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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 20 October 2016

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's as far as we go today - but we'll be back from 08.00 tomorrow.

Just before we go let's look back at five things we didn't know when we set out this morning:

  1. Lincolnshire's county councillors don't like the idea of an elected mayor for the region
  2. Not many people are interested in taking over from the county's retiring chief constable
  3. There are plans to hold a Lincoln Castle reception for our Olympic and Paralympic medal winners
  4. There's a new face in midfield at Lincoln City
  5. £250,000 is going to be spent to get one of Lincolnshire's old warbirds ready for the skies
Just Jane

Eco house has been put up for sale

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It's been a family's labour of love for over 20 years, but now a Lincolnshire couple are selling their environmentally-friendly home. 

After living in a caravan in woodland for over 10 years Nigel and Karen Lowthrop built the house that uses solar power and rainwater.

They raised a family and proved it's possible to live "off grid". 

Eco house

They have shown BBC Look North around as they prepare to say goodbye. 

You can see more tonight at 18.30 on BBC One.

District council leader disappointed over devolution vote

The leader of a Lincolnshire district council has said a vote to derail a devolution deal for the county was a "major setback".

Councillor Marion Brighton, who is in charge of North Kesteven District Council, spoke after Lincolnshire County Council voted against the plan today.

Marion Brighton
North Kesteven District Council

Most of the county's other councils, including North Kesteven, have voted for the deal to elect a mayor for the Greater Lincolnshire area. 

Only South Holland and South Kesteven still have to vote.

Councillor Brighton said: "I am naturally deeply disappointed that all we have sought to achieve has suffered a major setback."

Police commissioner 'not surprised' at having to re-advertise top role

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says he's not surprised at having to re-advertise the post of chief constable after only two applicants came forward. 

Mr Jones said that only 220 people around the country are eligible to apply and they are already in jobs and "may not want to move around the country".

The vacancy had also been advertised outside the UK. 

Mr Jones told BBC Radio Lincolnshire when you search internationally there are people in chief constable roles earning three or four times what the Lincolnshire force can pay "making it difficult to attract the right quality of people".

Sir Philip Green: MPs approve stripping BHS former chief of knighthood

Sarah Corker

BBC Look North

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn is among the politicians to have backed the call for former BHS owner Sir Philip Green (pictured below, left) to be stripped of his knighthood.

The motion is not binding as any final decision would have to be taken by the Honours Forfeiture Committee.

BHS was sold by Sir Philip last year but then collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a £571m pension deficit.

MPs backed the non-binding motion unopposed, meaning no full vote was needed.  

Sir Philip Green and MP Frank Field

Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions committee, had begun the debate about the collapse of BHS.

Mr Field (pictured above, right) said one of the main findings of his committee's report was that "literally nothing happened in BHS or Arcadia without Sir Philip knowing directly".

Football: Whitehouse on way to Sincil Bank

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Elliott Whitehouse is coming to Lincoln from Nuneaton Town:

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Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Slow traffic on bypass

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A46 in Lincoln at the Riseholme roundabout because of an earlier broken down vehicle.  

Grantham Hospital campaigners meet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Members of a campaigning group calling for Grantham A&E to reopen at night met with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last night.

The meeting was set up by Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles. 

The town's A&E was closed at night earlier this year by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust because of a lack of doctors across the sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham.

Campaigners with Jeremy Hunt

Just Jane to get major facelift

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Major work's about to start on Just Jane - the Lancaster bomber based at Lincolnshire's East Kirkby Aviation Centre. 

The aircraft can only taxi up and down the centre's runway at the moment, and the plan is part of an ambitious idea to make her airworthy again.

Just Jane

Andrew Panton, who runs the centre, says engineers will strip the bomber down in a way that's not been done for "many, many years".

There will be an extra three engineers working on the project, which will cost around £250,000.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Lincolnshire County Council rejects devolution deal for the region
  • Man found seriously injured on Spalding street dies in hospital
  • Lincolnshire chief constable vacancy to be re-advertised 

Sir Edward Leigh MP welcomes devolution decision

Lincolnshire Police HQ

Lincolnshire Police will re-advertise the job of chief constable as the only two applicants were not considered suitable.

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Vacancy for chief constable role to be re-advertised

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says he's going to re-advertise the vacancy for the role of chief constable after only two people came forward to replace the county's retiring chief Neil Rhodes (below right).

In a statement on his website, Mr Jones (below left), says the two candidates who did come forward weren't suitable and therefore weren't interviewed.

Jones and Rhodes

Mr Jones had announced plans to advertise internationally for the job. One of the candidates who was rejected was from overseas.

The commissioner said: “I am determined to find the best possible candidate for Lincolnshire.” 

The new advert will be posted on 24 October.

Man found badly injured on Spalding street has died

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A man who was found with serious injuries on Winsover Road in Spalding on Sunday night has died in hospital.

Lincolnshire Police said the 34-year-old was discovered at around 19.20 BST but it's not clear how, or when, he suffered his injuries.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

BreakingCounty councillors vote down devolution deal

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Members of Lincolnshire County Council have just voted against a devolution deal that would bring an elected mayor to Greater Lincolnshire.

In the vote 43 councillors voted against the move, 17 backed the scheme and five abstained. 

The government said if all Lincolnshire councils vote for a mayor the region would get an extra £15m a year for 30 years. 

More to come as we get it.

Missing Heidi found safe and well

County council meets to discuss devolution

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Members of Lincolnshire County Council are meeting at County Offices in Lincoln to vote on whether they want an elected mayor for Greater Lincolnshire.

The debate's ongoing and there's real opposition to the idea here. 

A vote's expected in the next hour.

Lincolnshire County Council chamber

The devolution deal proposed by the government would see the region given £15m a year for the next 30 years - but all councils across the Lincolnshire area have to agree to the elected mayor idea.

Figures reveal increase in violent crime

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The crime figures for Lincolnshire have just been released and show an increase in violent crime, sex offences and robbery.

In the Lincolnshire force area violent crime is up by 21%; recorded sex offences have increased by 14% and reported robbery offences have gone up by 14%.

Humberside Police cover the North and North East Lincolnshire areas. 

In those areas violent crime is up by 24%; sex offences have gone up by 15% and robbery figures have increased by 31%.

Overall crime is up by 1% in Lincolnshire and 8% in Humberside against a national average of an 8% increase.

Police tape

Warning of overnight closures on Lincoln bypass

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A stretch of the Lincoln bypass will close overnight next week for resurfacing work.

The northbound carriageway between the Carholme roundabout and the Riseholme roundabout will be shut between 20.00 and 05.00 from 24 October to 4 November.

Lincolnshire County Council says a diversion route will be signposted during the work.


A 61-year-old man has died and two others have suffered from serious injuries in a car crash near Sibsey.

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Football: Imps set to unveil new midfielder later

Michael Hortin

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley's expected to unveil a new signing later today.

The midfielder will be named at Sincil Bank. We'll bring you all the latest here and on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Sincil Bank

Expanded service to tackle drug and alcohol abuse

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

An expanded service to tackle drug and alcohol misuse across Lincolnshire is to be launched today. 

Existing provider, Addaction, has been recommissioned by Lincolnshire County Council along with another specialist charity - Double Impact.


Your headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Man dies after vehicle crash on A16 north of Boston
  • Expanded service to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in Lincoln
  • Plans unveiled in Lincoln to celebrate Olympians' success

North East Lincolnshire council votes for devolution

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

It's been revealed that North East Lincolnshire Council has voted in favour of becoming part of a Greater Lincolnshire Authority

If the plans are approved then more decisions would be made locally rather than by politicians in London.

The 30-5 vote in favour of devolution came at a meeting last night.

Later today Lincolnshire county councillors will vote on whether they want to be a part of a Greater Lincolnshire Authority.

Map of area to be included
Greater Lincolnshire LEP

The Greater Lincolnshire combined authority represents North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council, East Lindsey District Council, Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council.

Youths wanted over college purse theft

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This picture was taken inside Scunthorpe's John Leggott College.

The pair shown were stopped by a member of staff when it was realised they weren't students.

Humberside Police

Later it was discovered that a purse was missing from an office. If you recognise either of them call police on 101.

The incident happened at about 17.45 on Monday 19 September.

Plans revealed for Olympic reception in Lincoln

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just heard from Lincolnshire Sport there will be an Olympic reception for our Rio medal winners early next month. 

It'll happen at Lincoln Castle on Friday, 4 November. More details as we get them.

WATCH: Scattered showers and sunny spells

BBC Weather

BreakingA16 crash: Man dies, two others seriously injured

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A man has died after two vehicles collided on the A16 near Boston.

The 61-year-old man, who lived in the area was driving a black Honda Civic around midnight.

His passenger, a local woman aged 31, suffered serious injuries. 

A man driving the other vehicle involved, a silver Volvo also suffered very serious injuries.

They've both been taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

Your headlines this morning

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • A16 closed north of Boston after 'very serious' crash
  • Planners to rule on controversial cattle farm near Louth later today
  • There's to be an Olympic reception for county medal winners at Lincoln Castle next month

Serious crash on A16

Here's the latest from Lincolnshire Police:

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Morning, it's Martin here with BBC Lincolnshire Live on Thursday 20 October 2016.

I’ll be here all day, bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across Lincolnshire.

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