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By Harry Parkhill

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  1. Rat droppings found on East Coast train

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Rail unions are demanding an investigation after reports that rat droppings were found on a train travelling on the East Coast Mainline.


    The RMT has warned passengers and staff of a "major hygiene issue" after droppings were found in a food preparation and kitchen area.

    Virgin Trains East Coast says it was an isolated incident caused by a supplier and the area was cleaned before being put back into use.

    Quote Message: It is frankly appalling that Virgin Trains East Coast have allowed this rodent scandal to fester on their trains regardless of the risks to staff and passengers alike from the exposure to these droppings and the obvious health consequences. from Mick Cash RMT General Secretary
    Mick CashRMT General Secretary
  2. Weather forecast: Cold with scattered showers

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A cold and crisp start to the day, with brisk northwesterly winds.

    A largely sunny day.

    Here's my full forecast:

    Video content

    Video caption: A cold and crisp start to the day
  3. Good morning and welcome to Friday's coverage

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Good morning, it's Harry here with today's live rolling news.

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather and breaking sports news from our fine county today.

    Why not let me know what's going on where you are, drop me an email or message us on Facebook or Twitter.

  4. Passengers leave stricken train at Helpston

    Here are the latest images of relieved passengers finally leaving a train that was stuck near Peterborough after hitting an object on the track at about 10:30.

    Train passengers

    The Hull Trains service from London King's Cross came to a halt at Helpston after sustaining what the company described as "catastrophic engine failure".

    Engineers checking train at Helpston

    Passengers were stuck on board for more than four hours, many complaining of no water or working toilets, while the fuel leak was cleared and a rescue train organised.

    They have now been moved from the stricken train, but passengers using services between London and the north east are still being warned about delays.

    Train at Helpston
  5. Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's it from me for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more live updates.

    Breaking news, sport and weather will continue right here throughout the night.

    Meanwhile, let's have a quick look back at five things we've learned during the course of the day:

  6. Weather: Clear spells with a widespread frost

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Scattered wintry showers will continue overnight giving icy stretches as temperatures fall and turning increasingly to snow:

    Thursday night weather forecast
  7. BBC Weather Watchers: Stunning sunset photos

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for sending in these fab photos of the sunset in Lincolnshire tonight:

  8. Train fuel leak was 'catastrophic failure' of engine

    The Managing Director of Hull Trains has apologised to passengers and praised staff on a train which was stranded after a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham.

    Will Dunnett has also now revealed that the 09:48 London to Hull train didn't strike an object on the tracks, as was originally thought, but it was in fact a "catastrophic failure of the engine".

    Earlier today, Hull Trains, Network Rail and the train's driver thought something struck the train between Peterborough and Grantham which ruptured the fuel tanks.

    Quote Message: Once our train inspectors were at work alongside Network Rail, it was actually clear it is a catastrophic failure of the engine which has caused the damage to the unit." from Will Dunnett Managing director, Hull Trains
    Will DunnettManaging director, Hull Trains
  9. Minister's stuck train affects Culture announcement

    The Minister for Arts is one of the people stuck on a train which has suffered a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham, it's emerged.

    John Glen has now confirmed he won't be able to announce the winner of the City of Culture 2021 title on the BBC's One Show, as was originally planned.

    The announcement will now be made by Phil Redmond, who is Chair of the UK City of Culture panel:

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  10. Birdseye view of Lincoln Christmas Market

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    For the first time, Lincolnshire Police are using drones as part of security measures at Lincoln Christmas Market.

    There are also armed police and road blocks in place at the four-day market, which is expected to attract 250,000 visitors to the city.

    The force says the measures are just a precaution.

    These are some of the pictures from the drone today:

    Lincoln Christmas Market
    Lincoln Christmas Market
  11. Investigation into 'Legionnaires' death at prison

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The death of an inmate is being investigated at Lincoln Prison.

    It's thought it could be a case of Legionnaire's Disease.

    Tests are being carried out by the prison service and Public Health England.

    No other inmates or staff are thought to have been affected.

  12. Farmers & buyers 'flock' to Louth's annual Fatstock Show

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Louth Fatstock Show

    A Lincolnshire farming tradition has been extra special today.

    The Fatstock Show has taken place at the Louth Cattle Market.

    The site was saved after a consultation supported the development of the market instead of losing it altogether.

  13. Gritters get ready for weekend of wintry weather

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Gritters are preparing to do multiple runs across Lincolnshire over the next few days.

    Freezing temperatures are forecast for the county.


    The gritters treat almost 2,000 miles of the county's network, including all A and B roads.

  14. Nico the sniffer dog uncovers fake cigarettes

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A sniffer dog has helped uncover fake cigarettes in Lincoln.

    A large quantity has been seized during a raid by Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police.

    Nico - a tobacco detection dog - found them in the bottom of a bin - hidden by a bag of rubbish.

    Nico the sniffer dog
    Quote Message: This is not a victimless crime. We know that money made from these items can often go towards funding more organised crime and possibly even people trafficking. " from Kirsty Herbertson Trading Standards
    Kirsty HerbertsonTrading Standards
  15. MPs demand the overnight reopening of Grantham A&E

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Two MPs have written to the trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospital demanding Grantham A&E is reopened at night without delay.

    Nick Boles and Caroline Johnson say they're extremely concerned a return to 24-hour services has been delayed - despite acceptable staffing levels.

    It's been held up while NHS Improvement reviews the situation.


    A decision could come next week at a meeting of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

  16. Watch: Battered mince pie anyone?

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire, reporter

    A fish and chip shop in Spalding's decided to come up with a few festive specialities.

    In the run up to Christmas 'Oh My Cod' in the town is selling battered pigs in blankets and battered mince pies.

    Is this a seasonal step too far?

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    Video caption: A chip shop in Spalding has come up with some seasonal specialities.
  17. Man dies in Lincoln Prison

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A prisoner's died at Lincoln Prison in what's thought could be a case of Legionnaire's disease.

    The man died at the jail two days ago and tests are now being carried out by the prison service and Public Health England.

    No other inmates or staff are thought to have been affected.

    Lincoln Prison
  18. Network Rail inspecting track after fuel leak

    There are problems on the East Coast Mainline after a Hull Trains service suffered a fuel leak after hitting something on the tracks.

    Network Rail have been out inspecting the track. Paul Hopton sent us this picture from the train in question:

    Network Rail inspecting track
  19. Popular fatstock show goes ahead at Louth Cattle Market

    Lizzie Musham

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A Lincolnshire farming tradition which had been under threat is taking place today.

    The Fatstock Show at Louth Cattle Market is going ahead after an uncertain few months.

    The site has been saved after a consultation supported the development of the market rather than losing it altogether.

    Louth Livestock Market