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Bomber Command survivor's tale preserved for future generations

Work will begin tomorrow on the home of a new memorial in Lincoln to more than 25,000 airmen from Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War Two.

Veterans will be at a ceremony on Canwick Hill - as building work gets underway. Among them will be a 95-year-old veteran, who not only swam the channel to escape occupied France, but who also survived his Lancaster Bomber being blown up. Michael Billington's been to meet him.

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Cat recovering well after being found 'dumped' in water

A cat that was rescued from a waterway in Lincoln is recovering well. A foster carer from Lincoln Cat Care is taking care of the animal which they say was distressed by her ordeal when she was brought in.

Cat rescued from Sincil Drain in Lincoln
Cat rescued from Sincil Drain in Lincoln Credit: ITV News Calendar

Police found her in Sincil Drain in Lincoln following reports that a cat or cats had been dumped in the water. Efforts are now being made to trace her owner.

Police trying to trace owner of cat found in water

Police are trying to trace the owner of a cat that was rescued from a drain in Lincoln following reports of someone throwing either one or more cats into Sincil Drain near to the Hermit Street bridge.

Location of Sincil Drain
Location of Sincil Drain Credit: ITV News Calendar

A 34-year-old local man who was arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal has been released without charge.

Woman claimed almost £8,000 to care for dead father

A woman from Lincoln has been ordered to repay £7,786 and undertake 200 hours of unpaid community service after claiming money to care for her dead father.

Joanne Heyward pleaded guilty to fraud at Lincoln Magistrate's Court after an investigation by Lincolnshire Police found she had ignored letters and phone calls about the account after her father's death in October 2011.

Lincolnshire County Council are warning people to be vigilant against fraud in their communities:

This sends a strong message that we will not tolerate Direct Payment fraud and will seek prosecution for anyone who abuses the system. If you know that this is happening in your community, I would urge you to contact the county council so that we can investigate and reclaim funds for people who should rightfully receive them.

– Pete Sidgwick, assistant director of Adult Care at Lincolnshire County Council

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Lincoln fire station celebrates 50th anniversary

A fire station in Lincoln is celebrating 50 years of saving lives.

Lincoln South Fire Station is holding an open day to mark the day it opened its doors in 1964.

Firefighters from Lincoln South in action in the 1960s
Firefighters from Lincoln South in action in the 1960s

As well as the 6-bay appliance room, control room and offices, there were also dedicated training facilities including a 60 foot high drill tower, a large drill yard and breathing apparatus chamber. Over the last 50 years, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has grown - but officers say it's remained as busy and important as ever for the area.

Current and retired staff who have served at the station will attend today's event, which also includes a Red Arrows flypast.

The fire engines looked somewhat different when the station first opened
The fire engines looked somewhat different when the station first opened
A later model of the fire engines
A later model of the fire engines

Burton Road Surgery to stay open after confusion over future

A GP surgery in Lincoln whose patients were told it would close will now stay open until next year to allow for a public consultation.

Burton Road Surgery will stay open until June 2015
Burton Road Surgery will stay open until June 2015

Just under 3,000 patients at Burton Road Surgery will be able to give their views on its future after NHS England decided they should be consulted.

Two choices were offered in a letter to patients; to find a way of keeping the surgery open which could involve new staff or location, or to close it, in which case NHS England would help patients choose a new practice in the area.

Three drop in events are available to patients at Burton Road Methodist Curch at the following times:

  • Monday 11 August (9.30am - 11.30am),
  • Wednesday 27 August (5.30pm - 7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 9 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm)

Two arrested after unexplained death

Two people have been arrested after an unexplained death in Lincoln.

Police say they are helping with enquiries.

The death happened at an address on Portland Street and police are asking for anyone who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area between 5pm on Monday 4 August and 10am on Tuesday 5 August to contact them.

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