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Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A630 Warmsworth Road Doncaster.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) Doncaster By Pass entry slip road partially blocked and it's slow northbound at J36, A630 (Doncaster), because of an abnormal load.

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Lincolnshire schools affected by Covid cases

Twenty schools in Lincolnshire are currently affected by coronavirus, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

2m sign and classroom
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Andy Fox, Lincolnshire's consultant in public health, says: "All schools are taking action to limit the potential spread of the virus, with some pupils and staff self-isolating as a precaution."

The affected schools are:

  • Bourne Westfield Primary (open)
  • St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding (open)
  • Lincoln College (open)
  • Bardney Primary School (open)
  • Cranwell Primary School (closed)
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough (open)
  • Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School (open)
  • Hackthorn Primary School (open)
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School (open)
  • Lincoln UTC (open)
  • Ellison Boulters Academy, Scothern (open)
  • Ermine Academy, Lincoln (open)
  • Tower Road Academy, Boston (open)
  • William Farr School (open)
  • Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary School (open)
  • Branston Community Academy (open)
  • Bourne Abbey Primary Academy (open)
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle (open)
  • Lincoln Christ's Hospital School (open)
  • Priory City of Lincoln Academy (open)

Bomber Command Centre crowdfunding campaign launched

Lincolnshire's International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) says it needs the public's help in order to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

International Bomber Command Centre
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Opening in 2018, the IBCC honours the wartime bravery of the men and women of Bomber Command.

The charity says its income was cut by 90% during lockdown, which has cast doubt over the future viability of the centre.

It's now started a crowdfunding campaign.

Lockdown has affected so many areas of our lives and, of course, many charities, including ourselves have lost substantial income. We are appealing to all our ardent supporters in both Lincolnshire, the UK and globally, to help ensure the story of the brave and often heroic members of Bomber Command are not lost but are heard, through the IBCC, for many years to come."

Nicky Van Der DriftCEO, International Bomber Command Centre

Lincoln pub closed after police uncover Covid breaches

A Lincoln pub which police say was regularly breaching Covid guidance and undermining licensing regulations has been closed down.

The Dog & Bone
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The Dog and Bone on John Street has been voluntarily closed by Batemans Brewery with immediate effect, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Police say over the past month officers and Lincoln City Council's Licensing Department had been contacted by local residents concerned at how the pub was being operated.

There were reports of serving after hours, people drinking in the street, excessive noise and no social distancing or other coronavirus measures being put in place, police say.

Attempts were made to implement changes to ensure the safe operation of the venue and Batemans worked alongside police to make improvement with their tenants.

On the evening of 24 September 2020 myself and other officers attended the pub after 22:00 to find it was still open and people were seen inside drinking. The CCTV system was reviewed and the premises had failed to implement table service or ensure customers were wearing facemasks when moving around the premises."

Sgt Kimble EnderbyAlcohol Licensing Manager, Lincolnshire Police

Sgt Enderby added that Batemans Brewery was "as shocked as my team to discover the pub being operated with such a blatant disregard for public health.

"They made the decision to immediately close the pub and remove the current management team," he added.

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for A6182 Great Yorkshire Way.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of an accident.

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

Five arrested in 'county lines' crackdown

Five people have been arrested in Lincolnshire as part of a week-long crackdown on so-called "county lines" drugs gangs.

Police Jacket BBC
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Cannabis, money and a knife were seized in a raid in Carr Street, Lincoln, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Seventy wraps of drugs were also seized during a stop and search operation in Skegness, the force adds.

"County lines" operations involve young and vulnerable people being used as couriers to move drugs and cash between cities and smaller towns.

Raids in the past week, involving all 43 regional forces in England and Wales, have been the most successful of their kind, according to police.

Tree blocks Lincoln road

Part of a fallen tree has closed a busy road in Lincoln.

Treet
BBC

Wragby Road is currently blocked at the junction of Lee Road/Queensway.

Police are on the scene.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A630 West Moor Link and J5 for M180.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M18 northbound between J4, A630 (West Moor) and J5, M180 (Doncaster North Services), because of a car that's broken down.

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County lines raids: Arrests made across Yorkshire

Suspected criminals in Yorkshire who operate so-called "county lines" gangs have been arrested as part of a week-long national crackdown.

Police raiding a property
National Police Chiefs' Council

"County lines" operations involve young and vulnerable people being used as couriers to move drugs and cash between cities and smaller towns.

Raids in the past week, involving all 43 regional forces in England and Wales, had been the most successful of their kind, according to police.

Humberside Police said 20 people had been arrested with thousands of pounds' worth of suspected drugs being seized.

In total, 29 vulnerable people had been protected, the force said.

In North Yorkshire, 15 people were arrested as part of the crackdown, with 16 people being arrested in West Yorkshire.

Raids were also carried out in South Yorkshire with 16 people being arrested, police say.

Coronavirus-hit Lincoln student still stuck in Italy

A Lincolnshire student remains stuck in Italy after contracting coronavirus six weeks ago and is still testing positive.

Quinn Paczesny (right) and friends
Rhys James

Twenty year old Quinn Paczesny (pictured right, with friends), who's studying at Lincoln's Bishop Grosseteste University, travelled to Italy to teach English over the summer.

He's already had six positive tests and has been ordered to stay inside a Covid facility with two friends until he has two negative tests.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said assistance is being provided.

We were told by a few healthcare professionals both in Italy and the UK, and people that have kindly reached out to us through social media, that are doctors, that it's probably a false positive - that they're picking up the dead cells of Covid - but it's sort of bizarre really."

Quinn PaczesnyStudent, Bishop Grosseteste University

Severe disruption: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between Lee Road and B1182 Ruskin Avenue.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 Wragby Road in Lincoln closed and it's slow in both directions between the Lee Road junction and the B1182 Ruskin Avenue junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Lincolnshire Showground hosts motorhome show

About 3,000 people are expected at a Motorhome show near Lincoln today.

Lincolnshire Showground
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It's being held at the Lincolnshire Showground, with strict Covid-safe rules and procedures in place.

Visitors will be able to browse thousands of accessories from more than 200 different exhibitors.

Animal charity deals with rise in unwanted lockdown pets

Staff at an animal rescue centre in Lincolnshire say they've seen a rise in the number of cats and dogs they've taken in since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

A dog
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They suspect people bought pets on a whim during lockdown and now realise they don't have time to look after them.

Volunteers at Three Counties Dog Rescue in Bourne are urging people to think twice before taking on a pet.

Gyll Mauchline, who runs the centre, said: "We can't say we're living in normal times, but because people are getting back into a routine of possibly going to work and going out and about more, then people who got pets during lockdown have decided they can't keep animals for one reason or another."

Charity warehouse reopens after lockdown donations surge

A Lincolnshire hospice has reopened its "drive-through" charity warehouse in Lincoln, three months after being overwhelmed with donations at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

St Barnabas warehouse
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St Barnabas Hospice was forced to shut its building on Cardinal Close to new donations because staff couldn't cope with the number of bags and boxes being dropped off.

Manager Grace Cook said: "We actually had stocktaking because we were so inundated, but we've managed to sort through them - and now we need some more again."

Staff at the St Barnabas central warehouse will accept 10 bags or boxes per donor - but donors will have to book a time slot.

Meanwhile, its charity shops will also accept donations without bookings on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Lincoln family's joy of lockdown photo captures first kiss

A photograph of a mother kissing her newborn son through Personal Protective Equipment at Lincoln County Hospital has been chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge as a defining moment of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ali and Indie
Leigh Harris

The black-and-white image will form part of an exhibition called Hold Still at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Duchess, who's patron of the gallery, selected 100 pictures which capture the nation during the past six months.

Leigh Harris took the photo of his wife, Ali, and son, Indie, on his mobile phone.

Ali said: "When Indie was pulled out and put on my chest it was this moment of relief and just thank goodness he's here, he's safe and just the sweetest thing for him to have a wriggle up...and to have that as a photo at that moment is amazing."

Premier League champions arrive in Lincoln for big match

The Liverpool team are in Lincoln ahead of their match against the Imps tonight.

The Reds arrived in a helicopter at RAF Waddington earlier and boarded a team coach:

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Lincoln City are looking to overcome the odds as they face the Premier League Champions in the 3rd Round of the League Cup.

Manager Michael Appleton says his team has to go into the match believing they can win.

He says: "There are always upsets. There are always people who can pull a result out of nowhere. There's always that chance."

Police to enforce Covid-19 rules 'as last resort'

Humberside Police will enforce the government's new Covid-19 rules - but only as a last resort, the body which represents officers in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire has said.

Humberside Police
BBC

From today in England, shop workers will have to wear face coverings and pubs and restaurants must close by 22:00 every night as part of the new rules.

People should also work from home where possible, only 15 people will be allowed to attend a wedding and fines for not wearing masks are to increase to £200, restrictions state.

Pete Musgrave, from the Humberside Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers, says his members will continue to use an "exchange and explain approach".

He said: "We'd obviously engage those people, explain what we're doing, and only as a last resort, if we're not getting the compliance we want from those people after we've done all those things, then potentially we'd look to doing the enforce side of it with the fixed penalty notice.

"I don't see us jumping straight into enforcement straight away," he added.

Dambusters memorial among assets to be sold for £1 each

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A memorial to the legendary "Dambusters" at Woodhall Spa is one of a number of assets worth a total of £812,800 which are due to be sold by a Lincolnshire council for £1 each.

Dambuster memorial, Woodhall Spa
Geograph/Adrian S Pye

The assets, which also include public toilets, car parks, land and memorial gardens, are expected to be sold by East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) to three parish councils.

Alford and Burgh le Marsh Town Councils and Woodhall Spa Parish Council will receive over £28,000 in grants to help with the initial takeover of the East Lindsey District Council assets.

Council bosses say they would be “better managed at a local level” and their sale will help ELDC balance the items it owns “more closely aligned with the core objectives and strategic priorities” of the authority.

The transfer of assets will save just under £24,000 a year once the initial grants end, according to ELDC.

Council leaders will be asked to approve the plans, but they could also choose to remove individual assets from the agreements.

Car stuck under M1 crash barrier

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Officers from Derbyshire Police thought their eyes were playing tricks on them when they first saw this car on the motorway camera.

Car stuck under crash barrier
Highways England

When they arrived at junction 30 of the M1, near Clowne, they realised the car was indeed stuck underneath the crash barrier.

Car stuck under crash barrier
Derbyshire Police

The force's roads policing team said the driver "ran off" before they arrived and inquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 South Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J1 for A18 Tudworth Road to J2 for A161 Gainsborough.

M180 South Yorkshire - M180 partially blocked eastbound from J1, A18 (Bawtry) to J2, A161 (Gainsborough), because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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When 2020 'hit home' for Red Arrows squadron leader

Usually they take part in 80 flypasts and displays each season, but this year the world famous Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows have undertaken just a handful.

The Reds have been looking back on what has been a strange year for the aerobatics team based at RAF Scampton:

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Red 1 Sqn Ldr Martin Pert says the events the team has taken part in this year have been significant:

The big flypasts took on even more poignancy this year because of the lack of public displays. VE Day was a perfect example, we had cracking weather, we flew over London, but of course there was no-one on the ground at all. I think that's when it really hit home about how different 2020 has been."

Sqn Ldr Martin PertRed Arrows

Severe disruption: M180 Lincolnshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 Lincolnshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for M181 and J4 for A15.

M180 Lincolnshire - One lane closed on M180 eastbound between J3, M181 (Scunthorpe) and J4, A15 (Scawby), because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Coronavirus curfew 'hard to adapt to' - Lincoln bar owner

The owner of a gaming bar in Lincoln says a 22:00 curfew could be devastating for his business.

Akedo Gaming Bar
Akedo Gaming Bar

Bars and restaurants will have to shut early from tomorrow as part of a raft of coronavirus restrictions announced by the PM yesterday.

Toby Rovezzano, from the Akedo Gaming Bar, says the current situation "feels like a game of chess":

I move, I try and adapt. Next thing you know, they've announced something else. This one is going to be hard to adapt to. I guess people will have to come out earlier, but will they come to me? I don't know."

Toby RovezzanoOwner, Akedo Gaming Bar, Lincoln

Flu jab 'far more important' this year due to Covid-19

People in Lincolnshire are being reminded to make sure they get their annual flu jab to help protect against the double danger of flu and coronavirus.

Flu jab
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Public Health England has launched its biggest ever flu vaccination programme.

More people are being offered the jab this year.

It is far more important this year that people access the flu vaccinations, and that's because we all know we're in global pandemic and coronavirus is circulating again within our population."

Rebecca NenoDeputy Chief Nurse, Lincolnshire's Clinical Commissioning Group

Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

The rain will gradually ease during the afternoon as it moves to the east, a few lingering patches may persist though.

Generally cloudy, with occasional sunny breaks developing. Noticeably cooler.

Lingering rain will clear to the east during the first part of the night, leaving it largely dry with clear spells.

Towards the end of the night, winds will strengthen with another band of rain:

Weather graphic
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Man charged with sexually assaulting boys

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Nottinghamshire Police have charged a 24-year-old man with two counts of sexual assault against two boys under the age of 16.

Mansfield Magistrates' Court
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The man, who has no fixed address, is charged with assaulting them earlier this month.

He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court later.

'Christmas not going to happen' - Lincoln pub owner

A Lincoln pub owner says Christmas is probably not going to happen as far as the hospitality industry is concerned following the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions.

Drink being served
Reuters/Hannah McKay

Earlier, the Prime Minister set out new restrictions for England, including the closure of hospitality and entertainment venues at 22:00 every night and further rules on face coverings.

Mr Johnson also warned "significantly greater restrictions" could come if necessary.

Responding to the new restrictions, Chris Bulaitis, who owns three pubs in Lincoln, says: "I can't see there's going to be any office parties this year, or good socialising and good celebrations in public houses.

This Christmas is probably not going to happen as far as hospitality, pubs and restaurants are concerned."

Chris BulaitisPub owner

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather Forecast
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Twenty schools now affected by coronavirus cases - Council

A total of 20 schools in Lincolnshire are currently affected by coronavirus, the county council has now confirmed.

Classroom and 2m sign
Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Andy Fox, Lincolnshire's consultant in public health, says: "As of this morning, Lincolnshire's Health Protection Team is currently working with 20 schools that have had confirmed cases of coronavirus.

"All schools are taking action to limit the potential spread of the virus, with some pupils and staff self-isolating as a precaution," he adds.

Schools with current confirmed cases are:

  • Stamford Endowed Schools (open)
  • Ancaster Primary School (open)
  • Bourne Westfield Primary (open)
  • St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding (open)
  • Barkston and Syston Primary School (open)
  • Lincoln College (open)
  • Bardney Primary School (open)
  • Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, North Hykeham (open)
  • Cranwell Primary School (closed)
  • Sutton on Sea Primary School (open)
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough (open)
  • Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School (open)
  • Hackthorn Primary School (open)
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School (open)
  • Lincoln UTC (open)
  • Ellison Boulters Academy, Scothern (open)
  • Ermine Academy, Lincoln (open)
  • Tower Road Academy, Boston (open)
  • William Farr School (open)
  • Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary School (open)
Climber suffers 'significant head injury' in mountain fall
A rescue team was called to Curbar Edge, Derbyshire, following the four-metre (13.1ft) fall.