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Lincoln car park reopens

Lucy Tower car park in Lincoln has reopened after extensive refurbishment.

Lucy Tower car park
Lucy Tower car park

The multi-storey car park was closed last year for essential maintenance works to ensure it remained safe for the public to use and fit for purpose.

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Project Manager Alan Brookfield said: “After months of hard work we are delighted to finally be able to reopen Lucy Tower Street car park, which we know is one of the most popular car parks in the city centre._

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank people once again for bearing with us while this important work was completed. We realise there have been some unavoidable delays but we have worked hard to complete the project to the highest standard._

Built in the 1970s, the car park is constructed primarily of reinforced concrete. During recent winters, the cold weather and salt brought in from the roads has caused corrosion, leading to the decision to close the 458-space car park for essential repairs.

During the works engineers have replaced steel reinforcement and reconstructed large sections of the car park decks.

When works started to replace concrete and steel reinforcement from the middle decks in June 2013, large areas of concrete were removed to expose steel that was more corroded than had initially been thought.

City of Lincoln Council has also recently removed the service charge for using the PayByPhone service at the council’s car parks.

Jail for couple who exploited vulnerable people in Lincoln

A married couple have each been jailed for three years after being convicted of a series of offences of dishonesty at Lincoln Crown Court.

Peter and Alison Childs
Peter and Alison Childs

During the six-week trial jurors heard how husband and wife duo Peter Childs, 61, and Alison Childs, 48, exploited vulnerable members of the Lincoln and District Mencap charity (LDM) over a number of years through their financial handling of funds.

This charity, based on Tentercroft Street, Lincoln, had an affiliation to Royal Mencap, but operated independently and its purpose was to aid those with varying degrees of learning difficulties to live independently in the community.

The charity received charitable donations and also a grant from Lincolnshire County Council in order to operate.Some of the vulnerable members paid regular Utility and Maintenance Payments (UMP) to LDM for LDM to then pay their bills on their behalf.

Although some of this money was legitimately used for the purposes of paying bills, the amount required by Peter and Alison Childs of the members was far more than the amount of the bills. The Childs’ would then keep the surplus for themselves.


Brave Ryan's Race for Life role

Last month ITV Calendar kickstarted this year's Race for Life campaign - encouraging people to become one of the thousands of women in our region who walk, jog or run to beat cancer.

But Ryan Tait from Lincoln is not letting being a boy stop him from taking part. He was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago - and beat it. He'll be handing out medals to women - including his mum Lisa - at his local Race for Life. Helen Steel reports.

Lincoln police investigate stabbing

A man has been taken to hospital after being found stabbed in Lincoln.

At 1:00am patrolling officers found a 37-year-old local man collapsed in High Street, Lincoln with what appeared to be knife wounds to his abdomen.

He is currently receiving treatment at Lincoln County Hospital.

A 35-year-old local woman was arrested and is in custody at Lincoln Police Station.

While the matter is under investigation, the High Street between Tentercroft Street and the level crossing has been closed.


Family, friends and colleagues remember Dr Ravikumar who drowned on holiday in Tenerife

People who know the Lincoln GP who lost her life while trying to rescue two children from the sea off the coast of Tenerife have been remembering her fondly today.

Dr Barathi Ravikumar died while trying to save two young children who'd been swept away by a wave on Sunday. Those who knew her said it was totally in her character to try and help others, as Sarah Clark reports.

Lincoln doctor wonderful to work with say colleagues

A GP from Lincoln who died on the holiday island of Tenerife has been described by her colleagues as a wonderful person to work with.

Doctor Barathi Ravikumar worked at the Bracebridge Heath centre and died trying to rescue a 14-year-old girl and a relative's 10-year-old son from the sea.

The children were swept away by waves when Dr Ravikumar and her relative, who was also a doctor, went in after them. Both children, and another woman were pulled from the water, but the doctors lost their lives.

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