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Chapter 6 - Going Underground

James must solve a riddle to follow Galaxon.
Calling on Jayden for help, the gang must solve a riddle to access the underground realm Galaxon has fled to with James's mum. Will they be able to find him in time?

King's Cross closure to hit East Coast Main Line

Rail passengers are being advised to avoid travelling on the East Coast Main Line this bank holiday weekend as major engineering work gets under way.

Network Rail is carrying out a multi-million pound project to renew tracks, overhead lines and signals near Kings's Cross, which will be closed this weekend.

Train operator LNER is warning its services will be extremely busy, all Grand Central services have been cancelled and Hull Trains says it will be diverting to London St Pancras.

It comes as millions of people are expected to take to roads across the UK this weekend:

Over 40 drivers stopped in undercover lorry operation

A three-day operation on the A1 at Grantham has seen 41 drivers stopped for various offences by Lincolnshire Police.

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Operation Tramline saw officers take to the highway in an unmarked HGV lorry to pick up motorists who were breaking the law or endangering other members of the public.

The offences included drivers texting, falling asleep and even changing their clothes.

Nine verbal warnings were handed out and 33 drivers will have to take an education course, pay a fine or take points on their licence.

We witnessed one man steering a car with his knees as he used two hands to type on a mobile phone. In another incident, a woman was on her phone, holding it to ear, for several miles traveling at speed. We also witnessed a lorry driver take his seat belt off, remove his t-shirt and reach into his bag, get a clean shirt, no doubt to put on, before he realised we’d seen him."

Insp Ewan GellSpecialist Operations Unit

Police silent for fallen colleague

Police officers and staff have come together for a minute's silence to remember a colleague who was killed while investigating a burglary.

Humberside police staff and officers
Nancie Shackleton

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after he was dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.

Thames Valley Police led the silence, which was observed by forces across the country, at 11:00.

Humberside Police staff (above) and West Yorkshire Police officers (below) were among those falling silent.

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Jed Foster, 20, who has been charged with murdering PC Harper, has been remanded in custody ahead of a potential trial next January.

Lincoln's Usher Gallery to continue with art exhibits?

The future of the Usher Gallery in Lincoln could still involve art exhibitions if a third party can be found to run the venue.

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The gallery is currently run by Lincolnshire County Council but the authority wants to change the use of the building to incorporate registry and celebration services as part of plans to restructure heritage provisions.

But the City of Lincoln Council which owns the building and collections has objected and a public consultation attracted more opposition than support.

County councillors will vote on 3 September on a proposal to work with a third party who may want to run the gallery themselves.

If a solution can't be found and the city council continues to object, Lincolnshire County Council says it will close the building and walk away.

Lincolnshire's weather

It should be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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Fire service ask for your help in stopping rural blazes

Rural communities are being asked to help the fire service following a series of arson attacks in East Riding and North Lincolnshire.

A hay bale fire
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

As wheat crops are harvested and stored, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service says it needs help limiting deliberate fires.

This means farmers are asked to move hay and straw into secure buildings away from livestock and fuel.

It also asks for regular checks of firefighting equipment at farms and making sure rubbish is cleared away to stop the temptation for arsonists.

Lincs MP says UK heading for election

A Lincolnshire MP says the UK is heading for a general election - the day after it leaves the EU.

Nick Boles, the independent MP for Grantham and Stamford, made the claim in a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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D-Day for GCSE pupils as results are revealed

It's GCSE results day and pupils across Lincolnshire have been opening their envelopes, including at Skegness Academy:

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Nationally, there's been a small increase in the GCSE pass rate, despite the introduction of harder exams.

The pass rate edged up to 67.3% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - up 0.4 percentage points on last year.

The percentage of papers given a top grade (7 or A and above) rose 0.3 percentage points to 20.8% on 2018.

Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

A mainly cloudy afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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Mental health nurse to support farmers in Lincolnshire

A farming charity in Lincolnshire is recruiting a mental health nurse to help farmers in the county.

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The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network says it has seen a 30% rise in the number of agricultural workers seeking help for mental health issues in the past year.

The new team member will tackle the lack of mental health resources available in remote locations, the charity says.

Could Lincs farmers help reduce reliance on imports?

Lincolnshire could help the UK become more self-sufficient after Brexit, according to a farming expert.

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Consultant Martin Collison, from Lincolnshire, advises farmers and the government about agriculture and food.

He says: "I think there's real potential for Lincolnshire to produce more salads, vegetables, fruit, those types of crops.

"They are in demand. We import lots of those products at the moment," he adds.

Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

It will be a fairly cloudy day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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Tonight's weather

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Further showers, along with some clear spells, as we head through this evening.

A weather front will bring outbreaks of rain, although these will be rather patchy.

The rain may begin to ease during the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 11 to 14°C (52 to 57°F)

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Wainfleet floods a 'stark reminder' over defences

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Extensive flooding in Wainfleet serves as a "stark reminder" that there needs to be investment in flood defences, according to a senior Lincolnshire county councillor.

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Almost 600 homes were evacuated in Wainfleet when the River Steeping to burst its banks on 12 June.

Conservative councillor Colin Davie says he's now determined to solve some of the infrastructure problems around rivers in Lincolnshire.

He also said the government needed "long-term solutions" to the challenges being caused by climate change.

An independent investigation is being led by Norfolk County Council into the flooding.

Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

There'll be sunny spells and scattered showers in Lincolnshire this afternoon.

A freshening southwest wind and a maximum temperature of 22C (72F):

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Farmers 'lining up' to sell grain before Brexit

A Lincolnshire company responsible for handling a fifth of the country's annual grain harvest says farmers are "lining up to sell" surplus product before Britain leaves the EU.

Harvest
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Open Field Agriculture is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Colsterworth, near Grantham.

It provides all of the grain for Warburtons, among other large contracts.

The firm's chief operating officer, Mark Worrell, has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he's anticipating an extremely busy period as "people look to trade in the certainty of a European marketplace versus the uncertainly post 31 October".

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast...

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Lincolnshire's weather forecast

It should be a dry afternoon across Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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Record number of vehicles seized on county's roads

Members of Lincolnshire's Armed Response and Roads Policing Vehicle (ARV) team say they've set a record in the county for the most vehicles they've seized in a month.

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The ARV team has confiscated 57 vehicles so far this August , including eight just last night.

One of the cars taken off the road overnight belonged to a drug-driver armed with a knife:

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More care needed driving on rural roads - Police

Drivers need to take more care on Lincolnshire's rural roads, which can be more challenging than dual carriageways and motorways, police say.

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The comments come after the death of two motorcyclists near Market Rasen on Saturday evening.

Since the beginning of January there have been 38 deaths on Lincolnshire's roads.

That compares to only 28 deaths over the same period last year.

It's easier to come off a rural road. There are more obstacles...They're single carriageway so if you overtake the chances of a head-on obviously go up slightly."

Rebecca AshtonIAM RoadSmart road safety charity

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire today.

Here's the forecast:

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Police appeal over Grantham alcohol theft

Police want to trace two men after alcohol worth £700 was stolen from a supermarket in Grantham.

The offenders
Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police said on man walked in to the Sainsbury's store on London Road at about 08:55 on 12 August, followed by another man who had a trolley.

The second man then put alcohol worth £732 in his trolley before leaving without paying. The first man then also left the store.

Anyone who recognises the men pictured above is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

People asked to remove 'magnet fishing' finds

People in Lincolnshire who take part in 'magnet fishing' are being asked to be careful and take their finds away.

Rusty bikes and shopping trolleys left by the River Witham
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The activity - where people use strong magnets to find metal objects in waterways - is increasing in popularity, partly because of coverage on social media.

The photo above shows items pulled out of the River Witham.

But Robert Braithwaite, from the Canal and River Trust, says large or dangerous items are often left behind.

"Our resources are being spread more and more with clearing up magnet fishing. You don't know what you're going to pull out of the water and ultimately, the items are being left on the towpath where they do pose a safety issue."

Council staff paid more than £1m in 'exit packages'

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's emerged that a council in Lincolnshire has handed more than £1m to departing staff in two years.

South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham
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Councillors in South Kesteven are now demanding answers after the authority handed over payments to 20 members of staff over the past two years.

One was a redundancy while the rest were so-called exit packages including special payments, according to published accounts.

Three departing members of staff were given payments in excess of £150,000 each.

Independent councillor Ashley Baxter said: "It's crazy. If you speak to ordinary people around The Deepings and Bourne and say somebody has been given the opportunity to leave their job with a package of over £150,000, they'd be outraged."

The council is also facing questions over the sudden resignation of the Conservative leader and the recent departure of its chief executive and finance director.

The authority says a restructuring has reduced staff numbers, but says it can't give more details for legal reasons.

It says the restructuring will save money in senior staffing costs.

Dutch firm Abellio takes over East Midlands rail franchise

A new train operator for the East Midlands says it will invest £600m over the next eight years as it starts running services on routes from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to London.

The new EMR branding
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The firm won the contract after Stagecoach was disqualified from bidding as it refused to take on pension liabilities.

Abellio, owned by the Dutch government-owned rail firm, has promised new trains, 165 new carriages, and improved infrastructure.

East Midlands Trains will now be called East Midlands Railway (EMR).

It said £400m would be spent on 33 five-carriage trains, which will include air conditioning, wi-fi and plug sockets for passengers.

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.

Grantham A&E overnight closure remains in place

Almost three years after the introduction of an overnight closure at Grantham A&E, campaigners say the service needs reinstating.

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The move was originally brought in on a temporary basis because of severe staff shortages across the county.

Amanda Brunton, from Grantham, has told the BBC she called 111 in severe pain and and ambulance arrived at 19:00.

But Grantham A&E closed at 18:30 and she was instead taken to QMC at Nottingham, where there was a 12-hour wait to be seen.

She says: "I had no money with me. I was on my own and at 05:00 I was eventually seen and given pain relief. We really need our A&E back at Grantham."

The trust says it still has significant emergency care staffing issues and can't just reverse the decision.

A consultation is under way to help inform how the service will operate in the future, including options to downgrade the unit and turn it into a 24/7 Urgent Treatment Centre instead.

Stamford woman wanted by police is found

A woman who was wanted by police for failing to attend court has been found.

Mary Jane Jones, from Stamford, was arrested in Grantham at about 23.30 last night.

She will appear before Lincoln Magistrates' Court later, police say.

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.

Driver found with drugs stash after car crash is sentenced

A man from Grantham who was caught with drugs in his car after being involved in a crash on the A1 has been given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years.

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Adam Clayton, 29, of Broomwood Close, Grantham, was found staggering about and complaining about a pain in his back after the crash.

He tested positive for cannabis and officers found 57g of cannabis and more than £2,300 in cash in Clayton's car and bedroom in November 2017.

Officers also found a mobile phone containing text messages showing Clayton had been involved in selling cannabis.

Clayton admitted supplying cannabis and was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years, with 100 hours of unpaid work.

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.

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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
Lincolnshire Police

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
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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

Gillian Brown

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."

Next phase of Grantham Southern Relief Road to start

Work on the second phase of the Grantham Southern Relief Road will start next month.

The site
Lincolnshire County Council

It is expected to take two years to construct and will see a new junction built to connect the A1 with the B1174 relief road roundabout to the north of Little Ponton.

Several traffic management plans will be in place, including lane closures on the A1, between the A607 and Little Ponton junctions, from 21:00 to 06:00 starting in early September for a month to allow for widening works.

When building any piece of new infrastructure, there will inevitably be some disruption. But all of those involved in the project, including the county council, Highways England and Galliford Try, will be doing everything they can to keep it to an absolute minimum."

Councillor Richard DaviesLincolnshire County Council