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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Today's Live coverage

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Well that's it for another day everybody, I hope we've been able to provide all you need to know about everything that matters in Lincolnshire today. 

    We'll be back from tomorrow at 8am but until then here's five things we've learnt today: 

    • Victoria Ayling outlines her reasons for leaving UKIP's National Executive Committee.
    • Work on Lincoln's multi-million pound Transport Hub has been delayed.
    • Questions are raised about £130 million of EU money promised for Lincolnshire following Brexit result.
    • Crash on the A17 create's road woes in Spalding.
    • And Sophie Ellis Bextor is shunning rubbish old Yorkshire for glorious Skegvegas when she takes her kids on holiday next week.
  2. Have you seen Foxy?

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Sam Pollock's nine year old stepdaughter lost him somewhere on the beach at Anderby Creek on Monday.

    Sam says she's had him since she was four and is "absolutely devastated" he's gone missing.


    If you spot him get in touch.

  3. The weather

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Any remaining daytime showers will gradually fade away, with winds also easing. 

    Most places will then be dry with clear spells developing by Friday morning.  

  4. "A vehicle for personal ambition and egos" - Ayling outlines reason for leaving NEC

    Nicola Gilroy


    I've been speaking to Lincolnshire County Councillor - and former UKIP National Executive Committee member - Victoria Ayling in her first interview since she left the party's top table.

    Many believe the move was triggered by the decision to exclude Steven Woolfe from the upcoming UKIP leadership contest.

    Take a listen:

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    Video caption: The County Councillor says the National Executive is no longer fit for purpose
  5. Traffic and travel: A17 crash backs up traffic in Spalding

    BBC Travel

    The crash on the the A17 Washway Road is causing some issues heading into Spalding. There's queuing traffic in both directions on the A16 in the town.

    Recovery work is still ongoing at Saracen's Head and police continue to direct traffic.

  6. Council leader offers reassurances over EU money

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    £130 million is no small sum in anyone's book and some businesses are worried about what's happened to that EU money earmarked for Lincolnshire

    The British Government has put the payments on hold but Martin Hill says there's no reason why it shouldn't eventually end up in the county:

    Quote Message: I think there has to be negotiation with the EU because we are still in the EU for at least two years, as we're a contributing member we should still get the benefits. from Martin Hill Leader of Lincolnshire County Council
    Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council
  7. Ice skating without the ice in Gainsborough

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Gainsborough is to get a new skating facility later this year. It's going to be called SK8Z and it'll be located just off Heapham Road. 

    However it's not your standard ice rink, in fact there isn't going to be any ice at all. SK8Z will utilise a type of skate called the “off-ice” skate which provides people with the ability to ice skate without the need for a rink.

    It was first featured on Dragon's Den and since then gone on to be used by former Olympic champions Torvill and Dean who most notably recreated their legendary Bolero routine in theatres and at the Royal Variety Performance

    Torvil and Dean
  8. "Get me on that donkey" - Sophie Ellis Bextor to holiday in Skegness

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    If you're in Skegness next week then you'll want to keep an eye out for the "Murder on the dancefloor" singer.

    In an interview with our Northern sister station BBC Radio Leeds, she revealed that she's bringing the kids to the coastal resort.

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    Video caption: Sophie Ellis Bextor speaks to Gayle Lofthouse

    Now is it just us or does that sound like "God's own County" has been given major snub in favour of something a bit more bracing?

  9. Traffic and travel: Crash on the A17

    BBC Travel

    There's been a crash on the A17 Washway Road in Saracen's Head. The road is closed with slow traffic in both directions between the Washway Road junction and the Red Cow Drove junction. 

    Police are directing traffic.

  10. Transport hub delayed

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The start of building work on a new transport hub in Lincoln has been delayed. 

    Construction of the multi-million pound bus station, car park and plaza area was due to start later this month. 

    It's been set back because funding from the government hasn't been confirmed yet.

  11. Traffic and travel: Congestion in the centre of Lincoln

    BBC Travel

    There's a lot of slow traffic on the A15 Broadgate at the A57 Pelham Bridge junction.

    It can get bad around that area because of the railway crossing.

  12. Weather watchers: Flaming skies in Lincolnshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Some great photos sent to us last night from across the county, take a look:

  13. Liberal Democrats concerned over devolution in Greater Lincolnshire

    Caroline Brockelbank

    BBC Radio Humberside

    Plans for devolution in Greater Lincolnshire are being slammed by some Liberal Democrat councillors in North East Lincolnshire. 

    Those in favour of devolution say it's a chance for the area to take control of its own destiny but Liberal Democrat councillors say it could mean the eventual demise of North East Lincolnshire.

    council building
    Quote Message: "We'll create a position where at some time in the future it will be easy to abolish one of those layers of council and I wouldn't want North East Lincolnshire to be the one that was missing." from Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Barfield North East Lincolnshire Council
    Liberal Democrat councillor Ian BarfieldNorth East Lincolnshire Council
  14. Grimsby MP canvases opinion on devolution

    BBC Radio Humberside

    The devolution plans set out by George Osbourne in his final budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer have proved divisive to say the least.

    A consultation is underway and Grimsby MP Melanie Onn is on the road today gathering opinions from her constituents.

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  15. The headlines this lunchtime

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    • Victoria Ayling to speak to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in first interview since leaving UKIP's National Executive Committee.
    • A question mark hangs over £130 million of EU money earmarked for Lincolnshire post-Brexit.
    • A former councillor has appeared in court charged with child pornography offences.
    • Just Giving page set up in memory of the victims of a double-murder suicide in Spalding.
  16. Former councillor in court over child porn charges

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A former North Kesteven District councillor appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today accused of child pornography offences.

    Ian Dolby

    Ian Dolby, who's a former Sleaford Town councillor, faces three charges of making a total of 913 pornographic images of a child.

    Dolby, 51, of North Road, Sleaford spoke only to confirm his name and no pleas were taken at today's hearing.

    Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for a further hearing to take place on 29 September.

    Dolby was an Independent councillor who represented the Sleaford Quarrington and Mareham Ward until he resigned in April 2014 citing pressure of work commitments.

  17. Spalding shootings: Appeal page set up in memory of the victims

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Last month the Lincolnshire town of Spalding made international headlines after a man killed his wife and daughter with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

    Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire Hart, 50, were shot near the Castle Sports Complex on the 19th of July.


    Now a JustGiving page has been set up in memory of them. Originally it was created to help Charlotte's brothers Luke and Ryan but they told the organiser Kate Haynes they'd like some of the money to go to the women's favourite charity, the Woodgreen Animal Shelter. 

    Quote Message: I would like to say, and I am positive that the boys will agree, thank you to everyone who has helped and supported them over the last few weeks in whatever capacity. Ryan and Luke have a very bumpy road ahead and we are just trying to help and protect them through this immensely difficult time. from Kate Haynes
    Kate Haynes

    Luke and Ryan have also been speaking to the Spalding Voice about their ordeal.  

  18. Ayling hints at continued turmoil in UKIP

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    One of the major stories from yesterday was infighting in UKIP after leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was excluded from the upcoming contest to succeed Nigel Farage.

    Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling and two other members then promptly quite the party's executive in protest calling the committee "no longer fit for purpose".

    But it doesn't look like that'll be the end of the matter:  

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    We're going to be speaking to Councillor Ayling later on in the day in the first interview since she announced she was leaving the NEC.