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  1. Future use of Lincoln's Usher Gallery is uncertain

    Disagreement over the future of Lincoln's Usher Gallery appears to be deepening.

    The Usher Gallery

    Lincolnshire County Council wants to hold wedding ceremonies in the city centre art gallery, claiming it will make the site more viable and save money.

    But the City of Lincoln Council is against the plans - and offered the City Hall as an alternative in a bid to find a way forward.

    City council leader Ric Metcalfe says he's deeply disappointed.

    Mr Metcalfe said: “We understand the county council wishes to use the Usher Gallery as a wedding venue and we remain willing to explore the potential for this, but at a scale that does not detract from the building continuing to function as primarily an arts venue across both floors of the building.”

    But county council leader Martin Hill says the offer doesn't solve the problem that the gallery is under-used.

    "The big problem we've got there is that not many people go to the Usher Gallery at present. It's underused and has been for many years, so there is a need to look at doing things differently."

  2. Masked robbers target man at Grimsby flat

    A gang of three robbers broke into a flat in Grimsby on Friday, stealing a man's phone and cash.

    Police said the men, wearing face masks and black gloves, assaulted the man at the property in Villa Court at about 10:00 BST.

    Villa Court

    All were described as being of heavy build, one wearing a hi-vis vest, another wearing a black jacket with black flat cap and the third wearing distinctive black framed glasses with an accent not local to the area.

    Officers believe it was a targeted attack with no wider risk to the community, but are asking for anyone who saw anything suspicious on Humberston Road at around that time to contact them.

  3. Emiliano Sala: Man appears in court on flight charges

    A man has appeared in court charged with offences related to a plane crash which killed footballer Emiliano Sala.

    Emiliano Sala

    The plane carrying 28-year-old Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, who was from Lincolnshire, crashed into the English Channel in January 2019.

    David Henderson, 66, of the East Riding of Yorkshire, appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday.

    Mr Henderson denies endangering the safety of an aircraft and attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation.

    He was granted bail and will go on trial in October 2021.

  4. 'Patients will not be denied intensive care' says health boss

    People in Lincolnshire who need intensive care will not be denied it based on their age, according to a Lincolnshire health boss.

    Lincoln County Hospital

    Andrew Morgan, the chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals, says there are no plans for a triage system to prioritise younger patients over older patients.

    He told the BBC: “We’ve have not and will not deny intensive care or other hospital services to people based on their age.”

    Mr Morgan was giving an update on the situation in Lincolnshire’s hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    There are now 46 Covid-19 patients in Lincolnshire hospitals, five of which are intensive care.

    There has been another death this weekend – taking the total to 163.

    Mr Morgan added: “Sadly, the numbers are going in the wrong direction.”

    He said there were just nine empty beds in hospitals in Lincolnshire.

  5. Hate crimes 'lead to social isolation', say police

    Hate crimes against people with disabilities are leading to an increase in social isolation, according to Humberside Police.

    Danny Fleming

    The force said a large number of hate crimes go unreported, especially for the visually or hearing impaired.

    Officers believe many people have learned to live with the abuse, but it’s still unacceptable and should be reported.

    PC Danny Fleming said: "People won't want to go out. They are stuck between four walls, in the fear that when they do go out they will be subjected to more hate crime again.

    "It needs to stop before we get to that stage."

  6. Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A few bright spells at first but cloud and scattered showers will drift in this afternoon, but will mostly clear by evening.

    Breezy with a moderate westerly wind.

    Tonight it will be mostly dry, with mostly clear skies with only some local patchy cloud likely.

    It will remain breezy, but will feel quite cool under clear skies.

    Weather graphic
  7. 'There is still time' for flu jab in Lincolnshire

    People who are members of the new groups who qualify for a free flu jab are being asked to be patient as supply catches up with demand in Lincolnshire.

    Lincoln County Hospital

    The flu jab programme has been expanded this year to include the 50-64 age group, households of people who are shielding and children in the first year of secondary schools.

    The Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says there will definitely be enough doses for the traditional at risk groups - and then it will be extended to those who've newly qualified.

    Quote Message: I know it's frustrating, and I know everybody's keen to have this early, but there is still time. We are still very early within the flu season. Keep trying your practice." from Rebecca Neno Deputy Chief Nurse, Lincolnshire CCG
    Rebecca NenoDeputy Chief Nurse, Lincolnshire CCG
  8. Lincolnshire 2021 census jobs advertised

    About 100 new jobs are being created in Lincolnshire, it's been confirmed.

    Skegness Jobcentre

    The jobs are for staff to help with next year's census of the UK population.

    The temporary roles are being advertised by the Office for National Statistics.

  9. Chief Constable recruitment process under way again

    The recruitment process for Lincolnshire's new Chief Constable has restarted after the last attempt was scrapped.

    Lincolnshire Police HQ

    Paul Gibson was unveiled as the "preferred candidate" for the £143,000-a-year job last month.

    However, Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said Mr Gibson's appointment could not go ahead due to "procedural problems".

    The job's now been re advertised with a closing date for applications of 9 November.

  10. 'It's been a joy': End of an era for BBC TV presenter

    Tonight marks a momentous occasion in the history of BBC East Midlands Today as Dominic Heale presents for the very last time.

    Dominic Heale

    The broadcaster joined the programme in 2000 and was regularly paired with Anne Davies,

    Before that he presented Central News.

    He says: "It’s been a joy and a privilege to work for BBC East Midlands Today. I owe so much to the team behind the programme.

    "They’re the best in the business and I shall miss them enormously.

    Quote Message: I’ll also miss my daily live half-hour with Anne, who has been a great friend and a huge support. And, of course, I’ll miss meeting and interviewing the people of the East Midlands who have been endlessly fascinating – and unfailingly kind to me." from Dominic Heale BBC TV presenter
    Dominic HealeBBC TV presenter
  11. Coronavirus cases rise in Lincolnshire

    There has been another rise in coronavirus cases across Lincolnshire, the latest statistics show.

    Testing Station

    In Lincoln, the figures are up sharply, with the number of Covid-19 infections now standing at 177 per 100,000 people - that's up 65 on the previous week.

    The number of infections has risen in every district apart from West Lindsey and South Kesteven, where they have fallen slightly.

  12. Lincolnshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy and cool day in Lincolnshire.

    Here's the latest forecast:

    Weather Forecast
  13. Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

    Here's the latest forecast:

    Weather Forecast
  14. Majority of county's Tory MPs reject free school meal plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Eight out of nine Greater Lincolnshire Conservative MPs voted against a plan to extend free school meals over the school holidays.

    School meal

    Labour called for the provision of hot food for children to carry on until Easter 2021, however the motion was defeated by a majority of 61.

    Leading the vote, Labour’s shadow education secretary Kate Green said more than 1.4 million children benefit from free school meals nationally.

    Almost 900,000 of those eligible were now in areas subject to tougher COVID-19 restrictions, she added.

    Her counterpart, education secretary Gavin Williamson, however, said the government was in a different position.

    “Free school meals are and always have been about supporting children with a meal to help them when they’re at school or currently at home learning,” he said.

    “But it is our support through universal credit and our comprehensive welfare system that supports families.”

    The Lincolnshire MPs who voted against the plans were (all Conservative):

    • Karl McCartney, Lincoln (vote cast by Stuart Andrew on his behalf)
    • Victoria Atkins, Louth and Horncastle Gareth Davies
    • Grantham and Stamford Sir John Hayes
    • South Holland and the Deepings
    • Caroline Johnson, Sleaford and North Hykeham (vote cast by Stuart Andrew on her behalf)
    • Sir Edward Leigh, Gainsborough
    • Matt Warman, Boston and Skegness
    • Martin Vickers, Cleethorpes

    The only MP to vote for the plans was Scunthorpe Conservative MP Holly Mumby-Croft.

    Greater Grimsby MP Lia Nici and Brigg and Goole’s Andrew Percy did not vote.

  15. No plans to suspend care home visits in Lincolnshire

    There are no official plans to suspend care home visits in Lincolnshire despite a rise in coronavirus cases, according to the county's public health team.

    Man in mask

    Concerns had been raised after Gloucestershire advised all its homes to suspend visiting.

    That move comes despite the county currently being in tier 1, the "medium" level of alert - which is the same as Lincolnshire.

    Health officials have told the BBC they won't be issuing blanket advice for care homes in the county.

  16. Lincolnshire 11-plus results due after Covid delay

    Thousands of Lincolnshire pupils are eagerly awaiting their 11-plus exam results today.

    Child writing

    The test was pushed back a week this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Teachers say anyone who didn't get the result they wanted should get in touch to talk about secondary school options.