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Lincoln Hospital 'norovirus-free'

The norovirus outbreak at Lincoln County Hospital has now been officially declared as over.

Although it is now over, norovirus continues to circulate in the community and the hospital is still experiencing a number of cases of patients admitted to the hospital who are incubating the infection.

The number of visitors per patient is limited to a maximum of two per bed, in all but exceptional circumstances. Children aged 5 years and under should not visit the hospital.

If you have norovirus symptoms or have had them in the past 72 hours, do not attend A&E or visit the hospital.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff that we are able to declare this outbreak over. Many of them have gone above and beyond what is normally required of them to ensure disruption to the hospital is minimised and ensuring patient safety and care is not compromised.

“I’d like to thank the public too. In staying away from our wards and A&E they have helped us cope and keep disruptions to a minimum. But we still need their support. Visiting restrictions remain in place in order to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our vulnerable patients and our staff.”

– Michelle Rhodes, Director of Nursing for ULHT

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One dead, two hurt after fire at shop following 'blast'

The fire broke out at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon Credit: Jordan Challis

One person has died after a fire engulfed a shop and storage area following reports of an explosion.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said crews from seven separate stations tackled the blaze in De Wint Avenue, Lincoln, after it broke out at about 4.30pm on Monday.

Police said they believe the person killed was a man but his identity is yet to be confirmed.

At least two other casualties were taken to hospital, although they were not seriously injured.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said:

We are sad to report that one person has died following the fire.

Work is ongoing to establish the identity of this person.

We are working closely with the fire service as the investigation continues to establish the exact circumstances involved.

– spokesman, Lincolnshire Police
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Police searching for missing Lincoln schoolgirl

Police in Lincoln are searching for a missing schoolgirl.

Have you seen Katie? Credit: Lincolnshire Police

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.

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Free debt advice in Lincoln

A drop-in session will be held at St Giles Community Centre in Lincoln this afternoon, where anyone can take along their debt letters, opened or unopened, and get free, confidential advice from a debt coach.

The initiative is being run by Christians Against Poverty.

"The debt letter amnesty is for you if you are worried about any letters you've received about debts. Perhaps you are not sure what you need to do about them, or maybe you haven't been able to face opening them yet. This is an opportunity to do something positive in a confidential way, with a trained debt coach at no cost. You just need to drop in to the session and one of the team will be able to meet with you privately and discreetly, without any pressure."

– Simon Hoare, Christians Against Poverty

Barons sell for £167,000

Lincoln barons sold at auction for £167,000 Credit: ITV News

Baron statues that were brought to Lincoln to celebrate the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary sold for £167,000 at an auction last night.

The money raised from selling the sculptures of the 25 Barons is going to the foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust.

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Shocking scale of domestic abuse revealed

The shocking scale of domestic abuse in Lincolnshire has been revealed at a conference, where delegates heard that police responded to 10,000 call outs last year.

Safeguarding professionals met in Lincoln to discuss what more can be done to tackle the problem and help those affected. A number of victims have also been speaking out, including a man who suffered serious domestic abuse. WARNING: you may find some of the details and pictures in Kate Hemingway's report distressing from the start.

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