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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016

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By Martin Slack

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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 Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's what's on Look North with Peter Levy at 18.30 this evening:

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Watch: Warm weather with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Here's Owain Wyn Evans with the weather for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

Weather: afternoon forecast with Owain Wyn Evans

Lincolnshire race-ace back in action

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I spoke to Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey earlier. 

He told me he's looking forward to another successful season. 

He's currently in talks which could see him racing in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Good luck Jack!  

Lincoln knife-point robberies 'may be linked'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Police have released these CCTV images after another knife-point robbery in Lincoln.

These pictures are of individuals police want to speak to after a number of robberies at locations across Lincoln in recent weeks.

CCTV images
Lincolnshire Police

Last night a fifth shop robbery took place at McColls on Oakwood Avenue in Lincoln.

A man carrying a knife was reported to have entered the shop around 21:15 BST and demanded cash from the two female members of staff.   

Police now think the robberies may be linked.

“We believe that the robbery on Queen Elizabeth Road and the one last night in Oakwood Avenue may be linked and we are investigating any possible links with the other incidents.

DCI Diane CoulsonLincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire's Race for life events launched

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you're a fan of pink you won't be disappointed when you look around Lincoln today. 

Cancer Research UK launched it's annual fundraising Race for Life events in the county.     

Harry and Amy (below) were looking for people to join what they call the "Pink Army" to unite to beat cancer.

Amy wears the pink head-dress to attract intrigued people to the tent.

Race for life pink tent

Harry says, "race for life events are always emotional and everyone there has their own special reason for being there."

Paedophile jailed in 'worst case' judge has seen

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A paedophile from Lincolnshire has been jailed for 26 years for carrying out a horrific attack on a young girl. 

The judge at Lincoln Crown Court described it as the worst case he'd seen in 35 years. 

John MacPherson
Lincolnshire Police

John MacPherson, 61, from Tydd Gote near Spalding, denied a total of 13 sexual offences against the child.  

Judge John Pini QC, described MacPherson as a determined paedophile, and said his victim would be emotionally scarred for the rest of her life.

New Leake crash latest: car driver dies

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police have just told us that the driver of one of the cars involved in a crash at New Leake, Near Boston, has died. 

They say the driver was a local man in his 60s. 

His passenger, a local woman in her 50s, was taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital for treatment. 

The road remains closed to allow the vehicle to be recovered from the drain.

Hob Hole Bank

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's the latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this afternoon.

  • Police are investigating the death of a 57-year-old man who fell from his mobility scooter in Lincoln
  • The emergency services at scene of a serious collision at Hobhole Bank near Boston
  • The National Union of Teachers says SERCO's running of budgets has been shocking and the authority should step in

New Leake crash: More details

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This is a picture from the scene of a four-vehicle crash at Hobhole bank, taken by Look North reporter Jake Zuckerman.

Police have released more details about the collision which happened this morning.

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A police spokesman says: "The incident is believed to involve four vehicles - two cars,a tractor and a van. One of the cars has entered the Hobhole Drain and is in the process of being recovered."

The casualty is the driver of this vehicle but police are unable to provide any more detail at this time.

Lincolnshire car parks U-turn

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Free all-day car parking has been re-instated at 10 sites in Lincolnshire, three years after it was scrapped to save money.

East Lindsey council introduced charges at 13 sites in 2013 in a bid to offset government funding cuts.

Free parking sign

The authority is now consulting on the introduction of an overnight parking charge across all its managed sites.

Deputy leader Graham Marsh said free parking was re-instated after feedback from businesses and the public.

Sleaford latest: Some trains now running

BBC Travel

Sleaford disruption: Compensation available

BBC Travel

Traffic and travel: Rail problems affecting roads

BBC Travel

There's disruption at Moor Lane in Metheringham. 

Heavy traffic on the B1189 Station Road at the Moor Lane junction is due to a level crossing failure.  

Station Rd level crossing

Traffic and travel: buses for stranded train passengers

BBC Travel

A picture of spring weather

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's a lovely sunny afternoon still in Lincoln. Hope it is wherever you are.

Lincoln Cathedral
Andrew Barton

Here's the forecast for the afternoon: 

Weather forecast

Traffic and travel: Trains disruption

BBC Travel

Grimsby girl freed by mum's tweet plea to celebs

A young woman from Grimsby who became locked inside Brighton University overnight was let out after a social media plea from her mother was picked up by celebrities.

Emily Rycroft, from Grimsby, became stuck in the building on Monday evening after going inside to collect an essay.

"I was going home from my boyfriend's house and I thought I would stop and pick up an essay that had been handed back in."

Emily RycroftStudent
Emily Rycroft
Emily Rycroft

The 21-year-old told her mother who tweeted Radio 2 stars Jo Whiley and Jeremy Vine.

After the DJs retweeted the plea, a key holder was found and she was let out after a couple of hours.

Boston Standard: Big town clean-up

Boston Standard

The Boston Standard's out today.

Here's how the front page looked before going to press.

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Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

Mystery sign: Is this your work?

Grimsby Telegraph

Drivers commuting to Grimsby from the south have been left mystified by an ornate 'Thank You' sign that has appeared pinned to a sapling.

Thank you sign
Grimsby Telegraph

Fire cuts across Lincolnshire: Your response

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Nearly 400 people have signed a petition calling for Lincolnshire County Council not to make changes to the fire service.

The council is trying to save a £130m by 2019. 

Castle Square, Lincoln
The Lincolnite

Some of the changes being considered include whether to downgrade the Lincoln South fire station.

Here's what you've been saying on our Facebook page:

I think it's asking for trouble. Why don't one of the councillors take a pay cut. Their job is not saving lives like the firefighters do: makes me so mad.

Emma Jayne BryanFacebook

Let's hope everyone who needs them needs them between their working hours then, which of course will not happen. Asking for trouble.

Gemma HollandFacebook

What planet are these authorities on? We need a full-time Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue!

Kim Michele WrightFacebook

Police appeal following fatal accident

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police have released information about a fatal accident in Lincoln last month and are appealing for information.

They say they want to hear from anyone who saw a 57-year-old local man fall from his mobility scooter in the Boundary Street area of Lincoln between 24 and 27 March.  

Boundary St, Lincoln

Police are investigating this incident because it "involves the presence of a motor vehicle on the road".

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 92 of 13/04/2016.

Signs of spring across Lincolnshire: Three great pics

BBC Weather Watchers

The county's basking in April sunshine this morning.

Our WeatherWatchers have been quick to send us these snaps.

Thanks to glyn55 in Cleethorpes, ozziebozzie in Bucknall and suzieshine in Keelby.

WeatherWatchers photographs

Broughton or Brighton?

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a Mediterranean-looking scene sent in by one of our WeatherWatchers

It's been taken this morning in Broughton by the user who calls themselves jaymcsm. Thanks to them for sending it in!

Broughton palm tree

Serco and the council's finances: Your reaction

Some of you have been having your say on the Serco situation.

The company's been criticised over its handling of council finances.

Serco council logo

Here's a flavour of what's been said:

Still mucked up my wages, finally they get it

Clare HowittFacebook

Quelle surprise! Why don't they just merge with G4S and finish off public services in Lincolnshire for good? Grrrrr!

Tony CoxFacebook

New Leake crash: 'serious' say police

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have just tweeted this.

The Fire Brigade earlier said the crash was at Old Leake, but the Police say it's Hob Hole Bank at New Leake.

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Watch: Mostly dry, sunny spells

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain Wyn Evans with today's details.

Today's weather with Owain Wyn Evans

Road accident: Lincolnshire Fire service latest

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We're getting reports of an accident near Boston.

Here's the latest.

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Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  • Free car parking has been reintroduced into parts of Lincolnshire three years after it was scrapped
  • Nearly 400 people have signed a petition against county fire service cuts
  • The County Council is facing demands to end its contract for school finances with SERCO
  • A Lincoln care worker's one of 10,000 people to be invited to a special street party for the Queen's 90th birthday

Police warning: slow down outside school

Police are out and about with their speed cameras in Bourne today.

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Listen: top racing driver Jack Harvey in for a chat

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We'll be hearing from Jack Harvey after 10 on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

He'll be telling us about his plans for the next stage of his career.

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Traffic and travel: Heckington breakdown update

BBC Travel

We told you about this earlier but it's still causing problems. 

It's a broken down lorry on the A17 in Heckington. 

The road is still partially-blocked and there's slow traffic eastbound at the B1394 junction.

Teachers: No answers after Serco meeting

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A crunch meeting held in Lincolnshire yesterday over school finance problems revealed "no answers" according to the teachers who attended.

Sally-Anne Caunter, the headteacher of Barkston and Syston Primary School, near Grantham organised the event. More than 30 other headteachers went along.

Serco meeting

But she said afterwards that she feared the "chaos" would continue and added: "If I don't know how much money I've got, I don't know what resources I can buy.

Weather across Lincolnshire: Sunny with rain late this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how your weather's looking for Wednesday - make the most of the lovely sunshine!

weather graphic

Princess Royal comes to town

Skegness Standard

The Skegness Standard's out today - here's how the front page looked shortly before going to press:

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Serco boss: We won't give up the contract

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've just heard from Serco's managing director of citizen services Sean Hanson about what's been described as "chaos" in the county's schools.

I asked him if the company would give up the contract which was signed with Lincolnshire County Council last year. He says it won't.

Sean Hanson Serco

We've heard stories from teachers and school staff about what's happened since Serco took over running education finances last April.

Mr Hanson's apologised for what's happened over the last 12 months - but says nobody's been disciplined and has asked for more time to put things right.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Serco boss: End in sight on payments
  • Warning over stowaways at Humber ports
  • Free parking returns in East Lindsey
  • Lincoln care home worker's Queen's birthday party date

Traffic and travel: Police issue warning over foggy conditions

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Although it's sunny as I look out the window in Lincoln - it seems it's a bit foggy on the Wolds. A warning here from Horncastle Police:

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Traffic and travel: Broken down lorry on A17

BBC Travel

The A17 in Heckington is partially-blocked and there's slow traffic eastbound at the B1394 junction, because of a broken down lorry.