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Summary

  1. A review into the death of Alex Robinson finds "it couldn't have been prevented"
  2. Woman admits manslaughter of Gainsborough man
  3. Councillors to vote on changes to health services
  4. High-tech methods used to gather data on traffic in Lincoln
  5. Glass conservatory named after explorer moved to new home
  6. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it from me for another week but before I leave to search out the mini sausage rolls at the office Christmas party I'm going to leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good weekend.

The weather tonight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy for much of the night with hill fog and occasional drizzly rain, mainly after midnight. 

Cloud will tend to thin and break in the far north by dawn. 

Light variable winds throughout.  

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BBC

Traffic and travel: Road closed in Kirton

BBC Travel

The B1397 London Road in Kirton is closed in both directions between the B1192 Willington Road junction and the Princess Road junction.

It's because of an accident.

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BBC

BreakingBird flu confirmed at Lincolnshire farm

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Defra has confirmed that a commercial turkey farm near Louth has tested positive for bird flu and many of the birds there have already died of the disease.

The agency says surviving birds will be culled and a 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone has been put in place around the site.

Turkey
BBC

It's the same strain of the disease that's been infecting birds in Europe however the Food Standards Agency says it doesn't pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. 

There is not anticipated to be any impact on the supplies of turkeys or other birds over Christmas.

Newspaper chief backs future of local press

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The head of a media firm which has bought a clutch of East Anglian and East Midlands newspapers in a £17m deal says he believes in the future of the local press.

Lynn News and Diss Express
BBC

Cambridge company Iliffe Media has taken on 13 titles from Johnston Press.

They are: the Lynn News, Fenland Citizen, Diss Express, Bury Free Press, Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal, Suffolk Free Press, Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Bourne Local, Grantham Journal, Spalding Guardian and Lincs Free Press.

Edward Iliffe, chief executive of Iliffe Media, said: "We are delighted to have acquired these well-respected local newspapers.

"Iliffe Media, with its long heritage as an independent family run media business, firmly believes in the future of local newspaper publishing across all platforms. We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues." 

Poppy Widdison

A mother and her partner are found guilty of child cruelty after her four-year-old daughter died.

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Weather Watchers: Dramatic skies in Brigg

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit grey and miserable for most of us today but clearly there are good snaps to be taken:

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James Mason

Thanks to Paul Mason who sent this to us through twitter.

Two arrested after legal high drug raids

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A 24-year-old woman and a 36-year old man have been arrested in separate drug raids in Lincoln.

The woman was arrested after officers searched a property in Skellingthorpe Road and the man was arrested in a property on Wedgewood Road.

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BreakingCouncillors vote against new health plans

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This just in from our political correspondent: 

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The plans don't need council approval to go through however. 

Defra say suspected bird flu farm under 'official restrictions'

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed it's investigating a possible case of avian flu at a commercial poultry farm in Tetney.

We have taken swift precautionary action by putting the affected site under official restrictions.

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BreakingSuspected bird flu found on Grimsby farm

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

A suspected case of bird flu has affected a commercial poultry farm in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Last week the government declared an influenza "prevention zone" which applies to the whole of England. 

For the following 30 days all poultry must be kept indoors, or kept separate from wild birds.  

Traffic and travel: A52 blocked

BBC Travel

The A52 is blocked in Sedgebrook with queuing traffic in both directions between the Woolsthorpe Lane junction and the Church Lane junction.

There's been an accident on the road.

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BBC

Woman guilty of fatally stabbing partner

Police at scene of Gainsborough murder
BBC

A woman admits killing her partner who died from a single stab wound after returning home from a day at the races.

Police at scene of Gainsborough murder

Woman guilty of fatally stabbing partner

A woman admits killing her partner who died from a single stab wound after returning home from a day at the races.

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UK's oldest newspaper goes up for sale

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The oldest newspaper still in circulation, the Stamford Mercury, is being sold off by Johnston Press, which has announced that it's selling 13 of its titles.

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Stamford Mercury

The company is selling off its entire East Anglia arm and other titles for sale include:

  • The Grantham Journal
  • Lincolnshire Free Press
  • Spalding Guardian 
Alex Robinson

The family of a nine-year-old boy murdered by his grandfather say his death could have been prevented.

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‘Our children would have died without Pilgrim Hospital’s neonatal unit’

Boston Standard

Mothers of premature babies and those who have had to use the neonatal unit at Pilgrim Hospital have called on health bosses not to relocate it to another site.  

Families
Boston Standard

Weather Watchers: Golden moon above Nettleton

BBC Weather Watchers

Are we sure the moon isn't made of cheese?

moon
BBC

This great shot was taken by user perries groto as the moon rose in the skies above Nettleton.

Family reject watchdog's ruling over Lincoln boy's murder

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier that the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board has issued a report on the murder of nine-year-old Alex Robinson by his grandfather saying that the death couldn't be "predicted or prevented".

However Alex's family say that they don't agree.

They've welcomed the publication of the report but they say they don't believe the findings:

This report contains plenty of evidence that the Trust did not do their jobs properly – there were no proper risk assessments, they didn’t plan the discharge properly, didn’t listen to our family and didn’t tell us of all the risks involved. We believe Alex’s death certainly was preventable.

Family Statement
Alex Robinson
BBC

New bid for footbridge over one of UK's most dangerous level crossings - WITHOUT lifts

Lincolnshire Echo

Network Rail has submitted plans for a footbridge over the train tracks in Brayford Wharf East at what it describes as one of the UK's most dangerous level crossings for pedestrians.

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Lincolnshire Echo

Your headlines this lunchtime

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Conservatory

A glasshouse built in honour of British explorer Sir Joseph Banks is rebuilt at a wildlife park after being saved from demolition.

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Woman admits manslaughter of Gainsborough man

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A 51-year-old woman has admitted killing a man whose body was found at a house in Gainsborough.

Jonathan Baines, 44, was found dead at a semi-detached house in Ropery Road in August.   

Pamela Mclaggan, of Greystones Road in the town, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to his unlawful killing.

She is due to be sentenced next Wednesday.

Sibling rivalry - it's Strictly business for Grimsby dancers

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

There's a good chance that the Glitterball Trophy could be coming to Lincolnshire this year. 

It's the final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and Grimsby brother and sister Kevin and Joanne Clifton are two of the three professionals facing off for first place.

Kevin is teamed up with Louise Redknapp:

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Whilst Joanne's with Ore Oduba:

Dancers
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Break a leg guys! Figuratively speaking of course...

Traffic and travel: Congestion around Lincoln

BBC Travel

It's getting a bit busier around the city. 

It's slow on the A46 near the Carholme Roundabout and on the A15 Sleaford Road.

travel map
BBC

BreakingYoung boy's murder by grandfather 'not preventable'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A review by Lincolnshire's Safeguarding Children Board into the death of Alex Robinson has concluded that "it couldn't have been predicted or prevented".

The nine-year-old from Lincoln was drowned in a bath by his grandfather Stewart Greene two days before Christmas 2014.

Alex Robinson
BBC

Greene had been angry with Alex's mother, who refused to let him live with her following his discharge from a mental health unit just 12 days before.  

During the trial, Alex's mother told the court she'd pleaded with staff at the mental health unit not to let her father out.

He was jailed for life last November.

Stewart Greene
Lincolnshrie Police

Today's report by the Safeguarding Board concludes that Greene is "the only individual responsible for the death".

New home for historic conservatory

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You may remember the news that the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory - named after the famous explorer - had to be dismantled and moved from its home on the Lawn Complex in Lincoln.

Conservatory
BBC

The Woodside Wildlife Park near Langworth stepped in and said they wanted to use it house exotic animals like crocodiles or red pandas.

This is what it looks like at its new home, 3,000 nuts and bolts, 5,000 screws, two miles of joint tape and a good scrubbing later.

Conservatory
Woodside Wildlife Park

Sir Joseph would be pretty happy with that I reckon!

In pictures: Lincoln Lantern Parade 2016

The Lincolnite

The annual Lincoln Lantern Parade returned to the city with a special starry night theme.  

You can see a photo gallery here.

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The Lincolnite

Traffic and travel: Clear start to the day

BBC Travel

It's a Friday miracle, this is what our monitors look like:

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BBC

No incidents to report, let's see how long it lasts shall we?

Councillors to vote on health plans

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Elected councillors will today vote on proposed changes to health care in Lincolnshire. 

The suggestions include a centralised maternity service and the downgrading of accident and emergency services in Grantham.

Health managers have produced the proposals in response to government calls for a review of services. 

Grantham A&E
BBC

County councillors - who don't have responsibility for acute health services - will today face calls to reject the ideas.

Some have already criticised the plans.

Top stories in Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the headlines across Lincolnshire this morning:

  • High-tech methods are being used by the county council to gather data and monitor traffic in Lincoln
  • Councillors will vote today on whether to support, or reject, proposed changes to health care in Lincolnshire
  • An historical glass conservatory which was named after a Lincolnshire explorer has been moved to its new home

The weather this morning

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another cloudy day today with mist and fog starting us off in places.

Eastern parts may see a bit of sun with the occasional cloud break but we could see some drizzly showers as well.

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BBC

Good morning: Latest updates from Lincolnshire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here, ready to bring you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

If you want to get in touch and tell me what's happening where you are then you can reach me through email or via Facebook and Twitter.

Footage has been released showing the behaviour of a lorry driver moments before he caused
A road safety group has issued footage showing a lorry driver eating at the wheel moments before a fatal crash.

Five things we learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it from me today but travel updates and breaking news will continue on this page through the night.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow but until then here's five things we've learned today:

Have a good evening.

Ally Townsend with a fox

Animal charities say the closure of Lincolnshire's largest animal hospital could have a detrimental impact on future care.

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Princess Anne in Boston: More pictures

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are a couple more pictures of Princess Anne at Boston Stump this afternoon.

As well as looking at repairs to the building she also took the time to add a couple of bricks to a Lego replica that's being built to raise funds for the church.

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She also saw the 2,500 baubles knitted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire listeners as part of our Baubles for Botolph's campaign.

She even told staff she was a bit of a "secret knitter" herself.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

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Your headlines across Lincolnshire this evening

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom: