancellor at Lincoln Cathedral in November 2017, leading the cathedral's work on public theology and Christian education, before stepping down 14 months later when he was charged by South Wales Police.

Rev Overend , from Lincoln, was granted unconditional bail.

U-turn by museum will see Thatcher handbag go on show

One of Margaret Thatcher's handbags is to go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Martgaret Thatcher with bag
John Redman/AP/Shutterstock

The Grantham-born Prime Minister's handbags became iconic after a cartoon appeared in a national newspaper showing Mrs Thatcher hitting Argentina with one during the Falklands War.

The display at the London museum, called Bags: Inside Out, will feature 300 different items and investigate the importance of the accessory.

The former prime minister was pictured with the bag (pictured) outside 10 Downing Street in 1987 after a meeting with The Queen.

The museum was criticised in 2015 for turning down an offer to display items from Mrs Thatcher's wardrobe.

Man denies stabbing wheelchair user in Lincoln

A man accused of stabbing a wheelchair user in Lincoln city centre has denied a wounding charge.

Kerry Fletcher, 54, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to wounding Clinton Smith on 11 October with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

He also denied possession of an article with a blade in St Benedict's Square and damaging a police van on the same day.

Recorder Charles Falk remanded him in custody and adjourned the hearing for a trial due to start on 1 April 2020.

Body of missing man found in river

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

The body of missing man Michal Krysztofczyk has been recovered from a river, police said.

He was found on Tuesday in the River Trent near Dunham Bridge, on the border of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

The 27-year-old was reported missing from Cross Street, Newark, on 18 November.

Nottinghamshire Police said the circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated but are not thought to be suspicious.

Mr Krysztofczyk's family has been informed and his death has been referred to the coroner.

Michal Krysztofczyk
Nottinghamshire Police

Car crashes into Lincoln estate agents

A Lincoln estate agents is counting the cost this morning after a car crashed through its front window.

Crashed car
Louise Rutt

The crash happened on Silver Street last night, with the car appearing to have come off the road after mistakenly turning the wrong way down the one-way road.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

The estate agents have joked they will be open as usual this morning, "but wearing extra layers"...

car crashed window
Louise Rutt

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud is expected at times today but there will be some breaks and we will see blue and sunny skies.

Temperatures will be getting up to 6C or 7C but as we head towards the end of the week things will be turning a bit milder.

Witness appeal after teenager punched outside McDonald's

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a 17-year-old was punched in the face outside a McDonalds in Lincoln.


Lincolnshire Police said the teenager also had his phone stolen from his during the attack in Cornhill at bout 16:00 on 18 November.

The suspect is described as being of mixed race, about 6ft 5in tall and of a skinny build. He had an afro hairstyle and was wearing a hooded top with the hood up.

The force said a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident but has appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Rival political promises over Grantham A&E closure

Grantham and Stamford election candidates have been speaking about their plans for the town's accident and emergency department which has been closed overnight for more than three years.

grantham a&e

Grantham Hospital restricted its A&E opening hours in August 2016 due to a shortage of doctors.

All four candidates were speaking during a BBC Radio Lincolnshire debate.

Labour candidate Kathryn Salt, said it was an "absolutely outrageous" that campaigners have spent three years trying to overturn the decision and would spend "every breath of her body" to change that.

Conservative hopeful Gareth Davies, said he would "fight very hard to ensure the hospital has all the services we need for Grantham".

Liberal Democrat candidate Harrish Bisnauthsing said the closure was unacceptable given Grantham is so close to "an accident hotspot on the A1".

Meanwhile, Anne Gayfer, for the Green Party, questioned the trust's claim that difficulty recruiting doctors and nurses to Lincolnshire caused the overnight closure.

She said "It just seems a bit peculiar when we've got really excellent schools in Grantham and it's well connected to the rest of the country."

First Pacers leave Northern rail network

The first of Northern's fleet of 102 Pacer trains have been taken off the rail network, the operator has said.

A Pacer train

The outdated trains, many of which have been running for 35 years, were due to be taken out of use by 2020.

But, with just a few weeks of the year left, only three trains have been retired.

The much-maligned trains will continue to be retired and then scrapped over the coming months, with "a handful" remaining.

Northern, which covers the North West, North East, Midlands and Yorkshire, has said 101 brand new trains will join their fleet as part of a £600m investment.

New Lincs and Notts air ambulance HQ approved

Plans for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance's new HQ have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

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."

Karen JoblingChief executive, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Construction work starts on city's Christmas Market

Work to construct one of the UK's most popular Christmas markets has begun.

ferris wheel assembly

Lincoln's annual Christmas Market starts later this week, with over 250 stalls and a fairground.

More than 200,000 visited the market last year.

The market is one of the largest, by area covered, in the UK; spreading from the Castle Square in front of the Cathedral, through the castle itself and onto the nearby lawn area.

The market runs from 5 to 8 December.

Lincolnshire Bomber Command veteran dies

Les Rutherford from North Hykeham, who was one of the oldest Bomber Command veterans in the UK, has died aged 101.

Les Rutherford
International Bomber Command archive

Mr Rutherford escaped Dunkirk on a barn door and was also imprisoned in a Prisoner of War camp after being shot down in a Lancaster bomber.

The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln described him as gentle, funny and modest as well as a great supporter of the project.

Work starts to repair Barlings Eau river breach

Work to fix a river breach at the Barlings Eau, near Lincoln, is now under way, three weeks after the bank first burst.

Farm buildings surrounded by water
Droneman UK

The breach, which happened last month, left over 1,500 acres of farmland under water.

The Environment Agency says weather conditions will determine when the work is finished.

Lincoln man climbs Scafell Pike with rowing machine

A Lincoln man has climbed England's highest mountain carrying a rowing machine before rowing 6.2 miles on it at the summit for charity.

Man climbing mountain carrying rowing machine
Charlie Wilcox

Bradley Thornton scaled the Lake District's 3,209ft-high Scafell Pike on Saturday for mental health charity Mind after a friend took his own life.

Mr Thornton, 23, has raised more than £10,000 in memory of James Walker.

Bradley Thornrton rowing at summit
Charlie Wilcox

He said: "I felt like I had Jim with me all the way."

Mr Thornton climbed alongside about 40 other people.

It took about two-and-a-half hours to climb to the summit.

Uphill Lincoln hit by water supply problem

Residents in the North Lincoln area currently have limited or no water supply.

Running water tap
Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Anglian water says it is because of a pump failure.

Engineers are trying to fix the problem, but it may not be sorted until later this morning.

The utility firm has apologised and thanked people for their patience.

Wet weather sparks delays to Lincoln bypass work

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.

Building partially submerged in water
Lincolnshire County Council

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:

  • Greetwell Road will now re-open this coming Wednesday instead of last Friday
  • Heighington Road will re-open at the end of January instead of Friday 20 December
  • Washingborough Road will close in early February instead of early January

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.

Karen CassarAssistant director of highways, Lincolnshire County Council