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By Alex Rhodes

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  1. Today's Live coverage

    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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 :

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    Video caption: One 1 in 3 say they're worried about being able to rent a property
  4. Weather update with Keeley

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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    Video caption: Here's the weather with Keeley
  5. 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
  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Richard Young Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service
    Richard YoungAssistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service
  9. 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. 

    Quote Message: 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. from Judge John Pini QC
    Judge John Pini QC
  10. 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. 

  11. 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
  12. 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. 


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

    Quote Message: 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 from Rosie Hurrie Hayne Museum of Technology
    Rosie Hurrie HayneMuseum of Technology
  13. 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. 

    Quote Message: 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. from ULHT
  14. 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:  

    Quote Message: 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
  15. 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. 

  16. 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.