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Alex Rhodes

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  1. Lincolnshire headlines

    Our top stories in Lincolnshire so far today include:

  2. Caravan sales - 'Disgusted they can charge so much'

    Static caravan owners on the East Coast say they are being ripped off by holiday park managers who charge them thousands of pounds in commission when they sell their properties.

    Static caravans on a site.

    Anyone who sells a static caravan is required by law to pay a fee, to the site owner, which can be as much as 15% of the sale value.

    Karyl Collins wants to sell the caravan she bought in East Yorkshire three years ago and feels she's being ripped off:

    Quote Message: I'm absolutely disgusted that they can charge so much commission, I understand commission and I accept the commission, but the high 15% is just ludicrous."

    The National Caravan Council says the rate of commission on the resale of a holiday home is agreed by the parties when the agreement is signed, and this term is clear and prominent in the documentation.

  3. Calls for council to clear cycle routes

    Cyclists in Lincoln are calling on the council to do more to keep cycle paths clear.

    In recent weeks some routes have become nearly impassable - because of overgrown verges.

    This was the route from Lincoln to Saxilby:

    Overgrown verges

    Volunteers ended up clearing the tracks themselves.

    Ian Callaghan, who helped clear the track, says it's important to do it to get more people on their bikes.

    The county council, which own part of the route, says they were due to cut it back soon anyway, because of its popularity with cyclists.

    Quote Message: The more people that ride means the less traffic we'll have on the roads which is less pollution and less expense on roads. If there's less expense on roads then maybe they can invest more on cycle tracks." from Ian Callaghan
    Ian Callaghan
  4. Police search for white van

    Police in Scunthorpe are looking for a white van, after a man in the back grabbed a school girl's bag.

    Officers say they don't know if the three men in the van were trying to steal the girl's bag or if there was another motive.

    Merlin Road

    The incident happened in Merlin Road close to Bridges Road at around 08:00 this morning when the van passed the girls a couple of times then stopped.

    The girls ran off to school, where the van was later spotted.

    The van is described as a dirty white Ford Transit style van with a red triangle and black flames with the word 'warning' on the back right hand door.

    Police are appealing for information.

    Quote Message: "We've spoken to the girls involved, who are shaken but unhurt... As yet, we don't know whether this was an attempt to steal the girls' bags or if there was another motive and we are continuing to work to establish what happened." from Rhodri Troake Detective Inspector
    Rhodri TroakeDetective Inspector
  5. Weather: a good outlook for the weekend

    Still a risk of a thunderstorm this evening, mainly in the west, then a dry night with clear spells and a little mist. Lows tonight of 13°C ( 55°F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow will be a warm and fine day with long sunny spells and dry for most of us. Highs tomorrow of 27C (81F).

    Sunday should be a similar day.

  6. Poundworld in Grimsby to close

    The Poundworld store in Grimsby is one of 80 which administrators have been announced will close.

    Poundworld in Grimsby

    It follows the collapse of the chain last month.

    Ten staff at the Grimsby store will lose their jobs.

    A search is continuing to find a buyer for the chain which has other stores in Hull, Goole and Scunthorpe.

  7. New walkway in Grantham

    A new walkway including public art works is to be built in Grantham.

    It'll be between the South Kesteven offices and the new cinema on St Peter's Hill.

    The district council is allocating just over £1.5m to the project.

  8. Police worried about owner of abandoned clothing

    Police say they've found some abandoned clothing at Moulton Marsh Nature Reserve near Spalding and want to trace the owner.


    They say so far their enquirers haven't produced any results and they're concerned for the welfare of the person they belong to.

  9. Motorcycle crash: 'We all know the risks'

    More now on the crash on the Isle of Man that's seriously injured a Lincolnshire motorcycle racer and killed another rider.

    Ivan Lintin is in a critical condition in hospital following the incident in the Southern 100 road race.

    Fellow rider Peter Hickman says everyone knows what they signed up for:

    Quote Message: We all know the risks, it's a real unfortunate part of the sport but that's a fact of life. We're doing what we want to do... you can't wrap yourself in cotton wool. from Peter Hickman Lincolnshire rider
    Peter HickmanLincolnshire rider
  10. Have you seen Linton Doherty?

    Police are trying to find a 15 year-old from Cleethorpes who hasn't been seen since last Friday.

    Linton Doherty

    Linton Doherty was last seen when he went camping with friends.

    Police say they've received reports he's been seen around town, but there's concern for his safety.

    He was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and riding a black and red mountain bike.

    If you know where Linton is you're being asked to call the police on the 101 number.

  11. Pothole road crash cyclist on life support

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    A cyclist who was thrown from her bike on a pothole-filled road is unlikely to wake up from her coma, her family has said.

    Carolyn Dumbleton, from Lincoln, was taken to hospital by air ambulance from Willersley Lane in Cromford, on 8 July.

    It is understood the crash happened after she hit a manhole cover in a pothole.

    Her daughter, Sammy, said she has not responded to treatment.


    Another cyclist, Brian Rick, said he also came off his bike on the same stretch of road hours before Ms Dumbleton.

    The 72-year-old spent eight hours in hospital in Derby after his crash, and revisited the scene with his family after suffering flashbacks.

    Brian Rick

    Darren said the road had been in a poor condition and "needed fixing".

    Derbyshire County Council, which resurfaced the road on Thursday, said it is "sorry to hear about this accident" and is "in discussion with the police about the circumstances".

    A spokesman said an inspection in February found "no damage" to the road, and after a member of the public raised concerns in May repairs had been scheduled for "later in the summer".

  12. Police use drone to uncover large cannabis haul

    Lincolnshire Police say a drone helped them uncover a large cannabis growing operation in Lincoln.

    Two people have been arrested following a raid at the property at around 09:30 yesterday morning.

    Cannabis farm
    Quote Message: This was a very successful drugs warrant which uncovered a cannabis grow consisting of 187 mature plants, which would have a street value of in excess of £150,000. from Detective Sergeant Andrew Kirk West Divisional Intelligence Unit
    Detective Sergeant Andrew KirkWest Divisional Intelligence Unit
  13. Sport: Grimsby Town - injury fears for Whitehouse

    Grimsby Town midfielder Elliott Whitehouse is understood to have suffered a serious knee injury in pre-season training.

    Elliott Whitehouse scored the winner as Lincoln beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley in April.

    Initial scans have revealed an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, and the club is understood to be seeking a second medical opinion, amid fears that Whitehouse could be sidelined for the whole of the upcoming season.

    The news would be a blow to boss Michael Jolley, who signed the 24-year-old from league two rivals Lincoln City on a two-year deal last month.

  14. IBCC: 'Couldn't be more delighted' with award

    More now on the award that the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln has won.

    The centre, that's home to a 31 metre tall spire and walls with thousands of names inscribed, has taken the Sanford Award.


    Chief Executive of the IBCC, Nikki Barr, says it means a lot:

    Quote Message: It's been running for 40 years and to win in the 40th year is really quite something. We're up their with places like Holyrood... to do that after four months I couldn't be more delighted." from Nikki Barr Chief Executive of the IBCC
    Nikki BarrChief Executive of the IBCC