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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 16 April 2019

Live Reporting

By Lynsey Bradford

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: A1 Rutland northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Rutland northbound severe accident, from B668 Greetham Road to A151.

    A1 Rutland - A1 Great North Road closed northbound from the B668 Greetham Road junction in Stretton to Colsterworth Services Junction in Lincolnshire, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A17 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A17 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from Wash Road to Red Cow Drove.

    A17 Lincolnshire - A17 Washway Road in Fosdyke blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Wash Road junction to the Red Cow Drove junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Bells ring out in solidarity with Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Lincoln Cathedral and St Wulfrum's Church in Grantham rang their bells to show support for Notre-Dame Cathedral earlier:

    Lincoln Cathedral
    Quote Message: A cathedral is symbolic of a community, whether you actually come in here every day or perhaps even every year. A cathedral speaks to its community and speaks of its community as well. That's why we do everything in our ability to make sure that this building is going to be here for generations and centuries to come." from Rev Canon John Patrick Sub Dean of Lincoln
    Rev Canon John PatrickSub Dean of Lincoln
  4. Can you help police identify these men?

    Police want to trace two men after tools were taken from a Lincolnshire farm yard.

    Officers said two men arrived at a farm yard in Tattershall in a white flatbed truck on March 2, before taking a quantity of tools.

    They want to trace the men in the images below to assist with the investigation.

    Anyone who recognises the men should contact Lincolnshire Police.

    Man wanted by police
    Man wanted by police
  5. BreakingDean steps away from Lincoln Cathedral

    Lincoln Cathedral has announced that the Dean and the Chancellor are stepping away from the ministry.

    Lincoln Cathedral

    In an announcement, exclusively to BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the cathedral says the Very Rev Christine Wilson has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.

    The Chancellor, Rev Canon Dr Paul Overend, has also agreed to step away for separate reasons, however the cathedral says the matters are connected.

    The cathedral community were told on Sunday and were asked to pray for the Dean and her husband.

    Quote Message: The cathedral community was informed on Sunday that the Dean has taken leave of absence for personal reasons. The congregation was asked to pray for the Dean and her husband. For different reasons, connected to one issue, the Chancellor has also agreed to step back from ministry. We are unable to comment further." from Spokesman for Lincoln Cathedral
    Spokesman for Lincoln Cathedral
  6. RAF Coningsby night flying tonight and tomorrow

    Staff at RAF Coningsby have said there will be some night flying tonight and tomorrow evening.

    RAF Coningsby

    They said the flying is a necessary as it's a vital part of training for Typhoon pilots.

    They've apologised for any inconvenience caused.

    The flying is due to finish by 01:15.

  7. Fireman guilty of child pornography spared jail

    A Lincolnshire firefighter who downloaded child pornography has been spared jail.

    Lincoln Crown Court

    Adam Carter, 39, of Woodhall Road in Horncastle, was found to have downloaded a number of images, including some in the most serious category.

    He admitted three charges.

    Lincoln Crown Court was told that since his arrest, Carter has lost his job, good name and marriage.

    He has been given a 16 month jail sentence which has been suspended for two years.

    He has also been placed on the sex offenders' register for a decade.

  8. Reassurance following fatal house fire

    People living in Bourne are being reassured by fire officers today following a fatal house fire.

    Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

    Community workers and firefighters are visiting homes, after a woman died in a house on Recreation Road last Friday.

    Dan Moss, of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says people welcome a face-to-face conversation.

    Quote Message: To offer that little bit of information to make sure people have all the necessary precautions in place that we would recommend. For example, working smoke detection, a minimum of one smoke dectector on each floor, regularly testing those, thinking about escape plans and everything else like that." from Dan Moss Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
    Dan MossLincolnshire Fire and Rescue
  9. Major disruption to LNER train services

    Passengers are being urged not to try to travel on LNER services today after 30% of the operator's electric trains were damaged.


    It's causing severe disruption to the East Coast Mainline between London and the North East, with services calling at Grantham, Newark and Lincoln being affected.

    The issue is being investigated by Network Rail and LNER engineering teams, who are working to bring the damaged trains back into service quickly.

    Tickets dated for travel today will be valid for travel tomorrow - Wednesday 17 April. If you're not able to travel tomorrow, you'll be entitled to a refund.

  10. Thousands of children get first choice schools

    More than 7,000 children will be going to their parents' first choice of primary school.

    School places

    The number is slightly down on last year, but Lincolnshire County Council says it's had to deal with a high number of youngsters wanting to start school in September.

    Anyone unhappy with the decision has until the 21 May to appeal, the council said.

  11. Attempt to remove cash machine in Crowland

    A Mitsubishi 4X4 and a fork lift were used in an attempt to take an ATM from a Co-Op in Crowland, according to police.

    Co-Op at Crowland

    Officers were called to the store on West Street at 02:34 this morning.

    Nothing was taken, but structural damage was caused to the premises.

    The Mitsubishi was found burnt out at the junction of West Bank, Crowland.

    The fork-lift was left at the scene and officers are investigating whether it was stolen locally.

    It's believed both vehicles approached the store from the direction of the river on West Street.

    Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police.

  12. Prayers offered for Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Staff at Lincoln Cathedral have offered their condolences to the people of France after a major fire engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    Thousands of people gathered in the streets yesterday as the 850-year-old building burned.

    Lincoln Cathedral said its prayers and thoughts were with the people of Paris:

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  13. Skegness death 'not suspicious'

    Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Skegness.

    Police incident.

    Officers received a report of an unresponsive man on the beach at Grand Parade at 05:40 on Sunday.

    The death was initially treated as unexplained.

  14. Elite officers called to Lincoln jail three times in 2018

    A team of elite prison officers which deals with serious incidents such as riots were deployed to Lincoln prison three times last year, it's emerged.

    Lincoln Prison

    There have also been four instances of hostage-taking at Lincoln prison since 2013.

    New figures obtained by BBC 5live show the officers were sent out 640 times in England and Wales in 2018. This is up from 402 times in 2014.

    The most call-outs last year were to HMP Humber, where the team dealt with 40 incidents.

  15. New Sibsey mobile phone mast not operational until June

    A mast for mobile phones in a Lincolnshire village still isn't actually working six months after it was initially installed.

    Mobile phone

    The mast was put up in Sibsey last November after the area was highlighted as one where people struggled to get a signal.

    Mobile operator O2 says it needs to work on the mast and it won't now be operational until June.

    Ben Underwood, regional director for the Country Land and Business Association, says for many phone providers, the countryside is simply not a priority:

    Quote Message: With all due respect, the mobile operators are not going to invest heavily into these rural areas of Lincolnshire unless they are forced to do so by legally binding commitments that they are forced to sign up to by Ofcom." from Ben Underwood Regional director, Country Land and Business Association
    Ben UnderwoodRegional director, Country Land and Business Association
  16. Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be mainly dry today, but it will be cloudier with light winds.

    Watch my full forecast here:

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    Video caption: Mainly dry today, but it will be cloudier with light winds.
  17. New way forward for Spalding road plan?

    Lincolnshire County Council is to put forward a new set of options for people to decide where a new road should go in Spalding.

    Spalding sign

    Campaigners were angry about the authority's initial plans for a new relief road as it could have led to several homes being demolished.

    A final decision over the road will be made after people have been given time to consider the new route options, according to the council.