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  1. Live updates for Thursday 24 March have now finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

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By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Today's Live coverage

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Thank you for joining us today as we head into that lovely, long Easter weekend. 

    I can rest easy knowing that, long after I'm gone, this page will exist somewhere, deep in the ever expanding labyrinth known as the internet and the tale of EMT's Grantham to Nottingham debacle will live on in the annals of history. 

    Lincolnshire Live will return on Tuesday morning from 8:00am, have a good Easter and see you then. 

  2. Travel: Accident in Boston

    BBC Travel

    A crash has blocked partially blocked the road at the A16 Spalding Road junction in Boston.

    The traffic is very slow northbound in the area so try and avoid it if possible.

    Travel map
  3. The weather

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Rain may turn heavier across eastern parts of the region overnight before clearing east with clearer skies developing by dawn.  

    Temperature chart
  4. The headlines

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    • A woman from Spilsby has admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist from Lincolnshire. Lincoln Crown Court heard that Katie Wright had done a U turn in heavy traffic near Boston.
    • A court order has been granted to prevent travellers setting up camp again at a Lincolnshire sports centre. North Kesteven District Council took legal action after a number of caravans arrived at the NK Centre in North Hykeham.
    • The RNLI lifeboat at Cleethorpes is returning to service this weekend, The station in the resort has been closed since December following allegations of misconduct by two volunteers
  5. Sport: New player can't play in final for Grimsby

    BBC Humberside Sport

    Big news about the new addition to Grimsby Town, Jordan Stewart, he's on loan from Swindon until the end of the season.

    However the club have confirmed that he is ineligible to play in the FA trophy final against Halifax Town in May.

  6. Something goes right for EMT!

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live


    Some kind of miracle has happened on the scene of so much misery today, the line between Nottingham and Grantham.

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    I'm sure you'll agree that it's been a real privilege to witness this epic tale as it unfolded before our very eyes. 

    It'll definitely be one to tell my eventual grandchildren. 

  7. EMAS celebrate another new public defibrillator unit

    BBC Radio Humberside

    Another victory for East Midlands Ambulance in their long running campaign to get more units for the public to use in emergencies. 

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  8. East meet West in Lincolnshire

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    One of the most senior Government officials in southern China is visiting the county today. 

    Last September the County Council signed a declaration of friendship and economic cooperation with Hunan province. 

    Now a second visit is taking place with representatives visiting businesses, the University of Lincoln and Doddington Hall. The local authority says the relationship will help boost exports from the county. 

    Chinese delegation

    Of course not everyone will be thrilled to see them, China is regularly criticised for their record on human rights. 

  9. EMT attempt to fix broken train... with another train

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    I'm sorry if it looks like I'm enjoying this but the saga that is East Midlands Trains and the journey from Grantham and Nottingham has taken yet another exciting twist.

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    To summarise:

    • Line has to close because of stolen cables
    • EMT say they'll have the line open by 11am
    • EMT say they were wrong about 11am but are positive it'll be done by 11:30am
    • Line reopens between Nottingham and Grantham but line between Grantham and Nottingham doesn't
    • Line between Grantham and Nottingham reopens
    • Train promptly breaks down between Nottingham and Grantham 
    • EMT dispatches rescue train which will probably get there at about 4:30pm
  10. People urged to stay away from Scunthorpe and Grimsby Hospitals because of norovirus

    Vicky Johnson

    BBC Look North

    If you've got diarrhoea and/or are vomiting then the advice is that you shouldn't go to hospital in Scunthorpe or Grimsby.  

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    Three wards continue to be affected after outbreaks of the norovirus.

    Staff and visitors should only go to hospital when they've been symptom-free for 48 hours.

  11. Police hunt for Skegness man

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Daniel Perry, 36, is wanted for for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence by failing to reside at the address he told police.

    Daniel Perry

    Perry was living in Chapel St Leonards but has links to Leicestershire.  

  12. Witness appeal over alleged assault in Cleethorpes bar

    BBC Radio Humberside

    Police are looking for independent witnesses to come forward to help them get to the bottom of claims that a woman was attacked in the High Street bar, Barracuda, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

    It's claimed a man in a navy blue jumper and light blue jeans. was persistently trying to take drinks from a table and being asked to stop.

    However, when a woman sitting at the table stood up and asked him to go away, he is said to have thrown a drink over her, before assaulting her.

    She suffered a cut near her eye.

  13. Trains running from Nottingham to Grantham

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Following the closure this morning EMT have announced trains are now running to Grantham again..

    ..However trains are still not running in the opposite direction, so if you're going from Grantham to Nottingham you're stuck with the replacement bus service for a little while longer.

  14. Woman sentenced after causing the death of a Stickney biker

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Spilsby woman Katie Wright, 34, has been given an 18 month community order with a 10 week night time curfew and a 15 month ban from driving after Lincoln Crown Court found she'd caused the death of David Cook.

    The court heard she had done a U turn whilst stuck in heavy traffic near Boston. Despite moving slowly and looking both ways she pulled out in front of the 54-year-old as he was returning home from work.

    A crash investigator estimated that he'd been doing 70 miles an hour in a 40 limit. Wright admitted causing death by careless driving.

  15. Cadet competition to design Red Arrows flying helmet

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    The RAF are looking for some Cadets with some artistic flair to help them design the helmet worn by the Team Leader of the Red Arrows, Red 1, to mark the Air Cadets' 75th anniversary.


    The winning design will be printed on a helmet and worn by Squadron Leader David Montenegro during the Royal International Air Tattoo in July. 

    Quote Message: The Royal International Air Tattoo is one of the Red Arrows’ biggest shows of the year and tens of thousands of people will see the display in which the winning helmet design is being flown. Hopefully, this will not only be a fitting tribute to the Air Cadets but also encourage even more young people to join the organisation, be inspired by aviation and learn how they could be the next generation of the RAF from Squadron Leader David Montenegro Red Arrows
    Squadron Leader David MontenegroRed Arrows
  16. The headlines

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    • A woman from Spilsby who caused the death of a motorcyclist in Lincolnshire has been sentenced.
    •  Since the start of the year sixteen people have lost their lives following collisions on county roads. That's compared with five in the same period last year.
    • There's been a rise in the number of cases of Scarlet Fever reported in Lincolnshire
  17. Cleethorpes RNLI reintroduced after allegations of intimidation and drinking culture

    Yunus Mulla

    Reporter, BBC Look North East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Cleethorpes is going to have a working RNLI lifeboat team again.

    Cleethorpes hasn't had one since December after allegations were made about the team.

    An internal investigation found there'd been 'serious breaches of the RNLI's volunteer code of conduct and lifeboat station operating procedures'. 

    A report found there was a drinking culture among certain elements of the station. It also found there was a state of coercion and intimidation and a gang-like structure.

    Quote Message: The issues which resulted in two volunteers being stood down did not involve any of the current crew but, not surprisingly, there was an impact on morale. from Gareth Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager
    Gareth MorrisonRNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager
    New Cleethorpes RNLI Lifeboat team
    Image caption: New Cleethorpes RNLI Lifeboat team