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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Alex Rhodes

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.

Coming up on Look North

Here's Peter Levy with a look at what's on the programme from 18.30 on BBC One:

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Doctors strike: Ten operations cancelled

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hospital chiefs in Lincolnshire say they've cancelled 10 operations and 590 outpatient appointments ahead of the latest doctor's strike.

Two days of action are due to start tomorrow, with doctors walking out from 08.00.

doctors during strike action

Mark Brassington, chief operating officer at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says "plans are in place to protect patients".

The trust says it's contacted every patient whose appointment is cancelled to re-book.  Any patient who has not been contacted should attend their appointment as planned.

All of our emergency care services will be running as usual, but members of the public are reminded to only attend A&E if it is a genuine emergency.

Mark BrassingtonUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Watch: Brighter this afternoon with more showers tomorrow

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Kay Crewdson with the latest weather details for tonight and tomorrow:

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Wrestling firm apologises for 'error of judgement' after Butlin's show branded 'racist'
  • Lincoln City manager Chris Moyses announces plan to 'step down' at the end of season
  • Beacons to be lit in Lincolnshire to mark Queen's 90th birthday later this month

Wrestling promoter apologises over 'racism' row

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The organiser of a wrestling show at Butlin's in Skegness has apologised after the event was branded "racist".

Christian Cerisola complained to Butlin's after seeing the show at the weekend, which he says featured a purported "Islamic baddie".

Here's a video Christian filmed on his phone during the show:

We regret this clear error of judgment, as well as the obvious offence and upset caused. We wish to apologise to Butlin's and their guests, and stress that this will not happen again."

Brian DixonAll-Star Wrestling

Wards 'still understaffed at county's hospitals'

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire hospitals say they're continuing to struggle with staffing levels and A&E performance. 

I've been at the meeting of the trust which runs our hospitals this morning.

Lincoln County Hospital

It's been told there are still more than 300 nursing vacancies and a number of wards are significantly understaffed. 

And targets are still being missed at casualty departments in Lincoln and Boston. 

Watch: Check out our Imps Q&A

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Our sports team have been answering your questions about the departure of Imps manager Chris Moyses.

In case you missed it, there's a link in Rob's tweet below:

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CCTV released in hunt for card thief

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a purse from a camper van in Lincolnshire.

The purse - which had a number of cash and credit cards inside - was taken from the PF International Kart Circuit in Brandon, near Grantham.

Lincolnshire Police

The cards were later used in shops and at a cash point. 

These pictures were taken at Argos in Cartergate Newark on the same day as the cards were taken. If you can identify the man call police on 101.

Special Imps programme tonight

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You can hear reaction to Chris Moyses' decision later on BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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New site on web to catch more tourists

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A new website has been launched today to promote tourism in East Lindsey. 

The District Council says it shows what Lincolnshire has to offer for day trips, holidays or short breaks.

website screenshot
East Lindsey District Council

Talks continue on funding of grammar school buses

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Education chiefs have told BBC Radio Lincolnshire discussions "are continuing" over controversial plans which could see grammar school pupils paying for transport in Lincolnshire. 

At the moment their travel is subsidised by the county council at a cost of £2m per year. 

School bus

A working group was set up to look at the issue and it's presented it's options to council bosses at a meeting today. 

A decision is expected by early June. 

Gritter watch: No runs tonight in North Lincs

Caravan sites 'provide perfect location for Mablethorpe mystery'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

An author says childhood holidays in Mablethorpe have helped inspire his latest novel. 

Wayne Barton from South Yorkshire has set his latest thriller in the east coast resort.


He says the "out of season" dark corners of caravan sites were good locations to build suspense in the murder mystery which is entitled Mablethorpe.

Woman attacked in Scunthorpe by thieves

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police have issued an appeal after a woman had her handbag stolen by two men as she walked along Scunthorpe’s Leslie Court.

The incident happened at around 13.05 yesterday when the 36-year-old victim was passed by two men who turned and grabbed her bag pulling her to the ground.

The first thief is white, in his late teens to early 20s, around 5ft tall with a black or navy hooded top. The second male was also white and of a similar age.

BreakingFootball: Imps manager to 'stand down at end of season'

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Chris Moyses is to stand down as Lincoln City manager at the end of the season a statement just published by the club says.

Chris Moyses

Here's the full statement from the club:

Lincoln City FC

Dad's shock over 'racist' wrestling at Butlin's

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A dad who took his children to Butlin's last weekend has spoken out after watching what he claims was a "racist" wrestling bout at the holiday park.

Christian Ceriso described the show as a "horrific race hate-filled 10 minutes of everything wrong on racial stereotypes".

Wrestling bout
Christian Ceriso

He's told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he was shocked when the crowd was encouraged to boo a man carrying a green flag bearing Arabic writing.

Butlin's have said the bout was a "deviation from the agreed content" and says it's conducting a "full review". It's also apologised and said "It won't happen again".

We're going to clean up this town for The Queen

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I was out and about in Boston yesterday helping a dedicated group of volunteers clean up the town.

And the results of the effort are now in with a massive 84 sacks filled along with lots of other rubbish collected.

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The clean-up's on all week and here are some pictures from the work ongoing this morning.

Steelworkers to vote on pay cut

BBC Radio Humberside

A deal for private finance firm Greybull Capital to buy TATA's Long Products Division in Scunthorpe could be confirmed tomorrow. 

Today steelworkers at the site will receive ballot papers ahead of a vote on whether or not to take a temporary pay cut to help save their own jobs.


Farmer says flytipping on increase near closed tips

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A farmer with land near a council tip that closed near Sleaford last week says illegal waste dumping is on the rise in nearby lanes.

We had reports yesterday about an increase in flytipping around two recycling centres that have been shut to save council cash.

Waste Leadenham
Johnny Fisher

Johnny Fisher sent us these pictures from Leadenham which is near Sleaford and farmer Andrew Ward says it's a scenario he recognises.

Lincolnshire County Council says flytipping has always been a problem and it has worked hard to make sure everybody lives within 12 miles of a waste centre.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Deal expected in the next 24 hours over Scunthorpe steelworks long products division
  • Water firm says roadworks on route to Lincolnshire coast will 'take weeks'
  • Boston volunteers praised for five-day Clean for the Queen effort

Traffic and travel: A158 sewer works will delay buses

Roadworks on route to coast 'will take weeks'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The police are tweeting this morning about long delays on the A158 in Wragby -  one of the main routes to the Lincolnshire coast.

It's after a sewer collapsed. Anglian Water says more than 40ft of pipe has fallen in and it's 10ft underground.

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Nick Shelton from the water company says it poses a major engineering challenge. 

And it won't be a quick fix.

Do either of these bikes ring a bell?

Can you help reunite them with their owners?

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Weather across Lincolnshire: A cloudy start but brighter later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how your weather's looking for Tuesday:

weather graphic

City planning birthday party fit for The Queen

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Business leaders are hoping to create a scene like this in Lincoln High Street in the summer to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday.

Lincoln Business Improvement Group has unveiled the plans on BBC Radio Lincolnshire this morning.

Street party

Lincoln BIG's chief executive Matt Corrigan told me Lincoln plans to create it's own 'Mini Mall' for the citizens in June.

Passing like ships in the light

BBC Radio Humberside

Looks like a lovely morning on the coast... Thanks to our Weather Watcher glyn55 for this photo taken at Cleethorpes.   

Cleethorpes sunrise

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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

  • Ambulance trust boss defends record after £12m debt revealed
  • Claims flytipping's already increased outside council tips which closed to save money
  • Plans unveiled for Lincoln street party to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

Alarm raised over ambulance debt

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The trust that runs Lincolnshire's ambulance service will end the financial year millions of pounds in the red.

Ambulance trust

I've learned East Midlands Ambulance Service is expecting a £12m deficit. 

The trust has applied for an overdraft to ease its financial position. But it's led to questions, because all neighbouring ambulance services have ended the financial year in the black. 

Traffic and travel: A1 accident causing delays

BBC Travel

One lane's closed and there's slow traffic on the A1 southbound between the Colsterworth services junction and the Rutland Water turn off in Rutland because of an accident.  

Join us for today's Live coverage

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good morning and welcome to Lincolnshire Live on Tuesday, 5 March 2016.

I'm Martin and I'll be here all day with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the region.

We've already had a couple of pictures sent in this morning of the brooding skies over Lincolnshire.

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