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Shop owners call for action over anti-social behaviour

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Litter, needles and human excrement are some of the things workers say they're often having to clean-up from their shop fronts in Lincoln.

They say it's damaging the High Street and they're now calling for action to be taken to stop it from happening.

Look North's Jessica Lane examines the issue:

Lincolnshire MP tables amendment to Brexit bill

The Independent MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles has tabled an amendment to the government's Brexit bill.

It would lengthen the transition period by two years - ending in December 2022 instead of December 2020.

Mr Boles says he wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit next year.

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Claims roadside workers have been threatened with guns

Council officials say some roadside workers in Lincolnshire have been threatened with what appear to be guns by people waiting in their cars.

It comes following the news that a glass bottle was thrown at contractors at Sutton Bridge last week.

The £100,000 works to upgrade the swing bridge there have led to two-mile tailbacks in recent weeks but it's now been completed.

Sutton bridge swing bridge

Lincolnshire County Council's Richard Waters says staff regularly have abuse and objects hurled at them and it isn't acceptable:

We've had incidents where people have poked guns or what appear to be guns out of car windows - it's just becoming increasingly disturbing really."

Richard WatersLincolnshire County Council

Lincoln Cathedral turns red

If you noticed a funny glow around Lincoln Cathedral last night, fear not, it was just technicians trying out the buildings new lighting system.

Over the last seven months more than 500 LED lights have been installed to highlight and enhance the Cathedral's architecture.

It also means there's now the option to light up the landmark's towers with coloured lights so the building can recognise important local, national and international events

But the red lights have not been to everyone's liking with some saying the cathedral looks "demonic" and makes the building "look like it's got horns."

Red Lincoln Cathedral
Red Lincoln Cathedral

Cancer charity say lack of staff is affecting patient care

NHS workers are so stretched cancer patients in Lincolnshire aren't getting all the emotional and physical support they need, it has been claimed

Cancer care

A survey by the charity Macmillian Cancer Support suggests a quarter of cancer patients across the East Midlands think healthcare staff seem to have unmanageable workloads.

Nikki Cannon from the charity says they are launching a campaign calling on the Government to urgently address the "crisis" facing both the NHS and social care sector:

There is an absolute crisis in the NHS, there are 40,000 nursing vacancies and there are simply not enough staff to be able to deliver care safely and effectively and patients are feeling that."

Nikki CannonMacmillan Cancer Support

The Government says it has recently announced a multi-million pound package of support to train and retain the nurses the NHS needs.

Missing Boston woman now found

Missing pensioner June Woods has been found.

The 78-year-old from Boston was reported missing last night.

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Man charged over Fireman Sam malicious messages

A 55-year-old man has been charged in connection with messages sent to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer after the brigade dropped Fireman Sam as their mascot.

Fireman Sam mascot
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Jeremy Flashman of King's Road, Southminster, Essex is accused of sending malicious messages to Les Britzman over the decision.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

Mr Britzman said Fireman Sam would be replaced with fire extinguisher-shaped mascots called Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Mr Flashman is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on the October 31.

Cases of slavery rise dramatically in Lincolnshire

The number of cases of modern day slavery in Lincolnshire has quadrupled over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

Modern day slavery

Last year 51 victims were found and referred to authorities in the county, but this year numbers are on course to exceed 200.

The figures were revealed at a Modern Slavery conference in Grantham.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says they're working with other forces to tackle the issue:

We're working together regionally and nationally to try and identify victims of these crimes, because ultimately all of these kinds of crimes are putting money in the pockets of organised crime groups."

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Grimsby man wanted over attempted murder located

Police say they have arrested Liam Milligan, from Grimsby, after an appeal to find him.

The 23-year-old was wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Humberside Police said he is currently being held in police custody and have thanked everyone who shared their appeal to find him.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another chilly start to the day but it should stay dry with temperatures up to 13C in places.

This evening and overnight will also be dry and we may see a little ground frost in places as temperatures dip to between 3C and 5C.

Police appeal for help to find missing 78-year-old woman

Officers searching for a missing 78-year-old woman say they are growing "concerned for her welfare".

June Woods
Family photo

June Woods was last seen in Boston on Saturday and Lincolnshire Police say her disappearance is "out of character".

She is described as being 5ft 3ins with grey hair. It is believed she may have her mobility scooter with her.

Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Couple "shell shocked" by news home could be demolished

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A couple whose house is one of five earmarked for demolition under plans for a new relief road for Spalding say they have been left "shell-shocked" by the news.

Frank and Catherine Roberts

Frank and Catherine Roberts spent £300,000 on building their mock Tudor property on Bourne Road 20 years ago and thousands more since.

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed last week its preferred route for the central section of the £100m Spalding Western Relief Road, however, the scheme will continue to cut through five homes while four others will also be at risk.

In its appraisal, the council has suggested three options to go before committee on Monday 9 December, including a route through nearby allotments (£50m), the “central” route through Bourne Road (£39m) and one through the Trojan Wood furniture company to the west (£45m).

It says bulldozing the homes would cost them £1.25m, while the Trojan Wood site would result in a compulsory purchase order of £4.5m.

But Catherine and other campaigners from the Spalding Against Relief Road campaign have queried the figures – which split to £250,000 for each of the five houses, or £189,000 if all nine were affected.

Some of the houses the road could go through

County Council hope to have new chief exec by end of year

Lincolnshire County Council is hoping to have a new chief executive in post by the end of the year.


The authority's appointment committee will discuss advertising the post at a meeting on Friday 25th October.

It's nearly a year since the former Chief Executive Keith Ireland left the council after just four months in the job.

He left the post with a £134,000 pay off.

Lincs MP missed Brexit vote because of wife's birthday

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh missed the weekend's Brexit vote because it was his wife's birthday, it has emerged.

Sir Edward Leigh

On Saturday MPs had been due to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal but instead passed an amendment effectively requiring the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK's planned departure.

Sir Edward, who did not vote, has been unavailable for comment since the weekend but aides have now confirmed he did not take part because he wanted to attend the celebrations.

Two charged after 'worst trouble in decade' at Elland Road

Two men have been charged in connection with disturbances inside and outside Elland Road following Leeds United's game with Birmingham City.

Supporters clash with police inside the ground

A number of people were arrested when violence flared at the end of the game with police officers and stewards being injured.

Bottles and cones were thrown at officers, West Yorkshire Police added.

A 44-year-old Leeds man has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker and a public order offence, and a 25-year-old Leeds man has been charged with criminal damage to a police vehicle.

Both are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court next month.

Meanwhile, two men, aged 19 and 22, and a 17-year-old youth, all from Birmingham, were given a community resolution for being drunk and disorderly, as was a 56-year-old man, from Lincolnshire, who was arrested with them.

A 24-year-old man, from Leeds, and 20-year-old man, from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation, police say.

An investigation into the trouble is ongoing with CCTV being trawled.

Supt Chris Bowen said: “These were isolated incidents involving only a relative minority of the supporters of both sides and it is fair to say this is the worst trouble we have seen at Elland Road for over a decade."

Missing Boston woman now found

Lincolnshire Police say they have found 19-year-old Aimee Coupland from Boston.

She was reported missing over the weekend.

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Man charged after bouncer assaulted at Boston bar

A man has been charged with assault after a bouncer was attacked at a cocktail bar in Boston.

Browns Cocktail Bar

Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to Browns Cocktail Bar, in Dolphin Street, at 02.00 on Saturday following a report of an assault on a member of doorstaff.

The force said a 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the assault after he was arrested nearby.

The man has also been charged with two other assault offences, including assaulting an emergency worker.

He is expected to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court later today.

Call for speed bumps to stop speeding drivers

A petition has been launched calling for speed bumps to be installed on a Boston street amid safety concerns.

Jubilee Avenue

People living on Jubilee Avenue began the appeal after several pets were killed by vehicles.

Campaigners say they are worried it's only a matter of time before a child is hit.

It's a great big worry for all of us parents who have kids on the street, one of these days one of them's going to get involved in an accident and they're not going to survive."

Stacey ChippingMother and campaigner

Lincolnshire County Council says there's only been one collision there in the last five years so it would be difficult to justify installing speed bumps, but it says it will monitor the situation.

Police appeal for help to find missing 19-year-old

Police say they are "concerned for the welfare" of a 19-year-old girl who has been missing since the weekend.

Aimee Coupland
Lincolnshire Police

Aimee Coupland was last seen leaving an address in Boston at 23:30 on Saturday.

She is described as 5ft 2ins, with long, blonde/brown hair. She was last seen wearing an all in one black jump-suit and black high heels.

Lincolnshire Police have appealed for anyone who sees her to make contact.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Lincolnshire

There's a fair bit of cloud and a few showers around this morning but it will turn bright and sunny later this afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

The Red Arrows are back home after spending 11 weeks touring North America.
The aerobatic display team are back home after spending 11 weeks touring North America.

Call for road safety improvements on Boston street

Parents in Boston say they are fed up with drivers racing down their road and are demanding speed bumps are installed.

Jubilee Avenue in Boston

The group has started a petition calling for improvements to help keep their children safe along Jubilee Avenue.

There has only been one collision on the road in the last five years, so it would be difficult to justify the installation of speed bumps, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

However, the authority said it would continue to monitor the situation in the area.

Lincolnshire arrests in op to tackle 'county lines' gangs

A total of 10 people from Lincolnshire have been detained as part of a national crackdown on so-called "county lines" gangs.

Police jacket

It's been part of a wider operation across the country, co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA)

"County lines" gangs are originally from big cities and often use violence and intimidation to expand into smaller towns, using mobile phones to take orders from drug users.

In total, over 700 people have been arrested as part of the recent crackdown, with more than £0.5m worth of drugs seized, according to the NCA.

'A lot of work to do' - Lincolnshire Hospitals boss

The man in charge of Lincolnshire's hospitals has admitted there is "a lot of work to do" after the trust was kept in special measures for a third year.


United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was given a "requires improvement" rating after Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors visited Boston and Lincoln hospitals.

The watchdog said there were "significant concerns" about urgent and emergency care at both hospitals.

We have got work to do on our finances. We've undoubtedly got work to do around filling our vacancies. We've also got a lot of work to do around engaging our own workforce and making this a great place to work."

Andrew MorganChief executive, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

It should be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast

Boston commuters hope for a better journey home

Motorists in Boston are hoping for a less stressful journey home tonight after the main route through the town was shut this morning because of a burst water main.


The closure of John Adams Way caused long delays.

Three of the four lanes reopened during the morning.

Two schools in the town were closed today because of the burst.

Largely sunny afternoon ahead for Lincolnshire

It should be a dry afternoon in Lincolnshire, though there's the slight chance of a shower in places.

Here's the latest forecast:


Special constables needed as numbers fall

More special constables are needed to join Humberside Police after the force said it had seen a drop in numbers over the last three years.

Police officers
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Special constables are unpaid volunteers who have full police powers, uniforms and equipment.

Some of these trained volunteers have gone on to become full-time regular officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: "We have been actively recruiting over the past two years and I do not think it will be any surprise that of the pool of people that have joined the regulars, a large number have come from the specials."

Schools closed in Boston because of burst water main

Boston Grammar School and Boston Pioneers have said they will be closed today as a result of a burst water pipe in town.

John Adams Way has been closed since about 05:00 as a result of the leak.

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Burst water main causes major delays in Boston

A major route through Boston is closed this morning because of a burst water main.

Google map of John Adams Way

John Adams Way and Haven Bridge have been closed between South Square and Liquorpond Street since about 05:00.

Anglian Water says it is working to resolve the issue but that it is a "complex job that is taking longer than we had originally hoped".

It said it hoped the work would be completed by 17:00.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Severe disruption: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between A1138 South Square and A52 Liquorpond Street.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 Haven Bridge in Boston closed in both directions between the A1138 South Square junction and the A52 Liquorpond Street junction, because of a burst water pipe.

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

Union boss attacks council over health visitor pay row

Unite leader Len McCluskey has accused Lincolnshire County Council of "failing its public duty" to resolve an ongoing dispute about health visitors' pay.

Len McCluskey

Since July more than 70 health workers have walked out on numerous occasions for a total of 32 days.

They argue that since the county council took over their contracts from NHS two years ago they haven't had a pay increase, meaning they've lost £2,000 a year.

Speaking at the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, in Harrogate, earlier Mr McCluskey said the "cash-rich county council' was forcing through a "two-tier system to divide workers".

He said Lincolnshire families with young children are suffering the consequences of a reduced service.

Let me be clear to those council bosses sitting in Lincolnshire county hall. You are failing in your public duty to resolve the impasse and pay your health visitors what is theirs."

Len McCluskeyGeneral Secretary, Unite
Health visitors on strike

Lincolnshire County Council say they have always valued the work of health visitors, are committed to working collaboratively with the workforce and would welcome further constructive talks with Unite.

'Personal circumstances' behind councillor's resignation

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Boston Conservative councillor says "personal circumstances" are behind his decision to stand down from the authority.

Councillor Alistair Arundell

Alistair Arundell, Boston Borough Council’s cabinet member for tourism, announced his resignation on social media last night.

He was elected to the council in May and represented the Skirbeck ward.

The Boston businessman, hotel owner and entrepreneur later became the portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage.

The council will announce a by-election for the Skirbeck ward in due course.

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

'Organised' lead thief gangs target Lincolnshire churches

At least 30 incidents of lead theft from church roofs have taken place in Lincolnshire so far this year.

Replacing stolen lead costs tens of thousands of pounds and historic buildings are often left without a proper roof for weeks following such thefts.

Police and insurers believe organised gangs are behind the attacks.

St Peter and St Paul’s in Gosberton had an estimated 12 tonnes of lead stripped from its roof in May - and, as this video shows, water is still coming into the building when it rains:

The Reverend Ian Walters, the vicar at St Peter and St Paul’s, says it's hit him and the congregation hard:

It has been very devastating and very depressing really, because every time it rains we go, 'Oh no'"

Reverend Ian WaltersVicar

Mental health absences rise among ambulance staff

The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.


The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.

Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.

The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.

The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:

We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."

The Reverend Kev CharlesChaplain and staff support lead, EMAS

Children struggling to find adoptive families

Older children, children with disabilities, and those with brothers and sisters who need to be kept together, are struggling to find adoptive families in Lincolnshire, according to the county council.

Child with book

These children often end up waiting the longest time to find a home, the council says.

As a result, the authority's now running information events in Lincoln - one today and one on Thursday - for anyone interested in adopting.

Anne Johnson, adoption team manager at the county council, says the authority's looking for all sorts of different people to be adoptive parents:

Nobody is too old. You can adopt if you're single, you can adopt if you're gay and we have some really successful same-sex couples in Lincolnshire."

Anne JohnsonAdoption team manager, Lincolnshire County Council

Fraud costs county council £1.3m in lost council tax

£1.3m is being claimed incorrectly in single-person discount on council tax in Lincolnshire, it's been revealed.

Council tax bill
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It follows a review of 75,000 households across the county.

Lincolnshire County Council says it has a zero tolerance approach to council tax fraud, which it says "takes money away from local services and is unfair on the majority of people who pay the correct bill".

Lucy Pledge, head of internal audit and risk management, says the authority will now look into other types of fraud:

Over the coming months, our next focus will be on procurement fraud, financial mismanagement and identifying where business rates have not been paid."

Lucy PledgeLincolnshire County Council

Spot checks carried out to ensure welfare of workers

Officers investigating modern slavery say they have carried out a number of spot checks in Lincolnshire.

GLAA officer

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority visited a number of businesses in South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey last week.

Inspectors interviewed workers about their hours, pay and conditions.

Despite finding no problems, they say the checks should act as a deterrent.

Lincolnshire is regarded as a key region for inspectors because of the high levels of agricultural, food processing and packaging work, which is carried out by licensed labour providers.

If found guilty, unlicensed gangmasters can be given up to 10 years behind bars and unlimited fines.

Police probe messages to fire chief in Fireman Sam row

Police are investigating messages sent to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire officer over his decision to drop Fireman Sam as a mascot.

Fireman Sam
PA Media

Last month, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it would no longer use the character to promote the service after complaints he was not 'inclusive' enough.

Lincolnshire Police said no arrests had been made, but confirmed officers had interviewed a 55-year-old man at a police station in Essex on Friday relating to a suspected offence of malicious communication.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places: