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Plans to build Lincolnshire wind farm well on the way

A massive wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire is set to be one of the biggest in the world.

The company behind the Triton Knoll scheme has already been given planning permission for just under three hundred massive turbines.

Today it revealed details of how it will bring the power that's generated back to land and where it will build a new electricity sub-station. Kate Hemingway reports.

NHS workers strike over pay

Thousands of staff working for the NHS across the region today joined a four hour strike in a protest over pay. There were pickets and rallys outside hospitals in Hull, Lincoln and Sheffield.

The action followed a government decision not to award a one per cent pay rise to all NHS workers which was recommended by an independent body.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the government needs to ensure any future decision on pay wouldn't lead to nurses being laid off.


Design of new Lincoln footbridge revealed

The new footbridge for Lincoln Credit: Network Rail

The design of a new footbridge over Lincoln High Street level crossing has been released. The plans, which involve re-modelling the property at 179 High Street, will allow pedestrians and cyclists free-flowing access along the street 24-hours-a-day.

A lift will be provided at each side of the bridge, capable of carrying mobility scooters and pushchairs. Work starts on the bridge today and it is hoped it will be open to the public by this time next year.

Win a chance to view all copies of Magna Carta together

One of the original manuscripts is held at Lincoln Cathedral Credit: ITV News Calendar

The four surviving original Magna Carta manuscripts will go on display to the public for the first time to mark its 800th anniversary.

For one day only - 3 February 2015 - the documents from 1215 will be viewed by 1,215 people who have successfully won a ballot for tickets.

Two of the manuscripts are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral. For this experience they will be on show at the British Library.

The ballot is free to enter and closes at the end of October. Click here for details.

Man jailed for child sex crimes

Stephen Lock Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man has been jailed for a series of sex offences with a child.

Stephen Anthony Lock, 39, has been sentenced to eight years behind bars after being found guilty at Lincoln Crown Court of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and found not guilty of one count of rape.

The crimes happened between 2011 and 2012 at an address in Lincolnshire and at Lock’s home address in Leicester. The victim was 14-years-old at the time.

When sentencing Lock Judge John Pini QC said he had clearly groomed the young victim and had shown no remorse for his actions. Lock even claimed in evidence that the young girl was lying. He is the worst kind of sexual offender who not only subjected his victim to horrific offences but then tried to cover them up with lies, putting her and her family through the most unimaginable anguish.

I am incredibly pleased with the jury’s verdicts and the judge’s sentence but there really are no winners in this case. For the young girl and her family this has been a terrible time and they now have to start trying to rebuild their lives.

I want to commend the courage of the victim in this case, without her evidence and bravery we would never be able to take this dangerous offender off the streets and make sure he can’t repeat these offences. Without the whole family’s patience, cooperation, and support of the prosecution we would never have been able to get this conviction. We are incredibly grateful to them.

– DC Kirsty Longmuir, Lincolnshire Police


Pensioners dance troup perform for United Nations

Their oldest member is eighty-one, their youngest is in her early sixties, but that's not stopped the Magic Movers dance troup from Lincoln being invited to Geneva to perform at the United Nations Headquarters.

The invitation came completely out of the blue as the Economic Commission for Europe was looking at a way of marking the International Day of Older Persons.

Adam Fowler reports.

Council asked to restrict high occupancy homes

City of Lincoln Council is being asked to consider restricting the number of properties in the city being rented out to large numbers of people.

The review comes after a residents' group submitted a petition to the council calling for the number of so-called multiple occupancy homes in the city to be restricted - claiming they can blight the area.

Now, residents, landlords, universities and other organisations are being invited to give their views. Adam Fowler reports.

Concerns over multiple occupancy in Lincoln

The City of Lincoln Council is asking the public for their views on the increasing number of properties being rented out to large numbers of people.

Over the last few years the council says it has seen a large rise in the amount of Houses in Multiple Occupation and plans to introduce measures to curb it - possibly by requiring landlords to ask for planning permission when converting a house in to a rental property.

Kate Ellis from City of Lincoln Council spoke to us about the move.

Seven arrested in slavery operation

Seven people have been arrested in Lincolnshire as part of an investigation into modern slavery.

Lincolnshire Police, assisted by officers from neighbouring forces and the National Crime Agency, this morning executed warrants at five locations around Lincoln, and two elsewhere in the country.

As part of the operation, seven people are being cared for by teams from Adult Care at Lincolnshire County Council with support from staff from the NHS. They are now in the process of being seen by medical professionals for health assessments.

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