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Your top stories across Lincolnshire

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Updates on breaking news and travel will continue through the weekend.

Police in Halifax search for man exposing himself

Police in Halifax say they're hunting a serial flasher who indecently assaulted a woman in a pedestrian subway.

Subway
Google

Officers say they've had a number of reports of a man exposing himself to women at the bottom of Pellon Lane in the town, they say he is aged 20 to 30 years old.

In the latest incident, a woman in her 30s was walking through the subway, she noticed a man stood at one end who exposed himself and assaulted her - She ran off and was unharmed.

The police have had reports of the same thing happening to women from 12 February to last Wednesday between 09:00 and 17:15.

I do believe that this a lone individual and I would like to hear from anyone who has any information, or may be able to identify the person responsible to come forward"

Det Sgt Ross WadsworthWest Yorkshire Police

Hull FC's Sika Manu helps home country after cyclone

Hull FC star Sika Manu says he was happy to help his home country Tonga after a devastating cyclone hit the Pacific island last week.

Sika Manu
Getty Images

Manu didn't travel back from New South Wales with his fellow Black and White team mates, instead he made the journey to Tonga.

He says he was simply happy to help his home country get back on to its feet.

Cyclone Gita, a category four storm, hit the Pacific country of Tonga last month causing widespread damage.

County to release military support tonight

The military will stand down from working with Lincolnshire's emergency services from 22:00 tonight.

Snow hit Lincolnshire
BBC

The army along with the RAF have been supporting the police during the difficult weather conditions.

Supt Phil Vickers says it's appropriate to release the excellent military support.

Good Samaritan clears the snow in Sowerby Bridge

We've heard lots of feelgood stories from people helping others out in the snow.

Thanks to one of our Yorkshire Live readers for sending in this lovely tale from a supermarket in Sowerby Bridge:

Snow clearing
Geoff Nemec

M62 latest: Motorway closed 'into this evening'

The M62 is likely to remain closed into this evening according to Highways England.

M62
AFP/PA

The agency says there are now wind speeds of up to 90mph and that they've kept the road closed "for the safety of drivers".

Highways England say the snow has now been cleared from the M62 but they are still spreading salt to keep it free from ice so it can open as soon as winds drop below 60 mph.

They also revealed that a gap was cut in the barrier yesterday evening so that cars could turn around and continue their journeys.

We’d urge drivers to avoid travelling this evening if at all possible as the diversion routes for the motorway are also very busy”

Phil StockfordHighways England

Warning over thin ice on ponds and lakes

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has warned people to be careful near frozen lakes or ponds this weekend.

Thin ice
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Chiefs say thin ice can be very dangerous and if anyone were to fall into freezing water it would be a life-threatening situation.

Cold water shock is a natural human response and causes people to panic and gasp for air but then take in water instead.

WYFRS says even good swimmers can get into difficulty.

We would like to remind the people of West Yorkshire about the perils of frozen ponds and lakes and the immediate debilitating effect on the body of falling into cold water"

Asst Ch Fire Officer Ian BitconWYFRS

Missing man last seen in Huddersfield

Have you seen this man?

He's been missing since Wednesday and was last seen in Huddersfield.

Reuben Smith
West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police say Reuben Smith from Holmfirth was last seen at 18:00 in Huddersfield.

Officers say the 47-year-old was last seen wearing an Adidas woolly hat, army-style Superdry jacket, black boots and jeans.

Ferens Gallery gets new Sea of Hull photo

A new "Sea of Hull" photograph is making its way to the Ferens Art Gallery.

Spencer Tunick, Sea of Hull: Scale Lane Bridge, Hull, 2016
Spencer Tunick

It will join the existing collection from the memorable day in July 2016 when thousands stripped down and painted themselves blue for a project by the artist Spencer Tunick.

The new aerial shot over Hull's Scale Lane Bridge will be on display from August.

To add a further work by this international artist to our permanent collection is great news for the gallery and art lovers"

Councillor Terry GeraghtyHull City Council

Military teams help hundreds of NHS staff to and from work

Military teams in Lincolnshire have been getting NHS and emergency services staff to and from work during the bad weather over the past few days.

Snow drifts
Sam Curtis

The latest figures we've been given show that 96 staff moves were carried out yesterday, including a surgeon being taken to an operation and medical supplies being transported.

Meanwhile, a total of 55 staff moves were carried out up to lunchtime today, we've been told.

'Incredible teamwork' from emergency services on A65

These pictures have just been tweeted by a West Yorkshire motorway policeman from the A65 last night:

A62
West Yorkshire Police

They really show the kind of conditions the police, Highways England and mountain rescue teams were trying to deal with.

A62
West Yorkshire Police

PC Martin Willis said they were battling 95 mph winds as they tried to move snow to free motorists.

A62
West Yorkshire Police

He said in a tweet "Incredible teamwork last night by mountain rescue @WYP_RPU@HighwaysYORKS and local farmers, to rescue stranded drivers and try to reopen roads!

Battling 95mph wind gusts, extreme wind chill and blizzard conditions."

Snow chance of getting to work

How did your commute to work go today?

This was Simon Jones' attempt to make it into the office - but, as you can see, the road through Holmfirth was totally blocked due to the ice and snow:

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If you have any pictures or videos that you'd like to share of the weather from today then you can email them to us.

As the snow melts, the icicles form...

Some of the snow seems to be melting today in Lincoln, finally.

And in the process it's creating some rather beautiful icicles...

Bailgate icicles
BBC

If you're seeing any natural ice sculptures today, do send them to us by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Siemens rail factory plans: Goole 'offers many things'

Bosses at Siemens say Goole is the right place to build a £200m rail factory with the potential to create 700 jobs.

Siemens train factory
Siemens

Siemens has signed a long-term lease on a 67-acre site in Goole to build a facility manufacturing trains for UK operators.

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of Siemens Mobility, says the firm has been "scouring the country" looking for the right place to build a factory and Goole "offers us many things".

Meanwhile, Vernon Barker, managing director of Siemens Rail Systems, says one of the main reasons to choose Goole is that the town has the space.

"When you're choosing where to put a factory of this size, it's about the equivalent of 40 football pitches, it's a big site," says Mr Barker.

Goole itself has a history of manufacturing and engineering and they're the sort of skills we'll need to employ in our workforce."

Vernon BarkerManaging Director, Siemens Rail Systems

M62 latest: Follow diversions or 'don't travel'

This was the scene on the A640 from Huddersfield to Newhay a little earlier - at the equivalent of J21 of the M62:

A640
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Members of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) have been out helping stranded motorists after the road was completely blocked by snow.

The HVMRT says people's sat navs have been directing them up there and is warning people to "travel west via alternative routes - or not at all".

M62 latest: Pregnant woman stuck on coach for nine hours

A pregnant woman was stranded in a coach for nine hours on the M62 near Rochdale in winds of up to 90mph, it's emerged.

She was one of 60 people stuck on a coach trying to get to Leeds.

Meanwhile, one woman in Milnrow put up five people in her home while others were sent to a rescue centre.

Council tax to rise in North East Lincolnshire

Council tax in North East Linconlshire is to go up by almost 5%.

North East Lincolnshire Council
BBC

The local authority's budget plans were passed by councillors last night.

Last week, opposition parties voted against the budget, but they finally had to agree on it or risk the authority being put into special measures.

Postponed Tigers game gets new date

Hull City's game at Ipswich Town has been re-arranged for Tuesday 13 March with kick-off at 19:45.

The game was due to be played tomorrow but has been called off due to bad weather.

Owls game to go ahead this weekend

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday's game against Bristol City will go ahead at 15:00 tomorrow as planned, the club's confirmed.

Ashton Gate in Bristol
Google

The Ashton Gate pitch has undersoil heating, ensuring it will be fit for the match and the Owls will travel to the south west later today to ensure they are in position to fulfill the fixture.

The Robins are advising supporters to allow extra time to travel and are asking fans to park away from the ground and walk the final part of their journey to the stadium.

Avon and Somerset Police say they're happy with the roads leading into Bristol, with the M4, M5, A4 Portway, A369 and A370 all open.

M62 latest: Wind speeds of 80mph on motorway

Wind speeds of 80mph have been recorded this afternoon on the M62, which is why it remains closed, according to Highways England.

M62
BBC

The motorway is closed eastbound between J20-J22 and westbound between J24-J21.

Highways England crews, along with the police and Army, are still working to clear the remaining stranded HGVs.

The agency says the M62 is likely to remain closed "until at least this evening".

Seven thousand tickets sold for Imps trip to Wembley

Tickets for Lincoln's first appearance at Wembley are going like hot cakes.

Wembley
Lincoln City Football Club

About 7,000 were snapped up by season ticket holders last night.

The Imps have yet to find out who'll they'll be playing in the Checkatrade Trophy Final on the 8 April.

Missing girl found

Humberside Police say Shannon Cottrell, who was reported missing earlier, has been found safe and well.

Originally from Northampton, it was thought she could have travelled to East Yorkshire or to Doncaster.

The force has thanked everyone who helped finding the 16-year-old by sharing their appeal.

Girl Guides 'dismayed' at Sun's naked photoshoot in York

The Guide Association says it's disappointed a national tabloid newspaper has published pictures of a nude model in York's Museum Gardens.

St Mary's Abbey
BBC

Today's Sun newspaper features model Nicole Rayner posing nude in the snow in York, despite nudity on Page Three being retired in 2015.

In a statement, the Girlguiding Advocate Panel says: "As young women, we want to know that our media reflects and respects us.

"We were proud supporters of the No More Page Three campaign, so imagine our dismay at seeing today's edition of The Sun."

We're disappointed The Sun's shown it would rather treat women as objects than uphold its status as a family newspaper."

Girlguiding Advocate Panel

Power back on in Althorpe

Power has been restored in the Althorpe area, near Scunthorpe.

Photo of electricity grid
BBC

Northern Power says about 160 properties were cut off this morning.

They are still working to restore power to about 30 houses in Flamborough and some people are now without power in North Lincolnshire, near Goxhill.

Chief exec thanks NHS staff across Sheffield

The chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has praised the commitment of NHS staff working in the city's hospitals and community services who have battled the weather to ensure patients have received the care they need.

NHS workers have shared photos of their "treks", including this picture of nurses Clare Hunt and Rachel Baker making their way through Narnia, sorry Fulwood, for their shift:

Nurses in the snow
NHS Sheffield

Stories of employees walking miles to get into work and even providing accommodation for colleagues have been told over the last 48 hours.

Sir Andrew Cash also commented that the area is "very lucky to have the support and dedication of such amazing people".

'M62 horror story over' - Commuter's 19-hour journey home

If you think your commute home in the snow was bad last night, spare a thought for Leeds resident Sahrah Khan.

Her expected hour-long commute home from Manchester turned into a 19-hour marathon – including 10 hours stranded on the M62.

Ms Khan told BBC News that she left work at 14:00 in a positive mood, boosted by the fact her in-car sat nav suggested her journey would be shorter than usual.

"Next thing I know, it’s got dark and colder and I’m stranded in the worst traffic jam of my entire life," she said.

Police eventually came to the rescue in the early hours of the morning, helping Sahrah and other stranded drivers turn around and reach shelter at a nearby service station.

"I don’t think anyone slept much, but it was lovely and warm and the food was great," she said.

As soon as it started to get light, Ms Khan drove to Rochdale railway station, left her car, and caught the train back to Pudsey in Leeds. She finally arrived home at 10:00.

"I’ve had a shower and am now, finally, going to get some sleep...before I go and pick up my car," she told BBC News.

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Multi-million pound train factory plan for Goole

Engineering firm Siemens wants to build a multi-million pound factory to manufacture trains in Goole in East Yorkshire, creating up to 700 jobs.

Trains in factory
Siemens

The investment depends on Siemens winning major orders, like supplying trains for the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link between London and the north of England.

It's been described by business leaders and politicians as a huge economic boost for the Humber.

We are going through the biggest modernisation programme of our railways since the steam age. There is a demand for new trains, a demand for new technology, and I hope this is going to be a centre of technical excellence for Humberside as well."

Chris GraylingTransport Minister

Lincolnshire's gritters kept busy

It won't come as a surprise that last night was another busy one for Lincolnshire's gritting team.

Gritter
BBC

The gritters went out on their usual routes at midnight and again at 03:00 this morning, salting and ploughing over 1,800 miles of road each time.

Gritter crews have also been dealing with any trouble spots which have arisen, with the support of local farmers and contractors.

They say the biggest problem they're experiencing is high winds which are causing any cleared snow to drift back onto the roads quickly.

M62 latest: About 3,500 vehicles stranded

About 3,500 vehicles were stuck on the M62 last night due to the bad weather, police say.

M62
PA

During a press conference given by Greater Manchester Police, Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: "People need to adhere to 'Road Closed' signs."

"People who don't do so are putting themselves at risk. Check the advice from the Highways England website and Twitter feed".

He also reinforced the advice not travel across the Pennines by road unless "absolutely essential".

Doncaster v Bury fixture postponed

BBC Sport

Doncaster's match with Bury tomorrow afternoon has been postponed for safety reasons after the recent freezing weather conditions.

Keepmoat Stadium with snow on the surface
Doncaster Rovers Football Club

Rovers have been working to try to get the fixture on, but snow continues to sit on the pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium and surrounding routes are also still covered in snow and ice.

Referee Richard Wigglesworth carried out a pitch inspection just before 14:00 and deemed the pitch playable.

But after discussions with the safety advisory group, South Yorkshire Police and the EFL the game has been postponed.

A re-arranged date and kick-off time will be announced in due course.

We simply couldn't guarantee the safety of everyone attending. There is further adverse weather forecast overnight and on Saturday morning and we were only left with one option."

Marie HepburnHead of Operations at Club Doncaster

Spring clean scheme falls victim to weather

Plans for people across North Lincolnshire to do their bit for the Great British Spring Clean 2018 have been hit by the snow.

row of bins
BBC

Events had been planned across the county for the next three days which would have seen people become "litter heroes".

Last year 300 volunteers collected more than 700 bags of rubbish as part of the scheme.

It's hoped the events will take place at a later date.

Snow and bitterly cold weather causing travel disruption

Disruption continues for people travelling between Yorkshire and Manchester this afternoon due to the severe weather.

Cancellations and delays continue on the Hope Valley rail line between Sheffield and Stockport.

On the roads the Snake Pass and Woodhead Pass through the Peak District are completely closed in both directions.

The Highways Agency in Yorkshire has shared some images of conditions in the High Peak which continue to be bleak.

Snow gates closed on the Woodhead Pass
Crown Copyright/Highways Agency

As conditions have deteriorated lorries were abandoned:

Stranded lorries on the Woodhead Pass
Crown Copyright/Highways Agency

Between Flouch and Tintwistle the conditions were so poor that a snowplough was needed to help clear the road:

Snow plough
Crown Copyright/Highways Agency

The M62 also remains closed between junction 24 (Ainley Top) and junction 21 (Milnrow) with a diversion in place.

Your weather forecast for the afternoon

Another cold afternoon for East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, especially in the brisk easterly wind.

There will be plenty of cloud and limited brighter spells with a few snow flurries moving in from the east at times.

The top temperature will be about 0C (32F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Anti-fracking protesters claim victory and go home

Anti-fracking campaigners at a site in North Yorkshire say they're packing up and going home.

Fracking tower
Eddie Thornton

Third Energy wants to drill for shale gas at an existing well in Kirby Misperton, but is still waiting for formal approval from the government and recently began removing equipment from the site.

The Kirby Misperton Protection Camp say they've fulfilled their promise to remain there until the company were "no longer a threat to the area."

A spokesperson for the group says: "The last two weeks have seen convoys of fracking equipment leaving the site and this week we celebrated as the rig was finally removed.

"It’s clear Third Energy are not going to be fracking anytime soon, and so the time has come to begin packing up the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp."

The group says it will now begin the process of returning the field to its former state and will be arranging community work days over the coming weeks.

Barnsley v Norwich postponed

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley FC has confirmed the game with Norwich City scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to the severe weather.

The club posted this picture on their website of the stands and pitch at Oakwell where snow is clearly still visible.

Oakwell with snow in the stands
Barnsley Football Club

The surrounding areas of the ground including the roads, footpaths, car parks and potential travel routes have also been deemed unsafe.

Man in court charged with Hull woman's death

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder after the death of a woman at a house in Orchard Park in Hull earlier this week.

Laura Huteson
Humberside Police

Laura Huteson (pictured) suffered serious injuries at the property in Milldane on Tuesday and died a short time later.

Jason Gaskell, of Milldane, in Hull, was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Hull Crown Court on Monday, 5 March.

M62 latest: LGVs released

Some of these people will have been stuck for more than 24 hours:

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