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  1. Updates on Friday 12 January 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks: Five things we learned today

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's it for our live rolling coverage this week, we'll be back on Monday morning.

    In the meantime, here are five things we didn't know at the start of the day:

    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Second man arrested after firearms burglary

    A second man has been arrested and then released after an aggravated burglary in Wragby earlier this month.

    Three men were reported to have broken into a house on Horncastle Road in the village and attacked the couple living there.

    Several guns and some cash was stolen in the burglary.

    Another man had previously been arrested and released under investigation.

  3. Care home company fined £70,000 after putting residents at 'considerable risk'

    A care home company was today fined £70,000 after allowing confused and elderly residents to leave the premises.

    Apex Care Ltd , which runs a 28-room unit at The Bungalow on Park Road, Spalding, had admitted breaching health and safety regulations following an investigation into incidents at the home in 2012.

    The court heard that Betty Williamson, 97, walked out of the home on a freezing cold day in February 2012.

    She fell inside the grounds and was later found suffering from hypothermia.

    Later that year, 84-year-old Allan Redshaw climbed out of a window just 18 hours after being admitted to the home for respite care.

    He cut himself and then suffered a heart attack and was was later found unconscious.

    Although both Betty and Allan later died, the judge ruled that the incidents were not a significant cause of their deaths.

    Quote Message: This case is all about the failings of Apex Care Ltd to devise, implement and enforce an effective system to control security of the building. The effect of that failure was to expose the residents of the home at considerable risk from Judge Simon Hirst
    Judge Simon Hirst
  4. 'Amazingly disruptive day' after Nottingham Railway station fire

    There's been widespread disruption across the rail network after a fire at Nottingham Railway Station.

    East Midlands Trains have admitted it's been an "amazingly disruptive day" for passengers after all routes in the region have been disrupted.


    For James Wright, who was visiting Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire today, that's meant a confusing journey back to his city home city of Nottingham.

    He says he was offered "no alternative and no help" after his journey was cancelled.

    Quote Message: I was left totally bamboozled and left to my own devices effectively from James Wright Passenger
    James WrightPassenger

    East Midlands Trains say they've offered bus replacement services between Newark and Lincoln and have had "good communication" with passengers.

  5. Picture: Spring on the way

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It may still be the height of winter, but there are signs that spring is on the way.

    BBC Weather Watchers photographer Ar has taken a snap of these:

  6. Major artist selected to celebrate Lincoln inventor

    Richard Madden

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A statue to honour one of Lincoln's most famous sons will be put up in the city by 2019.

    planned sculpture

    Mathematician George Boole was born in 1815 but his work is still used in modern technology such as computers and mobile phones.

    A bronze statue will be installed at the entrance to the city's railway station...and will depict Boole teaching two children.

    The Heslam Trust, who are paying for the statue, says sculptor Andy Dufort who is making the statue is well regarded in art circles.

    Quote Message: He's done an enormous amount of work around the country. He's sculpted people such as Maggie Thatcher and The Queen. He's actually worked on some of the coins as well, some of the artwork for those. from Peter Manton Chair of the Heslam Trust
    Peter MantonChair of the Heslam Trust
  7. Staff vote to strike after down scaling

    Over 90% of staff at one of Stamford's biggest employers have voted to go on strike.


    Plans to scale back operations at Cummins Generator Technologies have been criticised by Unions.

    They think the move puts 300 jobs at risk

    The firm says it has no alternative but to downsize.

  8. Grantham shop refused alcohol license

    A shop in Grantham has had an alcohol license refused because it's previously been involved in illegally smuggling tobacco.

    Police became concerned when the license was submitted that the applicant was concealing their link to criminal activity.

    They say there had been a "deliberate attempt to mislead the police and council as to who was actually behind the new application".

    Mario's Food Store, at 22 London Road, had its license refused by South Kesteven District Council on Thursday 10 December.

  9. Watch: This weekend's weather

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Planning on heading out over the weekend? Take a look at my forecast to help you know what to expect:

    Video content

    Video caption: A dry weekend ahead
  10. Suspected arson in Cleethorpes

    A man has been arrested and released under investigation after a suspected arson in Cleethorpes.

    The fire happened on Park Street at around 7.30 pm in the town.

    A drainpipe on a building was set alight, the fire then spread to a lawnmower and garden furniture.

    Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze and no-one was hurt.

  11. Surgeon who marked initials on livers spared jail

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A surgeon who burnt his initials onto the livers of patients, including a Grantham woman, has been fined £10,000 and given a 12 month community order.

    Simon Bramhall

    Simon Bramhall, 53, used a medical instrument to "write" on the organs of Catherine Hodgson and another victim during operations in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2013.

    He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating in December.

    Catherine Hodgson has, in the past, defended Bramhall for his actions.

    She said "This man saved my life... To me [what he did], is exactly the same as an artist signing his work - he's not doing any damage."

  12. Boy admits taking axe and air rifle to school

    A 13-year-old boy has admitted to taking an axe and an air rifle into a Lincolnshire school.

    Police were called to the school in south Lincolnshire last November to deal with an incident involving the boy who can’t be named for legal reasons.

    At a youth court hearing in Lincoln today the teenager pleaded guilty to possession of an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence to another and possession of an axe on school premises.

    The boy was remanded into youth custody and the case was adjourned until the 26th of January for sentencing.

  13. Delays after water main burst

    Motorists in Lincoln are facing delays today as a major route is partially closed for water mains repairs.


    One of the southbound lanes on Broadgate (pictured) is closed today.

    Repairs were planned for the weekend but were moved to today to avoid traffic problems.

    They will be finished before rush hour this evening and continue again next week.

  14. Lifeguards wanted for Lincolnshire coast

    The RNLI is advertising for lifeguards to spend the summer working on beaches along the Lincolnshire coast.

    Lifeguards patrol more than 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands.

    The charity is also recruiting fundraisers who will work alongside lifeguards to provide safety advice.

    Applicants need to be 'dynamic' and act as a 'positive ambassador.'

    Quote Message: Working as a lifeguard has got to be one of the best summer jobs – you get to call the beach your office for a start!' from Daniel Cooper RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager
    Daniel CooperRNLI Area Lifesaving Manager
  15. Lunchtime headlines

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Let's take a quick look back over some of the stories from this morning:

  16. Cow chewing litter illustrates "disregard for countryside"

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A photo of a cow chewing rubbish in Lincolnshire has been described as "shocking" and "disgraceful" by a landowners' association.

    beer can cow

    The photo (above) was captured by farmer Stafford Proctor who says his cow could have been killed if it swallowed the beer can ring-pull.

    He says that the photo is a clear example of some people's "complete disregard for the countryside".

    He shared the image to demonstrate a clear example of how serious even "small scale" fly tipping or littering can be.

    The CLA landowners' group says that fly tipping is a "disgraceful crime" which can out animals at risk.

  17. Food waste scheme could begin in Spring

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Homes in part of Lincolnshire could soon get their food waste collected.

    A trial is planned to start in South Kesteven in May - covering nearly 5,000 homes.

    Food waste

    The £210,000 pilot scheme could see 320 tonnes of food waste being collected in one year.

    It's all part of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership's commitment to cutting down on waste. More and more recyclable materials are being rejected at plants because they are contaminated with food.

    It's hoped this scheme could increase recycling levels whilst cutting down on food waste.

    If the district councillors agree to the scheme today it will begin in May, and if successful, it'll be rolled out across the county.

  18. New home found for miniature railway

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A miniature railway based at Stickney, near Boston, has found a new home after its future was derailed because of a land sale.

    evergreens railway

    The railway (pictured) had been based near Stickney for 15 years but new owners of the land didn't want the attraction there.

    But after a BBC campaign drew attention to its plight, it's found a new home.

    Planning permission has been granted for a site at Keal Cotes, just three miles up the road.

    It just goes to show, where there's a will, there's a (rail)way.