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Summary

  1. Live updates have finished for Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday 16 May 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We're finished for another week, thanks for coming along for the ride.

Lincolnshire Live will return on Monday from 8:00am, join us then.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The headlines

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Lincoln City name Danny Cowley as new manager
  • Audrius Zauka sentenced to life in prison for Boston murder 
  • More than 100 people marked the Queen's 90th birthday earlier today with a celebratory lunch in Lincoln

Road closures at the weekend in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's the Lincoln Grand Prix this weekend, great if you're a bike lover but something to watch out for if you're thinking of being out and about in the car. 

Here's the course map.

British cycling
British cycling

...and for the ladies:

British cycling
British cycling

The weather

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

It will be a chilly night with clear spells, and a touch of frost possible in prone spots of the Peak District. 

It should stay dry for most, although a few showers could develop around the Lincolnshire coast by dawn.  

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BreakingIt's official, Danny Cowley to be the new Imps manager

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

We told you so! 

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More reaction in Friday Football on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

West Lindsey Church Festival returns this weekend

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

94 churches are taking part in the 20th annual church festival, opening their doors so the public can see what makes them special. 

One of those is St Paul's in Morton, notable for its stunning stained glass windows designed by the great Victorian artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones. 

Glass window
Morton - St Pauls
Glass window
Morton - St Pauls

Return to sender, Dunholme's post office makes a comeback

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

...but it's not where you'd think

Police warning after spate of thefts in Louth

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police are asking farms and rural communities to be vigilant after a recent increase of thefts in the area.

They say thieves have been targeting sheds, outbuildings and allotments looking for tools and unsecured farm vehicles.

Fair weather fan

BBC Humberside Sport

Our weathergirl Keeley Donovan showing her true colours ahead of Grimsby's big match this weekend.

She's got some sage weather advice as well.

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Louth and Horncastle MP in the pilot's seat

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Victoria Atkins has been at RAF Coningsby today and clearly they've let her have a go behind the stick.

I don't think she was allowed to take it out for a spin though.

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Don't worry! There's still some tickets left!

BBC Humberside Sport

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You'll be able to see Grimsby Town's epic clash with National league rivals Halifax as they do battle for the FA Trophy this Sunday.

Special guest at Age UK party (sort of)

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Age UK in Lincoln are celebrating The Queen's 90th with a special meal today.

Sadly her majesty already had another prior engagement but that hasn't stopped guests having a bit of fun with her cardboard cutout.

Including our reporter David Sykes.

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Get back to work! 

New guests rule the roost at St James'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

For the second successive year, a Lincolnshire church is playing host to a family of Peregrine falcons.

Four chicks have hatched at St James' in Louth. The birds of prey have been nesting in the tower since March. 

St James'
BBC

They can now be viewed on a special screen in the church's coffee shop. It's expected the chicks will fly the nest by the beginning of July.  

Traffic and travel: No major issues

BBC Travel

The road gods are being very kind despite it being Friday the 13th.

We've got a few issues of congestion around roadworks in Lincoln and Skegness but other than that they seem to be behaving themselves.

The Shademakers head to Lincoln16

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

I told you earlier about Lincoln16, the huge outdoor event that's going to be the jewel in the crown of summer.

Well we've got some help. International carnival company, the Shademakers, are going to be there too. 

Here's what some of their work has looked like in the past.

The event of the summer just got even bigger...

Lincoln's MP 'cautiously welcomes' extra train services to London

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier about the news that Virgin Trains East Coast have committed to running an increased service to the capital. 

Karl McCartney says he's "delighted" there'll be extra services but has concerns about another decision announced today, FirstGroup have been granted additional services and trains on the Edinburgh to London line.

He's worried the line could, as a result, become too busy and affect journeys to and from Lincoln and London. 

This nonsensical decision is certainly not welcomed by either me, my constituents or those who understand the current railway system and organisational relationships, and the decision-makers at the ORR (Office of Rail and Road) should be ashamed of themselves.

Karl McCartneyMember of Parliament for Lincoln

The weather

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Sadly nowhere near as nice as yesterday, staying rather cloudy with bright spells few and far between. 

It will hopefully stay dry however, but you may want to wrap up regardless because of the cool breezes coming in from the North East. 

Weather
BBC

The headlines this lunchtime

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Life sentence for man convicted of 'savage and brutal' murder in Boston.
  • Rural areas like Lincolnshire have been worst affected by bank closures.
  • Lincoln City look set to reveal their new manager later today. 

Zauka's victim's injuries like 'being hit by a car'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

During the Audrius Zauka trial the pathologist said his victim's injuries were "akin to having being hit by a car and the car then driving over his chest".

Audrius Zauka, 41, has been given a life sentence for beating to death 53-year-old Sigitas Kirkickas at Zauka's home in Ingelow Avenue on October 23rd 2015.

Zauka is a cold and calculating man who, although undoubtedly grieving the recent loss of his partner, subjected Mr Kirkickas to a sustained and horrific attack in which he suffered severe head and chest injuries, including 28 fractures to his ribs.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Martin HolveyEMSOU Major Crime

Coppers Vs Firemen

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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Will Lincolnshire Police put on an arresting performance or will Fire and Rescue once again extinguish their dreams of success? 

They won last time so it's fair to say they're on fire but the police have told me they want to put the Bobby back in Bobby Charlton. 

A good plan of action and strong formation could see the police lock this one up early, they've been looking at Arsenal for inspiration. 

However word on the street is the firemen are very familiar with the tactics of Arson Wenger.

Ok, I'll stop now.

Weather watchers: Sutton Bridge at night

BBC Weather Watchers

A nice snap of Sutton Bridge sent to us by user Smartie999:

Sutton
BBC

Lincoln City confirm the mystery manager will be at the ground tonight

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

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As we've told you, BBC Radio Lincolnshire understands that Danny Cowley will take over the position.

The Imps are staying coy however, so we'll let you know the moment it becomes official.

BreakingMan jailed for life following Boston murder

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Audrius Zauka, convicted of the murder of a 53 year old in Boston, has been handed a life sentence, and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years.

Mr Zauka, a Lithuanian, had denied killing Sigitas Kirkickas last October but a jury found him guilty yesterday.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Mr Kirkickas was found with more than eighty injuries after Zauka punched, kicked and stamped on him

Audrius Zauka
Lincolnshire Police

More people caught 'drug driving' in the county

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Figures show the number of people being charged for 'drug driving' in Lincolnshire's gone up. 

Last year 22 people were charged compared with 14 the year before. 

The data was collected as part of a national study.

Police car pull over
BBC

But John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership says the increase is because it's now easier for officers to test for drugs. 

Since 2014, we've had drug testing kits for officers on patrol. Prior to 2014 we would have done a field impairment test but now that we've got the swab test that officers can carry out it's so simple.

John SiddleLincolnshire Road Safety Partnership

Outdoor extravaganza heads to the city

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincoln16 is coming in July and, as someone who's managed to get a sneaky look at some of the plans, it's going to be phenomenal.

It's going to be a citywide celebration and commemoration of the tank, invented and manufactured in our county.

It'll culminate in a live performance in the Castle of a specially written play called 'Green Fields Beyond' and we want you to be in it.  

Kitchener
BBC

The last time we tried something of this scale it turned out pretty amazing but don't take my word for it, have a look for yourself:

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Traffic and travel: Congestion continues

BBC Travel

We've got traffic snarled up on Skellingthorpe Road in Boultham, Lincoln. There's roadworks in the area. 

The roadworks are also making their presence felt on the coast as well,  with slow traffic between Warth Lane and Croft Bank in Skegness.

The headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Virgin East Coast commits to more direct trains to London
  • A Lithuanian man will be sentenced later - after being found guilty of murdering another man in Boston.
  • More than 600 banks have closed across the UK including in Lincolnshire - in the last year.
  • There are calls to Lincolnshire County Council to rethink planned cuts to the fire service in the city.

Anticipation grows as manager announcement expected tonight

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

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Well we told you first but after tonight it could be official, Danny Cowley is expected to be named as Lincoln City's new manager with his brother Nicky rumoured to be joining the club as well.

They both cut their teeth in Essex clubs, Braintree Town and Concord Rangers. The Chairman at Concord is clearly a fan..

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We're going to be live at Sincil Bank from six and we'll be the first to let you know if the rumours are true.

Transactions in the countryside? Don't bank on it

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

BBC research has found that hundreds of banks have closed across the UK with rural areas suffering the most. 

More than 600 have shut including three here in Lincolnshire, two in Market Rasen and one in Caistor.

Bank
BBC

The banks say we're using branches less and less and more than half of all customers now use internet or telephone banking. 

More direct trains to London from Lincoln confirmed

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

If you've ever found yourself stuck at the station, clock watching for the next train to Kings Cross then we've got some good news for you this morning. 

Virgin Trains East Coast has been chosen to run the service from 2019, and they're committed to putting on more services to the capital.

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Sentence due today for Boston man found guilty of murder

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Lithuanian man will be sentenced later - after being found guilty of murdering another man in Boston.

Audrius Zauka had denied beating to death Sigitas Kirkickas at his home on Ingelow Avenue. 

Audrius Zauka
Lincolnshire Police
Audrius Zauka

Our reporter Lizzie Musham has been following the story:

It was October last year when 53 year old Sigitas Kirkickas was found with more than eighty injuries after being beaten to death. Lincoln Crown Court heard that Zauka had punched, kicked and stamped on the victim. He chose not to give evidence during his trial. After deliberating for four hours the jury found him guilty of murder by an 11 to 1 majority.

Lizzie MushamBBC Radio Lincolnshire

Traffic and travel: Relatively clear start

BBC Travel

Fairly smooth sailing (well driving) to start the day, our systems are telling us there's a bit of congestion on the A15 Southbound near Lincoln and on the same road near Sleaford.

We're still in the busy part of the morning so not entirely unexpected but if you can get around it then you may be able to shave a few minutes off your journey.

...And now the weather

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Generally rather cloudy with limited bright spells. Most places will be dry, although a few spots of light rain are possible in more northern areas.

Much cooler than recent days with a north easterly breeze.  

Weather chart
BBC

Welcome to today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here seeing you through the day as we head towards a well deserved weekend.

I’ll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day.  

 As always we want to know what's happening where you are, get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.