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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well that's it for another week here ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you weren't caught out by any April Fools' jokes this morning. 

Thank you very much for joining us, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sports, travel and weather from across Lincolnshire.

We hope you can join us then. 

Council leader says gas plant closure would be 'devastating'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Earlier we told you about uncertainty over the future of the Theddlethorpe gas terminal near Mablethorpe.

US energy giant Conocco Phillips is reviewing the site and 150 jobs could go if it were to close. 

The BBC understands it could cease operations by 2018.

Theddlethorpe gas terminal
BBC

Local politicians now want an urgent meeting with the company.

Any closure of that site would be absolutely devastating for the area, for the local economy and something that we would want to argue very strongly against. It brings about 10% of the natural gas supply into the UK."

Colin DavieLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

Travel: Congestion across the county

BBC Travel

It was a promising start to the day this morning but the roads are a bit clogged up as we head into the weekend.

It's particularly bad near Boston, Grimsby and if you have to pass through Wragby. 

Check the latest travel news here.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy and overcast

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Cloudy or overcast through the evening and night with spells of light rain or drizzle. This sometimes persistent over hills. Southeastern areas will be drier. 

Southwesterly winds will be brisk and gusty at first over higher areas.  

Check the forecast where you are.

Temperature
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BBC Weather Watchers: Grey in Dunston

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a lot brighter yesterday but that hasn't stopped weather watcher Deepjoy from making the most of it and taking this lovely picture.

Dunston
BBC

Sport: Grimsby midfielder named player of the month

BBC Humberside Sport

Craig Disley of Grimsby Town FC has been named National League player of the month for March.

Stalls to move from Cornhill Market in Lincoln

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Three market stalls are to be moved into the open air while work is carried out to refurbish part of Lincoln.

The stalls selling fruit, vegetables and flowers will move from the Cornhill Market set-up in City Square from 11 April. It's a temporary measure, lasting six months. 

The Lincolnshire Co-op, which owns the Cornhill, says it is working with market traders to find them permanent new places.

Steely reception awaiting Business Secretary

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Steelworkers from across the UK, including Scunthorpe, are waiting to see what results Sajid Javid's talks with Tata and Union bosses will yield.

He's due to meet them in Port Talbot today where some demonstrators have already gathered. 

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Travel: Wragby roadworks causing delays to bus services

BBC Travel

The traffic around Wragby has really slowed to a crawl with the closure of Victoria Street. 

Anglian Water is repairing a collapsed sewer.

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Humberside officers await action following disciplinary hearing

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

PC Emily Turner and Sergeant Nicholas Mortimer were both found guilty of gross misconduct.

While PC Mark Gowan was found guilty of misconduct.

David Hill was arrested close to his home in New Waltham following a disturbance - on charges of criminal damage and affray in 2013.

He later died in a Grimsby police cell.

David Hill
David Cockram

Missing Donington man found

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This afternoon's weather with Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BreakingPolice officers found guilty of misconduct following cell death in Grimsby

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Two Humberside Police officers have been found guilty of gross misconduct and a third guilty of misconduct following the death of a man in a Grimsby police cell.

David Hill died on 21 May 2013 after he was arrested for criminal damage and affray.  

Mr Hill was not shown the level of respect, dignity or professionalism expected of Humberside Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Lee FreemanDisciplinary Panel Chairman

 We're still waiting to hear what disciplinary action the officers will face.  

Council 'should have done more to maintain beach huts'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We told you earlier that some of the iconic chalets at Sutton-on-Sea will reopen for this upcoming season after they were revamped.

We've spoken to Councillor Steve Kirk, the portfolio holder for the coastal economy, who admits they shouldn't have been allowed to get in the dilapidated state they're currently in. 

I think the district council needs to put its hand up and say it hasn't done the maintenance on them it should have done in the past. I don't think anyone would disagree with that statement

Councillor Steve KirkELDC

Travel: Congestion in Wragby

BBC Travel

Well we warned you earlier that some works were going to take place in the Wragby area and now it's begun to slow things down.

he B1202 is closed at Victoria Street as Anglian Water fix a collapsed sewer.

Travel map
BBC

Iconic beach chalets WILL reopen this season

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Despite fears that the huts had been earmarked for demolition, the Sutton-on-Sea Residents Association have confirmed they've reached a deal with the council for the upcoming season. 

The association say they'll be working with East Lindsey District Council to lease, restore and reopen the first group ready for May. 

Beach huts
BBC

The central group of huts however have been deemed unsuitable for opening, but the association say they'll be working to raise the funds to 'secure their long term future'.

Scunthorpe plant's future still uncertain as Business Secretary meets steel workers

BBC Radio Humberside

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid is to meet steel workers in Port Talbot this afternoon - where thousands of jobs are at risk because of Tata Steel's decision to sell off its UK assets.

Mr Javid is expected to say the government is doing all it can to secure the future of the company's operations.  

Sajid Javid
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Tata also operates a site in Scunthorpe, where talks are continuing to find a new buyer.

Scunthorpe
BBC

Busy Easter for Air Ambulance crew

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Air Ambulance flew 12 missions over the long Easter weekend and their rapid response vehicle was called out on five occasions as well. 

Air ambulance
Air ambulance
Air ambulance
Air ambulance

Although we would much prefer that everybody stayed safe and well, our crew were on standby over the holiday period ready to react and help where needed. We attended serious road accidents, recreational incidents and medical emergencies.

Neil ClarkeParamedic

Man bailed over gas leak crash in Skegness

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A man arrested in connection with a house collision in Skegness has been bailed pending further enquiries.

On Tuesday a driver crashed into a house on Schrimshaw Court in the early hours of the morning, rupturing a gas main in the process.

Around 20 residents as well as two dogs and a cat had to be evacuated because of the resulting leak.

A Royal visit for Lincoln castle...

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

...Well sort of. 

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New appeal over Chapel St Leonards hit-and-run

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police have issued another appeal for witnesses after a woman was hit by a car whilst walking with her dog and two young children. 

The 27 year-old woman was walking along St Leonards Drive shortly before 1pm on Monday 29 February and was struck by an unknown vehicle when she stepped off the pavement.

The vehicle didn't stop and the woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries.  

The victim is now recovering at home but suffered a number of fractures and may be left with permanent injury.  

Travel: It couldn't last...

BBC Travel

That's more like it.

We've got quite a bit of congestion around Boston. John Adams Way, Sleaford Road and the A17 at Sutterton Roundabout are all clogged up with slow traffic.

Travel map
BBC

Birthday wishes for Cranwell from the Typhoons

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

An excellent birthday card starring the Battle of Britain Typhoon as RAF Cranwell celebrates its centenary.

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The headlines this lunchtime

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Agency staff and those on zero hour contracts might not see the benefits of the new National Living Wage according to Citizens Advice in Mid-Lincolnshire.
  • Police have confirmed there's a wider investigation into the church in Lincolnshire after a former minister was jailed. 
  • Concern's growing for a man from Donnington near Boston who's been missing for several days.
  • The number of paying visitors to Lincoln Castle has more than trebled since a multi-million pound revamp.

Police appeal for missing man

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Concern is growing for John Beard from Donington who's gone missing from his home. 

The 54-year-old has gone missing before but police are worried because he suffers from a number of medical conditions and it's not known if he has any medication with him.

John Beard
Lincolnshire police

Travel: Still no issues

BBC Travel

We're not entirely sure if our traffic monitors are making us into April Fools but they're saying the roads are still all clear at the moment. 

Let us know if you've spotted anything to the contrary.

Travel map
BBC

Lincolnshire police determined to trick us

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The police are desperately trying to make us ring up the press office and look like idiots, take a look..

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Big boost in numbers for Lincoln Castle

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The number of paying visitors to Lincoln Castle has more than TREBLED since a multi-million pound revamp. 

It's a year today since the new-look facilities opened with a quarter-of-a-million paying visitors in that time.

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You can of course walk in the grounds for free, I should know, that's where I often go to eat my lunch when the weather's nice and I'm a notorious cheapskate.

Weather update: Increasingly hazy as the day goes on

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's the full weather report with Kay:

Drastic repairs at Lincoln Cathedral!

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This sent to us by an eagle eyed photographer - apparently the handyman they employed to fix a broken window was scared of heights so they decided to bring the window to him. 

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Big Butlins Birthday

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It seems like everyone's celebrating a birthday today - RAF Cranwell, weather presenter Kay Crewdson and the nation's first Butlins. 

The holiday favourite at Skegness is 80 years old (almost as old as Kay!). 

Here it is in the heady days of its youth...

Butlins
Butlins

James Bond sets sights on Lincolnshire tourism boost

Boston Standard

James Bond has been sent on his most daring mission yet ... to boost tourism in Lincolnshire.

April fools!
Boston Standard

Jobs at risk on the coast

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A gas plant's future is up in the air at Mablethorpe.

The terminal, owned by American energy giant ConoccoPhillips, could close by 2018. There's no immediate plans but a consultation is underway. 

150 jobs would be lost if it were to shut.

Weather watchers: Lovely start in Cleethorpes

BBC Weather Watchers

This one sent to us by user Sheilas, stunning start on the coast today.

Cleethorpes
BBC

Investigations into Church in Lincolnshire continue

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A wider investigation into the church is underway in Lincolnshire after a former clergyman was jailed.

Stephen Crabtree - who was a minister for East Lindsey - was sentenced to three years in prison at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday. 

He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15 year old in the 90s.

Stephen Crabtree
BBC

Police have confirmed to us that the Diocese of Lincoln has handed them a number of files that they are now looking into.

The headlines

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • The new National Living Wage comes intro force today - workers on minimum wage in Lincolnshire will get an extra £910 per year.
  • Police confirm a wider investigation into the church is underway in Lincolnshire after a former clergyman was jailed.
  • There's uncertainty over the future of a gas plant on the Lincolnshire Coast. 150 jobs are at risk.

RAF Cranwell reaches a milestone

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Personnel from the station are marking its centenary today.

A celebration dinner's being held for all ranks in the College Hall officers mess, 100 years on from the raising of a royal navy ensign on the station flagpole.

They're not the only ones there either... 

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Bracing start for Skegness police...

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire police answering that age old question "Who watches the watchman?".

Answer: No one if they're dressed like this.

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Something tells me that this might not be entirely true...

The weather: Fog will lift

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any early fog soon clearing to sunshine which will turn hazier from the west through the day. 

Remaining dry. Southerly winds also strengthening through the day.  

weather chart
BBC