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  1. Flagship beach huts in Mablethorpe targeted by vandals
  2. Hospital trust apologises after Sleaford man's transplant mix-up death
  3. Witness appeal after schoolgirl hit by car in Sleaford
  4. CCTV appeal after man steals charity box from Horncastle bakery
  5. Updates on Wednesday 7 June 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more live updates.

Just before we finish, there's time to look back at five things we've discovered during the day:

A polling booth in a conservatory? Why not...

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Earlier on today, I told you how to find out where your polling station is.

Polling station sign
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But for the people of East Ferry, near Gainsborough, their polling station will be in someone's conservatory!

Andrea Pettit's getting her house ready now to welcome voters tomorrow.

She's been doing it for the past six or so years after the pub in the village, which used to be the polling station, closed.

Andrea is the parish clerk for the village, and so offered up her home for people to come along, vote and have a cuppa.

Portland Terrace

One victim handed over his bank details after being threatened with a knife.

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Imps getting closer to new signings

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says he's been meeting potential new signings today.

The Imps haven't signed anyone this summer, but Cowley says they are closing in on some new additions.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Rob Makepeace has these few calming words for Imps fans:

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Housing charity 'to invest £6m a year' in North East Lincolnshire homes

A housing charity in North East Lincolnshire says it's going to invest £6m a year into improving its properties over the next 10 years.


Shoreline Housing Partnership has pledged to install new kitchens, bathrooms, roofs, windows and doors as well as heating and electrical systems.

More than 2,700 homes will be improved, the charity says.

Last week,it announced it was shutting three sheltered accomodation sites for elderly and disabled people.

Hotels targeted in police crackdown on child sex abuse

Undercover police officers have been targeting hotels in the Yorkshire and Humber region as part of a crackdown on child sexual exploitation.

Police jacket

Officers in plain clothing accompanied by a child visited a number of hotels across the region, including in Hull and Scunthorpe, to see if staff would ask for identification when they tried to book a double room.

Staff at hotels and other licensed premises have been offered training in how to recognise signs of abuse.

The police say there were 63 cases where children were sexually abused in hotels or bed and breakfasts in the Yorkshire and Humber region in 2015 and 2016.

Det Supt Simon Beldon says: "I am pleased that the vast majority of establishments passed the test, although slightly disappointed that most only turned the officer and child away rather than actually report them to us. Only three establishments - including one in Scunthorpe - did do that."

Child seriously injured in Grimsby crash

A woman and two children have been injured, one seriously, in a crash involving a car and a lorry in Grimsby.

King Edward Street, Grimsby

It happened on King Edward Street at about 15:45 on Tuesday and involved a white Volvo lorry and a black Renault Clio.

One of the children was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital with what police are describing as "potentially life-threatening" head injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is being asked to contact police.

Weather: Bye bye sunshine, hello clouds...

BBC Weather

It seems the sunshine may be heading back behind the clouds as we go further into the afternoon and evening.

Weather chart

So let's just remember the lovely weather we had this morning (while it lasted).

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Stormnut for this fantastic picture of Mablethorpe in the sunshine:


Oxford hospital trust apologises after Sleaford man's transplant mix-up death

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Hospital managers in Oxford say they've changed their procedures following the death of a transplant patient from Lincolnshire.

Leigh Robbins
Robbins Family

Leigh Robbins, 53, from Sleaford, died last year after receiving an infected pancreas after a blood sample mix-up.

An inquest found he died from complications of an infection he developed because of the procedure.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to his family.

Dr Tony Berendt, the trust's medical director, says he's written to the family expressing their sincere apologies - and says several significant changes have been made to its procedures:

Of course, what we want to do is make sure that the learning that they have acquired through this is shared throughout the hospitals and laboratories throughout the country to make sure this doesn't happen for another family."

Dr Tony BerendtOxford University Hospitals Trust Medical Director

CCTV appeal after man steals charity box from Horncastle bakery

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after a charity collection box for people with cancer was stolen from a bakery in Horncastle.

CCTV from the Myers Bakery appears to show a man taking the box which funds leukaemia and lymphoma research.

You can see the video on their facebook page.

The police say it happened on Wednesday 17 May. No arrests have been made as yet:

Myers Bakery, Cafe and Deli

Lincolnshire athletes named in British squad for the World Para-Athletics Championships

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincolnshire athletes Hollie Arnold, from Holton le Clay, and Kieran Tscherniawsky, from Heckington, have both been named in the GB squad for the World Para Athletics Championships in London this summer.

Hollie will compete in the F46 Javelin.

Hollie Arnold
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Kieran will compete in the F33 shot put.

Kieran Tscherniawsky

General election: What do you know about your constituency?

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's the eve of the general election, and what better time than now to find out what you know about your constituency.

The BBC have made this little quiz to test your knowledge, just click on your constituency and give it a go!


I'd love to hear how you do - you can get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Lincolnshire cat shortlisted for national award

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Genie the cat has been at the side of Evie Harrison from Lincoln since she was diagnosed with bone cancer last year.

Cats protection

The 11-year-old has gone through six rounds of chemotherapy and says she doesn't know what she'd do without Genie.

She's always been there for me. When I've been too ill to have friends round or go outside, I've been stuck in the house, and as you know that's not very fun at all, can't do anything, but Genie would come sit at my lap and come round me and that made me a lot happier and gave me great comfort.

Evie HarrisonOwner

Genie is up for the Outstanding Rescue Cat award.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

Mablethorpe vandalism: Police urge people to report damage

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Following news that vandals have caused about £1,000 worth of damage to beach huts in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire Police say few of these acts of vandalism have actually been reported.

Damaged beach hut
Mablethorpe Photo Album
Damaged beach hut
Mablethorpe Photo Album

Some of the huts were damaged last month, and this time it's two of East Lindsey District Council's flagship Bathing Beauties beach huts - the Camera Obscura and the Gin and Tonic.

Lincolnshire Police say patrols will now be increased and patrol plans will be built around areas where the problems are.

However, Mablethorpe PCSO Billy Spence has asked local residents to get in touch if they become aware of problems in their area.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable appoints new second-in-command

Lincolnshire Reporter

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly (pictured left) has appointed Andrew White, current CEO for the Police and Crime Commissioner of Devon and Cornwall, as the force's new Assistant Chief Officer.

Bill Skelly and Andrew White
Lincolnshire reporter

Schoolgirl hit by car in Sleaford

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle when she was crossing the road.

The girl, who sustained minor injuries, was walking to school at about 08:30 on Monday morning near Lidl in Sleaford.

The vehicle involved was a blue Ford Focus.

Appeal over missing Cleethorpes woman

Police are appealing for help in finding a woman from Cleethorpes who's been missing since last month.

Julie Ann Repton
Humberside Police

Julie Ann Repton, 30, went missing after leaving for work from her home on St Hellier's Road at about 05:00 on Friday 19 May.

She's not been seen or contacted her family since then, and her family is growing increasingly concerned and want her to get in touch to let them know she's safe and well.

Julie is described as being 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build with shoulder-length wavy red hair. She was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and was carrying a white backpack.

She also had her blue and white GT Tempest bike with her.

Anyone with information about Julie's whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Traffic and travel: 30mph limit on Humber Bridge

It's a windy morning on the roads and the Humber Bridge is currently closed to high-sided vehicles.

Also watch out for the 30mph speed limit which is currently in place on the bridge in both directions.

Humber Bridge

What would you do if someone started choking?

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Paramedics and 999 call handlers in Lincolnshire are urging local residents to take the time to learn what to do if you find someone choking.

Last month East Midlands Ambulance Service received 144 choking-related calls.

This short video will walk you through what to do if it happens:

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Whilst choking is quite rare it is actually life-threatening. I know of several cases where sadly someone has died through choking. I think because it's a life-threatening situation you've got nothing to lose by trying."

Ian BurtonDuty pperations manager, EMAS, Lincolnshire

Police crack down on Islamophobic material

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Action will be taken if Islamophobic material is posted online, Lincolnshire Police are warning.

Officers say there have been four cases in recent months where they've passed files to the Crown Prosecution Service.

They say they want to make it clear they will treat any reports of hate crime seriously.

General election 2017: One more day

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Today is the last day of campaigning before Britain takes to the polls for the general election.

Polling station
Getty Images

As the political parties make their final push to get you on side, we want to make sure you know what you can do tomorrow.

It's too late now to submit a postal vote or vote by proxy but you can vote in person at your local polling station.

Polls are open between 07:00 and 22:00 tomorrow, and don't worry you can still vote if you've lost your polling card.

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far this morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • More beach huts have been targeted by vandals in Mablethorpe.
  • Lincolnshire police is warning action will be taken if Islamophobic material is posted online.
  • Paramedics in Lincolnshire are asking people to swot up on what to do when someone's choking after they received 144 choking-related calls last month.

We'll have more on these stories throughout the morning.

More beach huts damaged on the Mablethorpe promenade

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

More of the beach huts in Mablethorpe have been targeted by vandals, causing about £1,000 worth of damage.

Damaged beach hut
Mablethorpe photo album

Some of the huts were damaged last month, and this time it's two of East Lindsey District Council's flagship Bathing Beauties beach huts - the Camera Obscura and the Gin and Tonic.

Some public toilets and fencing at Queens Park have also been targeted.

Businesses in the area say more needs to be done to stop this.

The promenade is one of the best things, as is the beach, about the town and it's really important that we show the town off at its best and people have tried their hardest to make the area look attractive to holidaymakers and people who live here.

Paddy PrinceDunes in Mablethorpe

Watch: Looks like it's starting to brighten up!

BBC Weather

Any clouds or rain will soon clear away this morning. Dry and bright conditions will follow with sunny spells for a time, before cloud increase in the southwest later.

Here's Lisa Gallagher with the weather forecast across Lincolnshire:

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Welcome to Wednesday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18:00 today.

We love to hear from you, so get in touch by sending an email, or messaging us on Facebook or Twitter.

You can send in your pictures, or share any news or info about what's happening where you are.

Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today - we'll be back at 08.00 tomorrow with more live updates.

Breaking news, travel and weather will continue here throughout the night.

Just before we finish - there's time to look back at five things we've discovered during the day:

Bye for now!

Watch: Evie and Genie

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Eleven-year-old Evie Henderson from Lincoln has faced a huge battle since being diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016.

She's endured six gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.

At her side has been Genie the cat. Genie has now been shortlisted for a national competition called Cat of the Year.

You can see more on her story on Look North tonight from 18.30.

Listen: Inventor's Wrong Trousers plan

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Colin Furze, from Stamford, has become an internet sensation with his YouTube channel which showcases his madcap inventions.

He's pictured (below, left) with his 'fast pram'.

His latest scheme is to build a pair of Wrong Trousers in tribute to the actor Peter Sallis (below, right) whose death was announced yesterday.

He played the voice of Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit films.

Click below to hear what he told me:

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Police appeal after 'numerous thefts' in Grimsby

Grimsby police have issued this picture of a woman they want to talk to about "numerous thefts":

Amy Jane Newport
Humberside Police

Twenty-seven-year-old Amy Jane Newport's last known address was Redbourne Road in the town.

If you know where she is, or have any information about her whereabouts, police are asking you to get in touch.

Can you help big Co-op clean up?

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Volunteers are needed to muck in and help spruce up some of Lincolnshire's green spaces.

Lincolnshire Co-op

It's part of the Big Co-op Clean where support is given to a selection of nature spots and environmental projects.

You can find more details of other events at the website here.

Police appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision near Gainsborough

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A man's died after the motorbike he was riding left the road near Gainsborough.

Carr Lane

Josh Stepniwski, 24, has been named as the man who died in the crash on Carr Lane, Blyton, on Friday morning.

Mr Stepniewski, from Springthorpe, near Gainsborough, died at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and police have issued an appeal for witnesses:

This is the tragic loss of a young life. We have spoken to witnesses who saw and heard the collision, if anyone else witnessed the collision then I would ask that they contact me."

Sgt Ewan GellLincolnshire Police

Traffic and travel: Humber Bridge closed to high-sided vehicles

BBC News Travel

The Humber Bridge is currently closed to high-sided vehicles because of high winds.

It's closed in both directions between the A164 junction and the A1077 Ferriby Road junction.

Lincoln's Westgate Water Tower - as you've never seen it before

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Here's a great tweet from Anglian Water, the firm responsible for what comes out of our taps here in Lincolnshire.

Westgate Water Tower in Lincoln is a major city landmark, standing close to the cathedral and castle.

But how many of us have seen the massive tank inside?:

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Which way will these working mums vote?
Two mums in Skegness share who they'll be voting for in the general election on the 8 June.

'It doesn't make sense': WWII veteran's distress at medals theft

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

A 95-year-old World War Two veteran says he's devastated after his medals were stolen by thieves who raided his home in Cleethorpes.

Percy Wilmott

Percy Wilmott was out shopping with his daughter on Friday when somebody broke into his home and ransacked it, taking his war medals.

Percy, who fought in North Africa during the Second World War, says all five of his medals have been stolen and he feels betrayed:

"The very fact these young people can come round and know there's an old soldier living in this house and there are his medals and 'I think I'll take them', it doesn't make sense that they should do that to us old folks," he says.

In pictures: Boston's first-time voters have their say

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've been with BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Melvyn in the Morning team in Boston today, where the general election candidates faced a grilling from teenagers.

It was the final BBC Radio Lincolnshire debate and we came to Haven High School to hear from first-time voters who had plenty to say:


'A surprise but not spectacular': More quake reaction from the villages

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

I've been out and about in Reepham and Langworth to find out if people felt yesterday's earthquake.

Reepham post office

The 2.1 magnitude tremor struck at about 14:15 on Monday afternoon

My first port of call was Reepham Post Office, where Robert Bulmer, who was behind the counter, is sure he felt something:

I was sitting there watching TV and there was a small bang. I thought the wind had picked up and slammed a door. It was a surprise but it wasn't spectacular."

Robert BulmerReepham Post Office

It was a really windy day and the door was banging, but as far as an earthquake was concerned nothing at all. First thing I knew was when I was listening to the radio this morning and they said there had been an earthquake near Langworth."

Jason MooreLangworth Motorsport

Muslim leader feels 'unsafe' after mosque incident

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Members of Lincoln's Muslim community have spoken of their fears after an incident at the city's mosque at the weekend.

Tanweer Ahmed, from the Islamic Association of Lincoln, says the community's Imam was left frightened after hearing noises at the mosque in Orchard Street on Sunday evening.

A window was broken after a stone was thrown by a "drunken individual" but the incident is not believed to have been a hate crime, police say.

However, Professor Ahmed has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire it has left him feeling "unsafe".

Police searching for Grimsby man Hamish Robert Hodson

Police are trying to trace Hamish Robert Hodson, aged 28, who is wanted for burglary.

Hamish Robert Hodson
Humberside Police

His last known address was David Street, Grimsby, but he doesn't live there anymore.

If you have any information, call the police on 101