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Better rail services promised for some East Midlands Trains passengers

East Midlands Trains has announced improved services Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Improved rail services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln will start from today.

After a £2 million boost in government funding, passengers will be able to travel faster between stations on the new Castle Line, and East Midlands Trains has also promised more services.

Bosses at East Midlands Trains say passengers using Newark Castle will benefit from:

  • Most frequent ever service
  • A 41 per cent increase in weekday services
  • An extra 25 trains to and from Nottingham, providing two trains per hour for most of the day
  • Journey times reduced to just over 20 minutes on fast services to and from Nottingham
  • Fiskerton and Collingham will have more weekday services than they have ever had
  • Extra weekday morning peak service to Nottingham
  • Extra weekday evening service from Nottingham
  • More travel opportunities with an hourly service to Matlock via Derby
An East Midlands train passes through Nottingham station Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

“I am absolutely delighted that we are introducing our new and much improved services for the communities and businesses along the Castle Line.

“The new services are a particular boost to the smaller, intermediate stations along the route as many of them will now have more services than they have ever had in more than a century.

"This is a real boost for the region and we are over the moon to have worked closely with so many partners and supporters to make this happen.

“However, we are far from complacent and know there is still more we can do to improve services for the Castle Line and we will continue to work hard, with our partners, to make further improvements.”

– Simon Taylor, Head of Network Development for East Midlands Trains

Acquitted Caller 'hasn't got a nasty bone in her body'

The sister of a woman acquitted of assisting in the suicide of her friend said "she hasn't got a nasty bone in her body".

Milly Caller, aged 22, was found not guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court of playing a role in the death of her friend Emma Crossman.

Emma Crossman (left) and Milly Caller (right) Credit: ITV News

Caller did not show any emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict.

She stood in the glass-fronted dock flanked by a security guard in a leather jacket and black trousers.

Her family and friends were in tears in the public gallery and, after Caller was released from the dock, she was embraced by her supporters in the court.

Outside, her family said she should never have been put in this position.

Her sister, Fiona, said:

She hasn't got a nasty bone in her body. She's the nicest person you would ever meet.

She doesn't deserve any of this.

– Fiona, Milly Caller's sister

The jury came back with the verdict just moments after they had been given a majority direction by the judge.

They had been deliberating for about four-and-a-half hours.

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Woman cleared of assisting suicide of friend

Emma Crossman (left) and Milly Caller (right) Credit: ITV News

A woman has been cleared of assisting in the suicide of her friend.

Milly Caller, aged 22, was acquitted at Lincoln Crown Court of playing a role in the death of her friend Emma Crossman, who was found dead in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, in January last year.

Caller was alleged by the prosecution to have been "obsessed and infatuated" by Miss Crossman, 21, at the time of her death.

The jury found Caller not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court after hearing six days of evidence, including testimony from Caller, who said she did not think her friend would take her own life.

Listen: Radio commentary reveals horror of Bradford fire

It's 30 years today since 56 people died, when a fire ripped through a football stadium as Lincoln City played Bradford City at their Valley Parade ground.

Today, a memorial service is being held to remember the victims of the 1985 disaster, with Lincoln's mayor and some councillors travelling to Yorkshire to represent the city.

Two Lincoln fans - Bill Stacey and Jim West - lost their lives. Tony Delahunty was commentating on the match 30 years ago - this extract reveals how the horror unfolded.

Lincoln skyline evolving as Bomber Command spire erected

The huge 31-metre spire is being erected today in memory of those who lost their lives serving with bomber command.

A crane was used to lift the massive structure into place on Canwick Hill.

The site was chosen for its dramatic views of Lincoln Cathedral - a key landmark used by airmen in the Second World War.

The spire will be the focal point of a larger memorial, that will also house an education centre.

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Going up: Lincoln's Bomber Command Memorial Spire

Police escort for the spire Credit: Kate Hemingway

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.

Spire will stand 31 meters tall Credit: kate Hemingway

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

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