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  1. Police and fire service called to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital
  2. A fire in a microwave has resulted in cancelled operations
  3. Around 25 patients have been moved
  4. Updates on Friday 31 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

Five things we didn't know this morning

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all for our live updates for this week, but do keep checking back with the BBC news website for breaking news over the weekend.

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

Pilgrim Hospital fire: Staff treated for smoke inhalation

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Nine members of staff at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a kitchen area.

Ambulances are no longer being diverted to other hospitals and the A&E department has been fully re-opened.

Although acute stroke service will continue after 18:00 this evening, the hospital trust doesn't know when the ward itself will reopen.

If you've missed the story so far, here's a recap:

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Travel: A52 closed near Saxondale

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

New lifeboat arrives in style

Tomorrow this beauty will be officially named the Joel and April Grunnill.

Today, it's arriving on Lincolnshire's shoreline in style, watch this:

The boat is being named after two members of the Grunnill family who have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds towards buying the new boat.

Last month Skegness waved goodbye to "The Lincolnshire Poacher" which was retired from the lifeboat station there.

Paedophile rugby coach jailed

A Lincolnshire rugby coach with a self-confessed interest in young girls has been jailed for three years after being ensnared by a police sting.

Jacob Cook, 30, from Woodhall Spa, was caught by an officer pretending to be a 13-year-old girl online.

Cook requested photos of the girl and asked to take her virginity.

He also admitted three charges of making a total of 230 indecent images of children.

The man was jailed for three years and given a seven-year sexual harm prevention order.

Sentencing, Judge John Pini said that paedophile offences are "very worryingly on the increase".

These offences are significantly and very worryingly on the increase. Hardly a week goes by without this court seeing cases of young girls being groomed online by older men. These offences are... very worrying to the courts and they cause very considerable public concern.

Judge John Pini

Three casualties in Skegness fire

Helen Gardner

BBC Radio Lincolnshire Reporter

Away from the fire at Pilgrim Hospital, which caused a ward to be evacuated , Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have been attending a different blaze in Skegness.

East Midlands Ambulance Service say that three people were treated by paramedics at the scene.

One person has been taken to Lincoln County Hospital for treatment.


Council decides how to spend £5.4m road fund

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

£5.4m worth of government funding will be spent improving the A17, according to Lincolnshire County Council.


Improvements to the A17 at Gedney, Holbeach and in Sleaford are planned.

The county council also intend on spending some of the money improving junctions on Wragby Road in Lincoln, making significant repairs to the Louth Bypass and sprucing up bus shelters across the county.

Work on Lincoln's bus station begins

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

You may have experienced the disruption in Lincoln caused by the building work on the transport hub.

Well, good news is, it's taking shape nicely:

City of Lincoln Council

You may have seen the assembly of the multi-storey car park (pictured in the background) taking shape in the last few weeks.

Now the first pieces of the new bus station have been erected on the site.

The £30m Transport Hub project will include 1,000 parking spaces, the new bus station, and improvements to the railway station.

Marmalade sandwich hunt and Paddington sculpture in Skegness

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

How he's going to get his marmalade sandwiches out from underneath this hat I don't know, but Paddington Bear has arrived in Skegness:

Paddington sculpture
Hildreds Shopping Centre

The famous teddy bear has been immortalised in cement for a Marie Curie cancer event at Hildred's Shopping Centre in Skegness.

A Mr Brown sculpture will also be joining the young bear for the Easter event, which includes a hunt for marmalade sandwiches hidden around the shopping centre.

But children should be on their best behaviour because this bear will give a VERY hard stare... 

Paddington sculpture
Hildreds Shopping Centre

Isle of Man TT: Lincolnshire rider to run own team

Double TT race winner Gary Johnson will run his own team at this year's event in the Isle of Man.

Gary Johnson
Isle of Man TT

The Lincolnshire rider will run the all-new GSX-R Suzuki in the Superbike, Senior and Superstock races and Triumphs in the two Supersport races.

He told  BBC Sport : "I'm feeling as strong as I've felt over the last few years and although it's a massive undertaking to run my own team, I'm really focused."

Cheques Bomber Command Memorial

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The last surviving Dambuster has been at Lincoln's International Bomber Command Centre memorial today to present a £6,500 donation to the centre.

Martin Withers and the Vulcan to the Skies trust donated the money after Nicki Barr from the centre told the BBC the centre still needs £2m before it can open to the public.

George "Johnny" Johnson, 95, who took part in the 1943 air raid on German dams, presented the cheque today:


Missing man from Holbeach

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 24-year-old man who's been missing for more than two weeks.

James Dalrymple was last seen on 15 March and may have travelled to London. He is slim, 5'8" tall with short, fair hair.

Police want him to make contact with family, police or the  Missing People  charity. 

James Dalrymple
Lincs Police

Pilgrim Hospital fire: What we know

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A fire at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital this morning was tackled without any injuries, here's what we know:

Kevin Brockelsby
  • The hospital trust says day case appointments and operations have been cancelled, but outpatient appointments are going ahead as planned
  • The blaze caused smoke damage to the building and people working at the hospital have said some units still smell like smoke

fire window
  • Eight engines were at the hospital this morning. That's been scaled back to just two
  • Fire officers have yet to confirm the exact cause of the fire
Louise Rutt

Headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Let's have a quick look at some of the top stories in our Lincolnshire newsroom today:

Pilgrim Hospital fire: "Quick-thinking" firefighters prevented injuries

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Quick-thinking firefighters and hospital staff have been praised for their work moving about 25 patients from a ward after a fire at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

The speedy actions of the crew meant the blaze was extinguished without any injuries to staff or patients.

Matt King is from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue:

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The blaze caused some smoke damage to the one of the wards in the hospital:

Smoke-stained window

Coastal path for entire English coast

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's an ambitious plan, but Natural England are working on creating a good quality path along the entire English coast.

They're currently working on sections between Mablethorpe and Skegness.

anderby creek

Although there are paths already on England's coast, the hope is to link them all up and improve them.

Andrew Best, senior adviser at Natural England, says some areas have better paths than others, and it's a case of "joining these bits together".

We can improve paths, we can make sure it's really well signposted and make sure it's crystal clear where to go. There are places we can improve the surface and create little link paths.

Andrew BestSenior Advisor - Natural England

Veteran campaigns for Bomber Command Centre

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The last surviving Dambuster has responded to a campaign to give him a knighthood by telling people to donate to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincolnshire.

Johnny Johnson, who took part in the experimental bouncing bomb attack on German dams in 1943, says people should "dig deep" and support the memorial near Lincoln.

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The IBCC (pictured) still needs £2m before it's completed.


Pilgrim Hospital fire: Pictures from the scene

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I'm at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston this morning where the fire service has been attending to a fire.

There's been a fire, which police say was caused by a microwave on the ninth floor.

This is the scene now, some of the fire engines have left:

hospital with fire engines

Keith Brockelsby who is a patient in the hospital has sent us these photos from earlier:

view from inside
Keith Brockelsby
Keith Brockelsby

Pilgrim Hospital fire: Ambulances being diverted

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Ambulances to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital are being diverted to other sites after a minor fire this morning.

fire engines at hospital
Louise Rutt

Lincolnshire Police say that the fire is thought to have started at just after 06:00 today.

They say early indications suggest it was caused by a kitchen microwave.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals says that the incident is under control and there is no immediate danger to staff or patients.

Day case appointments and operations have been cancelled, outpatient appointments are still going ahead.

Blueprint for tackling crime released

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says the abuse of elderly people and those with learning difficulties are a priority for future policing.

Marc Jones (pictured below) says the police will work with partners to "disrupt threats to the vulnerable" including "targeted scamming".

It comes as part of the PCC's new plan for tackling crime in the county.


Other priorities identified by the commissioner are:

  • Reducing re-offending with a new offender management programme.
  • New compassionate services that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual crime through the criminal justice process.
  • Support for Neighbourhood Watch-style volunteer schemes.
  • Investment in technology to help officers spend less time at a desk and more time on the beat.

Lady mops village sign

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Have you got the feather duster out for a spring clean yet?

Well it seems that a lady in one Lincolnshire village has gone a step further with the spring clean to celebrate English tourism week:

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It puts the rest of us to shame doesn't it?

Search for missing mum and sons enters day five

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's still been no news on Samantha Baldwin, who's wanted on suspicion of abducting her sons Dylan Madge, 6, and Louis Madge, 9.

Here's what we know so far...

  • Police released these new CCTV images last night from the last time she was seen on Monday, wearing a distinctive red coat
  • The images show her in two locations - Nottingham Waterfront, near the canal, at about 11:00 and then at Cheapside, off the Old Market Square, between 11:30 and 12:45
  • Neither she nor the boys have been seen since
Nottinghamshire Police
  • Police revealed earlier in the week she does not have custody of the boys
  • They have issued a warning at airports and ports in the UK and widened the search to Europe
  • House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in her hometown of Newark
  • The family also has links to Manchester and Lincolnshire

Pilgrim Hospital fire cause pinpointed

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police say that early indications show that the fire at Pilgrim Hospital was caused by a kitchen microwave.

They say the appears to have started on the ninth floor of the Boston hospital.

Approximately 25 patients have been moved to different wards.

Police say no-one has been injured.

Louise Rutt

Your Friday weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

If you're planning on heading out today, here's your forecast:

Watch: Fire service at Pilgrim Hospital

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Eight fire engines are at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital this morning.

Listeners to Radio Lincolnshire say they believe there has been an incident on the ninth floor of the hospital.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust say that day case appointments and operations have been cancelled.

Outpatient appointments are still going ahead.

Here's some video of the scene from Lee Nicholson:

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Fire services at Lincolnshire hospital

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire fire and rescue have confirmed that there are eight fire engines attending an incident at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

There was also a heavy police presence in Boston this morning. 

We'll have more as we get it.


Good morning, welcome to Friday's coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom, I'm Harry and I'll be holding your hand through the latest news updates today.

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  , a message on  Facebook   or  Twitter  .

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

Five things we learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from our live updates for today, but keep checking back throughout the night for any breaking news.

In the meantime, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

Cleethorpes MP asks for more reassurance from Brexit Secretary

The government's been setting out plans to replace all EU laws , once Britain leaves the European Union. 

The Repeal Bill will transfer all EU rules onto the UK's statute book. It would also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Brexit Secretary David Davis - who's also the MP for Haltemprice and Howden -  says it will allow the parliament and the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish administrations to scrap, amend and improve laws.  

David Davis MP

The MP for Cleethorpes Martin Vickers asked the Brexit Secretary for more reassurance:  

Rising Reds

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Take a look at this excellent shot of the Red Arrows taking off from RAF Scampton this morning.

Thanks to Steve Jollands for having a quick trigger finger and a good eye. 

red arrows
Steve Jollands

Boston superbike rider returns after horrific injuries

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Boston Superbike rider Ben Wilson will rejoin the Gearlink Kawasaki team for the 2017 season as an adviser after an accident stalled his career last year.

ben wilson
Jon Jessop Photography

He suffered horrific injuries while racing at Superbike Championship NorthWest 200 last year.  

He was told he came within minutes of losing his leg after the accident which was caused when his bike became stuck in neutral and he had to take a corner at 60mph.

He underwent in surgery in December and has only recently left hospital:

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Exceptional temperatures for late March

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

You'll be forgiven for thinking it's ever so slightly warm this afternoon.

The mercury has hit 21C (70F) at Holbeach in south Lincolnshire today.

That's pretty rare for this time of the year.

It certainly looks lovely outside our window, why not email me your photos of the sunshine?


Rabbit rescue home to close

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A rabbit rescue centre, believed to be the only one of its kind in Lincolnshire, is closing because running it is too stressful for the owner.

Lincolnshire Rabbit Rescue and Re-homing

Jackie White says that it's also become too expensive to run the centre near Spilsby in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

She says the limited space she has to offer means it can be stressful turning down requests from the public to re-home their rabbits.

If you're interested in re-homing any of the rabbits pictured here, head to her website.

Lincolnshire Rabbit Rescue and Re-homing
Lincolnshire Rabbit Rescue and Re-homing

It's very stressful with the amount of people that phone me all the time wanting to bring rabbits in and I've never got enough room so I'm having to close because I can't afford to keep it going any more.

Jackie WhiteRabbit Rescue Owner

Fitties residents 'left in the dark' over sale

The community group which tried to take on the running of the Humberston Fitties chalet park has accused North East Lincolnshire Council of keeping it in the dark.

Earlier today it was revealed a bid by the Tingdene group had been given approval to take on the park for a sum of £2.1m.

The park's residents had hoped to run the 320-chalet park with a £1.5m community bid.  

We know nothing about them or what leases they've got. This is a unique situation because we own the properties but we rent the land from the council."

Bob Reynolds Fitties Community Interest Group
Humberston Fitties

North East Lincolnshire Council said it appreciated the residents' efforts, but it had gone with the best deal.

Huge queues at supermarket opening

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's easy to forget how handy your local supermarket is. 

If you live in a big town or city you probably take it for granted.

People in Mablethorpe certainly don't:

Mablethorpe Photo Album

More than 100 queued up for today's opening of a Lidl supermarket in the seaside town.

There was even a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a town crier.

The original shop was closed and knocked down; so the Lidl is the only supermarket of this size in the town.

Football: Imps focused on promotion

Su Whitaker

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Despite reigning supreme in the National League, Lincoln City FC are still not complacent about their promotion hopes.

Midfielder Elliot Whitehouse says the team are fully focused on moving up to the football league after a draw earlier in the week:

elliot whitehouse
Getty Images

We've just got to move on to the next game, put the wrongs right, hopefully get three points at home. We've just got to keep together, work hard and keep grinding results out and push for promotion.

Elliot WhitehouseLincoln City

Lincoln cathedral second most popular in online poll

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Which do you think is the most popular cathedral in the UK?

Surely, it's this one:

Lincoln Cathedral

Well, not according to an online poll.

But Lincoln Cathedral are keen to overtake their rivals today...can you help them?

Grade II-listed building bought for £1

Louise Wheeler

BBC Look North

You can't buy a litre of petrol for it, but apparently, a quid can buy you this:

victoria mill

North East Lincolnshire Council have paid the nominal fee of £1 to bring the Victoria Mill in Grimsby into public ownership.

The council has spent £2m on repairs since February 2016.

It is not yet known what the Grade II-listed building will be used for.

It was an important part of the town's history and a dominant feature on the skyline for miles around.

David WatsonNorth East Lincolnshire Council

Weather: Weekend forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Planing ahead for the weekend?

It's looking like it'll be sunny on Sunday, and showers on Saturday:


Headlines this afternoon

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Let's have a quick look at some of the headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom today: