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By Harry Parkhill

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  1. Emergency crews share view of flooding as seen from above

    Air Ambulance crew members in Lincolnshire have shared their unique perspective of flooding on the River Trent.

    Flooded Trent

    The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance crew, based in Waddington near Lincoln, say they've flown over the bloated river three times today on jobs to and from QMC in Nottingham.

    Parts of the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border, including Collingham and parts of Newark, have been flooded after heavy rain over the last few days.

  2. 'Valiant' public thanked over fatal crash response

    The family of a father and daughter who died in a car crash on Lincolnshire's coast earlier this week have praised members of the public who attempted to save them.

    daughter and father

    India Plaice, 25, and her father Daniel died when their car crashed into a waterway in Chapel St Leonards on Monday.

    Emergency services and members of the public all attempted to help the pair escape from the vehicle after it went underwater.

    In a statement, their family say: "We would like to thank all the members of the public and emergency services for such a valiant effort in the rescue attempts for Danny and India.

    "This was a tragic loss of a wonderful father and daughter, who were both lovely and highly thought of."

    Mr Plaice was "the best father ever to India and Ralf", the statement adds, while Ms Place was the "most beautiful, funny and vibrant sister and daughter".

    Police are appealing for the driver or occupants of a small black BMW X1, or similar, to come forward.

    They say there is no suggestion the car, which was in the area at the time, was involved in, or contributed to, the crash.

  3. Plinth in place for Margaret Thatcher statue

    The first stage of a project to erect a statue of Margaret Thatcher in her home town of Grantham has begun:

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    The statue of Britain's first female Prime Minister, who was born in the town, was rejected from its original intended spot on Parliament Square in London.

    It's now planned to stand just a few yards from fellow Grantham-born figure Sir Isaac Newton.

    Today, cranes have been lowering the plinth into place, but there's no date yet for when the statue itself will arrive.

  4. Grantham Town bosses quit after year in post

    Grantham Town's joint managers have left the job after just a year in charge.

    ex managers

    Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins depart after just one win since the start of 2020.

    The Gingerbreads currently sit one point above the relegation zone in the Northern Premier Division.

  5. Health chief admits A&E care is 'unacceptable'

    The head of the NHS trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospitals says some of the experiences patients have had are "unacceptable".

    pilgrim hospital ward

    Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, made the remarks after Care Quality Commission inspectors rated the A&E departments at Boston Pilgrim and Lincoln County Hospitals inadequate.

    The report said some ambulance handovers saw delays of more than an hour and 40 minutes and that Pilgrim Hospital's ward is too small.

    They say that had resulted in patients being treated in corridors or the central space of the department and "having their dignity compromised".

    Quote Message: Clearly this is not a good outcome. For any patient who's had care that's below standard we apologise unreservedly. This is not the level of care we aspire to. Some of the experiences we know patients have had are unacceptable." from Andrew Morgan Chief Executive of ULHT
    Andrew MorganChief Executive of ULHT
  6. In pictures: Inside Lincoln's underground reservoir

    It may look like the entrance to a Bond villain's secret lair but these photos were actually taken inside a Lincolnshire reservoir.

    Engineers at Anglian Water have recently emptied one of the UK’s oldest underground reservoirs at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln, to complete a routine inspection

    The reservoir which was built in 1912, normally holds 27 million litres of treated water, but for the first time in three years it has been emptied so it can be cleaned and inspected.

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    Bracebridge Heath reservoir
    Bracebridge Heath reservoir
    Bracebridge Heath reservoir
  7. Driver admits causing death of RAF officer

    A driver has admitted to causing the death of an RAF officer by careless driving.

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    Michael Bohan, 37, crashed into Flight Lieutenant Barrie John Doherty (pictured) as he was cycling along the A607 near Leadenham on 7 January 2019.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard Bohan, of Shannon Avenue, Lincoln, was driving his black BMW on the wrong side of the road on the when he collided with father-of-two Flt Lt Doherty.

    Bohan, who pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving, was released on bail ahead of sentencing later this year

    Paying tribute to Flt Lt Doherty at the time of the crash RAF Cranwell said he was "well respected and highly regarded throughout his military career".

  8. Lincoln Imp statue designs revealed

    Designs have been revealed for some of the Lincoln Imp statues which are to be scattered across the city later this year as part of a brand new trail:

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    The trail will include 36 full size imps.

    A planning application for the statues also includes suggested locations like St Marks shopping quarter, the University of Lincoln library and outside the city’s bus station.

    Similar trails in 2015 and 2017 attracted almost half a million visitors to the city between them.

    The Imp trail prompted giggles earlier this year when people mocked the unfortunate positioning of the imp's leg.

    Artist Hannah Waller, who's painting one (pictured), says she had to move it around her house when painting the bottom half because of people giggling while looking through her window:

    Hannah Waller
  9. Volunteers needed to keep marathon on track

    Organisers of Boston's annual marathon say they are in need of volunteers to make sure it goes ahead, after record numbers of runners applied to take part.

    Boston marathon start

    Since it began five years ago, the race has increased in popularity, from 300 runners to around 1,300 this year.

    But to make it a success, organisers say they need volunteers to staff water stations, guard junctions, and act as stewards around the route.

    The event on 19 April claims to be one of the flattest marathons in the world.

  10. Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim A&E rated inadequate

    The Accident & Emergency departments at Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital have both been rated as inadequate following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Lincoln County Hospital

    CQC inspectors visited the sites on 6 and 7 January and have published their reports today.

    At Lincoln County inspectors found some patients were waiting more than 1 hour and 40mins to be treated after arriving in an ambulance and said the design and layout of the emergency department "did not consistently keep people safe".

    At Boston Pilgrim inspectors said the emergency department was "too small" for the number of patients attending and did not have enough staff.

    They also found that "some staff did not treat patients with compassion and kindness nor did they respect their privacy and dignity".

    As a result of the inspections United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has been issued with a list of improvements.

  11. Lincoln student accommodation plan rejected

    Plans for six multi-storey buildings near a leisure centre in Lincoln have been rejected after critics said it would leave "precious little" green space in the city.

    Riseholme Road

    Bishop Grosseteste University wanted to build six buildings on land by the Yarborough Centre, off Riseholme Road.

    The buildings would mostly have been used as accommodation for 295 students, according to the plans.

    But, the application sparked dozens of objections concerning worries over loss of green space, the height of the buildings and increased traffic.

    Planning officers had recommended the plan be approved but councillors went against those recommendations.

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

    Katerina Christodoulou

    Look North weather presenter

    It's another cold and frosty start to the day with a touch of ice in some places.

    It'll be largely dry and bright for most, though there may be one or two wintry showers in western parts.

    Temperatures will get up to about 6C or 7C but with the wind it'll feel a lot cooler:

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    Video caption: Watch: Thursday's weather forecast
  13. School shut over possible coronavirus link to reopen

    A school in Lincolnshire which was closed following concerns over a possible link to the coronavirus will reopen today.

    Lutton St Nicholas primary school

    Lutton St Nicholas Primary School was closed yesterday to allow the premises to be deep cleaned after it said an individual within the school had a "potential connection" to the virus.

    In a statement the school said the individual has been isolated and is being tested.

    However, Gedney Church End primary, which shares a management team with Lutton St Nicholas, will remain closed today.

    The school said it expects to reopen tomorrow.

  14. Murder arrests after body found in house in Lincoln

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found at a house in Lincoln.

    Police were called to the house on Albany Street

    Police were called to a property on Albany Street, off Burton Road, at about 13:00 GMT and discovered the body of a man.

    A cordon is in place while forensic teams work at the scene, the Lincolnshire force said.

    It has not released any further details and has appealed for anyone with information to contact them.