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Summary

  1. Prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines could be restricted
  2. Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP denies assaulting Steven Woolfe
  3. Call for crackdown on 'distracting' road signs in North East Lincolshire
  4. New Lincolnshire coast visitor centre opens three years after major flood
  5. Live updates on Wednesday 7 October 2016

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By Carla George

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all from me today, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend. 

    We're back from 08:00 on Monday with more news from around the area

    Before I go, I'll leave you with five things we learned today: 

    • Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP Mike Hookem has denied punching his colleague, Steven Woolfe, during an altercation at the European Parliament
    • Two brothers who ran an Indian restaurant in Lincolnshire have been jailed for dodging VAT payments
    • It's hoped running costs will be cut at Grantham Hospital with the opening of a new energy centre
    • A Lincolnshire visitor centre which was destroyed in the tidal surge three years ago has been officially opened today
    • Dozens of schoolchildren will be among a crowd processing through the streets of Spalding tonight for the annual Pumpkin Festival.
  2. Lincolnshire worst in the UK for early diagnosis of cancer

    The Lincolnite

    The latest figures from NHS England show practises within the Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are the worst in the UK for diagnosing early signs of cancer, with Lincolnshire East CCG third from the bottom.    

    Doctors look at X-rays
  3. Imps winger hails attacking options ahead of trip to Bromley

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Lincoln City winger Jack Muldoon says the attacking options the Imps have this season are much improved as the Imps prepare to travel to Bromley tomorrow.

    Jack Muldoon (centre)

    The 27-year-old, who came off the bench to score last weekend against Braintree and also featured in the win against Wrexham on Tuesday evening, puts that down to stiffer competition for places in the side.

    Lincoln are currently second in the National League.

  4. Here are the latest headlines for Lincolnshire this afternoon

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Top stories from the newsroom:

    • Two brothers who ran an Indian restaurant in Lincolnshire have been jailed for dodging VAT payments
    • A Lincolnshire visitor centre which was destroyed in the tidal surge three years ago has been officially opened today
    • It's hoped running costs will be cut at Grantham Hospital with the opening of a new energy centre.
  5. Former parish councillor and his brother jailed for dodging tax bill

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The owners of an Indian restaurant in Lincolnshire who dodged a £60,000 tax bill have been jailed. 

    Former parish councillor Turon Miah, of West Street, Billinghay, and his brother Sufi Miah, of High Street, Metheringham, ran the Mowgli Indian Restaurant in Metheringham. 

    Lincoln Crown Court heard today how the pair massively under-declared their cash takings. 

    Mowgli Indian Restaurant

    Their VAT receipts indicated they were bringing in £31 cash transactions a week but when investigators checked the restaurant they discovered that £1,300 of cash was taken on that particular day. 

    Turon Miah was jailed for 20 months and Sufi Miah was jailed for 16 months.   

  6. Watch: Here's the weekend forecast

    Alina Jenkins

    BBC Weather

    There will be some showers this evening and overnight, with lows of around 10 degrees

    More cloud tomorrow, with the risk of showers but spells of sunshine. Highs of 14C (57F).

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    Video caption: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain
  7. What makes living in North Kesteven so good?

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    People living in North Kesteven are officially the most satisfied with their life, in the whole of England.

    Windmill

    That's according to a new report by the Office of National Statistics which places North Kesteven top of its annual wellbeing survey. 

    Things like quality of life, natural environment, health and personal finances are all taken into account.

    Why not tell me what you think here?

    Quote Message: Where on earth did you get the figures from, who collated them, one should look at the waste of public money there is in and around the district. from Raymond Maltby Facebook
    Raymond MaltbyFacebook
    Quote Message: Nobody asked me! I wonder how they divided up the survey? Did they only ask people in North Hykeham! from Wilf Watson Facebook
    Wilf WatsonFacebook
  8. A little bit of afternoon sunshine over Caythorpe

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to Millie for the lovely picture, which she submitted through BBC Weather Watchers.

    You can send your pictures here.

    Caythorpe
  9. Reds on tour

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Here's some stunning shots from the Red Arrows tour... including Pakistan, Italy and the Med.

    Red Arrows
  10. Man accused of biting ear appears in court

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A 21-year-old man accused of biting off part of a man's ear has appeared before Lincoln Crown Court.

    Daniel Davis, from Belmont Street in the city, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. 

    He was remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned until next month.   

  11. Spalding celebrates its biggest export with festival

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    All things pumpkin-related are being celebrated in Spalding today as part of the town's annual festival. 

    Music, costumes and dancers will give a carnival feel to the event which will conclude with a big fireworks display.  

    pumpkin

    There'll be free entertainment throughout the day from 11:00 until 20:00 with street art, pumpkin carving and craft workshops.

  12. Our 'Three Peakers' celebrate with specially-designed cake

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Corazon Garcia and Rod Whiting have returned from their Three Peaks Challenge.

    They've climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in three days...They're now back for a well earned rest.

    Thanks to our Helen Skinner for creating this masterpiece celebrating their homecoming.

    Three Peak Cake
  13. New Lincolnshire coast visitor centre opens three years after major flood

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Today marks the official opening of a new visitor centre on the Lincolnshire coast. 

    The complex, at Gibraltar Point near Skegness, replaces the one which was flooded three years ago. 

    Visitor Centre after it was flooded

    To protect it from any future flooding, the new building - which cost about £1m - is raised on stilts. 

    The naturalist and patron of the Wildlife Trust, Doctor Simon King, is due to officiall open the centre. 

  14. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The top stories from our newsroom this lunchtime include:

  15. Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP denies assaulting Steven Woolfe

    BBC Politics

    The Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP Mike Hookem says a "heated exchange" between him and colleague Steven Woolfe has been "blown out of proportion".

    Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem

    Mr Woolfe (left) collapsed yesterday at the European Parliament and was taken to hospital following an altercation.

    Mr Hookem (right) acknowledged he and his colleague had a "scuffle" in the European Parliament but insisted that he did not hit him.  

    "Any injuries that Steven Woolfe had that caused whatever medical problems he has got did not come from me," Mr Hookem has told the BBC.

    "I am innocent. I never threw a punch. I never assaulted him. I will stand my corner."

    Mr Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours.

  16. Twelve-year-old boy injured in Cleethorpes hit-and-run

    Carla George

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A 12-year-old boy was left needing hospital treatment in Cleethorpes after the bike he was riding was in collision with a car whose driver then failed to stop at the scene.

    The boy suffered shoulder and knee injuries in the collision with a black Nissan which happened at about 07:30 on Tuesday on Park View.

    The driver of the Nissan is being sought by police. 

    The boy was released from Diana Princess of Wales Hospital after being treated.

  17. Imps 'won't panic buy' - City boss Cowley

    BBC Sport

    Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says he won't rush into making new signings.

    Lincoln City FC ground

    With striker Adam Marriot sidelined through injury and other players picking up knocks during the win at Wrexham, the Imps squad is stretched.

    However, Cowley has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he will only sign players when he thinks it's right:

    "You never want to panic buy because I don't think it works for us as a club and a squad, and it certainly doesn't work for the player you're bringing in.

    "So, we're at the stage that we are a little bit bare."

  18. Prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines could be restricted

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    GPs in Lincolnshire could stop prescribing painkillers, antihistamines and gluten-free products.

    NHS managers are considering withdrawing prescriptions for treatments that are also available over-the-counter.

    Pills

    Common painkillers such as Paracetamol, anti-allergy medicines and gluten-free products are available without a prescription, but GPs in Lincolnshire are still spending £13.5m a year on such medicines. 

    Now the NHS in Lincolnshire has launched a public consultation looking at whether to withdraw such prescriptions

    Gluten-free products, baby milk and nutritional supplements are included within the scope of the review, but would still be available for conditions where only a prescription can meet the clinical need.