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Written by on 1st April 2011

Lincoln’s top stories on Thursday 31st March.

New financial year cuts

The new financial year begins tomorrow, and with that comes the government’s austerity measures.

As the government attempts to reduce the country’s debt, cuts of over £7 billion are being made to the public sector.

Jack Dobson-Smith looks into what’s going to happen. 

Have you filled out YOUR Census form?

There are now only 10 days left to complete the questionnaire. Ignore it and you could end up facing a big fine.

The mandatory form has to be completed by each householder, and some are finding difficulties when it comes to answering the questions.

Siren FM News hs been finding out what people think…

New breathing equipment for Lincoln County Hospital

New state-of-the-art equipment at Lincoln County Hospital is helping to diagnose patients with breathing problems.

The new respiratory function laboratory replaces an older and smaller one.

Siren FM’s Hannah Gilbey found out more.

Local businesses worried about race on Mothers Day

Businesses in the Bailgate area of Lincoln City could lose money as a direct result of this Sunday’s 10K Road Race.

The event clashes with Mothering Sunday – leaving businesses worried that road closures and parking restrictions may prevent potential customers from being able to gain access.

Mark Hollimgworth , Chairman of the Bailgate Guild – which represents businesses in the area, believes the clash should have been identified earlier.

New services for visually and hearing impaired in Lincoln

A new contract for sensory impairment services across Lincolnshire starts on Friday 1st April.

BID Services will deliver this service which has been developed with carers who look after sufferers with this condition.

Sign language interpretation, deaf awareness training and advocacy services – these are just some of the provisions that will be made available across Lincolnshire from the 1st.

BID Services already has experience running these provisions in Warwickshire, Birmingham, Leeds and Staffordshire.

Existing services provided by organisations such as DEAF Lincs will continue to function and will not be affected by this new provision.

With more on this story, here’s Siren FM’s Jonathan Holmes…


Paralympics Success

A local Paralympics’ hopeful claimed first place and an almost-perfect score at her first international competition last week.

Sarah Woods, a thirty five year old from Lincoln is a Paralympics’ 10 metre Air Rifle Shooter. She represented Great Britain in Szczecin, Poland last week at the first International Paralympic Committee Shooting World Cup event of 2011.

Sarah returned to the county with a new personal best of 599 out of a possible 600 and claimed first place in the ‘Falling Targets’ category.

She is also hoping to compete in two World Cup events later this year.

Imps play on Saturday

Lincoln make the long trip to eighth place Torquay on Saturday as they look for just their second win in eight games.

The Imps will be boosted with the news that star striker Ashley Grimes and centre back Danny Hone could be declared fit.

City manager Steve Tilson knows it will be tough, but after a good performance on Tuesday he feels they have a chance.

Andy Hutchinson sent on loan

Still with the Imps, young striker Andy Hutchinson is being sent on a month long loan deal to Blue Square Bet side Lewes.

Hutchinson has only featured once under Steve Tilson and will be at Lewes until the 30th of April.

Provided the paperwork goes through in time Hutchinson should go straight into the squad for Lewes fixture against Maidenhead United.

Drewe Broughton recalled

Journeyman striker Drewe Broughton has been recalled from his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon after making only 8 appearances for the Dons.

He has gone straight into Lincoln City’s squad for this weekend’s trip to Torquay and is expected to be on the bench for the fixture.