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  1. Live updates have finished on Friday 20 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday 23 May 2016

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By Martin Slack

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Live has finished for today. Thanks for joining us. We're back from 08:00 on Monday with more news from around the area. Join us then.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A15 crash

BBC Travel

The A15 in Holdingham, near Sleaford is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the A17 junction and the A153 Grantham Road junction, because of an accident.  

Watch: A showery weekend to come

Clare Nasir with the details

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this evening:

  • Victim of sex offender John Bates, 68, describes his attacker as a monster after he's jailed for 20 years
  • Crowdfunding bid launched to replace lifeboat which caught fire and sank off Lincolnshire coast last night
  • Grimsby police say Operation Impact effort leads to six more arrests in the town

Football: McSheffrey on his way to Rovers

Lincoln Fashion Week: Ready for finale

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I'm at St Swithin's Church in Lincoln this afternoon to prepare for the finale of Lincoln Fashion Week. I'm compering the final fashion show of the week.

Organisers Lincoln Business Improvement Group say the festival's been a big success:

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Crowdfund bid launched after lifeboat fire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A crowdfunding bid's been launched to raise more than £40,000 for a new Skegness inshore lifeboat after the current vessel caught fire and sank. 

Jon Payne's started a JustGiving page after hearing about the incident off the resort in the early hours of this morning.


Old water firm vans help fire and rescue training

All those Anglian Water vans in the county. Where do they go when they get too old? 

Well some of them get cut up by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue it seems:

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Appeal after woman assaulted on doorstep

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman in her 60s was punched in the face when she opened her front door late at night.

The incident happened at around 23.00 on Monday 9 May when the victim was at home on St Martins Close in Blyton, near Gainsborough.

The offender, who ran off following the incident, is described as a white man, around 5ft 10in in height, aged in his mid to late twenties, of slim build and wearing a light grey hooded top with the hood up.

The victim suffered bruising and swelling to the face. Any information should be passed to police on non-emergency number 101.

Man in court on rape charges

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Boston man's due in court today charged with two counts of rape. Sergejs Susorovs, who's 26 and from Edwin Street, is due before Lincoln Magistrates.

It's alleged the offences took place on Wednesday afternoon near the railway track on London Road.

 Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witneses.

New council chairman takes up post

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

County councillor Martin Trollope-Bellew has been elected the new Chairman for Lincolnshire County Council

Mr Trollope-Bellew represents Stamford Rural and lives in Barholm. He's been on the council for 19 years.

Martin Trollope Bellew
Lincolnshire County Council

He said: "I am particularly interested in the growth of small businesses and during my time as Chairman will help promote the rural economy in all its forms, from farming to leisure and tourism."

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Canwick Hill accident

BBC Travel

Fire crews have been at a road accident on the outskirts of Lincoln this lunchtime - causing some delays. Here's the latest update:

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A17 crash: Air ambulance crews release picture

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This is a tweet from the air ambulance charity which covers Cambridgeshire - called out to the crash on A17 yesterday.

A 56 year-old man remains in critical condition in Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and a 44 year-old man continues to be treated in Addenbrookes Hospital for serious injuries.

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Knights unveiled

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

They should be the stars of the summer in Lincoln next year - and now the wraps are off the Knights of the Charter:

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Funeral for teenager killed in motorbike crash

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The funeral's taking place today of a teenager who was killed earlier this month when his motorbike collided with a farm vehicle in Lincolnshire. 

Will MOrgan

Will Morgan, 17, had bought his motorbike just days before the crash which happened on a minor road near Woodhall Spa. 

His funeral will take place later this afternoon.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this lunchtime:

Lifeboat sinks after fire at sea

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The crew of the Skegness inshore lifeboat had to swim ashore in the early hours of this morning after a major fire destroyed their boat. 

The RNLI have confirmed that the blaze broke out as they were called out to search for a missing person. All three crew abaondoned the sinking vessel and swam the 200 metres to shore. 

Skegness inshore lifeboat

None of them were injured. The boat was destroyed and a replacement inshore lifeboat is now being sent to Skegness. The RNLI says it can't comment any further on the cause of the blaze. 

The resort's all-weather lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter continued with the search for the missing person who was later found safe and well.   

Detective: Sex offender was the Jimmy Savile of the scout world

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Ex police officer and former scout leader John Bates has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for sex offences against boys at Lincoln Crown Court.

The detective who brought the former police officer and scout master to justice has been reacting to the sentence. During the trial Bates, 68, was described as the Jimmy Savile of the scout world.

John Bates
Spalding Guardian

Speaking outside court Detective Sergeant Tim Wilkinson said: "He's a very cold kind of man and I support the comment that he is the Jimmy Savile of the scout world.

"Even the victims who have come forward say what a good scout master he was, they looked up to him and respected him and all he has done is cause misery and upset."

Watch: Do you recognise smash and grab raider?

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This video's just been released by Scunthorpe police - it shows a raid on a shop in the town.

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Officers want to speak to the offender about this raid in Rowland Road and another which happened on Cottage Beck Road last Saturday morning around 04.30.  

More patients like Jessica being sent miles from home

BBC News England

When 21-year-old Jessica Wilson, from Louth, needed mental health treatment the furthest she thought she'd have to travel was Nottingham.

In face, she had to go to Roehampton in London - 170 miles from home.

Jessica Wilson

Ministers have said such experiences are "unacceptable" but information obtained by BBC News shows more people than ever are suffering like Jessica.

Litter blight 'costs taxpayer £1m a year'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

My colleague Caroline Brockelbank's in Brigg this morning on litter patrol.

It's after North Lincolnshire Council launched a new campaign on the issue.

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The council says littering has increased steadily recently, and they've started a new scheme for community payback offenders to help clean the streets.

Watch: Dry but muggy day to come

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Clare Nasir with the weather forecast for Friday 20 May

Pair wanted after pensioner robbed at cashpoint

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police in Scunthorpe want to speak to these two people after a 91-year-old was scammed out of more than £1,000 at a cashpoint.

Officers say the victim became confused at Lloyds TSB in the town's High Street, and tried to withdraw money from a depositing machine.

Cashpoint wanted
Humberside Police

A man and a woman then approached and helped him find the cash machine and watched as he took out some money.

They then told him his card had been swallowed by the machine and he left. They then used the card to withdraw cash and buy £500-worth of jewellery in a nearby shop.

BreakingTraffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Crash closes road

BBC Travel

We've just heard from Lincolnshire Police about a crash at a crossroads near Lincoln. It involves two vehicles and is at the junction of the A1500 Till Bridge Lane and the B1398 Middle Street, near Scampton. The road's likely to be closed until further notice.


BreakingFormer police officer given 20 years for sex attacks on boys

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's the latest from Lincoln Crown Court on the case of John Bates - who was convicted yesterday:

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A17 crash: Update on injured

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The driver of a military truck which was involved in major crash near Boston yesterday remains in a critical condition at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, police say. 

The accident which involved four MOD-type trucks and a lorry, happened at Swineshead and closed the road for nine hours.  

A17 crash
Luke Padley

Another driver is still being treated in Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridgeshire for serious injuries. The driver of the articulated lorry is also still in hospital.   

Woman in critical condition after incident at house

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police have cordoned off a house in Grimsby after an incident which left a 22-year-old woman in hospital.

A 27-year-old man was arrested when officers were called to Rutland Street at around 20.30 last night

A police spokesman said: "The woman was conveyed to Hull Royal Infirmary where she is currently receiving treatment. Her condition is described as critical but stable.

"Police cordons are in place in connection with this incident and enquiries, including house to house calls are underway."  

Council faces call to reverse 22.00 switch-off

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It's been a hot topic this week - Lincolnshire County Council's decision to switch off some streetlights at 22.00.

And council leaders will be challenged to reverse the decision at a meeting later:

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It's after protests from people who live in the streets affected - a petition's also been started by sixth form students in Lincoln.

Fluffy duckling Friday

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

OK so it's a cygnet - but that doesn't work for the headline. Thanks to John for sending in the pic!

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Watch: Concern over plans to pull funding for brochure

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Hotel bosses concern that council funding could be pulled from publication

Weather: Dry and warm with some sunny spells

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how the weather's looking for your Friday:


Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  • Appeal over litter increase in North Lincolnshire
  • Tourism bosses voice concern over plans to withdraw funding for Lincolnshire coast brochure
  • A17 near Boston reopens after major accident involving five lorries yesterday

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: bus delays

BBC Travel

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good morning and welcome to Lincolnshire Live on Friday 20 May 2016. 

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

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