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By Harry Parkhill

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  1. Two arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing in Lincoln

    Two people have been arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of drug offences.


    A man in his 30s was arrested this morning in the Monks Road area of the city on suspicion of intent to supply a Class B drug known as "mamba", as well as possessing a firearm.

    Meanwhile, a woman, also in her 30s, was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply a Class C drug.

    Both remain in police custody.

    It comes as Lincolnshire Police revealed 250 people had been arrestted since a new task force was established to deal with Lincoln's drug problems.

    The police had been criticised for allowing Lincoln to become a hotbed for people abusing "spice", the family of synthetic drugs which includes "mamba".

  2. Witness appeal after fatal Boston town centre store crash

    Police in Boston are now appealing for witnesses to a crash in the town centre which led to a woman's death.

    The victim, a pedestrian in her 40s, was seriously injured after a car crashed into the window of Specsavers this afternoon.

    Wide Bargate is expected to be closed for at least the next hour while investigations continue:

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  3. Pedestrian dies after car crashes into Boston store

    A woman has died after a car crashed into the window of Specsavers in Boston town centre this afternoon.

    specsavers crash boston

    The woman, a pedestrian in her 40s, was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to hospital where she later died.

    The driver of the car which crashed into the shop window, a woman in her 80s, has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

    The car is understood to have reversed into the shop window on Wide Bargate at about 14:30, smashing the glass.

    The car was involved in a collision with the woman pedestrian, police have confirmed.

    The area remains cordoned off while police investigate the circumstances and drivers are being warned to avoid the area.

  4. 'Shouting and a large bang' - Boston crash witnesses

    First pictures have emerged from the scene of a crash in Boston town centre, which saw a car smash into a Specsavers store.

    specsavers crash

    A shopworker nearby has told the BBC the crash, on Wide Bargate, was preceded by several pedestrians shouting and then there was "a large bang".

    Sam, who works at nearby charity shop Sense, says the car completely smashed one of the windows of the shop after reversing directly into it.

    A woman in her 40s was seriously injured in the crash and has been taken to hospital.

    The driver, a woman in her 80s, has been left with minor injuries, police say.

    Wide Bargate will be closed for several hours while investigations into the incident continue, officers have confirmed.

  5. Boston Specsavers crash: Car smashed into store window

    A car crashed into the window of Boston's Specsavers store this lunchtime, staff there have confirmed.


    A woman in her 40s was seriously injured in the crash which happened at the shop on Wide Bargate.

    The driver, a woman in her 80s, was left with minor injuries.

    Emergency crews have been at the scene for some time, with the air ambulance also landing in Boston.

    The nearby road is closed and will remain so for some time, police say.

  6. Woman seriously injured in Boston crash

    A woman in her 40s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after an incident in Boston this afternoon.


    Police were called to the scene, in front of Specsavers on Wide Bargate, after reports of a car colliding with a pedestrian.

    The driver of the car, who police say is in her 80s, has minor injuries.

    The road is closed and will remain so for the next few hours, with people being asked to avoid the area, police say.

  7. Air ambulance at scene of 'serious' accident in Boston

    This was the scene in Boston a short time ago as an air ambulance landed following a "serious accident" in the town.

    Magpas Air Ambulance

    Several people have been injured as a result of the accident involving a woman in her 80s which happened in front of Specsavers on Wide Bargate, police say.

    The air ambulance is from Magpas, whose crews fly to emergencies across Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and other counties.

    Two ambulances and a police car are also at the scene, eyewitnesses say.

    People are being advised by police to avoid the area while the incident is ongoing and people's injuries are assessed.

  8. Woman denies attempted murder in Lincolnshire village

    A 62-year-old woman has denied a charge of attempted murder following an incident in a village near Bourne in May.


    Hugh Wheeler was found with a stab wound in the village of Thurlby on 29 May.

    Susan Wheeler, 62, of The Causeway, Thurlby, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court this morning, and denied trying to murder Mr Wheeler.

    She was granted conditional bail and the case has been adjourned for a trial next February.

  9. School introduces skirts which are 'harder to roll up'

    Changes to a school uniform at a Lincolnshire school are being introduced partly to make skirts more difficult to roll up.

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    William Farr Secondary School, in Welton, near Lincoln, has introduced a new pleated skirt to try and end the age old quest to make your skirt more fashionable by folding it up around your waist.

    The design of the new skirts makes it look odd when rolled up, which head teachers hope will deter rebellious students.

    Quote Message: The old skirts were getting shorter and shorter, and in some cases indecent. from Jonathon Knowler Deputy Headteacher - William Farr Secondary School
    Jonathon KnowlerDeputy Headteacher - William Farr Secondary School
  10. Wimbledon wheelchair tennis 'positive for the sport '

    A tennis coach from Grantham says the introduction of a competition for Quad wheelchair tennis at this year's Wimbledon will encourage others to take up the sport.

    Paul Singleton

    Quad tennis players have substantial loss of function in at least one upper limb.

    Last year, the All England Club held an exhibition event for Quad tennis, but this time round there'll be a competitive event for tennis players who use wheelchairs for the very first time.

    Paul Singleton (pictured), who coaches at Grantham Tennis club, says having Quad tennis on TV increases sponsorship and allows more people to have the opportunity to take up the sport on a more professional basis.

    The exposure also helps break down barriers over the way people perceive those with disabilities, he says.

    Quote Message: Hundreds of kids walk through here every day and none of them even look twice at somebody playing in a wheelchair." from Paul Singleton Quad tennis coach
    Paul SingletonQuad tennis coach
  11. Two motorcyclists seriously hurt in crashes

    Two motorcyclists suffered serious injuries in separate crashes on Lincolnshire's roads at the weekend.

    gunby corner

    The first incident happened on the A1084 at Owmby at about 13:30 on Sunday when a motorbike and a van collided.

    The second incident happened two hours later when a motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a black Ford Fiesta on the A1028 at Gunby Corner near Burgh le Marsh (pictured).

    Both of the riders were taken to hospital.

  12. Woman's ponytails cut off to raise cancer research cash

    A Lincolnshire woman who had over 2ft of hair cut off for the Cancer Research charity says she did it in the hope others wouldn't lose family members to the disease.

    Stacey Drew, from Louth, lost her mum to the disease last year and says she wanted to do something in addition to taking part in the Louth Run For Life at the weekend.

    She took to the stage and had her 28in-long ponytails chopped off:

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    Over 1,300 runners took part in the town's annual event.

    Organisers estimate that over £50,000 was raised for Cancer Research, and that since it began the tally would be over £450,000.

    Quote Message: Last year we sadly lost our mum to cancer. We wanted to raise a bit of money for her today and to hopefully stop someone else from losing a family member." from Stacey Drew Fundraiser
    Stacey DrewFundraiser
  13. Singer 'on a high' after making Glastonbury debut

    Lincolnshire singer Holly Humberstone says she's "absolutely buzzing" after playing Glastonbury for the first time.

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    Talking to BBC Introducing after her set on Saturday she said she was "on a high".

    The 19-year-old singer, from Grantham, uploaded music to the BBC Introducing uploader and was played on East Midlands and Lincolnshire's Introducing radio shows.

    That paved the way to her going to the iconic festival, which also saw Kylie Minogue, The Killers and Stormzy take to the stage.

    Quote Message: My 7-year-old self would be freaking out. from Holly Humberstone BBC Music Introducing artist
    Holly HumberstoneBBC Music Introducing artist
  14. 'British Steel decision delay would be a positive'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    British Steel's future hangs in the balance as the Official Receiver mulls over around 10 offers for all or part of the troubled business.

    UK steel plant

    British Steel was placed in compulsory liquidation in May and closure could jeopardise 25,000 jobs, including 5,000 employed by the firm in Scunthorpe and 20,000 in the supply chain.

    But the future might not be immediately clear, as it appears the Receiver may accept further potential offers beyond the Sunday deadline.

    "I don't think we will be hearing anything in the first half of the week," says Gareth Stace, director general of trade body UK Steel.

    "The Official Receiver has extended the deadline for further bids this week, that is what we understand. If there is a bit of a delay, I'd see that as a positive."

    He added that Brexit was a "massive uncertainty" for the UK steel industry, with a no-deal exit leaving it facing potential tariffs of 25% for exports to the EU.

  15. More than 250 arrested in Lincoln Spice patrols

    More than 250 people have been arrested in Lincoln and more than 7kg of the drug spice has been seized since a police team was set up to deal with the city's drug problem.


    The unit was set up after complaints about people openly dealing and taking drugs in public places last summer.

    The team will now be a permanent presence in Lincoln.

    Police say they've taken the equivalent of 7,000 spice deals off the streets so far.

    Sergeant Steve Parker from Lincolnshire Police says there'll be a visible improvement from last year.

    Quote Message: People saw last summer the effects if you don't regulate or manage a problem like that. It escalates. We've not allowed that to happen [this year]." from SGT Steve Parker Lincolnshire Police
    SGT Steve ParkerLincolnshire Police
  16. Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    There'll be cloud coming in from the north west through the morning and the possibility of a showery burst of rain in places.

    But, that cloud will lift as the day goes on leading to some bright and sunny spells this afternoon, and temperatures of up to 20C:

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    Video caption: Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: Monday's weather
  17. First new Northern trains hit the rails

    The first of Northern's brand new trains will take passengers in Yorkshire today.

    A Northern Train

    The first of 101 new trains are being used between Leeds and Doncaster.

    This is part of a £500m fleet of new trains that will be introduced over the next year, they'll eventually help replace the old Pacer trains.

    The Pacer trains could still be used next year though because of a design fault on the new fleet, the Sunday Times reported.

    Northern said it was "working hard" to scrap the 1980s Pacers by the end of the year.