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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 16 November

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By Martin Slack

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it from us for today - but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Just before we go there's time to look back at five things we've discovered on our journey through Wednesday:

Lincolnshire County Council

A158 crash: Three fire crews on scene

WATCH: Bishop of Lincoln in gritter blessing ceremony

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter

Here's the moment Lincolnshire's most senior clergyman blessed some of the county's road gritters.

It's become a bit of a tradition in the county.

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Your headlines this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this evening:

Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge waves goodbye to Lincolnshire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

After two days in the county the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge has left Lincolnshire. 

Matt Baker and a team of young riders are heading to King's Lynn in time for the One Show tonight. 

They started in Skegness just after 06.00 this morning.

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Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A158 closed

BBC Travel

We're just getting details of an incident on the A158 in Sudbrooke, just north east of Lincoln. 

There's been a collision and it's causing congestion for traffic in both directions. The road's closed.

Civil war coin haul worth £34 (that's in old money) but it's still a lot

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's another picture of that amazing hoard of silver coins that have been dug up in a field near Sleaford.

Dr Adam Daubney, who's from Lincolnshire County Council, has described the find as "monumental".

coin hoard
Lincolnshire County Council

He said: "The total value of the hoard – in terms of when it was buried – comes to just over £34."

To put that in perspective, an infantry man in the Civil War earned about a shilling a day, while a gentleman could easily live off £20 a year. So this is a significant sum of money."

Dr Adam DaubneyLincolnshire County Council

Operations back on after cyber attack

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Health bosses at Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals say they've now rescheduled nearly all the appointments cancelled due to a cyber attack on computer systems. 

More than 2,500 operations were cancelled during a three-day period in late October.

The attack also caused problems at hospitals in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham - and a police investigation was later launched by Humberside Police

Cyber attack

Community concern over surgery shutdown

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Councillors have voiced their "shock and dismay" over the closure of a local surgery in a Lincolnshire village. 

Some 2,000 patients in Lincolnshire are having to find new medical care for the next three months after Wainfleet Surgery near Skegness was closed after safety concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission. 

My colleague Jake Zuckerman from BBC Look North is in the village this afternoon and tweeted this picture:

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Streets sealed off in Boston after police alert

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Several streets in Boston town centre were sealed off this afternoon after police were called by worried locals.

A police spokesman said: "We attended an address in Witham Place, Boston following a report of concern for the safety of a woman at 12.30 GMT.

"The road has been temporarily closed and the matter is now resolved."

Paedophile police officer has sentence upheld

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A former police officer and scout master who was jailed for a decade of sexual abuse of young boys has  had his 20-year term upheld by top judges.

John Edward Bates, 69, was jailed in May after he was found guilty of 18 offences, involving at least 80 individual sex attacks on four boys.

They took place while Bates was a scout leader in Spalding and Wittering in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bates denied the crimes at Lincoln Crown Court but was sentenced to two decades behind bars. Today judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected his application to have the sentence reduced.

John Bates

Bishop prepares for traditional winter gritter blessing

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter

The Bishop of Lincoln is due to bless some of the county's road gritters later. 

It's a tradition at this time of year for ceremonies to be held at highways depots across Lincolnshire. 

The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson says it's an opportunity to thank the teams for keeping our roads safe over winter. 

I'll be at the depot in Sturton by Stow later for the ceremony there.


Woman, 57, jailed for Boston burglaries

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A woman's been jailed for a string of house burglaries in the Boston area. 

Jacqueline Pinkney admitted seven charges at Lincoln Crown Court earlier today.

The court heard the 57-year-old had a long criminal record including more than 20 previous convictions. 

Pinkney, from Irby Street in Boston, has been jailed for four and a half years. 

Rickshaw Challenge continues on route

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's the moment the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge left Boston.

The team, including The One Show's Matt Baker and a team of youngsters, are now heading for Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge.

It's there that they'll cross the border into Norfolk and into Kings Lynn.

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Watch: Steel company urges the government to buy British

Sarah Corker

BBC Look North

A steel company based in Scunthorpe is calling on the UK government to buy British for major projects.

The steel fabricators SC4UK are also taking part in a trade mission to Sweden as they attempt to expand.

'Monumental' hoard of silver coins unearthed in field

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More than 1,000 silver coins which were buried during the English Civil War have been found near Sleaford. 

The hoard has been uncovered in a ploughed field at Ewerby.

Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council - which is dealing with the find under the Treasure Act - says the hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist.

This is a monumental find from the turbulent years of the English Civil War. This is the largest of the hoards that has been found from that time in the county."

Doctor Adam DaubneyPortable Antiquities Scheme, Lincolnshire County Council

Weather: Mild with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Looks like it's going to be a decent afternoon if you're heading out:


Your headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

'Time to think about NHS charging' says MP

Tim Iredale

Political editor, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

A senior Lincolnshire MP says it's time for an honest debate about charging people to use the NHS.

During a debate on the health service in the Commons, Sir Edward Leigh highlighted massive pressure on Accident and Emergency departments.

He warned that either taxes have to rise to fund improvements or people will have to pay to use the service.

Sir Edward Leigh

I'll have more on this story on Look North on BBC One later.

Porkers prone to mood swings claim academics

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Ever wondered whether a pig's a pessimist or an optimist?

No, me neither, but scientists at the University of Lincoln have studied just that subject.

The team has found the animals become more cheerful if their surroundings are improved. 


Surgery shut down over patient safety fears

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A doctor's surgery in Lincolnshire has been closed for three months after a watchdog said it had concerns for patients.

Wainfleet Surgery was told to stop seeing patients last Thursday after a Care Quality Commission inspection in October.

The Lincolnshire East CCG, which is responsible for providing GP services in the area, says patients are being transferred to a nearby surgery in Skegness.

Shop loses licence over illegal workers

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Skegness shop has been banned from selling alcohol after police discovered it was staffed with illegal workers. 

Bargain Booze, on Roman Bank, had been at the centre of what officers described as "anti-social behaviour problems" when they visited earlier this year.

They then discovered the shop was being run by an illegal immigrant and found evidence other staff were also illegal workers. 

The licence was revoked by East Lindsey District Council on Monday. 

Illegally employing workers in this way gives the store an advantage over other legitimate retailers and can lead to the exploitation of the worker."

Sergeant Kim EnderbyLincolnshire Police

A158 crash: Fire service update

Bus firm pays tribute to driver who fell ill at the wheel

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A bus driver whose vehicle was involved in a crash in Lincoln yesterday has died in hospital, his employers have confirmed.

Collin Morton fell ill at the wheel of the single-decker in the city's Doddington Road yesterday and was in collision with a passing car.

He was taken ill during an incident yesterday morning in Lincoln. We are very sorry to confirm that he subsequently passed away in hospital."

Stagecoach statement

WATCH: Boston prepares for Rickshaw Challenge arrival

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A158 accident

BBC Travel

The A158 near Wragby is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic eastbound at the Hoop Lane junction, because of an accident.


Your headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom: 

Nightclub 'raiders' sent cash and apology after break in

BBC Radio Humberside

This group of young men apparently sent a note of apology and cash after breaking in to a Cleethorpes nightclub.

But police still want to speak to them about the incident which happened at Barcelona in Grant Street at around 06.10 on Sunday 6 November.

Humberside Police

Police say six men were involved. If you know who they are or have any information call the police on 101.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A52 congestion

BBC Travel

We're getting reports of slow traffic on the A52 Sleaford Road in Boston this morning.

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Football: Imps stars play part in England 'C' victory

Su Whitaker

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Although Gareth Southgate's men conceded two late goals in their friendly against Spain last night two Imps players did win international honours.

The Lincoln City duo of Alex Woodyard (below right) and Elliott Whitehouse were part of an England C side which beat Estonia U23's last night. 

Woodyard captained the side and Whitehouse scored a goal in their 2-1 victory in Tallinn.

Elliott Whitehouse and Alex Woodyard
Lincoln City/Rex Features

Funeral plan for motorcycle crash victim

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The family of a man killed in a collision at Horsington, near Horncastle, earlier this month say they're making plans for his funeral.

Police say David Kirk of Kelstern Close, Lincoln, died in the accident on Baumber Road on Monday 7 November.

David Kirk
Lincolnshire Police

Mr Kirk's funeral will take place at St Mary's Church, Horncastle on Monday 28 November. 

Listen: Deer on the railway line in Cleethorpes

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Train drivers have raised concerns about deer on the line near Cleethorpes, saying it could cause a serious accident if the animals are not moved away. 

They've been spotted running across the line and alongside the trains.

The animals have been reported on number of occasions, but nothing has been done.

Greens backing nurse in by-election

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Green Party says it will support nurse Sarah Stock in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election to be held next month.

Independent Ms Stock is campaigning on a "Save Grantham Hospital" ticket in the contest which came after the resignation of Tory MP Stephen Phillips.

Sarah Stock

Mr Phillips resigned earlier this month because of policy differences with the government. 

There is a full list of candidates available. 

The by-election will take place on Thursday 8 December.

WATCH: Annual switch-on for a Christmas display

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Too soon? Derek Turner who lives in Wragby doesn't think so.

He puts up thousands of Christmas lights outside his house every year - and has already had the "official" switch-on.

Rickshaw Challenge: Where you can see the team today

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's the map for today's Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge - but it comes with a bit of a warning that the team may not be able to stick precisely to the timetable.

Matt Baker who is leading the team told BBC Radio Lincolnshire this morning you might need to be patient until the team come by!


Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge to spend second day in county
  • Lincolnshire Police say a week of action on mobile phone use in cars could save lives
  • Academics at the University of Lincoln publish study which claims pigs feel same emotions as humans

Weather: Dry at first with a risk of showers later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Dry at first, with bright or sunny spells. 

Outbreaks of rain spreading down from the north by late morning, clearing to the south by late afternoon.

Gusty winds throughout the day and feeling cool with highs of 11C.

Join us for today's live coverage

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good morning and welcome to BBC Lincolnshire Live on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

If you've found it a bit difficult getting going this morning, spare a thought for those taking part in the Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge.

Here they are setting off from Skegness shortly after 06.00. We'll be following them today as well as keeping you up to date with all the other news, weather, sport and travel from across the county.

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If you see the rickshaw team send us a picture!  You can reach us via email, Facebook or Twitter.