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Direct trains from Lincoln to London approved

Direct train services from Lincoln to London have been approved by the Office of Rail and Road.

Community Rail in the City team Credit: Lincoln City Council

It means direct Virgin Trains East Coast services will run from Lincoln to London along the East Coast Main Line from 2019.

The Office of Rail and Road received application from three train operators during 2014/15, each bidding for space on the East Coast Main Line for new services. The ORR then carried out extensive consultation and analysis of the competing applications, looking at the benefits they would bring to passengers, the effect on public funds, the benefits of competition, and whether they would make best use of the capacity on the route before choosing those to approve.

"The council has campaigned over many years for a better rail service from Lincoln to London. Back in 2007 it looked as if we had achieved this with the promise of direct Lincoln to London trains, but this fell through. Since then the council has continued to campaign for direct services to London. I personally wrote to Joanna Whittington, the interim chief executive of the ORR in March this year urging her to approve these services. I am delighted that the she has listened and has seen the value of these services not only for those travelling to London, but also for people elsewhere who want to visit and do business in Lincolnshire."

– Cllr Richard Davies

We have huge plans for the East Coast franchise. These include new Virgin Azuma trains, cutting journey times, expanding the timetable including a new two hourly midweek service from Lincoln to London from May 2019, linking communities and delivering significant premium payments to Government. Virgin Trains’ plans for the East Coast are in the best interests of passengers, taxpayers and communities, and we’re delighted that the ORR has recognised that and approved all of our proposals.

– Virgin Trains East Coast

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Appeal for witnesses after altercation involving three women in Lincoln

Police in Lincolnshire are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Lincoln on 2 May.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who saw an altercation taking place between three women in the area of the Tesco Express store on Newark Road, Lincoln, around 7.25 pm on Monday evening.

Two women, aged 36 and 35 years, have been arrested and released on bail following an allegation of assault on Monday 2 May 2016.

The victim, 29, suffered injuries to her head and received treatment at the scene.

Anyone who saw the altercation is asked to contact DS Andy McWatt on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

Hundreds gather for Bradford City fire memorial service

Hundreds of people have gathered in Bradford for a memorial service to mark the 31st anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

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Fifty-six fans died and hundreds were injured at Valley Parade in 1985.

Hundreds of people remembered those who lost their lives today, and there was applause when the families of those who perished laid wreaths as part of the memorial service.

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Credit: Jon Hill / ITV News

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

Memorial service to mark 31st anniversary of Bradford City fire disaster

A memorial service will take place today to mark 31 years since the Bradford City football stadium fire.

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Fifty-six fans died and hundreds were injured at Valley Parade in 1985.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Joanne Dodds, will attend the memorial service in Centenary Square this morning. The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, will represent the city of Lincoln at the event.

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

The service which starts at 11am will be conducted by the chaplain to Bradford City AFC, the Reverend Andy Grieff and the Lord Mayor's chaplain Reverend Canon Paul Bilton and supported by the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford.

There will be prayers and a reading from the Bible before the act of remembrance which will include a minute's silence.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will lead a wreath laying ceremony by laying a wreath on behalf of the city and the district. Wreaths will also be laid by the Mayor of Lincoln, a representative for Bradford City AFC, bereaved families and the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Once these wreaths have been laid, others who wish to lay their own wreaths or floral tributes are welcome to do so.

"It is extremely important to the city that we take time each year to remember those who were affected and continue to be affected by the tragic events of 11 May 1985."

– Coun Joanne Dodds, The Lord Mayor of Bradford

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Thousands sign petition over plans to move maternity services

Fears have been voiced by mothers-to-be and families as hospital bosses consider moving maternity services from Boston to Lincoln - 37 miles away .

The Trust in charge at Boston is trying to plug a £60 million deficit and ensure services remain safe - but thousands have signed a petition to keep the unit where it is. Here's Kate Hemingway's report.

Man wanted following a recall to prison

Lincolnshire Police have renewed their appeal for information about a man wanted following a recall to prison.

Gary Frank Butters Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Gary Frank Butters, 33, has lived in the Lincoln area previously.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 155 of 31/03/2016.

Did you witness couple having argument?

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Longdales Road area of Lincoln in the early hours of this morning and may have witnessed a couple arguing, to contact them.

It follows a report that a man and a woman, both of Asian appearance, were involved in an altercation at around 1am in a passageway which runs from Longdales Avenue through to Auborn Avenue.

Officers would like to speak to the couple and are appealing for them, or anyone who was in the vicinity at that time, to make contact. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 94 of 1st May.

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