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Lincoln road due to open after five months of repairs

The roadworks in Lincoln Credit: Calendar News

A road in Lincoln is officially opening today, after five months of repairs. The five-million pound project around Canwick Road aims to improve traffic flow - but some local traders say they've lost out on business because of the ongoing disruptions.

Drivers say they're still unsure if the improvements will help ease congestion in the area. Lincolnshire County Council admits it sympathises with those who have lost trade during the time of the roadworks, but says no compensation is available.

Feeling Christmassy? Lincoln Christmas Market already taking bookings

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Nearly 100 applications for stalls at the 2015 Lincoln Christmas Market have already been received this week!

The applications are for the 33rd market, which is due to run from Thursday, December 3 until Sunday, December 6 and is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors.

It brings in more than £13 million to the city.

Applications for stallholders opened on Monday, June 1. The first round of applications will close on July 13, with offers due to be sent out from August 3. The deadline for accepting offers will be September 11.


Lincoln Cathedral gets millions in Heritage Lottery funding

Lincoln Cathedral is to be restored with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund Credit: ITV News

More than £12 million has been awarded to Lincoln Cathedral by the Heritage Lottery Fund for redevelopment and restoration works.

It is the only cathedral on Historic England's buildings at-risk register and has a repair bill topping £1.5 million a year.

Staff hope to double school visit numbers and widen the range of visitors to the cathedral.

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.


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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