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Harry Parkhill

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  1. Woman's call for flare ban after burn at Sheffield gig

    A woman from Lincolnshire is calling for a ban on flares at music events after one was thrown at her at a Liam Gallagher concert at a Sheffield venue.

    Stacey Andrew

    Stacey Andrew, 27, from Boston, says she's scarred for life after suffering burns to her arm, head and chest at the gig at the FlyDSA Arena on Monday.

    Sheffield International Venues, the company which runs the arena, says it's very difficult to detect flares because they are made of cardboard and is now reviewing security there.

    Liam Gallagher tweeted earlier to say "it's not cool" for people to be using flares at his gigs.

  2. Boston Christmas lights switch-on

    A Christmas market and entertainment have been the warm-up for Boston's christmas lights switch-on later.

    bucking reindeer

    The lights in the market square are due to be turned on at about 18:45 this evening, followed by music and entertainment until 20:00.

    A further lights switch-on is expected to take place in the Pescod Square shopping precinct at about 19:00.

    light switch on
  3. Then and Now: Police HQ in Lincoln closes its doors

    Lincoln's police headquarters on West Parade in Lincoln closes its doors for the last time today, as the force relocates to a new "999 hub" on the south of the city.

    When it first opened in 1975, police officers worked entirely on paper and the phone, but as you can see below the building has barely changed in the intervening years:

    west parade police station
  4. Mental health police detentions on the rise

    The number of people being detained by police in Lincolnshire under the Mental Health Act has risen by 17% over the past two years, according to new figures.


    Government figures show 464 people were held in Lincolnshire under Section 136 in the year to April 2019.

    National figures also show a 17% increase in the number of times police in England have detained someone under the Mental Health Act since 2016-17.

    Mental health charity Mind said this was "deeply worrying".

    The National Police Chiefs' Council says it's right the police are there to protect those in immediate danger, but they shouldn't become the first point of call for those who need longer term mental health support.

    Laura Nuttall, from Ruskington near Sleaford, who has been detained several times says it wasn't only a frightening experience for her, but for her family too:

    Quote Message: If somebody is detained then their family...has no choice but to see them go there and they can't do anything about it." from Laura Nuttall
    Laura Nuttall
  5. University staff to stage eight-day strike over pay

    University and College Union workers at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln are set to walk out on strike for eight days from Monday.

    Bishop Grosseteste University

    It's part of an ongoing national row over pay and working conditions.

    Union representatives say strike action is a "last resort" but that they've been left with "no alternative" after talks broke down earlier this week.

  6. Major route still blocked by flood waters

    A major road in Lincolnshire is still blocked by flood waters a week after first being affected.

    flood holton le moor

    The A46 at Holton Le Moor, between Market Rasen and Caistor, flooded following heavy rainfall last week, causing huge diversions for motorists.

    Last week fire crews had to pull a number of cars out of flood waters after they'd driven in and become stranded.

    Highways crews from Lincolnshire County Council say they're still on site trying to clear the water.

    Quote Message: We have found that there's a culvert that runs under the railway line, which is where that water would normally get away. We think that there's either a blockage or collapse and we're working hard to clear that." from Richard Fenwick Highways Manager - Lincolnshire County Council
    Richard FenwickHighways Manager - Lincolnshire County Council
  7. Man wanted over Lincolnshire shopping centre evacuation

    A man is wanted by police after a shopping centre was evacuated when people suffered breathing problems.

    Scott Rowen

    Emergency services were called to the Hildreds Centre in Skegness, Lincolnshire on Tuesday "to a report of an unknown substance," police said.

    Lincolnshire Police said they were looking for Scott Rowen, 27, in connection with the incident.

    A 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of a public order offence was released on bail.

    A number of fire engines and a hazardous materials team attended the scene. Police said no injuries were reported and they had "no further information" on the substance involved.

    The centre was reopened following the incident.

  8. 'Heartbreaking': Flood-hit horse charity appeals for visitors

    Staff at a horse charity in Lincolnshire are "urgently appealing" for people to continue visiting the site despite it being hit by flooding.

    flooded paddocks

    Bransby Horses, on the outskirts of Lincoln, had to cancel its Christmas activities and events this year because 40% of its land was flooded earlier this month.

    Staff at the charity say they now have to contend not only with the cost of temporarily moving 100 donkeys and horses onto dry land but also reduced visitor numbers.

    They say only a "fraction" of the number of visitors are coming to the site compared with this time year last year.

    Quote Message: It’s heartbreaking to see the visitor centre so empty. Normally at this time of year we're busy selling our winter gifts and the cafe would be full of people, but with visitor numbers so low, we stand to lose even more money." from Holly Hart Visitor engagement manager, Bransby Horses
    Holly HartVisitor engagement manager, Bransby Horses
  9. Caravan death accused admitted doing 'something stupid'

    A man accused of murdering his partner during a trip to a Lincolnshire caravan park admitted to relatives that he'd injured her, a court has heard.

    Linda Treeby

    Linda Treeby died after suffering injuries on her 64th birthday at the Summerlands site in Ingoldmells.

    Relatives of 51-year-old Andrew Highton told Lincoln Crown Court he said he'd "done something stupid" to Ms Treeby.

    He was quoted as saying he'd "done a number on her" after visiting them in the moments after the attack on 29 May this year.

    Mr Highton, of Highbury Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

    The trial continues.

  10. Lincoln and Grimsby crash out of FA Cup after replays

    Lincoln City and Grimsby Town have both been knocked out of the FA Cup after losing their first round replays.

    Lincoln City's Jason Shackell

    Lincoln were beaten by an injury time winner from Ipswich's Alan Judge while Grimsby went down 2-0 at Newport County after having a man sent off.

    Ipswich will now face Coventry in the second round and Newport will face a trip to eighth tier Maldon & Tiptree.

  11. Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    BBC Weather

    It's another misty and chilly start to the morning and it's going to stay cloudy most of the day with temperatures getting up to about 7C.

    Overnight we may see some showery outbreaks but it won't be quite as cold with temperatures hovering around the 4C mark:

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    Video caption: Watch: Thursday's weather forecast
  12. Murder accused 'eroticised' backpacker's death

    The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane "eroticised her death", prosecutors have said.

    Grace Millane

    The 21-year-old University of Lincoln graduate died in a hotel room in Auckland, New Zealand, before being buried in woodland outside the city.

    In a closing speech, prosecutor Brian Dickey said the defendant had "sexualised" the killing by taking intimate photos of her dead body before viewing pornography online.

    His defence claims the death was an accident during consensual sex.

    Ms Millane, from Wickford, Essex, died on the night before her 22nd birthday in December last year.

    The trial continues

  13. Liam Gallagher 'sorry to hear' about woman's flare burns

    Singer Liam Gallagher has said sorry and called on audiences to "chill out" after a woman was badly burned when a lit flare hit her at one of his gigs.

    Her injuries

    Stacey Andrew was injured during the former Oasis star's concert at Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena on Monday.

    The 21-year-old from Boston, Lincolnshire, needed hospital treatment after suffering burns to her chest and arm and says she fears she has been "scarred for life".

    Reacting to the news, Gallagher tweeted that he was "sorry to hear" what had happened.

    He added it's "not cool" and people need to "chill out" with the flares.

    Liam Gallagher's tweet

    Arena operators SIV have this morning offered free tickets to all shows at the venue for a year for anyone providing information that leads to the identification of the person who threw the flare.