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  1. Cleethorpes man sentenced to 14 years for child sex offences
  2. Child protection across the country to be reviewed after Poppy Widdison case
  3. Network rail apologises over lack of disabled access in bridge plans
  4. Horncastle flood storage reservoir ready
  5. Crackdown on hare coursing
  6. Updates on Friday 20 January 2017

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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 on what's been a very busy week locally, nationally and indeed internationally. 

We'll be back Monday from 08:00 but until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good weekend.

The weather this evening

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with mainly clear skies overnight, allowing a widespread frost to form as temperatures fall sharply. 

Some isolated mist or fog patches may develop in some of the lower areas of the county as well. 

Weather chart

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Stamford bar gives up alcohol license because of anti-social behaviour

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Barn 02, on Old Barn Passage, in Stamford has voluntarily surrendered its alcohol license before a review hearing that was due to be held today.

The Alcohol Licensing Team had accused the bar of serving alcohol after hours and being responsible for numerous examples of drunken and anti-social behaviour.

Today, before a hearing was due to take place, the owner of the premises said that he would no longer be contesting the evidence. As a result the bar can no longer serve alcohol. 

Traffic and travel: Car fire on A1173

BBC Travel

A car fire is slowing traffic on the A1173 southbound in Stallingborough at the interchange.

Obviously we're heading towards rush hour so, if you can, avoid the area.

travel map

'Disabled people being forgotten' says Paralympian

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More now on controversial plans for a new footbridge in Lincoln.

Disability campaigners aren't happy that no provisions have been made for disabled people in the designs and that Network Rail made no effort to consult them.

Former British Paralympian and disability campaigner Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has said it's not acceptable:

Network Rail have apologised for the blunder and say they're investigating. A public consultation is now underway and a final decision will be made by Lincoln City Council next month.

Hare Coursing: Specials give 'enhanced capability'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has been commenting on the decision to use Special Constables to clamp down on hare coursing.

He says it gives them options but it's not the only avenue they're pursuing: 

This will give an enhanced capability to respond to the need. But we'll be looking at other ways of disrupting the behavior. This year, for the first time, I've funded the taking of dogs for example.

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Walk a Million: Mileage update

Walk a Million

BBC Radio Lincolnshire Campaign

Back in July BBC Radio Lincolnshire started our Walk a Million campaign to try to get our listeners to walk a million miles in the county. 

Well, we've added up the figures and the total so far is 116,605.


Help us reach our goal by sending your mileage to us, whether it's a stroll or a marathon we want to know!

Weather Watchers: Skies clearing up across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a bit of a misty, muggy start this morning but it's clearing up nicely now.

Weather watcher Cathys Mummy sent us this one from Binbrook, she's clearly got a good zoom on her camera:


This one was sent to use by weather watcher flower over in Exton Park in Rutland:


Football fans successful in police dispersal order challenge

BBC Radio Humberside

A father and son have successfully challenged the use of police powers that prevented them and around sixty other fans travelling to a Grimsby Town football match last year.

Blundell Park in Grimsby

Officers from the Humberside force used a dispersal order to stop a coach load of Wrexham fans on their way to a match at Blundell Park in March and send them home. 

Humberside Police said they accepted the claimants "should not have been issued with the notices".  

Lincoln woman fined over £1.5k after rubbish dumped outside closed tip

The Lincolnite

A Lincoln woman has been slapped with a £1,500 bill after a pile of rubbish was tipped onto the road outside of the recently closed Whisby Waste and Recycling Centre.  

fly tip
North Kesteven District Council

Cleethorpes man sentenced to 14 years for child sex offences

BBC Radio Humberside

A man from Cleethorpes has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after admitting sexual offences against a girl under the age of two including attempted rape. 

Callum Bedford, 28, from Lairgate Place in Cleethorpes admitted a number of offences last year including taking part in adult sexual activity with an 18-month-old-girl. 

He was identified as part of an international operation to root out and bring to justice those making and distributing indecent images of children via the internet. 

Child protection to be reviewed following Poppy Widdison case

Laura Foster

BBC Look North

The Children's Commissioner for England says she is investigating how children will be protected across the country following the death of Poppy Widdison from Grimsby. 

The four-year-old died after being fed drugs by her mother and ex-partner. 

Yesterday they were both jailed for thirteen years for child cruelty and drug offences.

Picture of Poppy Widdison
Humberside Police

Commissioner Anne Longfield says there was a failure to judge the appropriate level at which services should intervene. 

Child protection thresholds will now be looked at to see if they need to be lowered.  

Lincoln Trump protest in pictures

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

I'm in the centre of Lincoln where a protest against Trump organised by the Green Party is taking place.


The headlines this afternoon

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Special Constables to help with hare coursing crackdown 
  • Network Rail admits fault after Lincoln bridge plans have no provision for disabled 
  • Brian Cox voices support for Red Arrows Lego design 

'Keep those PEACOCKS under control' Bird owner given weird court order

Lincolnshire Echo

Magistrates have taken the unusual step of ordering a bird owner to keep his peacocks under control after they allegedly took to escaping and wondering around a neighbour's garden in East Lindsey.

Lincolnshire echo

Hare coursing problem: 75 incidents reported last week

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More now on hare coursing in Lincolnshire where the police say they had to deal with 75 incidents in the last week alone.

As we told you earlier, the special constables are now joining the fight against the activity.

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This is an important issue. When you've got people coming to the county, making threats, abusing people, driving recklessly and showing total disrespect. It's not acceptable."

Supt Mark HousleyLincolnshire Police

Weather: Cloudy and mostly dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

A mostly cloudy day although dry for most. Patchy fog may develop on hills with a few spots of light drizzle possible, especially during the afternoon. Temperatures will be around the average for the time of year with light winds. 

Friday afternoon's weather

Anti-Trump protest planned in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Unless you've been locked away in some kind of news-proof bunker then you'll know that today is the day that Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

Not everyone is happy about it of course, even here in the UK where a number of protests are due to take place over the next few days.

Lincoln's Green Party is planning on holding one today:

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Lincoln City artwork after historic win

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

In a night that'll live on in the memories of Imps fans; Lincoln City beat Ipswich Town in front of a packed Sincil Bank on Tuesday night.

The city has been buzzing about it ever since and people have been... well expressing themselves about the match.

From the simple:


To the sublime:

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Lego Red Arrows: Our attempt

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As we've been telling you, the Red Arrows are looking to get a Hawk Aircraft immortalised in Lego form.

We thought we'd get our stand-in breakfast presenter Chris Berrow to try and make his own, alternate design.

It didn't go well:

red arrows

We think their attempt has got a better shot of landing on the shelves.

Daphne the deer: Messages of condolence flood in

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire County Council say they've received more than 200 messages of condolence since the news Daphne the deer had died.The animal had to destroyed after being savaged by a dog.

They've also offered £200 for information about the owner of the dog believed to have attacked her at Waters' Edge Country Park in Barton.

North Lincolnshire Council

Horncastle reservoir ready

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A long-awaited flood storage reservoir which could reduce flood risk for hundreds of homes is now ready for use. 

The Horncastle reservoir can hold 1.5 million cubic metres of water - the same as 600 Olympic-sized swimming pools - will be used to store excess water from the River Bain during high flows.  


Daphne the 'friendly deer' to get memorial sculpture

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside

A memorial is to be put up in North Lincolnshire to remember a deer who died after being attacked by a dog earlier this week.

Daphne, who often appeared near the Water's Edge Visitor Centre in Barton, was put down after being found injured in the park on Wednesday. 

Waters Edge Visitor Centre in Barton

North Lincolnshire Council are appealing for information about the attack and would like to hear from people who would be able to weave a memorial sculpture of Daphne.  

Islamic community fears over 'anti-Muslim rhetoric'

BBC Radio Humberside

A leading member of North East Lincolnshire's Islamic community fears anti-Muslim rhetoric will spread across the world as a result of Donald Trump's presidency.

The new US President was sworn into office this morning and his inauguration is taking place this evening.


But Nadia Hussein from Grimbsy's Islamic community has concerns:

People who are already Islamaphobic are now thinking 'Oh, that's wonderful. If the most powerful man in world can say these things, I can say them to'. So I'm concerned about the spread of that hatred and that animosity.

Nadia Hussein

Prisoner dies at HMP Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that 36-year-old Dominic Clayton died in custody on Monday.

They say an investigation is now underway into the cause by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.


'Not good enough' Network Rail apologises over lack of disabled access

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Network Rail has admitted that it's made a huge mistake by not including any disabled access in their plans for a new footbridge over a level crossing in Lincoln. 

There's no lift or ramp in the designs for the development at Brayford Wharf and disability groups say that no effort was made to contact them.

Network Rail

I'd like to apologise to the disability groups in Lincoln for us not contacting them properly, clearly it's not good enough and we've learned from this. There's an investigation taking place to find out how this could have happened.

Nick SandhamNetwork Rail

The headlines this morning

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • A leading member of North East Lincolnshire's Islamic community fears anti-Muslim rhetoric will spread as a result of Donald Trump's presidency
  • There are new plans to tackle hare-coursing in Lincolnshire
  • Network Rail admits it's made a blunder after not including any disabled access for a new footbridge in Lincoln 

Weather Watchers: Misty start for many

BBC Weather Watchers

Be careful on the roads this morning as visability is quite poor in places.

Take as look of this photo of the city sent in by weather watcher Lincolnimp earlier on:


It's a good job the crane is there otherwise it could be anywhere!

Special Constables to help crack down on hare coursing 'Wild West'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Special Constables are being trained to work with Lincolnshire Police's rural crime unit to help clamp down on hare coursing. 

It comes after dispersal orders had to be put in place over the Christmas period because of the volume of complaints.

hare coursing
Lincolnshire police

This farmer, who wants to remain anonymous, says any extra resources would be more than welcome: 

It's like the Wild West out here, it's completely lawless. There's a lot of space between the towns that feels like are unpoliced. The Specials will have their work cut out for them but the rural community will be there to support them.

Celebs back calls for Lego Red Arrows

Alex Rhodes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As we told you yesterday the Red Arrows are looking to enter the world of Lego and have built a prototype that could one day go into production.

This is what it looks like:

lego model
Marcus Ramsden

It's already got over 1,500 votes on the website but needs 10,000 for the company to consider making it.

Looks like one of the votes came from a man who's used to having his eyes on the skies:

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Weather: A cloudy start to the day

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

A cloudy start for most but clearer skies further south will slowly filter northwards through the day to give some spells of sunshine. Highs of 7C (45F).

Traffic and travel: Congestion around Lincoln

BBC Travel

It's looking a bit slow around the city this morning, especially on the A15 Canwick Road. 

There are roadworks in the area.

Travel map

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here, ready to bring you all the latest from across the county. 

Just one more day and ten we can all enjoy the weekend but until then I'll keep you up to date with the news, travel, sport and weather from around Lincolnshire. 

If you'd like to tell me what's happening where you are then you can reach me through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Wainfleet Surgery

Inspectors found dirty equipment, disposable swabs being reused and contaminated medical devices.

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Goodbye: Five things we've learnt today

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08.00 with all the latest from across the county but updates on breaking news, sport and travel will continue here throughout the night.

Before we go, we'll have a look back at five things we didn't know when we started out this morning:

Weather: Cloudy with light rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying mostly overcast, perhaps with a little drizzle and mistiness in places but with clearer spells and fog patches across south Lincs leading to a touch of ground frost. Light and variable wind. 

Minimum temperatures ranging from 5C (41F), to 1C (34F) in south Lincs. 

Thursday night forecast

Footage captures 'happy' Poppy

A mother and her ex-partner have been jailed for 13 years after feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter.

Footage captured by Poppy's father, who was not involved in the case, shows her playing before her death.

Nine secondary schools in our area are said to be 'under- performing'

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest government figures show eight secondary schools in Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire are deemed to be failing.

For the first time schools have not been judged purely on GCSE results but also measured on pupils' progress and achievement between the ages of 11 and 16.

No secondary schools in North Lincolnshire were said to be under- performing.

Secondary school

Find out how yours is doing.