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Paralympian Jade Etherington retires from ski racing

Jade Etherington, Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian, has announced her decision to retire from competitive ski racing.

Paralympic medal winner Jade Etherington arrives back at Heathrow Airport in March Credit: PA

The 23-year-old from Lincolnshire, who has five per cent vision in both eyes, became the first British woman to claim a Paralympic skiing medal when she won a silver at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Etherington has competed alongside sighted guide Caroline Powell since August 2013.

"After many discussions with Caroline, we have both decided to retire from competitive ski racing as part of the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST)," said Etherington, who is training to be a geography teacher.

"We will be sad to leave the Paralympic Alpine Skiing programme and we will both miss our sport and athletes on the team and circuit.

"Caroline and I now wish to follow different paths which we feel will be more fulfilling for us in the long term - Caroline with her instructing in Switzerland, while I would like to complete my qualification as a teacher and increase my motivational speaking.

"It was an honour to represent ParalympicsGB and to make history at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.

"Caroline and I are Britain's most successful Winter Paralympians, with four medals from our first games, and we really hope to inspire more people to enjoy

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Lincoln City put Gary Simpson on 'gardening leave'

Gary Simpson has been removed from his position as Lincoln City manager.

Lincoln City put Gary Simpson on 'gardening leave' Credit: Lincoln City FC

A statement on the club's website said:

After reviewing our season so far, taking in to account progress made and performance levels achieved, the Board has decided to relieve Gary Simpson of his current duties as Manager of Lincoln City Football Club.

With immediate effect Gary will be placed on "gardening leave" until his future with us can be determined.

As a result of the foregoing, Chris Moyses has taken over first team duties for the foreseeable future.

– Lincoln City FC

Simpson's last game in charge was a 3-3 draw with Forest Green who came back from three goals down to rescue the point. Lincoln are currently thirteenth in the Conference.

Firefighters walk out amid countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters across the region will today begin their longest strike yet - as many people gear up for bonfire and fireworks parties.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will not work for four days because of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

Today's strike is the latest industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions Credit: PA

Fire services say they will still be providing emergency cover, but warn response times may be slower and calls from automatic fire alarms will not be answered.

Anyone planning to host or attend and event in the countdown to Bonfire Night is urged to take extra precautions.

Survey finds Birmingham Airport 'second best in UK'

A major airport satisfaction survey has placed Birmingham Airport as the second best in the UK.

Passengers were asked about queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff Credit: PA

The survey asked 10,000 passengers across the country their views on things including queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff.

Birmingham was pipped to the top spot by Glasgow Airport.

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Extra cash boost for Lincoln Cathedral renovations

Lincoln Cathedral will receive another round of extra funding from the First World War Centenary fund Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lincoln Cathedral will receive another round of extra funding from the First World War Centenary fund.

The grant forms part of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's pledge of £20million towards the cost of repairs to Cathedral buildings in the UK.

The £300,000 cash boost will go towards restoring the leaking North West Transept Triforium Roof.

Despite recent renovations, Lincoln Cathedral is still on English Heritage's 'at risk' register.

"We are most grateful to have secured an additional £300,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Grant. There is still much work ahead, to build on this funding and support the work of maintaining this magnificent building.

"We are, as ever, grateful to all our benefactors who support the Cathedral"

– The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln

Door and fireplace surrounds stolen from home

Police are asking people in Lincolnshire for information after an internal stained glass door and part of three fireplace surrounds were stolen from a house in Stamford.

Stained glass door stolen from house on Princes Road in Stamford Credit: Lincolnshire Police

It is thought the burglary happened on Princes Road when the house was empty, sometime between the morning of Tuesday 14th October and around 9.15am on Saturday 25th October.

Offenders entered the vacant property, which was mostly empty, by forcing a ground floor window. Once inside they unscrewed the interior stained glass door. They also removed fireplace surrounds and fireplace units.

Parts of fireplaces stolen from house in Stamford. Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police believe the items could have been sold on at a local antiques fayre.

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