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Eight fire engines battle blaze in Lincoln

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Eight fire engines are battling a blaze at a building on De Wint Avenue in Lincoln.

The fire was initially fierce but has now been brought under control by the 50 firefighters at the scene.

Crews will be in attendance for some hours to make the premises safe. While the risk to health is low, there is still smoke in the area and local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed until further notice.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area as road closures are in place.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

– Dave Gilbert, incident commander for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

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Discovery of Roman skeletons 'most significant' find in Lincoln

Experts say the discovery of 23 Roman skeletons in Lincoln is one of the most significant archaeological finds in the city in many years.

The bones were unearthed during an excavation in Newland

The bones were unearthed as part of an excavation in Newland before new apartments are built. Archaeologists plan to carry out tests on the skeletons so they can understand more about people who lived in the city more than fifteen hundred years ago.

Norovirus outbreak closes three wards at Lincoln County Hospital

Three wards have been closed at Lincoln County Hospital, with limited access to another four, because of an outbreak of norovirus.

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The highly contagious virus has affected both staff and patients and visitors are being urged to only visit family and friends if it's absolutely necessary.

The closed wards and restricted areas are expected to re-open once they have been symptom free for 72 hours.

Lincoln burglar jailed after admitting to breaking into house

A burglar in Lincoln has been jailed for more than two years after breaking into a house.

Daniel Nichols has been jailed for more than two years Credit: Lincolnshire Police

25-year-old Daniel Nichols, of St Rumbold Street in Lincoln, was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday to two years and four months in prison after admitting to a burglary at Walnut Place earlier this year.

The court heard that on 21st May Nichols used a small window that was left open in the lounge at the property to climb in and steal a wallet from inside.

I’m satisfied with the sentence given to Nichols because it means he won’t be able to commit this type of offence again for a very long time.

Burglary is a crime that can be very upsetting and unsettling for victims. To have someone in your home can be really distressing and some people who commit these types of offences don’t seem to take that into account. I hope the sentence passed on to Nichols gives him the time and space to reflect on that.

– DC Adam Petty

'I'm only a burglar' says thief before stealing patient's handbag

A burglar who was confronted by a nursing home resident whose room he was caught in told his victim he was "only a burglar" before making off with her handbag.

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Lincolnshire Police say the man broke into Altham Court Nursing Home in Lincoln in the early hours of Wednesday 9 December.

The offender is described as being aged in his late teens, of thin build, and he is thought to have been wearing matching grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey tracksuit hooded top.

He woke the 61-year-old woman who confronted him and asked him what he was doing when he told her that he was "only a burglar". He then left through a window, taking the woman's handbag.

Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

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Police searching for missing Lincoln schoolgirl

Police in Lincoln are searching for a missing schoolgirl.

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15-year-old Katie Hughen was last seen on Sunday in the south of the city. Police say she is of slim build, about 5ft 6in in height, with long, straight, light-brown hair. She is believed to be wearing jeans, black Nike Air trainers, and a burgundy Nike hooded top with a grey Lacoste hooded top over that.

Her family are growing increasingly worried about her and are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

High security levels at Lincoln Christmas Market

City of Lincoln Council say there is a high level of security at the Lincoln Christmas Market - to ensure the event, which is the city's biggest of the year, remains safe.

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Security staff are working with the police inside a control centre as well as out on the ground, and are monitoring CCTV.

250,000 people are expected to attend the four day event which is on until Sunday.

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