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  1. Lincolnshire failing to meet Government planning targets
  2. Fears overnight A&E closure could put lives at risk
  3. People from ethnic minorities more likely to be unemployed in Lincolnshire than in any other part of England
  4. Live updates on Thursday 11 August 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

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Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for Thursday everybody, Friday tomorrow and then everyone's favourite bit, the weekend! We're back from tomorrow at 8am but for now I'm going to leave you with five things we've learned today.

  • Grantham Hospital will officially close it's A&E unit at night on a trial period from next Wednesday. 
  • A protest has been planned on Saturday in response.
  • British Steel will take on more apprentice workers at its Scunthorpe plant.
  • Jess Glynne has outsold Sir Tom Jones for this year's Rasen Rocks event.
  • A Lincoln property developer has opened a travelling bar, made from a converted horsebox.

Making it on the board

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Weather watchers: Grey skies on Steep Hill

BBC Weather Watchers

A similar picture across the county this afternoon. This shot of Lincoln's iconic street was taken by user Isle Explorer.

Steep Hill

Scunthorpe Untied boss says he has point to prove against old club

BBC Humberside Sport

European nationals living in Scunthorpe worried about housing post-Brexit

Tim Iredale

Political editor, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Many European migrants living in the UK are worried about becoming homeless following the recent Brexit vote according to a survey by the National Landlords Association. 

The findings are supported by a Scunthorpe-based charity, which says it's been inundated with tenants who worried about the impact of Brexit. 

Here are the findings of the survey :

One 1 in 3 say they're worried about being able to rent a property

Weather update with Keeley

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's the weather with Keeley

Almost 100 trainees to join British Steel

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

British Steel has announced plans to employ some 100 trainees to work at its sites in Scunthorpe and Teesside. 

The recruits include apprentices, graduates, people enrolling on the degree apprenticeship scheme and undergraduates.  

British Steel
British Steel

True Grit with reporter Natasha

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As promised....

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Jail for Tattershall man who asked for naked photos from teens

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincolnshire man who asked for naked photos from two girls has been sent to prison. 

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Martin Coburn had groomed the teenagers after exchanging messages on social media. 

He admitted five charges. The 35 year old who used to live in Tattershall but is now of no fixed address has been jailed for four and a half years. 

Driver arrested after cyclist taken to hospital with life threatening injuries

Jonathan Willis

Local Live

A 21-year-old Scunthorpe man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving, following a collision on the A18 near Gunness between a Blue Audi A3 and two cyclists.

One of the cyclists, a 42-year-old local man, was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary with life threatening injuries, where he remains in a stable condition.

The second cyclist was also taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the Audi was uninjured.

The 21-year-old arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail to a date next month.


Serial fraudster locked up again

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Lincoln man has been jailed for a year after committing a £22,000 tax fraud, shortly after being released from prison for stealing tax refunds from his employer’s clients.

Darren Challis, 33, was released from his 18-month prison term in November 2013. Just four months later Investigators found he manipulated tax returns whilst working as a self-employed building contractor.

Darren Challis

Challis showed no regret for his crimes as within months of walking out of prison, he was back stealing taxpayers’ cash, determined to get his hands on money that should have been funding vital public services. He clearly had a total disregard for the tax system, but now back behind bars, he has time to reflect on the risks of getting involved with tax fraud rather than the benefits he had hoped for.

Richard YoungAssistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service

Caravan cleaner jailed for child pornography charges and stealing children's underwear

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincolnshire caravan cleaner has been sent to prison after admitting a number of child pornography offences. 

James Elliott from Waterloo Road in Mablethorpe made, possessed and distributed indecent images of children. During the search of Elliott's home police also found a collection of children's underwear which he confessed he had taken from caravans he cleaned.

The 61 year old has been jailed for three years. 

This clearly has been an addiction of yours. Although you did not physically touch and of these children all of them, in order to have these images produced, had to be sexually abused. Those that view imagery like this online are encouraging a market and encouraging the abuse of children.

Judge John Pini QC

County Councillor announces protest rally against A&E closure

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Gritter recruitment day

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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Natasha is going to have a go herself as well!

In an unrelated note we would like to point out that BBC Radio Lincolnshire cannot be held legally, financially, or morally liable for any damage (both physical and emotional) caused by one of our reporters. 

All we're saying is there's a reason nobody parks next to Tash in the office carpark. 

List of shame for Lincolnshire company

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincoln firm's been put on a Government list of shame after it failed to pay one of its workers the minimum wage. 

Care 4 U Services was caught out after an inspection by the Department for Business. The firm owed a worker more than two hundred and fifty pounds. 

The company says the mistake was due to an admin error and the worker has since been paid.

Care 4 U
Care 4 U

New museum opens in Spalding

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A new museum displaying decades of gadgets and gizmos opens in Lincolnshire today. 

The Museum of Technology opens in Spalding. 

Museum of technology

 One of the owners - Rosie Hurrie Hayne - hopes the sheer number of gadgets will impress:   

I just want people to be overwhelmed by the collection en masse because you can go into places and see the odd old radio or television but we've got so many things I think people will be impressed

Rosie Hurrie HayneMuseum of Technology

A&E closure date announced

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has announced that Grantham A&E will begin its trial closure at night from Wednesday the 17th of August. 


The decision has been to temporarily change the opening hours due to a reduction in the availability of doctors in Lincoln and Boston together with an increase in the demand for emergency care services. We do not have enough doctors to safely staff all three of our A&Es 24 hours a day, 7 days week. This plan will help maintain safe services across Lincolnshire.


Chair of the planning committee defends county's progress

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We told you earlier about the fact that Lincolnshire is falling behind when it comes to Government planing targets. 

So far not a single one of our districts have completed their local plans, they have to be done by 2017. 


Ric Metcalfe chair of the Central Lincolnshire Planning Committee says they're closer to getting it done:  

A considerable amount of thought has to go into this and an awful lot of evidence gathering and critically of course an immense amount of public consultation... the central Lincolnshire plan has now been submitted to Government and the planning enquiry will be held before the end of this year

Airport defends drop off charges

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

East Midlands Airport is defending the amount it charges you from dropping people off outside the terminal. 

Since May, it's cost two pounds for just ten minutes - and another pound per minute penalty if you go over that. 

The weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Occasional light rain at times then becoming dry with sunny periods developing, especially in the south where it will feel warm. 

Brisk winds will be gusty over the hills.  


Lincolnshire A&E departments miss government targets

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Latest figures show A&E departments in Lincolnshire are still missing government targets. 

Just over 80% of patents were seen within four hours in June - against the target of ninety five per cent. 

The headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • The County's A&E departments aren't seeing patients quick enough.
  • Lincolnshire's lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to planning targets. 
  • Jess Glynne outsells Sir Tom Jones for this year's Market Rasen Rocks.

Traffic and travel: A15 closed in Navenby

BBC Travel

The A15 is shut in both directions at the B1178 junction after a crash involving two vehicles.

Elsewhere the B1189 Moor Lane in Metheringham is still shut after the crash we told you about earlier. Cleanup continues after a two vehicle collision and an oil spillage.


A&E Closure: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lots of you have been getting in touch to have your say about the overnight closure of Grantham Hospital's A&E unit. Have a look: 

It is a disaster waiting to happen. The town gets bigger and bigger, they keep agreeing to more housing and the services get reduced.

Sue McIntyreFacebook

The hospital and the A&E is there to save lives. Which, despite it being busy, it can at least potentially do when open. However when closed it cannot!

Rachael NelFacebook

So they're investing money into building houses and roads to attract people to live here but they're doing this? What about people like me who don't drive?

Cara StubbsFacebook

A chronic shortage of staff? So the answer is to make Boston and Lincoln understaffed too by giving them extra patients to deal with?

Tracey WadeFacebook

You can email me here if you want to give your thoughts.

The horsebox with a bit of a kick...

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You won't find a horse in this box but you might just find a Moscow Mule.

Lincoln property developer Matt Graham has converted it into "The Joyful Jockey", a bar on wheels!

I had chat with him, take a listen:

Melvyn speaks to Matt Graham who converted a horsebox into a bar

Weather watchers: Return to Thunderdome

BBC Weather Watchers

Now this looks like something out of Mad Max! We keep thinking Tina Turner is going to come hurtling over the horizon in a souped up banger.


This dramatic scene was captured by user Marc Freeman on the outskirts of Lincoln.

Witnesses sought after racial attack in Grimsby

BBC Radio Humberside

Police are looking for witnesses after two men were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and making racist threats towards the owners of a house on Stanley Street. 

Officers were called to the area at around 11:15pm last night. The men who were arrested are 33 and 34 years old.

Racking up the numbers in Boston

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Top award for Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

BBC Radio Humberside

Scunthorpe's British Steel to employ 100 new young recruits

Sarah Corker

BBC Look North

British Steel have announced they're to take on 100 young recruits this summer.

Aged 16 upwards, around 90 of the apprentices and graduates will join the company's operations in Scunthorpe. 

They'll work on placement schemes and are likely to join the company when they've completed their training.


A&E closure 'may well put lives at risk'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Now you'll recall from yesterday that Lincolnshire health bosses announced that Grantham Hospital's A&E department would be closing overnight for a trial period.

It's down to a chronic shortage of staff in the county. 


Lot's of people are very upset about this news including some members of the council:

For local people it may well put their lives at risk. There is a general concern that the A&E unit itself is being run down when there is an increasing population in Grantham, it's about 100,000 people in the catchment area who are not going to be able to access acute services.

Charmaine MorganSouth Kesteven District Councillor

Jess Glynne outsells Sir Tom Jones at Market Rasen Racecourse

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Hold My Hand singer is coming to Lincolnshire this weekend as part of the Rasen Rocks races.

Sir Tom performed at the event last year, setting a modern-day attendance record but it seems Glynne has managed to out-do him! 

I've been speaking to course manager Nadia Gollings about the latest star to come to the town.   

Scott talks to manager of the racecourse Nadia Gollings about this weekend

Lincolnshire worst in the country when it comes to BME employment

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

People from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to be unemployed in Lincolnshire than in any other local authority in the rest of the UK.

BBC figures show a quarter of people from  Black, Asian or other Ethnic Minorities in the county don't have a job. The average jobless rate for all people in the county is significantly lower - at around 2%.

The weather with Abbie

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's the weather with Abbie

Lincolnshire falling behind in town planning

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Not one of Lincolnshire's district councils has completed its local plans. 

They set out areas for developments such as new housing. They have to be finished by early 2017 - or the government could impose fines. 

Despite the upcoming deadline - some areas are still resisting the plans.

The headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Lincolnshire failing to meet Government planning targets.
  • Councillor warns overnight A&E closure will put lives at risk. 
  • Black and ethnic minority people are more likely to be unemployed in Lincolnshire than in any other area in the country.

Traffic and travel: Congestion in the usual places

BBC Travel

Nothing much to report so far today (which is always a good thing when it comes to travel!) but there is the normal early morning rush around Lincoln.


Hello, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Alex here, coming to you from a grey and miserable Lincoln. But come rain or come shine I'm going to be bringing you all the latest from across the county.

Another good start the day with the news of more Olympic glory for Team GB.

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