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The closure of a hospital's A&E department at night will waste hours of police time, Lincolnshire's Police Commissioner has said.

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Julia Bryson

Journalist, BBC Local Live

Thanks for being with us today. We will be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime let's look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

  1. Police are investigating after a man was found dead on Skegness beach 
  2. Four women from Lincolnshire are in the women's hockey team which has made it into the final at the Olympics, guaranteeing Team GB at least a silver medal
  3. Police say the closure of Grantham A&E will impact on policing in the area, as officers will have to transport people to the next nearest A&E in Lincoln
  4. Hospital staff in Scunthorpe have offered to pay people living nearby to park on their driveways
  5. Students across the county have been receiving their A-level results, including one local musician who was 3,000ft above sea level when he found out

A-level results success for Lewis at Lincoln College

More great results from Lewis who studied at Lincoln College and who now hopes for a career in forensics.

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Grantham hospital A&E closure trial 'will waste police time'

The closure of a hospital's A&E department at night will waste hours of police time, Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Grantham and District A&E

The unit at Grantham and District Hospital closed for the first time last night, in a trial which bosses said was needed due to a lack of doctors.  

All time high for Lincolnshire tourism industry

Sleaford Standard

The Lincolnshire tourism industry is at a high after new figures show a rise of £80m in 2015. 

Lincoln Castle
Sleaford Standard

The latest STEAM figures have shown that in 2015 the county attracted almost 20m visitors, up 1.37m on the year before. 

Musician celebrates A-level results on Scottish mountain

A Lincolnshire musician has received his A-level results 3,000ft above sea level, while on a walking holiday in Scotland.

A level results up a mountain
Will Crawford

Will Crawford, of band Mollie and Will, was climbing in the hills when he heard he had passed. 

He got an A in drama and Cs in Biology and Chemistry. Well done Will! 

Lincoln High Street chase ends in arrest

Lincolnshire Echo

A 17-year-old man was chased through Lincoln's High Street and arrested by police on suspicion of theft.

The teenager was eventually caught by police on Thursday,18  August after he made a break for it after being challenged and ran off from store detectives.

Traffic and travel: Roads congested on Jubilee Way in Horncastle

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow on the A158 Jubilee Way in Horncastle at the South Street junction. 

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Council agrees to Victoria Mills repairs

BBC Radio Humberside

Council leaders have agreed in a meeting to spending another £1m on repairing a listed building in Grimsby. 

The owners of Victoria Mill, which is in a bad state, have failed to pay for repairs. 

North East Lincolnshire council have already had to pay out £1m trying to keep it safe.

The council will fund more repairs to Victoria Mills

Latest headlines from around Lincolnshire

This afternoon's top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom: 

  • The Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Martin Hill, is calling for a meeting with NHS managers about the overnight closure of Grantham's A&E
  • A body's been found in a tent in the dunes at Skegness
  • A 45-year-old van driver has admitted that his careless driving caused the death of a father-of-two in Lincolnshire

Man found dead in tent on Skegness beach

A man was found dead in a tent on Skegness beach yesterday, police have confirmed. 


The body was found by a member of the public walking her dog at about 13:00 on Wednesday.

Police are investigating. 

Parents and children left 'devastated' by closure of soft play area five months after opening

Lincolnshire Echo

Parents and children across the city have been left 'devastated' by the closure of a new children's soft play area just five months after it opened.

Imagination Station opened in March at the old Pearl of Big Wok Chinese restaurant in Beaumont Fee, Lincoln.

Lincolnshire residents urged to speak on safety

People living in Lincolnshire are being urged to have their say in how crime and disorder are tackled in the local area. 

The Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership works to improve the quality of life for people living, working or visiting the area.

They are asking people to fill in their annual community safety survey to help identify the priorities for the partnership to focus on.  

Reds ready for first display on south coast

Failure to pay litter tickets leads to fine for nine

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Nine people have fallen foul of the City of Lincoln Council’s littering crackdown after failing to clean up after themselves.

Magistrates issued fines of up to £392 to nine people who had failed to pay Fixed Penalty Notices after being caught dropping cigarette butts in the city centre earlier this year. 

The council says in one case, the litterer was standing just 1m from a street ash tray.

Seven people were found guilty in their absence at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court yesterday while two admitted to the offences ahead of the hearing.

Students urged to get meningitis W vaccine

Young people starting university or college this autumn are being urged to get a vaccine against meningitis.

Public Health England says the jab will help protect against meningitis W in particular  - a sometimes deadly strain that is on the rise.

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Hospital staff in Scunthorpe offer to pay residents to park on their drive

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

Blood, sweat and tears as Lincolnshire hockey heroines lead Team GB into Olympic final

The Lincolnite

Four Lincolnshire hockey stars put their bodies on the line as Team GB women’s team beat New Zealand 3-0 to progress to their first Olympic final.  

The quartet of Georgie Twigg, Hannah Macleod, Crista Cullen and Shona McCallin will now have to recover by Friday for their gold medal match against the Netherlands.  

Lincolnshire students receive A-level results

Students across Lincolnshire are joining those across the country in receiving their A-level results today.

Students receive results

Record numbers of UK university places have been offered as results show a marginal fall in top grades for the fifth successive year.  

Read more stories from around England on our A-level results live page.

Watch: Meet the craftsmen behind the Boston Stump miniature

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Congestion due to heavy traffic in Skegness

BBC Travel

There is congestion on Algitha Road in Skegness due to heavy traffic on the A52 Roman Bank northbound. 

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Lincolnshire hockey players make Olympic final

BBC Sport

Great Britain's women's hockey team which includes four players from Lincolnshire are into the Olympic Final. 

Crista Cullen
Getty Images

The team had a 3-0 win over New Zealand but it did come at a price. Both Crista Cullen and Georgie Twigg went off injured after being hit in the head with a stick and ball respectively.

Hannah Macleod and Shona MaCallin were also part of the squad and it mean's Team GB will take at least silver when they play defending champions, the Netherlands in Friday's final at 21:00.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Police coastal route warning

BBC Travel

Here's the latest from Lincolnshire Police:

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Body found at Gunness Wharf by police divers

Jonathan Willis

Local Live

The body of a man has been recovered from the River Trent at Gunness Wharf

Police divers were in their river as part of a search for missing Neil Fairburn, aged 50, of Burringham.

Mr Fairburn's silver Vauxhall Astra had been found close to the tree line of the cemetery near the River Trent, off the High Street, Burringham.

Mother blames prison service for son's death

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A mum who's son killed himself in Lincoln prison says she blames the prison service for his death. 

Luke McDonnell died in hospital after hanging himself on his birthday in his cell last year. 

Lincoln prison

Mr McDonnell had mental health problems and an inquest found safeguarding procedures weren't properly followed.

The Ministry of Justice said recommendations made during an investigation had now been implemented.

Watch: Another sunny day expected

BBC Weather

Here's Abbie with today's forecast.

Another summers day expected with bright spells of sunshine and highs of 23C.

Grantham A&E closure 'will impact on police in the town'

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's police and crime commissioner says the closure of Grantham A&E overnight will have an impact on the police force.

Marc Jones believes if police officers from Grantham are required to travel to Lincoln A&E with patients it will reduce numbers on the streets.

Grantham A&E

The hospital trust says the trial closure is necessary because of a shortage of emergency doctors. 

It says it will work with the police to resolve any issues.

A-Level results: What happens next

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

As university students across the county open those all important A-Level results.

Here's some information on what happens next.

And what to expect if you're going through clearing.


Council to consider spending extra £1m on Victoria Mills

BBC Radio Humberside

Council leaders will today consider if they'll double their spending on repairing a listed building in Grimsby.

The owners of Victoria Mill  - which is in a bad state  - have failed to pay for repairs so it's fallen on North East Lincolnshire council to foot the bill of £1m so far.

Today cabinet will discuss whether to spend another £1m.

Resident Dave Needham wants the council to take on the building:

Here's the latest news from Lincolnshire this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • The overnight closure of Grantham's A&E has been criticised by Lincolnshire's Police Commissioner
  • Great Britain's women's hockey team including four players from Lincolnshire are into the Olympic Final  
  • Work's under way on building a model of Boston Stump made entirely out of.... small plastic bricks

High Flight: Pilots' poem read by aviators

Pilots' poem High Flight was written 75 years ago by a teenage Spitfire pilot.

American John Magee, who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, was 19 when he wrote it in August 1941.

He died in December of that year in a crash over Lincolnshire and is buried in the county.

A-Level success for Clara

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

First bricks laid in model of church

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A plastic brick model of Boston Stump is expected to take three years to complete. 

Some 100,000 pieces will be used to recreate the landmark which will stand two metres high. 

Each brick will be sponsored with the money going to the church. 

work starts on plastic brick stump

Watch: Our weather team say sorry with a megaphone

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Abbie and Owen take to the streets.....see what happens

Medal success guaranteed for Lincolnshire

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Students across the county will receive their A-Level results

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

I'll be at Lincoln UTC where students are waiting for their A-Level results.

Join me on BBC Radio Lincolnshire Breakfast Show through the morning.

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Here are the top stories from Lincolnshire this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our newsroom:

  • Campaigners say overnight closure of Grantham's A&E will lead to less police on the town's streets
  • Thousands of teenagers across Lincolnshire get their A-Level results today  
  • The mum of a man who killed himself in Lincoln prison has criticised the care he received

Vigil held in protest over Grantham A&E closure

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

About 130 people gathered outside Grantham hospital last night in protest at the overnight closure of the Accident and Emergency department. 

The hospital trust says the trial closure is necessary because of a shortage of emergency doctors.

It's being claimed the overnight closure of Grantham's A&E will lead to less police on the town's streets. 

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it will work with the police to resolve any issues.

Here's the weather for today in Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

Looks like another nice day.

Mix of cloud and sunshine until around 20:00 this evening.

Highs of 23C.

weather map

Join us for today’s Live coverage

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Lincolnshire on Thursday 18 August.

I'm Carla and I’ll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day.

Please get in touch and let us know what's happening where you are, by email, Facebook or Twitter.