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  1. Live updates on Friday 23 December 2016.

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    That's it from me, as I prepare to follow the sage advice from Chris Rea.

    Before I go here's five things we've learned today: 

  2. Not your average carollers

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    You've probably heard far too many, rather wobbly renditions of "Silent Night" or "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" already.

    So here are some singers who really know what they're doing:

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  3. Christmas message from Lincolnshire Police Chief

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Lincolnshire Police's Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has put out an end of year message.

    It'll be his last one as he's stepping down early next year:

    Quote Message: This year the force has faced many challenges – a triple shooting, a double murder conviction, 59 fatalities on our roads. It’s clear there have been plenty of examples of policing at its finest, and toughest... It seems fitting that one of my final projects will be the completion of our memorial garden which pays tribute to those who have died in service. from Chf Con Neil Rhodes Lincolnshire Police
    Chf Con Neil RhodesLincolnshire Police

    You can read the message in full here.

  4. Storm Barbara latest

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Weather presenter Keeley Donovan has the latest on the storm's progress:

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  5. Jailed: Cannabis farmer

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A Boston man who set up a huge cannabis growing operation has been jailed for three years

    David Ruck, 62, of Silt Pit Lane, Wyberton converted two out-buildings to produce the drug.

    When police raided the buildings on Ruck's land in February they discovered more than 500 plants and cuttings. 


    Ruck told Lincoln Crown Court that he was a heavy user of the drug and the cannabis was all for himself; this was rejected by the judge. 

    Ruck admitted production of cannabis. He was also given a six month consecutive jail sentence after admitting possession of an illegal stun gun.   

  6. Traffic and travel: Congestion in Grimsby

    BBC Travel

    Traffic is slow on the A16 in Grimsby this afternoon.

    It's particularly bad at the Peaks Parkway junction. 

    travel map
  7. Fifty arrested for drink- or drug-driving so far this month

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    It's a busy time for all of us at the moment especially, it seems, if you're a police officer.

    Despite well-publicised campaigns, Lincolnshire Police say the amount of people caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol hasn't fallen. 


    The force says 50 people have so far been arrested for the offence this month, a figure broadly in line with last year.   

    Ch Insp Mark Garthwaite says the numbers are concerning:

    Quote Message: Ten of those arrests have been as a result of our officers attending collisions. There's a clear link there. If you drink and drive you're likely to cause a crash and the consequences of those crashes can be tragic." from Ch Insp Mark Garthwaite Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Insp Mark GarthwaiteLincolnshire Police
  8. More tickets available for Imps' FA Cup game

    Rob Makepeace

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

    Good news for Lincoln City fans: more tickets are now available for their match against Ipswich town.

    They'd almost sold out of their initial allocation of 3,873.

    Could be a good (slightly late) Christmas present:

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  9. Proposed design for new Grimsby Town stadium unveiled

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Plans for Grimsby Town's £55m new stadium have been revealed.


    Extreme Leisure is leading the project to build a 14,000-seater stadium on the town's Peaks Parkway.   

    A new ice rink, restaurants, shops and housing are included in the proposal, which is due to go before the council's cabinet next month.  

  10. The weather this lunchtime

    Owain Wyn Evans

    BBC Look North weather

    A dry start, but cloud building and winds strengthening through the morning. 

    Occasionally heavy rain will spread southwards later in the afternoon, with gusty winds and gales in exposed areas.  

    Weather chart
  11. Christmas presents stolen from house near Louth

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Jewellery and Christmas presents have been stolen from a house in Brackenborough.

    Thieves broke in through the back of the house yesterday sometime between 07:45 and 15:15.

    Police want any witnesses to come forward.

  12. Traffic and travel: Slip road partially blocked on the A1

    BBC Travel

    The A1 Great North Road exit slip road is partially blocked.

    It's happened southbound at the Rutland Water turn off.

  13. Ice rink closed all day

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    Bad news skaters, the ice rink won't be re-opening after a problem with the machine caused all the ice to melt:

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    The team behind it say they'll be in touch with anyone has pre-booked a session today.

  14. Food processing company goes into administration

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Fishgate, based at Brookenby, near Market Rasen has announced it has gone into administration.

    The company employs around 50 people who've been told to expect more details in the post over the next few days.

    West Lindsey District Councillor Sheila Bibb says the authority wants to help:

    Quote Message: We have a whole team who are able to offer advice and assistance with such things as developing skills, claiming benefits, problems with housing and so on. Somebody there will be able to give some assistance depending on what the need is. from Sheila Bibb West Lindsey District Council
    Sheila BibbWest Lindsey District Council
  15. Volunteers to return Lincoln Station to the glory days

    Lincolnshire Echo

    It's one of the most important buildings in Lincoln, visited by everyone from kings and queens, the venue of historic events as well as the place that links the city and its residents with the rest of the world.

    Now a group of volunteers have decided that it's time to bring back the community pride in Lincoln railway station.

    Lincoln station
  16. Meltdown at Lincoln ice rink

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live


    The ice rink in City Square is closed because the machine which makes the ice has broken:

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    You may have a sense of déjà vu - that's because last year the ice melted because of unseasonably warm weather.

    It turned the rink into... well a big puddle:


    It's quickly becoming a Christmas tradition!

  17. New lease of life for The Lawn

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    A former psychiatric institution is on course to becoming home to a cafe, roastery and theatre. 

    Work has begun on converting The Lawn in Lincoln into the new headquarters for Lincolnshire coffee company Stokes, who want it to house a number of other amenities as well.

    This is what they want it to look like when it's finished:

    Mock up
    Mock up