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Lincoln Christmas Market set to open with additional security

Lincoln's Christmas Market opens today with additional security in light of terrorist incidents in London and Manchester.

Armed police will be visible alongside enhanced road restrictions and the use of drones.

The four-day event is expected to attract more than 250,000 people.

Now in its 35th year, the market is set against the backdrop of the city's historic Cathedral quarter, offering visitors an enchanting and atmospheric day out.

It hosts more than 200 stalls selling everything from unique handmade gifts to traditional gleuhwein.

For many in the city, the Christmas Market is the most important event in Lincoln's calendar as it brings so many people to the city.

"Anyone who has been before will know that there are always a number of police officers around who are on hand to offer advice and also report to should people need any assistance, and this year there have also been some other security measures such as blocking off roads at key locations.

"This is something many local authorities are doing across the country as part of the preparation and planning processes for Christmas markets and we're no different here in Lincoln. I'd like to emphasise that the installation of these measures is not based on any emerging threat or intelligence."

– Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn of Lincolnshire Police

This year's market takes place from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10.

For up to date information visit www.lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk