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Recycle your Xmas tree and help hospice

Households across Lincoln are being encouraged to go green this Christmas and help to support their local hospice with their tree-cycle campaign.

St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation. Credit: St Barnabas Hospice

On Saturday 7th January, St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation.

The hospice will be collecting trees in parts of LN1, LN2, LN3, LN4, LN5 and LN6.

“This is the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities.

"Let the hospice take away the stress and mess of disposing of your tree and help us to raise vital funds for hospice care.

“Donations are crucial to the success of this event and to ensuring that we can continue to provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”

– Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St BarnabasHospice

To arrange a collection and donate to the hospice book in at www.charityxmastreecollection.com

Free hospital parking on Christmas Day

Patients and visitors will be able to park for free today at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals during visiting hours.

The car park barriers at the three hospitals, which are run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, will be raised between 11am and 8pm.

Jug Johal, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust's director of estates and facilities

“It would be fantastic if no one had to be in hospital over Christmas but unfortunately we do have patients who have to stay in over the festive period.

“This Christmas Day, patients and visitors will be able to park for free.

"We understand people would rather be at home with their loved ones so we welcome visitors as usual to come in but without a cost to park during our extended visiting hours from 11am to 8pm.”

– Jug Johal, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust's director of estates and facilities,

Visitors are reminded that the hospital Park and Ride from The Parishes in Scunthorpe town centre will not be running on Christmas Day.

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OAP victim of £9,300 bogus cop scam

A fresh warning has been issued after a bogus police officer conned an 86-year-old Beverley man into handing over £9,300.

The incident happened on Tuesday, September 6, when the victim received a call from a man claiming to be working for the fraud squad.

The caller told the victim there had been suspicious activity on his account and advised him to withdraw his money immediately and provided details of a ‘safe’ account to pay it into.

The matter has been reported to the bank and Action Fraud and an investigation has been launched.

Officers from the Humberside Economic Crime unit have today reiterated advice on how to avoid falling foul of similar conmen.

The basics include:

• Never give out bank or personal details to strangers

• Don’t had over money or transfer funds to unknown accounts

• If you believe you have been called, hang up and use another phone to call police. Don’t use the same phone immediately as the offender may be maintaining the connection.

If you are called as part of this scam, make a note of the details – including the number the bogus caller has rung from – and call 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

'Money saving expert' Martin Lewis in Brexit Q and A in Leeds

Series six of ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show heads to Leeds on Sunday and Monday to film at the Trinity shopping centre.

Martin Lewis, who founded the Money Saving Expert website, will spend both days answering questions on money matters and the potential effects of Brexit on your finances.

He'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday and 11am to 5pm on Monday.

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