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Summary

  1. Live updates on Friday 8 April 2016 have now finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Monday.

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By Alex Rhodes

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Today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Wow it got quite hectic for a while there didn't it? 

To commemorate the gas fuelled chaos that has been this Friday afternoon I've decided to release this designer T-Shirt:

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Available wherever high quality fashion is sold! 

OK, whilst my fashion-line might not be hitting the shops just yet, Lincolnshire Live will be hitting your screens once again on 8:00am on Monday morning. 

Join us then.

Coming up on Look North tonight...

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Today's headlines

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Burst gas main that caused chaos in large area of Lincoln finally capped.
  • Detectives are investigating after 4 masked men stole a cash point in Lincolnshire
  • Police and Crime Commissioner candidates set for election

The site of the Lincoln Leak

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

This is where the transporter burst the gas main this afternoon...

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Caistor Cashpoint: 'A quick job but quite clearly well planned'

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've been talking to Inspector Simon Outen about the dramatic events that happened in the market place over night.

Take a listen:

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Melvyn talks to Inspector Simon Outen about an overnight smash and grab in Caistor

Lincoln Leak: Bus Station re-opens

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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Things are slowly getting back to normal in the city but, as we've said, its going to be a long journey back home for thousands of commuters. 

BreakingLincoln Leak: Roads re-open

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It looks like the crisis is over, however it's still going to be a real struggle for the thousands heading home for the weekend.

Lincoln Leak: 'Stay away from A&E' unless absolutely necessary

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincoln leak: What we know

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The city's roads are at a standstill after a digger ruptured a gas pipe at the East West link road site.

These are the areas that have been evacuated or closed:

  • Bus Station 
  • Waterside shopping Centre
  • Great Northern Terrace 
  • Clifton Street 
  • Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
  • Local Lincoln College Premises
  • Siemens

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Police have set up a 600m cordon and initially asked anyone within that cordon to leave as quickly as possible.

However they say they have now reassessed the situation and say people who are indoors within the cordon are advised to stay put indoors with their windows and doors closed.

The Rail station had been closed but is now re-open.

Lincoln Leak: Rail station re-open

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police update on Lincoln gas leak

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Transco engineers are on the scene assessing the seriousness of the situation and what further actions and precautions we may need to take. If further evacuations become necessary we will advise people where to go and what to do if they need assistance. At this stage it seems likely that the area and the city centre will still be badly affected by the incident up to and including the rush hour period.

Lincoln leak: Pictures coming in

Sharon Edwards

Political reporter

Some of the people forced to evacuate homes and offices mixing with shoppers on the streets  

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Lincoln Leak: City at a standstill

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Complete gridlock spreading across the city following the ruptured pipe.

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Lincoln Leak: More evacuations

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Waterside shopping centre and the Bus Station are both being evacuated.

Meanwhile Police are telling anyone caught in the 600 meter cordon to leave as quickly as possible.

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OR go to the South Common, the main Lincoln University car park or the Bishop Grosseteste College. Emergency service personnel will be there

No rail services in or out of Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's been confirmed that the station has been evacuated by network rail.

Issues around the bus station as well:

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Traffic backed up because of leak

Sharon Edwards

Political reporter

I'm currently at the scene and this is what the roads look like.

You can quite easily make the smell of gas out in the air.

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Station reportedly evacuated

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

There are reports coming in that the train station has been evacuated because of the gas leak.

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BreakingEvacuations underway in Lincoln after burst gas pipe

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police are being moved out of these areas:

  • Great Northern Terrace 
  • Clifton Street
  • Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
  • Local Lincoln college premises
  • Siemens

Portland Street and Scorer Street have been closed and a 600 meter cordon is in place.

Police are warning people NOT to use electronic devices or smoke in the affected areas.

BreakingDigger damages gas main in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A digger working on the East West Link Road has damaged a gas main in the vicinity of Kesteven Street near to Pelham bridge.

Police say cordons are being put in place and some local evacuations may be necessary.

The general public are being advised to avoid the area and railtrack have been advised due to the proximity of the incident to the railway lines.

Weather Watchers: Rising steam

BBC Weather Watchers

Lovely couple of shots taken at Barton upon Humber by user Beely from Barton... 

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Barton upon Humber
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Over 30 jobs axed in Lincoln after Kier cuts schools payroll service

The Lincolnite

Some 31 Lincoln-based employees are facing redundancy after property, residential construction and services company Kier Group made the decision to withdraw from the schools payroll market.  

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Oxjam returns to Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Oxfam has told us that their music festival Oxjam is returning to the city for a third year. 

Events will be taking place in multiple venues over multiple dates, the first is the On Your Jollies Summer Show taking place on August the 13th.

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Oxjam

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates step forward

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Nominations have now closed ahead of the vote in May, here are the candidates who want your vote...

  • Victoria Ayling, standing for UKIP
  • Marc Jones, standing for the Conservatives 
  • Lucinda Preston, standing for Labour
  • Daniel Simpson, standing for the Lincolnshire Independents

The headlines this lunchtime

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire newsroom

  • Detectives are investigating after 4 masked men stole a cash point in Caistor Market Place during the early hours of this morning.
  • Passengers travelling on the east coast mainline are facing delays after an incident on the line between Grantham and Peterborough. The line has opened but delays are expected til mid afternoon.
  • After years of delays and uncertainty, Lincoln's a step closer to getting a footbridge at Brayford Wharf East.
  • The Business Minister says the Government is doing what it can to ensure a deal for the Tata Steel plant in Scunthorpe goes through.

Burglary in Boston

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire police are investigating a burglary that happened in Boston yesterday evening in The Courtyard, off St Nicholas Close.

The burglar broke into a flat and stole electrical goods, including laptops, a TV and a mobile phone.

Police want anyone who might have seen something to come forward.

One casualty in A1031 crash

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Earlier the travel team told you about a crash near Alford Road, Lincolnshire fire and rescue have posted more details.

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East Coast Mainline disruption after person hit by train between Grantham and Peterborough

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Virgin East Coast have put out an alert saying the line between Grantham and Peterborough will be disrupted as a person has been reportedly hit by a train.

Obviously there's significant delays of up to 90 minutes whilst they deal with the situation.

Because of where it is this looks likely to cause big problems up and down the East Coast Mainline.

Councillor blasts 'thoughtless' actions after dead animals arrive at recycling plant

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincolnshire councillor's condemned the disposal of several animals in recycling bins in Grantham. 

Staff at Mid UK recycling say 2 dogs, a cat and a chicken have arrived at the plant so far this year. 

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County Councillor Reg Shore - who's responsible for waste and recycling says it shouldn't happen:  

You just wouldn't do it, you'd get in touch with a vet or pet cemetery. This needs to be understood by this minority of very thoughtless people, it isn't just a case of bang it in the bin and it's going to be burned at the incinerator

Reg ShoreCounty Councillor

Network Rail announce new footbridge in Lincoln after redesign to cut costs

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

After years of delays and uncertainty, Lincoln's a step closer to getting a footbridge at Brayford Wharf East. 

Network Rail's announced it's teamed up with local businesses and come up with a new design. Plans will be submitted to the council later this year. 

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As locals are aware we also want to install a bridge at Brayford Wharf East but have faced considerable challenges through rising costs. I am delighted to announce that by working with stakeholders in Lincoln we have been able to redesign the bridge to make it more affordable

Rob McIntoshRoute Managing director, Network Rail

The headlines

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Thieves steal ATM from Caistor using a transporter and a modified van.
  • Grantham and Stamford MP appears on This Morning to defend the PM over Panama Papers revelations.
  • Shops in Lincoln are being advised to increase their security measures following spate of armed robberies.
  • Nominations close for Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Business minister says Government is doing all it can to secure steelworks in Scunthorpe

Louise Wheeler

BBC Look North

The business minister Anna Soubry says a lot of hard work is going on to secure the future of the Tata steelworks in Scunthorpe. 

Speaking on the BBC's Question Time last night she said details of of a deal are commercially sensitive but the government is doing what it can to ensure it goes through:

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Question Time

The BBC understands that a deal could be signed as soon as Monday with investment firm Greybull Capital.

The Weather with Kay

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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Friday's forecast from Kay

Grantham and Stamford MP defends the Prime Minister over Panama Papers revelations

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Nick Boles has been on This Morning to defend the PM, Labour has accused him of "hypocrisy" after he revealed he had owned shares in an offshore trust set up by his late father.

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Nick Boles defends David Cameron after revelations about offshore funds

The questions over the company, Blairmore Holdings, have dominated much of the headlines this week.

Caistor Cashpoint: Thieves used modified van to make off with loot

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Witnesses of last night's robbery say four masked men used a transporter to lower the ATM into a transit van with its roof cut off before driving off towards Brigg. 

As you can see there's been some structural damage to the former bank during the raid:

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The van has been found abandoned and on fire at a farm on Caistor Road.

Traffic and travel: Crash in Mablethorpe

BBC Travel

The easy start couldn't last.

There's been a crash on the A1031 near Alford Road, it's partially blocking the road and slowing down traffic in the area. 

Traffic and travel: Clear start on the roads

BBC Travel

Everything's looking lovely jubbly on our monitors this morning, so far there's nothing significant to report.

If you know otherwise then please get in touch and let us know.