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Report: Thousands begin SATs tests

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds in the Midlands have today begun sitting their national curriculum tests, better known as SATs.

This year's papers are tougher than previous ones, and some people say they're putting too much pressure on children so young.

One mother has told ITV News Central her son is self-harming because of the stress, she's so angry she's written to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports:


Archaeologists in Lincoln unearth Medieval objects

The community dig Credit: ITV News

Archaeologists in Lincoln have found a number of items from Medieval times following a community dig in the grounds of a church on the city's high street.

Historical experts and volunteers have been searching for the remains of a 12th century church in the grounds of the existing St Botolph-by-Bargate Church.

It's the first of a number of projects planned for this year. The finds included medieval window glass, roof tiles and clay pipes.

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Missing Jean is 'very trusting and easily led'

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for a woman who's gone missing from Lincoln.

Jean Parker got on a train to Newark from Lincoln on Easter Friday and hasn't been seen since. She takes medication but it's not thought she has any with her. Officers describe her as very trusting and easily led.

She is of medium build, 4' 11" tall with short grey hair, blue eyes and usually wearing glasses. Jean normally wears the beige/cream coat she is wearing in the photograph and normally has a black trolley and brown hand bag with her.

We are growing increasingly worried for Jean, if anyone has seen or heard from her since Easter Friday then I'd ask them to call us.

– Sgt Guy Farmer
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'Confused' 90-year-old women missing from Lincoln home

Police have issued an urgent appeal to help find a 90-year-old woman who has been reported missing from Lincoln.

Muriel Hammond Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Muriel Hammond was last seen at her home in the south of Lincoln at 10am this morning.

She is around 5ft 9in in height, with white-grey hair, and wearing a fawn-coloured coat, a white top and sandals.

Muriel is believed to be in a confused state and police are keen to trace her as soon as possible.

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