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Lincoln Castle closes for refurb

Lincoln Castle has closed its doors for the next three months for the final stages of a major redevelopment project to be completed.

When it reopens in April there will be a brand new home for the Magna Carta, an opportunity for visitors to do a full lap of the castle walls and a chance to see the historic prison and chapel. Ben Erlam reports:

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Nine-year-old boy dies in suspicious circumstances

Lincolnshire Police are this evening investigating the death of a nine-year-old boy in Lincoln.

Police are treating the death of the nine-year-old boy suspicious Credit: Press Association

They are treating the death as suspicious.

Officers were called just before midday to a house on Pennell Street. The boy was taken by ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 64-year-old man is helping police with enquiries.

A cordon has been put in place at the address while officers carry out a number of investigations at the scene and it is expected to remain there overnight.

Unexplained death in Lincoln: man named as Ashley Hughes

Police investigating the death of a man in Lincoln have named him as 19-year-old Ashley Hughes.

Mr Hughes, from Gatley in Cheadle, was taken to Lincoln County Hospital, where he died after being taken ill in the early hours of Wednesday.

A post mortem has been carried out but further tests are needed to establish the cause of death, which is being treated by police as unexplained but not suspicious.

Ashley’s funeral will take place at 10am on December 27th at Stockport Crematorium in Buxton Road, Stockport.

Fake Nike trainers worth £1m seized

There are renewed calls to watch out for fake goods when shopping over the Christmas period.

Don't fall for fake goods Credit: ITV Calendar

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team, working with officers from the UK’s Border Force, have seized a shipment of fake Nike Air Max trainers with a street value of £1 million.

Border Force officers stopped a container lorry after it arrived at Immingham docks from Esbjerg in Denmark.

Officers found 12,444 pairs of imitation Nike Air Max trainers that were thought to have been made in a factory in Lithuania and were destined for an address in South Yorkshire.

Nike has since paid for the shipment to be destroyed.

It comes as the Trading Standards team is again warning shoppers not to buy counterfeit goods during the countdown to Christmas.

“When you buy fake goods like these bogus trainers you’re effectively giving your money to ruthless criminal networks with links to drug dealing, people trafficking and even terrorism.

“Counterfeit goods are shoddy, poor quality imitations and fake electrical items can prove lethal when they go wrong. “Protect yourself by only buying from legitimate retailers and check the packaging for the relevant safety marks.

“I know money is tight for many people, but what might seem like a bargain buy could put your loved ones at risk."

– Cllr Hazel Chase, North East Lincolnshire Council

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Dogs (and cats) get into the festive spirit

We asked for festive pictures of your dogs. and we got your cats too.

Bella, originally from Hull Animal Welfare, is not impressed with her Christmas Pudding outfit Credit: Lizzy Steel
Lilly in her Christmas jumper Credit: Hannah Madajewski
Robyn...the cat Credit: Gemma Shields
Layla the 'sprocker' Credit: Michelle Swift
Mitzee from Lincoln Credit: Sean Dunderdale
Buster, from Mansfield Credit: Kelly Marie
Buster's friend Tyson, from Mansfield Credit: Kelly Marie
Della from Doncaster Credit: Alan Carr
Gus from Rotherham Credit: Jennifer Wilkinson
Felix the cat, from Barnsley Credit: Julie Smith
Bethany Mavis dreams of Christmas in Todmorden Credit: Wendy Wright

Pothole cash: the breakdown

It's been announced £489 million will be spent on improving our region's roads over the next six years. Here is the regional breakdown:

  • Hull City Council - £11,751
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council - £57,663
  • North East Lincolnshire Council - £10,416
  • North Lincolnshire Council - £24,016
  • York City Council - £11,849
  • North Yorkshire County Council - £154,766
  • Sheffield City Council - £65,601

Record payout earmarked for region's roads

The Government has promised a record multi-million pound payout to improve roads in our region.

£489 million will be spent on roads in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire between 2015 and 2021, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

The investment amounts to £81 million a year, enough to fix around 1.5 million potholes across the region.

It is the first time councils have been given dedicated funding over this length of time.

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