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Harry Parkhill

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all from me and the team for the week.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel news from across Lincolnshire on Monday morning.

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

  2. Lincolnshire's weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Occasional snow showers will continue in the far west this evening, but most places dry with clear spells.

    Brisk northwest winds continuing and it'll be very cold, with widespread frost expected and a risk of icy patches.

    The low temperature will be about -1C (30F):

    Weather graphic
  3. Scheme to tackle obesity in North Lincolnshire

    A new commitment is expected to be made in North Lincolnshire later to try and tackle obesity.


    North Lincolnshire Council's Health and Wellbeing Board will sign a pledge to try and encourage healthier and affordable food in the area.

    The scheme will include workplaces encouraging healthy eating for their staff, as well as promoting the value of local produce.

  4. Stamford Hospital's 57-year Christmas card mystery

    A former patient has sent Lincolnshire hospital staff an anonymous Christmas card every year since 1960.


    Stamford Hospital said the card appeared "every year without fail" on the matron's desk, with the same message.

    It is addressed to nursing staff at the now disused Exeter Ward and has a postal mark for the South East Anglia Mail Centre in Chelmsford, Essex.

    Hospital matron Sue Brooks said it had been a "great mystery" for 57 years.

    "It would be great to find who is still so grateful after all these years," she said.

  5. Emergency flood pumps tested

    Environment Agency engineers are testing an emergency pump today which will be called into action in bad weather.

    They've been at Short Ferry, near Lincoln, close to the River Witham, this afternoon:

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  6. Graffiti by Isaac Newton found in Grantham

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Forget Bristol graffiti star Banksy, Lincolnshire's graffiti talent comes with a raft of other credentials...

    It's been discovered that none other than Sir Isaac Newton may have daubed his own "tag" on the wall of his house in Grantham as a youngster.


    Admittedly, it's not easy to see, but experts assure us that the etchings on the wall of Woolsthorpe Manor, where the illustrious scientist grew up, are likely to be scratchings showing a windmill.

    Nottingham Trent University experts using cutting-edge light technology discovered the etching near a fireplace in the National Trust property in Grantham.

    Reflectance Transformation Imaging uses light to capture the shape and colour of a surface not visible to the naked eye.

    Quote Message: It's amazing to be using light, which Newton understood better than anyone before him, to discover more about his time at Woolsthorpe." from Chris Pickup Nottingham Trent University
    Chris PickupNottingham Trent University
  7. Watch: Row over Lincolnshire flood defences

    Paul Murphy

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A row's broken out in North East Lincolnshire over changes to flood defences.

    Residents in North Somercotes say a plan to demolish an old sea defence will mean the loss of a popular footpath and make them more vulnerable to a tidal surge.

    But the Environment Agency says its work will actually improve defences as well as creating valuable wildlife habitat:

    Video content

    Video caption: Demolishing old sea defenses
  8. Pig's head found in school playground

    A pig's head has been found in a school playground in Mablethorpe.


    Pupils arrived at Springwell Academy on Seaholme Road on Wednesday morning to find the head had been left or thrown into the playground.

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

  9. Ingoldmells murder suspect appears in court

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A man accused of murder has appeared before magistrates in Lincoln after the death of a man in Ingoldmells.

    Chapman court

    Steven Feeley, 39 of Eudo Road, Skegness, was accused of murdering 29-year-old Gareth Bailey earlier in the week.

    He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

    Mr Feeley will appear at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

  10. Concrete thrown through car window in 'road rage' attack

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A moped rider has thrown a lump of concrete through the windscreen of a car in Lincoln in what police describe as a "road-rage incident".

    napier street

    Police believe the moped rider was tailgating a white Ford Fiesta through Lincoln city centre on Tuesday 5 December before the vehicles turned in different directions.

    Five minutes later, the moped returned and the rider threw a lump of concrete through the Fiesta's rear window on Napier Street, completely smashing it.

    The rider is described as a white male in his 20s, with a full beard and a "retro military-style" motorcycle helmet.

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

  11. 'Schools minister should be Grimsby-based' - Lord Adonis

    A former education minister has urged Theresa May to appoint a "minister for good schools" to be based in Grimsby or Blackpool, with responsibility and funding for improving standards in poorly performing areas.


    Lord Adonis has also said that schools should be forbidden from expelling children unless they break the law to stop lives "going completely off the rails".

    The peer told his colleagues during the annual Lords debate led by the Archbishop of Canterbury: "Deep poverty, pervasive drugs, obesity, anti-depressants and mental illness in a large isolated town exhibiting alarming signs of disintegration - including the largest encampment in Britain of children expelled from school.

    "It's euphemistically called a pupil referral unit. Even more euphemistically it's run by an organisation called Educational Diversity, but it's basically a dumping ground for 330 children that schools want nothing to do with," he said.

    "For Blackpool today, read also Hull, Grimsby, large parts of the North and the Midlands, and large towns in the South," Lord Adonis added.

  12. Weather warning for Yorkshire and Humber

    A yellow "be aware" weather warning's been issued by the Met Office for Yorkshire and the Humber region this weekend.

    Met Office map

    Sunday is expected to see snow and ice, however the Met Office adds that "there is currently a good deal of uncertainty over the precise track of the areas of rain and snow".

  13. Sleaford school celebrates Christmas in style

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A Lincolnshire school has really raised the bar when it comes to in-house Christmas productions.

    Pupils at William Alvey School in Sleaford have not only written their own festive song, but also created an impressive video to go with it.

    It's all being done to raise money for children's charities.

    Take a look:

    Video content

    Video caption: School creates an impressive music video for their own Christmas song
  14. Car targeted by police after suspected hare coursing

    There's been a suspected hare coursing incident in South Holland.

    Police say they're trying to locate a Blue Mercedes ML, which they believe is involved.

    If you see a car with registration number Y336BJT, you're being asked to get in touch with police.

  15. Murder charge over man's death in Ingoldmells

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A man has been charged with the murder of a 29-year-old man in Ingoldmells earlier this week.

    chapman court

    The 39-year-old man, from Winthorpe, in Skegness, is charged with murdering 29-year-old Gareth Bailey.

    Mr Bailey died on Wednesday morning after being discovered seriously injured at his home in Chapman court in Ingoldmells

    A 25-year-old woman who had been arrested has now been released under investigation.

    The charged man is due to appear before Lincoln Magistrates' Court later.

    Quote Message: Gareth’s family and friends remain devastated by his death and we are continuing to support his family and keep them informed." from Det Insp Hodgson East Midlands Special Operations Unit
    Det Insp HodgsonEast Midlands Special Operations Unit
  16. Lincolnshire street has UK's 7th slowest internet speed

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A street in Lincolnshire has been named seventh worst for broadband speeds in the country.

    Saltney Gate, Holbeach

    Saltney Gate (pictured), in Holbeach, only manages an average of 0.89MBps download speed.

    That's 201 times slower than the highest speed recorded, of 177MBps, which was measured in North Lanarkshire.

    The list has been compiled by price comparison service uSwitch, which says broadband speeds are still a "postcode lottery".

  17. Bomber Command Centre building work nearly complete

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Work on a museum to commemorate people who served in Bomber command in World War Two is very nearly finished.

    bomber command

    The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln has been in the offing for six years, and now only the final touches remain.

    The centre will open to the public at the end of January next year.

    Nicky Barr, director of the IBCC, says there are still some last-minute touches to make until the museum is ready for the public:

    Quote Message: I'm hugely proud... and I won't have to be in charge of building a building again which will be somewhat a relief." from Nicky Barr Director, International Bomber Command Centre
    Nicky BarrDirector, International Bomber Command Centre