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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's Thursday finished, just Friday and then it's the weekend. Lincolnshire Live will return from 08:00 tomorrow but for now I'll leave you with five things we've learned today.

  1. MP for Grantham says the town's A&E will reopen overnight... but we don't know exactly when.
  2. You'll soon be able to pick up a bottle of Lincolnshire wine in a major supermarket.
  3. The Bomber Command Memorial's spire has won a national award.
  4. There's a poem about Lincolnshire for National Poetry day... and of course it's about sausages.
  5. Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon are no match for our Pudsey Peaks team.

Have a good weekend.

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Grimsby boxer gets ready for title fight

BBC Humberside Sport

Grimsby's lightweight title challenger Kevin Hooper is weighing in this afternoon ahead of his fight with Scotty Cardle in Glasgow tomorrow. 

It's Hoopers' first attempt at winning the Lonsdale belt having defended his English title earlier in the year.

Police on the look out for burglars in North Lincolnshire

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

Police patrols have been stepped up in a number of North Lincolnshire villages after 24 burglaries have been reported since the beginning of August.

The incidents happened in the Isle of Axholme area and more recently in the Epworth and Garthorpe areas.

You're being asked to report anything suspicious.

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UKIP don't deny Mike Hookem left meeting with Steven Woolfe

Tim Iredale

Political editor, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

UKIP did not deny Mike Hookem, one of the MEPs who's constituency includes North and North East Lincolnshire, left the room with Steven Woolfe. 

It followed heated verbal exchanges among MEPs during a meeting in the European Parliament. 

The spokesman told the BBC that the events that followed were not witnessed by MEPs.

Mike Hookem

Grantham MP promises that A&E department will reopen overnight

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The MP for Grantham Nick Boles says he's determined that Grantham A&E will reopen overnight.

It's been closed from 18:30 since August for a three month trial because of a lack of staff. 

Mr Boles says while he can't guarantee it will open by the time the trial period ends, this won't be a permanent measure for the department.

Absolutely, over my dead body will it not reopen at night. It's not yet clear and I don't want to offer guarantees that they will definitely be open by the middle of November but I will do everything I can to ensure that they're put in a position where they can."

Nick BolesGrantham MP

Weather Watchers: Dark skies over the cathedral

BBC Weather Watchers

A foreboding snap sent to us by weather watcher Isle Explorer, the Cathedral looks great no matter what the skies have in store for us!


Appeal after man attacked in Grimsby

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

A 25-year-old man from Grimsby has been attacked suffering cuts and bruising to his head. 

The man was assaulted as he walked in the Grimsby town centre along Albert Street shortly before midnight on the 1 October. 

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police sign

Major supermarket to stock Lincolnshire wine

Katie O'Halloran

Broadcast Journalist

The wine is flowing at a Lincolnshire vineyard after Waitrose has started stocking their wines.

The harvest is in full swing at Somerby Vineyard, between Caistor and Brigg.


We won an award in 2013 for the Solaris and we were also given the best small vineyard winery in the whole of the UK that year."

Ed TemplarSomerby Vineyard

Pudsey Peaks: Job done!

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hospital bosses still can't say if Grantham A&E will open overnight

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hospital managers say they're still unable to say whether Grantham's A&E will reopen overnight. 

In August the decision was taken to close the doors at 18:30 because of a lack of doctors. Today the town's MP Nick Boles met with hospital trust executives. 

Grantham hospital

Afterwards Jan Sobieraj, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire's hospitals trust, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that they're still working hard on recruitment.  

At the moment the situation isn't clear we've got a number of interested parties that are prepared to come and talk to us, some may end up working for us... by the end of October or early November we'll have a much clearer picture to make a decision."

Jan SobierajChief Executive of Lincolnshire's Hospitals Trust

Architecture award for Bomber Command Memorial spire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The imposing spire at the International Bomber Command Memorial has won a national award.

The award was made at the Structural Steel Design Award at the Museum of London last night:


Take a look at this video of the site and it's pretty obvious why it won!

Weather Watchers: Sunrise in Bourne

BBC Weather Watchers

Lovely start to the day in Bourne this morning captured by weather watcher BourneEye.

Bourne sunrise

Headlines across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Rod and Corazon have made it to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and completed their Pudsey Peak challenge for Children in Need
  • A memorial is being held for a crew of a Vulcan Bomber who were killed in a crash in the 1960s
  • Louth Navigation Trust are hoping for a £20m investment in the canal from East Lindsey District Council.

Pudsey Peaks: A message from Snowdon

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

They're on their way back down now, but Corazon and Rod recorded this message when they were on top of the highest mountain in Wales.

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Former Scunthorpe United winger dies

BBC Humberside Sport

Scunthorpe United have confirmed the former winger John 'Merfyn' Jones has died at the age of 85. 

He played 263 times for the Iron between 1953 and 1959.

John Jones
Scunthorpe United

Memorial for Cold War Vulcan crew

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

A memorial is taking place today to commemorate an air crash in Lincolnshire.

Vulcan bombers were the front line of the country's nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. 

One of the planes crashed at RAF Coningsby in 1964, killing all five of the crew. 

Family members are gathering at East Kirby's Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre for the unveiling of a plaque in their memory.

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Woman's bag snatched in Sainsburys' car park

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A man in his 30s has been arrested for a robbery in Lincolnshire. 

The incident happened in Sainsbury's car park on London Road in Grantham around 09:00 yesterday.

Police say the suspect took a woman's handbag before making off in a vehicle. 

 He has been released on police bail but the bag is still missing. 

A poem for Lincolnshire

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's National Poetry Day today, to celebrate we've commissioned a poet to write a poem about Lincolnshire. 

It's part of a BBC project happening right across the country.

Gemma Baker from Lincoln wrote and performed this for us:

I do quite like the effort by Horncastle Police though who bring a whole new meaning to "Beat Generation" poetry...

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Pudsey Peaks: Snowdon Conquered

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

They've done it! Rod and Corazon have made it to the top of Snowdon after climbing Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike!

Rod and Cozza

The photo's a bit overexposed but cut them some slack they've just climbed the three highest mountains in the British Isles!

Traffic and travel: Delays on the A158

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic in Horncastle at the Accommodation Road junction.

There's roadworks in the area. 

Travel map

Paralysed kitten put to sleep after drinking anti-freeze

Boston Target

A heartbroken cat owner has been left devastated after her cat died of anti-freeze poisoning near the scene of 24 similar killings.

The Boston Target

Police appeal after man attacked in Grimsby

BBC Radio Humberside

Police are investigating after a man was assaulted as he walked along Albert Street in Grimsby just before midnight (00:00 BST) on 1 October.

He suffered suffered cuts and bruising to his head in the attack. 

Pudsey Peaks: Too windy for the train on Snowdon

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

If you don't fancy climbing the mountain you can get the train that runs right to the top...

...but not today, it's too windy!

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Luckily our climbers are made of sterner stuff! 

If you want to support them & make a donation to BBC Children In Need visit our website here.

Pudsey Peaks: The last hurdle on Snowdon

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's the third and final peak for BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Corazon Garcia and Rod Whiting. 

They've set off on their climb up Snowdon, here's our fact file about the last challenge.

Could you be the Face of Hull?

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

On Saturday 8 October we'll be holding auditions at Hull Truck Theatre to find the Face of Hull 2017. 

That's YOUR chance to become part of the BBC team reporting on City of Culture. 

Anyone can have a go. Here's the details:

'Longest-ever' season announced for public outdoor pool

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park swimming pool will be open from Easter to October in 2017 for its longest-ever swimming season.

That's six weeks longer than previous years.  

Jubilee park

Poppies over the Humber Bridge

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

For three months the Wave structure was in residence at Lincoln Castle and now Hull are getting the Weeping Window, the other part of the travelling art installation.

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Your headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Grantham MP to meet hospital bosses over overnight A&E closure
  • Louth Navigation Trust want £20m to invest in the canals
  • The Bomber Command Memorial has won a national award

Hope for new investment on Louth canal

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Ambitious plans to bring one of Lincolnshire's canals back to life have been revealed. 

The Louth Navigation Trust want to see yachts back on the 10-mile route from Riverhead in the town to Tetney Lock. 

Louth canal

It's one of a number of schemes being considered by East Lindsey District Council as part of its wider tourism plan.

Louth canal

The trust think it could cost around £20 million.

Watch: Bishop Grosseteste University raises the Cathedral Cup

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Here's the moment Bishop Grosseteste celebrated their football victory over the University of Lincoln

Watch: Air ambulance dusts off

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you yesterday that Lincolnshire's Air Ambulance hope to have a new bird in the sky by the end of the year.

Once the AW169 is operational, Lincolnshire will have the most advanced ambucopter in the country.

We sent Scott down to meet the team in their current helicopter but almost as soon as he arrived, they got called out to a job! 

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Better luck next time Scott!

MP to meet Grantham hospital managers over A&E provision

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Grantham MP Nick Boles is meeting with hospital officials today to discuss the decision to close the accident and emergency department overnight on a trial basis. 


Mr Boles has been a strong critic of the decision and at the time of the closure back in August blamed poor management. 

The trust says it's been unable to recruit enough middle-grade doctors to work in A&E and needs to put patient safety first.

Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic on the A15

BBC Travel

It's very busy on Canwick Road northbound in Lincoln at the A57 Norman Street junction. 

There are roadworks in the area backing up to the B1131 junction.

Travel map

Your headlines across Lincolnshire

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  •  The cast of the musical 'Thriller Live' in the West End have been among those paying tribute to Cleethorpes-born songwriter Rod Temperton who has died aged 66  
  • Grantham's MP to meet hospital bosses over A&E closure.
  •  Ambitious plans to bring one of Lincolnshire's canals back to life have been unveiled.
  • It's the third and final peak for BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Corazon Garcia and Rod Whiting.

Bishop Grossteste triumphs over University of Lincoln

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

The bragging rights in the football battle of Lincolnshire's universities belongs to Bishop Grossteste University this morning. 

BGU won 3-1 over the University of Lincoln in the Cathedral Cup at Sincil Bank last night. 


The weather this morning with Owain

BBC Radio Humberside

Good morning, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here, ready to bring you all the latest from across the county. 

It's also the final day of our Pudsey Peaks challenge. Rod and Corazon have conquered Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike ad now only Snowdon remains. Will they make it? We'll just have to wait and see...

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