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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Live has finished for today. 

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

Watch: Coming up on tonight's Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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

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Fourth candidate named in Lincolnshire police commissioner post

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Nominations have now closed for candidates for those wishing to be the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Lincolnshire Independents say they've put up a candidate. 

Daniel Simpson
Lincolnshire Independents

They say it's Daniel Simpson - a businessman and former East Lindsey District councillor.

The commissioner is responsible for setting the budget of the force, making major policy decisions and holding the chief constable to account. The election will take place on 5 May.

Watch: Princess Royal visits Skegness

Quentin Rayner

East Midlands Today

By-products firm must pay £24,000 after environmental breach

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire company has been fined for an incident which saw more than 3km of waterway polluted with ammonia.

The Environment Agency says A Hughes and Son at Skellingthorpe near Lincoln allowed effluent to flow into the Catchwater Drain in the village in 2013. 

Hughes site at Skelingthorpe
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Lincoln Magistrates Court was told an officer had seen a light-coloured, bubbling and frothing discharge seeping through the bank. 

The firm, which produces protein meal from animal by-products, pleaded guilty to breaching regulations. 

It's been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay more than £9,000 in costs. 

Traffic and travel: Animals on motorway

BBC Travel

We're getting reports that animals on the road are causing problems on the M180. It's between junction 1 at Hatfield Woodhouse and junction 2 for Gainsborough.

Traffic and travel: A18 closure

BBC Travel

The A18 in Althorpe, near Scunthorpe, is closed in both directions between the B1392 Station Road junction and the B1450 Burringham Road junction, because of a police incident.  

Dead dogs in rubbish: Council appeal to pet owners

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Council waste bosses have appealed to pet owners to take dead animals to a vet and not put them in the bin.

It's after the bodies of two dogs turned up on conveyor belts at a waste processing plant in Lincolnshire.

dead dog
Lincolnshire County Council
Dead dog
Lincolnshire County Council

Coun Reg Shore, Executive Member for Waste and Recycling at Lincolnshire County Council, says: "This shows a total disregard for the animal, recycling and the people who have to deal with this."

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • East Midlands Ambulance Trust bosses deny merger planned with West Midlands colleagues
  • Appeal to pet owners after dead dogs end up at recycling plant
  • Skegness children's holiday centre welcomes royal visitor

Watch: Lincolnshire beach donkeys trot on

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The man who owns beach donkeys which ply their trade in Skegness, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells says they're not under threat.

It comes after council bosses in Paignton, Devon announced their donkeys were to be replaced with trampolines.

Here they are in action - they look as popular as ever.

Gritter watch across Lincolnshire: No runs expected

It's going to be cold tonight - but not cold enough for the gritters to roll out:

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East Midlands Ambulance service: Merger not on the table

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's a statement from the East Midlands Ambulance Service that has been making headlines today over a possible merger with it's West Midlands neighbour.

Pauline Tagg, the Trust's chairman, has denied the services will merge:

Statement
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Watch: Iron boss Alexander gives his view on remainder of season

Mike White

Sports Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Appeal after attempted robbery on 11-year-old

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

An appeal's being made for witnesses to an attempted robbery involving an eleven year old girl in the Birchwood area of Lincoln. 

The police say she was grabbed by a man who demanded she handed over her phone and money.

Clematis Approach Lincoln
Google

It happened yesterday afternoon in a passageway near Clematis Approach. 

The suspect is described as white and of slim build. He was wearing a grey jacket, black trousers and a blue hat  

Football: Alexander to wait on O'Brien signing

BBC Radio Humberside

Traffic and travel: Congestion in Wragby

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A158 again this lunchtime as roadworks to replace a collapsed sewer continue. You're being advised to avoid the route if you can.

Time running out for police commissioner candidates

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

If you fancy taking charge of your local police force - you've only got a couple of hours to put your name forward.

Today's the closing date for nominations for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

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Humberside Police's current commissioner Matthew Grove, left, and Lincolnshire's commissioner Alan Hardwick

So far five people have put themselves forward in the Humberside police area and three in Lincolnshire.

Candidates have until four o'clock this afternoon to submit their papers. The election will take place on May the 5th.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Junior doctors continue a picket of Lincoln County Hospital as part of 48-hour strike
  • MPs voice concern over ambulance trust merger talks
  • Princess Royal on way to Skegness for date at children's home

Missing man 'may be in Grimsby'

BBC Radio Humberside

Police believe a man who's gone missing from his home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, may be in the Grimsby area.

Officers say they're  growing concerned the safety of Andrew Thomas, 36, as it is believed he may need medical attention.

Andrew Thomas
Humberside Police

Police have reports Mr Thomas was seen in Grimsby and it is believed he is still in the area.

He is described as black, 6ft 1in tall, and of medium build. He is thought to be wearing black jeans, a black jacket and a white shirt.

Fantastic funnel cloud captured

Watch: Dry this morning but showers later

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain Wyn Evans with the detailed weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Watch: Moyses still wants role at Imps

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Watch: Princess Anne arrives in Lincolnshire

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Watch: Counting the cost of filling potholes

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Well they won't literally be filled with £10 notes but the cash will pay for the repair of thousands of potholes.

Lincolnshire County Council's getting almost £2m, the second biggest grant in the country to mend the roads from the Department of Transport.

More money for potholes in our area

Pothole cash from government 'drop in ocean'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well they won't literally be filled with £10 notes but the cash will pay for the repair of thousands of those pesky potholes you have to swerve to avoid.

Lincolnshire County Council's getting almost £2m, the second biggest grant in the country to mend the roads from the Department of Transport.

Pothole
BBC

North East Lincolnshire Council will get just over £110,000 whilst North Lincolnshire get almost £320,000.

But Councillor Richard Davies, who's in charge of highways on Lincolnshire County Council, says it's a "drop in the ocean" when it comes to what needs to be done.

Shock after dead dogs found in household recycling

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Recycling workers have spoken of their shock after finding two dead dogs among household waste sent for recycling.

The Alsatian and the terrier cross ended up on conveyor belts at a waste sorting plant near Grantham after being collected by refuse crews.

Rubbish
Lincolnshire County Council
The rubbish where the dogs were found

The dogs were found in domestic kerbside recycling bins in the South Kesteven District Council area.

Staff at council contractor Mid-UK Recycling say in the same week they also found a chicken, two ducks, a pigeon and deer's leg.

The initial feeling from our staff was shock, shortly followed by distress at what they had found."

Ross BoothMid-UK Recycling

Plans for former psychiatric hospital get go-ahead

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It used to be a psychiatric hospital but a decision taken last night could see this impressive building become Lincoln's latest coffee destination.

City-based coffee firm Stokes of Lincoln saw plans to turn The Lawn in uphill Lincoln into a cafe and new HQ passed by councillors last night.

The Lawn in Lincoln
BBC

It means Nick Peel, the managing director of the company can press ahead with a scheme to bring the building back into use.

He told me earlier this week that as well as a cafe it will become a coffee roasting plant to replace their current premises in Mint Street in the city centre.

Watch: Lincoln City press conference

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our sports team are across the Lincoln City press conference today -  it's the first time we'll hear from manager Chris Moyses who is stepping down at the end of the season.

Watch it on our Facebook page:

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Latest headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Three men arrested after stabbing in Mablethorpe
  • Plans to convert former hospital site into coffee shop approved
  • Princess Anne in county on royal visit

Watch: Ambulance merger 'could be complicated and expensive'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The BBC's bringing you an exclusive story this morning about plans to merge East Midlands Ambulance Service with neighbouring West Midlands.

Iestyn Williams from the Health Services Management Centre has been speaking to BBC Midlands Today about the idea.

How long will it take to walk off your breakfast?

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

In case you've no idea (and who does?) here's a great graphic that shows exactly how long.

It's been drawn up by the BBC after new calls for food labels to show the time it takes to burn off the calories they contain.

Food graphic
BBC

Three arrested over stabbing in Mablethorpe

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Roads have been closed in Mablethorpe this morning - and this is why:

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Police says officers were called to George Street shortly before 03:00 today after reports a fight was taking place in the street.

A 23-year-old man was taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital for treatment to a stab injury to his leg. Three local men, aged 17, 18 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and are in custody.

Bus breakdown causes problems

BBC Travel

If you're travelling between Lincoln and Marke Rasen this morning, this could affect you:

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Princess Royal on way to Lincolnshire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Princess Anne will be in Grimsby in the next half hour and will then head for Skegness as part of a visit to the county.

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After opening this building she'll go to the seaside resort to visit staff and visitors at the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre which provides holidays for deprived children from the county.

Ambulance service in talks over merger

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We're bringing you an exclusive story this morning about plans which could see Lincolnshire served by the "biggest ambulance service in the world".

East Midlands Ambulance Service has a £12m debt and its chief executive Sue Noyes has just left the organisation.

Ambulance
BBC

The BBC has learned the trust is in talks with neighbouring West Midlands Ambulance Service over a merger.

Health commentators have greeted the news with some concern suggesting the move could be expensive and difficult to implement.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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

  • Lincolnshire's ambulances could be part of 'biggest service in the world' under merger talks
  • More than £2m of government cash for pothole repairs in the county announced
  • Nominations close later for those wanting to be region's police and crime commissioners

Traffic and travel: More work on gas main

BBC Travel

There were traffic jams in Gainsborough yesterday because of a gas leak near Trent Bridge. Work's continuing today on repairs and you're being warned to expect some disruption. 

Trent Bridge, Gainsborough
BBC

Weather across Lincolnshire: Cloudy with showers on the way

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how the weather's looking for Thursday. Rain on the way for tonight:

Weather map
BBC

Good morning: Join us for today's Live coverage

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello and welcome to BBC Lincolnshire Live on Thursday, 7 March 2016.

I'm Martin and I'm here to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county today.

Lots to talk about, including potholes, seaside donkeys and more on that 55-year-old mum of triplets from Boston.

You can get in touch to let us know what's happening where you are or to give your opinions on some of the stories of the day via email, Facebook or Twitter.