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  1. Air ambulance allowed to carry blood on flights
  2. Witness appeal after three men assault teenage girl in Sleaford
  3. MPs call for more funding to help sexual violence victims
  4. Project to support homeless in Lincoln gets under way
  5. Updates on Friday 15 September 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me today.

We'll be back on Monday from 08.00 with news, sport, weather and travel from across Lincolnshire as it happens.

For now, though, I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Lincoln's Green is ready for the weekend - Cowley

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says striker Matt Green will be ready to go against his former side Mansfield Town tomorrow.

The Imps centre forward was suspended for Tuesday's win at Forest Green Rovers.

Cowley says Green is "really important" to the team:

He does so much running and so much work for us that when we can protect him we want to. The fact we were able to and still win was a real positive. I'm sure he'll be fresh and ready to go and I told him to enjoy Tuesday's night off because we won't be giving him any rest."

Danny CowleyLincoln City manager

Watch: Your Lincolnshire forecast for this evening and the weekend

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Got fun plans this weekend?

Here's my full forecast so you know what to expect:

Watch: Fun day out for children with diabetes in Lincolnshire

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Children in Lincolnshire with type 1 diabetes are being given the chance to meet up and spend time with others in the same situation.

Special fun days organised by the NHS are being held at Rand Farm Park, near Lincoln, with the aim of cutting down on the sense of isolation felt by some children with the condition:

Investigation after two burglaries in Sutton Bridge

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information following two burglaries in Sutton Bridge.

Both incidents took place on Chestnut Terrace, the first being on Sunday 3 September and the second on Wednesday 13 September.

Officers are urging anyone with any information to come forward.

Bradley Collins

Forest Green goalkeeper Bradley Collins is "cleared of any wrongdoing" after an incident against Lincoln on Tuesday.

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Scam warning over 'council' calls

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

North Lincolnshire Council's tweeted to say it's not carrying out any work on Manor Road in Bottesford.

It comes after residents said they'd received calls from someone claiming to be from the council saying tests needed to be carried out on walls - and then asking for personal details:

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Friend's warning after girl, 16, dies from infected hairball in stomach

The family friend of a teenage girl from Lincolnshire who died after a hairball in her stomach became infected is warning others who suck or chew their hair to stop the habit.

Jasmien Beever
Billie-Jo Ashwell

Jasmine Beever (pictured left), 16, from Skegness, died last week.

Donna Marshall says Jasmine's friends knew she often played with her hair:

We always said, 'Oh get that out, it's mucky Jasmine!' but they didn't know the seriousness of what was actually happening. You swallow that hair and unfortunately it's caused, well, I call it a furball."

Donna Marshall

An online fundraising page has now been set up to help Jasmine's family.

This afternoon's Lincolnshire headlines

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far this afternoon:

Farmers face 'disaster' over migrant worker shortage

Farmers in Lincolnshire are facing a "cataclysmic disaster" due to a shortage of migrant workers, it's being claimed.


Recruitment agency boss John Hardman says the industry is "on a cliff edge" with uncertainty created by Brexit.

The county - one of the UK's biggest food producers - is facing its worst staffing shortage in years, according to Mr Hardman.

Some migrants have said they do not feel welcome in the UK, and are now considering their futures.

Mr Hardman has told the BBC it's becoming increasingly difficult to recruit people as the winter season approaches: "We've not had a shortage like this in over 10 years."

It comes after a recent leaked draft Home Office plan obtained by the Guardian said the government planned to adopt "a more selective approach" to migrant labour.

A Home Office spokesman said ministers would set out their "initial proposals" for a new immigration system in the autumn.

BBC Weather Watchers: End of the rainbow spotted in Lincolnshire

BBC Weather Watchers

As the confusing weather continues in Lincolnshire, some great shots of rainbows are coming in from our BBC Weather Watchers.

Thanks to Malc for this shot of a double rainbow near Corringham

Double rainbow

Witness appeal after three men assault teenage girl in Sleaford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a schoolgirl was assaulted by three men on her way to school in Sleaford.

The 14-year-old was forced onto a track alongside Playhouse Yard, off Westgate, yesterday morning between 08:30 and 09:30.

The girl managed to run away and was physically unharmed except for two minor grazes.

Officers are asking anyone who has dashcam footage from the surrounding area to get in touch.

Lunchtime headlines

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

The weather this lunchtime

BBC Weather

It should be turning brighter as we head into the afternoon, but further scattered showers are likely to develop.

Weather chart

Let's talk about sex! People in Lincolnshire urged to get frank

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's sexual health week and people across Lincolnshire are being urged to get talking more openly about sex and related issues.

Mobile sexual health clinic

Staff from Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service along with the Terrence Higgins Trust are touring hospitals and schools encouraging people to have more frank conversations about things like safe sex, pornography and consent.

They're also able to carry out STI tests and discuss contraception.

Advanced Sexual Health Practitioner Amy Brookes says this is about making people feel comfortable talking about these issues:

Lots of people get addicted to porn, relationships break up due to that, but it's about unrealistic ideas - especially for young people who maybe haven't been in relationships and they see these images and they have concerns about their own body image."

Amy BrookesAdvanced Sexual Health Practitioner

Listen: Blood counts - Air ambulance leads the way

Will carrying blood on board our air ambulance help save more lives?

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance says it could be crucial for some patients.

The service has become one of the first in the country to carry blood so transfusions can be carried out at the scene:

Patients consulted over Lincoln surgery move proposal

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Patients at a Lincoln doctor's surgery are receiving letters today about the proposed move of their practice.

Gresham Street doctor's surgery

Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group took over the running of the Gresham Street branch of Cliff House Medical Practice after the death of Dr Ansari in January.

The practice is now being reviewed and could be relocated to the practice's other branch on Burton Road.

People who may be affected are being asked to fill in this questionnaire.

MPs call for more funding to help sexual violence victims

MPs are calling for more funding to help the victims of rape and sexual assault across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Woman with head in hands

Back in June, the Hull and Grimsby charity Survivors - which provided long-term help to men and women who had been the victim of sexual assaults - closed due to lack of funding.

But now Melanie Onn, the Labour MP for Grimsby, and Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson say they hope a new service can be funded from the area.

Ms Johnson says it's vital victims are offered support: "The key thing for me is that the government had allocated money to survivors - nearly £70,000 - and I don't want that money just disappearing."

Both MPs are due to meet Home Office and health officials later as well as Humberside Police representatives to look at commissioning a new service for those facing trauma.

Grab your litter picker, it's time to clean up Lincolnshire's beaches

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

What's being dubbed the UK's biggest beach clean event gets under way today.

The Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch is a national beach-cleaning and litter-surveying programme.

As part of this, Beachwatch volunteers and groups along the Lincolnshire coast are due to get their litter pickers out for the weekend.

Tiny bits of plastic were the most common thing found last year, according to the society, but the amount of plastic bags on Britain's beaches fell by half, it adds.

This is the MCS video explaining why the beach clean-ups are so important:

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Paul Marshall, who's set up a group of volunteer beach cleaners in Skegness, says he hopes the clean-up will improve the local environment:

We started off after seeing a local press cutting of a five-year-old child with a syringe stuck in his heel and we felt this is not good for Skegness and the beaches were getting a problem. So we decided to use our volunteers to make life a little bit better for everybody and the wildlife as well."

Paul MarshallVolunteer beach cleaner, Skegness

Air ambulance allowed to carry blood on flights

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

A rescue helicopter which covers northern Lincolnshire has become one of the first in the country to carry blood on its emergency flights.

Air ambulance

It means doctors can give transfusions at the scene of an accident, rather than having to wait to get a patient to hospital.

The Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance responds to about 1,000 call-outs a year.

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far this morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • A £1.3m project to help Lincolnshire's most vulnerable homeless people is under way
  • Lincolnshire's air ambulance is one of the first in the country to start carrying blood on rescue missions
  • Volunteers and groups along the Lincolnshire coast will be getting their litter pickers out this weekend for what's being dubbed the UK's biggest beach clean event

What do you want to see at Boston Sessions House?

The owners of one of Boston's most historic buildings want your ideas for what to do with it.

Boston's Sessions House was built back in the 1800s and was originally a court house.

Sessions House
Boston Borough Council

There are so many museums and things like that that people are just not visiting any more. It needs to generate people but also generate the running of it.

Amy WilkinsonOwner

An open consultation is being held at the building both today and tomorrow.

Project to support homeless in Lincoln gets under way

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A £1.3m project to help Lincolnshire's rough sleepers has begun.


ACTion Lincs is a long-term programme for 120 of the county's most vulnerable homeless people.

Twelve agencies have come together with the aim of providing housing, addiction support and access to education and employment.

It's one of only eight projects nationally to receive this funding.

It ensures people get the right support, at the right time and in the right place and I think historically it has been challenging to get this particular client group to engage with services and services in the traditional sense.

Johnny GoldsmithOperations Manager of P3 in Lincolnshire

Watch: Scattered showers and feeling chilly

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This morning's looking rather cloudy with showery rain.

Turning brighter by midday but with some scattered showers likely to develop.

Feeling chilly.

Here's my full forecast:

Abbie has the forecast.

Welcome to Friday's coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. It's Hope here and I'll be bringing you the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county as they happen.

Got any exciting plans for the weekend? We love to hear from you - you can get in touch through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

That's all for today; we'll be back at 08.00 on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, breaking news and travel updates will continue through the night.

Before I go, here are five things we found out today:

BBC Weather Watchers: dramatic clouds

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There are some good cloud shots from our BBC weather watchers today.

This one was taken in Humberston by Ar:


And a rather ominous looking dark cloud from Mozza in Stamford


Lincolnshire MPs welcome money for schools

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Schools in England are being promised an extra £1.3 billion over the next 2 years, under its new "national funding formula". The Government says the existing system is outdated and unfair.

Here's what some of Lincolnshire's MPs think.

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But Ken Rustidge from the National Education Union in Lincolnshire, says it's not as good as it seems. He says the money won't be enough to protect struggling Lincolnshire schools from inflation and other costs.

Travel update: Road closure near Moulton

BBC News Travel

The A151 High Road near Moulton is closed in both directions between Hockney Hole Lane and Malten Lane.

It's due to a crash near the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

The road is likely to be closed into the evening.

It's a fair tot

Lincolnshire's new mini-police have been trying on their uniforms.

We think they look very smart!

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Severe accident: A151 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A151 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Hockney Hole Lane and Malten Lane.

A151 Lincolnshire - Slow traffic on A151 High Road in both directions in Moulton between the Hockney Hole Lane junction and the Malten Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Leeds boy, 15, arrested after half-hour police pursuit on M62

A 15-year-old boy from Leeds who was allegedly driving a stolen car has been arrested after a police chase on the M62.


The pursuit took place at about 14:00 on Wednesday when officers spotted a stolen Audi TT which had been taken from Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire back in July.

Officers had picked up the car using Automatic Number Plate Recognition as it headed eastbound on the M62 at J32.

After a pursuit lasting about half an hour - which headed off at J34 and onto the A19 - officers stopped the car and the driver and passenger ran off.

A 15-year-old boy from Morley was arrested and is currently in custody, while the passenger is still at large, police say.

Girl assaulted by three men on her way to school

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 14 year old girl has told police she was assaulted by three men on her way to school this morning.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident at about 08:45 on a track alongside Playhouse Yard off Westgate in Sleaford.


Three men are reported to have forced the girl to go with them to the area where she then manged to run away. She received two minor grazes but was otherwise physically unharmed.

The three men are all described as being white and spoke with local accents.

Nuisance biker warning

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police in Gainsborough say they won't tolerate nuisance bikers.

Officers say there's been an increase in riders failing to stop and committing road offences in the town centre.

Irresponsible bikers are being warned they could have their bikes seized and crushed if they receive two warnings within a year.

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Lincolnshire police

Skegness man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 66-year-old Skegness man has pleaded not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to a charge of attempted murder.

Ian Brown from Scarborough Avenue, Skegness is accused of stabbing 24-year-old Henry Jarvis in the town on 7 August.

A trial will be held early next year.

Lincolnshire mums have big plans for play centre

Six mothers from Lincolnshire say they have big plans for a new play centre and meeting place for children and adults with additional needs.

Charlotte and Becky

Charlotte Owen and Becky Wyatt (pictured with BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Melvyn Prior) are part of a group raising money for the Umbrella project.

They both have sons with additional needs and say there are very few leisure facilities catering for people with conditions like ADHD, autism and Down's Syndrome.

TV's Mike Dilger visits Lincolnshire schools

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The One Show's Mike Dilger is spending the next two days trying to get Lincolnshire children interested in nature.

The wildlife presenter is visiting primary schools in the Bourne area.

He told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he'll be getting the pupils running around and finding wildlife, despite the weather!

Mike Dilger

Your headlines this lunchtime

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • A 40 year old tanker driver has died in a crash near Gosberton yesterday lunchtime.
  • The Bishop of Lincoln has taken his seat in the House of Lords.
  • Police are appealing for information after a man was kicked in the face and robbed outside the Premier Inn in Lincoln.

Weather update

It's looking quite pleasant for the the rest of the afternoon in Lincolnshire.

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Artist's impression of new crematorium

The move has been prompted by a burial plot shortage, and increased demand for cremation services.

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