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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 14 March
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Today's Live coverage

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Another Monday under our belts ladies and gents. To celebrate I've got a treat for you.

    Yes, it's me getting a real fright.

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    That's what I get for confessing my fears in the office.

    Anyway, Lincolnshire Live is finished for the day but we'll be back from tomorrow at 8:00am.

    Join us then. 

  2. Historian puzzled by Grantham Finn family photos

    An historian is appealing for help to solve the mystery of a 100-year-old collection of postcards and photographs sent to him anonymously.

    Courtney Finn, who chairs Grantham Civic Society, said they featured an unrelated family from the town with the same surname.

    He said it may be that whoever sent them believed he was related.

  3. Headlines across Lincolnshire

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this evening:

    • County Council rejects calls to end Serco contract after a series of blunders at the county's schools
    • Investigations are being held into the death of a man and his dog in a caravan fire near Holbeach
    • A new brand of illicit cigarettes found in Mablethorpe
    • Police appeal for information after three separate knifepoint robberies in Lincoln over the weekend 
  4. Weather Watchers: Windmill in Sleaford

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This one sent to us by user Pedal Power:

    Sleaford
  5. Traffic and travel: Congestion around Lincoln

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the A46 westbound in Lincoln at the Riseholme Roundabout.

    Not uncommon at this time of day but there is standing traffic so make allowances for an extra few minutes.

    Travel map
  6. EMAS boss to leave earlier than expected

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    East Midlands Ambulance Service has told us that Chief Executive Sue Noyes will be leaving the service this Thursday.

    She was originally going to stay on until June but personal circumstances mean that she will now be leaving much earlier.

    It was announced she was stepping down because of family reasons back in February. 

    Sue Noyes
    Quote Message: I had already started discussions with NHS Improvement about our future leadership arrangements and we are exploring options with them." from Pauline Tagg Chairman of EMAS
    Pauline TaggChairman of EMAS
  7. Watch: Weather across Lincolnshire for the rest of the week

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    The latest from Kay Crewdson.

    Video content

    Video caption: Full forecast: 14 March 2016
  8. New brand of illicit cigarettes seized in Lincolnshire

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    A new brand of illegal cigarettes has surfaced in Lincolnshire, the "Black Mount" brand were found in a raid in Mablethorpe.

    Black Mount cannot be sold legally anywhere and are manufactured purely for unregulated sales.

    Black Mount
    Quote Message: These illicit cigarettes are dangerous – they don’t comply with EU safety regulations and don’t self-extinguish, so could result in a house fire. You just don’t know what chemicals and components are inside them." from Dan Brown Senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council
    Dan BrownSenior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council
  9. Listen: School governor calls for council to terminate contract with Serco

    Nicola Gilroy

    Presenter

    I spoke to Terry Boston, a school governor of Winchelsea Primary school today about the ongoing problems they're having with budget service provider Serco.

    Take a listen.

    Video content

    Video caption: Primary School governor Terry Boston blasts Serco for series of blunders.
  10. Man appears in court charged with distraction theft

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a theft inside the foyer of Grantham's Nat West Branch on St Peter Hill in December last year after a 93-year-old man using a cash machine was distracted and his bank card taken.

    CCTV image

    Ion Anghel, 48, from Wolverhampton appeared via video link charged with conspiring with others to steal bank cards and funds between October 2015 and 31 January 2016

    He spoke through an interpreter only to confirm his name and age and will appear again before Lincoln Crown Court on the 11 April.

    Investigations into the incident continue and police are still appealing for information.

  11. Weather Watchers: Caythorpe in the sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This one sent to us by user milliegeorge&me. 

    Lovely.

    Caythorpe
  12. County Council to stick with troubled Serco contract

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    We told you earlier about the complaints being made about Serco, the budget support provider for many of the county's schools, including calls for the council to terminate the contract.

    We put these complaints and comments to the council and got this reponse:

    Quote Message: The council has considered a number of possible ways of resolving the difficulties that have been experienced through the contract with Serco and at this time judge the best solution to be to work with Serco to ensure that they put right problems and deliver their outstanding commitments." from Judith Hetherington Smith Chief Information Officer, Lincolnshire County Council
    Judith Hetherington SmithChief Information Officer, Lincolnshire County Council
  13. Travel: One lane blocked on the A52

    BBC Travel

    Problems in Grantham, one lane has been blocked and there's slow traffic on the A52 Saint Augustine Way and the Dysart Road Junction.

    Emergency repairs are being carried out. 

    Travel map
  14. Police appeal for witnesses after a spate of knifepoint robberies

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Police want to speak to anyone with information after three robberies took place in Lincoln over the weekend.

    The first happened at a Co-Op on Skellingthorpe on Saturday night, the second at a Sainsbury's cashpoint on Carholme Road in the early hours of Sunday morning and the third took place at another Co-Op on Queen Elizabeth Road on Sunday evening. 

    No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

    Officers are looking at a possible connection between the three:

    Quote Message: We are in the very early stages of each of these investigations and are investigating any possible links between them all. I would like to make clear that these types of incidents are unusual and to have three in Lincoln in a short space of time is very rare indeed and, we believe, they are a one-off. from DI Mark Blackbourn Lincolnshire Police
    DI Mark BlackbournLincolnshire Police
  15. Grantham homeless centre officially opened

    Sharon Edwards

    Political reporter

    I'm at St Mary's Church in Grantham, the site of a brand new centre for the homeless and vulnerable.

    It'll provide meals and has washing machines and showers as well as offering support in finding jobs.

    Ribbon cutting

    Mike Monaghan, who's in charge of the project, says the centre will fill in gaps council services can't: 

    Quote Message: It's vital to help people who need extra help and they sometimes don't meet the criteria the council have. So they fall through the net, so we're the final net actually. from Mike Monaghan
    Mike Monaghan
  16. Welton library reopens today

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    One of Lincolnshire's libraries which was shut last summer because of council cuts has reopened. 

    Welton Library near Lincoln has been taken over by the parish council. 

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    The Chair of the Library Committee, Catherine England, says today marks the culmination of a lot of hard work:

    Quote Message: I've had sleepless nights about it because its had to go different people, we've had to jump through hoops to get there. It's been very hard but its been well worth it with this morning. from Catherine England Library Committee Chair
    Catherine EnglandLibrary Committee Chair
  17. Grantham postcard mystery

    Carla George

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Courtney Finn, from Grantham has been sent boxes full of Victorian photos and postcards depicting a Finn family from the town... but they aren't his relations.  

    Postcards

    He wants to return the images to their rightful owner but so far hasn't been able to find them. Do you know any Finns?