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Flood warnings continue for Lincolnshire

A total of five flood warnings remain in place for Lincolnshire this morning.

Flood sign
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The affected areas are the River Witham, Low Barlings and the Short Ferry areas.

The warnings mean flooding is expected and "immediate action" is required.

For all the latest information, take a look at the government's Flood Information Service.

Flood warnings remain in place this evening

A number of flood warnings and flood alerts remain in place across Lincolnshire this evening.

Here's the latest picture:

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

Lincolnshire's latest weather forecast

It will be a dry but cold night in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Several flood warnings still in place

A number of flood warnings and flood alerts are still in place in Lincolnshire this lunchtime.

The Environment Agency has 12 Flood Warnings - meaning flooding is expected - and 25 flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - currently in place across the county.

Here's the latest picture:

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

Lincolnshire's latest weather forecast

There's the chance of a shower in Lincolnshire this afternoon. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

Early cloud and outbreaks of rain will soon clear eastwards leaving a fine day for Lincolnshire.

Here's the county's all-important weather forecast:

BBC
BBC

Warning of icy roads as temperatures plummet in Lincolnshire

As icy conditions are forecast tonight, highways officials say roads will be hazardous because of the amount of standing water.

Gritters will be treating every A and B road in Lincolnshire tonight and during the early hours:

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Lincolnshire County Council spokesman, Darrell Redford, said: "Please remember that even treated roads can be hazardous, so do take care and drive to the conditions."

Council calls for help to assess flooding on county roads

Lincolnshire County Council is asking motorists to update the authority on the state of the county's roads after yesterday's heavy rain brought flooding to the region

Writing on Twitter the council called on drivers to help identify roads that are no longer flooded:

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Villagers take steps to prevent flooding in Scotter

Villagers are taking steps to avoid flood water getting into their homes after the River Eau overtopped in Scotter, near Gainsborough.

The village is one of the worst affected in Lincolnshire, with reports coming in that one home has waist high water in the kitchen.

Sturton by Stow and Blyton near Gainsborough, Middle Rasen and Grimoldby near Louth have also been hit by flood water.

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Torrential rain causes flooding in Lincolnshire villages

This is the scene in the village of Blyton, near Gainsborough, this morning.

Firefighters have spent the night pumping water away from homes at risk of flooding.

They're also dealing with flooding incidents in Middle Rasen, Grimoldby and Sturton by Stow.

Blyton near Gainsborough
BBC

Sturton by Stow and Middle Rasen Primary Schools are both shut today because of flood water on nearby roads.

The A46 between Market Rasen and the Laceby roundabout is also closed.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

After yesterday's downpours today we will see some sunny spells and just a few showers across the region.

Some of those showers will be heavy and bring a little cloud with them.

Overnight the showers should start to ease and it will be largely dry and clear with temperatures dropping to as low as -4C in places:

Rail services affected by flooding

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being advised not to travel after flooding across Yorkshire left several lines underwater.

Flooded railway
PA Media

Trains in the following areas have been affected:

  • Services are currently unable to run between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central/Lincoln Central;
  • All lines between Barnsley and Huddersfield are closed due to severe flooding at Shepley;
  • Trains are unable to run between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe because of severe flooding at Moorthorpe;
  • Trains are currently unable to run between Goole and Sheffield due to dangerously high river levels that are expected to peak throughout the morning;
  • Flooding in the South Elmsall and Adwick area means trains are currently unable to run between Leeds and Doncaster;
  • Due to severe flooding across the TransPennine Express network, trains are unable to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Cleethorpes;
  • Severe flooding at Rotherham Central, Moorthorpe and Conisbrough is resulting in services between Sheffield and Doncaster being suspended until further notice.

Train services continue to be affected by flooding

Rail services in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are still being affected by flooding.

Here's the last from train operators CrossCountry and Northern:

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Vehicles rescued from flood water

Lincolnshire Police are warning motorists to take care in flood water after two vehicles had to be rescued in the county this afternoon:

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Council kept busy with flooding calls

With reports of flooding across the county, Lincolnshire County Council says it's currently getting a "high volume" of calls:

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Wet weather hits Remembrance poppy sales

Poppy sellers in Lincolnshire say the wet weather is putting a dampener on collections for the Royal British Legion this year.

BBC
BBC

It's claimed donations are down by 20%.

More rain is forecast over the coming days ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

I've been collecting in Lincoln in the High Street the last three days. The weather has been appalling and I'm afraid to say it is hitting the collection."

David MitchellVolunteer, War Widows' Association

Flooding prompts Sturton by Stow village school to shut

A primary school has been forced to close as a result of flooding caused by heavy rain across Lincolnshire.

Sturton by Stow primary
Google

Sturton by Stow Primary is closing, with Lincolnshire Police saying High Street, the main route through the village, is now "impassable".

Elsewhere, a flood warning has been issued for Ruskington Beck while police in Horncastle say river levels there are also rising:

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Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very unsettled day today with a yellow weather waning in place across much of the region and an amber warning across parts of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

The rain is gong to be around for much of the day and it will be very heavy at times.

Temperatures will reach about 9C or 10C but it will feel cooler with the breeze.

Yellow weather warning for rain in place for Lincolnshire

A yellow weather warning for rain has been put in place for Lincolnshire.

Weather map
MET Office

The Met Office has said "prolonged rain" can be expected through Thursday and overnight into Friday which may bring disruption from flooding.

The warning is in place from 06:00 today to 06:00 on Friday.

Flooding could cause delays or cancellations to train and bus services and difficult driving conditions, the forecaster said.

Report into Rooney family slavery ring is published

The findings of a review into a major modern day slavery operation in Lincolnshire have been published.

Members of Rooney family jailed
Lincolnshire Police

The report, by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board, looks at how the authorities dealt with the case of the Rooney family (pictured) who kept and abused slaves in squalid conditions at a site near Lincoln.

Operation Pottery led to the prosecution and conviction in 2017 of the group who were involved in what has been described as the biggest slavery ring in British legal history.

Ten members of the family were jailed for a total of more than 90 years and ordered to hand over more than £1m in compensation to the people kept as slaves.

The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board report says: "Awareness since the event has much improved and authorities are working better together".

It also highlights that "although some lessons need to be learned, agencies did exceptional work bringing perpetrators to justice and supporting the victims".

Evidence gathered by 'paedophile hunters' used by police

Evidence gathered by so-called paedophile hunters was used by Lincolnshire Police in five cases in the past three years, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Mobile phone grooming
BBC

The Lincolnshire cases involved people "attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming".

Across the country, police have used evidence from vigilante groups in over 250 cases in 2018.

However, the National Police Chiefs' Council says it doesn't endorse the groups and won't work with them.

Det Supt Jon McAdam, from Lincolnshire Police, says while they will follow up genuine evidence, they can't support the actions of such groups:

Obviously they don't work within the constraints of the law, they don't have any consideration of what the wider implications are, or even have they got the right person...It's naturally something that within policing we work fully hard to combat."

Det Supt Jon McAdamLincolnshire Police

Campaigner backs calls for ban on sale of fireworks

The general sale and use of fireworks by members of the public should be stopped, according to a campaigner from Lincolnshire.

Fireworks
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Julie Doorne, from the Firework Abatement Campaign, says more than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban.

She says regulations need tightening up and "firework displays need to be licensed".

Her comments come after a government committee said the irresponsible use of fireworks should be considered as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

The cross-party committee led an inquiry which found fireworks can be detrimental to animal welfare and can affect people with disabilities or health conditions such as PTSD or autism.

The committee called on the government to fund annual national campaigns from October 2020 which aim to raise awareness of the dangers of fireworks.

Lincolnshire health visitors to take further strike action

At least 70 health visitors in Lincolnshire are to hold a month-long strike in their ongoing row with Lincolnshire County Council over pay and working conditions.

Health visitor strike
Unite

The walkout is due to take place from Monday 18 November, according to the Unite union.

The strike is the latest to take place in the county, with workers claiming they've lost £2,000 a year since their contracts were transferred over to the county council from the NHS.

In a statement, Heather Sandy, interim director of education at Lincolnshire County Council, said it was "disappointing" the walkout was to go ahead.

"Unite's suggestion that all health visitors should have a starting salary £3,500 above their colleagues in the health service is financially unsustainable and would have serious implications for bordering NHS service recruitment," she said.

Three arrested in Lincoln weapons raids

Three people have been arrested in Lincoln this morning as part of a campaign to tackle weapons offences, Lincolnshire Police has confirmed.

House raid
Lincolnshire Police

A man in his 30s and two women, one aged in her 20s and another aged in her 50s, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and a number of weapons were also seized.

As part of a wider campaign, more than 30 arrests have been made in the county and weapons including knives, guns and baseball bats have been seized, police say.

Machetes seized
Lincolnshire Police

Officers will be taking further action to tackle offenders over the coming weeks while also educating school children and communities about the danger of possessing weapons, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire MP in the running to be next Commons Speaker

The MP for Gainsborough Sir Edward Leigh is hoping he will be elected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons later today.

Sir Edward Leigh
House of Commons/PA Media

He is one of eight candidates in the running to replace John Bercow, who resigned last week.

The other names on the list are, Chris Bryant, Harriet Harman, Meg Hillier, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Dame Eleanor Laing, Shailesh Vara and Dame Rosie Winterton

At 14:30 GMT the candidates will make short speeches in the Commons after which MPs will cast their votes.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be an unsettled day with plenty of showery outbreaks about this morning, some of which could be heavy.

The showers will ease as the day goes on and we may see a few brighter spells in places.

Temperatures will get up to about 10C.

Former special constable is placed on 'barred list'

A former special constable has been placed on the 'barred list' after a misconduct hearing.

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

The hearing found Laken Hunter breached the Standards of professional behaviour in respect of allegations relating to honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct.

It was held today at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters where the breach was found to amount to gross misconduct.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly, chairman of the special case hearing, found she would have been dismissed had she still been a serving officer.

Her name will be placed on the College of Policing barred list.

New boss sought for Lincolnshire council

Lincolnshire County Council is once again trying to find a new chief executive.

Lincolnshire County Council logo
Lincolnshire County Council

It follows the controversial departure and payout of Keith Ireland, the previous man in charge.

The annual salary is £182,000, which is £3,500 more than the previous post-holder.

Mr Ireland left Lincolnshire County Council exactly a year ago - just six months after starting - and with a large payout. He is said to have left following clashes with Conservative leader Martin Hill.

In its job advertisement, the authority says it's looking for someone who will work to a 'one council mindset'.

Freemasons team up with charity to install defibrillators

Freemasons in Lincolnshire are working with a first-responder charity to make more defibrillators available to the community.

Freemasons and LIVES staff with defibrillator
Masonic Province of Lincolnshire

The Freemasons are investing at least £20,000 to help install defibrillators outside their 21 centres in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire.

The group has an agreement with LIVES to make sure they are maintained.

The move is intended to make defibrillators available to everyone in the community around the clock, permanently ready to respond..

In rural areas, it can take longer to get medical help, so Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPAD) have are important in helping to save lives in rural communities.

Work to fit the defibrillators has started, and the first to be moved was at the Nightingale Rooms in Lincoln.

Cash injection for Spalding and Holbeach town centres

Two Lincolnshire town centres are set to benefit from a £500,000 investment.

Holbeach Town Centre
Google

The money will be spent in Spalding and Holbeach on improvements including new benches and bins and creating heritage trails and running specialist markets.

Plans are also in place to introduce free WiFi on the town's high streets.

The improvements will be funded by South Holland District Council.

It's money we put to one side because we realised our high streets are struggling, like many other high streets across the country, and we want to try a positive move and put some money in to try and actually do something positive."

Nick WorthDeputy leader of South Holland District Council

Flooding closes road in Lincolnshire village

Flooding is once again causing problems for motorists in Potterhanworth near Lincoln.

The road under the railway bridge is closed.

In recent weeks, several drivers have been forced to abandon their vehicles after attempting to drive through flood water, not realising how deep it is.

Potterhanworth Bridge
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council says contractors are removing silt and debris which may take some time to complete.

Medieval church in Lincolnshire stripped of lead

This is what's left of the roof of a Lincolnshire church after it was stripped of lead.

St Bartholomew's Church in Covenham near Louth was targeted by thieves at around 03:00 GMT.

St Bartholomew's Church in Covenham
Covenham St Bartholomew Heritage Trust

Neighbours were woken by the thieves hauling the metal from the north side of the roof.

A tarpaulin is being put over the roof to protect it from the elements.

St Bartholomew's, a Grade 2 listed building, is run by the Covenham St Bartholomew Heritage Trust.

The building has three tower bells dating back to the 1600s.

St Bartholomew's Church in Covenham
Covenham St Bartholomew Heritage Trust

According to the Diocese of Lincoln, 23 churches have been targeted by lead thieves so far this year, compared to 12 for the whole of 2018.

Lincolnshire coast welcomes first seal pup of the season

The first seal pup of the season has been born at Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast.

Seal pup
Getty Images

Wardens at the nature reserve confirmed that the season is officially under way, with the first pup born over the weekend.

Hundreds of seals arrive at Donna Nook every year to give birth.

Currently the nature reserve has 18 seal bulls, 41 cows and one pup.

Grenfell report criticised by South Holland council leader

The first phase of a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster focuses on the wrong things, according to the leader of South Holland District Council.

Grenfell Tower fire
BBC

The report, published on Wednesday, followed the first phase of an inquiry looking at what happened on the night of 14 June 2017 when 72 people died.

It condemned London Fire Brigade (LFB) for "systematic failures" in its response to the fire.

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a "major omission" by the LFB and more lives could have been saved had its "stay-put" policy been abandoned sooner.

The LFB said it was "disappointed" by some of the criticism of individuals.

Meanwhile, South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter, who is also the Local Government Association's building safety spokesman, said firefighters should not be blamed:

There were guys who went in and out of that building on that night who did things I cannot imagine having to face. So I don't want us to lose focus on where the real villains are in this."

Councillor Gary PorterSouth Holland District Council and Local Government Association

New flats and shops plan for Louth car parks

Two car parks in Louth could be replaced by new apartments and shops, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Louth car park
Google

Applicant Mr Neil wants to build 13 flats and two commercial units on Sharpley’s Court and Horton’s Yard, as well as convert an existing building into a single-storey home.

The proposals will leave five on-site parking spaces.

The apartments will be one and two-bed and, at its highest, the block will be three storeys, stepping down to two-and-a-half.

Louth flats plans
Lincs Design Consultancy

Documents submitted on Mr Neil’s behalf by Lincs Design Consultancy say the plans will "provide a more active and positive sense of enclosure to Pawnshop Passage, inviting people into the town centre".

Over 100 jobs threatened as firm goes into administration

Lincoln-based construction firm The Simons Group has gone into administration, putting more than 120 jobs at risk.

The Simons Group
BBC

The company, which has been in operation in the city since 1944, made the announcement yesterday evening.

Company bosses have blamed challenging trading conditions, contract delays and cash flow difficulties and say despite their best efforts they were left with no other option.

The Simons Group, which has 124 workers, says there will be redundancies over the coming days, but a number of employees will stay on to help assist and wind down the business.

Joint Administrator Nathan Jones says they are looking to sell off parts of the company:

We will be looking to market some elements of the business for sale and encourage any interested parties to make contract with the Administrators without delay.”

Nathan JonesJoint Administrator

Rail delays

BBC News Travel

There are some significant delays for rail passengers travelling between Yorkshire and London today.

LNER said it follows a person being hit by a train in the south:

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Low take-up of school uniform grant in Lincolnshire

Just three families were issued school uniforms through a grant run by Lincolnshire County Council in 2018-19, figures show.

School uniform
PA Media

Lincolnshire County Council offers grants to families who've been referred to the authority by support agencies.

To be awarded the grant, families must be in receipt of some state benefit for low income and there must be extreme circumstances which have put them in financial crisis.

John O'Connor, who oversees education support at the county council, says numbers are low because parents have other ways of accessing funding for uniforms:

The uniform grant goes back to the 1960s and what's happened since then is other funding streams are available to support parents. For example Pupil Premium wasn't available at the time when the clothing grant was considered."

Josh O'ConnorLincolnshire County Council

CCTV appeal over theft from Boston pensioner

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a purse from an 82-year-old woman in Boston:

CCTV
Lincolnshire Police

It happened on Friday 6 September in the Aldi store on Queen Street in the town.

The woman's bank card was later used to withdraw £500.

Lincolnshire Police are asking for anyone with any information to get in touch.