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Severe disruption: A151 Lincolnshire both ways

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A151 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from The Delph to Clay Drove.

A151 Lincolnshire - A151 Bourne Road in Spalding closed and it's very slow in both directions from The Delph junction to the Clay Drove junction, because of a fire at a building.

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

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:

Severe disruption: A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound

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A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to Fulbridge Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Soke Parkway closed and queues eastbound from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to the Fulbridge Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

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:

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

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A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, at J15 for Toll Bar Way.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound at J15, Toll (Sawtry), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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Cinemagoers assault staff after being refused entry

Do you recognise these people? Police want to speak to them after a member of staff at a Lincolnshire cinema was assaulted while stopping two people trying to get into a screening.

The man and woman
Lincolnshire Police

Police say a man and woman had tried to gain access to screens at the Savoy Cinema in Grantham at about 18:00 on Friday 10 January.

They assaulted a staff member who had challenged them.

The staff member was left shaken but uninjured, according to police.

Officers say they want to trace the man and woman pictured above in connection with the assault.

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.

sausages
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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.

Astronaut Tim Peake plants sapling in Lincolnshire

Astronaut Tim Peake has visited Sir Isaac Newton's former home in Lincolnshire to plant some saplings grown from seeds he took into space.

Peake, who spent six months on the International Space Station in 2015-16, was at Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham, earlier.

He said he hoped the saplings, grown from the apple tree said to have inspired Newton to speculate on the nature of gravity, might inspire a new generation of scientists:

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Enthusiast eyeing new record on DIY bike

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A motorcycle enthusiast is hoping to set a new land speed world record on his homemade bike.

Ian Arnold, known as the "mad motorcyclist of Whissendine" is heading to the famous salt flats of Bonneville, Utah in the US next year.

He'll compete in the DIY vehicle, which he describes as looking like an aircraft with no wings.

Ian Arnold in his vehicle
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The bike has just a 100cc engine - that's the same size as a ride-on lawnmower.

He's aiming to get it to about 170mph beating the current land speed record of 151mph.

Mr Arnold said: "I'll have an eight or nine mile course where I go in a straight line, strapped in, barely able to move or breath, I'll be so focused on just achieving that speed."

£9,000 raised towards Grantham 'Heroes Orchard'

More than £9,000 has been raised towards plans to plant a "heroes orchard" in Grantham in memory of all those who fought and died in World War Two.

Information board in Wyndham Park
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Seventy five trees will be planted in the orchard next to in Wyndham Park, to mark the 75th anniversaries of D-Day, the Battle of Arnhem and VE Day.

The group behind the Heroes Commemorative Orchard say each tree will represent "not only passing of the years but the strength and diversity of a shared spirit"

An appeal by The Wyndham Park Forum has raised £9,209 of the £12,177 needed.

Backpacker dies after falling from cliff in Australia

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

Madalyn Davis
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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.”

Diamond Bay, Sydney
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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:

Severe accident: B1174 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

B1174 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from A1 Grantham South to Gorse Lane.

B1174 Lincolnshire - B1174 in Little Ponton closed in both directions from Grantham South to the Gorse Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Man jailed for hotel attack on woman

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A man who assaulted a woman at a Loughborough hotel has been jailed.

Adrian Excell, 51, of Shortfen, Orton Malborne, Peterborough spent the evening with his victim before taking her back to the hotel on Ashby Road.

At about 04:00 a staff member responded to a noise complaint. When the victim answered the door she was covered in blood and bruising.

Staff escorted her to reception where security were called and tried to stop Excell from leaving.

He rammed their security van that was blocking the exit and left the area.

The victim was taken to hospital with a fractured nose and perforated eardrum.

Excell appeared at Leicester Crown Court where he admitted one count of actual bodily harm and one count of failure to report a road accident.

He was sentenced to 47 weeks in prison and banned from driving for 66 weeks and fined £149.

The road the hotel is on.
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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.

Ambulance on the road
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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:

Alternative academy in Spalding officially opens today

A school for children who need an alternative education will welcome students for the first time from today.

Pupil writing in a notebook
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The Springwell Alternative Academy, which occupies the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in Matmore Gate, Spalding, will offer places for 63 pupils aged between four and 16.

The school, which is Springwell's fourth in Lincolnshire, is open to children who don't cope well in mainstream schools.

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, around West Marsh Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Spalding blocked and queues in both directions around the West Marsh Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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:

Severe accident: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, from J12 A6116 to J13 A45.

A14 Northamptonshire - A14 closed and queues eastbound from J12, A6116 (Islip) to J13, A45 (Thrapston), because of an accident. Congestion to J11 (Finedon).

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

Vote on controversial chicken farm deferred

A vote on controversial plans to build a large poultry farm near Grantham has been deferred.

A chicken
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Proposals had been put forward to build at a six-shed farm at High Dike in Great Ponton which would have housed 270,000 birds.

But planners at South Kesteven District Council have voted for a cooling off period.

Richard Parkinson from Great Ponton objects to the plans.

He is concerned about the site, and any smell.

But Kenny Dillan, on behalf of the applicant Bowler Adams, said: "We're going to review our situation and we're going to take some advice and then get back to the council and councillors.

"We want to work with the council and allay any fears it may have."

Councillors will discuss the plan again in February.

Police search for missing teenager

Police are looking for a 13-year-old boy from Spalding who has not been seen for two days.

Thomas Evans
Lincolnshire Police

Thomas Evans was last seen in Church Street in Spalding at 15:00 on Monday.

He is 5ft 6in tall, is of a medium build and has short dark brown hair

He was last seen wearing a school uniform and has links to the Northamptonshire area.