The huge task of erecting Lincoln's Memorial Spire - to honour the thousands of aircrew who served with Bomber Command and didn't come home - is underway.
The 31-meter spire is the first significant and visible development in the building of the new International Bomber Command Centre in Canwick Hill. It arrived on site early this morning on the back of two low loaders with a full police escort - and waved on its way by the people of Lincoln.
The Memorial Spire's design is based on two wing fragments, tapering as they rise towards the sky and echoes the Spires that form part of Lincolnshire's skyline. The height of the memorial is 102ft (31.09m), which is the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster; the width at the base is 16ft (5m), which is the overall width of a Lancaster wing. It will take the engineers approximately six hours to erect the Spire. The following weeks will be spent carrying out site welding and finessing, with the Spire due to be completed in late May.
Once finished, it will also be surrounded by memorial walls in a peace garden - which will bear the names of more than 55 thousand men who lost their lives in Bomber Command
Work on Lincolnshire's first purpose-built mosque will start today.
It's on the site of an old dairy farm in Lincoln and will cost £1.5 million to build. There will be rooms for praying, teaching and community activities.
Hundreds of local people have opposed the plans.
The spire, which will stand at a height of 31 metres on Canwick Hill will be taller than the Angel of the North.Read the full story ›
Controversial cuts to Lincolnshire's fire service have been approved by the county council as it tries to save more than £1m.
There will be fewer firefighters in some crews and some overnight cover will now be provided as an 'on-call' service instead of from a fully manned fire station.
James Webster has the details:
Lincolnshire County Council has approved a package of cutbacks that will save the Fire and Rescue Service £665,000.
The proposals were unanimously approved during an executive meeting in Lincoln on Wednesday, despite protests outside.
Protesters opposed to the plan say they will mean cuts to the number of firefighters and officers assigned to tasks.
From today it is illegal to take legal highs in Lincoln. Councillors say it will reduce antisocial behaviour but some say it will not work.Read the full story ›
The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.Read the full story ›
Parents pay tribute to a Lincoln boy whose funeral takes place today, as his grandfather awaits trial for his murder.Read the full story ›
Three men who were found guilty of raping a woman in Lincoln despite a judge trying to stop their trial because he did not think there was enough evidence for a conviction have all been jailed for six years.
Pawel Chudzicki, 49, Michael Armitage, 44, and Rafal Segiet, 40, raped a 23-year-old woman at a flat in the city in 2012.
Judge John Pini QC, who jailed the men at Lincoln Crown Court, ordered their trial to be halted halfway through due to lack of evidence but this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in an unusual move.
The jury went on to convict the three men earlier this week.