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By Hope Bolger

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  1. Your Lincolnshire headlines this morning

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

    The top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

    • Homelessness in Lincolnshire is rising, according to official figures
    • One of Lincoln's "knights" has had to be removed for repair work after it was damaged.
    • Lincolnshire RSPCA warns over animals getting trapped in netting
  2. Lincoln's 'Proud Knight' is down...but not out

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    We told you yesterday that one of the Lincoln Knights celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest has had to be removed for repair.

    Proud Knight

    It seems it was damaged when brackets connecting the "Proud Knight" to its plinth broke after someone attempted to get on the back of it.

    It's hoped the sculpture will be returned to its position near the Stonebow sometime this morning, joining 35 other "knights" across the city centre.

  3. Homelessness on the rise in Lincolnshire

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The number of households making homeless applications to councils in the county has risen by 50% in four years.

    Several charities are also reporting a surge in demand over recent months.

    I've been for a walk up Lincoln High Street...

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    Video caption: Walk up Lincoln High Street highlighting the city's homeless

    The government has pledged extra money to tackle the problem, but Gary Porter, Conservative leader of South Holland District Council and chair of the Local Government Association, is blaming a lack of social housing.

    Quote Message: I think it's the only way the council can deal with homelessness on a sustainable footing. But I think by the end of this parliament homelessness will probably be higher than it is now. from Gary Porter
    Gary Porter
  4. RSPCA warning about Lincolnshire animals getting trapped in netting

    David Sykes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Sixteen animals in Lincolnshire had to be rescued last summer after getting tangled in garden netting.

    The RSPCA says foxes, badgers and even deer have been found caught in nets.

    Fox stuck in netting

    Lee Stewart from the RSPCA says the problem gets worse in the summer months....

    Quote Message: Football, garden netting, anything that can actually entangle a wild animal. There's certainly a spike over the summer period, more people are out, more people have their nets down... It's just being thoughtful and making sure that they're putting the nets up at the end of the day when they're finished with them. from Lee Stewart RSCPA
    Lee StewartRSCPA
  5. Watch: This weekend's weather

    Owain Wyn Evans

    BBC Look East weather

    A rather cloudy, dry day with a few showers developing into the afternoon.

    Here's my full forecast:

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    Video caption: Owain Wyn Evans with
  6. Good morning - welcome to today's live coverage

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

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

    We'll have news, travel, sport and weather updates for you throughout the day.

    Is there something we should know about? You can send us an email or a message on Facebook or Twitter.

  7. Five things we've learned today

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all from me today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more of the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

    Until then, I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

    Have a good evening.

  8. Lincolnshire's weather forecast

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    The dismal weather will continue into the night, remaining cloudy and damp with more rain in places.

    It should dry out as the night goes on, although the cloud will continue into the early hours of tomorrow.

    Temperature chart
  9. Concerns grow over missing Cleethorpes man

    There's concern for the health of a man who's gone missing from Cleethorpes.

    Ian Fieldsend

    Ian Fieldsend, who's 42, has been missing since 08:00 this morning from Grimsby Road.

    Police say he's in need of medication and are asking anyone who may have seen him to call the 101 number.

  10. Sprinklers to be fitted to Scunthorpe high-rise flats

    Caroline Bilton

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    The company operating high-rise buildings in North Lincolnshire has confirmed it will install sprinkler systems in all of its tower blocks.

    Tower block in Scunthorpe

    Housing provider Ongo Homes is responsible for four blocks in Scunthorpe and, following a meeting with its board, it's now committed to fitting fire sprinklers.

    It's the first council area in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to make the pledge after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London.

    The company has now written to all the residents who live in its high-rise buildings, it says.

  11. Two wheels good: Bikers get into gear for Louth get-together

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    If you're a bit of a motor head then you won't want to miss this...


    Thousands of motorbikes are expected to descend on a Lincolnshire market town later.

    It's Louth Bike night and all the proceeds will go to the local Lions club.

  12. Boston Christmas lights fund hits £10k milestone

    Harry Parkhill

    Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A community group in Boston has raised £10,000 so far for the town's Christmas celebration.

    A lack of festive lights was branded as dismal by residents last year after the council said it couldn't afford new ones.

    This is what they looked like:


    The Christmas in Boston Group has been asking businesses to help pay for this year's display.

  13. All in a day's work for Grimsby firefighters

    Gill Sennett

    BBC Local Live

    Not sure this is an emergency, but perhaps firefighters in Grimsby are waiting below to catch any falling fledglings.

    Loving this photo from Humberside Fire and Rescue:

    View more on twitter
  14. Warning after spate of car robberies in Lincoln

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A spate of robberies from cars across Lincoln and surrounding areas has been reported.

    Police say that since 23 June there've been 26 reports from car owners who've had items like sat navs, handbags, phones and work tools stolen from their vehicles.

    Offenders have smashed car windows or got into insecure vehicles during all hours of day and night, according to police.

    The list of all the areas targeted can be found here.

    Quote Message: We are experiencing a significant increase in theft from vehicles across our neighbourhoods. We have a targeted operation in place and resources tasked to patrol specific areas, amongt other investigative work." from Insp Pat Coates Lincolnshire Police
    Insp Pat CoatesLincolnshire Police
  15. Tree falls onto car containing motorist

    Lincolnshire Echo

    A man had to be rescued from a car after a tree fell on top of it outside Lincoln Railway Station.

  16. Views sought over police plans for new Grimsby custody suite

    Local residents in Grimsby are being asked for their views on Humberside Police's plans to build a new custody suite in the town.

    Cell doors in a police station

    The suite would replace current custody facilities at Grimsby and Scunthorpe police stations, which the force says are outdated.

    The police stations themselves would continue to operate, the force says.

    A public information session is being held today at the West Marsh Community Centre in Grimsby.

  17. Pride before a fall? Lincoln's 'Proud Knight' needs a little TLC

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    If you're trying to complete Lincoln's Knights' Trail today, first of all well done for braving the weather.

    But also let me warn you that you're likely to struggle...

    That's because the "Proud Knight" has been taken down:

    View more on twitter

    This is what he looks like in his full glory. Hopefully he'll be back soon:

    Proud Knight
  18. Leak forces closure of Scunthorpe library

    Gill Sennett

    BBC Local Live

    Riddings Library on Keelby Road in Scunthorpe has had to close until further notice.

    Riddings Library

    It's because of a leak in the roof.

    North Lincolnshire Council says the nearest alternative libraries are Ashby and Bottesford.

  19. Bikers attempt Castle to Coast to Castle challenge

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    More than 600 cyclists are taking part in a 100-mile charity bike ride in Lincolnshire today, but sadly they don't exactly have the weather for it...

    The Castle to Coast to Castle event hopes to raise more than £25,000 for local charities and it does what it says on the tin.

    They left from Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham this morning:

    View more on twitter

    Jack O'Hern is one of the organisers and he's urging for people to brave the drizzle and cheer them on:

    Quote Message: All support is really helpful and it really encourages flagging riders. A lot have never done 100 miles before so it can be very tough." from Jack O'Hern Castle to Coast to Castle organiser
    Jack O'HernCastle to Coast to Castle organiser
  20. Skegness school back open – but the Welcome Inn is flooded AGAIN

    Skegness Standard

    A Skegness school was back open this morning after its playground was flooded yesterday following heavy rainfall – but the misery has continued for a local pub.