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Woman robbed of 'large amount' of cash in Skegness

A woman has been left shaken after she was robbed of a "large amount of cash", say police.

Police
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The incident happened at about 11:00 on Wednesday on Algitha Road shortly after the woman had visited the NatWest Bank on Grand Parade.

Officers say after taking the cash the male suspect jumped over a fence and ran through a garden into a car park behind some houses before getting in to a silver car.

Lincolnshire Police say they believe the suspect may have also visited the bank.

The woman was left shaken and received minor injuries.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

We're in for a dry, fine and warm day with lengthy sunny spells, though a few areas of patchy cloud may develop this afternoon.

It will stay dry overnight with clear spells, but also a few areas of cloud moving in from the coast.

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Work restarts on WWII Lancaster Bomber sculpture

Work on a memorial to Lincolnshire's aviation heritage has restarted after coronavirus restrictions were eased.

Sculpture plan
Bomber County Gateway Trust

Plans to build a sculpture of a Lancaster Bomber near Newark were approved in 2018.

The sculpture will have a wingspan of 31m and will be mounted on a 10-12m stand. The Bomber County Gateway Trust said it will reach a height of 30m (98ft) above ground.

This week, a team of volunteers have been busy painting the frame of the structure.

It's been painted in shades of blue so it will blends into the sky when the Lancaster Bomber replica (pictured above) is added to the top.

Workers on scultpture
Bomber County Gateway Trust

Tonight's 'clap for carers' should be the last - Organiser

Tonight's weekly applause for front-line workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak should be the last, the woman behind it has said.

People clapping in Harrogate
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It would be "beautiful" to end Clap for Carers after its 10th week, and make it an annual event, Annemarie Plas said.

She said the public had "shown our appreciation" and it was now up to ministers to "reward" key workers.

The event originally began as a one-off to support NHS staff on 26 March - three days after the UK went into lockdown.

However, after proving very popular, it was expanded to cover all key workers and has continued every Thursday at 20:00, with people peering out of their windows or standing on their doorsteps to show their appreciation by clapping, cheering, banging saucepans and playing instruments.

RSPCA fears "cat crisis" over unneutered pets

An animal charity is warning about a potential increase in abandoned litters of kittens because of the difficulty of getting cats neutered during lockdown.

kitten
RSPCA

The RSPCA say as a result of vets needing to prioritise emergencies during the lockdown it has been harder for owners to have their pets spayed.

The charity says it is currently caring for more than 1,000 cats and has dealt with 104 incidents relating to cats in Lincolnshire since the end of March

Dr Samantha Gaines, head of the RSPCA’s companion animal department, said: “We are currently caring for more cats than any other pet throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

"Every year, the scale of the cat overpopulation problem becomes even more apparent from May to September when most cats are born as the RSPCA is often overwhelmed with kittens.

"The kitten season this year will continue despite COVID-19 and so the charity is bracing itself for even more cats.”

Latest Lincolnshire coronavirus figures issued

One more person has died in a Lincolnshire hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, it's been confirmed.

That brings the number of people who've died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and several smaller trusts after testing positive for coronavirus to 135.

A total of 102 people have so far died in hospitals run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust after testing positive for Covid-19.

Test and Trace will make virus policy 'more local'

The government's new Test and Trace programme will make the response to the coronavirus pandemic more specific to regions, a senior health boss in Lincolnshire says.

Coronavirus graphic
BBC

The government says that from today a network of callers will contact people who have coronavirus symptoms and those they've met to tell them to self-isolate.

Tony McGinty, Assistant Director of Public Health in Lincolnshire, says "it's an incredibly important step".

Mr McGinty says the tracing system will mean the country will move away from a nationally imposed lockdown and into a system where regions react differently depending on how affected they are by the virus.

It indicates that the country as a whole is ready to move to this next phase away from national lockdown and more into local control and local political oversight of the way we're managing the outbreak for Lincolnshire."

Tony McGintyAssistant Director of Public Health

Medical stock stolen from ambulance at hospital

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police have launched an appeal for information after medical stock was taken from an ambulance at King's Mill Hospital.

Nottinghamshire Police said theft is thought to have happened between 22:00 and 22:30 on 28 April.

Officers are "keen" to hear from a white man of slim build, who was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each leg, dark trainers and a dark hoody with white or light grey sleeves.

He was carrying a large black bag over his shoulder and his face was covered with a mask.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the force on 101.

Ambulance
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Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

Any areas of cloud around at first will quickly clear to give another dry and fine day with sunshine.

It will, however, be slightly cooler than yesterday.

Staying dry throughout the night, with lengthy clear spells developing with winds freshening a touch:

Weather graphic
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Multi-million pound beach replenishment to get under way

A £7m scheme to replenish Lincolnshire’s beaches with sand and reduce the risk of flooding will start next week, it's been confirmed.

Beach
BBC

The project will see sand dredged from the seabed and pumped onto beaches between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point to replace sand lost over winter.

Replenishing the sand means it takes the brunt of the waves’ energy, which helps prevent flooding.

The work is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Routine hospital operations restart as virus cases drop

Hospitals in Lincolnshire are starting to carry out more essential operations which aren't related to coronavirus, it's been confirmed.

Hospitals
BBC

Staff now feel confident there's enough capacity to rebook operations and to restart services such as supporting home births, according to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

Andrew Morgan, the trust's chief executive, says they're now using some of the capacity which had previously been set aside for coronavirus cases:

I think we were up to a position of maybe 500 or 600 empty beds as we built up our capacity for a potential coronavirus surge. Looking at yesterday's figures, the number of empty beds was below 200."

Andrew MorganCheif executive, ULHT

Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

High pressure will continue to dominate the weather, allowing for a fine and dry day throughout.

Sunny spells for most, but also a few areas of cloud and feeling warm.

Remaining largely dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud.

Perhaps the outside chance of an isolated shower in the early hours with light winds:

Weather graphic
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Police issue fines to campers breaching lockdown guidance

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A number of tourists who breached coronavirus guidelines by staying overnight in council car parks during the Bank Holiday weekend have been given parking fines.

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Lincolnshire County Council said eight motorhome owners were issued with parking notices after refusing to leave, despite being asked.

Authority bosses said there had been a “small minority” of people in motorhomes who broke both the Covid-19 instructions and local by-laws.

However, Councillor Colin Davie, executive councillor for tourism at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m happy to report that in the most part, people stuck to the advice and only used our sites to access the beach in the day time.”

100-plus Bank Holiday virus-related incidents - Police

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Police attended over 100 Covid-19-related incidents over the Bank Holiday weekend, but handed out no fines, the Lincolnshire force has confirmed.

Police
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Mark Baxter, Deputy Chairman of Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, confirmed officers had attended 42 incidents on Saturday and 62 incidents on Sunday, with powers to move people on only used in 34 of those.

Mr Baxter said the responses included visitors to the coast as well as those having house parties and barbecues.

However, he said: “Enforcement is a last resort and it does seem that once people are being spoken to by the police they are being extremely compliant and adhering to the requests.”

Mr Baxter added that the two days were “very quiet” on the east coast, but Monday did see an increase in traffic levels and the number of people visiting the county.

Lincolnshire Show to make virtual comeback

The Lincolnshire Show is to be be hosted online this year after organisers were forced to cancel the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lincolnshire Show
BBC

Organisers, the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS), say the event will take place on 24 June and include educational and agricultural content, cookery demonstrations, entertainment, online shopping and a host of exhibitors.

Jayne Southall, CEO of the LAS said: “Although we were absolutely devastated to cancel the traditional Lincolnshire Show this year, we are so excited to launch the Lincolnshire Show Online and venture into the virtual world, a first for the Lincolnshire Show.

Safety prioritised over tourism - Council

People living on the Lincolnshire coast are being reassured their safety is being put ahead of tourism as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased.

Queue for toilet at Skegness last Wednesday
BBC

There's been growing concern about visitors overwhelming the county's beaches now people are allowed to travel without restriction.

Despite calls to keep people away from Lincolnshire's beaches, the sole open disabled toilet at Skegness saw a 40-minute-long queue (pictured) one day last week.

East Lindsey District Council has been urging tourists to stay away, but re-opened car parks and toilets for the Bank Holiday weekend.

In an open letter to local residents, East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland says every decision is being made very carefully as the lockdown continues to ease.

Bank Holiday warning for motorhome owners in Lincolnshire

Ahead of the Bank Holiday, motorhome owners are being warned not to consider staying overnight in car parks at Lincolnshire's beauty spots.

Anderby Creek
Richard Croft/Geograph

It comes after East Lindsey District Council said it had received "multiple reports" of visitors breaching coronavirus restrictions and local bylaws.

Councillor Colin Davie said: "The coast is not open to holidaymakers and overnight stays have never been permitted.

"It's disappointing some people are exploiting the facilities in this way, when the majority are following the rules.

"Anyone found on the site at night will be reported to Lincolnshire Police."

It applies to five coastal car parks, including Anderby Creek (pictured) and Wolla Bank, near Ingoldmells.

Lincolnshire volunteers sought for Covid-19 vaccine trial

Scientists developing a vaccine against coronavirus are appealing for volunteers from Lincolnshire to take part in a trial.

A tray of lab samples
Reuters/Anton Vaganov

It's being conducted by experts at Nottingham University Hospitals.

Participants have to be over 18, in good health and be able to attend up to 12 appointments during the year-long study.

The Oxford Vaccine Trial involves thousands of volunteers from across the UK.

Bank Holiday advice from Lincolnshire's Chief Constable

Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, Lincolnshire's Chief Constable is warning people to stick to social distancing rules and stay at home if possible as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Billy Skelly
Lincolnshire Police

Bill Skelly says his officers will be patrolling across the county and explaining the restrictions to the few who break the rules.

He says: "Guidelines and restrictions have changed, allowing people to spend more time outside, but the risk from Coronavirus remains.

"These new guidelines mean there is a real focus on an individual’s personal responsibility - to maintain 2m social distancing and to stay at home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of the virus."

Burghley Horse trials cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

Lincolnshire's Burghley Horse Trials has become the latest event to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Horse at Burghley Horse Trials
Jonathan Hutchins/Geograph

It's the first time the event has been called off since it started almost 60 years ago.

Sir Richard Jewson, chairman of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee, said the decision to cancel was taken with "great disappointment and sadness".

In a statement, he said: "We are so appreciative of the support and co-operation we have received at this difficult time.

"We must now focus our efforts on planning the 2021 event," he added.

Next year's trials will take place from Wednesday 1 September to Sunday 5 September, organisers said.

Woman with learning disabilities could have teeth removed

A judge has approved a plan which could lead to a woman with mental health difficulties having all her teeth taken out.

Dental work
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Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles, sitting at the Court of Protection, ruled the woman could have a "full dental clearance" to address a long-term problem with her teeth.

Lawyers representing hospital bosses said the issue caused pain, made eating difficult and was leading to weight loss.

The court heard the woman, who is being treated by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, had a severe learning disability and could behave in a challenging fashion.

The judge concluded that the woman did not have the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment and said the planned treatment, which has been approved by lawyers representing the woman and a relative, was in her best interests.

Lincolnshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It's going to be blustery today with strong winds from the south west.

Any lingering rain will clear to leave much of the day dry and sunny, with just the odd shower.

It will remain windy tonight though it should be largely dry.

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Lincolnshire coronavirus mortuary remains on standby

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A mortuary put in place in Lincolnshire in case hospitals were overwhelmed during the coronavirus crisis has not been needed, but is still on standby for a possible second wave, it's been confirmed.

RAF Woodhall sign
Google

The mortuary at the former RAF Woodhall Spa site was part of preparations by Lincolnshire Resilience Forum for worst-case scenarios in case of a big rise in coronavirus fatalities.

The hope was to enable those who died to be “treated with dignity and respect".

The 500-capacity facility is still in place, according to Mark Baxter, Deputy Chief Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.

He said: "Fortunately we haven’t really needed that facility. We need to be mindful, however, that there is still slight uncertainty whether there’ll be a second wave of the virus.

"So it’s only right we still continue to have those contingency plans in place for us to be able to stand it up as and when we have a need."

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

It will be a sunny and warm end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather graphic
BBC

Call for extension to caravan season is 'cry for help'

The caravan season in Lincolnshire could be extended over the winter as a way to boost the coastal economy following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, it's being suggested.

Caravan park in Lincolnshire
Mat Fascione/Geograph

Caravan Parks in the county usually close between November and March because of fears over coastal flooding.

However, this year they were forced to shut from late March due to the coronavirus pandemic and, under current advice, it could still be some time before they are able to reopen.

Tim Leader, executive director for economic growth at East Lindsey District Council, says the authority is currently considering an extension to the season due to the current circumstances.

It could get the go-ahead after businesses asked the authority to consider it "with a real sense of urgency", he adds.

We are responding to a cry for help, frankly, from the key sector that keeps the heartbeat of the coast going."

Tim LeaderEast Lindsey District Council

Common sense plea after visitors flock to coast

The Assistant Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire has called for people to use "good old-fashioned common sense" after high numbers of visitors flocked to the county.

Queue for toilet in Skegness
BBC

People from across the country travelled to the coast yesterday despite calls to keep away from Lincolnshire's beaches.

In Skegness there was a 40-minute-long queue for the sole open disabled toilet.

Tony McGinty said he was concerned about some of the scenes around the county's coastline, including people "clearly not managing to keep the social distancing rules, queuing for the small amount of amenities that were available and getting far to close to each other".

He said: "I think the message is clear, yes, you can travel, yes, you can go to places that you want to go to to do your exercise, but only if you maintain those social distancing rules.

"The PM was clear about [applying] good old-fashioned common sense and I think we just need to get people to focus on that."

Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of sunshine this morning but with the chance of the odd shower.

It'll be warm and dry this afternoon although generally fresher than yesterday.

This evening it will stay fine with lots of late sunshine, but, overnight, cloud will then thicken, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the west during the early hours.

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Humberside firefighters join Doncaster moor blaze battle

Firefighters from Humberside Fire and Rescue service are among those helping to tackle a moorland blaze in South Yorkshire.

The fire
Humberside Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire firefighters have already been on the scene at Hatfield Moors in Doncaster for more than 48 hours.

Fire crews are expected to keep battling the blaze "for a few more days", according to the fire service.

The burning moorland
Humberside Fire and Rescue

People are being advised to take care when travelling nearby as the fire has been causing some visibility problems on the M180, with wind blowing smoke onto the motorway.

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

It will be a warm dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather Forecast
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Recycling centres to accept more types of waste

From Monday, Household Waste Recycling Centres in Lincolnshire will be able to accept more waste, it's been confirmed.

Residents will be able to bring cardboard and glass to sites across the county, along with garden waste and wood.

Then, from Monday 1 June residents will also be able to bring electricals, scrap metal and black bagged household waste:

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Queuing for the loo in Skegness

Hundreds of people have ignored requests to avoid Lincolnshire's coastline after coronavirus restrictions were slightly eased last week.

Queue For The Loo
BBC

As a result, there've been long queues of people waiting to go to the loo in Skegness.

East Lindsey District Council is advising people to stay away from the town, saying many public facilities remain closed due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Reopening date 'ultimately rests with schools' - Council

Schools in Lincolnshire have been given the freedom to choose whether or not to reopen to pupils on 1 June.

Linconlshire County Council
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From the start of next month, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in England will be able to return to school if infection rates and the government's other tests at the time allow it. England is the only UK nation to set a return date so far.

However, at least 11 councils have expressed concerns over safety and timing.

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) says decisions regarding re-opening ultimately rest with schools.

The government has announced that some pupils could potentially return to primary school in June, if cases of coronavirus continue to fall over the next few weeks. Local schools are carefully considering the proposals, and working hard to make sure they can keep the school environment as safe as possible, if the plans are given the go ahead, whilst still supporting home learning for pupils who won't be returning yet. Decisions regarding re-opening ultimately rest with schools, and we are continuing to work with them to ensure their plans are well-considered and supported."

Martin SmithInterim Assistant Director For Education at LCC

Home birth service reinstated across Lincolnshire

Expectant mums in Lincolnshire can once again chose to have a home birth after the service was suspended at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pregnant woman
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The maternity department at Boston and Lincoln says it has reorganised staffing and some midwives have now returned to work.

The following changes have also been made by Maternity Services in Lincolnshire to keep families safe:

  • Redesigned services in line with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • "Attend Anywhere" virtual ante-natal and post-natal consultations which help personalise care when it is needed to be provided over the phone
  • Routine swabbing for Covid-19 for admissions to Labour Ward, Induction of Labour and for Elective Caesarean Sections
  • Early discharge home is encouraged
  • National guidance of use of Personal Protective Equipment is being followed

Council video says virus effort 'will be worth it'

East Lindsey District Council says it's sticking to its message of asking tourists not to visit Lincolnshire for now.

The leader of the authority, Councillor Craig Leyland, says the message remains the same, even though lockdown has been eased.

The authority has released a new video created with the help of tourism bosses and the NHS.

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Five new Covid-19-related deaths in county's care homes

Five people have died in care homes in Lincolnshire in the past week after testing positive for coronavirus - a drop of three on the week before, it's been confirmed.

The number of Covid-19-related deaths in the county's care homes in the previous week was eight and four weeks ago the figure stood at 16, according to the Care Quality Commission.

Meanwhile, there have been no further deaths of people who had previously tested positive for coronavirus and who were being cared for at Lincolnshire's hospitals.

That means the number of people in Lincolnshire who've died after testing positive for Covid-19 and were being treated in hospital remains at 140.

Defence Minister 'delighted' Red Arrows staying in county

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin has said he is "delighted" the Red Arrows will be staying in Lincolnshire after it was announced the aerobatics team would be moving from RAF Scampton to RAF Waddington in 2022.

A Red Arrows Hawk TMk1 XX177 at RAF Scampton
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Mr Quin said: "The Red Arrows have a proud and prominent place in British culture and have long demonstrated the best of what the UK Armed Forces offer with their world-renowned skills, discipline and teamwork.

"I am delighted they will be able to continue to practise their extraordinary aerobatic talents above RAF Scampton in their home county of Lincolnshire."

Health boss confident county has virus-testing capacity

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Health bosses are confident Lincolnshire’s testing capacity will cope with an influx of potential coronavirus patients following the addition of new eligibility criteria and symptoms.

Coronavirus testing
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Deputy director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Tony McGinty spoke out after the government yesterday announced anyone aged five and over in the UK with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus.

“We are confident that we have the capacity,” he said.

"We’re running lots of testing still and we have the ability to call up more testing with support from the Ministry of Defence.”

In Pictures: 20 years of the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton

Since the Red Arrows moved to RAF Scampton in 2000 the aerobatic team has helped mark some of the UK's biggest celebrations and graced the skies above some of the world's most famous landmarks.

Here's a few pictures from the history books for you to enjoy:

Red Arrows at Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002
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The Queen's Golden Jubilee - 2002
Red Arrows - Giza, Egypt
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A solitary Red Arrow flies over the Pyramids at Giza - 2003
The Red Arrows fly next to the Acropolis 2005.
Getty Images/Aris Messinis
The Acropolis, Athens - 2005
The Red Arrows fly past during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony
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The London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony - 2012
The US Navy Blue Angels, The Royal Air Force Red Arrows and the USAF Thunderbirds fly up the Hudson River in New York City
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The New York airshow - 2019
The Royal Air Force Red Arrows pass over the London Eye on the bank of the River Thames during a flypast in central London to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
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The 75th anniversary of VE Day - 2020