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Blessed are the gritters

A special ceremony will take place in Lincolnshire today to bless the county's gritters.

Lincolnshire's gritters will be blessed today by the Bishop of Lincoln Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The annual ritual will be led by the Bishop of Lincoln as a way of thanking those who keep the county's roads safe each winter - as well as wishing them well as they begin their annual maintenance work.

Jade Etherington to switch on Lincoln lights

Paralympic star Jade Etherington will be in Lincoln tonight to turn on the city's Christmas lights.

Paralympic star Jade Etherington will be in Lincoln tonight to turn on the city's Christmas lights. Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old from Bourne retired from skiing this month to focus on her teaching career.

The festivities start at 5.45 and the big switch on is at around 7 o'clock.


Cycle route works in Lincoln to finish sooner than expected

Work to create a cycle route and improve the footpath on a road in Lincoln will finish earlier than expected after a petition from local residents.

Children using a cycle path Credit: PA

The roadworks on Station Road have been causing of up to two hours. The council says work gangs on the site will be increased from three to five, and weekend works will take place to reduce the 16-week timescale of the project.

Lincoln City apologises to fans after match cancelled

Lincoln City have posted pictures of the team waiting to re-enter their hotel - and have apologised to fans after the match against Eastleigh was cancelled.

A fire broke out this morning at the Hilton Southampton, where they were staying.

Police release CCTV appeal for fatal crash witnesses

Police investigating the death of a pensioner who died after being in a collision with a car while he was driving his mobility scooter have released CCTV footage of drivers they believe may have witnessed the crash.

Jim Dakin, 82, was driving along the cycle lane on Newark road on 17 October when he was knocked off his scooter.

Police are hoping to trace drivers who were in the area at the time:


MP welcomes plans to improve mobile phone coverage

The MP for Lincoln has welcomed new steps being taken by the government to improve mobile coverage and end ‘partial not-spots’ – areas where there is coverage from one or more but not all of the four mobile networks – in Lincolnshire.

15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire suffer from partial not-spots Credit: Press Association

Currently 15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire suffer from these partial not-spots making it harder for people to communicate and businesses to operate, and putting growth and jobs at risk.

Karl McCartney MP says he is working with mobile operators to find voluntary solutions but says he could consider legislation to improve coverage.

Currently 15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire has poor mobile coverage which is causing frustration for people trying to make a call or send a text and making it more difficult for businesses to operate and grow. Conservatives are not prepared to let this continue. That is why we are now looking at how we can eliminate ‘partial not-spots’ and make it easier to communicate in our County. As part of this we will continue to work with mobile companies as well as considering changing the law so that people can use a different mobile network if they can’t get a signal with their own network. Ensuring people and businesses in Lincolnshire can get good mobile coverage is a key part of our long-term economic plan that will help businesses to grow and more jobs, giving people greater financial security and peace of mind.

– Karl McCartney MP

Police appeal for man missing from Lincoln

Police are appealing for information concerning the whereabouts of Fazlur Rahman, who has been missing from Lincoln since last month.

Fazlur Rahman has been missing from Lincoln since Thursday 30th October.

Mr Rahman, 36, was last seen at around 2pm on 30 October by his family at his address in Chestnut Street when he went out to work in uphill Lincoln. He did not arrive at work and has not been seen since.

He is originally from Bangladesh and speaks English with an American twang. He is around 5ft 8in tall, with short black hair, and was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black trousers and black shoes, with a black coat with fur lined hood.

Police say Mr Rahman's disappearance is out of character and his family would very much like to hear from him to know that he is okay. Anyone who may have seen Mr Rahman or anyone who has any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police

Frustration as cycle route work forces 3 mile diversion in Lincoln

The work will continue until March 2015 Credit: Kate Hemingway

Work to create a cycle route and improve the footpath on a road in Lincoln is forcing drivers to take a 3 mile diversion around the centre of Lincoln. The improvement works on Station Road in North Hykeham are ongoing for 16 weeks until March 2015. But because of a level crossing half way down station road Lincolnshire County Council says it's been forced to put a strict one way system in place.

A number of parents whose children attend a nursery situated half way down the road say the roadworks are adding up to an hour each way on their usual drive to drop off and pick up their children as they take a three mile diversion through the centre of Hykeham.

Businesses off station road, such as the Lindum Group, who employ 400 members of staff, say the work has also cost them around £300,000 in lost trade.

The construction firm, which also has a number of hauliers coming to and from its base, says it's also impacting staff and their working hours. The company has even resorted to letting its staff leave off early to miss the rush hour traffic.

Full consideration was given to all means of traffic management during the works on Station Road – unfortunately due to the proximity of the level crossing to the works, and the safety implications associated with the unmanned barrier crossing, Network Rail has not permitted the use of two-way traffic management with traffic lights. We are aware of traffic congestion in the area, particularly at peak time, and are working with local businesses and residents to constantly monitor and review the situation.

– Vanessa Strange, Transportation Manager at Lincolnshire County Council

Kate Hemingway reports:

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