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By Alex Rhodes

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from A158 Burgh Road to Grosvenor Road.

    A52 Lincolnshire - A52 Roman Bank in Skegness closed and slow traffic in both directions from the A158 Burgh Road junction to the Grosvenor Road junction, because of a building fire.

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

  2. Photo appeal over World War One Lincoln tank memorial

    An appeal is being made for photographs of Lincoln's first ever tank memorial.

    Tank memorial

    In 1919, a total of 240 World War One tanks were given to towns and cities across the UK, including Lincoln.

    It was placed in Wickham Gardens, but scrapped in the 1920s.

    The memorial pictured above was built on the Tritton road roundabout in 2015 - near to the site of the factory where the first prototypes were built.

    Richard Pullen, from Friends of Lincoln Tank, says they can't find a photo anywhere:

    Quote Message: It's becoming quite embarrassing for Friends of Lincoln Tank that we don't have a photograph of the Lincoln tank. We've got photographs of the one in Glasgow and for all over, but not Lincoln. We've tried our absolute best over the years." from Richard Pullen Friends of Lincoln Tank
    Richard PullenFriends of Lincoln Tank
  3. Next-gen drones to be 'very different' from current models

    A new generation of swarming drones will have to be very different from those currently flown from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, according to a military expert.

    Drone

    This week the Defence Secretary spoke about developing "swarm" squadrons to confuse and overwhelm enemy air defence systems.

    However, Dr Peter Lee, from the University of Portsmouth, says the military can't just re-purpose the current reaper drones which are piloted from Lincolnshire:

    Quote Message: It would have to be much smaller, more agile. That's where the difficulty lies, weighing up agility, the distance they have to fly, the time they spend in the air and how you're going to power these things...It's not easily achieved." from Dr Peter Lee University of Portsmouth
    Dr Peter LeeUniversity of Portsmouth
  4. Final say expected on ‘flagship’ adult care housing

    The Lincolnite

    Plans to turn De Wint Court in Lincoln into new extra care apartment blocks, a restaurant, a hair salon and lounge are set to gain final approval.

    Care home
  5. Dead ponies dumped in Lincoln field

    The RSPCA is appealing for information after three dead ponies were discovered in a field near Lincoln.

    A dog walker spotted the bodies on land at Brattleby.

    The charity says it's not uncommon to see ponies dumped in this way and is urging anyone with information to get in touch.

  6. Big drop in council's gender pay gap

    Lincolnshire County Council has greatly reduced its gender pay gap over the past year, it's emerged.

    County council offices

    In 2017, the authority had a gap of 13.3% - the fourth highest of all councils nationally - but that figure is now 2.1%.

    Measures such as secondments and career development programmes have helped reduce the number, the authority says.

  7. Nursery offers free replacement trees for vandalised park

    Staff at a Lincolnshire nursery say they'll replace five large trees which have been snapped in two by vandals at a nearby park.

    Damaged trees.

    We told you earlier that staff at Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa were devastated by the loss their Italian Cypress trees.

    Crowders Nursery, based in Horncastle, says it's going to provide replacements free of charge.

  8. Lincolnshire MP's political future 'in the balance'

    A Lincolnshire MP could be the first in the country to be deselected over his stance on Brexit.

    Nick Boles

    Nick Boles, the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford, is facing calls for his deselection from within his own party.

    Mr Boles wants the country to delay its departure from the EU if a deal isn't reached and has threatened to leave the party if the government backs a "no deal" scenario.

    Vice President of the local Conservative association Martin Hill says the MP may not get the support he needs to stay:

    Quote Message: It's very much in the balance at the moment. He's repeatedly threatened to withdraw the whip and he's quite clearly said he's going to stick to it. I think it's all back to being in tune with your electorate." from Martin Hill Vice President, Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association
    Martin HillVice President, Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association
  9. Jail for Lincoln man who jumped on homeless men's tent

    A Lincoln man who jumped on a tent in which two homeless men were sleeping in Hull has been sentenced to four months in prison.

    CCTV

    Jamie Nickell, 26, of Goldsmith Walk, pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court this morning to causing actual bodily harm.

    He was captured on CCTV carrying out the act in a shop doorway on Whitefriargate on November 30 last year.

    Passing sentence Judge Mark Bury condemned Nickell's "repugnant" actions:

    Quote Message: There are too many homeless people in our society these days. They do not need to be treated in this way. The way you treated them is such that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment is justified."

    Earlier this week, the same judge jailed Jake Mann, 29, also from Goldsmith Walk, for 14weeks for his part in the attack.

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    #FAPeoplesCup

    Is your team in danger of crashing out of the FA Cup this weekend - or not even involved any more?

    Why not do it for them instead and get yourself involved in the 2019 FA People's Cup...

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    You've not got long though - entries close at midnight on Monday, 18 February!

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  11. Woman who feeds homeless finds herself in same position

    Lincolnshire Echo

    A charitable businesswoman who feeds homeless people in Lincoln at Christmas has spoken of her own struggle to find a permanent home even though she earns £19,000 a year.

    Sleeping bags
  12. X-Factor winner to star in Lincolnshire horror movie

    Lincolnshire Reporter

    A former X-Factor winner and Coronation Street star will feature in a British horror movie being filmed in Lincolnshire.

    Shayne Ward
  13. Cutting equipment used to rescue crash victim

    A person's had to be cut out of a car after a two-vehicle crash on the A151 Spalding Road:

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    The road has now re-opened but traffic is very slow.

  14. Park staff 'devastated' after trees targeted by vandals

    Staff at a park in Woodhall Spa say they're "devastated" after vandals snapped some of their ornamental trees in two.

    Trees

    The 8ft high Italian Cypress trees were planted near the tennis courts as part of Jubilee Park's programme to continuously improve the gardens.

    Trees
    Quote Message: It’s so sad to see all our hard work destroyed in a single act of mindless vandalism. We will be looking to extend our CCTV coverage, but it’s an expense we could do without." from Julie Pole Jubilee Park Trustee
    Julie PoleJubilee Park Trustee
  15. Traffic and travel: Crash on Spalding Road

    A section of the A151 between Spalding and Bourne is shut this morning after a crash:

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    Try and avoid the area if you can.

  16. Hunt for man wanted for fraud and theft

    Lincolnshire Police have appealed for help in tracing a man who's wanted on suspicion of theft and fraud.

    man

    Officers believe 26-year-old Charlie Shillibeer could be in the Bourne area.

    Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.