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  1. Boston dog attack: Postwoman left with 'significant' injuries
  2. Fire Service's apology over 'blaze risk' fridge warning
  3. Concerns over affordable housing commitments
  4. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from us this week but we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more of the very latest.

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

And finally here's a final shot of last night's storm, this one was taken by Jordan in Grantham and it's a cracker:


Have a good evening.

Dog attack postal worker 'lucky to be alive'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The husband of Sharon Singer, the postal worker who was attacked by a dog near Boston on Tuesday, says she could have died.

Mrs Singer, who remains in hospital, needed four hours of complex reconstruction surgery and skin grafts to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage to her arm.

Dave Singer said it could have been worse:

If the dog had her for another ten seconds she wouldn't have had an arm. She's lucky to be alive, it wasn't a dog bite it was a mauling. The dog mauled her.

Dave Singer

Bransby Horses charity opens new intensive care unit thanks to £175k of donations

The Lincolnite

Leading equine rescue and welfare charity Bransby Horses near Lincoln has officially opened its new Intensive Care Unit after a £175, 000 investment.

The Lincolnite

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Local campaigners' anger at return of plans for waste plant

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Campaigners in Lincoln who successfully fought plans for a waste plant near their homes say they're angry the scheme's been revived.

Officials threw out an application for the site on Long Leys Road in February; on Wednesday Veolia, the firm behind it, said it'd appeal.


A meeting of the Long Leys Road Residents Association took place last night. Its secretary Jon Davies says they're furious:

Probably can sum the felling up best with "outraged and a bit insulted". We had almost universal opposition to the original application from residents and businesses and they don't seemed to have listened to that whatsoever

Jon DaviesLong Leys Road Residents Association

Body found believed to be that of missing Lincolnshire woman

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police believe they've found the body of 53-year-old Joanne Lewis after issuing an appeal for her whereabouts yesterday.

A body has been discovered in the River Welland in Stamford. Formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of Joanne Lewis.

The weather this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Gradually turning cloudier from the west this afternoon with some scattered showers, although these much lighter than yesterday.

Feeling warm with light winds.

Temp chart

Weather Watchers: Spectacular strike!

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had a late submission from the storm last night and it's a doozy!

This one is from lardyboy, taken in Donington.


He says he took it on a monopod wedged against his front door frame, good work!

Body of murdered Lincolnshire man found just two days before he was due to appear in court

Lincolnshire Echo

A Lincolnshire man who was found murdered was due to appear in court just two days before his body was found.

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Postal worker's injuries after dog attack

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More now on the postal worker who remains in hospital after a savage dog attack whilst she was carrying out her round in Wrangle near Boston on Tuesday.

Sharon Singer was set upon by a "Doberman-type" dog and suffered serious injuries to her hand and arm.


Her colleague Russell Warby, from the Communication Workers' Union, says he was horrified when he heard the news:

I felt sickened - you don't want to believe it's happened to one of your work colleagues. We started in the same intake of posties... I think there's that realisation that it could have happened to any one of us.

The attack comes during Royal Mail's Dog Awareness Week which aims to highlight the significant number of dog attacks on postal workers, and to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic in Horncastle

BBC News Travel

Traffic is slower and heavier than normal on the A158 Jubilee Way Eastbound around the A153 South Street.

Put aside some extra time for your journey if you're heading that way this afternoon.

Demands for affordable homes making business 'nonviable'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More now on the story that builders in the county say they're going to struggle to hit affordable housing targets.

Rico Wojtulewicz from the National Federation of Builders says companies can't afford it.

It's not just about profits it's about companies staying in the industry. In the last ten years we've lost about 60% of small and medium sized developers and we've had a decrease in the amount of homes being built. To lose more of them, or frustrate them further, is going to make the housing crisis even worse.

Rico WojtulewiczNational Federation of Builders

Green waste stickers put to the test!

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you live in Lincoln then you may remember that the stickers the City Council put on garden waste bins were, well, a bit rubbish really.

Residents kept complaining that they just peeled off. Well the council aren't taking any chances this year!

Take a look at the new batch:

Theresa May says Thatcher statue should go ahead

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We told you earlier that it looks as though a statue of Grantham born Margaret Thatcher may never take its place in Parliament Square.

Well now the current Prime Minister Theresa May say that fears that it may be vandalised should not stop it from going ahead.

Fine architecture

Lady Thatcher, who was Conservative prime minister from 1979 until 1990, died on 8 April 2013, following a stroke, at the age of 87.

BBC Weather Watchers: The storm over Newark

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a great little video from last night's storm as it reached Newark. Spectacular stuff!:

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Businesses get their game faces on for return of Lincoln Dragon Boat Race

The Lincolnite

Lincolnshire businesses are set to compete against each other in this year’s Dragon Boat Race on the Brayford in Lincoln.

boat race
The Lincolnite

Job cuts expected at Scunthorpe packaging company

Packaging company Mondi has confirmed there may be job losses at its site in Scunthorpe.

Mondi factory

The firm is proposing to make 60 redundancies at the site, where 140 people currently work.

The changes are designed to streamline operations and improve customer service, according to the company.

It says it's currently consulting workers and unions about the changes.

'Boris Bikes' coming to uphill Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

They'll soon be a new way to get around the city.

Lincoln is taking a page from London's book and is putting in place 46 new hire bikes around the city centre- and new docking stations have been installed in the uphill area.

Sarah Hewberry from Access Lincoln demonstrates how they'll work:

Plans for Margaret Thatcher statue scrapped

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Plans for a statue of Grantham's most famous daughter outside the Houses of Parliament have been blocked due to fears over vandalism.

Getty Images

Backers had hoped the proposed statue of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would join the likes of Winston Churchill, Gandhi and other political big beasts in Parliament Square.

But there have been a series of objections, including the possibility it could be vandalised - and it's also thought the statue doesn't have the blessing of her family.

The Parliamentary Estate has also objected to the proposal.

Watch: The miniature railway in search of a new home

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Volunteers who run a miniature railway near Boston need a new home for it.

The Evergreens Miniature Railway started life in a back garden at Stickney, near Boston, and now stretches to a mile-and-a-half of track complete with a signalbox, bridges, lakes and platforms.

It's become a labour of love for a band of volunteers who are now looking for a new home as the land has been sold and the new owners don't want the railway anymore.

Take a tour of the track:

So far, the railway will go into storage at the end of the month and committee member Rod Timmis says it will be a sad day:

I think on the last running day there'll be a few tears. People have put a lot into it, a hell of a lot into it."

Rod TimmisEvergreens Miniature Railway

Traffic and travel: A158 reopens after earlier crash

BBC News Travel

Police say the A158 Langton by Wragby is now fully reopen after a crash earlier.

For a brief period the road was completely blocked as emergency services worked to remove the vehicles.

Lincs Police
Lincs Police

Police say there were no serious injuries.

BBC Weather Watchers: Lightning through the lens

BBC Weather Watchers

Some of you managed to snap great pictures of the lightning last night.

Here are a couple taken in Scunthorpe by BBC Weather Watchers The Mews and JoJo:

Bolt of lightening
Bolt of lightening

Purse stolen from elderly woman in Grimsby

An 85-year-old woman had her purse stolen in the middle of the day in Grimsby town centre.

Man walking past shop
Humberside Police

A man spoke to the woman before taking her purse, containing cash, from her handbag and making off.

The incident happened on Tuesday at about 12:35 on Freeman Street and police would like to speak to the man pictured.

Boston dog attack: Postwoman left with 'significant' injuries

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We mentioned yesterday about a dog attack near Boston earlier this week which left a postwoman injured and needing hospital treatment.

Royal Mail

Royal Mail spokeswoman Morag Turnbull has now told us the "serious" incident happened in Gold Fen Bank, Wrangle, on Tuesday, when the postwoman was attacked by two dogs.

"She's currently hospital with significant injuries to her hand and arm and the matter has been reported to the police," says Ms Turnbull.

The Royal Mail's fifth Dog Awareness Week was just launched on Monday in a bid to raise awareness of the issued of dog attacks and to urge all dog owners to keep their pets under control, Ms Turnbull adds.

"Seven attacks took place from April 2016 to April 2017 in the Boston area and our postmen and women need to be able to deliver the service they provide without the risk of injury," says Ms Turnbull.

Woman, 53, missing for last two days

Lincolnshire Reporter

Police are concerned for a Lincolnshire woman who has been reported missing.


Concerns over affordable housing commitments

Promised affordable housing for Lincolnshire won't be delivered if councils demand too much, it's being claimed.

Around 26,500 new homes are planned for the next 20 years, to be sold or rented at below market rates.


Steve Gelder of the Gelder Group says affordable housing can impact on the value of other new homes.

It's great we've made this commitment to build all these houses but how we're going to do it, I don't know. I have a cynical view on this that we won't get there. They can bring down the price of some executive homes down but that knocks profitability as well.

Steve GelderGelder Group

The Department for Communities and Local Government says councils are expected to reach agreements with developers of the levels of affordable housing for each new project.

Lincolnshire woman ordered to pay £100 parking charge – despite only being there for TEN minutes

Lincolnshire Echo

A Lincolnshire mum has been left astounded after receiving a £100 parking fine for leaving her car outside the Co-op for nine hours – claiming she only parked up for ten minutes.


The weather this morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a bright and dry start, turning rather cloudy through the day with a chance of some afternoon showers developing, although these much lighter than on Thursday.

Still feeling warm with light winds.

temp chart

Apology over 'fire risk' fridge warning

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has apologised to a major fridge manufacturer after issuing a fire warning relating to its products.

Last week the brigade gave out advice regarding models of Hotpoint fridge freezers after speculation one of the firm's products was behind the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

But Hotpoint has now asked the service to point out that the link has not been proven and no conclusions have been drawn on how the fire began:

We incorrectly stated that Hotpoint's safety alerts were due to fire safety concerns. This was incorrect and we apologise for any concern or panic we may have caused.

SpokesmanLincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Weather Watchers: Storm special

BBC Weather Watchers

Did you get caught in the storm last night?

Thunder, lightning and very heavy rain came seemingly out of nowhere and we got some fabulous pictures because of it!

First came the ominous skies... this was South Witham, thanks to SouthWithamerBaz for this one:


Then came the lightning! This was Grantham, thanks to phis75 for sending it in:


Over to Louth next where the appropriately named stromnut captured this:


In Kirkby Underwood g6ssn managed to get this splendid fork:


Lincolnshire's big skies made for a great view of this strike in Nettleton, perries groto sent it in:


Watch: Lincoln's new MP delivers maiden speech

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln's new MP has used her maiden speech in Parliament to praise the city - and attack the government over austerity.

Labour's Karen Lee won the seat in June, ousting Conservative Karl McCartney.

During her six-minute maiden speech yesterday, she told fellow MPs about her background as a nurse - and the impact she believes austerity is having on the NHS:

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here and I'm ready to bring you the very latest from across the county.

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

Something we should know about? You can reach us through Facebook, Twitter or email.

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it for today - we'll be back tomorrow from 08.00 with more live updates and breaking news, sport and travel will appear here throughout the night.

Just before we go let's look back at five things we've found out on our way through the day:

Missing woman was last seen in Rutland

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they're concerned for the safety of a 53-year-old woman who's gone missing.

Joanne Lewis, from Lincolnshire, was last seen in the Tinwell area of Rutland at about 15:00 yesterday.

Officers have urged anyone who's seen her to call 101.

Joanne Lewis
Leicestershire Police

Football: Woodyard signs on the Imps line

There had been speculation that he'd join Scunthorpe United - but Alex Woodyard has just signed a new contract with Lincoln City.

Fans had been desperately hoping the midfielder would stay at Sincil Bank.

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Alex Woodyard
Getty Images

Watch: Action from Lincoln movie set

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We were telling you earlier today about the filming between Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral for Mike Leigh's latest film.

It's called Peterloo and is based around the 1819 Peterloo massacre, which happened in Manchester.

Castle Square has been transformed for the production - have a look:

Watch: Duke at university for official opening

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

My colleague Alex Rhodes is at Bishop Grosseteste University this afternoon where the Duke of Gloucester is opening a new extension.

He looks impressed with what he's seeing:

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Postal worker injured in dog attack

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A postal worker has suffered what police say are "significant injuries" after being attacked by two dogs on her round near Boston.

The attack happened on Tuesday lunchtime on Gold Fen Lane in Wrangle and involved two Doberman dogs.

The dogs have been seized by police - officers are investigating what happened.

The attack comes just a few days after the Royal Mail released figures showing dog attacks on postal workers in Lincolnshire were on the increase.

Police issue CCTV of burglary suspects

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Detectives want to track down two men wanted in connection with a burglary in Lincolnshire.

The theft happened in Pennygate in Spalding on Saturday June 24, between 15.30 and 16.00.

burglary suspect
Lincolnshire Police
burglary suspect
Lincolnshire Police

If you recognise either of these men, call 101 and ask to speak to DC Steve Nesbit.