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There'll be some rain around to end the day in Lincolnshire.

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Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

It will be a windy afternoon in Lincolnshire with the risk of a shower.

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Lincolnshire charity ready to support farmers

As farmers count the cost of the recent wet weather, a Lincolnshire charity says it's on standby to help.

Field
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Forage Aid, set up by Leadenham farmer Andrew Ward, supports farmers whose livestock has been caught up in extreme weather conditions by providing forage and/or bedding.

There are cases and there are areas where there are lots of floods, so it's not a question of if, it's a question of when we get the call."

Andrew WardFounder, Forage Aid

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire this afternoon.

Here's the latest forecast:

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Funding boost for rough sleeping prevention programme

Almost £203,000 has been awarded to East Lindsey District Council to help tackle rough sleeping.

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The authority has successfully bid for the cash from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and will use it to further its rough sleeping prevention programme.

It received 259 referrals in June last year, with 112 of those people being directly supported into a new way of life off the streets, the council says.

There has been no evidence in recent months of anyone sleeping rough in East Lindsey and the new funding will help develop "appropriate" short term accommodation options, officials say.

We have demonstrated that the council, through the Rough Sleeping Prevention Team, is willing and able to mobilise and work quickly and that we are genuinely committed to ending rough sleeping. This new round of funding will certainly have even more of an impact on the service the team is able to offer in collaboration with our partners."

Councillor Wendy BowkettEast Lindsey District Council
The Red Arrows create a Valentine's treat in the skies above RAF Scampton
The display team created the romantic symbol in the skies above their home base.
Building the Boston barrier
Timelapse video of construction on the £100m flood barrier in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Springer spaniel to detect digital crime in Lincolnshire

Meet Flurry, Lincolnshire Police's latest recruit. He's been trained as a digital detection dog and can sniff out mobile phones, hard drives and other digital devices.

Flurry the springer spaniel
Lincolnshire Police

Assistant Ch Con Kerrin Wilson said: "Criminals are becoming more tech savvy and hiding evidence on sim cards etc.

"We needed to develop a system to be able to find those who, are very sneaky, hide them in the most obscure places.

"The scent the dog is searching for is a digital scent which comes off all digital devices," he added.

Dogs working for other forces around the country have discovered devices behind sockets and under floorboards.

Appeal for help in tracing missing Boston woman

Have you seen Ruth Zwaan? Lincolnshire Police have made an urgent appeal for help in finding her:

Ruth Zwaan
Lincolnshire Police

Ms Zwaan, who's 54, was reported missing from her home on Wyberton Low Road in Boston, earlier this afternoon.

Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Storm Dennis: Train company asks people not to travel

People planning to use train services in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire over the weekend are being asked not to travel as the country braces itself for Storm Dennis.

An Azuma train
LNER

Operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is asking passengers to defer their travel until Monday, with disruption expected.

High winds and heavy rain are forecast for much of the region over the next two days.

Speed restrictions could be imposed, LNER said, with reduced services being operated.

Warrick Dent, from LNER, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Saturday 15 February or Sunday 16 February to defer travel to Monday 17 February, where possible.

“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and will have extra staff on duty to help.”

'When it rains we get scared' - Wainfleet flood victim

On the day a new report is published into last year's flooding in Wainfleet, some of those hit hardest say they've been badly affected by the experience.

River Steeping
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The town, close to Skegness, saw two months' worth of rain fall in two days.

The report concludes there were a number of reasons why the River Steeping burst its banks last June.

They included the amount of vegetation, silt levels and grazing cattle which may have weakened the river bank, the report suggests.

It also says the river should be regularly dredged in the future.

The Environment Agency insists dredging wouldn't have made much difference because of the "significant rainfall".

Wainfleet resident Jean Hart, whose home was flooded, says she's been badly affected by what happened in June.

"When it rains, I think everyone in Wainfleet who got flooded actually gets quite scared. We get out of bed, shoot up to the river to see what's happening.

"All the furniture we're buying for the house now is stuff we can pick up quickly and take upstairs because we never want to go through this again."

Harry Miller: 'This is a watershed moment for liberty'
Ex-police officer Harry Miller reacts after a court finds Humberside Police's actions against him were "disproportionate".

Police probe into 'transphobic' tweets unlawful

The police response to an ex-officer's allegedly transphobic tweets was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

Harry Miller
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Harry Miller, from Lincolnshire, was visited by Humberside Police at work in January last year after a complaint about his tweets.

He was told he had not committed a crime, but it would be recorded as a non-crime "hate incident".

The court found the force's actions were a "disproportionate interference" on his right to freedom of expression.

Speaking after the ruling, Mr Miller said: "This is a watershed moment for liberty - the police were wrong to visit my workplace, wrong to 'check my thinking'."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for an unsettled start to the day with some heavy rain in places but that should clear up as the days goes on.

This afternoon will be cloudy with some isolated showers but it should become drier with top temperatures of 7C or 8C:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cold and windy start to the day and we may see some scattered, wintry showers in places this morning.

But, those showers will become less frequent as the day goes on and most of us should have a dry afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 6C or 7C:

Lincolnshire's weather forecast

It will be a dry but cold night in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a windy afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

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Tax row casts shadow over future of Lincolnshire Show

The future of the Lincolnshire Show is in doubt following a row over how much tax the organisers should pay.

Lincolnshire Show
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The show is run by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) which, until now, has been accepted as a charity by West Lindsey District Council meaning it qualifies for a reduced tax rate.

But, the council says it has now received legal advice that it shouldn't be treated as a charitable organisation and is taking the matter to court.

Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, where the LAS is based, said they would be challenging the council's position.

She said: "We fully intend to challenge the decision taken by West Lindsey District Council to remove charitable rate relief for the showground so that we can ensure the future of our much-loved show, charitable work and the viability of other businesses and organisations that rely on our events and venue for income.”

A council spokesperson said it was unable to comment on the matter while the case was ongoing.

Insect farming to be discussed at conference

Farming insects for food will be among the talking points at the Lincolnshire Farming Conference today.

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The event is being held at the county showground north of Lincoln.

With mounting pressures on farmers to provide more sustainable food sources, they'll be exploring opportunities for farming insects as food and animal feed.

I think we have to open our minds for new sources of food. The world is changing."

Chris RotheryLincolnshire Agricultural Society trustee.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another cold and windy day today and we still have a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place across higher parts.

We may see some sunny spells but it will feel very cold with temperatures of just 5C or 6C.

Volunteers leap into action following Storm Ciara

Volunteers have been helping the emergency services clear trees blown down in the strong winds which buffeted Lincolnshire this weekend.

Large tree fallen in road
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team

About a dozen members of the Lincolnshire Community Assistance Team (LCAT) have been providing assistance at two locations where tress were blocking roads.

LCAT is made up of volunteers who help their local community in times of need.

Many own 4x4 vehicles which can be used to assist the emergency services in severe weather conditions.

4x4 on the road
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team
4x4 with rope attached
Lincolnshire Community Assistant Team

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another windy day with a fair number of showers blowing in from the west.

It'll feel chilly as well, with temperatures only getting up to about 6C or 7C.

Overnight it's going to stay windy with plenty more showers:

Council tax rise to pay for policing is approved

Council tax payers in Lincolnshire will have to pay more for policing after the county's Police and Crime Panel approved a rise this afternoon.

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Part of the council tax, known as the police precept, will increase by 4.1%, adding £10 a year to a typical band D property - the maximum allowed by the government.

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says the increase is necessary to protect levels of service.

Killer went on "tour of last pleasures" after attacks

A man from Branston near Lincoln accused of murdering his mother and her partner, admitted today he went on a "tour of last pleasures" after carrying out the killings.

photo of couple
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Andrei-Mihai Simion Munteanu told a jury at Lincoln Crown Court that he drove to Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Cardiff then Edinburgh in July, 2019.

The 22-year-old has admitted strangling his mother, Dr Leela Monti, before beating her partner, Robert Tully, to death with a hammer.

Mr Simion Munteanu denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Lincolnshire force makes progress but 'has work to do'

The Lincolnshire Police force has made progress but still has work to do, according to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and Fire Services (HMICFRS).

Police officer
BBC

A report just published by HMICFRS finds the force is good for "effectiveness" and "legitimacy", but needs to improve "efficiency".

The force provides a good policing service to its communities bearing in mind it is one of the lowest cost forces in England and Wales. The force is good at investigating crime. However, it needs to improve how it prevents crime and anti-social behaviour by using a more consistent, structured approach to solving neighbourhood problems.

Zoe BillinghamHM Inspector of Constabulary

In response, the Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Jason Harwin, said he was pleased with the report, and that action was being taken on the issues highlighted.

Lincolnshire's hospitals boss to stay on

The interim chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Andrew Morgan, is staying in the job for another two years, it's been confirmed:

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Mr Morgan has been on secondment from the Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust since July 2019.

His role at ULHT was due to end in March, but has now been extended until 2022.

Lincolnshire's hospitals are in special measures amid concerns about patient care.

NHS proposes widening fertility treatments

More people in Lincolnshire could be offered fertility treatment on the NHS.

Testubes
SPL

Patients are now being asked for their views on plans to give wider access to services, meaning more people - including transgender patients - would get the chance to have their sperm, eggs, or embryos frozen

Liz Ball, chief nurse for Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, says it means more options will be available.

"It'll give people the opportunity, so if they are undecided at the moment whether they want children in the future, it will give a period of time for those preservations of freezing the eggs or sperm so...they can make a choice at a later stage."

Rise in parents fined for taking children out of school

There's been a sharp rise in the number of fines handed to parents in Lincolnshire for taking their children out of school during term time.

Schoolchildren in lesson
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More than 3,000 penalty notices were handed to parents for unauthorised absences last year - an increase of 37% on the previous 12 months.

The number of cases going to court has also increased from 28 to 217 in just a year.

Lincolnshire County Council says if a child isn't in school they'll miss out on learning and risk falling behind.

Managers says schools are now more familiar with the process for issuing a penalty, which has contributed to the increase.

£600k boost to help Lincolnshire's homeless

Four of Lincolnshire's local authorities are to share a £600,000 grant to help tackle homelessness.

Rough sleeper
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The money will help pay for a 14-strong team whose members will be tasked with reducing the number of rough sleepers in places like Grantham.

Those involved say the money will help some of the county's most vulnerable people.

County hospital trusts record combined £55m deficit

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hospital trusts in Greater Lincolnshire ended last year with a combined deficit of more than £55m.

Lincoln County Hospital
LDRS

The overspend was racked up by both United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Both trusts, which are still in financial special measures, were within their deficit targets set for the end of the financial year, and hospital bosses said they expected to meet their targets by April.

Paul Matthew, director of finance and digital at ULHT, said the deficit was caused by rurality of the county, structural issues and the performance of the organisation.

Brian Shipley, deputy director of finances at NLAG, said the organisation expects to hit the target and deliver £20 million worth of savings.

Air Force charity focuses on veterans' mental well-being

The Royal Air Forces Association is offering mental well-being awareness training to veterans and their families at venues across Lincolnshire.

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The training, called Finding It Tough?, is also open to anyone working on an RAF station.

It aims to equip people to be more resilient to life’s pressures and help people to offer support to others struggling with mental well-being issues.

Training sessions will be delivered on various dates at in Lincoln, Woodhall Spa, Stamford and Grimsby.

The first takes place at Alive Conferences, on Newland, Lincoln, on 18 March.

These courses will help people to identify the characteristics and traits associated with poor mental well-being, so that timely and supportive action can be taken.”

Air Marshal Sir Baz NorthPresident, RAF Association

'Hugely important': Air Ambulance starts 24/7 operations

Lincolnshire's air ambulance is now able to help hundreds more patients every year as its crews start to operate the service 24 hours a day seven days a week for the first time.

Lincolnshire Air Ambulance in action
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It's estimated it'll cost about £4m a year to keep the copter in the air 24/7, but the hope is its crews will be able to help about 440 additional patients every year.

Capt Greg Keily says it's a "hugely important" move for those in need of emergency medical help at night.

"There are still a lot of people who'll have accidents and medical emergencies at night who would benefit from the Air Ambulance who up until now wouldn't have got it. Now they will.

"If you're a long way from hospital and you have an accident at night, you really need that fast response. They'll get it now, whereas before they wouldn't," he adds.

Online treatment programme for chronic lung conditions

People in Lincolnshire with chronic lung conditions will be the first in the country to use an online NHS treatment programme.

Pilgrim Hospital
Google

From today, GPs in the region will offer patients a virtual reality kit allowing them to have rehabilitation exercises at home instead of going to a hospital.

Health bosses say it'll be useful for those struggling to attend appointments in person and will help reduce waiting times.

Council tax rise planned to pay for policing

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed how much more he wants people to pay for policing in the next financial year.

Police headquarters
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Marc Jones says he needs to increase his share of the council tax by 4.1% from April.

A Band D household's policing bill will go up by £9.99 - from £241 a year to £251.

The rise will be put before the county's Police and Crime Panel on Friday for approval.

Officer gets bravery award for cash point theft gang chase

Police had items thrown at them and lasers shone in their eyes by fleeing thieves

Lincolnshire's weather: Cloudy but dry

It will be a dry but cloudy afternoon in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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