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  1. Live updates have finished on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday 20 June

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By Alex Rhodes

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Today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for another week everyone, thanks very much for joining.

Lincolnshire Live will be back from 8:00am on Monday, bringing you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

But for now I'm going to leave you with a Lincolnshire police dog in training who's clearly not cut out for yoga.

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The weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Scattered heavy showers in southern parts will die away through the evening. 

It will remain cloudy overnight, with outbreaks of rain in northern parts spreading south across the rest of the region.  

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The headlines

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Boston doctor jailed for three and a half years for attacking patient
  • Police officer jailed after hundreds of child porn images found on his laptop
  • Tributes continue to pour in for Yorkshire MP Jo Cox 
  • Grimsby Town winger Nathan Arnold looks set to be the latest player to leave the club

Weather Watchers: More lightning captured over Lincolnshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This one is from Spalding, taken by user Simons house. Let's just hope that that it isn't striking Simon's actual house eh?


NSPCC issue statement on jailing of Kenneth Dymond

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The NSPCC have issued this statement after a police officer was jailed for 8 months after hundreds of pornographic images of children were discovered in his possession.

Each of these images is a crime scene and the young, defenceless children are victims of unspeakable sexual abuse. It is truly shocking that a senior police officer would commit such vile crimes and fuel the demand for a sickening industry that causes untold damage to its victims. Every time someone views this material, they are helping create a market for more images to be produced, and more children to be abused.

Stagecoach get a bit passive aggressive

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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Handbags, ladies.

Traffic and travel: The big congestion roundup

BBC Travel

It's Friday, it's past 4 o'clock and to no one's shock the roads are busy. Here's a quick list of the places that are seeing the worst of it.

  • Skegness, Burgh Road A158
  • Sutterton, Sutterton Roundabout A17
  • Grantham, between Harrowby and Barrowby Road junctions A52
  • Newark, A46
  • Lincoln, A15 and A46

Lincoln16 coming to a letterbox near you

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you haven't heard about this then you're in for a treat, we're putting on a major outdoor show at the Castle as part of Lincoln16 to mark the 100 year anniversary of the city's most famous invention, the tank.

It's called Green Fields Beyond and the team behind it includes award winning scriptwriter Louise Page, TV and film composer Nick Bicât and international carnival company Shademakers 

Tickets are available now and guess what? They're free!

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Cutting cuts: More of your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Let's get more of your reactions to the news that the county council is slashing mowing services to save money:

The pavement beside A16 is completely buried in overgrown grass and weeds. Should I walk in the road instead?

Lewis HaglinFacebook

They should definitely keep cutting grass......long roadside grass blocks vision when turning out.

Stella HickmanFacebook

What are they spending the money on? All we see is local amenities being cut!

Sam OsborneFacebook

Good we need more wild flower meadows.

Terry HodsonFacebook

Missing girl could be in Skegness

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

14-year-old Natalie Pentland went missing from her home in the Brinsworth area of Rotherham but South Yorkshire Police believe she could now be in Lincolnshire.

Natalie Pentland
Lincolnshire police

She hasn't been seen since Tuesday and her family are becomingly increasingly worried about her welfare.

Police officer jailed for possessing hundreds of child porn images

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Kenneth Dymond, a detective with the Met Police Specialist Crime and Operations Command, has been jailed after almost 700 indecent images were found on his laptops and phones, 172 of which were of the most serious level.

The 36-year-old, who lives on Magna Mile in Ludford, admitted 10 charges of making an indecent image of a child. He was jailed for eight months and placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

There were extracts of a Skype conversation recovered from a lap top which appeared to be from a 15 year old girl's brother calling the defendant a paedophile. That person threatened he would go to the police if the defendant did not delete his sister's profile.

Stephen KempProsecuting
Kenneth Dymond
Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Dymond had an addiction to pornography and suffered from chronic depression. Reka Hollos, in mitigation, urged the judge to suspend any jail sentence so that he could continue to receive treatment the addiction.

However Judge Michael Heath, while passing sentence, refused:

As a serving police officer you ought to know that children are grievously abused so that this material, this utter filth, can be put out there on the internet for people to view it. I cannot suspend the sentence in a case such as this.

Michael HeathJudge

Grimsby Town winger Nathan Arnold could be next player to leave club

Mike White

Sports Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Following Toto Nsiala's decision to join Hartlepool yesterday and our understanding that Richard Tait has turned down a new deal with the Mariners, Arnold also looks to be on his way.

All of the players offered new contracts had until next Tuesday to make a decision about their Town futures and Arnold, as well as leading scorer Padraig Amond, hasn't accepted the offer currently on the table.

Nathan Arnold

Sources have told me that Arnold held talks with Stevenage recently but that interest hasn't been furthered at this stage.

As of right now though, it appears another one of Town's promotion heroes could well be set for the exit door at Blundell Park.

Busted! James from sport caught rocking out

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A lot of people don't realise that news and sport bulletins are read in a different studio from where the presenters sit.

James hasn't been with us very long and clearly hasn't realised the presenter can see what you're doing before you go on air...

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Don't worry James, we've all done it.

Weather watchers: At least the roses like the rain

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo from user rons park, demonstrating the upside of miserable weather.


Flood cleanup continues

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hi-de-hi glampers

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The glamping boom is coming to a council-run park in Lincolnshire. 

 Hartsholme Country Park near Lincoln will soon have a camping pod; it's timber and offers more comfort and protection than a tent. 

This is what they're going to look like:

City of Lincoln council
City of Lincoln council

  The City of Lincoln Council says if it's well used this summer they may invest in more.   

New kit for the Imps

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

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If I'm being honest it's not massively different from their old one.

The Lincolnshire primary school that's making a splash

Carla George

BBC reporter, Lincolnshire

I was pretty surprised when I saw this stat but apparently just under half of all eleven year olds nationally don't know how to swim.

Over at Whaplode Primary School they want to change that and make sure that ALL their pupils feel confident in the water by the time they leave.

I went to go meet them (they're very cute!), take a listen:

Carla goes to Whaplode Primary School where they want all pupils to be able to swim 25m

The headlines

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Lincolnshire MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox, killed yesterday in her constituency 
  • A Boston doctor has been told he will go to prison for sexually assaulting a patient
  • The county council say they're scaling back grass cutting in built up areas for budget reasons

Three arrested after charity box stolen from Grimsby pub

BBC Radio Humberside

Three men have been arrested after a charity box, alcohol and cash were stolen from The Friary pub.

The pub on Victoria Street was broken into just after 4am on Saturday, robbers then smashed the till and a a gaming machine. They then rode away on pushbikes.

Police want independent witnesses to come forward. The 31, 42 and 33 year old men who've been arrested are on bail as enquiries continue.

Traffic and travel: Congestion in Lincoln and on the A52

BBC Travel

Slow traffic in a couple of areas at the moment.

The A15 is pretty chockablock as it meets the Portland Street junction in the city, you may struggle to avoid it if you're heading into Lincoln.

Meanwhile the A52 is busy between Boston and Skegness in Wrangle. There's roadworks slowing everyone down between the Jude Gate and Camm's Lane junction. 

'An attack on democracy'

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lots of today's national news is, of course, dominated by tributes and stories about Jo Cox, the Yorkshire MP who was killed in her constituency yesterday.

I spoke to Victoria Atkins, the Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle, like Jo she was elected for the first time in 2015.

Take a listen to her views on the attack that shocked the country: 

Melvyn talks to Victoria Atkins about what she calls 'an attack on democracy'

Boston doctor facing prison after sex attack on patient

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A doctor based at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital has been warned he will be sent to prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a patient. 

Dr Saqip Uddin Khan had denied he'd carried out an inappropriate examination on a woman. The 36 year old has been released on bail and will be sentenced at a later date. 

Cutting cuts: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Let's get some of your reaction to the news that the County Council is scaling back their funding for grass cutting.

They've got rid of library staff, the roads are poorly maintained, streetlighting cut now no verge trimming? Where does the money go?

Karen WoodFacebook

Disgrace! Verges on roadsides and junctions are currently dangerously long and leaning onto roads all around Lincolnshire.

Olly WilliamsFacebook

I need to make cutbacks in spending too. My council tax is an expense I could do without. Shall I just withdraw my funding to the council?

Tom StockwellFacebook

Good for the birds and bees!

John GravesFacebook

No new cystic fibrosis drug for our county

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Cystic fibrosis sufferers in Lincolnshire will miss out on a new drug which could help improve lung function.

 Its after the National Institute for Health and care excellence have announced they won't provide funding for the treatment Orkambi, as its not cost effective. 

Alison Logan is from Conningsby. Her 12 year old daughter Katie suffers from the condition and has the strain Orkambi would treat. 

I was disappointed but when you look into it a normal treatment costs an awful lot of money... They can't fund everything.

Alison Logan

In a statement NICE say that the drug costs £104,000 per patient for every year of treatment and that the benefits of Orkambi don't justify its considerable cost.

Weather watchers: Forked lightning in Moulton

BBC Weather Watchers

The south of the county has been having some horrid weather this week, storms and rain dominating the skies.

Thanks to user Duncan's place for these snaps.


'Energetic and dedicated to her family' - Great Grimsby MP pays tribute to Jo Cox

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The whole country was shocked by the events of yesterday but clearly it had a profound effect on those that knew her personally.

One of those people was the Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn, who very graciously, agreed to speak to me this morning on the breakfast show. 

Take a listen: 

Scott talks to Melanie Onn about her friend and colleague

Traffic and Travel: Check your flights

BBC Travel

If you're flying to Italy today, first of all we're very jealous, second you may want to double check it's still happening. 

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EU Referendum campaigning suspended for the day

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Normally I'd be bringing you the latest local developments from the Vote Remain and Vote Leave camps, however speeches and events across the country have been suspended following the killing of the Labour MP Jo Cox in her Yorkshire constituency yesterday.


I'll be bringing you an interview with her party colleague and MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn a little later on.

In the meantime all the the latest developments, reactions and tributes to the late politician can be viewed here.

Closer look at the weather with Abbie

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The weather forecast with Abbie Dewhurst

Sorry Abbie we can't do anything about the thumbnail picture!

County council cutting cuts cause concern

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Next year the council say they will no longer fund grass cutting in built up areas, including grass on roundabouts and approaches to major junctions.

Roadside verges in rural areas will be cut twice a year - instead of 3 times. The authority says it needs to save money so they're going to be more selective to save £800,000 a year. 

But not everyone is very happy about it, take a look:

The council announce they won't be mowing in built up areas next year to save money

Flash floods in the south of the county

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The heavy downpours we've seen over the past few days have taken their toll near the Wash. The whole county has seen its share of wet weather this week but it seems the Kirton and Boston areas have been worst hit.

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The weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We're going to see scattered showers once again and sadly the south will be seeing the brunt of them where they'll also be heaviest.

Elsewhere, rather cloudy with a little light rain/drizzle spreading southwards into the north of the region later.  


The headlines

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Fire and rescue service has been dealing with flooding in parts of Lincolnshire overnight
  • County Council announce they will stop mowing grass in built up areas
  • A new drug which could improve lung function for sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis won't be made available in Lincolnshire
  • A primary school in Lincolnshire's pledged to teach all of it's pupils to swim before they move on to secondary school

Good morning, welcome to today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here.

Friday has arrived and frankly it can't come quick enough.

To see us over into the weekend I'll be bringing you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

As always I want to know what's happening where you are, you can reach me on our Facebook pageTwitter or via email.