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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all folks! Our live updates are coming to a close for this week, regular updates will return on Monday morning.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few things we didn't know this morning:

Listen: Lincolnshire reaction to new schools funding

Nicola Gilroy

Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A headteacher from Boston has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that new funding allocation announced by the government is fairer but there still won't be enough money to cope with increased costs.

The changes are aimed at ensuring there's no "postcode lottery" when it comes to funding schools.

Giles Academy head teacher Ian Widdows says his school will get a bigger slice of the pie, but that the pie itself should be bigger:

Villagers frustrated by low speed broadband

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

We mentioned earlier that some villages in Lincolnshire are to be upgraded to superfast broadband.

But as some communities regularly point out, the broadband speed playing field isn't always a level one:

Watch: Humberside force commended over reform of women offenders

The Humberside Police force is being held up as an example of how to reform and help women offenders. 

The force is among several in Yorkshire seeing a decline in arrest rates for women over a 12-month period, according to new figures from the Prison Reform Trust .

However, Lincolnshire Police is one of the forces seeing an increase during that same year.

Dr Tom Guiney, from the Prison Reform Trust, has commended Humberside's efforts:

Cathedral's 'dings' back in action

Jono Brine

Junior Broadcast Assistant - Radio Lincolnshire

Do you remember Lincoln Cathedral's wonky bell ringing a couple of weeks back?:

Well all has returned to normal now, the spring which struck one of the bells has been fixed so the bells aren't quite so "wonky" sounding. 

It cost Lincoln Cathedral £700 to repair it.

I've been down to the cathedral to check, and all seems to be in order:

Watch: CCTV of £550 Louth jewellery theft suspect

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have released CCTV footage from a jewellery theft in which a gold chain worth £550 was stolen.

The theft happened just after 13:00 on 7 March from the Old Maltings jewellery shop on Aswell Street in Louth.

Police want help identifying this man, who they say is in his late 20s:

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Investment pumped into Gainsborough beer festival

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A popular beer festival in Gainsborough is to get a boost after councillors offered to pay for equipment to help save the event money.

Drinkers at Festival
Lincolnshire County Council

Previously, the festival's organisers had to rent pumping equipment needed for the festival at the Gainsborough Old Hall.

But West Lindsey's Councillor Initiative Fund has now given £2,700 to the festival so profits are pumped back into the event.

Appeal after 'shameful' theft from elderly woman in Gainsborough

An 84-year-old woman had to be treated in hospital after a struggle with a handbag thief in Gainsborough on Thursday, police have revealed.

The incident happened at about 17:15 yesterday afternoon on Enderby Crescent in Gainsborough.

The stolen bag had about £200 in cash in it, as well as the lady's bus pass, police say.

This was a shameful crime and we are doing all we can to return the lady's handbag and get justice for her."

Insp Simon OutenLincolnshire Police

Six new rides for Fantasy Island at Ingoldmell

Six brand new rides will be opened at the Fantasy Island theme park in Ingoldmells this season as well as other changes, its new owners Mellors Group have revealed.

fantasy island
Mellors Group Fantasy Holdings LTD

They took over the park after it went into administration in 2015.

The firm invested £3m into the attractions, which includes a "facelift" of the indoor market area, new mini golf and bowling facilities, and six new family rides.

This is not a one-off investment, it's the first. Our commitment is long-term. Developing Fantasy Island, continuously improving the customer experience and attracting more visitors is a big and important part of our ambition."

Edward MellorsDirector, Mellors Group

Your headlines this afternoon

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

Here's a catch-up of some of today's headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

Cleethorpes housing estate plans rejected

Plans for a new housing estate in Cleethorpes have been turned down by North East Lincolnshire planners.

Residents in Old Clee have been fighting the plans for 30 new houses for more than two years, and a second planning application has now been rejected.

Chairman of the residents action group and North East Lincolnshire councillor Matthew Patrick has welcomed the news:

Lincoln schoolboy's starring role in Beauty and the Beast

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you're heading to the cinema this weekend to see the re-make of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast then you'll also see Lincoln schoolboy Harry Marcus' starring role in the film's opening song.

harry m

In the opening song, he and other cast members sing the song Belle - and Harry's claim to fame is that he's whacked on the head by his on-screen teacher.

He filmed his parts in the film nearly two years ago now, but says he remembers it fondly:

It was an amazing experience... It's all really exciting!"

Harry MarcusSchoolboy film star

Witness appeal over Lincoln street attack

Witnesses are being sought by police after a man was left needing hospital treatment for his injuries after being attacked in Lincoln last month.

The man, in his 20s, was seriously assaulted on High Street on Saturday 18 February and is being treated by police as GBH.

It's thought the incident appears to have started as a verbal altercation between two groups near the George Centre.

Anyone who saw the attack or has any information is being asked to contact police.

Grimsby kids get free cereal thanks to charity and football club

Thousands of boxes of cereal have been handed out to schools and charities in North East Lincolnshire. 

The His Church charity has teamed up with Grimsby Town football club in a bid to to try and get children to eat more healthily and also take part in sport. 

Richard Humphrey, from the His Church charity says he hopes it will "inspire" children in our region:

Scunthorpe United boss to serve one-match FA touchline ban

BBC Sport

Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander will serve a one-match touchline ban after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge.

The 45-year-old "used abusive and/or insulting language" towards an official at the end of their League One  defeat by Gillingham  on 11 March.

Alexander has accepted the standard penalty, which includes a £1,000 fine.

Scunthorpe, who are fourth,  conceded three late penalties  in the match to lose after they had held a 2-0 lead.

Spectacular water leak in Mareham le Fen

A water leak on the main road near Coningsby sprayed water metres into the air for over an hour before it was fixed, according to Anglian Water.

water leak

The fountain was caused by water escaping from a high pressure leak on the A155 between Mareham le Fen and Revesby.

Anglian Water say it was repaired quickly once the leak was reported and no one was off water as a result.

Visible leaks like this one a really quite rare. They're impressive to look at, but our priority is to stop the water escaping as quickly as possible."

Emma StaplesAnglian Water

This afternoon's weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will spread down from the north west along with strong winds. 

Rain will be heaviest and most persistent over higher ground in the west of the region with drier spells elsewhere. Highs of 10C (50F).

Friday afternoon's weather graph

North Sea haddock taken off sustainable 'fish to eat' list

It seems there may be fewer opportunities for fisherman in our area to catch haddock. 

Three haddock fisheries in the North Sea and the west of Scotland have been downgraded by the Marine Conservation Society who now recommend we only eat the fish occasionally. 

Good Fish Guide Programme Manager, Bernadette Clarke, says compared to 2015 the stock numbers in 2016 were below the recommended level.

She says this will have an impact on consumers and businesses:

Superfast broadband promised for more areas of Lincolnshire

Thousands more homes and businesses in Lincolnshire should have superfast broadband by the end of the year, it's being promised.

Broadband plug

The county council's working with BT to ensure that 95% of Lincolnshire is connected up. 

Residents in rural areas of the county have raised concerns about the impact slow internet is having on their lives. 

The council says a number of villages should be upgraded by the end of 2017, but admits there are still thousands of homes waiting for faster internet.

Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B1206 Redbourne Mere.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 in Kirton in Lindsey blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the B1206 Redbourne Mere junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Listen: Three-weekly bin collection plan for North East Lincolnshire

BBC Radio Humberside

If you live in Grimsby, Cleethorpes or the surrounding area, you could face three-weekly bin collections under new proposals by North East Lincolnshire Council. 

The option to empty the green bins once every three weeks is one of nine being looked at next week.

BBC Radio Humberside has been asking local residents in Grimsby what they think:

Laser tag plan for ex-'war bunker' under Boston library

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There may be a few extra "shushes" needed at Boston Library in Lincolnshire in the future if planning permission for a new laser tag centre under the building gets the go-ahead.


The laser game centre will be based in what's being described as a former bunker under the library at Boston's County Hall.

According to Paul Wilkinson, the building's owner, the site includes a communications room, scientific room and air force call sign posters dating back many decades.

On the walls of the bunker, which is currently used for storage, are maps which are 15ft long and include the layout of Lincolnshire's RAF airfields, Mr Wilkinson say.

It's actually an old war bunker where the old communication rooms used to be... It lends itself to it [laser tag]. There's very little for kids to do in the town."

Paul WilkinsonOwner, Boston County Hall
Paul Wilkinson

Laser tag involves people wearing receivers and being "shot" by each other with lasers to score points.

Do you think it would be a good idea?  Get in touch with your comments.

'We should let our feet do the talking' - Imps boss Cowley

BBC Sport

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says he won't be drawn into a war of words with York City's manager.

Danny Cowley
Allsport/Getty Images

Cowley's comments come after Minstermen boss Gary Mills accused the Imps management team of trying to get his players sent off during the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final.

Lincoln trail 2-1 going into tomorrow's second leg.

Cowley (pictured) says: "You end up going tit-for-tat with somebody in public and I don't think that looks good for anyone.

"You have trash talk in boxing, sledging in cricket. In football we should just let our feet do the talking. We'll not get involved in any of that," he adds.

'We're very proud of our little town' - Reaction to Spilsby report

A group in Spilsby says it's looking to turn around the town's fortunes after it was criticised in a new report.


Spilsby was named in the East Lindsey Council report as the district's worst-performing town , with several vacant shops and low footfall.

The council says it's trying to entice more visitors with more free parking.

And Elaine Lowe, treasurer of the Spilsby Community-Led Town Plan Group, says local residents "feel strongly" about where they live.

"We want to bring Spilsby back to how it should be because we're very proud of our little town," she says.

Church roof alarm foils Lincolnshire lead thieves

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A church in Lincolnshire which has twice had lead stolen from its roof has had a new alarm system fitted - and it's now been proved to be working well.

St mary's church

St Mary's Church in Tydd St Mary received funding to put in a new roof protection system.

Thousands of pounds' worth of damage was caused when lead was stolen twice before, but since the alarm was installed a third attempt has been foiled.

Perhaps you could say the new alarm system has "lead" to better things?

Lincolnshire fire crews tackle two hay bale fires

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

On occasion we might have a hay bale fire in Lincolnshire, but last night fire crews tackled two.

One of the fires, near Waddington, saw 800 bales of straw ablaze.

The fire has been left to burn out this morning.

The other had two tonnes of straw ablaze near Revesby, which was extinguished late last night.

Watch: Cloudy and patchy rain ahead for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Sadly, it's not looking too spring-like over the weekend.

Watch my full forecast here:

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom, it's Harry keeping you company with the latest news updates for Friday 17 March 2017.

I'll also be bringing you travel, weather and sports news throughout the day.

If you want to get in touch, just send me an  email , or a message on  Facebook  or  Twitter

And why not send me your pictures, or any news or info about what's happening where you are? 

Five things we didn't know this morning

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all folks, our regular live updates have finished, but we'll keep this feed up-to-date with breaking news from the county throughout the night.

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

In pictures: BBC School Report day

Martin Slack

School Report - BBC Lincolnshire

Pupils across Lincolnshire ( and the rest of the country ) have been taking part in the annual BBC School Report day.

They've been making videos, meeting football stars Danny Cowley and Johnny Margetts, talking on the radio this morning  and fiddling with our satellite truck:

kids making video
kids meeting football star
fiddling with satellite truck

£197,000 beachut revamp begins

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

With some of the beautiful weather we've had over the past few days, you may have been mowing the lawn, perhaps tidying up the house.

Well, spare a thought for these chaps, they've spent the last few days sprucing up 19 beach huts in the Mablethorpe sunshine.


The huts have been given £147,000 by East Lindsey District Council and £50,000 from the Coastal Revival fund.

And there'll even be nine new huts built. 

Lincoln arson was "serious attempt to cause danger to life"

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An arson attack at a house in Lincoln has been described by police as "a serious attempt to cause danger to life".

Officers have released this image of a man who was in the area at the time of the incident. Whilst the picture quality is poor, they hope someone may recognise the distinctive jacket.  

Lincolnshire Police

A shed attached to the house on Vine Street, off Monks Road, was set alight some time between midnight and 02:00 yesterday.

Luckily nobody was injured in the fire.

School Report: Students at Sincil Bank

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

You may have heard numerous youngsters trying their hand at football commentary whilst having a kick around at the park... Well today, we've made that dream a reality:

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Youngsters across the country are making us look bad whilst doing their School Reports .

Lincolnshire Paralympian Hollie receives MBE

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Gold medal-winning and world record-holding Paralympic Athlete Hollie Arnold has officially added another claim to fame to her tally:

View more on twitter

She was included in the New Years Honours list this year after becoming a gold medal winner at last year's Paralympics and has been to Buckingham Palace today to receive the honour.

Hollie, from Holton-Le-Clay, near Cleethorpes, currently holds the world record for F46 Javelin - that's the disability classification for people with an above or below the elbow amputation.

Her website says she's currently training for the World Championships which are due to be held in London in July.

Teenager who crashed car during 100mph police pursuit sentenced

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live

A teenager who crashed his car in a high-speed police pursuit in Lincolnshire has been sentenced. 

village sign

Steven Thomas, 19, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution after two of his passengers were seriously injured in a 100mph chase through the Lincolnshire Wolds 

Thomas eventually lost control and smashed into a road sign and tree in Hagworthingham.

A 13-year-old female passenger suffered several fractures, and a pregnant woman required 50 stitches for a large cut to her head.

The prosecution said Thomas was evading police either because he was speeding or because he had "10,000 counterfeit cigarettes in his boot".  

Having seen the photos of the wreckage, it is a wonder any of you survived."

Paul Mann QCJudge

Your views: Spilsby in the spotlight

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More now on our story about Spilsby being labelled by East Lindsey Council as the " worst-performing " town in the district.

spilsby market

I asked for some of your comments, and you've been in touch.

If you want to be featured here, send me an email with your comments .

This is what people have been saying:

This afternoon's weather forecast

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually increase during the afternoon, with the risk of some patchy drizzle. 

A brisk southwesterly breeze and temperatures reaching about 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

BBC News School Report Day: Students quiz Hull head teacher

BBC School Report

As part of today's BBC News School Report Day, pupils from Carre's Grammar School in Sleaford have been interviewing their headmaster.

He looked apprehensive before they began:


Jacob, Oliver and Rory questioned Nick Law - or Mr Law, to them - about the prospect of the school moving from single-sex school to mixed.

Here's his response:

Lincolnshire councils not building enough houses

Victoria Holland

BBC Look North

Councils in Lincolnshire are missing their housebuilding targets by thousands, according to figures acquired by BBC Look North.


A total of 25,765 homes should have been built between 2011 and 2016. 

But the figures show that 14,321 had been constructed, meaning the entire Lincolnshire region was 11,444 short of its target.

The government wants to build a million homes by 2020.