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Lincolnshire's weather

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

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Warning over fake 'council' highways team

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is investigating after receiving reports of a company saying they're working for the county's highways team.

Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council

Senior Trading Standards Officers have been made aware of a company who are allegedly misleading people into believing they are from 'highways' and offering to carry out resurfacing work such as tarmacking or repairing potholes.

Residents are urged to research any company before agreeing to contract them for work.

A highways officer, or one of our contractors, would never approach someone out of the blue and offer to do work for them. If you are ever unsure whether someone is working on behalf of the highways team, contact the council on 01522 552222 to confirm before agreeing to anything."

Karen CassarAssistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council

Lincoln City sign Dutch centre-half Lewis Montsma

BBC Sport

Lincoln City have signed defender Lewis Montsma on a three-year contract.

Lewis Montsma
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The 22-year-old was a free agent after the end of his deal at Dutch second division side FC Dordrecht.

Boss Michael Appleton told the club website: "Lewis is a very versatile defender who can play either side at centre-half. He is a physical specimen and I'm thrilled to have signed him.

"He uses the ball really well and is comfortable with both feet whilst being very aggressive out of possession."

Hospitals welcome visitors again

Patients at Lincoln and Boston hospitals will be able to have visitors again from today.

Pilgrim Hospital

People will need to book a slot to help manage the numbers.

Visiting at Grantham will remain suspended for the time being to help ensure it remains a Covid free site.

Bridge removal delayed because of 'nesting swallows'

The removal of a temporary bridge near Lincoln has been delayed because a nest of birds.

Bridge of River Whitham
Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council installed a temporary bridge over the River Witham whilst building Lincoln's eastern bypass, to save traffic heading through the city.

The bridge was used whilst teams moved nearly a million tonnes of earth from the site of the city's new bypass.

Highways bosses say it saved 100,000 trips through the city.

But the removal of the bridge has been delayed because of a nest of swallows making it their new home.

Officers say it shouldn't delay the progress on the bypass which is still due to open at the end of this year.

Unfortunately, we've had to delay the removal of the temporary River Witham haul bridge due to nesting swallows taking up residence on it. We expect them to move on in the coming months, at which point we will continue removing the bridge. Most importantly, I want to assure everyone that this won't have any effect on us opening the road by the end of this year."

Richard DaviesHighways Councillor at Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers will quickly clear away to the east. It will then be a mainly dry day, but with lots of cloud around. Despite the cloud, some sunny spells may develop, especially later.

Remaining mostly cloudy and dry through the night, although some showery rain may edge in from the west towards the small hours.

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Sports club to reopen after Covid-19 test results returned

A sports club in Lincoln is to reopen on Wednesday after closing because of a customer who tested positive for Covid-19..

Ruston's Sports and Social Club

Ruston's Sports and Social Club closed on Saturday morning after a customer who'd been there on Friday night tested positive for the virus.

The club took the decision to close as a precaution, despite Public Health England telling them that wasn't necessary.

Since then, they've been told the customer has had subsequents tests which came back negative.

A spokesperson from the club said all staff have now had tests for coronavirus and that they plan to reopen on Wednesday.

Work begins at "world's longest" electricity cable

Work has begun connecting an electricity cable which will deliver power from Denmark to Lincolnshire.

cable being laid in sea
Viking Link

Roads are being built at the site where the cable's power will be converted, in Bicker, near Boston.

It'll take nine months for the roads to be built, before heavy machinery can then access the site and begin work linking the cable to a power converter station there.

Until now, work at the sites has involved archaeological, ecological and water surveys.

The 765km cable, which builders say will be the "longest in the world", goes under the sea in the wash off Lincolnshire's coast, and reaches Denmark.

When complete, which is expected to be in 2023, the project will allow energy to be traded between the UK and Denmark.

It is capable of delivering enough electricity to power 1.5m homes, and ministers are keen to stress that it makes it easier to reduce carbon emissions.

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, says these kinds of projects are "critical" in helping the UK reduce carbon emissions by allowing for imported electricity when renewable energy in the UK can't keep up with demand.

This major construction project will put Lincolnshire firmly at the heart of our economic recovery. Not only will this scheme create local green-collar jobs across the county, but it will also bolster our energy security, reduce bills for consumers, and give our home-grown renewable generators a greater chance to export zero-carbon electricity around the world.

Kwasi KwartengMinister for Energy and Clean Growth

Sports bar shut after customer tests positive for Covid-19

A sports club has been forced close after a customer tested positive for the virus.


Writing on Facebook, Ruston Sports and Social Club, in Lincoln, said the customer tested positive for the virus after visiting the bar in Newark Road on Friday.

In a statement it said: "Unfortunately Ruston’s will be closed due to a customer testing positive to covid-19, that was in the club Friday evening.

"All our staff are going to be tested and we will re open when the time is safe to do so. We thank you for you patience and co-operation."

Meanwhile, The Elm Cottage, in Gainsborough,closed it's doors to customers on Friday after a member of staff developed "mild symptoms".

However, the employee later tested negative for the virus and the venue reopened on Saturday.

Library books collected like 'takeaway pizza', say bosses

Lincolnshire's library books will be collected in a similar way to a takeaway pizza, when they reopen their doors today.

Lincolnshire County Council

Libraries are now allowed to open after coronavirus restrictions caused them to close their doors.

But the group which manages the county's libraries says browsing won't be allowed.

You'll have to order your books online and staff will call you up when they're ready to be collected from the library.

14 Libraries in Lincolnshire will reopen, including: Boston, Gainsborough, Grantham, Horncastle, Lincoln Central, Long Sutton, Louth, Mablethorpe, Market Rasen, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford and Woodhall Spa

Managers say the process will be just like picking up a takeaway pizza - complete with books wrapped in brown paper bags.

Books returned to libraries will be quarantined for three days to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

When you come to the library we'll bringing you in one at a time and handing over your takeaway books all ready prepared and packaged up even in a brown paper bag, a bit like when you get your pizza delivered.

Nicola RogersPartnership Manager - Lincolnshire Libraries

Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

Cloudy at first with occasional showers. It will brighten up later with sunny spells breaking through but also a chance of a few showers developing.

Fine through the evening with late spells of sunshine. In the small hours, it will stay dry with long clear spells.

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Lincoln Mosque holds first Friday prayers since lockdown

Lincoln's Central Mosque held Friday prayers today for the first time since lockdown.

Muslim praying
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Under current government guidance gatherings of more than 30 people are now allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England.

The mosque in Lincoln reopened last weekend but has restrictions in place over who can attend.

Only men are currently allowed in for prayers, women and children under 12 are being asked to keep away for the time being.

Dr Tanweer Ahmed, from the Islamic Association of Lincoln, says he's done everything he can to minimise the risk to people.

He said: "We have enforced that everyone bring their own praying mat and we'll be providing disposable masks."

Butlin's Redcoats drafted in to help Government Covid-19 trial

Shows at Butlin's in Skegness are being used to test whether audiences can be safely brought into venues while socially-distancing.

Outdoor events can resume this weekend, but no date has been set for indoor performances.

There are concerns that performers propel more potentially virus-carrying droplets into the air when singing or shouting.

Butlin's Skegness

Butlin's Skegness Resort Director Chris Baron said: "What Butlin's can do is show what it's like with cabaret seating, where socially distancing can be made a lot easier. Hopefully we can prove that we can deliver it and get back to some sort of normality."

Horse racing back on at Market Rasen

Horse racing has resumed at Market Rasen today for the first time since the sport was called off in March, but behind closed doors.

Market Rasen Racecourse
Neil Theasby/Geograph

The Summer Plate meeting usually attracts around 10,000 spectators but this year will be shown on TV.

Racecourse spokesman Mike Vince said: "We're delighted of course to put our racecourse very much in the spotlight [by being televised].

"These are the highlights, not just of our year, but the whole summer jumping campaign nationally."

Woman seriously injured in three-car crash on A1

A woman has suffered serious injuries after the car she was driving collided with two other vehicles on the A1 near Grantham.

The A1
Street View

A silver Renault Clio, a Grand Jeep Cherokee and a Mercedes crashed on the northbound carriageway opposite the Esso Petrol station at Great Gonerby at about 16:30 on Thursday.

Lincolnshire Police say the driver of the Clio was taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

The carriageway remained closed until about 02:30 this morning.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the collision is asked to contact police.

Memorial aircraft to join Dame Vera Lynn funeral flypast

Aircraft from the The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), based at RAF Coningsby, are due to take part in a flypast later today to mark Dame Vera Lynn's funeral.

BBMF Spitfire
Brian Robert Marshall/Geograph

Dame Vera, known as the Forces' Sweetheart, died last month at the age of 103.

Today's flypast will include two Spitfires from the BBMF.

Earlier, a tribute was paid to the singer as a picture of her was projected on the White Cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera's face and the lyrics to We'll Meet Again projected on the White Cliffs of Dover
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Six coronavirus patients being treated in county

There are currently six patients being treated in Lincolnshire's hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

Lincoln hospital

The new cases bring the total number of people treated for the virus in hospitals in the county to 490.

It comes as Lincolnshire's head of hospitals says turning Grantham hospital into a Covid-free zone has helped clear the backlog of urgent operations in the county.

Serious and time-sensitive operations have been carried out at the hospital since the start of this month.

Lincolnshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

We're in for a cloudy start with some scattered showers, then, as the day progresses, those showers will develop further into the late afternoon. Some may be heavy or sharp at times and possibly thundery.

Staying mostly cloudy this evening any lingering storms will fade away. The occasional sharp shower will still be possible for a time. Some clear spells towards the end of the night.

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Lincolnshire's weather

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire this evening. Here's the latest forecast:

Weather Forecast

Christmas market to return 'bigger and better' in 2021

Lincoln Christmas Market will return next year "bigger and better" council bosses have pledged after being forced to cancel this year's event due to coronavirus.

Lincoln Christmas Market

City of Lincoln Council announced earlier that it would be cancelling the 2020 Christmas Market on safety grounds.

Simon Colburn, the council's Assistant Director for Health and Environmental Services, said the authority would use the time to plan for 2021.

"What we will do with the time is plan to be back bigger and better next year and we will look for some options to keep the spirit of the Christmas market alive and to support traders and businesses this year," he said.

"We had some great plans for this year and we will roll them over to next year and spend some time thinking and planning around what the market looks like and as always we try and deliver the favourites and the best of things that people like and improve on those things that don't work quite so well."

Coronavirus: Latest infection rates published

Coronavirus infection rates in Lincolnshire have risen slightly according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

The newly published data shows that in the week ending 5 July the rate per 100,000 people tested was 3.5 in Lincolnshire, up from 3.2 the previous week.

The rate has also risen in North East Lincolnshire from 1.9 to 2.5 while in North Lincolnshire the rate remained at 3.5

Nationally, Leicester saw a drop in the infection rate (141.3 to 116) while Rochdale recorded the second highest rate in England at 32.7 - down from 35.

Latest Covid-19 infection rates in Lincolnshire

Hospitality support 'fantastic news' says college boss

The chief executive of Boston College says government plans to support jobs in the hospitality industry is "fantastic news" for young people.

pub in Lincoln

The government has announced a number of measures to support the entertainment and hospitality industry, including a cut from 20% to 5% on VAT.

Pubs and restaurants have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic, with many operating at significantly reduced capacity because of social distancing measures.

The government is also offering a 50% discount on eating out at restaurants on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August, to encourage people back into ailing food venues.

But many of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's measures will benefit young people, including encouraging 30,000 training schemes for young people by offering business grants to start them up, and by offering businesses an incentive to keep staff employed after furlough schemes end by giving firms a "bonus grant".

Claire Foster, the chief executive of Boston College, says the measures will be very helpful to young people who she says will be "most affected" by the economic downturn.

History tells us that young people are far more likely to be in the sectors that have been especially hit by the pandemic. But [in normal times] are up to two-and-a-half times more likely to be made unemployed or to not be able to get a job. So for our young people this is fantastic news.

Claire FosterBoston College

Stamp duty cut welcomed by estate agent

A Lincolnshire estate agent has welcomed plans to cancel stamp duty on house purchases up to £500,000.

new houses
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The government has announced a swathe of measures to help the UK economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

They include a tax holiday on houses bought until the end of March 2021, as long as they cost £500,000 or less.

But an estate agent has warned that for many buyers in Lincolnshire, this won't change the process very much.

Anything that helps the housing market I'm excited and pleased to hear about. But I would say is that first time buyers in Lincolnshire were mostly under the stamp duty threshold anyway.

Mark NewtonNewton and Fallowell Estate Agents chair

Horse charity loses more than £300,000 during pandemic

An equine charity says it has lost more than £300,000 after its fundraising efforts were wiped out by the coronavirus outbreak.

flood horses
Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses, which re-homes and cares for hundreds of horses and donkeys, said the loss came on top of the £200,000 hit it took when its Bransby site was hit by flooding in November.

Chief Executive Jo Snell said it had been a tough time for the charity and its supporters.

"We rely heavily on public support, and don't receive any government funding, so it has hit us hard," she said.

However, the charity, which has been closed since 23 March, has today reopened it's doors to the public.

Ms Snell said: "We are so looking forward to welcoming back visitors to our Bransby site.

“There will be some changes to the normal ways of working for our employees and visitors, as is to be expected.

"And though petting of our animal residents won’t be allowed, visitors can still enjoy watching our equines at a safe distance whilst walking in the miles of beautiful countryside we have here."

Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly cloudy today with the chance of catching a few showers at times, although there will be plenty of dry spells and a few sunny intervals may break through occasionally.

Things will become more cloudy this evening and outbreaks of rain will develop tonight, some heavy at times.

It will then become drier at the end of the night with some clear intervals developing.

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Tributes paid to doctor who died with Covid-19

Tributes have been paid to a Lincolnshire doctor who died after contracting coronavirus.

Dr Pathak and his wife Dr Barthi Pathak.
Family handout

Dr Rudresh Pathak worked for the NHS for 29 years.

He's been described as a very popular member of staff who was well liked and respected by many.

Dr Pathak died at the end of June and his funeral was held today.

Dr Pathak and his wife Dr Barthi Pathak.
Family handout

Brendan Hayes, chief executive of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said Dr Pathak worked with several teams during his extensive career as a psychiatrist in the trust and the impact of his death has been felt far and wide.

He added: "He was a very well liked and respected member of the team and his many friends and colleagues will miss him dearly.

“Our thoughts are with Rudresh’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”

RSPCA fears summer surge in abandoned animals

The RSPCA says it is bracing itself for a surge in the number of animals being abandoned in Lincolnshire.

Kittens found dumped in a Lincoln pub last summer

The charity has warned that people may struggle to look after their pets as a result of the pandemic.

It received 495 reports about dumped animals in Lincolnshire last summer and staff believe the number could be even higher this year.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “During lockdown we’ve seen pets become a source of comfort and support for people and it appears many people have taken on new animals.

"Fortunately during this time we’ve dealt with fewer abandoned pets, however, we are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments."

The numbers of animals being cared for by the RSPCA has risen by more than 1,500 to 5,600 during the pandemic.

Mr Murphy added: “I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now.”

Lincolnshire hospitals join Covid-19 research project

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire will be among the first to take part in a ground-breaking national research project around COVID-19.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust logo
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Public Health England has launched the "SIREN trial" which will track NHS staff from across the country, with blood and throat swabs taken regularly over 18-months.

This will help researchers to better understand the true prevalence of the virus and will also improve scientific knowledge about the body’s response to to the virus.

It hopes to do this by identifying anyone who has the virus, whether they develop antibodies, how long any antibodies may last for and if they contract the virus again.

There is currently no firm evidence to suggest that having the antibodies means the carrier is immune or that they can no longer transmit the virus to others.

Patients at the county's hospitals have been enrolling onto a range of research studies, and now 250 staff are being given the chance to take part in this research.

This is an opportunity for frontline colleagues to be part of research that could answer the billion dollar questions about COVID-19 that we simply do not know at the moment. It will help us to understand what happens next in the life of the virus and our own immunity to it. I believe this is the biggest and most important research project for our generation.”

Alun RoebuckPrincipal Investigator for the trial, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Cathedral visitor centre works completed

Construction work on a new visitor centre at Lincoln Cathedral has been completed.

Lincoln Cathedral's new visitor centre
Lincoln Cathedral

The visitor centre, together with a shop, café and exhibition space, has been built as part of a £16.5m project to restore and refurbish the cathedral.

Conservation work has also been carried out on Eastgate Wall, Exchequergate Arch, and the Cathedral’s Romanesque Frieze.

The project, which has been supported by a £12.4m grant from The National Lottery, will now move in to the "internal fit" phase, with work set to be completed by Spring 2021.

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

After a dry start to the day cloud will thicken, with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading in from the west this afternoon, some heavy into the evening.

Tonight it will remain wet with further outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, although becoming increasingly light and patchy during the early hours.

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Police investigate 'sudden death' in Lincoln city centre

Police are investigating the sudden death of a man found dead on Lincoln's High Street.

Lincoln High Street

The man, in his 30s, was found outside House of Fraser at 09:00 this morning.

Officers and paramedics attended but he was confirmed dead.

Lincolnshire Police say investigations into the incident are ongoing.

'Pockets of disruption' as Lincolnshire pubs reopen

Lincolnshire Police say the reopening of bars and pubs this weekend passed with "minimal disruption" though there were some "pockets of disruption".

Pubs reopen in Lincoln

Chief Superintenent Chris Davison said one bar was temporarily closed because of social distancing issues but otherwise it was "a fairly steady Saturday night".

Saturday marked the first day pubs were allowed to reopen since the end of March.

"I was slightly concerned because we didn't know what we would be facing," he said.

"There were some pockets of disorder but in the main not too bad at all.

"It didn't turn out to be as busy as we had anticipated but we were pleased we put the precautions in place just in case."

He said officers would continue to engage with landlords and customers and remind them of the rules.

Two charged following break in at Lincoln City stadium

Two men have been charged in connection with a break-in at Lincoln City's LNER stadium, Lincolnshire Police say.

LNER Stadium, Sincil Bank

Food and alcohol were stolen from the stadium during the burglary which happened overnight on 1 July.

The force say a 20-year-old man from Lincoln and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his, have both been charged with burglary in connection with the incident.

Both have been released on bail and are due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court later this month.

Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be windy today with sunny spells and patchy cloud but with a few scattered showers drifting in at times, especially during the afternoon.

Any showers this evening will fade, with late sunny spells. It will then be dry overnight with clear spells, although cloud looks to thicken later.

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Congregation returns to Lincoln Cathedral after lockdown

Lincoln Cathedral has hosted its first service of Holy Communion since March after restrictions on church services were eased.

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral

The service took place in the building's Nave on Sunday with seats spaced out to allow for social distancing guidelines to be maintained.

Under current government regulations no singing was allowed but music was provided by a cantor accompanied by the organist and members of the congregation were encouraged to download the order of service to their phones or tablet devices.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's service the Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said: “For the last two weeks we have once again been able to pray privately, and it has been extraordinary to witness the Cathedral resonating with prayerfulness and contemplation.

"Now we can once again worship together and there is a true sense of homecoming and healing as we join together to begin to make sense of the unique, strange and difficult times that we are living through."

CCTV image released after Lincoln City stadium break-in

Officers investigating a break-in at Lincoln City's LNER stadium have released CCTV images of two men then want to speak to.

Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police say food and alcohol was stolen during the incident, which happened overnight on 1 July.

The force has asked for anyone who recognises either of the men in the image above to come forward.

Report raises concerns over self-harm at Lincoln Prison

The high number of self-harming incidents remain a concern at Lincoln Prison, according to a new report.

Lincoln Prison

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said 614 cases of self-harm were reported at the category B jail in 2019 compared with 620 in 2018, adding that despite the small reduction "the high level of self-harm incidents remains a concern".

The annual report also highlights the high level of homelessness among discharged prisoners.

However, the board found that the prison is well managed, with a positive emphasis on the humane treatment of inmates.

IMB Chair Jeremy Taylor said, “Although we have highlighted a few concerns throughout the report we have identified and reported on a number of improvements, and good performance and practice.

"The Board is therefore of the opinion that the establishment is well managed, to good effect.

One fifth of care home deaths are coronavirus-related

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Nearly a fifth of all care home deaths in Greater Lincolnshire between mid-April to mid-June have involved coronavirus, new figures show.

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Statistics from the Office for National Statistics figures show that of the 892 deaths reported to the Care Quality Commission from across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, 173 involved Covid-19 - that's 19.4% of the overall figure.

From Monday, there'll be weekly testing in care homes in a bid to reduce transmission of the virus.

Social distancing ready at theme park ahead of reopening

A theme park on the Lincolnshire coast has spent more than £100,000 on social distancing measures ahead of its reopening at the weekend.


Fantasy Island, at Ingoldmells, will reopen tomorrow as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

Managers there say they've installed 2km of fencing to help with social distancing.

There will also be 6,000 bottles of hand sanitiser and 70 hand wash stations on the site, where £1.2m has been spent on new rides this year.

Full extent of coronavirus in Lincolnshire revealed

The true number of coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire has been revealed.

Mobile testing
Reuters/Toby Melville

Until now, public health officials in Lincolnshire have only had access to data from hospitals and care homes.

But last night, the government revealed there'd been 1,252 positive tests at the Lincolnshire Showground testing site and from mobile testing units.

It takes the total number of positive coronavirus tests in Lincolnshire to 2,410.

Derek Ward, director of public health for Lincolnshire, said having access to postcode data will help authorities deal with any spike in cases.

Lincolnshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry start to the day with some early brightness.

However, through the morning, cloud will tend to thicken, with a few outbreaks of rain moving in during the day. Turning windy.

Tonight will see outbreaks of showery rain which will gradually peter out during the night to leave it largely dry and cloudy.

A few sharp showers could develop during the early hours and it'll be windy:

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£26m 'jobs, skills, infrastructure' boost for Lincolnshire

Building and education projects in the Greater Lincolnshire area have been allocated about £26m of government funding.

Building site
Reuters/Andrew Winning

An extension to Lincoln's medical school is among the projects set to benefit as part of a £900m building scheme for the UK announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week.

Bids for projects worth £25.8m were submitted by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Chief executive Ruth Carver says: It's all about delivering jobs, skills and infrastructure."