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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Martin Slack

All times stated are UK

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Live has finished for today. 

We're back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news from around the area. Join us then.

Munch back home after trip to Doncaster

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Meet Munch the tortoise. Back in September he was stolen during a burglary at his home in Pilhham, Near Gainsborough.

His owner Julie Hansard appealed for help to find him on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, but until recently there was no sign.

Munch the tortoise
Sally Hansard

That's until one of the BBC's eagle-eyed producers, Hayley Ritchie, spotted a story in a local paper about a tortoise who'd been found in Doncaster.

She remembered our story from September, and now Julie and Munch have been reunited. 

Watch: Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Peter Levy with what's on Look North on BBC One at 18.30:

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Weather across Lincolnshire: A cold and clear night to come

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how the weather's looking for tonight - it's going to be cold:

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Police advice over Boston 'drugs deaths'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The deaths of two men over the last few days in Boston could be related to a particular batch of heroin, police said this afternoon.

Officers say the death of a 42-year-old man at 19.00 last night and the death of 22-year-old man on Saturday could be related to the drug.

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Police are also investigating the death of a 74-year-old man in Horncastle Road in the early hours of this morning. 

His death is not thought to be drug-related and a 60-year-old man's been arrested in connection with that incident.

We would warn users of illegal drugs to be aware of the dangers involved and recommend they seek medical advice as an alternative.

Lincolnshire Police

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Police say men found dead in Boston may have been using a bad batch of heroin
  • Spalding sports and social club destroyed in arson attack
  • Grimsby woman reunited with parrot after 45 years apart

Riding club owner's fireworks petition gathers pace

Gemma Dawson

BBC Look North

The manager of a Lincolnshire riding club is calling for the government to regulate when fireworks can be set off. 

I've been to see Julie Doorne from Oasby near Sleaford, who's concerned about the stress and fear that fireworks can cause to animals. 

She's started an online petition, which now has more than 100,000 signatures. 

Horse
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I'll have more on this story in Look North from 18.30 on BBC One.

Barn raiders steal cement mixer

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police in Louth say they need help to track down property stolen from a barn in Manby Middlegate near Louth. 

The theft took place between 08.30 and 16.00 on Tuesday where a hedge trimmer and a Belle make cement mixer were taken.

A Lincolnshire police spokesman said: "Someone, somewhere may be offered the stolen items or will be aware of their current location."

Steelworkers asked to take pay cut to secure sale

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Workers at Scunthorpe's steelworks are to be asked to take a pay cut in order to help secure a deal which could save hundreds of jobs. 

Owners Tata are in the process of selling the town's Long Products Division and are working with potential buyers Greybull Capital to see how they can reduce staff costs. 

Steelworks
BBC

Hundreds of jobs have already gone at the Scunthorpe works and there's continuing uncertainty over Tata's other plants across the UK.

Traffic and travel: Level crossing problems

BBC Travel

There's still congestion in Lincoln city centre after problems with level crossing barriers earlier. 

Network Rail engineers are at the scene and the barriers are working, but traffic's still slow.

Firefighters called to accident on estate

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

If you were caught up in traffic in the Hartsholme area of Lincoln earlier, this is what was happening:

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Boston garden waste charge comes in at weekend

If you've got big plans to tidy the garden at the weekend and you live in Boston, here's a message you'll need to read:

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Arsonists destroy former sports and social club

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The British Sugar Sport and Social club in Spalding has been destroyed in what police say was an arson attack.

The building was set alight in the evening of Thursday 24 March.  Fire and Police attended the scene.  

Police say the club, which was derelict and described as unsafe to enter, will now have to be destroyed, at a cost of £40,000.

The club entrance on West Marsh Road
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The club entrance on West Marsh Road

This is a high value arson, someone in the community will have knowledge of who set this fire. Please help us find the offender.

PC Claire RichesSpalding Police

Exhibition to tell Louth's wartime tales

Nicola Gilroy

Presenter

How Louth was affected by air raids in World War Two is the subject of a new exhibition at the town's museum. 

Local people have contributed - sharing their memories and memorabilia of life during the war years.

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I've been talking to Geoff Hill from the museum - he says people who visit will "go away knowing something they didn't know before" about the war effort in the town.

Watch: Good spells of sunshine but some showers

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain Wyn Evans with the weather details for the rest of the day and overnight:

Weather: Wednesday, 30 March

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this lunchtime:

  • Anorexia sufferers welcome promise of new cash for services to fight condition
  • Claims Pier of the Year award for Cleethorpes will 'boost resort's economy'
  • Museum unveils new exhibition about houw Louth suffered in Second World War

Alcohol hospital admissions rise by third in North Lincolnshire

The number of hospital admissions involving alcohol in North Lincolnshire has increased by a third in six years, Public Health England says.

Glasses of wine
PA

The figures were collected by Public Health England. They do not record the number of individuals admitted. 

Liver specialist Dr Charlie Milson also said the cost of alcohol was coming down and people were becoming "more comfortable with drinking large amounts of alcohol". 

Our natural checks have been removed"

Dr Charlie MilsonLiver specialist

Police investigating two 'unexplained' deaths

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police say they're investigating two unexplained deaths in Boston

The first was reported at about 19.00 yesterday at a house in Union Street where a 42-year-old man was found dead.

Police were also called to an address on Horncastle Road at 03.07 this morning by the ambulance service after a 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers say a man aged 60 has been arrested over the incident in Horncastle Road.

Corbyn: Recall Parliament over steel crisis

BBC Radio Humberside

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's called for Parliament to be recalled in order to debate the threat to the British steel industry. 

The Shadow Secretary of State for Business Angela Eagle says: "This is such a vital industry, it's important that ministers come to the House and be accountable for how they're going to deal with this crisis. 

"It's 20,000 immediate jobs, many, many more jobs in the supply chain and a huge strategic asset that we have to keep and Parliament should be at the centre of the consideration of it."

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Reds meet the media in Greece

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's a tweet from the British Embassy in Athens - the Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows are in Greece training, but they're taking a day out to talk to reporters today.

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Road closed as house on fire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We're getting reports of a house fire in Scunthorpe. Here's the latest from the fire brigade:

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Police search for cyclist who left boy, 8, with broken leg

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police are searching for a man who was riding a bike in the Monks Road area of Lincoln earlier this month.

He hit an eight-year-old boy who was walking out of a front gate but the cyclist then rode off.

Cannon Street, Lincoln
Google

The boy was taken to hospital with a broken leg. 

Police say the cyclist rode off towards the city centre after the incident at 19.50 on Thursday, 17 March.

Steel workers to be balloted over pay cut

Sarah Corker

BBC Look North

Unions say Tata Steel workers at Scunthorpe will be balloted next week on whether to accept a 3% pay cut as part of the takeover deal for the plant.  

Scunthorpe steelworks
BBC

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

Spring sunshine at the seaside

Lovely morning on the coast - thanks to Lisa Collins for tweeting this picture.

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Lincolnshire's Sheridan up for best actress award

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Sheridan Smith is in the running to be named best leading actress in this year's Bafta TV awards.

Nominations have been revealed this morning and she's up against Ruth Madeley, Claire Foy and Suranne Jones.

Sheridan Smith
BBC

Sheridan, who's from Epworth between Gainsborough and Scunthorpe, has been nominated for her role in The C Word - a drama about a cancer sufferer on ITV.

Good luck Sheridan.

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Couple heard an ‘almighty bang’ as car collided with their house

Skegness Standard

“We heard this almighty bang and a sound like metal vibrating around the house.” The words of Andrea Pringle, 44, who was in bed with partner Richard Robinson, 46, when they were awoken by the sound of a car crashing into their living room.

Scrimshaw Court damage
Skegness Standard
Andrea Pringle and Richard Robinson
Skegness Standard

Listen: Reaction to sale of Tata's UK steel plants

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Union official at Scunthorpe steel works Charlotte Upton says Tata needs to be a responsible seller.

The deal to sell the Scunthorpe plant to Greybull Capital is expected to go through and now Tata wants to sell off all its UK steel plants.

Traffic and travel: Scothern accident

BBC Travel

Dunholme Road in Scothern is partially blocked and there's slow traffic between the Nettleham Road junction and the Scothern Lane junction, because of an accident.  

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Headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  • Sell off plans unveiled by steel giant Tata 'won't affect Scunthorpe' says town's MP
  • Police to examine CCTV after museum volunteer attacked during Easter egg hunt
  • Fire brigade called in to help refloat historic wartime boat which sank in weekend storm

Scunthorpe MP: Tata decision should not affect town's steelworks

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin's just told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that an announcement by steel giant Tata should not have major implications for the works on his patch.

Mr Dakin says there are already plans in the pipeline to sell the town's steelworks to a firm called Greybull Capital which should secure its future.

Nic Dakin
BBC

There's been a process of sale going on for some time and hopefully that will come to fruition over the next couple of weeks

Nic DakinScunthorpe MP (Lab)

Weather across Lincolnshire: A dry and bright day to come

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Looks like it should be a decent day today with a fair bit of sunshine around: 

weather graphic
BBC

Good morning: Welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello, it's Martin here with your BBC Lincolnshire Live updates on Wednesday, 30 March 2016.

Chilly out there this morning but spring's definitely in the air - as this picture taken by one of our Lincolnshire weather watchers shows.

It's been taken by mercuryb in Morton, just north of Gainsborough, beside the River Trent.

Morton village
BBC

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