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Alex Rhodes

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  1. Summer 'make or break' for Skegness seal attraction

    A seal sanctuary in Skegness says it will only escape financial ruin if visitors are able to return over the summer.

    Seal pup

    Natureland has been rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seals since it was founded in 1965.

    However, the attraction has been forced to close for the first time in its history due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The centre rescues up to 70 seals every year and each one costs about £2,000 to rehabilitate.

    Quote Message: We are solely relying on this summer as a make or break really on how things are going to go for Natureland, which is quite scary to think about." from Matt Yeadon Manager, Natureland
    Matt YeadonManager, Natureland
  2. Butlins cancels live events at start of 2021

    Butlins has announced that it has cancelled all live events in January and February, with the exception of two festivals:

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  3. Wards closed at Boston Pilgrim following Covid outbreak

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Three wards at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital have been closed to new admissions following an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Boston Pilgrim Hospital

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) believes the cases are connected and has now restricted visiting in order to contain the virus transmission.

    A ULHT spokesperson said: “We have a number of patients and staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston across three separate wards, and on each ward we believe the cases may be connected.

    “Therefore, we have restricted admissions to the wards to ensure this is contained and does not impact on other staff, patients or services.”

    They added that anyone with an appointment at the facility should still attend but can contact the relevant department if they had any concerns.

  4. Table-topping Lincoln to face Forest Green in FA Cup

    BBC Sport

    Lincoln City have been drawn against Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup first round.

    Sincil Bank

    Michael Appleton's League One leaders will host the League Two side on the weekend of 7-8 November.

    Elsewhere Scunthorpe United will be at home to Solihull Moors and Grimsby Town will travel to Dagenham & Redbridge.

    This is the stage at which League One and League Two clubs join the competition - no crowds will be permitted for any of the fixtures as part of the coronavirus restrictions.

    You can see the full First Round draw here.

  5. Lincoln City looking forward to FA Cup draw

    Lincoln City are the highest-ranked side going into tonight's FA Cup First Round draw.

    Michael Appleton

    The Imps will be ball number 26 this evening - you can watch it on BBC 2 from 19:00.

    Manager Michael Appleton says it's great to be the team other clubs will want to avoid.

    "From our point of view we've had a good start to the season as everyone knows and we are looking forward to the draw - especially myself.

    "I've been quite fortunate to have some really good cup runs in this competition with various teams so hopefully it will be another one this season."

  6. Cafes and restaurants offer free hot meals for schoolchildren

    Cafes, restaurants and charities across Lincolnshire have been stepping forward to offer families free meals over the half-term holiday.

    Coun Nicky Brooksbank

    It comes as the government continues to face calls to perform a U-turn on its refusal to provide free meals to disadvantaged pupils during holidays in England.

    The government has previously outlined that it has invested billions of pounds into welfare to help during the pandemic.

    Nearly 22,000 children are entitled to help in the county.

    A number of Conservative MPs have warned that Downing Street is out of step with the mood of the country.

    In Market Rasen there's been huge support for a local scheme, and it's made an immediate difference.

    Councillor Nicky Brooksbank said: "Children are my passion, it's never the child's fault. I've seen so many cases of families in need that you wouldn't necessarily think are in need, are in need.

    "This scheme is for all children under 16 and we're trying to make sure that not only them but their families have a hot meal in their bellies on Wednesday and on Friday.

    "We're trying to get it to where it is most needed. We've been doing this since the start of lockdown, delivering hot meals twice weekly - we're just doing extra this week."

  7. Future use of Lincoln's Usher Gallery is uncertain

    Disagreement over the future of Lincoln's Usher Gallery appears to be deepening.

    The Usher Gallery

    Lincolnshire County Council wants to hold wedding ceremonies in the city centre art gallery, claiming it will make the site more viable and save money.

    But the City of Lincoln Council is against the plans - and offered the City Hall as an alternative in a bid to find a way forward.

    City council leader Ric Metcalfe says he's deeply disappointed.

    Mr Metcalfe said: “We understand the county council wishes to use the Usher Gallery as a wedding venue and we remain willing to explore the potential for this, but at a scale that does not detract from the building continuing to function as primarily an arts venue across both floors of the building.”

    But county council leader Martin Hill says the offer doesn't solve the problem that the gallery is under-used.

    "The big problem we've got there is that not many people go to the Usher Gallery at present. It's underused and has been for many years, so there is a need to look at doing things differently."

  8. Man charged with murder after man dies following assault

    A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder after a 53-year-old died of serious injuries following an assault.


    Officers were called to Newark Road in the city shortly before 16:00 on Saturday.

    A 53-year-old man was seriously injured and died at the scene, Lincolnshire Police said.

    Michael Lambert, aged 31, of Throckley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, has been charged with murder.

    He will appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court this morning.

    A 25-year-old man remains in custody and continues to be questioned.

  9. Murder arrests after man dies following assault in Lincoln

    A murder investigation is continuing after a man suffered serious injuries and died following an assault in Lincoln at the weekend.

    Police cordon at scene

    Officers were called to Newark Road in the city shortly before 16:00 on Saturday.

    A 53-year-old man was seriously injured and died at the scene, Lincolnshire Police said.

    Two men, aged 31 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

    Det Insp Chris Marriott, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said officers had to "lockdown the crime scene" and as a result residents and workers were unable to enter or leave the area for a time.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of the area at the time of the assault to come forward.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A607 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A607 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Bentley Drive to A15 London Road.

    A607 Lincolnshire - A607 Grantham Road in Bracebridge Heath closed in both directions from the Bentley Drive junction to the A15 London Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A157 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A157 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B1225 High Street.

    A157 Lincolnshire - A157 in Burgh On Bain closed and it's heavy at the B1225 High Street junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Dysart Road to A607 Harlaxton Road.

    A52 Lincolnshire - A52 Westgate in Grantham closed and queues in both directions from the Dysart Road junction to the A607 Harlaxton Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Barrowby Road for southbound traffic and on to London Road northbound.

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

  13. Shop workers face 'nasty' abuse over face coverings

    Shop workers on the Lincolnshire coast say they're facing abuse for asking customers to wear a face covering.


    Gill Thomas, who works at Peter’s Newsagents in Skegness, says: "I won't repeat what they say, but they are quite nasty.

    "When I go home from here I think what a stressful day that was, again. It gets you down after a bit," she adds.

    It's been three months since the new rules on face coverings came in and Lincolnshire Police say they have only handed out one fine in that time.

    Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says officers aren't bouncers, and it's their job to educate the public rather than just give out penalties.

    Quote Message: We don't want to see police in every shop acting as some kind of warden for business in that way, and I think they're getting the approach right." from Marc Jones Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner