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100 years of women in police: How Edith Smith from Grantham helped shape history

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women joining the police force - and it was a woman from Lincolnshire who helped to shape history.

In 1915, Edith Smith from Grantham was given the power of arrest, by the then Chief Constable. She mainly dealt with juveniles and women offenders, but nevertheless paved the way for the police women of the future.

Jane Hesketh looks back at the early pioneers and the contribution they made to the force over the past century:

Claims that cancer vaccine caused girl's ill health

A mother from Grantham says a vaccine designed to prevent her daughter getting cervical cancer has led to the teenager developing a neurological condition.

The HPV - or Human Papilloma virus - vaccine is given to girls when they are in year eight at school. The NHS says it saves hundreds of lives each year. Georgina Howdie had the injection when she was 12. Since then, her mother says her health has deteriorated, something she puts down to the vaccine. Adam Fowler has been to meet her.

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Road: A1 Grantham Lincolnshire closed due to accident

The A1 at Grantham in Lincolnshire has been closed in both directions due to an accident between B1174 Great North Road (Great Gonerby turn Off) and A46 / B6166 Lincoln Road (Newark Showground / Air Museum turn Off).

There are reports of heavy congestion on the northbound carriageway to Whalebone Lane (Little Ponton turn off) and on the southbound carriageway to B6325 (North Muskham).

The accident happened just north of Grantham. The air ambulance has been at the scene.

Diversions are in place.

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Work begins on Grantham relief road

Work begins today on Grantham's southern relief road.

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Work will start on phase one of what is known as the King31 section on when site set up will begin including the introduction of cabins, hoardings and temporary fencing.

This phase of the project will include the creation of a roundabout off the B1174 and a new section of road westwards towards the A1 along Tollemache Road, culminating with a second roundabout.

The £3.6 million project is expected to be completed in 2019.

Emergency services 'working hard' to tackle fire at recycling plant

Around 75 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a recycling plant in Ancaster near Grantham.

A block of around four thousand bales of rubbish is on fire and though the blaze is under control it's not expected to be put out for several days. That could mean traffic continues to be affected in the local area as road closures are in place.

Nearby residents have been told to keep their windows and doors shut:

Road closures as 75 fire fighters tackle blaze

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