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  1. Non-emergency patients asked to stay away from 'stretched' A&Es
  2. Jail for Boston school caretaker after child sex offences
  3. Missing 'vulnerable' 16-year-old boy is found
  4. Wood yard fire at Wyberton brought under control
  5. Rare albino seal pup rescued by Natureland Seal Sanctuary
  6. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from me and the team for another week, we'll be back with more of the very latest from 08:00 on Monday.

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

Have a good weekend.

Watch: Who's a clever boy? Lincoln Uni parrot learns touchscreen skills

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

I certainly didn't think I'd be typing that headline this morning...

Yes, that's right...Sven the parrot can use a touchscreen.

Take a look:

Severe disruption: A17 Lincolnshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A17 Lincolnshire westbound severe disruption, around B6403.

A17 Lincolnshire - A17 in Fulbeck blocked and queuing traffic westbound around the B6403 junction, because of fire.

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

Lincoln shop owner injured with knife

Lincolnshire Echo

A shop owner in Lincoln was assaulted with a knife in a desperate bid to foil an armed robber.

Lincolnshire Echo

Cyclist knocked off bike in hit-and-run

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man in his 50s is recovering after being knocked off his bike while cycling in Sturton by Stow.

It happened at about 16:15 on 27 July.

The man wasn't seriously hurt in the incident which involved a silver or dark grey car at the Tillbridge Lane junction with Saxilby Road.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Lincoln Knights targeted by vandals again

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police says another one of the city's Knight statues has been vandalised.

Artists have painted 36 knights as part of a trail on the streets of the city.

They commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.

This time the damage has been caused to the Co-Op Knight on Sincil Street which has been snapped off its bracket:

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Wyberton woodyard fire: Response scaled down

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says soon there'll only be one fire crew dealing with what's left of a blaze at Lincolnshire Firewood in Wyberton.

The fire broke out at about 07:30 this morning and at its height eight crews were in attendance.

Firefighters had to use specialist equipment to try and bring it under control.

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Missing 'vulnerable' teenager from Grimsby is found

We reported a little while ago about the search for missing 16-year-old Joshua Eccleston who'd gone missing from Grimsby earlier this afternoon.

Humberside Police now say there's been some very good news about the vulnerable teenager:

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Jail for Boston school caretaker after child sex offences

A school caretaker from Boston who admitted sexual offences against three underage girls has been jailed for three years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Bryan Pauly, 44, of Hospital Lane, was caught after a teenage girl complained he'd asked to enter a toilet cubical she was in before asking for a kiss.

Following this complaint, the police managed to trace two other victims.

Pauly, a father of two, pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault on a child under 13, one charge of sexual activity with a child, and one charge of attempting to incite a child under 16.

He'll also be on the sex offenders register for life.

Have you seen missing Joshua Eccleston?

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

Police say they're concerned about a vulnerable 16-year-old boy who's gone missing from his home in Grimsby.

Joshua Eccleston
Humberside Police

Joshua Eccleston was last seen riding his bike around the Sheraton Drive area of Humberston at about 13:20 today.

Police say he doesn't normally go beyond the street where he lives so might be worried about being away from home.

They also say he's friendly, but his speech isn't always clear.

If you see Joshua, please call police on the 101 number to help get him home.

The weather forecast for the rest of the day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Bright and breezy for the rest of this afternoon with some nice sunny spells.

We could see a few light showers in places as well, but most places will stay dry:

Temp chart

Watch: Lincoln cancer-nursing cat scoops national award

Pritti Mistry

BBC Local Live

A rescue cat from Lincoln who helped her owner through bone cancer treatment has been named National Cat of the Year.

Genie was honoured for comforting her owner Evie Henderson, 11, through six rounds of chemotherapy.

Evie was diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016 and says Genie's company helped her cope with several painful operations and long spells in hospital.

The cat has been recognised by feline charity Cats Protection at a ceremony in London:

What’s that burning smell in Lincoln?

The Lincolnite

Residents in Lincoln have been complaining of a strong smell of burning across the city throughout the night and this morning.

The Lincolnite

Watch: Builders face chronic shortage of bricks

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's claimed new housing schemes planned for Lincolnshire are being threatened by a shortage of bricks and higher prices for bricks:

Chris Carr, a developer based in North Lincolnshire and chairman of the Federation of Master Builders, says there aren't enough manufacturers in the UK:

There are very few manufacturers and the ones that are here are huge multinationals. We need to open more factories, but it costs a lot of money and a lot were mothballed during the recession."

Chris CarrFederation of Master Builders
Diana Princess of Wales Hospital

People are being asked to avoid two Lincolnshire hospitals this weekend unless it is an emergency.

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Weather Watchers: Sundown in Sleaford

BBC Weather Watchers

We think we get some of the best sunsets in the country here in Lincolnshire.

Take a look at this golden flash last night in Sleaford, thanks to Melodysk for sending it in:


Mystery over death of man whose decomposed body was found near A46 in Lincoln

Lincolnshire Echo

Karl Hawkins disappeared for more than a month after being spotted in Lincoln.

Karl Hawkins
Lincs police

Rare albino seal pup rescued by Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Take a look at this little guy...

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

He was rescued by Natureland Seal Sanctuary at Skegness after he washed up alone on the beach in Chapel St Leonards last week:

His rescuers named him Elmo and, as you can tell from his pink eyes and white hair, he has albinism.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

He's less than a month old and was in pretty poor shape when he was found.

Orphaned, underweight, with wounds to his face and flippers, things weren't looking good.

But a week on he's in a much better condition, according to Natureland staff.

Listen: Wyberton wood yard fire 'under control'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've just spoken to Steven Wright from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue who's coordinating efforts to put out a blaze at Lincolnshire Firewood in Wyberton.

The fire broke out at about 06:30.

Mr Wright says that while it's under control, they expect they'll be there for most of the day:

Wyberton wood yard fire: Blaze dying down

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Our reporter Jake Zuckerman is at Rowdyke Road where a fire broke out at Lincolnshire Firewood earlier this morning.

As you can see, about three hours on, it's finally being brought under control:

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Non-emergency patients asked to stay away from 'stretched' A&Es

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

Two hospitals in northern Lincolnshire are asking people to stay away this weekend unless it's an emergency.

Grimsby Hospital

Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby and Scunthorpe General Hospital are expecting their A&E department to be "stretched" over the weekend.

They say extra visitors to the east coast mean more people will be visiting their A&E and minor injuries departments.

Paul Kirton-Watson, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust associate chief nurse (medicine), says the trust has redeployed staff "to maintain safe and effective care" but resources are still expected to be stretched.

"We would urge people to choose wisely, either with self-care or by speaking to their pharmacist about minor illnesses and injuries, rather than attending one of our hospitals," Mr Kirton-Watson adds.

Scampton Airshow: No on-the-day tickets for aviation fans

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The countdown is on to the Scampton Airshow, and with five weeks left organisers are reminding visitors they won't be able to get tickets on the door.

Red arrows
Getty Images

Organisers say tickets are going well with some of the enclosures sold out, although there's still availability on both days of the event which takes place on 9 and 10 September.

Air Show director Paul Sall says he doesn't want people to be disappointed:

You can by tickets for Waddington international on the day but you won't be able to for this event. Advance tickets only for Scampton."

Paul SallScampton Airshow

Traffic and travel: Rowdyke Road closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

Because of the fire near Wyberton the road is currently shut in both directions.

Emergency services have blocked it off while they deal with the blaze.

Wyberton wood yard fire: Specialist equipment being used

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More now on the fire in Wyberton.

It broke out at Lincolnshire Firewood at around 07:30, here's an image of what it looks like under more normal circumstances:

Lincolnshire firewood

Fire crews say they're now using a high volume pump and an aerial ladder platform to better tackle the blaze.

Fire at Wyberton wood yard

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Eight fire crews are attending a blaze at a lumber yard on Rowdyke Road in Wyberton.

It broke out about an hour ago and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have been stepping up their response to it:

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The weather this morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A bright and breezy day on the cards for us today, with some sunny spells, but perhaps also the odd shower.

Here's my full forecast:

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, so check back to see what's new.

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

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's goodbye from us for Thursday, but we'll be back from 08.00 tomorrow with more updates from across the county. Breaking news, weather and travel will continue here throughout the night.

In the meantime, let's look back at five things today's taught us:

Bye for now!

Coming up on tonight's Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Peter Levy with a look at tonight's programme:

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Football: Imps confirm signing of another new defender

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has confirmed his second signing of the week - with former Premier League defender Neal Eardley joining on a contract until January.

Neal Eardley
Lincoln City

Eardley appeared for Wales 16 times between 2007 and 2011, and played for the Imps on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Walsall in Lee Beevers' testimonial and in a behind-closed-doors game this week.

"I am delighted to be able to bring in someone of Neal's experience. In the two games he has played, he has shown what a well organised footballer he is. Technically and tactically you can see that he has played in the Premier League and will be a really good role model for our younger players."

Danny CowleyLincoln City manager

Community 'living in fear' because of gang crime in Grimsby

Phillip Norton

BBC News

People who live in part of Grimsby say they are living in fear because of gangs of youths who are terrorising the area.

In the past few days the East Marsh area has seen a suspected arson attack, a rooftop siege and a car abandoned after hitting a house.

A fire outside a house in Grimsby

I've been talking to people who live in the area on the phone. They say they are too scared of reprisals to be seen talking to the BBC.

Humberside Police say the recent incidents are not linked.

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter says tackling anti-social behaviour is a key issue for him and he wants to see an increased visible police presence in the area.

He plans to do that by recruiting 200 new police officers a year.

Superheroes learn how to save a life

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life campaign is training thousands of people across the county in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

And our experts are at the huge Poacher scout jamboree at the Lincolnshire Showground all this week teaching scouts the skills.

Today it must be fancy dress day at the event:

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Homes plan at Louth approved - but opponents disappointed

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Controversial plans for hundreds of new homes on the edge of Louth have been approved.

East Lindsey District Council planners have backed the application for just under 300 houses on a site off Legbourne Road.

Louth Town council and some residents had objected saying the town can't cope with large developments.

I'm really disappointed. I'm disappointed for the residents of the area who were very much against this plan. I think a lot of the points brought up were very relevant about Louth finding it very difficult to support these large applications."

Councillor Sue CrewLouth Town Council

Your headlines this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

It's raining outside the window here in Lincoln this lunchtime - and it looks like you could catch a few more drops if you're out and about later this afternoon:


Reds do their best for scouting event

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thousands of scouts were treated to an impromptu airshow this morning above their tents at the Lincolnshire Showground.

There's been a preview event for the Scampton Airshow at nearby RAF Scampton this morning and the Red Arrows were airborne.

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Looks like they were popular.

Firefighters called after horse takes a tumble

It's not just car crashes and blazes for Lincolnshire's fire crews:

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