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  1. Environment Agency says many people have refused their offer of improved flood defences in Horncastle
  2. Report says drone operators based at RAF Waddington should be given compulsory psychological support
  3. Local taxi firm shows off their new addition... a Lamborghini
  4. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

That's all from me today.

I hope we've managed to keep you up-to-date with all the very latest from across the county both today and through the earlier week.

We'll be back Monday from 08:00 but until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

  • Lincolnshire Police have been testing their new drone
  • A one-of-a-kind gold Creme Egg is going under the hammer in Stamford

Have a good weekend.

Taxi firm offers ride in £230,000 supercar

A Lincoln taxi firm is offering customers rides in a Lamborghini Huracán supercar

MP surprised by lack of enthusiasm for flood protection scheme

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The MP for Horncastle says she doesn't understand why more people haven't taken up free flood protection for their homes in the town.

As we told you earlier the Environment Agency says people living in the flood plain of the River Waring have been offered flood doors and air bricks - but only a third have accepted the offer.

Victoria Atkins MP says it's a bit puzzling:

It is unusual for people not to take up something that's free, so I am surprised by that. I'll be very interested to hear the reasons why people decided not to accept the offer."

Victoria AtkinsMP for Louth and Horncastle

Police's new eye-in-the-sky put through its paces

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

Some time ago Lincolnshire Police announced they'd purchased a drone to help them with operations like searching for missing people.

Whilst the LincsCOPter (see what they did there?) isn't yet ready to be deployed in the field, officers are busy practicing to make sure they're comfortable behind the controls.

They're taking it for a spin at RAF Metheringham Aviation Heritage Centre today:


It's also going to be used in operation Galileo, the force's crackdown on hare coursing:

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Commendations for hero cops

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Two officers who saved a man's life and helped jail his attacker after he was the victim of a "savage knife attack", have been commended for their efforts.

PCs Mairi Aitken-Jones (pictured below) and Jacqui Wadey came across the seriously injured man who'd been stabbed in his face, neck, back and thighs on Croft Street back on 24 March.

PC Aitken-Jones immediately gave emergency first aid to the man even though the attacker could still have been nearby. PC Wadey secured the scene and gathered evidence that would ultimately send the offender to prison for six years for GBH.

PC Aitken-Jones receives her commendation

The victim was taken to hospital and although seriously injured is recovering well.

I am extremely proud of both officers who thoroughly deserve this recognition. This was an extremely difficult scene to manage with a seriously injured victim and numerous frantic witnesses.

Sandra EnglandDivisional Commander

Watch: Friday's weather

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

What's in store tonight?

Take a look at my forecast:

Rare Cadbury's gold 'conundrum' egg up for auction in Stamford

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

Is there a special chocolate connoisseur in your life? Are you looking to have the ultimate Easter next year?

Have you got between £10,000 and £15,000 burning a hole in your pocket?

If the answer to those questions is yes then you'll want to get yourself down to Bateman's Auctioneers in Stamford next month.

They've got a rare Cadbury's Creme Egg going up for sale on 1 July but this isn't your average chocolate treat, for one it comes in a box like this...


Open it up and inside...


326.6 grams of finely engraved 22ct gold!


If you're wondering why on earth this exists it's because back in 1983 the chocolate company ran a promotion for 12 gold 'conundrum' eggs hidden across the country.

However what the public didn't know is that a 13th egg was made, bigger than all the others with a design encompassing the twelve riddles that hid the locations of the originals. This is that very egg and it's the first time it has ever been seen in public!


It's probably not suitable for an egg and spoon race though.

PCSO recruitment drive

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police say they're looking for more people to join the force as Community Support Officers.

They've got 24 vacancies and there's more details about the role here.


Public meetings to be held over walk-in centre's future

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A series of public meetings have been organised over plans to shut Lincoln's walk-in centre.

They're going to be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Abbey Access Training Centre on Monks Road.

The local data company

The centre opened in 2009 but managers say patients could get help elsewhere. They also say as it's not being used by people across the county, it's creating inequality.

Instead they want to extend GP surgery opening times and improve the 111 service but thousands of people have signed a petition urging the NHS to keep it open.


Preparations at the Castle for Cliff Richard, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Show has attracted everyone's attention over the week but Lincoln Castle has got a major event over the weekend.

Cliff Richard is having his own summer holiday in the grounds and then on Sunday Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are together again!

The seats are already out:


As you may expect both are ticketed events and staff will close off the castle to the public at around 4pm each day.

Lincoln City veteran signs with Scottish side

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Midfielder Alan Power has left Lincoln City.

The 29-year-old made over 250 appearances for Lincoln in his six years at the club.

He's signed a two-year deal with Scottish team Kilmarnock FC who've been posting this image on their social media accounts:

Kilmarnock FC

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Horncastle's MP says she's 'surprised' that few people in the town took up the offer of better flood protection
  • A series of public meetings will be held over the future of Lincoln's walk-in centre
  • A Lincolnshire taxi firm wants to rock their customers like a Huracán

Pilgrims make a new signing

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Boston United have completed the signing of former Brackley and Nuneaton Town right-back James Clifton.

The 25-year-old has signed a one year deal and is the Pilgrims' seventh signing of the summer.

James Clifton
Boston United

British Steel fire crews raise money for Grenfell Tower victims

Fire crews at British Steel in Scunthorpe will climb flights of stairs equivalent to the height of Grenfell Tower today, in full breathing equipment.

It's to raise money and spread awareness of what the London crews will have had to deal with during the fire at the block of flats last week.

John Armson from the firm that provides fire crews for the steel plant, says the fire fighters are determined to send out a positive message.

Grenfell Tower

New knights to invade Lincoln as part of Education Trail

The Lincolnite

The Lincoln Knights’ Trail is set for an expansion as more than 40 new mini knights join the popular activity as part of a new trail.

The Lincolnite

Your weather this lunchtime

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy and breezy today but still keeping that warmth we've been experiencing over the last week, though a bit cooler than previous days.

Some scatterings of rain are likely but it'll be increasingly dry as we head into the late afternoon.

Temp chart

Body of man found in car park

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

The body of a man has been found in a car park in Gainsborough.

Police were called to the car park on Spital Terrace around 09:00 this morning.

A man has been found dead at the scene but officers say they're not treating the death as suspicious at this time.

Coastguard teams warn parents to keep closer eye on children

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Parents are being warned to keep a close eye on their children on beaches across our area this weekend.

The UK Coastguard says 68 children were reported missing on beaches across the country last Saturday and Sunday.

All the children were found safely but many UK Coastguards Rescue Teams have increased their regular patrols in case of further emergencies.


Taxi! Huracán arrives outside Radio Lincolnshire

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now you may remember that we told you earlier in the week that a local taxi firm decided to add something a bit nippier than a Ford Focus to their fleet...

A Lamborghini Huracán!

Handsome Cabs say that the supercar will probably be hired out by people going to fancy functions, weddings or balls rather than your standard journey home after a few in the pub!

Listen to it growl...

Last Plugged before summer break

Jono Brine


Last night we held the final Plugged before the event goes on a summer break.

Every month BBC Introducing Lincolnshire has some of the best bands from around the county and beyond to blow the roof off at the Engine Shed in Lincoln.

Here are some of the snaps from last night:


Here's a session from a few weeks ago when the excellent Kings & Bears took to the stage:

Pop-up performance at resort

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

Volunteers are putting on a show today to help raise money for the upkeep of beach huts in Sutton on sea.

There'll be two performances of Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" at a pop-up Auditorium in Mablethorpe later.

Beach huts

Flood defence offers 'turned down'

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Environment Agency says many people have turned down help to protect their homes flood proof in Horncastle.

A new flood storage reservoirs will protect homes by the River Bain, but not those on the floodplain of the River Waring

Flood map

Flood Risk manager, Deborah Campbell, says they've offered to put in new flood doors and air bricks there - but most didn't want them:

We undertook work at a small number of properties but probably only a third of properties actually took us up, even to have the survey done. It wasn't through lack of effort - we went door knocking and tried to engage with people."

Deborah CampbellEA

Your headlines this morning

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

  • A new report says drone operators based at RAF Waddington should be given compulsory psychological support
  • The Environment Agency says many people have refused their offer of improved flood defences in Horncastle
  • Local taxi firm shows off their new addition... a Lamborghini!

Calls for psychological support for Lincolnshire's drone pilots

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Drone operators based at RAF Waddington near Lincoln should be given compulsory psychological support.

That's one of the conclusions from a new study into the effects of carrying out reconnaissance and air strikes in countries like Syria and Iraq.


It was written by Lincolnshire-based Dr Peter Lee, from Portsmouth University, who spent time with operators and their families:

It's very intensive, the work goes on for years on end. There are pilots who've effectively been at war longer than the Second World War lasted. That's an awfully long time to be conducting military operations.

Dr Peter LeePortsmouth University

The RAF says pilots have access to world-class healthcare to help them deal with the stresses and strains of their duties.

Tenants delighted to return to Newfield Road

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The first phase of a £9m project to regenerate a street in Sleaford has been finished.

North Kesteven District Council is revamping homes on Newfield Road which were built in the 1920s.

Properties are being modernised and extended.

Newfield Road

We’re all so really pleased with the improvements, the rooms are bigger and warmer and it’s like they’ve found more room.

Louise HarbyResident

The weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy and breezy through the day. Some outbreaks of rain are likely, especially through the morning, but many parts becoming dry during the afternoon with some brighter spells.

Feeling cooler than previous days, though that may come as some relief to some of you!


Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire

Hello from Lincoln. Alex here ready to bring you all the very latest from across the county.

We'll keep you up to date with news, travel, sport and weather as it happens until 18:00.

Got something you think we should know about? Get in touch through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today but breaking news, travel, weather and sport updates will continue overnight.

I'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with more updates.

For now, I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Boston United add winger Mwanyongo

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Boston United have completed the signing of former Gresley and Solihull Moors winger Pearson Mwanyongo (pictured left).

Pearson Mwanyongo
Boston United

The Malawi-born attacker scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for Evo-Stik Division One South outfit Gresley FC to earn his move to the National League midway through the 2016-2017 campaign.

The 24-year-old is the Pilgrims' sixth signing of the summer.

Lincolnshire's PCC presses for more police funding

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is pressing for the government to sort out police funding.

A review of the funding formula was suspended for the general election.

Marc Jones

Marc Jones says without a fairer system there will be serious problems ahead for his force...

Humberside gets £136 per year per citizen for policing, we get 88 a year and that's a significant difference... Everyone knows the funding formula is broken, it does not work. I can understand it's not the right time to take money away from London and others but unless more money is put into the pot we'll have a problem.

Marc JonesLincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner

More than 1,300 people trained in CPR at show

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

LIVES and St John Ambulance have trained more than 1,300 people in the life-saving skill over the last two days.

As you'll know BBC Radio Lincolnshire, along with our partners, is trying to get 10,000 people trained in CPR.

It's taken our number close to 7,000!

Here's just some of the people who have made that possible.

CPR trainers

If you want to learn you can get in touch by emailing:

Jon Egging Red Arrows memorial to move following landslip

A memorial to a Red Arrows pilot who died following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival is to be moved following a cliff landslip last year.

The sculpture in memory of Fl Lt Jon Egging has been cordoned off since the slip at East Cliff in April 2016.

Jon Egging memorial
Chris Downer

Watch: Red Arrows flyover

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Show got a special treat today from our favourite frequent flyers:

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Watch: Your weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with some heavy thundery showers.

Here's my full forecast:

Cladding on Lincoln tower blocks different to that of Grenfell

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Tower blocks across the UK are being examined after the Grenfell Tower fire to see if cladding fitted to the outside is safe, the government has said.

Downing Street have said that around 600 high rises across England are using similar cladding to the tower.

When asked about cladding on towers in Lincoln, the City of Lincoln Council responded that of the three towers in the city only Shuttleworth House has external insulation cladding.

The system is different to that used on Grenfell Tower and features British Standard fire-resistant properties. It’s called Rockwool.

City Council Spokesperson

Plans rail strikes on the Lincoln Gainsborough line

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The RMT union says Arriva Rail North workers will stage a three-day strike from Saturday 8 July, in an ongoing dispute about driver-only trains.


In Lincolnshire this will affect services between Lincoln and Gainsborough.

The union says its critical to have a second member of staff in their train for safety.

But Arriva Rail North plan to have at least half of their services as a driver-only operation.

Two Lincoln universities achieve Gold Standard for quality of teaching

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

More students will want to study in Lincoln thanks to a new award.

That's according to the deputy vice chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University which has just been given gold for the quality of its teaching.

The University of Lincoln has also achieved the status - putting them both among only 26% of institutions to get gold.

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Lincoln College was rated silver, Bishop Burton, who run Riseholme College, were rated bronze.

Lincolnshire grandma defies the odds to win the jackpot

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A woman from Horncastle is celebrating after winning £300,000.

The grandmother has scooped the top prize on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Elizabeth and Bryan Lindley
Townhouse Communications

The 68-year-old asked her husband Bryan (pictured) to pick up a National Lottery scratchcard last Thursday.

I was sitting in the room on the sofa scratching the card when I shouted to Bryan ‘I’ve won £300,000!’ I checked and then double-checked. I then asked Bryan to look and check too. We couldn’t take it in.

Elizabeth Lindley

Elizabeth is still deciding what to do with her winnings but would love to take a trip to Scotland where her father was born, or help her grandchildren with their university fees.

Could a John Lewis be coming to Lincoln?

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Following the approval of a £150m redevelopment of the St Mark's area in Lincoln, the leader of the city council says he hasn't ruled out John Lewis showing an interest in the city:

St Mark's plans
Chapman Taylor

They've had Lincoln on their radar, we know that, for a long time. They'll make a hard-headed business judgement about when and where in the city they think that investment should be made. I think one day we will get John Lewis, whether this will be the occasion I just don't know.

Ric MetcalfeCity of Lincoln Council leader

'Dangerous and predatory' sex offender jailed for 15 years

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced today after pleading guilty to a string of sexual offences against a girl aged under 13.

Matthew Derek Clarke
Lincolnshire Polce

Matthew Derek Clarke, from Faldingworth, received a 15 year sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.