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Chapter 5 - The Riddle Tree

James and the gang find themselves in a brand new dimension!
Having saved Frank the badger from the evil Galaxon, the gang follow ARAGH's best tracker to a brand new dimension in search of the final missing ring.

Lincolnshire councils pay out over £250k in compensation

Falling off donkeys, walking into noticeboards and getting friction burns from slides are just some of the things people have tried to claim compensation for from Greater Lincolnshire councils over the past five years, it's been revealed.

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Under a Freedom Of Information request to all the district councils, Lincolnshire County Council and North and North East Lincolnshire councils were asked for details of both successful and unsuccessful claims.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said Greater Lincolnshire councils have paid at least £263,246.89, but not all authorities could give all their figures so the final tally is likely to be higher.

East Lindsey District Council had the most claims at 52.

Of those who responded, the highest successful claim was from North Kesteven District Council which paid out £32,414 for a slip/trip or fall claim.

There was an unsuccessfully claim to the City of Lincoln Council for slipping on bird droppings.

Hospitals use AI to to help breast screening

The trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospitals is one of just two in the country to take part in a groundbreaking new trial using artificial intelligence (AI) to support breast screening.

Doctor looking at mammogram
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Currently all images produced during mammograms are reviewed by two members of the breast screening team.

But it's hoped the new assessment tool will revolutionise the way scans are read and analysed in the future.

Simon Harris, from the East Midlands Radiology Consortium, said: "Artificial intelligence is very good at pattern recognition. It looks at a mammogram image and it looks at certain markers or signs that are in there which might be something of interest.

"It's not very good at creative thinking in the way a human would be, but it is very good at spotting differences in images."

Consultant mammographer Bernadette Trzcinski says she thinks it'll make a big difference.

"It also means the women we have to recall because we've spotted something on their mammogram which we want to have a further look at, we have more time to spend with those women who are very anxious," she says.

More than 60 weapons surrendered to police

A total of 63 weapons have been handed in to police stations across Lincolnshire as part of a two-week long firearms surrender.

The weapons
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Of the 63 firearms, there were four air pistols, 44 rifles, and 15 shotguns.

The guns and ammunition will be destroyed, police say.

We had a selection of weapons handed in. These included fully-functional weapons through to imitation weapons. Imitation weapons in the wrong hands can cause as much fear as live weapons. We are delighted residents have supported our campaign and handed in these weapons which will prevent them from getting into the wrong hands."

Det Insp Mark SeageLincolnshire Police

Students across Lincolnshire get A-level results

Hundreds of sixth formers in Lincolnshire have been getting their A-level results this morning.

Students at North Kesteven

Many students hope they've got the grades needed to go to their chosen university - others will have to go through the clearing process to find a place.

At North Kesteven Academy, 100% of students achieved A* or A grades in their chemistry A-level, while more than half of students taking Art A-level achieved A* or A grades.

We are really proud of our students who have done incredibly well as a cohort this year. Our teachers have also worked so hard and we have had some real success stories."

Jo TunnicliffeHeadteacher, North Kesteven Academy

Abuse towards young referees is 'unacceptable'

Football officials in Lincolnshire say the abuse faced by referees in the grassroots game is unacceptable and they're taking action to stamp it out.

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Michael Brader, the Referee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association, said on one match day last month three referees had been "reduced to tears" by supporters coming on to the pitch.

This season the association is giving referees under the age of 18 purple shirts to highlight their age in an effort to reduce the chances of them being targeted for physical or verbal abuse.

Earlier this year BBC reports highlighted incidents where young referees across the country have been given death threats and attacked by players and coaches.

What we want to do is take away those limited times when it all goes wrong and people over step the mark, and those bad experiences. We want to eliminate them as much as we can."

Michael BraderReferee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be a few showers around this morning but they will clear away quite quickly and it'll turn dry and bright day for most.

Temperatures could get up to 21C in places:

Sala and pilot 'exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash'

Footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash over the English Channel, had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, a report has revealed.

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
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Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle in North Lincolnshire, died in a crash on 21 January while flying to Cardiff from the French city of Nantes.

Toxicology tests on Sala's body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

Mr Ibbotson has still not been found.

But it is likely he would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide, the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) report said.

Students across Lincolnshire receive BTEC results

Students across Lincolnshire are receiving their BTEC and vocational qualification results today.

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Nationally, it's a record year for results.

More than half of all the qualifications awarded to 16 to 18-year-olds in England are for vocational courses, like BTECs and City & Guilds.

Boston College in Lincolnshire offers training in subjects like cookery, brick laying and hairdressing.

Lydia Graves, who opened her results there this morning, says: "I got a triple distinction star in engineering, and I'm going to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to study architectural engineering.

"I did a year of A-levels and I wasn't a fan of mixing between different subjects that didn't really line up together, whereas with engineering I can focus on what I'm really passionate about."

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy day with very heavy outbreaks of rain, especially in southern Lincolnshire.

Temperatures will get up to about 18C:

Cauliflower shortages as extreme weather kills crops

Britain is experiencing a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather killed off much of this year's crops.

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Heavy rainfall in June destroyed crops in Lincolnshire, and alternative European supplies wilted in last month's heatwave.

Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops.

The shortages were described as "very concerning" by a spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association.

Other brassica - including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts - are also in short supply.

PCC rejects blanket ban on hands-free phone use in cars

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) says he doesn't support a blanket ban on the use of hands-free mobile phones in cars.

Man on phone while driving
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A committee of MPs is considering today whether the use of hands-free should be banned in cars.

But Marc Jones, Lincolnshire's PCC, said: "An effective hands-free kit can be used safely in a car. So I wouldn't necessarily say a blanket ban is the way I would choose to go.

"If you went to an out-and-out ban you would just see an increase in people using mobile phones illegally. The fact that all vehicles are fitted with capacity to use telephones using Bluetooth - how are you going to disable all that technology in all of those vehicles?"

Mr Jones added that a ban would be "very difficult to enforce" and has called for MPs to find a "practical, pragmatic way forward".

County attractions among top 500 'unmissable experiences'

Four Lincolnshire attractions have been named among the UK's top 500 "unmissable experiences", according to Lonely Planet.

Burghley House

The travel guide company has included Burghley House (above), the Viking Way Walk, Lincoln Cathedral (below) and Woolsthorpe Manor on the list.

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral is number 78 on the list, the Viking Way Walk - a long distance trail running 147 miles between the Humber Bridge and Rutland Water - is 342 and Burghley House, near Stamford, is number 486.

Woolsthorpe Manor

Woolsthorpe Manor, childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton and home to the apple tree said to have inspired his theory of gravity, was placed at 384.

New dementia support service in Lincolnshire

A new support service for dementia patients and their families is being launched in Lincolnshire.

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Three organisations - St Barnabas Hospice, Dementia UK and Lincolnshire County Council - are working together to provide the county with six specialist dementia nurses or "Admiral Nurses".

They will work with families to provide one- to- one support.

Tracey Carter, from Dementia UK, said: "Our focus, for want of a better word, is to try and enable families to stay in the here and now, to focus on the here and now and to develop a good quality of life and to help them live well with dementia. And then to feel less fear and less stress about thinking about the future and planning."

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly dry and bright today but there could be a few isolated showers in places.

Temperatures will get up to 19C:

Sexual health text service for young people

A new sexual health text service will provide advice and support to young people in Lincolnshire.

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ChatHealth, launched today by Lincolnshire Sexual Health (LiSH), is an easy way for young people aged 13 to 19 to confidentially ask for help about a range of sexual health issues by contacting 07520 649893.

ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday and automatic replies will be sent to messages received out of hours.

LiSH, which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, provides confidential and non-judgmental advice, testing and treatment for all aspects of sexual health, including contraception.

We are really pleased to be able to offer ChatHealth to young people across Lincolnshire. It will make accessing confidential advice about sexual health services easier and less daunting for them.”

Heidi ShooterAdvanced sexual health practitioner for LiSH

Police chiefs answer your questions

Lincolnshire's top police officer and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are due to host their first Public Assurance meeting later.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly and PCC Marc Jones plan on hosting similar open meetings in the coming months:

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Chapter 4 - The Rescue

James and the gang have to save Frank!
Frank, ARAGH's best tracker, is being held captive by Galaxon... but not for long! James and the gang are on the case, and travel across space to stage a rescue.

Chapter 3 - The Prisoner

Who is Galaxon really, and what exactly is he up to?
Galaxon is an all-evil pan-dimensional being, isn't he? He's big, he's scary, and is no one to be trifled with! Or maybe all is not what it originally seems...

Young refs to don purple shirts to curb on-pitch abuse

Young football referees are being issued with purple shirts by Lincolnshire's FA in a bid to stop the "growing number" of incidents of intimidation and verbal abuse they face on matchdays.

Young refs
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All active referees between the ages of 14 and 17 will be issued with the distinctive shirts identifying them as children for the 2019-20 season.

The FA says abuse towards any official isn't tolerated, but it is particularly shocking when it's directed towards anyone under 18.

It is really important to Lincolnshire FA that we are doing everything we can to create a safe and positive environment for all our children and young people to learn, grow and develop. The purple shirt is a great way to ensure that everyone is aware when the referee on their game is a child."

Sarah PridmoreDesignated Safeguarding Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Tens of thousands of children abused or neglected - NSPCC

About 30,000 children in Lincolnshire have been abused or neglected, according to new research by the NSPCC.

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The children's charity adds that a majority of NHS mental health services in the country are still not doing enough to address the needs of at-risk children, despite improvements.

It's now calling for more transparency from NHS England on how the system is funded.

Isobel Roberts, from the NSPCC, says things have to change:

Our research has found that in most areas children's mental health plans still don't do enough to address the needs of the most vulnerable."

Isobel RobertsNSPCC

Child-parent abuse almost triples in three years

The number of reported crimes involving children attacking parents has almost tripled in the past three years, data suggests.

Woman being attacked

Comparable data for 19 police forces in England, Wales and the Channel Islands saw annual incidents jump from 7,224 in 2015 to 14,133 in 2018.

The number of incidents in Lincolnshire has risen from 335 in 2015 to 915 in 2018.

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) said the rise was due to a change in recording practices.

The data, provided following BBC Freedom of Information requests, was gathered by asking police for adolescent to parent violence and abuse statistics from 2015-2018.

Violence is never ok, no one should have to experience these things. Safety is our number one consideration, but it's important to recognise that all behaviour is a form of communication and to look at why children are being violent and what we can do to support them and their families."

Nick HarropYoung Minds

New health worker protests in Lincolnshire pay row

Health workers in Lincolnshire are starting another series of protests as part of a continuing row over pay.

Lincolnshire County Council sign

Members of the Unite union say they haven't had a pay increase since 2017 when their contracts were transferred over to the county council from the NHS.

They're planning demonstrations in Gainsborough, Lincoln and Louth this week following nine previous days of strike action.

Michelle, who's been a health worker for 28 years, said protesters wanted the council to "recognise our concerns".

"We'd like to be paid the same as health workers in the rest of the country. At the moment we're being paid £2,000 less and then they're trying to bring in a two-tiered service which they are making us apply for."

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said it had a competitive pay structure which goes beyond what the health service offers.

Check your speed - Police warning ahead of crackdown

Almost 570 people were killed or seriously injured on the county's roads last year, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire Police

In 142 of these cases, speed was a factor.

This month, the force says it's focusing on speeding and outlining factors specific to Lincolnshire which road users are being warned to consider before hitting the accelerator.

Police say the week is about communication and engagement, but the following two weeks will be about enforcement with officers on the look-out for speeding vehicles across the county.

We have lots of A and B roads, sharp bends and vehicles of varying speeds sharing the roads. It’s a rural county and agricultural traffic is inevitable and essential. How drivers respond to this is a choice. Choose speed and you endanger yourself, your passengers and other road users. Slow down and enjoy the rural scenery."

Supt Paul TimminsLincolnshire Police

Over 180 sexual offences against Lincolnshire children

More than 180 sexual offences against children aged between four and eight were recorded by police in Lincolnshire last year, new figures show.

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The NSPCC says there were a total of 7,618 incidents across the country.

The charity is relaunching its Talk PANTS campaign, to help parents teach young children how to stay safe from abuse.

It's all about telling them their privates are private, their body belongs to them, that no means no, that they should talk about the secrets that upset them, and to really speak up if something happens to them."

Laura MurphyNSPCC

Branston double murder 'isolated incident', say police

Detectives investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found dead in a bungalow say they believe it to be an "isolated incident".

The bodies of the two people, who have not yet been formally identified, were found at a property in Lincoln Road, Branston, by officers yesterday morning.

Police vehicles outside a property, which is obscured by trees and shrubbery

Lincolnshire Police say post-mortem examinations are due to take place later today.

A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Adult learning services praised by Ofsted inspectors

Adult learning services in Lincolnshire have been rated as "good" by Ofsted inspectors.

People learning
Lincolnshire County Council

The inspection focused on adult and community learning and apprenticeship programmes delivered by the county council and study programmes delivered by the Young People’s Learning Provision.

The effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching and learning, outcomes for learners, 16 to 19 study programmes, adult learning programmes and apprenticeships were all rated as good.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare were rated "outstanding".

It’s not easy reaching all those who need our support in such a large rural county as ours, but our teams have high expectations in giving everyone the chance to employment or education and training programmes which will help their future prospects.”

Councillor Patricia BradwellExecutive councillor for children’s services, Lincolnshire County Council

Rising number of bicycle thefts from rail stations

Bicycle thefts from railway stations in Lincolnshire have increased over the past three years, new figures obtained by the BBC show.


There have been 62 incidents in the county since 2016 - with 17 bicycles stolen from Lincoln rail station despite there being a secure hub where cyclists can pay a one-off £10 to lock their bike.

Ten bikes were also stolen from Stamford and nine from Grantham.

Cycle hub

Supt Mark Cleland, from British Transport Police, said: "We're determined to tackle any rise in crime and work closely with train operating companies to improve bike security at stations.

"That includes encouraging operators to invest in dedicated cycle storage areas or high quality CCTV cameras."

He advised cyclists to invest in good quality D-locks.

Red Arrows head off for North American tour

The world famous Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows are due to set off from their base at RAF Scampton to start their 11-week tour of North America and Canada.

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The team will perform displays and fly-pasts in 25 different cities.

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Fl Lt Mike Bowden, also known as Red 3, has returned to the team for the season after six months of piloting package holidays to Spain.

Red Arrows
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He said: "Let's be honest, it was quite a big carrot. They said, 'Do you want to come back, we're doing a north American tour?' So I said yes.

"I'm really excited to come back and do that. It's very different, but it's all flying at the end of the day."

Rural crime on rise in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire is the second worst affected area for the cost of rural crime in the UK, new figures have shown.

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More than £2.5m of equipment was stolen in the county last year, according to a report by NFU Mutual.

That's a rise of more than 20% since 2017.

David Harrison, from the company, says he's not surprised by the figures.

"We are aware of the challenges of rural policing and the fact there are scarce resources there," he said.

"We're hearing quite a lot about farmers and those in rural areas being targeted by hardened criminals, being staked out.

"We're also sadly in a place now where some farmers are effectively afraid to leave their premises to go out for the day with their families for fear of criminals striking."

Lincolnshire firefighters continue to help with dam effort

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service crews who've been helping to pump water from a reservoir in Derbyshire after part of its wall collapsed, are expected to be there for several days.


About 1,500 people in Whaley Bridge moved out of their homes yesterday after the partial collapse on Thursday.

An RAF helicopter has been dumping bags of sand, gravel and stone onto the wall of the reservoir to stop it from bursting and flooding the town below.