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Tourism officials promote Lincoln in London

Tourism officials from Lincoln were at London King's Cross today to publicise the new-look Lincoln Castle and the city's Magna Carta 800 celebrations.

They were promoting the message to travellers that the city is easy to access by rail.

Advertising on the London underground and on digital screens within King's Cross will also spread the message about Lincoln being a top tourism destination.

Lydia Rusling is from Lincolnshire County Council:

Lincoln Cathedral gets millions in Heritage Lottery funding

Over £12 million has been awarded to Lincoln Cathedral by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over £12 million has been awarded to Lincoln Cathedral by the Heritage Lottery fund.

It is the only cathedral on Historic England's buildings at risk register and the money will be used for urgent repairs and a new interpretation centre. Staff hope to double school visit numbers and widen the range of visitors to the cathedral.

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Roadworks proving costly for traders in Lincoln

Traders in Lincoln claim five months of roadworks have cost them tens of thousands of pounds.

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Restrictions and diversions are in place around the Canwick Road area, to allow for a major improvement scheme.

Derrick Overend, the owner of an MOT centre and petrol station on Canwick Road says the disruption faced by many has cost his business dear.

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He says he has lost just under £97,000 since the work started - having taken a third of what he would usually have taken on drivers buying fuel.

He has also been refused any compensation - but says the council's been helpful on keeping him up to date on the roadworks.

Leeds jail most overcrowded in country, report warns

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Leeds Prison is the most overcrowded in England and Wales, according to a report by a Howard League for Penal Reform.

It is designated to hold 669 prisoners, but actually holds 1196.

Lincoln Prison is tenth on the list of the most overcrowded prisons.

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A1 northbound carriageway reopens after lorry crash

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The Highways Agency has released the following statement in relation to the A1 crash:

The A1 is currently closed southbound between the A46 and A52 for vehicle recovery and emergency carriageway resurfacing following an earlier serious incident.

All traffic is advised to leave the A1 southbound and follow the diamond symbol via the A46 southbound through Newark-on-Trent to Saxondale. Take the A52 eastbound to rejoin the A1 at Grantham.

Please note the earlier closure of the northbound carriageway has been removed and is now fully open.

Due to the length of the diversion and long delays on approach to the closures, drivers are advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey or consider alternative routes.

– Highways Agency

A1 disruption expected for rest of the day

The A1 remains closed near Grantham this lunchtime after a collision involving two vehicles this morning.

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A large-goods vehicle (LGV) carrying fruit and vegetables collided with a Highways England vehicle which was removing cones.

Both vehicles were set alight and the fire is still being put out on the LGV which remains on the road.

The A1 northbound carriageway, although not damaged, has been closed for safety reasons.

The southbound carriageway has been badly damaged - with the road requiring resurfacing.

Police say damage to the central reservation means around seven hours of work will be required before the road can be opened again. This work can only begin once the LGV has been cleared.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and follow the diversion routes where possible.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the collision.

Woman cleared in assisted suicide trial

A woman has been cleared of helping her friend to kill herself.

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Milly Caller, 22, was charged with encouraging or assisting the suicide of Emma Crossman, who was found dead in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, in January last year.

Caller was alleged by the prosecution to have been "obsessed and infatuated" by Miss Crossman, 21, at the time of her death.

The jury found Caller not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court after hearing six days of evidence, including testimony from Caller, who said she did not think her friend would take her own life.

Caller did not show any emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict.

She stood in the glass-fronted dock flanked by a security guard in a leather jacket and black trousers.

Her family and friends were in tears in the public gallery and, after Caller was released from the dock, she was embraced by her supporters in the court.

Outside, her family said she should never have been put in this position.

Her sister, Fiona, said: "She hasn't got a nasty bone in her body. She's the nicest person you would ever meet. She doesn't deserve any of this."

The jury came back with the verdict just moments after they had been given a majority direction by the judge.

They had been deliberating for about four-and-a-half hours.

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