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By Hope Bolger

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all from me today. We'll be back on Monday 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 great weekend.

  2. Weather: The sun WILL come out tomorrow

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It looks like things are picking up in the weather department this weekend...

    It'll be dry through much of Saturday and Sunday, with some cloud and prolonged sunny spells.

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  3. Rare Cadbury's gold 'Conundrum' egg to be auctioned

    A precious golden egg from a treasure hunt in the 1980s is being auctioned in Lincolnshire with a guide price of between £10,000 to £15,000.

    Golden egg

    The 22ct gold, enamel engraved Cadbury's egg was part of the Creme Egg Mystery Conundrum hunt in 1983 and held vital clues for treasure seekers.

    It weighs 326.6 grams (11.5 oz) and was designed by the Queen's official jeweller at the time - Garrard & Co.

    It is due to go under the hammer on Saturday and it will be the first time it has been on public display.

  4. Jail for men over trench wall collapse death

    A site manager has been jailed for four years after a grounds worker died when a trench wall collapsed on top of him.

    Shane Wilkinson (pictured), 33, of Crowland, Lincolnshire, died on 4 September 2014 at a building site in Collyweston, Northamptonshire.

    Shane Wilkinson

    Andrew Winterton, 52, of High Street, Collyweston, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Northampton Crown Court.

    Trench digger driver Dean Wortley, 48, of Market Deeping, was jailed for 12 months for health and safety breaches.

    Northamptonshire Police said it was the first case of corporate manslaughter successfully tried in the county, after a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

    The court heard Mr Wilkinson was standing next to a deep trench, which had been incorrectly excavated by Wortley.

    When the unsecured trench wall collapsed, the father-of-five was completely buried in the rubble and he died at the site.

    You can hear more from the case on BBC Look East tonight, at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. South Kesteven's 'grotspots' in the spotlight

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Residents of South Kesteven are being asked by the council to help in The Big Clean, a programme to tidy up the streets from litter, weeds and graffiti.

    It wants people, community groups and businesses to report local "grotspots" that need extra attention through their website.

    Volunteers are also wanted to help spruce up the area and you'll be able to follow any progress with the hashtag #SKBigClean:

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    Video caption: Residents of South Kesteven are being asked to help in The Big Clean.
  6. Police appeal over Lincoln park robber

    Witnesses to an attempted robbery at Hartshome Park in Lincoln earlier this month are being asked to come forward.

    Police have issued this e-fit image in a bid to jog people's memories:

    E-fit image

    It happened on the evening of Saturday 10 June when a man in his 20s assaulted a woman when she refused to hand over her jewellery and phone.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

  7. Imps appoint new CEO for Football League 'journey'

    Rob Makepeace

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

    Lincoln City have appointed Liam Scully as their new chief executive.

    Liam Scully

    Mr Scully is currently the chief operating officer at Doncaster Rovers.

    He's set to take up his role on the Monday after the start of the season.

    Quote Message: We are looking forward to welcoming Liam to the club. The board recognised a while ago that once our promotion to the EFL was secured, we'd need to appoint a dynamic CEO to lead the club on our journey through the EFL pyramid." from Bob Dorrian Lincoln City chairman
    Bob DorrianLincoln City chairman
  8. Guns surrender: 'One less firearm, one less chance of tragedy'

    People in Lincolnshire with unlicensed or unwanted guns and ammunition are being given the chance to put them in "safer hands".

    Gun amnesty

    Lincolnshire Police's firearms surrender runs for seven days from Monday, with local residents being asked to hand in their guns, war memorabilia and imitation weapons.

    Police say the surrender period will "serve as a reminder and an opportunity for people to relieve their homes and their consciences of unlicensed and unwanted weapons".

    Temporary Supt Phil Vickers says: "One less firearm means one less opportunity for tragedy.

    "The potential for the weapon to cause accidental injury, to fall into the wrong hands or be used in a suicide is removed."

    The force's last firearms surrender, in 2014, saw 132 weapons handed in, with officers finding many of these to be shotguns for which a licence was not held, or had expired.

  9. Lincoln to get a rather royal visit

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    HRH the Duke of Gloucester will be in Lincoln next Thursday to open Bishop Grosseteste University's latest building and the Battles and Dynasties Exhibition at the Collection.


    At the opening of the £2.2m extension to Constance Stewart Hall, the Duke will be introduced to dignitaries at the university including the Bishop of Lincoln and the mayor

    The Battles and Dynasties exhibition explores the conflict for the crown from Domesday to present day through documents, paintings and artefacts.

  10. Big day for St Barnabas as it celebrates 35th birthday

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln is marking a milestone birthday today: the centre, on Nettleham Road, opened 35 years ago.

    Sue and Melvyn

    Ward manager Sue Carter (pictured) says staff pride themselves on looking after the patient and their family.

    She told me that recently she even helped organise a wedding at the hospice:

    Quote Message: The patient was father of the bride and unfortunately too poorly at the time to actually attend the wedding, so we thought why don't we bring it here? So that's what we did... We had a small select number of people here and thankfully the sun shone on us that day and dad, the patient, was able to have pictures in the garden with his daughter." from Sue Carter Ward manager, St Barnabas Hospice
    Sue CarterWard manager, St Barnabas Hospice
  11. Major new junction officially opened in Immingham

    Caroline Brockelbank

    BBC Local Live

    A new road junction aimed at improving congestion around the Port of Immingham has been officially opened by the government's Maritime Minister:

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    Video caption: A £93.3m scheme to ease congestion at the Port of Immingham is officially opened.

    Highways England has spent over £90m on changes to the A160 and A180, including a new dual carriageway and road bridge for residents.

    About 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the new route every day.

  12. The weather for the rest of today

    BBC Weather

    It's still a rather cloudy day, with some sunny spells in the south of the region.

    It should stay dry for many, but some showers are possible:

    Weather chart
  13. £250m plan to transform part of Lincoln

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Multi-million pound plans to transform the western side of Lincoln have been unveiled.


    The City of Lincoln Council scheme includes a 12,000-seater stadium for Lincoln City Football Club and thousands of homes.

    The council has revealed its vision for the development - known as the Western Growth Corridor - and says as well as the stadium it will include new road connections, a hotel, 3,200 homes and a leisure centre.


    The proposals, which have been published on the authority's website, are open to public consultation.

    The huge site stretches from the A46 bypass in the east to Tritton Road in the west, and from Skellingthorpe Road to the south to the railway close to the University of Lincoln.

    A planning application will be submitted in October this year, according to the council.

  14. Delays to next phase of Grantham's relief road

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Work on the next phase of Grantham's relief road has been put back until early next year.

    The phase was meant to begin next month.

    Clearance work

    Lincolnshire County Council says maintenance work needs to be carried out on the A1 at Harlaxton.

    It's expected this second phase will take around 18 months to complete with an opening in 2019.

  15. New custody unit 'won't impact other police stations'

    Lara King

    North East Lincolnshire reporter

    Outside of Grimsby Police Station

    Humberside Police have told us their plans for a new custody suite in Grimsby won't affect other police stations.

    They're proposing to build the suite in the West Marsh.

    It would replace current custody facilities at Grimsby and Scunthorpe Police Stations.

  16. Ten years of the ban on smoking in pubs: A Lincolnshire view

    Katie O'Halloran

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Ten years since the start of the smoking ban in pubs, a Lincolnshire landlady says business couldn't be better.

    Man holding lit cigarette

    Pubs and clubs had expressed concern ahead of it being introduced as they thought it might kill off the industry.

    But Sarah Tonge, landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton Pub in Ruskington, says she doesn't think it's affected trade like many thought it would.

    Quote Message: It was very strange, once everybody got used to it they realised it was actually quite a lot better. Especially with our pub being with low-ceilings, the atmosphere and everything is so much nicer and cleaner." from Sarah Tonge Landlady
    Sarah TongeLandlady

    Public Health England says there's good evidence the ban has led to many people stopping people smoking.

    Smoking prevalence has gone from over 21% to 14% during the 10 years in the East of England - with 300,000 people quitting smoking in 2007 alone, figures show.

  17. 'I heard a very loud creaking noise': Tree falls on car outside Lincoln Station

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A woman who witnessed a tree falling onto a car in Lincoln earlier this week says she was shocked by how fast it happened.

    This was the scene on Wednesday:

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    The driver wasn't hurt but investigations are being held into why the tree fell down.

    Mel Langton, who'd just got off a train, saw it happen:

    Quote Message: I heard a very loud creaking noise and I looked up and saw just a massive tree falling down, and it came down so quickly. I kind of gasped and looked round and everyone just started running towards the tree because they realised somebody was under it." from Mel Langton
    Mel Langton
  18. Man charged over death of Lincoln woman

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

    A man's been charged in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman from Lincoln.

    Dominique Wright was a passenger in a car which crashed between Newark and Nottingham last October.

    A 24-year-old man from Lowdham has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

    He's due to appear in court next month.

  19. Grimsby Institute ranked 'outstanding'

    Grimsby Institute has been ranked as one of the top performing colleges in the country.

    Grimsby Institute

    Education watchdog Ofsted has awarded it an "outstanding" grade, making it only the second college in this academic year to achieve that across all English further education colleges.

  20. Happy Birthday to Lincoln's Sea Cadets

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Lincoln's Sea cadets are celebrating their 75th anniversary today.

    Lincoln Cadets

    The organisation was founded in June 1942 and this evening they'll host a ceremony with former cadets and the city'smayor.

    Sub Lt Louise Everett is the commanding officer and she says the most rewarding part is seeing the cadets thrive:

    Quote Message: We certainly have quite an eclectic group from all sorts of different backgrounds. Some of them really don't get on very well at school and things, but actually down here they really really thrive... If we can give them some skills to take out into the big wide world then I think we've done our job really." from Sub Lt Louise Everett Lincoln Cadets
    Sub Lt Louise EverettLincoln Cadets