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  1. FA cup 'Impvasion' grips Lincoln
  2. Driver involved in ambulance crash dies
  3. Police say Manby fire was arson
  4. Referendum on council structure scrapped
  5. Farmers criticise police handling of rural crime
  6. Updates on Friday 17 February 2017

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By Harry Parkhill

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Five things we've learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's the live coverage from our Lincolnshire newsroom today, but before we wrap up, here are a few things we didn't know this morning:

Watch: Look North headlines

Peter Levy

Presenter, BBC Look North

Just for you, here's a sneak peak at tonight's headlines from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire:

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Imps training hard ahead of FA Cup tie

Michael Hortin

Sports - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You'd think they'd fancy a break after all this extra work... but the imps have been training hard ahead of their clash with Premiership side Burnley.

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The team are currently preparing for their game on Blackburn Rovers training ground.

Their historic Fifth Round match in the FA cup kicks off at 12:30 tomorrow.

Blackburn training ground

Lincolnshire police will commit extra people to tackle rural crime

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

We heard earlier from the NFU that police need to be "more mobile" to counter rural crime.

After a meeting this afternoon Bill Skelly, Lincolnshire's Chief Constable has re-iterated his commitment to tackling the problem:

Lincolnshire police have renewed their commitment to tackling rural crime.

At a meeting with the NFU today, police were told that despite hare-coursing being a problem which has existed "for generations", current gangs are "more organised and more threatening" than before.

But police are confident things will improve:

We may not stop the problem completely but I am confident farmers will see a change for the better in the near future.

Bill SkellyChief Constable for Lincolnshire Police

For more on this story, tune into Look North at 18:30 tonight on BBC One.

Why not match these mums?


Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Football: Imps aim for the 'impossible' in FA Cup

BBC Sport

National League leaders Lincoln City will aim to "achieve the impossible" against Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Imps have reached the last 16 for the first time in 130 years.

Victory on Saturday would see them become the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals since 1925.

Pony dies after "sickening" treatment by former owners

Nicola Gilroy

Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Yesterday we covered the sad story about Lasso and Bullseye the ponies, they'd been taken to equine charity Bransby Horses after police found them in "sickening" condition.

In the last few minutes Bransby Horses have told us that Lasso (pictured) has died.

Bransby Horses

Bransby took both ponies into care, Lasso was in a particularly bad condition.

Despite them giving him a plasma transfusion, he had fluid in his lungs and would have developed pneumonia. 

Vets decided to put him to sleep this afternoon.

Lasso took a turn for the worst, and we had to put him down. It's just such a horrible end to what's been a horrible week.

Ryan RouseBransby Horses

Grantham 'Time Team' discovery

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It seems that Lincolnshire county council's budget couldn't quite stretch to get Tony Robinson in to unveil discoveries at the Grantham southern relief road...

But the council has published a video showcasing some "unexpected archaological finds" at the site of the new relief road.

pottery find

Discoveries made include pottery, a cemetery, and remains of a house from Roman times and the Iron Age.

If you fancy watching the full film have a look here.

The Grantham relief road is soon entering the next phase of the project which will see the road linking the A1 with the current work on the A52. 

Watch: This evening's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We'll have variable amounts of cloud with a few clear spells, and where these occur, some mist or fog patches may form. Most parts dry but further light rain over western hills is possible with lows of 7C (45F).

Here's my forecast: 

County department store may close Lincoln and Gainsborough branches

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Oldrids and Downtown says it may have to cease trading in Lincoln and Gainsborough. 

oldrids stores

The chain of stores - which began life in Boston in 1804 - has said that current "tough trading conditions" have led to the decision.

The group also says that because it doesn't own those premises outright that they may have to close.

95 staff work across the two shops; Oldrids & Downtown say staff will be taken through a consultation process.

Despite the unquestionable commitment and effort that the staff across both stores have made over the last 4 years we are sadly left with no alternative but to take this difficult decision.

Marcus MeadowsRetail Operations Director - Oldrids & Downtown

Don't let Gary down!

Gary Lineker is urging people to take part in the #PeoplesCup:  

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

MoD 'ill equipped to deal with PTSD' says partner of forces veteran

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The partner of a forces veteran says the MoD and the NHS are "ill equipped" to treat post traumatic stress disorder.

Eileen Womersley
BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show

Eileen Womersley from Heighington near Lincoln, says her partner suffered PTSD after several tours in Iraq.

She's been telling the Victoria Derbyshire show that her partner was told to "man up" and given sleeping pills in an attempt to treat her.

A study in the lancet says people serving in the armed forces aren't encouraged to talk about the condition and often suffer alone.

Eileen says the MOD and the NHS are ill equipped to deal with the complex issue:

Lincoln City's Jack Muldoon and Alan Power

National League leaders Lincoln City aim to "achieve the impossible" against Burnley in the FA Cup fifth round.

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Your headlines this lunchtime

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The main stories making the news so far today

Snowdrops in North Lincs

Our colleagues at Look North have been snapping away at Elsham gardens.

It seems Winter may be finally behind us...

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Bus stop improvements in north east Lincolnshire starting on Monday

North East Lincolnshire Council will be starting work on a number of bus stop improvements from Monday 20 February.

The locations affected are:

  • Six bus stops on Belvoir road, Cleethorpes
  • Two bus stops on Taylor Avenue, Cleethorpes 
  • Two bus stops on Middlethorpe Road, Cleethorpes 
  • One bus stop on Stallingborough Road, Healing

The upgrades will involve putting raised kerbs in place and a tactile crossing to improve accessibility and safety for bus passengers.

Those bus stops will be closed during the works and the full programme is expected to be complete by 31 March 2017.

Visit the council website for the latest live travel information in the borough, including congestion and road works. 

Community hoping to get pub up and running again

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you've ever harboured that dream of being a landlord then this may be your chance...

Well, sort of.

Sebastopol inn
The Sebastopol Inn

The community at Minting, near Horncastle, is rallying round their local pub to try to re-open it.

The Sebastopol Inn (pictured), closed last August and locals are now being given the chance to be shareholders.

They need £250,000 to save the former eatery and inn.

That's a lot of "steak-holders" to get the kitchen up an running again...

It's a beautiful historic pub, opposite the church and next to the village green...It's quite depressing considering the pub first opened in 1836."

Sarah SmithSecretary of Sebastopol Inn Community Pub Ltd

Any Questions in Louth this evening

BBC Radio 4

Any Questions

BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme comes to Louth this evening.

Jonathan Dimbleby

Host Jonathan Dimbleby (pictured) will be taking questions from an audience at Louth town hall and present a debate with a panel of politicians and experts.

On tonight's panel are UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, the Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey MP, Labour peer Alf Dubs and the Groceries Code Ajudicator Christine Tacon.

The programme will be on at 20:00 GMT on Radio 4 and online here.

Football: Burnley 'mentally prepared' for Lincoln cup test

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his players will be "mentally prepared" for tomorrow's FA Cup fifth round tie against National League leaders Lincoln City.

Lincoln City could become the first non-league club to reach the last eight of the FA Cup since QPR in 1914.

The Clarets have lost just three of their last 29 home games.

Driver involved in ambulance crash dies

A driver who was involved in a crash with an ambulance in Lincolnshire has died.

waddignton crash scene

It's been revealed by Lincolnshire Police that the man - who was driving a silver Vectra (pictured) at the time - was only admitted to hospital three weeks after the incident.

The accident also involved an ambulance, and black Toyata Prius and happened on the A607 at Waddington on 25 January.

Five people were injured - including the ambulance crew.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the driver of "a dark coloured vehicle" which was behind the silver Vectra in a line of traffic when it happened.

"I appeal for any witnesses to this collision who have not already spoken to the police to contact me. In particular, I would like the driver of the car following the silver Vauxhall Vectra to call me, as a witness, to help add to the information in our enquiry".

Insp Simon HeadsSerious Collision Investigation Unit - Lincolnshire Police

Your headlines so far

Corazon Garcia

Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A quick look at some of this morning's headlines from your Lincolnshire newsroom:

Discontent over sale of chalet park rumbles on

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Questions are being asked of North East Lincolnshire Council about why it feels it must sell the Humberston Fitties.

Last week councillors failed to make a decision on selling-off the chalet park that dates back to the first world war. 

Residents at the Fitties, near Cleethorpes, are worried about the future of the site if it's sold to a leisure company and have put forward their own bid to run it. 

The decision on the Fitties' future now goes to another committee at North East Lincolnshire Council.

This morning callers to Radio Humberside have been saying they want more transparency, but Councillor Matthew Patrick says they've been as open as they can be:

Job fair in Boston

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Boston's College, Job centre and MP Matt Warman have teamed up to organise a jobs fair in the town today. 

poster jobs fair
Boston College

There'll be information on apprenticeships, college courses and other training opportunities.  

Manby fire 'was arson'

A fire attended by dozens of fire fighters has been confirmed as arson by Lincolnshire police. 

Stock Photo: BBC Lincolnshire

The fire happened early yesterday morning at a former nursing home in Manby.

At its height, 8 pumps were used to tackle the blaze.

We are treating this as a crime of arson."

Lincolnshire PoliceSpokesperson

FA cup 'Impvasion': Cashing in on cup fever

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon...

PR companies across the country are trying their hand at promoting their product off the back of Lincoln and Sutton's FA cup success.

lincoln city bottle

We thought this one was rather good. 

Impvasion begins: Coaches set off for Lincoln City v Burnley

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Coaches heading for Burnley have set off from Sincil Bank in Lincoln.

The historic FA Cup tie will kick off tomorrow at 12:30, and will be televised live on BT Sport.

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Referendum on council structure scrapped

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A vote on a  plan to scrap some of Lincolnshire's councils and replace them with one unitary body won't happen in May.

county council offices

The county council had planned to run a poll on whether the public approved the re-organisation.

But District Council leaders have said that the move would be "unlawful".

The only way a referendum could take place would be on another date, incurring a cost to the Lincolnshire taxpayer in the region of £1million

Cllr Ric MetcalfeLeader of City of Lincoln Council

County Council leader Martin Hill says a consultation on the vote will be held this year.  

Police need to be 'more mobile' to counter rural crime

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The National Farmers Union are meeting with Lincolnshire's Police Chief Constable today to raise concerns over rural crime.

hare coursing

The NFU say trespassers, thieves and hunters with dogs (pictured) are breaking the law in the countryside.

The Force is facing criticism over how well equipped they are to handle rural crimes.

We are at some risk, and police need to be more mobile than they currently are. A police issue Astra doesn't get you across a field.

Chris CarterFarmer in South Lincolnshire

Imps' historic journey to Burnley

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City FC are making their trip to Burnley for their fifth round tie in the FA cup today. 


The historic match will be the first time the imps have made it this far in the FA cup since 1905.

Three thousand two hundred fans are making the trip to Lancashire to watch the team face off against the premiership side.

It's being nicknamed an 'impvasion'.

Manager Danny Cowley, says the support from fans has been overwhelming: 

Weather: A cloudy but mild start

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Over the hills it will be a cloudy day with fog and some patchy drizzle. 

Further east cloud will break and it will be mostly dry with bright or sunny periods. 

Light winds and feeling mild with highs of 10C (50F).

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning! Harry here, taking up the baton to bring you all the latest news in our Lincolnshire newsroom today.

We'll have regular news, weather, sports and travel throughout the day - remember to keep checking back.

Is there something happening where you are that we should know about? Get in touch through email or through Facebook and Twitter.  

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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

We'll be back from 08:00 with all the latest from across the county but until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good evening.

The weather this evening

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain likely during the evening, especially in the west. 

These will gradually ease during the early hours, however most places will remain cloudy. 

Weather chart

Given the cloud cover, it will stay fairly mild, which is good news for those who would otherwise be making the gritting run:

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Lincoln v Burnley: Not your average mascots

Michael Hortin

BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Sports Editor

Usually at the start of the match teams will walk out with some of their youngest fans, well... Burnley have other ideas when they take on the Imps on Saturday.

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The mascots ranging from the age of 69 to 85, are all long-term supporters of Burnley FC.    

Ponies saved from 'sickening' conditions by Lincolnshire charity

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Bransby Horses, based near Stuton by Stow, have rescued two ponies who were emaciated and covered in cuts and lice after being asked to help by police.

Bullseye and Lasso had been neglected by their previous owners and Lasso was in such a bad state he had to get a blood transfusion from another Bransby resident named Thor.

Bransby Horses

The charity says both animals will be closely monitored on their long road to recovery.

Traffic and travel: Busy in Lincoln

BBC Travel

Traffic is building up in the city as we enter rush hour. 

The A15 Lindum Road, the A15 Melville Street and the A57 Newland are especially slow because of roadworks.

BMX track and more promised for Birchwood

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Million pound plans to develop green spaces in Lincoln have been unveiled.

Birchwood Big Local was given the money in 2012 and now has firm plans on how to spend it.

It intends to create a BMX track, an open air theatre and community gardens.

It comes as the Mayor of Lincoln officially opened the group’s first offices at the shopping centre, complete with with ribbon cutting ceremony naturally:

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We're a couple of weeks away from taking ownership and by the end of this year I would hope that there's a new park up and running.

Eddie StrengielBirchwood Big local