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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


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.


Viral Facebook post warning about EU Referendum vote registration 'wrong' says Lincoln Council

The post has been shared more than 12,000 times on Facebook Credit: Facebook

Warnings that people will be ineligible to have their say in the EU Referendum unless they register to vote are misleading, a council has said.

A post on Facebook highlighting part of the Government-issued leaflet about the vote claims that "we need to register specifically for this referendum".

It has been shared more than 12,000 times.

But Lincoln Council said the suggestion was incorrect.

“It has come to our attention that a social media post, which has gone viral across the UK, has wrongly advised people they will have to re-register to vote in the EU Referendum. “This is not the case. “If you are already on the electoral roll, all you need to do is turn up at the polling station and vote on 23 June.”

– Lincoln Council
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