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Balloon and lantern releases to be banned on council land

The release of sky lanterns and balloons could be banned in some areas of Lincolnshire.

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South Kesteven District Council plans to impose the ban on its own land, because of the danger posed to wildlife and the environment.

Matthew Capper, from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, says balloons and lanterns can be harmful.

"Balloon releases are not good for wildlife, particularly if something like that ends up the sea. For a lot of marine life, if something like that looks like a jellyfish floating in the water then they're going to eat it.

"Setting off something like a Chinese lantern which has a naked flame can set fire to dry areas."

Councillors are expected to adopt the ban at a meeting in Grantham on Tuesday.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's a chilly start to the day with a few scattered showers here and there.

That rain should clear out this afternoon leaving us with a mostly dry, fine and bright end to the day with temperatures of about 9C.

Overnight it will stay mostly dry and Saturday looks like it will bring plenty of sunshine our way:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start it's going to turn wet and windy with gusts of up to 55mph.

Temperatures will reach about 11C or 12C.

Things will clear a little ovenight but there may still be some showers in places:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright day for most with temperatures up to about 9C or 10C.

Overnight there may be one or two showers in western parts but it will stay dry for most:

CCTV crackdown on illegal school parking scrapped

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme which uses mobile CCTV cameras to crack down on illegal parking outside schools in Lincolnshire is to be scrapped.

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Eight schools, including four in Lincoln, have been taking part in the trial which began in 2017.

However, county councillors look set to end the scheme due to costs of rolling it out further and the limited number of schools the vehicles could cover.

A report due to go before a highways scrutiny meeting on 20 January will say councillors had concerns about extending the programme.

It will say: “Members of the working group recommended that after giving full consideration to the information provided by officers that the CCTV enforcement trial be ended.

"In part due to the cost, level of effectiveness and the limited number of schools the vehicle could cover. The costs of rolling the scheme out further were also a key factor."

LNER urged to think again over 'Lincolnshire' sausages

Train operator LNER has come under criticism for introducing Lincolnshire sausages to its on board menu - because they're sourced from Yorkshire.

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The firm says it wants to make the addition to the menu as a result of of more services being introduced to and from Lincoln.

A new LNER menu says its chefs have "recently enjoyed spending time with our Yorkshire butchers...developing the perfect Lincolnshire sausage".

But farmers and commuters have called for a re-think on the policy and argue the product should be sourced from Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill says: "It should be Lincolnshire sausages on a Lincolnshire recipe, made in Lincolnshire. I 100% back the campaign.

LNER has been approached for comment but has not as yet responded.

Backpacker dies after falling from cliff in Australia

A backpacker from Lincolnshire has died after falling off a cliff in Sydney.

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Emergency services were called to the Diamond Bay clifftops in Sydney's eastern suburbs at about 06.30 on Sunday following reports that a woman had fallen off the cliff.

Police, Fire & Rescue New South Wales and NSW Ambulance paramedics searched with the assistance of PolAir and the Marine Area Command, and the body of a woman was retrieved from the water about four hours later.

The woman has been named as 21-year-old make-up artist Madalyn Davis (pictured above).

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Staff at the British Consulate in Sydney are in contact with local authorities following the death of a British woman at Diamond Bay, NSW.”

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Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start to the day it's going to turn wet and windy, with gales in places.

Temperatures will get up to 9C or 10C in places:

Ambulance service buys in private crews to meet demand

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to spend £1m buying in extra crews from the private sector as it struggles to cope with "unprecedented" demand.

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The service uses around 28 private ambulance crews each day, on top of its own.

It had wanted to cut their use completely by the end of this month, but will now retain them until at least the end of March.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a largely dry day today but it will feel pretty chilly with temperatures only getting up to about 7C or 8C.

Overnight it will turn cloudy with one or two patches of drizzle:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be cloudy and dry for most today though we may see some showers across North Yorkshire.

Temperatures will vary across the region between about 6C in the north and 11C across Lincolnshire.

Overnight it will remain cloudy with some patchy rain in places:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be dry and bright for most of us today with temperatures up to 10C or 11C.

However, as we head through the evening a band of rain will start to move in from the south bringing some heavy showers with it:

Wind Warning for Lincolnshire

A yellow weather warning for "very strong winds" has been issued for Lincolnshire this week.

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Met Office

The Met Office issued the warning for Thursday, suggesting that there's a small chance of disruption and potentially of damage to buildings or injuries caused by flying debris.

The rest of the week is expected to be breezy, wet and mild.

Tomorrow, highs of 9C are predicted, with light cloud and a moderate breeze.

It's expected that heavy rain will begin tomorrow night and continue into Thursday.

Council tax rise to pay for social care and floods

Your Council Tax bills are set to rise by at least £45 from April, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

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Over half of the 3.5% rise - £45.19 for Band D properties - will be dedicated to paying for adult social care, officials say.

But the leader of the county council says they also plan to spend more on roads, as well as equipping Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue with more pumps to react to flooding.

In 2019, hundreds of properties were evacuated because of flooding in Wainfleet (pictured), Market Rasen, Scotter and Ruskington.

A final decision on the exact bill will be reached next month.

Your pictures: Today's sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunrise across Lincolnshire was pretty spectacular this morning - and if you weren't lucky enough to see it for yourself, our BBC Weather Watchers were out taking these great photos:

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Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for a very windy day today with a yellow weather warning for wind in place across parts of North, West and South Yorkshire.

We will also see some showery outbreaks of rain spreading in from the west throughout the day.

It will, however, be very mild for the time of year with temperatures getting up to about 14C in places:

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Lincolnshire's weather

It looks set to be a wet afternoon in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Mixed reaction to hospital smoking ban

There's been a mixed reaction to Lincolnshire's main hospitals going smoke-free.

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Google

Smoking areas at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth have been removed and smokers will now have to leave the hospital grounds to light up.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says it will provide a safer environment and is in line with national guidance.

You see people standing right outside the front doors and when patients are going in and out it's not nice.

Visitor

I think you should be able to smoke outside. It's not hurting anybody.

Visitor

Smoking ban starts at county's hospitals

Lincolnshire's main hospitals will be entirely smoke-free from today.

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Google

The designated smoking areas at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth have been removed and smokers will have to leave the hospital grounds to light up.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says it will provide a safer environment for people and is in line with national guidance.

Vaping and e-cigarettes will still be allowed.

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a cold and cloudy day in Lincolnshire. Here's the forecast....

BBC
BBC

Lincolnshire weather: Tonight's forecast

Tonight will be dry with long clear spells and some patchy cloud.

However, it will feel colder than of late and there will be gentle westerly winds:

Lincolnshire weather
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Demand for Lincolnshire foodbank on the up

Staff at Grantham Foodbank say there was an 18% increase in the number of families needing donations during the festive period.

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Collection boxes for goods were stationed at council offices around the south of the county in the run-up to Christmas.

Foodbank coordinator Brian Hanbury, says: "Councils are a key leader in what we do. They see and hear of people in crisis all the time through people not being able to pay their rent or struggling to pay their regular bills."

Grantham Foodbank has been in operation since 2011.

Teenager pleads not guilty over triple fatal crash

A 19-year-old girl accused of causing the deaths of three teenage boys by dangerous driving is to stand trial later this year.

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Ricky Sharpe and Aiden Sawyer, both 17, and Joby John Scrimshaw, 14, died when a Vauxhall Astra driven by Ms Boulton crashed at Welton Cliff, in March.

Kasey Boulton, of Heath Close, Welton, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court earlier where she pleaded not guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

She was granted bail until a trial date set for 24 August.

Lincolnshire beach clean tackles seaside rubbish

An army of volunteers is helping clear litter from Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, today.

Anderby Creek
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The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which is organising the New Year Beach Clean, says rubbish left on beaches and washing into the sea is an ongoing problem.

A second beach clean is due to take place at Anderby Creek, near Chapel St Leonards, on Saturday.

'Unprecedented demand' for ambulances on New Year's Eve

East Midlands Ambulance service (EMAS) faced "unprecedented demand" for its services over the New Year holiday, it's been revealed.

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The service, which covers Lincolnshire, took 1,021 calls in the first seven hours of New Year's Day, an average of one 999 call every 20 seconds.

The ambulance service says many of the calls were injuries or illness related to alcohol.

EMAS says people should only use 999 for urgent and life-threatening conditions like suspected strokes, breathing difficulties, heavy bleeding or loss of consciousness.

Our teams have been working tirelessly to prepare for the overall rise in demand expected during December, January and into February and we continue to work closely with colleagues in other NHS organisations to ensure patients receive the help they need."

Ben HoldawayStrategic commander, EMAS

Northern services 'completely unacceptable' - Minister

A government minister has said train operator Northern is not fit to operate and has reiterated the need to intervene on its franchise.

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Transport secretary Grant Shapps says the poor performance by Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, "cannot continue".

Mr Shapps issued a "request for proposals" from the firm and the Operator of Last Resort in October - the first steps towards taking services into direct government control.

Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Shapps criticised the company saying it's "completely unacceptable" to have a situation where trains didn't run to a timetable.

"I simply won't put up with that. It's absolutely the case that Northern are not fit to run. I do not think the service being operated on Northern is anywhere near acceptable.

"I don't think it's right that people can't always rely on their train services...I will absolutely bring that situation to an end."

Responding, David Brown, managing director at Northern, said the franchise has faced "several material and unprecedented challenges" recently, outside of the company's control.

"We are delivering the biggest transformation of local rail for a generation, with 52 of our 101 new trains in service and driver training taking place on dozens more trains right now", he said.

"Alongside 2,000 extra services per week, this is part of a £600m investment in improving customers’ experience. We are continuing to invest in better stations, better offers for customers and more recruitment."

Lincolnshire's rail passengers face higher fares

The price of catching a train in Lincolnshire has gone up from today.

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The price of a ticket on East Midlands Railway services is to rise by 2.6%, while Northern is shunting its fares up by 2.5%.

The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, says the rise will help to pay for investment in the network.

But watchdog Transport Focus has criticised the fare rises, saying passengers already pay over the odds for bad service.

Around half of passengers already believe they're not getting value for money, particularly in the north. Northern and TransPennine Express customers have not had the quality of service, the reliability, to match rising fares in recent years."

David SidebottomTransport Focus

Police appeal to find missing teenager

Police in Lincolnshire are appealing for help to find a teenager who went missing more than a week ago.

Thomas Hill
Lincolnshire Police

Thomas Hill, 17, was last seen at his home in Stamford around 10.40 on 22 December.

He was wearing a black puffa jacket, a burgundy t-shirt with turquoise writing on the front, and black Nike trainers.

Police say his family are "worried about him and would like him to come home".

He is described as 6ft 6in tall, of slight build with broad shoulders, and with dark, ginger hair.

Lincolnshire hospitals facing 'unprecedented demand'

Hospitals across Lincolnshire are still seeing an "unprecedented demand" in the number of people attending A&E, with many needing to be admitted to wards, health bosses say.

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), which runs Lincoln Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Boston's Pilgrim Hospital and County Hospital in Louth, says more people are also arriving by ambulance.

This means patients are facing long waits to be admitted to hospital beds, which is causing delays in A&E, the trust adds.

It's asking people to use local pharmacy and GP services before attending the emergency department.

As a result of this unprecedented demand, our wards are extremely busy and patients are facing waits to be admitted to hospital beds which is causing delays in our A&E. We know that once a person is medically fit to go home, hospital is not the best place for them and so we are working very closely with our partners to get these patients home or to a more suitable place of care as soon as they need it."

Michelle HarrisDeputy director of operations, urgent care, ULHT

Humberside Police chief praises injured officers' return

A chief constable has praised four officers who returned to duty despite being injured while responding to a domestic violence call.

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Humberside Police's Lee Freeman said he had spoken to the officers involved and described them as a "absolute credit" to the force.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault in Coltman Street, Hull, in the early hours of Sunday.

The man has been released while inquiries continue, police said.

In a tweet Mr Freeman said two of the officers suffered facial injuries, one had a suspected broken finger and another was kicked in the knee.