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Summary

  1. Bird farmers close to coastal areas bear brunt of restrictions
  2. Lincoln man gets £1,500 fine for rubbish and dog mess-filled garden
  3. Scunthorpe Hospital ward closure blamed on stomach bug
  4. NFU reacts to latest bird flu precautions
  5. Animal rights campaigners plan protest outside circus visiting Lincolnshire
  6. Junior Imps Club welcomes youngest ever fan
  7. Live updates on Friday 10 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for this week everyone. I hope we've been able to keep you up-to-date with all things Lincolnshire. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good weekend.

Joe Ward

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Joe Ward extends his loan deal at Lincoln City for a further two months.

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The weather tonight

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy and cold with more widespread sleet and snow showers overnight. 

Some significant snowfall is possible over the higher areas, with lower levels perhaps seeing some temporary local accumulations. 

The cold feel will be accentuated by strengthening winds.  

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BBC

Comic Relief's mascot comes to Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You may have spotted something rather red and rather round dancing his way through the city this afternoon:

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Comic Relief is on 24 March so watch this space for more updates.

Weather Watchers: Snowy scenes across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

It's hard not to get just a little bit excited when it starts snowing. 

So here's a few of the best snowy shots from across the county taken by our Weather Watchers.

First to Swineshead, thanks to Jason T for this one:

Swineshead
BBC

It was really coming down at one point in Binbrook as captured by cathys mummy:

snow
BBC

Finally Grimsby, where Humberman took this shot of these somewhat unimpressed ponies:

ponies
BBC

Traffic and travel: Lorry crash on A52

BBC Travel

The A52 is closed in Osbournby with queuing traffic at the A15 junction.

It's because of a crash involving a lorry.

Travel map
BBC

Police urge caution while driving in Grantham

BBC Travel

Winter's grip is tightening around Grantham this afternoon. Here's a warning from the police:

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Why is this lamppost stuck in the middle of the street?

Lincolnshire Echo

Contractors working to widen a busy coastal road near Butlin's appear to have forgotten to move the lampposts.

Lamp post
Lincolnshire Echo

Dispersal Order over hare coursing fears

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Dispersal Order will be put in place for 48 hours after a tip off that hare coursers may be arriving in the county.

The order gives officers the temporary powers to tell people from outside the county to leave an area.

Extra officers will be patrolling the county as well.

hare coursing
BBC

Traffic and travel: A46 returns to normal

BBC Travel

Traffic on the A46 in Usselby is now flowing as normal after an incident over lunchtime partly blocked the road.

A car overturned at the Moor Road junction

Police car damaged during missing person search in Grimsby

BBC Radio Humberside

A police car has been damaged on Grimsby's Nunsthorpe estate while officers were out looking for a missing person.

They found the person safe but when they came back to their vehicle they found that bricks had been thrown at it.

It happened on Winthorpe Road at around 16:30 on Tuesday 7 February. 

Intended arson victims 'left house before fire was started'

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Humberside Police say the intended targets of malicious fire at a house on Frodingham Road in Scunthorpe left before the arsonists attacked.

Two men were seen leaving the property and the police are keen to speak to them to confirm their safety. 

The incident took place on Wednesday night and a woman, who was rescued from a house, remains in hospital receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

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Your headlines this lunchtime

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

Your weather this lunchtime

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mostly cloudy day with occasional snow showers, though the sun will break through now and again. 

During the afternoon the showers are likely to become more scattered and lighter. Feeling very cold in brisk wind  

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BBC

Traffic and travel: Delays on Lincolnshire's roads

BBC Travel

There are a few problems being reported on Lincolnshire's roads at the moment:

  • Slow traffic on the A15 in Owmby-by-Spital between the Normanby Cliff Road junction and the Owmby Cliff Road junction in the roadworks area
  • Slow traffic on the A15 Main Road in Thurlby at the Church Street junction in the roadworks area
  • The A46 in Usselby remains partially blocked and there's heavy traffic northbound at the Moor Road junction because of an overturned car 

Lincoln man fined £1,500 for rubbish and dog dirt in garden

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincoln man whose garden was in such a state that neighbours couldn't leave their doors or windows open because of the smell has been ordered to pay almost £1,500.

Garden
City of Lincoln Council

Oliver Mountain, of Claremont Street, Lincoln, let rubbish, old furniture and dog mess build up in the garden of his rented property in Anderby Drive over several months.   

After his neighbours complained to the council about the smell and the swarms of flies being attracted to the property, he was given 14 days to dump the rubbish at a tip but failed to do so.

Garden
City of Lincoln Council

At a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, he was found guilty in his absence and given a £300 fine.

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs, a £30 victim surcharge and £907.94 to cover the costs of cleaning up the rubbish – a total of £1,437.94.

Garden
City of Lincoln Council

This is a really positive result... Mr Mountain had numerous opportunities to remove the waste but failed to do so."

Sam BarstowService manager for public protection and anti-social behaviour

Traffic and travel: Overturned car partly blocks A46 in Usselby

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic northbound on the A46 in Usselby because a car has overturned and partly blocked the road. 

The accident is at the Moor Road junction.

Travel map
BBC

Sleaford Argos: Firm ponders options for shop in town

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We told you yesterday that shoppers in Sleaford were trying to hold on to their Argos shop - it's under threat because the site it's based in has been bought out by new owners

Riverside
Google

Yesterday Argos confirmed they are keen to stay in the town and it's now understood that they're considering two options

The first is opening a smaller kiosk in Sainsbury's, the second is opening a store in the Riverside Shopping Centre. 

More details about Lincoln Park and Ride

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Last week it was announced the Lincoln Business Improvement Group were going to start operating a park and ride from the car park of the Waitrose to three stops in the city centre.

Now we've got a few more details to share with you.

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LIncoln BIG

It's going to operate from Monday to Saturday every 15 minutes with the first bus leaving the car park just before 07:00 and the last returning at 18:20.

Parking at the Waitrose will be free and a return fare will cost £2.50. 

It'll use combination of dedicated vehicles alongside existing local bus services. 

Bus
LIncoln BIG

The service will start on Monday 20 February.

Cleethorpes In Bloom team suspends work

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

The In Bloom team in Cleethorpes who've won numerous awards are suspending their work until they get a commitment from the council. 

They've told us they want assurances that North East Lincolnshire Council will continue supporting the work they do to keep the resort looking good. 

No decision has been made by the council but they are considering "a range of options". 

Cannabis farm raided at same time growers harvested the plants

Lincolnshire Echo

Police have raided a cannabis farm just as the crop was being harvested.

Officers arrived at premises in North Kyme where they searched outbuildings, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Cannabis
Lincolnshire Echo

Protest planned for travelling circus

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Animal rights campaigners are planning to gather outside a circus when it visits Weston near Spalding this weekend.

They're protesting against the use of animals in Circus Mondao - which begins a week long run at the site from tomorrow.

Circus
BBC

The troupe use Llamas, horses and a camel and Ringmistress Petra Jackson says they're extremely well looked after.   

They're kept in individual stables not cramped conditions. Our horses do dressage, people do that every day, all over the world. They're not doing triple somersaults or jumping through rings of fire or anything like that."

Petra JacksonCircus Mondao

The youngest Imp

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now, a lot of Lincoln City fans will tell you that they've been fans since they were children but can they claim to be fans since they were less than 24 hours old?

Well little Freddie Carrot can!

He was registered to the Junior Imps Club on the day he was born and now, at ten days old, he's met manager Danny Cowley.

Cowley and Carrot
BBC

Danny says the Junior Club is very important to him and the team:

We love the Junior Imps, they're the future of our club and we have to look after them... it's been brilliant to see that stand get fuller and fuller as the season unfolds.

Danny CowleyLincoln City Manager

Farmers near the coast bear brunt of bird flu restrictions

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you yesterday that DEFRA is extending bird flu restrictions in areas deemed as "high risk" until at least April.

This means that farmers will have to continue to keep their birds indoors and that eventually their free-range status will expire. 

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DEFRA

Alison Pratt from the NFU says because of how DEFRA classifies the risk, a lot of their members in Lincolnshire are being affected:

The high risk area is all around the Wash, all down the Humber as well as hot spots near areas with a lot of open water."

Alison PrattNFU

Woman rescued from arson attack house

A woman had to be rescued from a house after arsonists attacked a property in Scunthorpe.

The unnamed woman was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary from the incident on Frodingham Road in Scunthorpe.

The fire was reported at 22:25 on 8 February.

She is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries. 

The circumstances of the case so far suggest that this was not a random incident and that the people involved are known to each other."

Det Ch Insp Nicki MillerHumberside Police

Heat lamp causes house fire in Louth

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Three fire crews had to be called to house on Alexander Drive in Louth yesterday evening after fire broke out just before 17:00.

No one was hurt in the blaze but Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say the house was badly damaged by the heat and the smoke. 

Firefighters say it was started by an electrical fault in a heat lamp.

Weather watchers: Smattering of snow at RAF Scampton

BBC Weather Watchers

We didn't exactly get a white Christmas but a few of us are getting a light dusting this morning.

Make sure you clear your windshield and that doesn't just go for cars.

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Headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Animal rights campaigners are planning to protest outside a circus visiting Lincolnshire
  • The NFU is reacting to the latest Bird Flu precautions 
  • The Junior Imps Club has welcomed youngest-ever fan

Weather across Lincolnshire this morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We've got another cloudy day ahead of us with occasional snow showers breaking up the day.

It's a bit too wet for it too settle however.

Feeling cold in the rather sharp winds.

Temp chart
BBC

Traffic and travel: Busy around Lincoln

BBC Travel

It's busy along the A46 this morning around junctions and roundabouts but that isn't too unusual for this time of day. 

There's light snow in Lincoln which shouldn't cause problems but you may want to give yourself some extra time for the journey.

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BBC

Good morning, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here, braving the light flurries of snow to bring you all the latest from across the county.

You can tell me what's happening where you are through email or through Facebook and Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from me today, I hope we've been able to keep you up-to-date with all things Lincolnshire.

Your news, sport and weather updates will continue through the evening.  

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

Have a good evening.

The weather this evening

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining cold and largely cloudy with scattered, mainly light, showers being blown in on the easterly breeze.

There'll be a bit of snow here and there but it's unlikely to settle.  

Temp chart
BBC

Two jailed for knifepoint phone shop robbery

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Two men have been jailed for stealing 120 phones and £400 after holding up staff at the Carphone Warehouse in Spalding.

Kurtis Lampty, 27, of Hackney, and Reece Francis, 25, of Poplar, travelled from east London in a stolen Audi Q5 on 14 May 2015 before entering the shop at 18:00.

Lincoln Crown Court heard staff were terrified that the pair, who were on prison licence from previous convictions, were going to stab them.

Lampty has been jailed for three years and Francis has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Traffic and travel: A busy rush hour

BBC Travel

While there are no major issues this evening we do have a widespread congestion and a few build-up points across the county focused around roadworks.

The ones to look out for on the A15 Owmby-by-Spital, the A15 Main Road in Thurlby and the A606 Scotgate in Stamford.

Travel map
BBC

Sleaford Argos: Store keen to 'maintain a presence'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier about the campaign by Sleaford shoppers to hold on to their Argos after news that the site it's a part of has been bought out.

Homebase / Argos
google maps

Argos have confirmed the store will be shutting down, but they're looking to relocate within the town:

Our Sleaford store is set to close in July, following discussions with the new owner of Homebase. However, we want to maintain a presence in the town and are looking at a number of options. We will update the community once we are in a position to do so.

Families invited to plant snowdrops in memory of loved ones

The Lincolnite

Parents who have lost a child are being invited to remember the lives of their loved ones at an event at Whisby Nature Park.  

Plants
The Lincolnite

The headlines this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

Cancer patient leaves nearly £40,000 in her will to Boston hospital and leukaemia charity

Lincolnshire Reporter

A former cancer patient has donated more than £37,000 to the chemotherapy suite at Pilgrim Hospital and the Boston Cancer Leukaemia Fund.  

Hospital staff
Lincolnshire reporter