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Lynsey Bradford

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  1. CCTV appeal over Cleethorpes pub assault

    Do you recognise this man? Police say they're keen to trace him in connection with an assault in Cleethorpes last weekend.

    The suspect

    It happened at the Swashbuckle Pub on Saturday 14 March, officers say.

    Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image above is being asked to contact Humberside Police.

  2. County Council's major projects continue amid outbreak

    Lincolnshire County Council bosses say the authority is continuing with major projects as normal despite the coronavirus outbreak.

    Lincolnshire County Council logo

    In the latest Facebook Live address, council leader Martin Hill and chief executive Debbie Barnes outlined the current situation in dealing with the pandemic.

    They confirmed waste collection and recycling centres would operate as usual, and day centres would remain open for those with the most challenging needs.

    The authority is allowing vulnerable staff to work from home, but bosses said more were expected to do so over the coming days – especially in view of further scaled back services.

    Mr Hill thanked staff and volunteers for working “extremely hard in challenging situations.”

    He said: “We have a great community support in Lincolnshire and, as we have seen in other emergencies, this is the time people rally round and support each other."

  3. School students 'devastated' over cancelled exams - Head

    A Lincolnshire headteacher says some students at the school have been in tears over the cancellation of exams due to the coronavirus outbreak, fearing their hard work will have amounted to nothing.

    Haven High Academy

    Matthew Van Lier, headteacher of Haven High Academy in Boston, said some were disappointed with the government's decision to cancel exams for Year 11 pupils.

    He said: "I was inundated with students who were crying, upset, devastated. We've got some students here who have done in excess of 200 additional hours of revision already through Saturday school and after- school revision sessions and they are saying it's all come to nothing.

    "I can assure our students we will do whatever it takes to ensure they get the appropriate grades which reflect the commitment they've given to their studies over the last five years."

  4. 'Least we could do' - Imps players donate to foodbank

    The first team squad at Lincoln City FC has made a donation to the Sincil Foodbank:

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    Player Joe Morrell, who has previously donated to the foodbank, said they wanted to contribute to those in the city who are finding times particularly testing.

    Players' thoughts were with those whose problems may been magnified by the coronavirus pandemic, he added.

    He said: “It’s an unprecedented situation, but in difficult times the people at Sincil Food Bank continue to do so much for people and anything we could do to help them was the very least we could do.”

    Quote Message: We were thinking if there was anything we could do to help people a little. I’ve donated to the foodbank in the past, so, with the times as they are, it made sense to do it. As footballers we're quite fortunate that we won’t be as affected as some will be, so we wanted to do this to help those who aren't as fortunate." from Joe Morrell Lincoln City FC
    Joe MorrellLincoln City FC

    Members of City fans group the 617 Squadron have also made a sizeable donation to the foodbank in the past 24 hours.

  5. Police boss's warning over coronavirus scams

    People in Lincolnshire are being urged to watch out for scammers who may try to profit from the coronavirus pandemic.


    Stuart Tweedale, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, has issued a warning about those who may try to exploit others.

    Mr Tweedale says they may use fraudulent e-mails, phone calls, text messages, social media posts and could even knock on doors and claim to be helping.

    He said: "Fraudsters will then attempt to get recipients to disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware - which then will be used for their own fraudulent purposes."

    Anyone who receives such communications is being told to contact 101 or Action Fraud.

  6. Choir streams singing sessions to beat isolation blues

    Choir members across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire have been holding online singing sessions in order to observe guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Online choir practice

    The sessions were organised by the All For One Choir after the government said on Monday people should avoid gatherings and crowded places.

    More than 130 members joined in last night from their homes via Facebook and Zoom video conferencing.

    Choir founder Helen Garnett said: "One of the overriding comments we got after we'd done this was how uplifting it was. Everything is so bleak and negative at the moment and this, in a way, is like a little beacon, something for people to look forward to.

    "There were a few tears last night, happy tears, and there was the sense that people are just so relieved to be connecting with each other.

    "The irony of it is that ordinarily we are geographically limited but last night we had members from Hull and Beverley and Market Weighton all mixing together."

  7. Fears for tourism on Lincolnshire coast over coronavirus

    Tourism bosses in Lincolnshire say they could need long-term government help to support the industry in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Skegness beach

    Measures to reduce the spread of the illness mean the British holiday season is under threat.

    Tourism is worth about half-a-billion pounds to businesses on the Lincolnshire coast.

    Holiday chain Butlins says it will close its Skegness resort for a month from Friday.

    East Lindsey council Leader Craig Leyland says the authority will do all it can to support people.

    He added: "I certainly want our tourism industry to come out on the other side resilient and able to function.

    "What I'm very aware of is that we have a seasonal economy vulnerable in the winter season. What we have to do is make sure they can survive the winter and come out on the other side for the next summer as well.

    "That might mean we need more help from government to make sure those businesses survive over two seasons."

  8. Pubs and restaurants allowed to act as takeaways

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    Pubs and restaurants in Lincolnshire will no longer need to apply for permission to operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The government has confirmed it will be relaxing planning rules, temporarily removing the requirement to put in a planning application to deliver the service:

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    It says this will help support both businesses and those who need to self-isolate.

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “These changes will provide vital flexibility to pubs and restaurants and will ensure people are able to safely stay at home while still supporting some of the great local businesses across this country.

  9. Two arrested after police pursuit in Scunthorpe

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences and a number of driving offences after being pursued by police in North Lincolnshire.

    George Street

    The 24-year-old man and 22-year-old man were caught by officers in Scunthorpe on Monday night.

    Officers spotted a suspicious vehicle just after 21:00 but the vehicle failed to stop when requested.

    After a short pursuit, both by car and on foot, the two men were arrested near George Street, police say.

    They were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, possession of an offensive weapon and driving offences, officers say.

    Both men have been released under investigation as officers carry out further inquiries, according to Humberside Police.

  10. Police warning over coronavirus scams

    Police in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are warning people to be careful not to become a victim of several scams connected with the coronavirus outbreak.

    Police jacket

    There have been reports of individuals offering to do basic shopping for elderly people, but after being given money they don't return with the goods.

    Incidents have been reported in the East Marsh area of Grimsby and warning notices have also been put up by the police in areas such as Reedness in East Yorkshire.

    The Humberside Police force is urging people to be aware of the scams and to stay vigilant.