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  1. Lincolnshire's weather forecast: Heavy rain expected

    BBC Weather

    There are still warnings that there may be flooding in Lincolnshire overnight.

    Heavy rain is predicted across the county late this evening and into the early hours.

    There are still flood warnings in place across Lincolnshire, particularly in areas near the River Witham and its tributaries:

  2. Woman jailed after kicking police officers arresting son

    A Lincolnshire woman has been jailed for three months after punching and kicking two police officers.

    blyton high street

    Lincoln Crown Court heard how 45-year-old Lesley Wilkinson, of High Street, Blyton, near Gainsborough, attacked officers who were arresting her son on the street (pictured).

    The court heard Wilkinson was being "aggressive and confrontational" and kicked one officer in the groin and a second officer in the head.

    A third officer suffered an injury to his right arm, the court was told.

    Wikinson admitted two charges of assaulting an emergency worker in December 2019.

    Quote Message: This court will not tolerate deliberate assaults on police officers. In your case there has to be an immediate custodial sentence." from Judge John Pini QC
    Judge John Pini QC

    Wilkinson's son, Jordan Kirman, 20, of the same address, admitted obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

    He also admitted being in breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed for an offence of assault. He was given a three-month community order with a three-month night-time curfew.

  3. Frustration over 80-mile journey for Covid vaccine

    Some people in Lincolnshire say they're frustrated after being told to travel nearly 80 miles for their second Covid-19 jab.

    Boston mass vaccination centre

    Several people who are trying to book jabs at the new mass vaccination centre in Boston (pictured) have been in touch with BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

    Both the initial jab and the booster jab, which takes place 12 weeks later, have to be booked at the same time.

    Geraldine, from Horncastle, called saying she tried to book hers and arranged the first jab, but then was told the second could only be in Sheffield.

    She is classed by the NHS as extremely vulnerable and says: "In April, we might not be well enough to go to Sheffield."

    Dylan Taylor, from Boston, says it's been a "frustrating experience" trying to book a jab for his mother after having similar results.

    He says: "Understandably, mum doesn’t want to travel to Sheffield. She’s a bit worked up and wants to know why she can’t have it locally."

    GP Adrian Van Biljon, who's been administering the vaccines in Grantham, says there are two systems for administering the jab - one run by local GPs and surgeries, the other by NHS England.

    NHS England says: "Options will be offered based on distance and appointment availability."

  4. Major Lincoln road to be closed for two months

    Drivers who regularly use one of the major routes through Lincoln are being warned it's going to be closed for more than two months later this year.

    Pelham Bridge

    Repair works to extend the life of Pelham Bridge are set to take place between June and August and will last for around nine weeks.

    Expansion joints will be replaced, a new course of water-proofing installed, and resurfacing will be carried out.

    During the works, northbound traffic will be diverted along the East West Link Road and Tentercroft Street to cross University Bridge and use Newland and Wigford Way to rejoin Melville Street - and southbound traffic vice versa.

    Quote Message: When it became clear we couldn't complete the necessary works with just one lane closure, we looked for a time when traffic would likely be lightest across Pelham Bridge. Thankfully, the newly opened Eastern Bypass is taking traffic away from this route already, and will provide an alternative option for many during the bridge closure. The bridge is also much less busy during school summer holidays." from Councillor Richard Davies Executive member for highways, Lincolnshire County Council
    Councillor Richard DaviesExecutive member for highways, Lincolnshire County Council
  5. Lincolnshire river levels drop before more rain expected

    River levels across Lincolnshire are slowly dropping, easing fears over flooding due to heavy rainfall today.

    Weather Forecast Lincolnshire

    But the Environment Agency is still concerned about 30mm of rain forecast to fall in Lincolnshire over the next 36 hours.

    Flood warnings are in place for parts of Lincolnshire, mainly connected to the River Witham and its tributaries.

    River levels on the River Witham have been steadily dropping since a peak at midnight last night.

    Rain is expected across the whole of Lincolnshire from about 14:00 today.

  6. Skegness hotel alcohol licence revoked over lockdown beers

    A Skegness hotel has had its alcohol licence removed after the bar's owner served "pint after pint" of beer to over 15 people in November, in breach of coronavirus regulations.

    picture shared on Facebook

    The Grovesnor Hotel, on North Parade, had been found to be serving alcohol to people on 13 and 14 November 2020.

    At the time, the country was in a national lockdown and the East Lindsey District had one of the highest infection rates in the country.

    Police began their investigation after someone sent them a picture (above) of the gathering which had been shared on Facebook.

    Sgt Kim Enderby, alcohol licensing manager for Lincolnshire Police, said: "At one point, over 10 men were crammed round a small table drinking and posing for what we think were the Facebook posts.

    "There were no face masks being worn by customers or staff, nothing had been put in place to try and prevent the spread of the virus.

    The decision means the hotel won't be allowed to serve alcohol when it's allowed to reopen following the current coronavirus lockdown.

    The licence holder can appeal against the decision within 21 days of the ruling.

    Quote Message: I thought after 29 years in the police there wasn’t a lot left to shock me, but the way in which this venue was operating was awful." from Sgt Kim Enderby Lincolnshire Police
    Sgt Kim EnderbyLincolnshire Police
  7. 'Nowhere immune' from flood threat in Lincolnshire - EA

    Over a quarter of January's average rainfall is expected to drop in Lincolnshire over the next day and a half, causing flood concerns across the county.

    Flood map

    Environment Agency (EA) experts say "nowhere is immune" from flooding in the county over the next 36 hours.

    Heavy rain is expected from this afternoon into tomorrow and it's thought as much as 30mm of rain could fall.

    The five-year average rainfall for January is 114mm.

    Flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and people living nearby need to be prepared - are currently in place along the River Witham which runs between Lincoln and Boston (pictured).

    Quote Message: We've had a little bit of rain overnight, but only 2-3mm. The bulk of that rain we expect to see coming through today and into tomorrow morning. We will see river levels rise and it is pretty much across the whole of Lincolnshire." from Deborah Campbell Environment Agency
    Deborah CampbellEnvironment Agency
  8. Lincoln Uni student let off £10k fine over lockdown party

    A University of Lincoln student who was fined £10,000 for hosting a house party in the city last year in breach of coronavirus restrictions will no longer have to pay up, police have confirmed.

    Police Jacket

    In December, police found a party of up to 100 people "in full swing" on Newland in the city and the party's organiser was handed a fine "on the spot", officers said at the time.

    However, that fine has now been dropped after "the evidence was reviewed", according to the Lincolnshire force.

    In a statement, the force added that it was still working with the University of Lincoln to ensure students act responsibly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Ch Insp Andy Morrice added that the university was being "very proactive and supportive" in its approach.

  9. Flood warnings and Wednesday's Lincolnshire weather

    An amber "be prepared" Met Office weather warning for heavy rain remains in place for Lincolnshire until noon on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, four flood warnings have been issued - three for the River Withern between Lincoln towards the fens at Heckington, the other for the River Glen in Greatford, near Stamford.

    Otherwise, the weather forecast for Lincolnshire is for a cloudy and wet day with plenty of rain, some of which will be heavy in places, bringing a risk of flooding.

    Staying largely unsettled for the first half of the night with rain for many.

    The rain will clear to the east in the early hours of the morning to leave patchy cloud and a few scattered showers:

    Weather graphic
  10. Rainfall in Lincolnshire 'could present real problem'

    The Environment Agency says it's monitoring the weather situation in Lincolnshire, with heavy rain forecast over the next few days.

    People walking through water

    The Met Office has put out an amber "be prepared" warning for heavy rain across Lincolnshire until noon on Thursday.

    Ben Thornley, from the Environment Agency, says the ground in the county is already saturated:

    Quote Message: In Lincolnshire, we are concerned we will see a fair amount of rain, possibly 40mm, which on top of already saturated catchments could present a real problem." from Ben Thornley Environment Agency
    Ben ThornleyEnvironment Agency
  11. Lincolnshire's Tuesday evening weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    There'll be some rain around in Lincolnshire tonight.

    An amber "be prepared" Met Office weather warning for heavy rain remains in place for Lincolnshire.

    Flooding is possible in places in the coming days:

    Weather Forecast
  12. Flood risk in Lincolnshire continues

    The risk of flooding in Lincolnshire will continue tomorrow and Thursday, with an amber "be prepared" Met Office warning currently in place for the county.

    The Environment Agency has released a map of at-risk areas.

    Flood warnings are still in place along the River Witham between Boston and Lincoln:

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  13. Second mass vaccination centre promised for Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire's public health team has promised another mass vaccination centre will soon open in the county.

    Boston Vaccine Centre

    Yesterday, one opened at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston with the capacity to vaccinate about 1,500 people a day.

    It was in addition to the 15 smaller sites already in operation in the county.

    Vaccination Site
  14. Flood-hit farmer 'a bag of nerves' over rain warning

    People in Lincolnshire are being told to prepare for possible flooding, with up to a month's worth of rain on the way in the next few days:

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    Henry Ward's farm at Short Ferry near Lincoln was devastated by flood water just over a year ago.

    With an amber "be prepared" weather warning for heavy rain now in place until Thursday, Mr Ward says he's worried history will repeat itself:

    Quote Message: It's just really knocked my confidence. We've obviously seen high levels of water in the river plenty of times over the year, but I'm just a bag of nerves to be honest." from Henry Ward Farmer
    Henry WardFarmer
  15. Near-2% rise in City of Lincoln council tax share approved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    City of Lincoln Council has approved a 1.9% hike in its share of council tax for the coming financial year.

    City Hall

    The rise will take the city council’s share of council tax for a Band D property in Lincoln to £285.39 – an increase of £5.31.

    The executive committee also agreed on increasing allotment charges, council house and garage rents.

    Council bosses predict a budget gap of £1.75m and said it must close the hole for financial stability.

    Council housing rent will increase by an average of 1.5%, while council garage rents will increase by 3%.

    The authority said it faced a number of ongoing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic and required a substantial reduction in all of its budgets.

    Ric Metcalfe, Labour leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “It’s a reasonably modest increase for most people and we will support low income groups still with the concessions.”

    The council has saved more than £9m annually over the past decade, however will have to increase savings by £850,000 next year, rising to £1.75m by 2023-24.

    The draft budget will go to consultation and return before the council later this year for a final decision.