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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Alex Rhodes

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Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well that's another Monday done and dusted.  

I'm going to leave you with this picture of two Lincolnshire horses looking fabulous despite the weather:

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We'll be back from 08:00 BST tomorrow with all the news, travel ,sport and weather.

Please join us then.

Weather Watchers: Rainbow in Great Ponton

BBC Weather Watchers

This one sent to us by Malcolm's Garden, always a bright side when it chucks it down.

Great Ponton

Watch: Coming up on Look North tonight

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire farmer lost 50 sheep to a dog attack

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier about the rising number of dogs being shot by farmers for attacking their livestock.

We've been speaking to James Read, a farmer from near Louth, who says he's still counting the cost of a dog attack on livestock earlier this year. 

James Read

People are just too blasé about it, they let their dogs off the lead in the countryside and they lose sight of them and that's when it happens."

James ReadFarmer

Headlines across Lincolnshire this evening

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

This evening main headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills enters 'full crisis mode' as unions call for the Prime Minster to step in over steel uncertainty
  • A teenager is arrested in Lincolnshire after two deaths linked to a batch of heroin 
  • The organisation which has taken over the running of Lincolnshire's main libraries says it's confident they will be a success
  • The pop star Jess Glynne says part of her fee for playing at a racecourse in Lincolnshire will go to horse welfare

Traffic and travel: Issues remain on the A158

BBC Travel

Well its been a problem spot all day and as we enter rush hour that doesn't look likely to change. 

There's standing traffic in Wragby whilst Anglian Water continue to do their best to fix a collapsed sewer.

Business Secretary's department enters 'full crisis mode' as steel uncertainty continues

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Unions had called for the Prime Minister to take charge personally after accusing Sajid Javid of "taking his eye off the ball".

However it seems as though Number 10 is determined to let everyone know they're not undermining the Business Secretary's authority.

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It comes as hundreds of workers at Tata's site in Scunthorpe wait to see if they still have jobs as the rumour mill goes into overdrive about a potential buyer.

Traffic and travel: Rescue train inbound

BBC Travel

The rescue train is on its way to help its stranded sister on the line between Spalding and Peterborough.

Meanwhile there's some good news if you were planning on catching the one that got stuck:

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Weather Watchers: Caythorpe looking fresh

BBC Weather Watchers

We all like to have a good moan about how often it rains in this county but on the bright side you get a lot of lovely looking greenery.

This one sent to us by milliegeorge&me.


Traffic and travel: Broken down train cause of Spalding to Peterborough delays

BBC Travel

East Midlands Trains have said that the issue reported earlier on the line is being caused by a broken down train.

They don't know exactly how long it will take to fix the problem but are warning that the disruption will continue until at least 17:30.

New group in charge of Lincolnshire's main libraries

Carla George

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Greenwich Leisure Limited has taken over 15 branches from the county council.

The London-based company says they're looking forward to developing services and they're aiming to increase user numbers.

It's the latest chapter in a long running saga when it comes to the council and libraries.

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Today is about community services, making sure the people of the county have great library services."

Peter BundeyDeputy Managing Director of GLL

Traffic and travel: Trouble on the tracks

BBC Travel

Headlines across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this afternoon:

  • Emergency talks are under way between steel workers' unions and representatives of Tata Steel's UK plants
  • An arrest has been made in connection with an investigation into two suspected drug related deaths in Boston
  • The new group in charge of Lincolnshire's main libraries says it's looking forward to developing services
  • The pop star Jess Glynne has announced part of her fee for playing at a racecourse in Lincolnshire will go to horse welfare

Missing woman Jean Parker found

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good news.

Police say 65-year-old Jean Parker, who hadn't been seen since Good Friday, has been found safe.  

Jess Glynne says portion of her Market Rasen Racecourse fee will go to charity

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Award winning singer Jess Glynne is set to perform at the racecourse in August and has today announced part of her fee will be going to the Retraining of Racehorses charity.

It's the official horseracing charity and the Jockey Club says they'll match her donation.

Jess Glynne

Supporting a charity specialising in retraining retired race horses is a pleasure, the work RoR carries out is incredible - protecting the welfare of these beautiful animals

Jess GlynneSinger

Her choice of charity isn't that surprising really, she had to undergo throat surgery last year, so she knows what its like to be a little horse. 

Business secretary accused of 'taking eye off the ball' as steel crisis deepens

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Union leaders want the Prime minister to take personal charge of talks to stop the closure of Tata's plant in Port Talbot after criticising the efforts of Sajid David.

It comes as rumours swirl over a potential buyer of the company's Scunthorpe site, investment firm Greybull is reportedly in talks.

Steel plant

Traffic and travel: Accident on the A1

BBC Travel

The Great North Road in Stamford is partially blocked with queuing traffic southbound around Wothorpe.

There's debris on the road after an accident involving two vehicles. 

Your views: Tip closures

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Tip closures have certainly got you talking today, here are a couple of the comments we've had already...

My husband went to Sleaford twice on Sunday - queues onto the main road - staff fraught - he ended up parking on the road and walking in just in time as they closed the gates at 3:45 pm.

Bex MezzoFacebook

I've just been on my usual drive past Whisby and there are several black bags full of rubbish in the ditch that weren't there on Friday afternoon... If people can't get it in their bin or easily get to a tip, they will just dump it

Richard PullenFacebook

Turned up at Leadenham tip to find it had been closed. Drove all the way to Sleaford to be turned away as it was full... I fully understand why people dump their rubbish on the sides of the roads - the service is rubbish

Alison SharpFacebook

The weather across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Very grey and overcast in most places in the county this afternoon.

Occasionally punctured with the odd shower with some thunder possible in places. 

Winds staying relatively light however. 

Temprature chart

Lincolnshire farmers' concerns over dog attacks on livestock

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More than 300 dogs have been shot by landowners across the country for worrying livestock over the past five years. 

In Lincolnshire there were five shootings according to an investigation by the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme.

Farmer Jim Chapman from Saltfleetby says 13 of his sheep were attacked by two dogs. He didn't shoot them but says owners must keep their animals under control 


It was terrible the night it actually happened you couldn't believe the damage that the dogs had done. You just couldn't believe that a dog could do so much damage.

Jim ChapmanFarmer

Police appeal for information after man was racially abused twice in one day

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police in Lincoln say a local man was abused in two separate incidents on the same day.

Around 07.25 on Friday, 4 March the man was knocked over by a cyclist who racially abused him when challenged. 

He was then later approached by a boy aged about 16 years old on the high street at around 16:30 BST who blew smoke in his face from an e-cigarette before making racist comments. 

The headlines across Lincolnshire this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Steel industry trade unions call on David Cameron to take charge of the talks over Tata Steel, the Scunthorpe site's future remains uncertain
  • Arrest is made after two suspected drugs deaths in Boston
  • Fears that flytipping is increasing in the county after two sites close down.
  • Very slow traffic in Wragby because of an accident and road works in the area

Traffic and Travel: More problems on the A158

BBC Travel

Bad news we're afraid, the issues on the A158 in Wragby look like they've just gotten worse.

There's been an accident eastbound, partially blocking the road between the B1399 junction and Walk Lane. 

If you're heading to the coast from the city then brace yourself for a lot of stopping and starting

Traffic and Travel: Standing traffic on A158

BBC Travel

Well we told you earlier that traffic had slowed through Wragby, someone's been in touch to tell us it's now at a complete standstill.

Avoid if you can.

Boston arrest 'linked to drug deaths'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police have told us the arrest of a 17-year-old youth is part of the investigation into two deaths last week.

He was arrested at a property on Brady Street on Friday suspected of possession with intent to supply of class A drugs.

A 42-year old and a 22-year-old were found dead in the town within days of each other, it's believed they suffered an adverse reaction from a particular batch of heroin.

Police want to speak to woman over shop theft

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire police have issued a picture of a woman they want to talk to about a theft at the Co-Op store in Coningsby.

It happened at about 4:15pm on Tuesday, 9 February.

Two bottles of whisky, a bottle of wine, and some packs of meat were stolen.  

Lincolnshire police

Want to curate an exhibition? There’s an app for that

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Budding exhibition curators can create their own top 10 collection of ancient and modern artefacts from across Lincolnshire thanks to a new web app.

The app called My Lincolnshire Collection lets users pick their favourite local artifacts before being shown a map of where they're located in the county. 

My Lincolnshire Collection
University of Lincoln

Its been developed by the University of Lincoln as part of the Arts Council England funded "Our Lincolnshire" project.  

Is fly-tipping on the rise after site closures?

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well we were telling you earlier about issues arising around the county's tips, Johnny Fisher has sent us this photo he took over the weekend at Leadenham:

Fly tipping
Johnny Fisher

The site only closed last week and it seems that the area is already being targeted by fly-tipping. 

Headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning are:

  • Changes to home insurance in flood-prone areas welcomed in Lincolnshire
  • Reports of dog attacks on livestock are rising across the country
  • Lincolnshire's recycling centres under 'extreme pressure' say officials
  • It's hoped more than £2m of repairs to a 16th century pub near Boston will boost tourism and jobs

Dealing with waste: Trouble at the tip

Officials in Lincolnshire say the recycling centres in our county have been under "extreme pressure" recently.

Some people have been turned away while they struggle to catch up with the backlog. The warm weather after Easter is being blamed for the surge.  

Tip sign

It comes at a time when centres at Leadenham and Whisby have been closed down to save money.

New flood insurance scheme starts today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

If you live in high flood-risk areas in Lincolnshire you should be able to get more affordable insurance.

Part of your home insurance premium will pay to help people out in at-risk places from today. 

It's part of a new government-backed scheme which aims to make sure nobody is left without cover.

Flooding effects

Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic on A57

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic at heading south on the A57 especially around Carholme Roundabout.

Not exactly unusual at this time of day but you might want to give it some time if you're planning on heading through. 

Weather watchers: Thin mist in Alford

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This one sent to us by Weather Watcher Alford dog walker. 

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The weather across Lincolnshire: Cloudy to begin with

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a rather cloudy day with periods of rain or showers. 

The odd shower may be locally heavy with possible thunder but with the occasional brighter interval as well. Winds will be light and variable.  

Temperature chart

Early headlines across Lincolnshire

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Cheaper insurance for homeowners in high flood-risk areas comes into effect today
  • A BBC investigation reveals more than 300 dogs have been shot by landowners over the past five years. Five in Lincolnshire for worrying livestock
  • Psychic mediums set to investigate The Old King's Head in Kirton

Police convern over missing Lincoln woman

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police and family are growing increasingly concerned for Jean Parker.

She caught the 09.36 train to Newark from Lincoln on Good Friday but hasn't been seen since. 

She takes medication but it is not thought she has any with her. She is described as being very trusting and easily led.

Missing woman
Lincolnshire police

Traffic and travel: So far, so good

BBC Travel

So far it looks like a very easy start to the day, we'll let you know if that changes.

It's worth bearing in mind that Victoria Road in Wragby is still closed while repair works continue to fix a collapsed sewer. Diversions are in place.

Good morning, Welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here ready to bring you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

As always we want to know what's happening where you are and you can get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.