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  1. Lincolnshire Show cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

    This year's Lincolnshire Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's been announced.

    Lincolnshire Show

    The chief executive of the show, Jayne Southall, says it's a "devastating" decision and members of the team behind the show are "heartbroken".

    However, Ms Southall says organisers had been monitoring government advice and saw there was no alternative other than to cancel.

    The show is the one of the main highlights of the county's summer events season, attracting at least 60,000 visitors and 600 trade stands every year to the showground north of Lincoln.

    The show has only been cancelled a few times in its 150 years, during both world wars and more recently in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

  2. Man injured in Scunthorpe assault

    A man's been taken to hospital for treatment after being assaulted in Scunthorpe, police say.

    Police jacket

    A cordon has been in place in the Winterton Road and Chapel street area of the town as investigations continue into the incident which happened this morning.

    The victim's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Lincolnshire force.

    Investigations into what happened are continuing and anyone with information about the attack is being asked to contact police.

  3. 'Please stay away' - Council chief warns seaside visitors

    The leader of a Lincolnshire council is urging people to "please stay away" from coastal towns after reports Skegness was very busy at the weekend despite government advice about self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Skegness

    Councillor Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, says the authority will look at options to prevent people visiting the area.

    Mr Leyland said "the time for business as usual has gone".

    "It's now about our survival as a community to get through this so that when we're done we can welcome visitors again.

    "Our residents need to be fully concentrated on their own well-being, as do our NHS and police staff. We need to look after ourselves. Please stay away."

  4. Man denies Lincoln explosives charge

    A man has denied two charges of having an explosive after a search at a Lincoln flat.

    Bomb disposal team

    Calvin Gatford, 49, of Clasketgate, Lincoln, was charged after police and bomb squads raided his home on 13 February.

    Some residents in the area had leave their homes while investigations were carried out, but police say it wasn't terrorist-related.

    He has been remanded in custody for trial later this year.

  5. Routine surgery cancelled at Lincolnshire hospitals

    Routine surgery across Lincolnshire's hospitals is to be cancelled from tomorrow due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Boston Pilgrim Hospital

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) says all day-cases and elective surgery will be cancelled at Lincoln County Hospital, Boston Pilgrim (pictured) and Grantham Hospital.

    Cancer surgery and other clinically urgent cases is not included, according to ULHT.

    In a statement, the trust says: "This move is being made as part of our response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, enabling hospitals to free up staff to care for patients in other areas."

    All patients will be contacted directly if they're affected, the trust adds.

  6. Witness appeal after arson attack at block of flats

    Detectives investigating a suspected arson attack at a block of flats in Grimsby have appealed for information.

    Police jacket

    The incident happened at a block of newly-built flats on Hamilton Street at about 18:00 on 19 March.

    Humberside Police say they are keen to trace a man seen wearing a high-vis jacket and either a black hooded top or black beanie hat who was seen leaving the building shortly after 18:00 that day.

    Anyone who has any information about the fire is asked to contact police.

  7. Armed Forces Day 2020 event cancelled

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The national Armed Forces Day event due to have taken place in Scarborough in the summer has been postponed, due to the the Covid-19 crisis, organisers say.

    Red Arrows fly over Scarborough lighthouse

    The celebration, scheduled for June 27, was to have included a display by world famous Lincolnshire-based Royal Air Force display team, the Red Arrows.

    A children’s parade involving 20 local schools, a gala dinner, and a live music concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, was also scheduled to take place as part of the event.

    Organisers say: "Armed Forces Day will now take place at a date not yet determined."

    A Scarborough Council spokesman said the extra pressure placed on the authority and its colleagues in the emergency and public services meant the “planning and staging of such a significant national event” was not possible.

    Councillor Tony Randerson said: “While I am sure you will be as disappointed as we are, you will understand the reason why this decision has been taken and for the need for the services to be focusing their attentions on the current exceptional issues facing the country."

  8. Laura Ashley to close 70 stores

    Fashion and furniture chain Laura Ashley has announced it plans to close 70 stores with 721 employees set to lose their jobs.

    laura ashley

    Last week the retailer, which has branches in Grantham, Lincoln and Gainsborough, said it would have to call in administrators after it was hit by a drop in trade linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

    A host of retailers, including John Lewis and Ikea, have announced temporary store closures in the face of the pandemic over the weekend.

    However, Laura Ashley is one of the first to announce permanent closures.

    It said it will continue to trade from its remaining 77 UK stores, which will remain open while online operations also continue to trade.

    Details of which stores are due to be closed have not been published.

  9. Parents urged to 'look for positives' after school closure

    An ex-teacher and parenting author from Boston is encouraging parents to look for the positives of schools being closed.

    home schooling

    Schools are officially shut because of the coronavirus outbreak, but children who are vulnerable or whose parents are "key workers" can still attend.

    Writer and former teacher Tim Atkinson, who is homeschooling his own children, says the closures will give families a chance to "come together".

    Quote Message: Although it's not anything that we would have wished for, you have got to look at the positives and see what you can make of it. It's a great opportunity as a family to come together and try something new. from Tim Atkinson Ex-teacher and Author
    Tim AtkinsonEx-teacher and Author
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1104 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1104 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Mill Lane and Cottage Nurseries turn off.

    A1104 Lincolnshire - A1104 in Saleby closed in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and the Cottage Nurseries turn off junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Golfers criticised for breaching social distancing advice

    A group of golfers in Lincoln have been criticised after they were spotted heading out for a round earlier this morning.

    Golf

    Local resident Heather Saunders described their decision as "unacceptable" and said when she had challenged the group they had replied: "If people can go to Tesco's, then we can play golf".

    Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people who have ignored government advice aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic are "very selfish".

    He said: "If people go within two metres of others who they don't live with then they're helping to spread the virus - and the consequences of that costs lives and it means that, for everyone, this will go on for longer."

    He said the government advice on social distancing was "really clear" and people should stay two metres apart, staying at home if at all possible.

  12. McDonald's and Nando’s to close all UK restaurants

    McDonald's will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK by the end of Monday, as fears over the spread of coronavirus escalate.

    McDonald's sign

    Nando's has also said it has closed its approximately 400 restaurants in the UK "until further notice".

    Both chains said they wanted to protect the staff and customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

    On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restaurants and cafes must close, but exempted take-away food places.

  13. Lincolnshire's weather forecast

    After a cold start, today will be dry with plenty of sunshine and just the odd patch of cloud, with temperatures up to 11C.

    Tonight will be dry with long, clear spells and just a few patches of cloud before turning cold with a gentle south to south-easterly breeze.

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  14. 'Stay away from Skeggy' - Matt Warman MP

    People are being told it's "categorically wrong" to visit Lincolnshire's coastal resorts after visitors flocked to the area at the weekend.

    skegness closed

    Despite the Government ordering the closure of bars, cafes and restaurants due to the Coronavirus epidemic, people were gathering on the beaches in the sun and ice cream kiosks were open on Saturday.

    By Sunday, however, shops had started to pay attention to official advice, and most shops were closed (pictured above).

    Owners of one kiosk put a message on Facebook apologising for opening, saying: "On reflection we think we made the wrong decision. Skegness was really busy and we were only adding to the problem".

    Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, said: "It is categorically wrong for people to come to Skegness and surrounding areas. For the sake of yourself, your friends and family and our NHS, social isolation is the only responsible course of action."