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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A631 Lincolnshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A631 Lincolnshire westbound severe disruption, between A15 and The White Heather.

    A631 Lincolnshire - A631 blocked westbound between Caenby Corner and The White Heather junction, because of lorry tyre in the road.

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

  2. Two seriously injured in Cleethorpes assault

    Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to trace in connection with an assault in Cleethorpes which left two men seriously injured.

    The man

    The incident happened on Market Street at about 23:30 on 7 March.

    Humberside Police say they want to trace the man in the picture.

    Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact the force.

  3. UK pubs and restaurants told to shut in virus fight

    Cafes, pubs and restaurants must close from Friday night, except for take-away food, to tackle coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

    cafe scene

    Night clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have also been asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can".

    Mr Johnson said that, at present, "we need to keep people apart" - but that the situation will be reviewed each month.

  4. Man detained after threatening McDonald's staff with knife

    A masked man who walked into a McDonald's restaurant with a hammer saying "Happy Halloween. Open the till" has been made subject to a hospital order.

    Lincoln Crown Court

    Owen Rogers, 28, began threatening staff at the fast-food restaurant in Holdingham, near Sleaford, on 31 October last year while wearing a balaclava and brandishing the hammer.

    However, the till was empty and he left empty handed, driving away in a car with stolen number plates.

    He was was stopped by police an hour later at Colsterworth and found to be carrying three kitchen knives and a number of tools, including a spanner and an electric drill.

    Today, at Lincoln Corwn court, Rogers, of Deer Park Road, Langtoft, admitted attempted robbery and pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article, going equipped for theft and driving while disqualified on the same date.

    He also admitted seven charges of theft of number plates from cars between 12 and 15 September 2019.

    Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: "You are suffering from psychotic illness. I am satisfied this is of a nature that makes it appropriate for you to detained in hospital for the appropriate medical treatment."

  5. North East Lincolnshire confirms first coronavirus cases

    A number of patients in North East Lincolnshire are being treated in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Coronavirus sign

    Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust says it is treating "a small number of patients", the first to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in the region.

    Dr Kate Wood, Medical Director at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole FT said: “We can confirm that we are currently caring for patients who have tested positive for the COVID-19 infection.

    "They are being very safely cared for by our highly skilled teams and all of the appropriate protection measures are in place."

    The Trust, which has hospitals in Goole, Scunthorpe and Grimsby has said it is still safe to visit its sites but reminded people of changes to visiting rules which mean visits are limited to one person per patient for one hour per day between 18:00 and 19:00.

  6. Man suffers head injury in Lincoln assault

    A man has been taken to hospital with a head injury after being assaulted on Lincoln High Street.

    Lincoln High Street

    Lincolnshire Polcie say the incident happened outside House of Fraser at about 03:00 yesterday.

    The force said the victim, a 37-year-old man, was taken to hospital with "a non-life-threatening injury" to his head.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.

  7. Coronavirus: How close are we to getting a vaccine?

    James Gallagher

    Health and science correspondent, BBC News

    Research into coronavirus is happening at breakneck speed.

    There are more than 20 vaccines in development.

    One has begun human trials after unusually skipping any animal research to test either the safety or the effectiveness of the vaccine.

    Other scientists are at the animal research stage and hope to get the results of human trials later in the year.

    But even if scientists can celebrate having developed a vaccine this year, there is still the massive job of being able to mass-produce it.

    It means, realistically, one would not be ready until at least the middle of next year.

    All of this is happening on an unprecedented timescale and using new approaches to vaccines, so there are no guarantees everything will go smoothly.

    Remember there are four coronaviruses that already circulate in human beings. They cause the common cold, and we don't have vaccines for any of them.

  8. Police appeal after elderly woman's bank card is stolen

    Police in Lincolnshire have released a CCTV image of two women they want too identify after an 80-year-old woman's bank card was stolen and used fraudulently.

    The suspects

    Lincolnshire Police say the woman's purse was stolen from her bag on 3 March in High Street, Lincoln, and later used to withdraw £200.

    Anyone who recognises the women is asked to contact the force.

  9. Leisure centres in East Lindsey to close from today

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Leisure centres across East Lindsey will close from the end of today until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak – but fitness enthusiasts will still be able to get their kicks.

    Louth Meridian

    The closure affects Horncastle and Skegness Pool and Fitness Suites, Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth and the Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe, according to Magna Vitae, the trust which runs East Lindsey District Council's sports facilities.

    The trust says it will freeze direct debit memberships of its facilities, including fitness, Waterwise swimming lessons and gymnastic memberships, from tomorrow for the length of the closure period.

    In its place, Magna Vitae will launch a new project with a company which specialises in workouts based in the home. Further details have yet to be released on how it will work.

  10. Don't be complacent over coronavirus - Health boss

    Lincolnshire's Director of Public Health is warning against complacency in the fight against coronavirus.

    Derek Ward

    Professor Derek Ward says some people are assuming it's a mild illness when it can be very serious for those most at risk.

    He's currently suffering the symptoms of coronavirus himself and says his case alone could have lead to over 120 other cases if he hadn't self-isolated.

    Professor Ward says ignoring the advice could have wider implications.

    "If it is passed on to lots of people and the hospitals fill up, if that person has a heart attack or a stroke or is in a car accident, then the NHS is really going to struggle to cope and support them with their non-COVID19 related illness.

    "It really does affect all of us and we all have a responsibility to do something about it. By isolating and making sure you follow the guidelines, you're not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, you're protecting everyone else in the population," he says.

  11. Man arrested after 'suspicious device' found

    A man has been arrested after a suspicious device was found inside a property in Grimsby.


    The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to Wellington Avenue at about 17:00 yesterday.

    The device was examined by the team, which identified that it caused no risk and there was no danger to the public.

    It has been now seized by police in addition to a crossbow and air rifle found inside the property, police say.

    The arrested man remains in police custody and is being questioned by officers.

    Quote Message: I want to thank the local community for their understanding and patience in what is already a worrying time for everyone, while we carried out inquiries. The cordon has now been lifted as the incident has been brought to a safe conclusion and there is no risk or threat to the public." from Supt Craig Scaife Humberside Police
    Supt Craig ScaifeHumberside Police
  12. Mourners could face restrictions on funerals

    Mourners could face restrictions on funeral services as councils and managers look to protect staff and guests from coronavirus.

    Lea Fields Crematorium

    Councils including West Lindsey and Boston Borough have started scaling back their services in a bid to reduce the risk of infection.

    Measures taken include reducing seating to discourage large numbers and their proximity, discouraging mourners from touching coffins to avoid cross-infection, removing hymn books and providing discardable photocopies and extra sanitising and cleaning between services.

    Private crematoria have also taken protective measures and Lincolnshire County Council has taken steps to restrict services.

    Quote Message: We want to reassure you all that we taking every possible action to ensure your service will be as safe from the coronavirus as possible." from Karen Balsdon Manager, Lea Fields Crematorium
    Karen BalsdonManager, Lea Fields Crematorium
  13. Man injured in Grimsby assault

    A man has been left with serious head injuries following an assault in Grimsby.


    It happened during an altercation between two men in Wingate Road at about 23:55 on 29 February, police say.

    Humberside Police say investigations are continuing and are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident to get in touch.

  14. 'Donations critical' to help Lincolnshire's rough sleepers

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Homeless charities are working to deliver food, medicine and other essential items to rough sleepers across Lincolnshire affected by the coronavirus.

    Rough sleeper

    YMCA Lincolnshire has said its Nomad Centre, on St Rumbold’s Street in Lincoln, and all supported accommodation is open and will remain so.

    The charity and its partners have also put in place a series of measures to isolate those showing symptoms of the illness away from those in the community, while working to increase their cleaning regimes and keep residents in their facilities informed about the latest advice.

    Visitors have been barred from entering hostel rooms.

    Staff have been redeployed, including a small team at Lincolnshire County Council to take calls from isolated residents.

    A spokesman for YMCA said: “We are working closely with our partners, but in these unprecedented times – we need the support of the public more than ever before. Donations are more critical than ever before.

    “People can donate funds to our JustGiving page alternatively food donations and toiletries are gratefully received. Any support would be appreciated.”

    The charity said it is continuing to develop its plans working with county emergency planning services, Lincoln City Rough Sleeping and NHS Rough Sleeping Health Inclusion Teams.