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  1. Live updates have finished on Friday 1 July 2016
  2. Lincolnshire Live returns on Monday 4 July 2016 with news, sport, travel and weather from across Lincolnshire

Live Reporting

By Natasha Turney

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our Live coverage across the day

    Thanks for joining us today on Lincolnshire Live. 

    We'll be back again on Monday from 8am with more of the latest news, travel and sport.  

  2. Comemmorations across Lincolnshire for the Battle of the Somme

    Hundreds of people have taken part in commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

    More than one million people died or were injured in the conflict during the First world war. Lincoln Castle has been the focal point for commemorations here in Lincolnshire. Early this morning, a ceremony took place; school children blew whistles to mark the exact time that the first soldiers went over the top.

    Lincoln Castle Somme commemorations

    At lunch time a spitfire from the BBMF flew over the castle in honour of the fallen soldiers.

    At 5pm a second ceremony got underway at Lincoln Castle. Many gathered in Castle Square as students from a local school read out some of the names of the Lincolnshire casualties, followed by the Last Post.  

    Last Post Lincoln Castle
    People gather for The Last Post

    At 7pm this evening a commemoration service will take place at the People's Park at the war memorial of the Somme, reflecting in particular the role of the Grimsby Chums battalion who lost 502 lives on the first day of the battle.

  3. Travel: A158 yet to reopen

    A few areas of congestion in and around the city on Canwick road and the Holdingham roundabout in Sleaford. 

    The only major problems remain on the A158 near Hagworthingham following the earlier bus fire.

  4. Headlines across Lincolnshire this evening:

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

    • A man has died in a flat fire near Ashby road in Scunthorpe.
    • Part of the main road between Lincoln and the county coast is shut after a fire on board a double decker bus.
    • A Nigerian man has appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to money launder.
  5. Present from Lincolnshire police for 11 year old Harvey

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Earlier we told you how Lincolnshire police have raised nearly £14,000 for 11 year old Harvey Phillips to fund the cost of a new set of titanium blades.

    Well this afternoon Harvey and his dad went to Police Headquarters to receive the cheque.

    Here's some lovely photos of the occasion.

    Harvey and dad receive cheque

    Whilst he was there Harvey also got to play with new police canine recruit, Ollie.

    Harvey and Ollie
  6. Lifeboat crews free boat in Mablethorpe

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    It was a busy morning for the the lifeboats on Lincolnshire's coast.

    Crews from Mablethorpe helped free a boat in the early hours of this morning. 

    The lone skipper is said to be fine but the RNLI say they were called out twice to provide assistance.

    Mablethorpe Lifeboat crews
  7. Spitfire fly past over Lincoln Castle to commemorate The Somme

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Did you catch a glimpse of the Spitfire from the BBMF performing a fly past over Lincoln Castle?

    It's part of the many commemorations going on across the county to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

    It was one of the bloodiest of the First World War with more than a million casualties over the course of the five month offensive. 

    Such a poignant moment as the Spitfire passed above the poppy sculpture.

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  8. Grimsby town centre goes green

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Grimsby town centre will look a little bit greener from today. 

    Trees are being planted in big green marble planters in Victoria Street as part of the ongoing regeneration work.

    Let us know what you think of the new look through FacebookTwitter or via email.  

    Grimsby's new trees
  9. Man dies in Scunthorpe flat fire

    Clare Crooks

    BBC Radio Humberside

     A man has died in a flat fire in Scunthorpe.

    The incident happened at a property near Ashby road this morning. 

     Humberside Fire and Rescue say they are not treating the blaze as suspicious.

  10. Weekend weather forecast for Lincolnshire:

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Heavy showers expected later on but they'll still be a few sunny spells into this evening. 

    Breezy and showery with a little sunshine tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Owain Wyn Evans with the forecast for Froday 1 July
  11. Update: Travel restrictions on A158 over the weekend following bus fire

    BBC Travel

    It certainly caused a lot of damage to the bus but having inspected the section of road Lincolnshire County Council's highways department says it's too badly damaged to use.

    The flames were put out and the bus recovered following the blaze on the double decker this morning on the A158 at between Hagworthingham and Winceby.

    Temporary two-way traffic lights will be set up later this afternoon on the two mile stretch which will stay in place until it's resurfaced next week.

  12. Police appeal for information on wanted man Billy Gray

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire Police says 23 year old William Gray from Sutton on Sea, known as Billy, is wanted on suspicion of outstanding criminal damage and assault offences.

    Officers from Spalding CID want to hear from anyone with information about his whereabouts.

    William Gray
  13. Headlines this afternoon:

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom: 

    • The man in-charge of Lincoln's largest private employer, Siemens is reassuring his staff across the UK following last week's referendum result.
    • The A158 between Spilsby and Horncastle is closed following a fire on a double decker bus. 
    • A Lincolnshire man who broke his neck just days before he was due to marry says he's determined he'll walk again after moving his foot.
  14. Paralysed firefighter from Boston moves feet for first time

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A few weeks ago we told you about James Thorpe from Boston, who in a freak accident on his stag do, slipped an fell in the sea in Magaluf and broke his neck. James was left paralysed.

    Shortly after his fiance Michaela Watson cancelled their wedding to concentrate on his recovery and it seems to have paid off.

    Michaela says James has now managed to move his foot for the first time since the accident and has feeling in his legs.

    To make things even better, they've set a new date for the wedding.

    James Thorpe and his Fiance Michaela

    We've got our fingers crossed for a full recovery!  

  15. Lincoln's MP seeks reassurances from Conservative leadership candidates

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Now all of the candidates in the Conservative leadership contest have put themselves forward, it's now time for the rest of the party's MPs to choose who to back.

    Lincoln's MP Karl McCartney says he's seeking reassurances from candidates that they're committed to Brexit and won't be calling an early General Election. He believes the power is now in their hands.

    Lincoln's MP Karl McCartney
    Quote Message: My mobile is permanently on charge and buzzing. Suddenly I am transformed from being a part of the audience (I was never one for fluttering my eyes at the Whips) to having Simon Cowell-like status. from MP for Lincoln Karl McCartney
    MP for LincolnKarl McCartney

    Well some of our other MP's who haven't yet compared themselves to Simon Cowell have already declared their support:

    Nick Boles, the MP for Stamford and Grantham, is to chair Michael Gove's leadership campaign, having switched his support from Boris Johnson.

    Stephen Phillips, who represents Sleaford and North Hykeham, says he's backing Home Secretary Theresa May.

    Andrew Percy, the Brigg and Goole MP is putting his support behind Theresa May. The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers says he's backing Andrea Leadsom. 

    Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has told his constituents that he wants to wait until the Conservative leadership hustings on Monday next week. 

    So no clear favourite just yet then!

  16. Workshops for Lincoln 16 start this weekend

    Rob Makepeace

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

    There's still time for you to be part of a spectacular event in Lincoln this summer.

    Lincoln 16 includes a pageant through the city's street and a special production at Lincoln Castle next month will tell the story of the Lincoln's role in the making of the first ever tank.

    Workshops start tomorrow at St Mary Le Wigford's church to make some of the costumes which will look something like this.

    Lincoln 16 costumes

    Feel free to pop along with your children and friends from 09:45 until 12:00.

  17. Flowers adorn the memorial for Boston's Somme commemorations

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Two beautiful rivers of red lead the way to the war memorial in Wide Bargate.

    The Royal British Legion held the commemorations this morning with many people gathering to join in remembrance.

    Letters from the front line were read out and 100 petals scattered.  

    Boston Somme remembrance event
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  18. Update: Recovery underway after bus fire near Horncastle

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Good news is that the fire is out and the double decker now in the process of being recovered. 

    The road remains closed between Horncastle and Partney on the A158 following the fire which started on the bus earlier this morning.

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  19. Poppy field for fallen soldiers of The Somme at Lincoln Cathedral

    Natasha Turney

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Hundreds of wooden crosses adorned with poppies have been placed in a Garden of Remembrance outside Lincoln Cathedral to remember those lost in the Battle of the Somme.

    A spitfire from the BBMF performed a fly past over Lincoln Castle as commemorations continue to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

    Almost twenty-thousand British soldiers died on the first day alone.

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    Lincoln Cathedral garden of remembrance

    At 5pm this afternoon a ceremony's taking place in the castle involving the Royal British Legion. Students from a local school will be reading out some of the names of the Lincolnshire casualties, followed by The Last Post.

  20. Lincolnshire weather this lunchtime:

    BBC Weather

    It's looking cloudy with some spells of sunshine. The chance of showers in areas which could turn heavy.

    Those showers will die out into the evening to leave clear spells.

    Lincolnshire weather