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Wet weather set to continue

It's been a wet start to the day in Lincolnshire...

...and be warned that a Met Office yellow "be aware" thunderstorm warning remains in place.

It will remain cloudy, with heavy rain forecast for this afternoon:

Weather forecast
Met Office

Wainfleet floods: Work starts on river bank reinforcement

Work to reinforce the banks of a river in Lincolnshire is due to start today.

It's nearly two weeks since the River Steeping burst its banks, forcing more than 1,000 people in Wainfleet to evacuate their homes.

River Steeping
Lincolnshire Police

The temporary sandbag repairs will be replaced with more permanent metal sheeting.

Meanwhile, Wainfleet's primary school is reopening again today after being closed for more than a week.

Pupils at the Magdelen Church of England School have been kept at home since the floods caused problems with the building's drainage system.

Wet weather a 'nightmare situation' for county's growers

Vegetable growers in Lincolnshire say the recent wet weather is causing them serious problems.

wet crops
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The British Growers' Association say harvests of cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli have been reduced, and describe it as a "nightmare situation" for farmers.

Although the national supply chain should mean that shoppers will see little difference on the shelves, Lincolnshire growers will see their incomes cut.

Further heavy rain is forecast for Lincolnshire tonight, and tomorrow.

Lincoln's Patisserie Valerie closes down

Patisserie Valerie has closed down on Lincoln High Street.

shop front
BBC

The cafe chain went into administration in January and was bought for £5m by Causeway Capital.

The Lincoln store survived but, today, a sign in the window read: "To our valued customers, we are sorry to say this store is now closed. We would like to thank you for your custom and look forward to seeing you in our other stores."

It follows the news that five people have been arrested and questioned over alleged accounting fraud at the Patisserie Valerie chain.

Causeway Capital said as far as it was aware the arrests did "not relate to any current employees of Patisserie Valerie".

PC who stole £65 from dead man jailed for cover up bid

A serving police officer who stole £65 from a dead man's wallet has been jailed for 15 months for trying to cover up the theft.

Grimsby Crown Court
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Paul Wallace, 47, a police constable with Humberside Police, stole the money after being given the role of liaison officer to the family of Paul Rutter, who had died suddenly in Leconsfield, in June 2015.

He later tried to cover up the theft by planting £65 in the police property store, amending his pocket notebook and duping another officer to find the money after a complaint was made by the deceased man's partner.

Wallace, of Willowdale, Hull, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court earlier.

Internal misconduct procedures are now under way, according to Humberside Police, after Wallace "failed to uphold and maintain the high standards both we, and more importantly, the public expect".

Rain on the way for Lincolnshire...again

If you're out and about in Lincolnshire today, be aware that heavy showers are expected to develop from the south this afternoon.

These will merge into more persistent bands of rain at times and there's also the chance of a few thunderstorms.

This is the somewhat wet forecast for 1600 today:

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Cash boost to tackle Lincoln drug misuse?

A further £65,000 could be spent tackling drug addiction and anti-social behaviour in Lincoln city centre.

Drug users
BBC

An intervention team started work in the city last October, following increasing problems with drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

City of Lincoln councillors are expected to meet tonight to discuss more funding for the team, which would allow it to continue working until December 2020.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A largely cloudy but dry morning, but showers will develop with the chance of a few thunderstorms.

Watch my full forecast here:

£380k cash boost to help male domestic abuse victims

More support will be given to male victims of domestic abuse after £380,000 funding was secured by Lincolnshire's police chief.

Marc Jones
BBC

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones (pictured) has secured the cash from the Home Office which will be used for training sessions, new national standards and an awareness campaign.

In the year ending March 2018, more than 6,260 cases of domestic abuse-related incidents were reported to Lincolnshire Police – making up 9% of all offences recorded.

Data provided by the Office of National Statistics shows that nearly a third of victims are men.

The bid was made to the Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Fund.

Society has come an awful long way in its recognition of and determination to eradicate, violence of all kinds against women and young girls. But it is also crucial that we highlight and tackle the suffering of the thousands of men who endure the horrors of domestic abuse and support them to escape and heal."

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Possible 'mortars' found in Lincoln garden

The bomb squad is on its way to Vere Street in Lincoln after two potential unexploded mortars were found in a garden, Lincolnshire Police say:

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Time and Tide bell installed on Lincolnshire Coast

A bell which is rung by the rising and falling tide has been installed at a Lincolnshire beach.

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The Time and Tide Bell at Mablethorpe's North End Beach is one of nine which have been installed around the country.

Artistic Director, Biff Vernon, says the idea is to get people talking about our past, present and future relationship with the sea.

With respect to global heating and the climate emergency and sea level rise, the bell is a great signifier of where our coast line is. The idea is to get people talking about what the future might bring.”

Biff VernonArtistic Director

Novel way to tackle cigarette litter in Grantham

A Lincolnshire council has introduced a novel way to stop cigarette butts being dropped on the floor in Grantham.

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley
South Kesteven District Council

South Kesteven District Council has introduced a "ballot bin" which displays a question and two answers.

Smokers "vote" by putting their cigarette butts in the slot beneath their preferred answer.

The litter then stacks up behind the glass, showing which answer is most popular.

The first question is: pineapple on pizza - yes or no?

The ballot bin is attached to a lamp post in Grantham Market Place, near the junction with Westgate.

We hope the light-hearted voting system will encourage people to use the bin to help keep the town centre looking its very best. People may not realise that cigarette filters contain plastics and other chemicals that don't degrade, and these can be harmful to wildlife if they end up in surface water drains leading to rivers. So, despite our light-hearted approach, our message is clear: don't drop litter."

Councillor Dr Peter MoseleySouth Kesteven District Council

Strong arm of the law: County to host toughest cop contest

A contest to find the strongest police officer in the UK will be held in Lincolnshire this weekend.

Kirsty taking part
Lincolnshire Police

The competition is due to take place in South Hykeham in aid of the Police Dependants' Trust and MIND.

Both charities help the police overcome tragedy, trauma and any subsequent mental health issues.

Over the course of the day officers will take part in five events, including a 10-tonne truck-pull.

While the day is about being physically strong I have wanted to raise the awareness of the struggles that officers and staff face while protecting the 'thin blue line'."

Kirsty JamesRisk management officer, Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln City draw Huddersfield Town in Carabao Cup

Lincoln City will face Championship side Huddersfield Town in the Carabao Cup first round.

Carabao Cup
PA

The Imps meeting with the Terriers, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, will be the first between the two sides in 15 years.

Meanwhile, Grimsby have been drawn against Doncaster Rovers and Scunthrope will play Derby County.

The fixtures will be played in the week commencing 12 August.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be mostly dry but we could see one or two isolated showers.

Temperatures will reach up to 19C in places:

More than 280 flood evacuees to return home

Residents of 284 properties evacuated after heavy flooding in Wainfleet will be able to return to their homes today, Lincolnshire Police say.

Wainfleet floods
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Hundreds of homes in the Wainfleet area were evacuated after the River Steeping burst its banks last Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West told BBC Radio Lincolnshire earlier that following a survey of repairs to the river bank people will now be able to safely return to homes on 25 streets.

Residents of a further 248 homes on 20 streets are still unable to return but Mr West said: "I remain committed to getting those individuals back in to their homes during the course of this weekend."

The force has released a map of those streets that have been deemed safe to return to and those that have not.

Flood map
Lincolnshire Police

Historic character of Lincoln under threat - report

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Parts of Lincoln’s High Street are “incoherently designed” and “of poor quality”, according to documents drawn up to guide city centre development in the future.

Lincoln High Street
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The 'Lincoln High Street Character Appraisal' report hits out at post-war developments, which it states have failed to respect the historic character and appearance of the area.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, it is also critical of the number of oversized and poorly designed shop fronts and signage.

It also states traffic and highways and modern infill development are threatening the historic character of the area. It particularly highlights the streets both sides of Wigford Way.

The report is due before City of Lincoln Council leaders on Monday.

Once approved, it will guide developers, councillors and officers when submitting or reviewing planning applications.

Golfers cycle 400 miles and raise £16k for charity

Ten golfers with a combined age of nearly 700 cycled more than 400 miles in just three days to raise money for charity.

Cycling golfers
LIVES

Members of the Saturday 9ers, from Sleaford Golf Club, cycled from Truro in Cornwall to Heckington in Lincolnshire in memory of their golfing buddy, Andy "Stix" Thomas.

The former RAF bandsman died suddenly last year aged 51, despite the efforts of first responders from the Lincolnshire LIVES charity to save his life.

The group smashed its fundraising target of £5,000, raising £16,467 for Lincolnshire LIVES, and said they hoped their efforts were a "fitting tribute" to Mr Thomas.

Steel pilings to strengthen River Steeping bank

Steel pilings will be inserted into the burst bank of the River Steeping as part of a semi-permanent repair to the embankment.

The breach in the River Steeping
Richard Hardesty/PA Wire

The breach in the river bank happened last week after heavy rainfall and led to devastating floods in Wainfleet.

Sir James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, said the workers and the materials were ready to go, but it could take a while because the ground is so sodden.

He said: "We're now looking at a semi-permanent solution where we will probably be putting steel pilings in to the embankment backed up with some other materials to strengthen those pilings.

That will take a while to happen because at the moment the ground is so sodden to get the work people we need on schedule on to the ground. We've already got the material here, we've got plans, we've got the people ready to do that.

"So as soon as the weather allows us to do that we will move ahead with that. That doesn't necessarily have to happen before it will be safe to put people back in their homes, we're very much hoping we can do that earlier and we'll take a decision on that soon."

First League One fixtures for Imps out

In the last few minutes Lincoln City fans have found out who the Imps will kick off their season in League One against.

The Football League has released its fixtures showing City's first season in League One for more than 20 years starts at home against Accrington Stanley on August 3.

Sincil bank
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In terms of local rivalries the Imps are at Peterborough on October 12 with the return match on New Year's Day.

On Boxing Day, Lincoln travel to Oxford United. On October 5 the Imps face their first game against Sunderland in the league since 1961 at Sincil Bank while the return game is on January 4.

The season ends at home to Rochdale on May 3.

Emiliano Sala death: Yorkshire man 'manslaughter' arrest

A man from North Yorkshire has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash.

Emiliano Sala
AFP

The striker, who had signed with Cardiff City, was killed in the crash along with pilot David Ibbotson from Crowle in Lincolnshire.

A 64-year-old man had been arrested and released while investigations continue, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

The force added the families of the two men who died had been informed.

Mr Sala, 28, had been travelling from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January when the plane he was in lost contact with air traffic control north of Guernsey. His body was recovered in February but Mr Ibbotson's has never been found.

Det Insp Simon Huxter said: "We have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality.

"As a result we have arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act."

Det Insp Huxter urged people not to speculate about the identity of the man as it could hinder the investigation.

Fire service told to improve high-risk building checks

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service must improve the way it checks on high-risk buildings, according to a government report.

Fire engine
BBC

In it's annual report the the service is rated as generally performing well, but it's been criticised for not having enough staff to inspect all the buildings identified as high risk.

The fire service says since it was inspected staff vacancies have been filled.

A Scunthorpe man was left with "life changing injuries" after a violent robbery.
Police are hunting three burglars who left a man with life-changing injuries after a violent attack.

Motorist involved in fatal crash faces jail

A motorist who admitted causing the death of a woman in a crash in Lincolnshire has been told he faces jail.

Lincoln Crown Court
BBC

Jennifer Rose, 78, from Sutterton, died after the Suzuki Wagon she was driving was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus driven by Ricky Lee Nicholls in Sutterton on 25 August last year.

William Marriott was also seriously injured in the same incident.

Appearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Nicholls, 42, of London Road, Wyberton, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Ms Rose by dangerous driving.

He also admitted causing serious injury to Mr Marriott.

Sentencing was adjourned until 5 August and an interim driving ban was imposed on Nicholls, who was granted bail until the hearing.

Jet skiers criticised for scaring seals

Jet skiers who were filmed racing up to seals on a Lincolnshire sandbank have been branded "idiots" by locals.

Specialist wildlife officers from Lincolnshire Police are understood to be investigating the incident, which happened at Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, on Sunday.

The jet skiers were caught on video by Liam Andrews, who was bird watching at the time.

They shot out to the sandbank and tried to scare off as many seals as they could - they just kept riding up down and waving their arms and eventually landed on sandbank. Stayed there, chatted for 20 minutes before doing the same on the way back. It was frustrating not being able to do anything. It's just a shame these people show such disrespect for the wildlife.

Liam Andrews

Chef puts food tech students to the test

Students in Lincolnshire put their culinary skills to the test at a pop-up restaurant run by Danny Gill, a Great British Menu finalist and owner of Brown’s Pie Shop in Lincoln.

Danny Gill with pupils
North Kesteven Academy

Year 10 food and technology students at North Kesteven Academy had their classroom turned into a fully functioning kitchen.

Former pupil Danny worked with the students who prepped and cooked a three-course meal from a selected menu which they later served to their friends and family in the school’s canteen.

The students are all preparing for their GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition.

A big part of the pop-up is educating students on food provenance and where the food that they prepare comes from. As well as learning many practical skills such as portioning a chicken, filleting a fish, sauce making and plate presentation, there will be a focus around teamwork. Students will also get an insight into how to be cost-effective by using one ingredient such as chicken to make more than one meal."

Kimberley AllenTeacher of technology at the academy

Special celebrations as Lincolnshire Show gets under way

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the Lincolnshire Showground today for the opening day of the Lincolnshire Show.

Man showing bulls off.
Lincolnshire Show

This year's event, in Lincoln, will feature more than 600 trade stands and 2,500 animals will be judged over the next two days, organisers say.There will also be special celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

I look forward to every show, but it's 150 years of the Agricultural Society and it's 60 years since the show was first held at the Lincolnshire Showground, so they are two big marks for us."

Jane SouthallShow organiser

Arrests after body of man found in Sleaford

Four people have been arrested after the body of a man was found at a property in Sleaford.

Police
Lincolnshire Police

Officers were called to London Road at about 11:45 last Sunday after a report of a concern for safety.

Lincolnshire Police said it was treating the death as unexplained while it carries out investigations.

Three men were arrested on Monday and a woman was arrested yesterday in connection with the death. All have been released on bail.

Lincolnshire floods: Boston to Skegness rail services resume

Some good news for rail travellers in Lincolnshire after the disruption caused by the floods:

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Flood-hit county braced for further downpours

Emergency planners in Lincolnshire say residents in parts of the county still need to be prepared as heavy rain and more possible flooding is expected.

Wainfleet flooding
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Thunderstorms which were forecast for overnight didn't materialise but there's still a weather warning in place for heavy downpours today.

Assistant Police Chief Constable Shaun West says they're expecting more challenging weather conditions.

It follows almost a week of rain and flooding disruption for people in the county - particularly in the Wainfleet area.

The Environment Agency have said there hasn't been a second breach of the River Steeping following reports of a crack forming next to the initial breach. They say it's just superficial erosion and are monitoring the area closely.

Wainfleet floods: Latest from the scene

The water pumps are still operating in Wainfleet but so far the area has only seen light rain overnight:

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Flood-hit county braced for further downpours

Emergency planners in Lincolnshire say residents in parts of the county still need to be prepared as heavy rain and more possible flooding is expected.

Thunderstorms which were forecast for overnight didn't materialise but there's still a weather warning in place for heavy downpours today.

Flooding in Wainfleet
Lincolnshire Police Drones

Assistant Police Chief Constable Shaun West says they're expecting more challenging weather conditions.

It follows almost a week of rain and flooding disruption for people in the county - particularly in the Wainfleet area.

The Environment Agency have said there hasn't been a second breach of the River Steeping following reports of a crack forming next to the initial breach. They say it's just superficial erosion and are monitoring the area closely.

Orchestra finally performs for Lincolnshire schoolchildren

The BBC Concert Orchestra has returned to the Lincolnshire coast today to play a special performance for children:

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The orchestra's concerts in Skegness were cancelled last year because of bad weather due to the so-called Beast from the East.

The Concert Orchestra is at the Embassy Centre in the seaside town for the next three days where it'll perform for local schoolchildren.

This was a long-awaited performance, but here we are. We've done two concerts and finally got to perform to the children of Lincolnshire, which was amazing."

Alex WaldenManager, BBC Concert Orchestra

Gates to be installed at 'intimidating' city passage

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A passageway in Lincoln which has been a focal point for anti-social behaviour is to be closed.

St Peter's Passage
BBC

Gates will finally be installed on either side of St Peter's Passage after City of Lincoln Council gave the go-ahead.

The council has approved plans to close off the “intimidating” Lincoln passageway after officials said they wanted to break the cycle of anti-social behaviour.

The authority said “significant pressure” had come from local firms to tackle the issue.

Others said the area was often used for drug use and that human faeces have had to be cleared by staff from firms in the area.

The historic passageway, which connects Mint Lane with the High Street, will be gated for three years.

Community wardens focus on anti-social behaviour

Community wardens in South Holland have issued more than 400 verbal warnings and 130 fines over the last year for things such as dropping litter and spitting, according to South Holland District Council.

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South Holland District Council

The wardens cover towns and villages across the whole of South Holland where residents have reported issues.

They have taken enforcement action against those committing public space offences, including the dropping of cigarette butts and other litter, failing to stop drinking alcohol when requested and spitting on the ground, the council says.

Details of anyone given warnings or fines are recorded and fed back to the community safety and enforcement team, to allow re-offending to be monitored.

The wardens are reaching the end of their first year patrolling the district, during which they have interacted with thousands of local groups and residents, according to South Holland District Council.

The wardens have played an important role in tackling some of the anti-social behaviour issues in the district, primarily around littering and the negative effect it has on our surroundings."

Gary TaylorCouncillor, South Holland District Council

A1 now open again in both directions

The A1 at Colsterworth has re-opened followed a crash this morning, police have said:

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Thunderstorms expected to hit Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the Midlands for later this evening.

Thunderstorms may develop bringing torrential rain, hail and lightning to places with potential disruption to travel and more flooding, the Met Office says.

It comes after a spell of heavy rain which caused severe flooding in Wainfleet:

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