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  1. Lincoln A&E will 'struggle overnight' at weekend
  2. Multi-million pound Horncastle and Louth flood scheme unveiled
  3. Number of cyclists killed in road collisions on the rise
  4. Butlins boss calls for clarity over EU migration plans
  5. Woman dies in A52 crash in Newton
  6. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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By Alex Rhodes

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from us this week, I hope we've managed to keep you up-to-date on all the very latest.

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

Lincoln's tug-of-war team to represent Great Britain

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

I bet you didn't know how good Lincoln is at the tug-of-war!

You may normally thing of it as something you do at a county fair on a muddy field somewhere - but it's also a competitive sport taking a lot of training.

And, it appears, it's something that Lincoln does very well...

Paul Flannery

This weekend the city's team is in Poland representing GB in the World Games.

They're competing in the 700kg category - and are hoping to beat the bronze medal they were awarded last year.

Good luck lads!

Police in armour raid home over 'drug activity' complaints

Lincolnshire Echo

Police in body armour have raided a property in Lincolnshire after complaints of "drug activity" in the area.

Lincolnshire Echo/Lincolnshire Police

Increase in number of cyclists killed in road collisions

Victoria Holland

Journalist, BBC Look North

There's growing concern about the number of cyclists being killed in collisions across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Figures from Safer Roads Humber show there was a 41% increase in serious injuries and deaths involving cyclists between 2011 and 2016.

Cycle groups are now calling for a radical overview of how roads are laid out and how bike riders are treated:

Watch: QMC celebrates its 40th birthday

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Over the years, lots of people from Lincolnshire have been taken there by the air ambulance after road accidents or for specialist operations...

I'm talking, of course, about Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre which today marks the 40th anniversary since it first opened its doors.

Here's a short video on some of the surprising stats and famous faces that have passed through its 26 miles of corridors over the last four decades:

£100k fine for forklift fall company

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire seafood processing company has been fined £100,000 after one of its employees fell 7m while painting.

Virginius Kurselis was standing inside a box held up by a fork lift truck which tipped forward, seriously injuring him. He spent four weeks in hospital as a result.

Lincoln Crown Court was told Mr Kurselis had been given no training prior to the incident at the Fishgate Ltd factory, near Market Rasen, in July 2013 - and that no-one was supervising at the time.

The firm denied a charge of failing to discharge a duty of health, safety and welfare of an employee.

The company, which is currently in administration and was not represented in court, was also ordered to pay about £20,000 in costs.

Imps film a 'joy to edit'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We told you earlier that the story of Lincoln City securing promotion and battling FA Cup giants is hitting the big screen tonight.

Lincoln City

As well as a big night for fans and players, it's also a dream come true for director - and Lincoln City supporter - Sam Ashoo.

The fact that Sincil Bank was a sell-out in the games towards the end of the season and during the cup run was amazing visually. It really was a joy to edit."

Sam AshooDirector

Lincolnshire's weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The rest of this afternoon will see variable cloud with a few scattered showers.

Cloud will build from the south west ahead of some rain arriving later this evening.

Breezy - but pleasant in the sun if you can find it.

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: A157 re-opens after crash

BBC News Travel

The A157 has re-opened between the Mill Lane junction and the Bluestone Heath Road junction in Burgh on Bain.

A crash had closed the stretch earlier today.

Marshalls collection goes under the hammer

Antiques and collectibles belonging to one of Lincolnshire's most famous families are going to auction in Lincoln.

More than 700 lots from the home of Nigel Marshall, who died earlier this year, are due to go to the highest bidders.

He was the great great grandson of William Marshall, who founded the well-known Gainsborough engineering firm.

Here are a couple of the items up for grabs. Take a look at this stationery box:

Stationery box

And the item below would be the perfect accessory for tonight's Lincoln City film premiere - a diamond imp tie pin!:

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Grantham Hospital

A shortage of accident and emergency doctors is being blamed for a reduced service over the weekend.

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NHS reveals number of FGM victims in Lincolnshire

A total of 45 women in Lincolnshire have been identified in the past two-and-a-half years as having undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), the NHS has revealed.

None of them received FGM in the UK, the majority live in the south of the county and none of the cases involve children, according to health managers.

Lincolnshire has low numbers of FGM compared with urban areas such as London.

The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, hospitals and mental health trusts to report any new cases in their patients.

Severe accident: A157 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A157 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Mill Lane and Bluestone Heath Road.

A157 Lincolnshire - A157 in Burgh on Bain closed in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and the Bluestone Heath Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Preparations under way for landmark country show

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Country shows are a bit of a staple when it comes to living in Lincolnshire and one of the best is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend.

Heckington Show is thought to be the biggest in the country and they've got another bumper weekend lined up.

Lincolnshire Life

Lincoln man praised by Scotland Yard for programme tackling crime amongst young people

The Lincolnite

Conflict Management Instructor and volunteer Paul Otley, from Lincoln, has been praised by Scotland Yard for his development of a programme to stop young people committing crimes.

Paul Otley
The lincolnite

Lincoln A&E will 'struggle overnight' this weekend

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A lack of doctors means health bosses are struggling to fill staffing rotas this weekend at Lincoln County Hospital's A&E, it's emerged.

Lincoln A&E

The start of the peak holiday season coupled with a national lack of doctors and agency staff means special measures are having to be taken at the hospital.

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston is also "still experiencing difficulties", according to NHS bosses, although it's still meeting its minimum staffing requirements.

People are being asked to stay away from Lincoln's A&E unless it's a genuine emergency.

Our A&E consultants will remain resident in A&E overnight to act as coordinating doctors, alongside physicians, surgeons and paediatricians to see patients and to arrange the appropriate investigations and treatments as quickly as possible."

Doctor Neill HepburnMedical Director, Lincoln County Hospital

Butlins boss calls for clarity over EU migration plans

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The resort director of Butlins in Skegness says the county's tourist industry needs to know where it stands on employing EU migrants.


The government's commissioned a study into the economic contribution of EU nationals, but it won't report back until six months before Brexit - prompting criticism from opposition parties.

Chris Baron, from Butlins, says tourist industry employers need to know what the plans are as soon as possible:

Our major concern is if there's enough labour around. We need to work out how we'll get a sufficiently big enough pool of people to keep these businesses going."

Chris BaronResort director, Butlins Skegness

Imp...possible?: Film celebrates Lincoln City FC's unbelievable season

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

In case you've forgotten - which I'm sure you haven't! - Lincoln City made history last season with their FA Cup run and league title victory.

Tonight, a film celebrating the club's fantastic 2016-17 season will have its first showing on the silver screen.

The film, Impossible is Just an Option, is being screened at the Odeon and it's already a sell-out.

Take a look the trailer here and remember some of those good times:

Dramatic stuff, eh? We're told there'll be a red carpet at the screenings tonight for the team themselves.

Listen: Chlamydia alert as number of STD cases rises

Doctors are advising people in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire to get tested for chlamydia.

It's after Yorkshire and the Humber region emerged as one of the areas with the highest detection rates of the disease in the country.

That's according to figures released by Public Health England, which also place Hull first for rate of detection in the area.

Jill Ladlow, from Virgin Care Sexual Health, says the team always tries to reassure patients who may have contracted the disease:

Your pictures: Practice makes perfect for the Typhoon team

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Take a look at this amazing photo sent to us by Matt Smart - the Typhoon team practising at RAF Coningsby:

Matt Smart

The weather this morning

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A few showers are possible at first, but otherwise largely dry with sunny spells, before cloud thickens again during the afternoon.

Outbreaks of rain will then spread north-east, turning heavy and persistent by the evening.

temp chart

Woman dies in A52 crash

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A woman has died and two other people are in hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the A52 yesterday, police say.

Traffic came to standstill and the road was shut both ways in Newton after the incident involving a heavy goods vehicle and a blue Suzuki car.

Lincolnshire Police want any witnesses to get in touch.

Reinforcing the floodgates

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A flood scheme to protect more than 350 homes in Louth and Horncastle will be unveiled later.

Homes in the town were badly affected by heavy rainfall in 2007 and again in 2014.

Ian Holmes

Construction on the £6.5m Louth scheme and the £8.1m Horncastle scheme started in summer 2015.

It's hoped the flood storage reservoirs will significantly reduce the threat of flooding and stop scenes like the ones above.

Weather Watchers: Rainbow at sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

It really started to clear up after a wet day yesterday evening leading to this glimpse of a rainbow as the sun began to set in Nettleham.

Thanks to Daviation for sending it in:


Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

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

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

Something we should know about? Get in touch through email, Facebook or Twitter.

E-fit of suspect

Other responses suggested the man looked like Richard O' Brien from the Crystal Maze, or Jasper Carrott.

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

So, that's it for Thursday - we'll be back bright and early with more live updates from 08:00 tomorrow and breaking news, sport or travel will appear throughout the night.

There's just time before we go to have a quick look back at five things we've found out over the course of the day:

Bye for now!

Riverhead area of Grimsby could be transformed by £20m development

Suzy Lawson

BBC Look North

The first images of what a major development in the centre of Grimsby will look like have been released.

The £20 million plans to transform the Riverhead area include a new cinema and seven restaurants.

An official planning application has now been submitted to the council.

Artists impressions of cinema
Leslie Jones Architecture

Coming up on Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Housing association merger consultation begins

A housing association based in Boston could merge with one which has it's headquarters in Grimsby.

Consultation begins today on plans for Shoreline in North East Lincolnshire to join Boston Mayflower.

Officials say combining services would make them more efficient. If approved the new organisation would look after almost 13,000 homes.

Shoreline/Boston Mayflower Logos
Shoreline/Boston Mayflower

Watch: Scunthorpe singer live in session

George Smith

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You'll need the sound up for this... It's Christos Spiteri from Scunthorpe performing his new song 'Tears' live in session for BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire.

You can hear the full session on the programme on Saturday night at 20:00 on BBC Radio Lincolnshire or on the iPlayer after that.

Appeal after boy punched during Lincolnshire seaside holiday

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 14-year-old boy was punched in the face in what police have described as a "seemingly random, motiveless attack" on the Lincolnshire coast.

Officers say the teenager, from Leicestershire, was walking back to his holiday caravan park on Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, when it happened.

Wall's Lane

They're appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 22:00 on Sunday night.

Severe accident: A1 Lincolnshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Lincolnshire northbound severe accident, between A151 and A607 Harlaxton affecting B668 Stretton.

A1 Lincolnshire - A1 in Stoke Rochford closed and queuing traffic northbound between Colsterworth Services Junction and Harlaxton, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to Stretton.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Haceby Road and A15.

A52 Lincolnshire - A52 in Newton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Haceby Road and the A15 junction, because of a serious accident involving lorry and car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Listen: Police Commissioner calls for officer pay rise

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

New recruits to Lincolnshire Police should get a better starting salary.

That's according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

He says that would help recruitment after a disappointing number of people applied for the latest roles:

Anger after hoax caller 'wasted fire crew time'

Maggie Curtis

News Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Firefighters have criticised hoax callers after a false alarm in Lincoln this morning.

Two city crews were called to Cannon Street in the city just before 12:00.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has condemned the caller and says they wasted firefighters' time when they could have been helping others.

hoax calls

Failed points fixed

BBC News Travel

Earlier we heard about problems on the rails between Boston and Skegness.

Engineers said they would have the points fixed by 15:00 - and they have!

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Man wanted after 'exposure incident'

Here's the latest e-fit picture from Lincolnshire Police - appealing for help after an incident in Bourne last Wednesday.

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On your bike for Boston event

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Boston's Market Place will host a festival cycling tomorrow - with some unconventional contraptions on display alongisde the more traditional two wheelers.

Children can have a go on the KMX Kart track (below) and the whole family can ride on the multi-pedal mega bus.

Open from 10:00 to 15:00, the open-air event is entirely free and organised by the Boston Big Local group which aims to promote the town.

Cycle go karts
Boston Big Local

Last year's marvellous event was such a success, with its combination of interactive fun and information, that we thought everyone deserved another chance to experience it for themselves."

Richard ToryBoston Big Local