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Lincoln City Council facing 16% funding cuts by Government

Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council have both announced that further cuts to their funding have been made by Central Government.

Funding cuts made at Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

City of Lincoln Council says it is facing a 16% reduction in the money it has for next year compared to last. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council says it expects to receive around 14% less funding than last year.

Both councils say they were expecting the cuts and intend to protect frontline services where possible.

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Lincolnshire child-sex-offender sentenced to 14 years in prison

A Lincolnshire child sex offender has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

49-year-old Philip Belcher, from Bourne, pleaded guilty to offences including rape of a female under 13, sexual assault of a female under 13, taking indecent images of a child and inciting a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to a total of 22 years, 14 years in prison with 8 years on extended licence.

Detective Claire Hammond wanted to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by Belcher's actions. She said:

This was a harrowing case for everyone involved; the victims have shown great strength and bravery in standing up to ensure Belcher is brought to justice for these offences.

Experienced detectives have been moved by the strength of the victims and their families and the traumatic nature of Belcher's offending.

This case was not straight forward due to the vast areas of the country that the offending has occurred over a sustained period.

– Detective Claire Hammond

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Pedestrian killed by car: A518 at Skegness closed

A pedestrian has been killed on the A518 at Skegness this morning.

Police believe the woman may have been hit by more than one car near the Southview Leisure Park on Burgh Road. Officers are working to identify her so that they can tell her family.

The A518 will be closed for several hours while an investigation is carried out.

Elderly man robbed at Lincoln bus station

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was robbed in Lincoln Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was pushed to the floor and robbed.

The crime happened on Melville Street in Lincoln just after 5pm.

The victim was approached by a man who pulled him to the ground and then stole money from his coat pocket. Although the elderly man was not injured, police say he was frightened and upset by the ordeal.

The offender is described as a white man in his 20s. He was about 5ft 8" tall, slim in build and wearing a black hooded coat and black tracksuit bottoms. He ran off towards the train station.

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