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  1. Live updates have finished on Friday 21 October 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for another Friday everyone, I hope we've kept you informed about all things Lincolnshire today. 

Lincolnshire Live will return on Monday from 8am but until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today.

Weather Watchers: Dark clouds in Grantham

BBC Weather Watchers

This stormy picture was taken by weather watcher darrylb11. 


Traffic and Travel: Lots of congestion to end the day

BBC Travel

The good news is that Ruskin Avenue is now back to normal after an accident earlier in the day.

The bad new is that there's a lot of congestion in the usual places as people try to head home for the weekend.

Travel map

Billinghay incident: What we know

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

  • Armed police officers and a police helicopter responded to an incident on Mill Close in Billinghay.
  • They were responding to a report a man was in possession of a firearm.
  • Two men who were in a vehicle have been arrested, one attempted to flee and the car has since been towed.
  • Police are continuing to search a number of properties.
  • The armed response team and helicopter have now left the scene.

Could Brexit impact the region's tourism industry?

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

It's thought that Britain's vote to leave the European Union may have had a positive impact on our region's tourism industry. 

The value of the pound has fallen since the referendum in June, leading some people to choose to holiday in the UK instead of heading abroad. 

Sir Gary Verity from tourist group Welcome to Yorkshire says the indications are that bookings have been on the up.

Cleethorpes pier and Cleethorpes beach
The 'Costa del Cleethorpes' - Some tourists have chosen to holiday in the UK because of the falling value of the pound following Brexit.

Almost 70 years on - the man behind Riley's famous crisps returns

Jill Archbold

BBC Look North

The man who helped set up the famous Riley's Crisps factory in Scunthorpe has returned to the factory today almost 70 years after it first opened. 

The factory, which is now owned by Golden Wonder, invited 94 year old Biff Riley back to see how it's changed since 1947. 

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Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire southbound

BBC Travel

A15 Lincolnshire southbound severe accident, at B1182 Ruskin Avenue.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 Wragby Road in Lincoln blocked and slow traffic inbound at the B1182 Ruskin Avenue junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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A151 crash now fatal say Police

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

 A young motorist has died from the injuries he sustained in a road accident in south Lincolnshire last weekend. 

The man's MG sports car left the road and overturned in Corby Glen last Sunday afternoon. 

The police are appealing for witnesses. 

Second man arrested in Billinghay incident

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police say a second person has been arrested after armed police and a helicopter were called to the village of Billinghay near Sleaford. 

They've also released a more detailed statement on the incident.

We received reports that a man was in possession of a firearm so we deployed an armed response to contain the suspect. We managed to detain the man from a vehicle and arrest him. There was a second man who fled from the car but he has also since been arrested. The man was not armed and we are currently searching a number of properties.

Detective Sergeant Jon ShieldLincolnshire Police

The weather with Keeley

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Keeley Donovan with your weather

Weather Watchers: Somewhere over the rainbow

BBC Weather Watchers

Another great photo from yesterday, this one is from D Charysz and we don't think we need to tell you where it was taken!


Day of the Living Mannequins in Louth

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It sounds like something out of a horror film but a shop in Louth is replacing it's mannequins with people today.

It's at the cancer research charity shop and for the Stand Up For Cancer campaign.

Richard Hardesty

The headlines

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Armed police and a police helicopter have responded to an incident in Billinghay.
  • A Lincolnshire para-athlete has a bright future.
  • The County Council has been criticised by a Government minister for rejecting a devolution deal 

Billinghay: Car taken from scene

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Picture of armed police in Billinghay

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Armed police

Our reporter Jake has arrived at the scene.

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Two applicants for chief constable role

Lincolnshire Echo

Lincolnshire's police and crime commissioner says potential applicants for the chief constable's role should not be put off by the location.

Two people have applied for the position after Neil Rhodes announced he was stepping down.

PCC Marc Jones
Lincolnshire Echo
PCC Marc Jones

BreakingPolice confirm armed police presence

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We are still currently in attendance on Mill Close in Billinghay and one arrest has just been made. Our armed response and the helicopter assistance will shortly be withdrawn.

Lincolnshire PoliceSpokesperson

Reports of armed police in Billinghay

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

There's reports that armed police and police helicopters are attending an incident in Billinghay, a small village near Sleaford. 

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More as we have it.

Bright future beckons for stand-out Para-swimmer

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Take a look at this in-depth feature about para-athlete Hayley Milne and why she could be one of Lincolnshire's stars of Tokyo 2020.

Hayley Milne
Sharon Milne

Devolution deal: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Terry from Holbeach has been in touch about Lincolnshire County Council's decision to vote against devolution plans for the county.

The reason why Lincolnshire County Councillors rejected the idea of a Greater Lincolnshire Mayor is simple. They don’t want their cosy parochial empire to be threatened!

Terry ByattHolbeach

Grimsby Town's manager could be heading to Shrewsbury

BBC Humberside Sport

Police appeal after scam in Market Deeping

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Traffic and travel: Congestion in Horncastle

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A158 Spilsby Road in Horncastle.

There's roadworks in the area and it's especially slow at the Stanhope Road junction.

Travel map

Lincolnshire County Council criticised by Government minister

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Northern Powerhouse minister and Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy says councillors will have to explain to voters why they've walked away from half a billion pounds. 

Lincolnshire county council rejected plans to for a Greater Lincolnshire authority which would include a directly elected mayor.

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Multi-million park rejuvenation project begins

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Building work starts today as part of a £4 million project to restore Boultham Park. 

Work was meant to happen last year - but there were several problems and plans to regenerate its lake were dropped.


The disability charity Linkage and the city council are behind the scheme.  

A closer look at the weather with Owain

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans has your weather.

Spate of trailer thefts in south of the county

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police say that since the 6th of October nine trailers have been stolen from Long Sutton and surrounding areas.

They've been trailers of different varieties and Lincolnshire Police are warning people to make sure their property is properly secured.

Bomber County becomes Tiger County

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter

The UK's largest collection of tigers has been unveiled in Lincolnshire. 

Twelve of the big cats are at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney. 

The park's new enclosure will be finished in Spring.

They're "grrrreat", but I'm pretty sure they wanted to eat me...

Weather Watchers: Changing leaves in Hallington caught on camera

BBC Weather Watchers

It can all get a bit grey and miserable at this time of year, so it's great to get a reminder that it's not all bad...

Green trees

This splendid shot was taken yesterday by BBC Weather Watcher Ar.

Please keep them coming everyone, and if you want to get involved with BBC Weather Watchers then just click here.

Two Lincolnshire landmarks deemed 'at risk'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Two famous Lincolnshire landmarks have been added to the country's "At Risk" register.

Boston Stump along with Moulton Windmill are considered at risk of being lost by Historic England.

Both sites need work to improve or repair parts of it.

Moulton Windmill

Janet Prescott, manager of Moulton Windmill, says they've discovered rot in the fan tail.

If the fan tail's not working it means the sails dont turn into the winds... This can lead to an overstress and a potential for the sails to blow off. Then the tower would be at risk of collapse."

Janet PrescottManager, Moulton Windmill

Lincolnshire's weather this morning

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start with low cloud, mist or fog lifting

Then, a mostly dry day with sunny spells.

A few isolated showers may develop, most likely around the coast, with light northerly winds.  

Temperature chart

Boston is not a divided community - Youth Council

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You may remember claims in report by the Policy Exchange think tank that Boston is the least integrated place in the country.


However, the town's Youth Council disagrees and now says more people and communities are mixing together than ever before.   

The leader of Boston Borough Council has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he backs this view, saying the town is coming together:

It's integrated far more than it was five years ago. People are coming to terms that the migrant community are part of Boston's community and we've got to continue to work accordingly.

Peter BedfordLeader, Boston Borough Council

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

  • Boston's youth council is challenging claims that it's the least integrated place in the country
  • Two famous Lincolnshire landmarks have been put on the Heritage at Risk register
  • Building work starts today as part of a £4m project to restore Boultham Park in Lincoln

Traffic and travel: Congestion in the usual place in Lincoln

BBC Travel

travel map

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 Friday so one last push and we can all go home for the weekend (hopefully).

If you want to get in touch about anything you see on Lincolnshire Live today then you can reach me by email, Facebook or Twitter.