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Strong winds cause problems in Lincoln

Strong winds of up to 40mph have caused problems across Lincoln and the county on Thursday, December 5.

Lincoln Castle did not open until 5pm for the Lincoln Christmas Market, some five hours after the event started. This was due to high winds and the scaffolding on the walls posing a danger to people attending the market.

Lincoln Castle was closed until 5pm due to safety concerns.
Lincoln Castle was closed until 5pm due to safety concerns. Photo: Martin Thomas
Even Santa found the wind tricky at Lincoln Christmas Market on Thursday.
Even Santa found the wind tricky at Lincoln Christmas Market on Thursday.

In the city centre, an advertising board was damaged by the wind and blocked the road. No one was injured and the panel was later removed.

An advertising board was damaged by the wind and blocked the pavement on Broadgate.
An advertising board was damaged by the wind and blocked the pavement on Broadgate. Photo: Mundys

In the Ermine, Woodhall Drive was temporarily closed as part of the roof of the Lincolnsire Co-op building was blown over by the wind. Police and emergency services attended to clear the scene. Initial reports indicate no-one was injured.

Wind damage to the Co-op store on Woodhall Drive. Photo: Hazel Johnson
Wind damage to the Co-op store on Woodhall Drive. Photo: Hazel Johnson
Emergency services attending wind damage to the Co-op store on Woodhall Drive. Photo: Hazel Johnson
Emergency services attending wind damage to the Co-op store on Woodhall Drive. Photo: Hazel Johnson
Roof parts of the Co-op store building  fenced off before they are removed. Photo: John Robinson
Roof parts of the Co-op store building fenced off before they are removed. Photo: John Robinson

Meanwhile, Hykeham Road was closed at the junction with Newark Road due to a fallen tree on a car. Emergency services attended and no-one was seriously injured.

Car damaged by fallen tree on Hykeham Road. Photo: Tegan Akester
Car damaged by fallen tree on Hykeham Road. Photo: Tegan Akester

Near The Forum in North Hykeham, a large tree has fallen over from strong winds and blocked the road.

Large tree downed by the wind near The Forum in North Hykeham. Photo: Andrew Scott
Large tree downed by the wind near The Forum in North Hykeham. Photo: Andrew Scott

On Foss Bank, strong winds also blew over a brick fence.

Wind damage to brick wall in Foss Bank. Photo: Nathan Iliffe
Wind damage to brick wall in Foss Bank. Photo: Nathan Iliffe

Lincolnshire Police said since 11.30am, 150 incidents or hazards on the roads have been reported. Around two thirds were fallen trees due to the winds, while the rest were structural damage and power cables down.

A weeping willow was pulled over by the wind on the river footpath near Firth Road.

The tree damaged the fence to the river and sits over the water. Photo: Jan van der Lubbe
The tree damaged the fence to the river and sits over the water. Photo: Jan van der Lubbe
A tree downed by the wind on the river footpath near Firth Road. Photo: Jan van der Lubbe
A tree downed by the wind on the river footpath near Firth Road. Photo: Jan van der Lubbe

A number of trains between Lincoln Central and Doncaster have also been suspended due to wind damage at the Doncaster station.