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Summary

  1. British Steel insolvency: Thousands of jobs at risk in Scunthorpe
  2. British Steel turnaround 'always a challenge' - Owners
  3. British Steel: Receiver's priority is 'safe operation'
  4. British Steel failure 'devastating for Scunthorpe' - GMB Union
  5. Government 'can only act within law' on British Steel - Minister
  6. British Steel insolvency: Firm 'must be held to account' - Union
  7. Live updates on Wednesday 22 May 2019

Live Reporting

By Lynsey Bradford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Project for thousands of homes in Lincoln gets funding

    The government has put forward £2.1m to help kick start a major new development in Lincoln.

    City of Lincoln Council

    It's hoped the cash will allow for the first stage of works on the Western Growth Corridor to go ahead.

    The City of Lincoln Council is behind the plans and said the project has the potential to deliver up to 3,200 new homes along with a sport and leisure complex, retail units and a new primary school.

    The funding has been agreed between the council and Homes England, the government's housing accelerator.

  2. Plans to bring historic baths back into use

    Plans have been submitted to bring the historic baths at Woodhall Spa back into use.

    Woodhall Spa

    The building, which dates back to 1821, has stood empty for 35 years.

    Expressions Hair and Beauty Salon wants to relocate into the building.

    Wendy Jones, one of the owners of the business, said although a lot of work needs to be done, it will be worth it.

    Quote Message: We wanted to put the spa back into Woodhall and give it a new lease of life." from Wendy Jones Co-owner
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  3. Lincolnshire MP will not be candidate for leader

    A Lincolnshire MP has ruled herself out as a contender for the Conservative leadership.

    Victoria Atkins

    Victoria Atkins, the MP for Louth and Horncastle, attracted speculation on social media that she might try to become the new leader once Theresa May steps down.

    But her office has told the BBC she won't be a candidate.

  4. Former special sergeant faces hearing

    A former sergeant with the Special Constabulary has been accused of lying on an application form to become a regular constable with Lincolnshire Police.

    Lincolnshire Police

    Andrew Davies, previously based at Lincoln, is said to have breached standards of professional behaviour.

    A special case hearing will be held on Wednesday 29 May at Lincolnshire Police's headquarters in Nettleham.

  5. Probe after sickness bug linked to farm

    Health officials are investigating possible cases of a bug which has been linked to a Lincolnshire farm open to the public.

    Bowthorpe Park Farm

    A spokesman for Public Health England said it is investigating possible cases of cryptosporidium associated with Bowthorpe Park Farm, near Bourne.

    The parasite causes severe stomach upsets in children and adults with low immune systems.

    Environmental health officers from South Kesteven District Council have also been involved in the investigation, with 13 cases confirmed by its officers.

    The council said the farm had precautions in place and there was no ongoing risk to the public.

    A spokesman for Bowthorpe Park Farm said the investigation was closed and no link had been established with their premises. The spokesman said the farm had all the right precautions in place to safeguard visitors.

  6. No official approach to Imps for manager Cowley

    Lincoln City FC has had no official approach from any club to speak to Manager Danny Cowley and assistant Nicky Cowley.

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    It's despite reports that Championship side West Bromwich Albion had been talking to Danny.

    He told the BBC that reports have been exaggerated: "We haven't had any official communication from any club. There will always be speculation particularly in the closed season when there's no matches. There will always be this level of speculation, and I think with social media it gets magnified and exaggerated in equal measure."

  7. Man arrested after A1 crash near Grantham

    A man has been arrested following a crash between two lorries on the A1 near Grantham this morning.

    A1 crash scene

    It happened at 06:21 today at the junction of the A52.

    The roads northbound and southbound were partially closed while vehicles were recovered, and traffic is still affected.

    A1 crash scene

    The man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

  8. Man found collapsed in Grimsby alleyway dies

    A man has died after being found in unconscious in Grimsby last night.

    Police

    Humberside Police said the man was found collapsed in an alleyway at the back of Patrick Street at about 17:20.

    Emergency services attended and while there were no apparent physical injuries, he was immediately taken to hospital but died in the early hours of this morning.

    The man has not been formally identified yet, but police believe he is a a 28-year-old from Latvia. It is thought his death was caused by an underlying medical condition.

    The Latvian Embassy has been informed and officers are now in the process of trying to trace his family, police say.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

  9. Have you seen missing Declan?

    Police are looking for a missing 15-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who has not been seen since Monday.

    Declan Cameron

    Declan was last seen in Horncastle, but could also be in the Skegness area, police say.

    Declan is described as 5ft 11ins tall, with short, mousey hair.

    He is believed to be wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a grey jumper with black sleeves, a black baseball cap, and black trainers with red and white laces.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

  10. Government 'can only act within law' on British Steel

    The Business Secretary Greg Clark has issued a statement on British Steel, saying the government will "pursue remorselessly every possible step" to secure the company's future.

    Greg Clark

    The company, which employs about 5,000 people in Scunthorpe, has been placed in compulsory liquidation following a breakdown in talks between the government and the company's owner, Greybull.

    Mr Clark said: "The government has worked tirelessly with British Steel, its owner Greybull Capital, and lenders to explore all potential options to secure a solution for British Steel.

    "We have shown our willingness to act, having already provided the company with a £120m bridging facility to enable it to meet its emissions trading compliance costs.

    "The government can only act within the law, which requires any financial support to a steel company to be on a commercial basis.

    "I have been advised it would be unlawful to provide a guarantee or loan on the terms of any proposals that the company or any other party has made."

    Mr Clark is also due to make a statement to the House of Commons later.

  11. British Steel: Receiver's priority is 'safe operation'

    Safety at British Steel's site at Scunthorpe is the "immediate priority" after the company was placed into compulsory liquidation earlier, the Government's Official Receiver has said.

    British Steel sign

    The Receiver has taken control of the company as part of the liquidation process which follows a breakdown in rescue talks between the government and the company's owner, Greybull.

    In a statement, the Receiver says: "The immediate priority following my appointment as liquidator of British Steel is to continue safe operation of the site.

    "I appreciate this a difficult time for the company's employees and I want to thank them for their ongoing co-operation.

    "The company in liquidation is continuing to trade and supply its customers while I consider options for the business. Staff have been paid and will continue to be employed."

  12. British Steel turnaround 'always a challenge' - Owners

    The owner of British Steel, which has been placed in compulsory liquidation, says it has "worked hard" to turn the company around but it was "always going to be a challenge".

    British Steel

    The liquidation follows a breakdown in rescue talks between the government and Greybull Capital.

    The Government's Official Receiver has taken control of the company as part of the liquidation process.

    In a statement, a spokesperson from Greybull says: "Having rescued the business from closure over three years ago, we have worked hard to bring this important company back on its feet.

    "Since 2016 we have arranged a financing package of more than £500m, appointed a new and talented management team, helped the business open up new markets and reduce costs while addressing long-term under-investment.

    "The turnaround of British Steel was always going to be a challenge, and yet the business overcame many difficulties, and until recently looked set for renewed prosperity."

    However, the "additional blows dealt by Brexit-related issues have proved insurmountable", the statement adds.

  13. Commercial building fire under control

    Firefighters have now left the scene of a commercial building fire in Gainsborough.

    Fire

    A spokesman for the fire service said crews attended a kitchen fire on Morton Terrace at about 10:30.

    The fire was out when the crews arrived but an inspection revealed a fault with the hob.

    Nobody was injured, according to the fire service.

  14. British Steel: Hull MP wants Humber docklands regeneration

    A Hull MP has called for more effort to be put into regenerating Humber docklands following the announcement that British Steel has been placed in compulsory liquidation.

    This morning, Labour MP for Hull North Diana Johnson repeated her claim that the area had received less attention than London's docklands:

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  15. Commercial building fire in Gainsborough

    Fire crews are currently dealing with a commercial building fire in Gainsborough.

    Both pumps from Gainsborough fire station are at the scene.

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  16. Owner of British Steel 'must be held to account' - Union

    The owner of British Steel must be held to account for its stewardship of the firm, a union has said.

    British Steel

    British Steel, which employs about 5,000 people in Scunthorpe, will be placed into insolvency later this morning following a breakdown in talks between the government and the company's owner, Greybull.

    Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Unite, said: "While Greybull cannot be allowed to walk away scot-free and must be held to account for its stewardship of Britain's second largest steelmaker, ministers cannot wash their hands of the Brexit farce and ongoing uncertainty that has placed the company in difficulty, nor allow a business of such strategic importance to UK plc to disappear like the steelworks of SSI several years ago."

    Meanwhile, Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community Trade Union, said the focus must now be on saving jobs.

    "This news will heap more worries on workers and everyone connected with British Steel, but it will also end the uncertainty under Greybull's ownership and must be seized as an opportunity to look for an alternative future," said Mr Rickhuss.