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By Harry Parkhill

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  1. Increase in tourists sees £13m boost for Lincoln

    Rising visitor numbers in Lincoln were estimated to be worth an extra £13m to the city's economy last year, the council has confirmed.

    Lincoln Castle

    Visitor numbers have increased from 3.4m in 2008 to 4.26m last year, according to City of Lincoln Council.

    The authority says visitors were up 40,000 last year compared with 2017, which it estimates is worth millions to city businesses.

    Tourism bosses say they made a "conscious effort" last year to encourage visitors to spend more money in local businesses by providing vouchers and other incentives.

    But business owners in the Bailgate area of the city, near Lincoln Castle, say they shouldn't be complacent that figures will keep rising.

    Quote Message: We are in very challenging times, both within the tourist industry and on the high street. The world is getting smaller, and there's so much more choice now, different destinations. Other destinations are investing in their offer and it's well documented, the challenges on the high street." from Nicola Lockwood Chairman, Bailgate Guild of Businesses
    Nicola LockwoodChairman, Bailgate Guild of Businesses
  2. 'Disgusting' - Verdict on closure of town's last bank

    On the day Mablethorpe's last bank has closed its doors, some businesses and councillors say the town is becoming increasingly isolated.

    bank closure

    The closure of the Mablethorpe branch of Barclays Bank this lunchtime leaves people in the town with a 30-minute drive to the nearest banking branch.

    The bank's closure has been described by Paddy Prince, who owns the town's Dunes entertainment complex, as "disgusting".

    "People aren't looking at the wider picture. Most of the holiday traders are cash-based trade and it's going to make it very, very difficult, particularly when the economy isn't that great," says Mr Prince.

    Meanwhile, Claire Newman, Labour councillor for Mablethorpe, says: "I'm frustrated and I'm angry. Yet again another vital service has been stripped from us without a care of how this leaves us."

    Barclays say 28% fewer people were using the branch compared to two years ago, with 71% of its customers now using phone and online banking.

  3. One of UK's youngest council leaders takes reins in Boston

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of the youngest councillors to be elected as a council leader has been chosen in Lincolnshire.

    aaron spencer

    Conservative councillor Aaron Spencer, 27, has been chosen by his colleagues at Boston Borough Council to take over the leadership of the authority.

    A vote will confirm the role on 15 July.

    After the decision was made, Mr Spencer said he wanted to bring all sides of the council chamber together to improve the town.

    Quote Message: My job is showing them I’m there for unity. It’s not the Conservative party that makes decisions, it’s the council. Everyone needs to be involved in facing the challenges ahead." from Councillor Aaron Spencer Boston Borough Council
    Councillor Aaron SpencerBoston Borough Council
  4. Motorcyclist dies after Owmby crash

    A 65-year-old motorcyclist has died of his injuries after a crash near Scunthorpe.


    The man was involved in the crash with a van on the A1084 in Owmby at about 13:30 on Sunday.

  5. Tigers meet Gibraltar's Lincoln Imps in Marbella friendly

    Hull City are to play a pre-season friendly against the Imps, a team from Gibraltar not to be confused with the similarly nicknamed footballing side from across the Humber.


    The Tigers will take on Lincoln Red Imps, champions of the Gibraltar Premier Division, in Marbella, Spain, on Friday 12 July.

    The team, the 24-time champions of Gibraltar, are named after Lincoln City FC, who are nicknamed the Imps.

  6. Watch: Police dog's support for Women's World Cup stars

    A video of a Lincolnshire police dog barking its support for England's World Cup team has set tails wagging after members of the team themselves joined those praising it.

    England's Women's football team say they love the video of Lincolnshire police dog Kolt barking its support ahead of their Semi Finals tonight.

    Lincolnshire Police's dog section tweeted a video of the dog barking its response to the question, "Is it coming home?" earlier this morning.

    It certainly gave the Lionnesses themselves "paws" for thought...

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  7. Councillor denies crossword distraction in meeting

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A councillor has denied being distracted in a Lincolnshire County Council meeting after she was photographed with a crossword in her lap.


    Councillor Paula Cooper, who represents Boston West for the authority, says she was paying attention during the planning committee meeting yesterday morning.

    But activist Toni Bingham who was watching the meeting says she was "appalled" to see the councillor on her phone and doing a crossword during the meeting.

    Councillor Cooper said that she wasn't doing a crossword, but admitted she did have a newspaper and brain teasers in her folder for later in the day.

    "I thought the objectors had good points", she added, saying that she had voted in favour of the arguments of those who'd photographed her.

  8. Junior football team 'devastated' by fire at club

    Members of a junior football team in Burgh Le Marsh say they're devastated after £5,000 worth of training equipment went up in flames last week.

    football fire wreckage

    Members of the club, which has numerous junior teams, arrived at Burgh sports field last week to find the storage unit with all their equipment in had burnt down.

    The club has been left with nothing but a football and kits the youngsters already owned.

    Quote Message: The team were shocked, upset and devastated. Losing the trophies is the biggest blow, because they're 23 years of memories." from Hayley Collins Welfare manager, East Coast Juniors Football Club
    Hayley CollinsWelfare manager, East Coast Juniors Football Club
  9. Watch: Peas aplenty as county's harvest gets under way

    Farmers across Lincolnshire have begun the annual pea harvest, which sees about 250,000kg of the vegetable brought in per day across the county.

    Teams from farming co-operative Fen Peas work 24/7 to harvest all the county's peas in the short time the vegetables are still fresh on the vine.

    A £500,000 viner, which you can see in action below, has the big job of dealing with all those peas in the few days they're ripe:

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    Video caption: Pea Harvest gets underway in Lincolnshire

    Farmers say to keep them fresh they have to get them from pod to a freezer in under two and a half hours.

  10. Lincolnshire artist flies high with RAF Lightning drawing

    A Lincolnshire artist says he's "incredibly proud" after the RAF commissioned a drawing to mark the first overseas deployment of the air force's new F-35 Lightning jet.

    F-35 Lightning

    Simon Ross, an RAF reservist from Lincoln, draws aircraft as a hobby - but his skills were noticed by RAF bosses who wanted to promote his talents.

    The resulting posts on the RAF's official Social Media accounts have been seen by thousands of people.

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    Quote Message: I am incredibly proud to be able to share this with everyone now. A few weeks ago I was asked by the RAF draw the F-35 Lightning II to mark their first ever overseas deployment of the new aircraft at RAF Akrotiri...And to top it off, it's 617 Squadron." from Simon Ross Artist and RAF Reservist
    Simon RossArtist and RAF Reservist
  11. Litter pickers collect 44kg of rubbish from Skegness beach

    Volunteers say they have collected just over 44kg of rubbish from the beach in Skegness in just two-and-a-half hours.

    rubbish on beach

    The Seven Clean Seas group began as volunteers cleaning up beaches in Singapore but have now grown into a global movement aiming to clean up the oceans.

    They claim they've gathered 22,000kg of waste since they began in 2018.

    The event in Skegness, which took place at the weekend, was the first they've organised in the UK.

    Seven Clean Seas
  12. Investigations continue into Boston crash death

    Investigations are continuing this morning after a woman died when a car crashed into the window of Specsavers in Boston town centre on Monday.

    Scene of crash in Boston

    The victim, 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, was 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.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A57 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A57 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B1241 Mill Lane.

    A57 Lincolnshire - A57 Lincoln Road in Saxilby blocked and queues in both directions at the B1241 Mill Lane junction, because of a serious accident involving a car.

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

  14. Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a fine and dry start to the day before turning cloudy as we move in to the afternoon.

    However, sunny spells will return for the evening and it'll be a largely clear night.

    Temperatures today will reach up to 20C in places:

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    Video caption: Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast
  15. Two jailed for life for murdering man in row over £1

    Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man who was fatally stabbed after he asked to borrow £1.

    Dariusz Kaczkowski and Mariusz Skiba

    Przemyslaw Cierniak, 41, was stabbed in a car park in Boston, Lincolnshire by Dariusz Kaczkowski (pictured above left) after they argued about money.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard Kaczkowski and another man, Mariusz Skiba (above right), started punching and kicking Mr Cierniak.

    Kaczkowski, 33, of Woodville Road, then stabbed him multiple times with a seven-inch knife.

    Przemyslaw Cierniak

    Passing sentence, Judge John Pini QC, said: "It was a vicious and determined attack with a large knife carried out by Kaczkowski with Skiba assisting and encouraging him with kicks and punches to the helpless victim."

    Kaczkowski was told he would serve a minimum of 23 years before being considered for parole.

    Skiba, 32, of no fixed address, was ordered to serve a minimum of 14 years.