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Harry Parkhill

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  1. That's all folks!

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's it from me for today, thanks for the company!

    I'll leave you with a five things we didn't know this morning:

  2. Sugar tax "unfair" says Grantham drinks firm

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A drinks firm based at Bottesford near Grantham has criticised the government's proposed sugar tax, claiming it unfairly punishes the drinks industry.


    Pev Manners from Belvoir Fruit Farms says the tax is bad news for the drinks industry while being soft on sweets companies, sugar producers and those who manufacture sweeteners:

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    Video caption: Drinks manufacturer says the proposed tax unfairly targets drinks.
  3. Watch: Attacker's rooftop stand-off footage released by Humberside Police

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online

    Video footage recorded by Humberside Police's helicopter reveals the moment a "violent" attacker hurled tiles from a rooftop in a stand-off with officers.

    Clint Clay, 24, of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, assaulted Jason Potts with a machete and a hammer before taking to the roof of a house on Alexandra Road in Scunthorpe on 6 July last year.

    He denied assault and three other charges but admitted affray, and was sentenced to 13 years at Grimsby Crown Court on Monday.

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    Video caption: A "violent" attacker hurled tiles from a rooftop in a stand-off with police officers.
  4. Lego red arrow passes campaign milestone

    A campaign to turn Lincolnshire's Red Arrows into a toy has reached its 10,000 vote milestone. 

    screenshot of lego website success

    Now it's reached the target, Lego will officially consider the idea as a potential toy.

    If the toy is then manufactured, the person who came up with the idea will receive a portion of the sales.

    The red arrows are understandably pleased:

    View more on twitter
  5. Monkeying around could lead to jobs in North Lincolnshire

    BBC Radio Humberside


    Forty jobs could be created in North Lincolnshire if plans for a new adventure park go ahead. 

    adventure park

    The council has been talking to GoApe - a high rope obstacle course company - to create a course at Normanby Hall Country Park near Scunthorpe.

    North Lincolnshire Councillor Carl Sherwood says it could also lead to investment in Normanby Hall itself.

    Quote Message: There would be an improved café, toilets and visitor centre... and encourage more people to see how great North Lincolnshire is." from Cllr Carl Sherwood North Lincolnshire Councillor
    Cllr Carl Sherwood North Lincolnshire Councillor
  6. Row over scrapping some of Lincolnshire's councils continues

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A long running dispute over whether to scrap some of Lincolnshire's councils has seen fresh clashes today. 

    council meeting

    The authority has agreed to hold a consultation into whether there's public approval for the idea of combining some district councils with the county council.

    But plans for a formal referendum will not go ahead, despite County Council leader Martin Hill promising one earlier this year.

    Cllr Hill argues that the changes could save millions of pounds.

    John Hough, leader of the opposition called the idea an "empty proposition".

    Quote Message: They [the districts and county council] should have a proper discussion about what's possible and what isn't possible from John Hough Leader of the Opposition
    John HoughLeader of the Opposition
  7. Bird flu rules 'too complicated'

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    As we mentioned earlier, some of the rules over protecting poultry from Bird flu nationally are being relaxed.

    But many farmers here in Lincolnshire are unaffected by those changes.

    They will still have to keep birds under cover.

    Andy Guy from the National Farmers Union says restrictions are so complicated, that farmers are playing it safe with precautions:    

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    Video caption: Andy Guy from the NFU says changes to poultry restrictions are complicated.
  8. "It's scary, very scary": False leg hero

    Jake Zuckerman

    BBC Look North

    Craig Nairn, who used his false leg to help save a driver whose lorry tipped over , has been speaking to me about what happened.

    He remembers his own experience of being in a car crash as being "very scary", so did all he could to help:

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    Video caption: Craig Nairn speaks about his experience using his prosthetic leg to help save a driver

    See the full interview on BBC Look North, tonight at 18:30.

  9. County Council votes to increase tax

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire county council has voted to increase tax by 3.95%.

    View more on twitter

    That means County council's levy will be £1,173 from April.

    Average total bills will be around £1,555 per household.

    The move has been expected for some time.

  10. Watch: Bright and breezy afternoon

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Just a few showers on high ground to the west but eastern parts enjoying the best of that sunshine. 

    Here's a look at the forecast for the rest of today and into the weekend:

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    Video caption: Owain Wyn Evans with today's forecast
  11. Storm Doris Rescue: Prosthetic leg used in bid to smash window

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    More on this story we heard about earlier.

    It seems that a rather unusual tool was used to attempt to smash the window of lorry which turned over in high winds.


    Stuart Tweedale helped save a driver from his lorry which tipped over in Storm Doris.

    It turns out that another motorist, Craig Nairn, cracked the window with his leg before finishing the job with a hammer from the boot of his car.

    The pair (pictured) then pulled the driver to safety from the lorry, which had been leaking diesel.

    heroes stuart and craig
  12. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Charlotte Wright

    Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A quick recap on the main new stories from your Lincolnshire newsroom this afternoon:

  13. Police hunt supermarket thieves

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Thousands of pounds worth of alcohol and meat have been stolen at Lincolnshire supermarkets in the last month.


    Lincolnshire Police want to talk to a number of men (pictured) about the crimes.

    The thefts have taken place numerous times over the last month at shops in Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping.

    The police say the total value of items stolen amounted to more than £2,000.

    If you can help, contact Lincolnshire Police. 

  14. Bird flu risk continues for Lincolnshire farmers

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    New measures relaxing the rules put in place to protect against the spread of Avian Flu won't affect Lincolnshire's farmers.

    They are being told their poultry is still at risk of the disease, so must still keep birds inside or under cover.

    Some farmers across the UK are being allowed to let their free range birds out.


    Lincolnshire's farmers were originally told the restrictions would end next week.

    Some flocks' free range status could be at risk because of the length of time the birds have been enclosed.

    But the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says producers in higher risk areas can still market eggs as free range if they use netting and meet other criteria.

    Quote Message: Effective disease control will always be our priority" from Nigel Gibbens Chief Veterinary Officer
    Nigel GibbensChief Veterinary Officer
  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, near B1357 Moulton Chapel Road.

    A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Cowbit closed and slow traffic in both directions near the B1357 Moulton Chapel Road junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Thousands more women take up sport in Lincolnshire

    Nicola Gilroy

    Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Six and a half thousand more women took part in sports in the county last year, according to Sport England.

    Shona McCallin

    They say the increase (from 83,500 in 2015 to 90,000 in 2016) is credited to the "This Girl Can" campaign.

    It has been backed by Olympic Gold Medallist Shona McCallin (pictured), who's from Lincolnshire.

    She says sport can help in all aspects of your life:

    Quote Message: A lot of businesses are recruiting sports people because of ability to work in teams, clear communication skills and a real drive to succeed" from Shona McCallin Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Player
    Shona McCallin Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Player
  17. Lincoln fashionistas head for London Fashion Week

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    You may have heard of London fashion week, but Lincoln fashion week certainly isn't quite up there yet.

    But the organisers behind it are hoping to learn from their London compatriots with a trip today. 

    lincoln fashion people arrive in london

    60 people in total are taking the trip, which is funded by Lincoln's businesses.

    Organiser Michael Armstrong, from Lincoln BIG, has been turning heads with his outfit choice for the occasion:

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    Perhaps he should leave the fashion to the experts. 

  18. Ice rink given final reprieve

    Lara King

    North East Lincolnshire reporter

    Grimsby ice rink has been saved from closure for another few months.

    Campaigners fighting to save it were told at North East Lincolnshire's council meeting last night it has a final reprieve.

    They now have six months to come up with a viable business plan to run it.

    Grimsby ice rink
  19. This morning's headlines

    Charlotte Wright

    Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A quick recap of some of the stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom: