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Lynsey Bradford

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  1. Lincoln engineer producing 100 masks a day for NHS staff

    A self-employed engineer from Lincoln says he's made his 1,000th face mask for frontline NHS staff using a 3D printer.

    An example of a mask

    Tim Cieslik is one of many who has responded to a national call to help the supply chain.

    He's been using his son's 3D printer and is now making more than 100 masks a day. He is not charging anything and is delivering the masks himself.

    By the weekend Mr Cieslik and others helping him are expected to have four 3D printers in production.

    He says: "This is highlighting exactly how bad the problem is. It means we do have to make some difficult decisions and we can't always fulfil everyone's requests.

    "However, we've just produced our 1,000th visor now and we just given another 100 to the hospital.

    "We're just starting to be able to ramp-up production more and consider other places that can help," he added.

  2. Lincoln leisure centre to become NHS testing base

    A leisure centre in Lincoln has been chosen as a coronavirus testing centre for NHS workers, in a bid to make it as easy as possible for them to get checked.

    Yorborough Leisure Centre

    Currently, about 525 of the 7,500-strong workforce at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are self-isolating - so can't rejoin the frontline in the battle against the disease.

    Deputy Ch Con Jason Harwin, chairman of Lincolnshire Local Resilience forum, says the city's Yarborough Leisure Centre is the "perfect" location for a testing centre.

    "It is a safe location and, importantly, it's got to be accessible to the workforce," he says.

    A similar site is also going to be set up in Boston.

    It's hoped both will be running by the end of this week.

  3. Joyce celebrates 100th birthday in isolation

    A care home in Lincoln is helping one of its residents celebrate her 100th birthday with cake and a card from the Queen.

    Joyce Garner is a resident of Bernadette House Care Home.

    She's been unable to see her family because of the coronavirus pandemic, but is making the best of her special day:

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  4. Four further coronavirus-related deaths in Lincolnshire

    Four more people who had contracted coronavirus have died, bringing the total of coronavirus-related deaths in the county to 28, according to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT).

    ULHT logo

    The patients were three men aged between 74 and 86 and a 71-year-old woman, according to the trust.

    They all had underlying health conditions, ULHT said.

  5. NHS worker 'attacked for work pass' at supermarket

    An NHS worker was attacked in a supermarket in North Lincolnshire by somebody trying to steal her identity badge, it is alleged.

    Scunthorpe hospital

    The assault took place in Scunthorpe on Saturday morning, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG) said.

    Staff have been warned by the trust's head of security Jug Johal to keep their ID badges hidden when not in hospital buildings.

    Mr Johal said the victim was "shook up but otherwise OK".

    He said whoever carried out the attack "should be ashamed".

    "Our staff at the trust, and all staff across the NHS and in other key sectors, are working day and night to keep people safe and fight this pandemic," he said.

    "The last thing they need when they are out doing their shopping is having to deal with things like this."

    Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, a number of companies have been offering free food and other services to NHS staff.

  6. Motorcyclist, 25, dies in Market Deeping crash

    A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A1175 near Market Deeping.

    A1175 near MArket Deeping

    Lincolnshire Police said the man was riding a red Kawasaki motorbike when it crashed near to Hop Pole at about 19:00 last night.

    The force said the 25-year-old man, from Peterborough, died at the scene.

    Officers investigating the incident say it is believed the man was may have been riding with another motorbike at the time of the crash, possibly a green Kawasaki.

    Det Sgt Luke Wells said: "I am appealing to the rider of the green motorbike who may have been riding with the red Kawasaki to make contact with the Police directly. I believe this rider may be a key witness to the investigation."

    Officers have returned to the scene today as part of the investigation, and the adjacent field and water filled ditch are being searched for property.

  7. Cemeteries reopened after public outcry over closure

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    Cemeteries in Lincoln have been reopened after being temporarily closed to the public.

    Newport Cemetery

    Burial grounds Newport, Canwick Road and Eastgate were closed on Friday, with the City of Lincoln council saying it was in-line with government guidance over coronavirus.

    The closure prompted calls from residents to reconsider the move because of the open space provided by the cemeteries and – in some cases – the shortcuts from one area of the city to another.

    The council has now reopened them saying them have received new “instruction from government”.

    Simon Walters, the council';s , director of communities and environment, said: “We appreciate the upset that their closure may have brought so are very pleased that we can now open their gates once again.

    “However, we advise you that, at this difficult time, coming to our cemeteries should be prioritised for those visiting graves of loved ones or if you are attending a funeral.”

  8. Witness appeal after man found injured in Grimsby street

    Police are appealing for help after a man was found seriously injured in a Grimsby street at the weekend following an alleged assault.

    Wintringham Road

    Humberside Police officers were called to Wintringham Road at about 20:00 on Saturday 4 April.

    The injured man was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

    Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident, all of whom have been bailed with conditions as officers continue their inquiries, the force says.

    Witnesses and anyone with information which could assist the investigation is being asked to contact Humberside Police on 101.

  9. Volunteers help Daphne celebrate 91st birthday in style

    A group of volunteers has given an elderly woman from Lincolnshire a birthday to remember by delivering her a cake and singing happy birthday to her.

    Daphne with her cake and cards

    Daphne, from Spalding, is celebrating turning 91, but isn't able to share her special day with her family because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    So, instead, the Spalding Covid Kindness Team has stepped in to make sure she isn't alone, while adhering to social distancing guidance.

    They even gave her handmade cards from local children.

    Lesa Jeffery, who is part of the team, said: "You could see the tears in her eyes. She said thank you and that she wouldn't have been seeing anyone and that it meant so much to her.

    "It was really lovely and I just wanted to hug her - but I couldn't as we were 2m away.

    "I told her that when this is all over I was going to go back and give her the biggest birthday hug ever," Ms Jeffery added.

  10. Former PC 'sacked' for driving untaxed vehicle

    A Lincolnshire police officer has been dismissed from the force after he was caught driving an untaxed vehicle and then lying about it twice.

    Lincolnshire Police logo

    PC Carl Norman was found to have driven the vehicle on a public road in June 2019 before attempting to cover it up.

    The force said the actions of PC Norman were as 'serious and unacceptable' and amounted to gross misconduct.

    A misconduct hearing, held via video conference due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, ruled he would have been sacked as a result of his actions had he not already resigned.

    Chf Con Bill Skelly said: “In failing to tax his vehicle and then provide two dishonest accounts, his conduct obviously lacked honesty and integrity and was discreditable."

  11. Tuesday's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

    We're in for a fine, dry and warm day today with plenty of sunshine and blues skies.

    Temperatures will get up to about 17C

    This evening will stay dry but a band of cloud will spread north.

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  12. 'Get well soon boss' - County MPs show support for PM

    MPs from Lincolnshire have sent messages of support to Boris Johnson after he spent the night in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

    Boris Johnson

    The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening.

    BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the prime minister was given oxygen late on Monday afternoon, before being taken to intensive care.

    Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford Gareth Davies wrote on Twitter: "Thinking of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson at this worrying time. We are all behind you Boris, get well."

    Meanwhile, Tory MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham Dr Caroline Johnson said her "thoughts and prayers" were with Mr Johnson, his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and all his family, adding "Get well soon boss".