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By David Sykes

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    David Sykes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's it from me this week.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08.00 with more news, sport, travel and weather from across Lincolnshire.

    Before I go, here are five things we've learned today:

  2. Weather: A cloudy night in Lincolnshire

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Thickening cloud this evening with rain arriving overnight.

    The rain will turn heavy before easing later.

    The weather forecast for the evening. Lows of 9 degrees celcius.

    A wet start tomorrow, which should ease and brighten, only to become breezy and feeling cool.

    Sunday should be cool and dry with sunny spells.

  3. Have you seen 14-year-old Kieran?

    Police are trying to make contact with 14-year-old Kieran Smith from Mablethorpe who was reported missing from his home this morning.

    A photo of Keiran

    It's not known what he is currently wearing, but it's thought that he may have travelled to the Louth area.

    Lincolnshire Police would like to speak to him to know that he is safe and well.

  4. Mustard gas decontamination operation expected to be finished this month

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online

    A major decontamination operation of two sites near Woodhall Spa where dozens of mustard gas canisters were uncovered is "likely to be completed in November", top military research specialists say.

    Mustard gas canisters

    Porton Down experts removed 150 canisters from Roughton Moor Woods and Stixwould Lake after the discovery on 1 October.

    Two people sustained minor burns and three people who were arrested on suspicion of possessing a noxious substance were bailed.

    Some of the mustard gas leaked into the soil and work to test, remove and incinerate it is due to start this month.

    Mustard gas canister
  5. Train strikes herd of cows

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Rail services have been disrupted by a herd of cows - not these two - on the line at Barrow upon Soar.


    Many East Midlands Trains services between Lincoln Central and Leicester have been cancelled and replacement buses are being provided.

  6. Lincolnshire roads 'have a long way to go' - MP

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    More investment is needed in Lincolnshire's roads, according to transport minister John Hayes.

    John Hayes MP

    Mr Hayes, who is also MP for South Holland and The Deepings, has been speaking at Lincolnshire's first ever Road Safety Summit.

    He said that historically governments haven't been bold enough in making infrastructure investments, but he said he will campaign for more investment in in-road investment in Lincolnshire.

    Improvements often take too long to achieve, and there is more that can be done, he added.

    Mr Hayes praised recent work on the A17 around Peppermint Junction, which "has been long called for and taken a long time to do", but he said more can be done on the A16.

    Specifically, he said there should be better links between Spalding and Peterborough where people access the A1.

  7. Five jailed for total of 50 years after 'vile and horrific abuse'

    Four men and a woman have been jailed for a total of 50 years after subjecting a man to what police say was a "sustained and vicious attack" in Gainsborough two years ago.

    Jailed men and woman

    On 15 November 2015, their victim was invited into a property and told to sit down before being punched, kicked and threatened at gunpoint.

    He was handcuffed, hit with an extendable baton, and hit on his bare feet with a wooden stick. The group then subjected the victim to waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

    The five, all from Gainsborough, were found guilty of false imprisonment. All four males were also found guilty of assault by occasioning ABH.

    Alvaras Sepronas, 44, of Ashcroft Road, was jailed for 18 years. He was also found guilty of possessing firearms with intent to cause fear of violence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of drugs with intent to supply, possession of a prohibited weapon for discharge of noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device/thing and possession of prohibited ammunition.

    Jurgita Makaroviene, 35, of Ashcroft Road, was jailed for five years. She was also found guilty of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

    Egidijus Zukauskas, 44, of Parnell Street, was jailed for 10 years.

    Vidas Aleksandravicius, 50, of Parnell Street, was jailed for 10 years. He was also found guilty of imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of a controlled drug.

    Andrivs Svetickas, 27, of Parnell Street, was jailed for seven years. He was also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of a controlled drug.

  8. Five arrested after Crowle cash machine raid

    Kimberley Metcalfe

    BBC Local Live

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after a cash machine was ripped from the wall at a shop in Crowle, North Lincolnshire.

    The theft happened at about 04:00 this morning when several men ram raided McColl's newsagents on the High Street using heavy lifting machinery.

    A white Mercedes car and a white Ford Transit van with its roof missing were also believed to be involved in the incident.

    The van was later found burned out.

    This was the scene in Crowle a little earlier today:

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    Video caption: Five men are arrested on suspicion of theft after targeting a cash machine in Crowle.
  9. BreakingRail strike to go ahead next week

    A 24-hour strike by Arriva Rail North workers is to go ahead on Wednesday 8 November.

    Union strike

    The announcement by the RMT union comes after talks aimed at resolving a row over the role of guards "collapsed".

    The industrial action is over plans to make train doors driver-only operated.

    Rail companies have said this means the guard's role will change but some workers believe safety procedures would be compromised.

  10. Boston Stump collection box found

    An historic collection box which was stolen from Boston Stump this week has been found.

    The collection box before it was stolen

    The box, parts of which date back to the 16th century, was stolen along with collection tins from the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal and the RAF Association.

    The rector, Reverend Alyson Buxton, says she's "delighted" and the team at the church is "looking forward to it coming home.

    "It's been slightly damaged but it should be able to be repaired," she says.

    It's believed to have been found by a police officer in a skatepark in the town.

    The team at St Botolph's Church has been looking through CCTV and offered a £10 reward for the box to be returned.

    Quote Message: It has been on a bit of a journey, tried a bit of skateboarding, looking a bit worse for wear, is having a night in the police cell - but is coming home." from Reverend Alyson Buxton Rector, Boston Stump
    Reverend Alyson BuxtonRector, Boston Stump
  11. Skegness beach transformed for motocross race

    The Skegness Beach Race is due to get under way this weekend and the course is being sculpted with bike jumps galore.

    The course on Skegness beach

    Now entering its eighth year, organisers claim it's one of the largest off-road events in UK.

    At least 20,000 people are expected to see motorbikes, along with quad bikes and sidecars, take to the sand.

    The event will take place between 10:30 and 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday and is free for all spectators.

    A man stands at the base of a jump
  12. Watch: Cash machine ripped out of wall in North Lincolnshire

    Laura Foster

    BBC Look North

    A cash machine has been ripped out of the wall of a shop in North Lincolnshire overnight.

    It's thought to have happened in the early hours at McColl's on Crowle High Street.

    The A161 remains closed in both directions while the damage is cleared up.

    A BBC Look North viewer sent in this video:

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    Video caption: A cash machine has been ripped out of the McColl's shop in Crowle.
  13. GP surgery to offer 'walk-in' clinic

    Patients at a Lincolnshire GP surgery will soon be able to see their doctor without making an appointment.

    Exterior of Glebe Practice in Saxilby

    From December, Glebe Practice in Saxibly will have a new walk-in clinic for patients with acute problems which need immediate medical attention.

    The walk-in service near Lincoln will operate between 08:00 and 09:30 and it will run on a first come, first served basis.

    It's hoped that this will free up pre-booked appointments for patients with other needs such as long term conditions and medicine reviews.

    As well as patients registered at the Saxibly surgery, it can also be used by patients registered in Skellingthorpe.

  14. Headlines this afternoon in Lincolnshire

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Let's take you through some of the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

    • A pedestrian's died after being hit by a lorry near Boston
    • Lincolnshire's poultry farmers are being urged to remain vigilant as bird flu seasons begins
    • A GP surgery in Lincolnshire is to offer a walk-in clinic for patients who haven't made an appointment
    • One year on, a scheme to let people discretely escape uncomfortable or unsafe situations in bars and clubs has gone national.
    • A meeting's taking place today to look at the impact of Lincoln's street light switch-off
  15. Lincolnshire's 'Ask for Angela' campaign goes national

    A year after it was first created in Lincolnshire, an innovative strategy aimed at helping people who feel uncomfortable or unsafe in bars and clubs is now being used around the UK.

    Ask Angela poster

    Created by Hayley Child from Lincolnshire Police, someone who feels uncomfortable can go to a bar and "ask for Angela" and that will be treated as a discreet request for help.

    Ms Child says it's not always easy for someone to get out of an awkward situation, and this is a safe and subtle way of doing it.

    As well as being used across Lincolnshire, it's now been introduced in several other towns and cities around the UK.

    Justin Hudson, manager of Butlers Venue Bar in Gloucester, has seen the scheme in action after he introduced it at his bar:

    Quote Message: A girl was out with a group, but her friends had left and she was left with a friend of a friend. She didn't feel under threat and said, 'There's no issues, but I'd like to ask for Angela'. The chap was in conversation with the door staff, so we whisked her away, put her in a taxi and sent her home. She was home and safe within 10 minutes." from Justin Hudson Bar owner
    Justin HudsonBar owner
  16. Lack of vitamin D putting health at risk

    Doctors in Lincolnshire say they're worried people are risking their health because they're not getting enough of the so-called "sunshine vitamin".

    The sun rises on a wintery day

    Vitamin D keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy, and deficiency is more common in the autumn and winter when there's less sunshine.

    In spring and summer, most people get all the vitamin D they need from sunshine, but it can also be found in oily fish, red meat, egg yolks and some spreads and cereals.

    Babies and people who aren't often outdoors are the most at risk of deficiency - particularly people who are frail or housebound.

    Dr Radi Sultan, from Ingham Surgery in Lincoln, says people at risk should supplement their intake of the vitamin:

    Quote Message: All of us would benefit from supplement. We will be vitamin D deficient to varying levels in the winter, so the general advice is for supplementation in these seasons." from Dr Radi Sultan Ingham Surgery, Lincoln
    Dr Radi SultanIngham Surgery, Lincoln
  17. Talks held in bid to avoid Northern rail strike

    Talks are being held today between rail operator Northern and the RMT Union in an effort to avoid strike action next week.

    Northern train

    Workers are expected to walk out next Wednesday in an ongoing dispute over driver-only operated trains.

    If the strike goes ahead, it will be the 11th day of industrial action on Northern rail services this year.

    Northern runs services in the East Midlands,Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the North West.

  18. First Road Safety Summit begins in Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire's first Road Safety Summit is under way near Grantham.

    Police cars parked outside the venue

    About 100 delegates from across the region are taking part, including the Minister of State for Transport and MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes, Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, members of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, and first responders.

    A number of initiatives are being showcased at the conference, including a scheme to give training for community volunteers to operate speed guns.

  19. Re-opening of Grantham A&E to be discussed next week

    David Sykes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A decision to re-open Grantham's A&E overnight could be made by Lincolnshire health bosses early next week.

    The entrance to Grantham A&E

    The town ceased to have a 24-hour A&E service 15 months ago due to a shortage of doctors across Lincolnshire.

    Since then, thousands of people have petitioned for its reopening, with several protests held and politicians on all sides calling for the overnight service to resume.

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it has "always remained committed to fully reopening the A&E as soon as it is safe to do so".

    The trust adds that it's been "working hard" to recruit and retain doctors, and it now has 22 middle-grade doctors - one more than the minimum needed to safely run the county's three A&E units.

    The trust board's decision on Tuesday will then be subject to approval from NHS Improvement before any changes can be made.

  20. Lincolnshire Police show their respect

    In the run-up to Remembrance Day, some police cars in Lincolnshire are bearing red poppies.

    They've been specially added to the force's cars at the county's inaugural Road Safety Summit near Grantham:

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