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  1. Fire service says cover at sea threatened by cuts to training
  2. Lincolnshire-born star of Neighbours dies aged 92
  3. Live updates have finished on Friday 29 July 2016

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Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well that's it for this week everybody, thanks for joining me. 

Lincolnshire Live will return at 08:00 Monday morning but until then I'll leave you with a few things we've learned today:

Stop press, ferret found at printing works

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Traffic and travel: Accident reported in Lincoln

BBC Travel

Family death crash: A18 to close for week-long safety review

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Part of the A18 in North East Lincolnshire is to close for one week from Monday 8 August for a safety review called for by a coroner following an inquest into the deaths of five people in a crash three years ago.. 

Angela Cockburn, 49, her husband David, 48, his two daughters Carley Ann, 21, and Bethany, 18, and Bethany's one-year-old daughter Lacie were killed on the A18 in Laceby near Grimsby in 2013.

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Coroner Paul Kelly instructed North East Lincolnshire Council and contractors Engie to carry out an independent review of the safety of the road.  

The council has announced today that a series of inspections will be carried out under full road closures for one week from Monday 8 August between 07:30 and 18:00.

Ultimately, the purpose of this work is to prevent such a tragedy occurring again on this stretch of the A18.

Tony MaioneAssistant Director Law at North East Lincolnshire Council

Grimsby fans react to Arnold signing

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

The new signing has been the perfect end to the week for Imps fans - but for Grimsby fans... well not so much.

Reactions range from this....

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To this...

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Organ donation: Two people saved by our decision, says teenager's father

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As a country we don't really talk about organ donation, which often means that when we die our relatives don't really know our wishes if we haven't filled out a donor card.

A new campaign called "donation conversation" is being launched by NHS Blood and Transplant to encourage you to do just that and let your family know if it's something you want to do. 

I've been speaking to Nigel Burton from Grantham, who's from the Donor Family Network. His son died when he was just 16. Take a listen:

Weather Watchers: Rain off the coast

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit of a wet afternoon for a lot of us today.

Weather Watcher Max took this great snap at Sutton on Sea, where you can see the heavy showers coming down in the distance.  


Traffic and Travel: Accident on the A17

BBC Travel

The A17 is partially blocked in both directions between the Long Lane junction and the Stapleford Lane junction.

There's been an accident involving three vehicles.

Grimsby Town say violence 'won't be tolerated' at tomorrow's match

BBC Humberside Sport

“Anyone involved in football-related violence will be banned from Blundell Park.”

That’s the message from Humberside Police and Grimsby Town Football Club before tomorrow’s friendly against Oldham Athletic.

Blundell Park
Grimsby Town FC

The warning comes after six arrests were made last weekend when The Mariners faced Sheffield United.

Four people were charged and police are reviewing CCTV with the hope of making more arrests.

It would be wrong to describe these individuals as football fans. They are just people who attach themselves to the name of a club as a prerequisite to their mindless violent and criminal behaviour."

Nick DaleGrimsby Town Football Club

RAF Coningsby steps up security after attempted abduction at Marham

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The RAF police at Coningsby have increased their patrols after two men attempted to abduct a serviceman outside RAF Marham in Norfolk last Wednesday

RAF Coningsby say they've increased both day and night patrols in the married quarter patches 

They say they're taking the incident "very seriously" and are asking people to report anything suspicious "no matter how trivial it may seem".


Two men arrested after break-in at Grimsby car compound

BBC Radio Humberside

Two men have been arrested after a car compound on Moody Lane in Grimsby was broken into just after 02:00 this morning.

A police helicopter was deployed to the area after reports of two men breaking through the fence.

A 21-year-old and 30-year-old, both from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, were arrested shortly afterwards.

Moody Lane car compound

Officers are now trying to establish who owns a white Fiat Scudo van, which was found nearby.   

Watch: Will this rain budge over the weekend?

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Watch Keeley's forecast to find out more... 

A cloudy afternoon ahead with brighter prospects for the weekend

Jellyfish on the rise

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You might want to keep an eye out if you're planning on going to the coast this weekend, the Marine Conservation Society says jellyfish are on the rise in our waters.

Some scientists think its because of climate change and overfishing, whereas others believe the numbers fluctuate every 20 years or so.

The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is one to be especially wary of, it has the most powerful and painful sting of all the jellyfish found in UK waters.

Lion's Mane jellyfish
Marine Conservation Society

Traffic and travel: Police urge care because of wet weather

BBC Travel

Lincoln City sign former Grimsby Town winger on two-year contract

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

The Imps have announced that Nathan Arnold is the latest man to join their squad.

It might be a bitter pill to swallow for local rivals Grimsby Town. After  ulling it over Arnold turned down their contract offer last month.

The Imps new funding drive "Cowley's Campaign" helped pay for their latest purchase. 

Nathan Arnold

Weather watchers: Torrential downpour in Lincoln

BBC Weather Watchers

Guess who got caught out on their lunchbreak....

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Travellers park illegally in Mablethorpe

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There are about 15 caravans parked in the Seacroft Car Park in Mablethorpe.

East Lindsey District Council are currently in the process of instigating legal action against the owners of the caravans but they say "the speed at which this matter can be dealt with is determined by the legal process".

There are plans to install a height restriction barrier on the car park to stop caravans from parking there illegally in the future.

Weather Watchers: Fiery sunset in Croft

BBC Weather Watchers

It's fair to say that the weather is not so nice today, so let's take a look at a great sunset captured yesterday evening.

Thanks to user "Sare Dru" for this one:


Big turnout for Walk a Million debut

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I had high hopes for our launch walk at Whisby Nature Park today but even I wasn't quite expecting these numbers!

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Traffic and travel: Delays continue north of Lincoln

BBC Travel

Problems still remain on the B1398 after a vehicle overturned this morning. A woman has been taken to the Hull Royal Infirmary by Air Ambulance. 

It remains closed between the A631 junction and the Hanover Hill junction, police are directing traffic.

Fire service to look at withdrawing cover at sea

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside

The fire service in this region could soon withdraw its cover for fires at sea. 

A report by the service's Deputy Chief Fire Officer says it may become unsafe due to a lack of access to suitable training.

Humberside Fire Service provides cover for an area of the North Sea stretching from Norfolk to Scotland. Firefighters are transported to stricken vessels by tug or helicopter. 

Fire engine

The service is one of eight around the coast of the UK which currently attend incidents at sea.

"However," says deputy chief fire officer Chris Blacksell, "recent restrictions on the provision of suitable training to the firefighters that volunteer to undertake that role mean that it is likely that we will have to stop attending incidents 'at sea' by August 2016."  

Lincolnshire-born 'Neighbours' star dies at 92

BBC Radio Humberside

Vivean Gray, best known for playing the gossipy Mrs Mangel in Australian soap opera Neighbours, has died aged 92.

Born Jean Vivra Gray in 1924, the Cleethorpes native moved to Australia in 1952 to pursue an acting career.

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She went on to appear in shows such as The Sullivans and Prisoner Cell Block H, before landing her best-known role as Ramsay Street's resident busybody.  

Can you help count our whales and dolphins?

Scientists are hoping to get more information about whales and dolphins off our coastline. 

The Sea Watch Foundation is asking us to look out for the majestic creatures at four organised watch events in Lincolnshire this weekend

It's thought more whales and dolphins are being spotted off our coast due to coastal warming. 


The headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The top stories in Lincolnshire this morning include:

Traffic and Travel: Deer block the A1

BBC Travel

The A1 in Dry Doddington is blocked heading north, there's stationary traffic stretching back from the turn-off, after deer were reported on the road.

Meanwhile, the air ambulance has been on the scene of the crash on the B1398 north of Lincoln. The road is closed both ways and will continue to be so for at least the next hour.

Fresh calls for government investment in construction and infrastructure

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

According to figures from the National House Building Council the number of homes being registered for building has reached its highest level since the 2008 recession.

However, the Federation of Master Builders is warning uncertainty following the Brexit vote could reverse progress made since then.

Paul McSorely from Lincolnshire-based construction firm Lindum says government investment is desperately needed:

People want certainty, they want confidence that there is going to be that investment there. Clearly the private sector is going to go through a period of uncertainty when people review the impact of Brexit but there's no reason to shut up shop.

Paul McSorelyLindum
Builder on roof of house under construction

Traffic and travel: Overturned car blocking B1398

BBC Travel

Someone has got in touch to let us know  there's a car on its roof blocking the B1398 Middle Street near Filingham and Willingham north of Lincoln.

Emergency services are on the scene.

'Walk a Million' launches today

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The big day has finally arrived! BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Walk a Million Miles campaign kicks off in Whisby. 

We want to get the people of Lincolnshire to walk a million miles (in total, not each thankfully!). We're starting off today in Whisby Nature Park and even the weather is starting to brighten up.

Me and the team are ready, are you?


Missing Scunthorpe woman found

BBC Radio Humberside

Some good news to start the day, Scunthorpe woman Hayley Gascoigne-Crowe has been found after a police appeal yesterday evening. 

Police want to thank everyone who shared the appeal on social media. 

Traffic and travel: No major incidents

BBC Travel

Now this is how you want to start a Friday!

Our monitors are telling us the roads are running rather smoothly this morning.

If you know better then don't hesitate to get in touch

Weather: What's in store for the weekend?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

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Join us for today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello, Alex here, coming to you from a  rather wet and windy Lincoln. 

It's Friday and the sweet smell of the weekend is in the air, I'll be bringing you the latest news, travel, sport and weather across the county until 18:00.

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