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  1. 'Don't travel': Snow warning for Lincolnshire

    Police are warning drivers to "be extra careful" if travelling in the next 24 hours, after a snow warning was issued for Lincolnshire.

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    The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware " weather warning for the county, saying there could be heavy snowfall overnight.

    Ch Insp Pat Coates, from Lincolnshire Police, says: "If you don't have to travel, don't travel."

    But he added: "If you do have to travel, be prepared" to face heavy snow.

    The force is reminding people to continue to follow coronavirus lockdown rules, which say only "essential" travel is allowed.

    Officers say they've already dealt with a number of accidents after snowfall this week (pictured).

    Quote Message: It's really important. We really need to not put any more strain on the health service or ambulance service so they can can deal with the people that need to be dealt with and treated for coronavirus." from Ch Insp Pat Coates Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Insp Pat CoatesLincolnshire Police
  2. 'Don't act like a 'Dick'' coronavirus campaign launched

    A campaign telling people to not "act like a 'Dick'" has been launched by an emergency response team in Lincolnshire.

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    The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, made up of teams from Lincolnshire councils and the emergency services, has launched the campaign to encourage people to follow coronavirus rules.

    According to the campaign material, only 8% of people are responsible for 60% of Covid transmissions.

    It characterises different types of rule-breakers or rule-followers as either a "Tom, Dick or Harriet".

    Those behind the campaign say: "'Dick' represents a minority of people in Lincolnshire who don’t stick to the rules."

    The social media campaign has drawn some criticism for its cartoon characters, with one commenter saying: "It’s not CBeebies".

    Another queried whether people unable to wear face coverings for health reasons are "being called a 'Dick'"?

    However, others have praised the campaign for its humour and drawing attention to coronavirus rules in a different way.

  3. Lincolnshire's weather today

    It should remain dry but overcast across the county today.

    No snow is forecast after yesterday's fall.

    Weather forecast

    You can find your latest local forecast here.

  4. Lincolnshire's locked down pets celebrated on the airwaves

    A news bulletin for pets broadcast by BBC Radio Lincolnshire has earned high profile fans after being shared online.

    Musician KT Tunstall shared the news:

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    It's also featured on BBC Radio 1 and has been shared by comedy Twitter account Larry the Cat.

    The comedy account, which pretends to be No 10 Downing Street's cat, suggested future editions could be called "Newshound" or "The 6PM Mews"...

  5. Hospitals treat 200-plus Covid patients daily - Trust boss

    The boss of the trust which runs Lincolnshire's biggest hospitals says staff are regularly treating hundreds of patients for Covid-19.

    Andrew Morgan

    Andrew Morgan (pictured), CEO of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, says pressure on the hospitals hasn't stopped since early November.

    He adds that staff in the trust's hospitals have been treating over 200 patients for Covid every day.

    Despite relatively low infection rates in Lincolnshire - with the county's infection rate below half the national average - Mr Morgan says he's urging people not to be complacent.

    Quote Message: Since November, we've been at levels around over 200 in-patients at any one time for several weeks now, so this wave is very much longer and more plateaued than the quite sharp wave one." from Andrew Morgan CEO, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
    Andrew MorganCEO, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  6. Snow falls across Lincolnshire

    Police officers say they're dealing with several crashes after snowfall across Lincolnshire.

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    Snow is settling across the county and police say it's particularly bad in southern parts of the county.

    Forecasters say snow and rain will continue today, but that it will become warmer this afternoon.

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  7. Headteacher's concerns over free lockdown meals

    A Lincolnshire head teacher says school staff have had "incredibly little time" to produce food hampers for students learning from home during the current coronavirus lockdown.

    Free school meals

    Children who would usually be given free meals at school are entitled to them at home during lockdown.

    Katie Barry, headteacher at St George's Church of England Primary School in Gainsborough, says staff had just a few days to go from making food for children at school to arranging the assembly and delivery of 250 food parcels.

    She says the school is being paid the equivalent of £8.50 per week by the government to provide five meals per child, and five members of staff have had to scour the town's supermarkets for food for the hampers.

    Quote Message: £8.50 is not a lot to get five healthy meals for a growing child who's expected to be doing home learning." from Katie Barry Headteacher
    Katie BarryHeadteacher

    Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said the government will "support any school that needs to take action".

  8. Lincolnshire's weather today

    Keep warm at home or wrap up if you are going out for your exercise today.

    Snow is forecast for much of the county during today.

    Lincolnshire weather forecast

    You can find the latest weather forecast for your local area here.

  9. Lincolnshire Covid-19 infection rate drops

    Lincolnshire's Covid-19 infection rate has fallen again, according to the latest figures.

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    All areas have shown a drop in infection rates except Boston, which has seen a rise of three cases since last week.

    The figures include infections in the week up to and including 9 January.

    The lowest rates are in North East Lincolnshire and East Lindsey at 154 and 160 per 100,000 people respectively.

    The highest rates are in South Kesteven and Lincoln, where case rates are 354 and 348 respectively per 100,000 people.

    The current average infection rate in England is 618 per 100,000 people.

  10. Woman fined for driving 100 miles for burger with sister

    A woman has been fined fined for breaking the "essential travel" coronavirus lockdown rule and travelling from Lincolnshire to North Yorkshire to eat a burger with her sister, police say.

    McDonalds in Scarborough

    Police in North Yorkshire say the woman, in her 30s, who hasn't been named, has been given a fixed penalty notice for the 100-mile journey to Scarborough.

    Under current government rules, people are being asked to stay at home and only travel from their local area if it's essential.

    Ch Insp Rachel Wood, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "Driving through three counties to get a burger is not classed as essential travel.

    "Most people in North Yorkshire are trying really hard to stop the spread of Covid in our communities and protect the vulnerable," she added.

  11. Taxi driver jailed for two years over fatal Lincoln crash

    A Lincolnshire taxi driver has been jailed for two years and banned from driving for six years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

    Wendy Short

    Wendy Short, 79, from Lincoln (pictured) died, and another passenger was seriously injured, when the driver of the taxi she was in used his mobile on the A46 at Lincoln in July 2019.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard Ian Penman had used his phone for over 30 seconds just before crashing into the back of a lorry.

    Penman, 67, of The Burrows, in Nettleham, admitted the charges in May last year and was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday.

    He was also ordered to pass an extended retest before he can legally drive again.

    Passing sentence, Judge John Pini QC said: "This case demonstrates, if proof were needed, the real dangers of using hand-held mobile phones.

    "Here such use has killed one person and seriously injured another."

    Mrs Short's family has appealed for drivers not to use mobile phones when driving to prevent similar accidents in the future.

    In a statement, a family member said: "If you think of using your phone when driving, remember her name and the pain and loss we will feel forever. Your call can wait."

  12. Lincolnshire Covid infection rate half England average

    The coronavirus infection rate in Lincolnshire is less than half the rate of England's, according to the latest figures.

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    Latest figures, which reflect the week ending on 7 January, show Lincolnshire's infection rate as approximately 261 cases per 100,000 people.

    The England average is currently 625 cases of infection per 100,000 people.

    The highest rate nationally is in London, where 1,527 people per 100,000 in Barking and Dagenham have tested positive.

    The district with the highest infection rate in Lincolnshire is South Kesteven, with 389 per 100,000 people.

    Four of Lincolnshire's districts are falling or showing no change in virus rates, while three - Boston, South Holland and East Lindsey - are seeing rising numbers.

  13. North Yorkshire issues most pandemic fines locally

    Rob England

    BBC England Data Unit

    Police forces in some parts of Yorkshire have given out up to eight times more pandemic-related fines than others, official figures show.

    Officers in North Yorkshire issued nearly 1,484 fixed penalty notices between 27 March and 20 December, according to data from the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC).

    West Yorkshire reported 1,061 fines issued, South Yorkshire 673 and Humberside 169.

    The police have a legal duty to make sure the lockdown rules are enforced. But the government has faced calls for clarity on what defines a breach of restrictions after two women were incorrectly fined by officers in Derbyshire.

    Chart showing police fines in England for pandemic-related offences

    Most of the fines issued across Yorkshire so far have been for breaking national lockdown restrictions and local restrictions under the tiered system, with North Yorkshire issuing 1,477.

    West Yorkshire Police gave out the most fines for holding gatherings of more than 30 people - at 17 - while South Yorkshire gave out the most fines for breaking guidance on face coverings - with seven issued.

    NPCC Chair, Martin Hewitt said enforcement of coronavirus regulations "shouldn't always equal police involvement" but those who "blatantly ignore" government guidance should expect a fine.

  14. Lincolnshire's weather today

    Expect a chilly day with rain later in the afternoon.

    There may even be sleet mixed in as we head into the evening.

    Lincoln weather forecast

    You can find the latest forecast for your local area here.

  15. Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cold night in Lincolnshire.

    Here's the latest forecast:

    Weather Forecast
  16. More vaccination sites confirmed for Lincolnshire

    Several new coronavirus vaccination sites will be up and running in Lincolnshire by the end of the week, it's been confirmed.

    Man getting Covid-19 vaccination

    The new sites will be at:

    • The Storehouse, Skegness
    • Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
    • Springfields, Spalding
    • John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough
    • Marisco Medical Practice, Mablethorpe

    The next step for the county’s NHS to roll out the programme further is expected to be two large vaccination sites and a roving service across the county.