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Woman cleared in assisted suicide trial

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

Emma Crossman Credit: ITV News

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.

Severe delays warning after crash closes A1

Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

Motorists have been warned to expect long delays after the closure of the A1 following a crash involving two lorries this morning.

According to reports, both south lanes need 100m of resurfacing. Motorists have complained about sitting in standstill traffic for more than an hour.

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A1 closed near Grantham after crash involving two lorries

The A1 has been closed in both direction following a crash involving two lorries near Grantham.

Fruit and veg clear-up after A1 collision Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

Dramatic pictures from the scene show significant damage to the road surface.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area as crews deal with the aftermath.

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Police appeal after Lincoln assault

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was assaulted in Lincoln yesterday (Tuesday 12th May).

Officers say the assault might have taken place in the Napier Street/Cannon Street area around 8pm last night.

A 45-year-old local man was injured and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen him in the area and around the High Street last night.

He is believed to have been wearing a green army jumper with a t-shirt tied around his waist, and would have had a brindle coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier with him.

Lincolnshire charity duo may return to Nepal earlier than planned

Two charity workers who raised more than £30,000 and travelled out to Nepal following the first earthquake there say they may return to the country a little earlier than planned - after the latest earthquake earlier today.

Garry Goddard and Leo Scott Smith are from Lincs2Nepal. They put the following post on Facebook earlier today.

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Time flies for Lincoln skyline's newest addition

There is a new addition to Lincoln's skyline - a 31 meter tall spire to commemorate the city's connection with bomber command during World War Two.

It will become the focus point of a peace garden - surrounded by memorial walls eventually bearing the names of more than 55,000 who lost their lives during the conflict.

Watch this time lapse footage - courtesy of Place Architecture/Epix Media -and see the spire go up.

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