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  1. Extra security checks at events this weekend
  2. Appeal for help to find missing prisoner
  3. General election: UKIP leader campaigns in Grimsby
  4. Lincoln Mayor appeals for food bank donations
  5. Warning of lakes swimming danger
  6. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it for today, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine. We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 and updates on breaking news, sport and travel stories will appear here over the weekend.

I'll leave you with five things we've found out during the day:

Prayers in Lincoln for Manchester attack victims

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's religious leaders have met today to pray for the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

Representatives from the Catholic, Anglican and Jewish communities joined with Muslims during Friday prayers at the city's mosque.

The Dean of Lincoln, The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, says it's important that faiths unite.

Faith leaders

We need to show the way and say that actually we want our children and our grandchildren to be without fear and knowing they have a safe place and environment to live in and a future that's without fear and that love wins."

The Very Reverend Christine WilsonDean of Lincoln

Police appeal for missing Louth woman

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing Louth woman who has not had contact with her family since Saturday 20 May.

49-year-old Sharon Simpson and was reported missing from her home yesterday.

Sharon Simpson
Lincolnshire Police

Police are becoming very concerned for her and have urged anyone who knows her whereabouts to call 101.

They are also appealing directly to Sharon to make contact so her family can be reassured that she is safe.

Ant and Dec super-fan from Sleaford gets surprise visit from her idols

Louth Leader

An Ant and Dec super-fan from Sleaford has described the ‘incredible’ and ‘surreal’ moment she met her idols.

The Saturday Night Takeaway stars surprised 25-year-old Rebecca Grice after best friend Katie Holmes nominated her to win the ‘Suzuki Surprise’.

Rebecca Grice and Katie Holmes with Ant and Dec
Rebecca Grice

Lincolnshire man found guilty of sex offences against boy

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A former Lincolnshire police officer and scout master has been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a boy younger than 13.

William Wright
Lincolnshire Police

William Wright, 30, was convicted of eight offences after a trial at Lincoln Crown Court. He will be sentenced at a later date.

In 2011, he was given an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of three years and 10 months, after pleading guilty to 32 sexual offences, including sexual assault, enticing a girl to engage in pornography and making indecent images of a child.

Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, Lincolnshire, was described by police at the time as a “dangerous predatory paedophile”.

'Frightening' 80-mile hospital trip

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire woman's described how her injured son was taken on an 80 mile trip to get hospital treatment.

Adele Crompton-Allan from Great Gonerby says she had to drive her 7-year-old son, who broke his arm, from their home near Grantham to Lincoln Accident and Emergency Unit.

Grantham A&E was shut and she was told there'd be a long wait for an ambulance. Harry was then taken to the QMC in Nottingham.

Grantham A&E

If the A&E was open it would have been a shorter journey for us only being a Great Gonerby anyway... We could have got to Grantham quickly, they could've stabilised him, they could've given him all the necessary drugs for pain relief and everything which could have made him more comfortable earlier before we had to be transferred anywhere. It was not good.

Adele Crompton-AllanHarry's Mum

EMAS have apologised to the family saying they are sorry that they could not get to the patient sooner.

There were ambulances in the area and a crew were on their way to the child, however as the family informed us they were making their own way to hospital the ambulance crew were made available to respond to the next emergency.

Ben HoldawayDeputy Director of Operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service

Boston looking lovely in the sunshine

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thank you to Jason T one of our Lincolnshire Weather Watchers for this amazing picture of Boston Stump today.

Jason T

Lincoln City season tickets selling fast

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City have sold over 3,500 season tickets for next season, the club have confirmed.

However, a number of fans are still to renew their season tickets meaning the figure could rise to over 4,000.

Imps managing director Kevin Cooke says he hopes attendances at Sincil Bank will continue to rise.

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We averaged just over 5,000 people this season, but you know attednances started lower and then they were really high towards the end of the season... I would hope that we would beat that this season.

Kevin CookeLincoln City Managing Director

Warning of lakes swimming danger

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

People are being warned of the dangers of swimming in open water following several incidents of children jumping into the lakes at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes.

Hartsholme Lake

City of Lincoln Council’s park rangers have issued a warning to people to keep out of the water as the hot weather continues and half-term approaches.

Apart from the obvious danger of hitting rocks or hidden debris, the lake is very deep and if someone swimming were to get into difficulty it could become a very dangerous situation, as it would be hard to reach anyone who gets into trouble."

Lisa BlezzardConservation Ranger

UKIP leader campaigns in Grimsby

The UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has been campaigning in Grimsby today where he called for foreign aid to be scrapped and the money used to help fund the NHS.

Paul Nuttall

Election campaigning was postponed until today following the Manchester terrorist attack.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside the UKIP leader said he's not sure the Prime Minister Theresa May will 'get the job done' over a strong brexit deal.

The negotiations haven't even started yet and it's very easy for Theresa May to talk the talk and act tough. Let's see what happens when she has to walk the walk."

Paul NuttallUKIP Leader

Former councillor jailed over indecent images of children

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A 72 year old south Lincolnshire man has today been jailed for 8 months for viewing indecent images of children.

Peter Bird of East Street, Crowland, a former parish councillor and special constable, admitted the charges.

The judge told him that children had been abused in the making of the material.

Blue skies across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Here are two lovely pictures sent in by some BBC Lincolnshire Weather Watchers this morning.

This countryside view was taken at Caythorpe by milliegeorge&me.


This shot of a Lincoln Knight on Steep Hill was sent in by Isle Explorer.

Lincoln Knight
Isle Explorer

Thanks both for sending them in! If you want to become one of our Weather Watchers click here for more details.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

More opportunities to learn CPR this weekend

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There's another chance to learn livesaving CPR skills this weekend as part of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life Campaign.

The station's trying to get 10,000 people to learn the skill.

At the start of the week, we announced the 3,000 mark had been passed - and it should be closer to 4,000 after this weekend.

Our partners, LIVES and St John Ambulance, will be at an event in Sleaford, the Family Fun Fest at the town's rugby club.

You're invited to our candidates' debate in Lincoln

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As you may know, I've been holding a series of election candidates' debates.

We've had to make a few changes because of the suspension of campaigning by the political parties after the Manchester terrorist attack.

But it's continuing next week in Lincoln, and we'll be teaming up with the Lincolnite to bring you the debate on Monday 5 June at the Drill Hall at 19:15.

We want as many of you there as possible, so please register to attend.

Lincoln candidates
Beach hut

The hut, which attracted some opposition at the outset, sits alongside more traditional structures.

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Lincoln Mayor appeals for food bank donations

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Chris Burke went to the Ermine Community Larder earlier this week to officially launch this year's Mayoral Charity.

He has chosen to help all of Lincoln's food banks and community larders and went along to see what needs to be done to make a difference.

These important places are very short on food, and these may be things that you have extra at home and would happily donate. I would encourage everyone to at least have a look to see if there is anything they can spare, and to help us feed those in need by dropping food items off at one of the seven venues in Lincoln.

Chris BurkeMayor of Lincoln
Chris Burke
City of Lincoln council

Food banks and community larders will take any food as long as it is packaged in ‘as new’ condition and it is well within its best before date.

'Huge' levels of investment in the Lincolnshire coast

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Nearly fifty million pounds is currently being invested into the Lincolnshire coast according to East Lindsey District Council.


It includes the £16m redevelopment of the former Skegness Town Football Club ground and almost ten million pounds bringing Premier Inn, KFC and Brewer's Fayre to Skegness.

Many hotels and caravan sites are booked out for the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Definitely seems to be busier this year. I wonder whether it's because people aren't going abroad or staying away from the big towns at the moment and saying let's go to the seaside.

Tim BathamAssistant manager at the County Hotel in Skegness

Have you seen this man?

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A prisoner has absconded from a prison near Boston.

Nicky Ward
Lincolnshire Police

Nicky Ward, 36, has been absent from HMP North Sea Camp since Wednesday night.

Police say he has links to Skegness but is from South Yorkshire. He's described as 6'2" tall with black hair and green eyes.

If you think you have seen him, or have any information concerning his whereabouts, Lincolnshire Police ask you to call 101.

Lincolnshire roads are 'dangerous for bikes'

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A superbike champion in Lincolnshire is calling for more potholes to be mended in Lincolnshire. Steve Plater says the county's roads are dangerous for bikes.

Steve Plater
Getty Images

In some places it could be life threatening. There are quite a few potholes and for a motorcycle or a cyclist in the middle of a corner, if you were to lose control through a pothole and fall off there only has to be something, not even major vehicle wise, coming the other way. That could be catastrophic.

Steve PlaterSuperbike champion

The county council says it's fixed more than 200,000 potholes in the past two years, but councillor for highways Richard Davies admits they need to do more.

The Breakfast Club: exams edition

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Did your mum ever tell you to not skip breakfast because it's the most important meal of the day?

Well for the young people who're in the middle of all their exams, it's all the more important to get the day off to a good start!

Boston Grammar School's now started a breakfast club for students during this exam period.

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Extra security checks at events this weekend

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Following the Manchester bombing on Monday and the UK threat level being raised to critical, Lincolnshire Police are telling gig-goers to expect extra security checks this weekend.

If you're going to Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull or two big planned music gigs on the Lincolnshire Showground you'll need to allow extra time.

Inspector Mark Garthwaite from Lincolnshire Police says you shouldn't be alarmed if you see armed officers.

They're still police officers, they just happen to have a very high level of training and they're very professional and proficient with what they've got. But by all means go and chat to them.

Mark GarthwaiteLincolnshire Police

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's the top stories so far this morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • The A16 and A17 roundabout near Algarkirk near Boston is closed this morning. A lorry has shed its load of slurry
  • Almost £50m is being invested into the Lincolnshire coast
  • A superbike champion in Lincolnshire is calling for more potholes to be mended in the county
  • Gig-goers are being told to allow extra time for extra security checks for two big music events at the Lincolnshire Showground this weekend

Weather: Get your sun cream on

BBC Weather

It's going to be a scorcher - with highs of 25C (77F).

Today will be dry, sunny and very warm again inland. It will be more breezy than yesterday and it'll feel cooler along the coast.

Weather chart

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from sunny Lincoln. We're back again to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

It'd be great to hear from you, so get in touch by sending an email, or messaging on Facebook or Twitter.

Goodbye: Five things we've learnt today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it for this Thursday. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 and updates on breaking news, sport and travel stories will appear her throughout the night.

I'm off now to enjoy what's left of the beautiful blue skies - but before I disappear, let's look back at five things we've found out during the day:

Superbike champ gives council a rough ride over potholes

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A superbike racer from Lincolnshire says the state of the county's roads is appalling.

Isle of Man TT Champion Steve Plater (in action below) says potholes are causing real problems for bikers.

Steve Plater
Getty Images

Lincolnshire County Council says it's fixed more than two hundred thousand potholes in the past two years.

There's more on this story on tonight's Look North on BBC 1 at 18.30.

Lincolnshire seems to have a drastic problem with the surface of its roads. Many, many potholes in various places, which in my opinion are very dangerous."

Steve PlaterMotorcycle champion

New queue at Sincil Bank - this time for trophy selfies

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's been a familiar scene at Lincoln City over the past few months - queues for FA Cup tickets, season tickets and last-game-of-the-season tickets.

But now young fans and their mums and dads are outside the VIP lounge hoping to get a picture with the National League trophy.

sincil bank
Young fans

If you want to get in on the action like these young fans - the trophy will be there until 20.00.

Football: Habergham signs contract extension

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Lincoln City full back Sam Habergham has signed a one year extension to his contract.

Habergham made 56 appearances for the Imps last season as they won promotion back to the Football League and reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

Sam Habergham
Getty Images

Mine's a pint: Beer festival begins

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Lincoln Beer Festival is underway - but as you can see from the picture below the organisers are taking security very seriously in the wake of the Manchester bomb attack:

Beer fest poster

Despite the bag searches there are plenty of beer lovers at the event at Lincoln's Drill Hall - and the festival has spilled outside into the sunshine:

Beer fest

If you're thinking of heading there to test a couple of brews, wait until 18.00 because that's when it reopens.

It's also on tomorrow and Saturday from noon until 23.00.

Standing in silence for the victims of Manchester bomb attack

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here are the scenes across the region as people took a minute at 11:00 to reflect on Monday night's concert suicide bomb, and the people affected:

Open top Seasiders back on the prom

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's a real sign that summer's on the way - the Skegness Seasider open top buses are back on the road:

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David Bellamy presides over Environmental Awards

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Community groups, businesses, farmers and schools will find out today if they've won a Lincolnshire Environmental Award.

The panel of judges is being chaired once again by the environmentalist Professor David Bellamy.

David Bellamy
Getty Images

The awards, which are organised by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, began 25 years ago - and today's winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Lincoln later.

RNLI issues swimming warning ahead of bank holiday weekend

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you're heading to the Lincolnshire coast this bank holiday weekend then you're being urged by the RNLI to think carefully before jumping into the sea.

RNLI Skegness

It's as research has shown that the sudden immersion into cold water can put people into cold water shock- which can trigger the instinctive reaction to swim hard and possibly drown.

Instead they say you should try to float until the effects of shock pass.

Football: Trinity to host Doncaster Rovers in pre-season friendly

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Gainsborough Trinity bosses have announced they'll welcome their near neighbours Doncaster Rovers as the highlight of their pre-season fixtures.

Prices are still to be confirmed for the match, which will take place at the Northolme on Monday, 31 July. The National League proper begins on Saturday 5 August.

Gainsborough Trinity

Weather: Mainly sunny and warm

BBC Weather

The warm weather continues this afternoon - but it could be cloudy towards the coast:


Your headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Canadian fighter in Scampton show line-up

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The organisers of the Scampton Airshow have announced that the Royal Canadian Air Force has agreed to send one of its jets to the event.

hornet jet
Scampton Airshow

The CF-18 Hornet fighter will be part of the static display at RAF Scampton for the show, which will take place on 9 and 10 September.

Show director Paul Sall says the history between Lincolnshire and the Royal Canadian Air Force is "undeniably strong" with many RCAF personnel based in the county in the Second World War.

The connection with RAF Scampton is particularly of note, with 30 members of the legendary 617 Dambusters Squadron being Royal Canadian Air Force."

Paul SallAirshow director

Police officers and staff observe minute's silence

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's a picture from Lincolnshire Police HQ in Nettleham, near Lincoln:

Police silence
Lincolnshire Police

Scenes like this were reflected across the county this morning as people observed a silence for the victims of Monday's suicide bomb in Manchester.

Twenty-two people were killed and 64 injured after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device at Manchester Arena.

Manchester's council invited people "to pay your respects to those we lost".

Man in critical condition after 'serious assault'

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 50-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after being found at a house in Gainsborough.

Police say he was discovered in Salisbury Street in Gainsborough at around 11:30 yesterday morning.


An appeal's been made to anyone who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday to come forward.