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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 12 May 2016

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By Martin Slack

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.

Emergency targets missed by hospitals

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hospital trusts across Lincolnshire have failed to meet national targets on accident and emergency waiting times for March. 

doctors and nurses
BBC

Guidelines say 95% of patients should be seen and dealt with within four hours.

In Lincolnshire's hospitals it was 80% - down slightly on the previous month. 

While the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Trust was up one point to 90%.

Watch: Coming up on Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's what on the Look North programme tonight from 18.30 on BBC One:

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Weather across Lincolnshire: A mostly sunny end to the day, cooler tomorrow

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain with the latest weather details:

Lincoln MP hands election expense details to police

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln's MP says he's handed over details of his election expenses to police. 

Karl McCartney issued a statement after Lincolnshire Police said it was carrying out "general inquiries".

Karl McCartney
BBC

It follows national media reports regarding the Conservative party's national bus tour which visited Lincoln last year.

Lincolnshrie Police says they are carrying out general inquiries - county MPs Matt Warman, Sir Edward leigh, Stephen Phillips and Nick Boles have all told us they've not been contacted by the police.

Murderer inflicted 80 injuries on victim

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More now from Lincoln Crown Court where Audrius Zauka, pictured, has been convicted of murdering Sigitas Kirkickas in Boston last October.

The jury heard Mr Kirkickas, a car wash worker, was punched, kicked and stamped on moments after arriving at Zauka's home.

Audrius Zauka
Lincolnshire Police

The victim suffered more than 80 injuries and died from head and chest injuries.

Zauka, whose wife died two days before the murder, told police two other people were responsible for assaulting Mr Kirkickas - but he chose not to give evidence during his trial. 

He'll be sentenced tomorrow.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Field worker found guilty of murdering Sigitas Kirkickas in Boston last October
  • Lincoln MP Karl McCartney confirms he's handed details of his General Election expenses to police
  • Lincolnshire hospitals fail to hit target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours

BreakingField worker facing life in prison after being found guilty of murder

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A Lincolnshire field worker faces life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering a man in his Boston home.

Audrius Zauka, 41, had denied beating to death fellow Lithuanian Sigitas Kirkickas, 53, at his house in Ingelow Avenue on 23 October last year.

But a jury at Lincoln Crown Court this afternoon found Zauka guilty of murder by an 11-1 majority verdict after deliberating for four hours. 

He will be sentenced tomorrow by Judge Michael Heath.     

Grantham A&E 'downgrade': Your Views

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hospital bosses in Lincolnshire have revealed plans to make Grantham's accident and emergency department an "urgent care centre".

You've been reacting to this on our Facebook page:

Grantham Hospital
BBC

There is planning for 1800 houses at Barrowby Edge - how many additional residents is that? Good schools and healthcare are essential."

Fliss McPeakeFacebook

That is not right. We need more than two A&E units in this part of the county. They keep building all these new houses especially in Sleaford but cutting back on hospitals, crazy."

Helen PaskFacebook

We have had this set up in Skegness for decades. Ambulance service have strong protocols in place to deal with serious cases."

Steve O'DareFacebook

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Debris in road

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A180 between the A1136 junction and Stallingborough Interchange because of debris in the road.  

Rail ruling could benefit Lincoln

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's hoped a deal with a rail company will mean improved services between Lincoln and London.

FirstGroup has been given the go-ahead to compete with Virgin Trains on the East Coast Main Line. 

The 10-year deal will allow it to operate five trains a day between London and Edinburgh. 

Police begin inquiries into Conservative Party election expenses

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police says it's carrying out "general inquiries" into expenses incurred in the run-up to last year's General Election. 

The force said it's had contact from the public in relation to election spending, but said a formal investigation hasn't been launched. 

Ballot box
BBC

We've contacted all our MPs to see if they've been approached  as part of the inquiry.

It comes as The Electoral Commission applies to the High Court for disclosure from the Conservative Party over election spending.

Traffic and travel: Gainsborough crash

BBC Travel

There's been a crash on Thorndike Way in Gainsborough - more details as we get them:

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Understudy to take over as Sheridan 'takes a break'

Understudy Natasha J Barnes will take over from Epworth-born actress Sheridan Smith as she takes a break from her West End show, producers say.

Smith, 34, (pictured) will be taking between two and four weeks of leave from the West End production at the Savoy Theatre.

Sheridan Smith
Marc Brenner

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Lincolnshire Police begins inquiries into Conservative Party General Election expenses
  • Hospitals across the county miss targets for treating A&E patients within four hours
  • Football: Lincoln United manager resigns

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Rail delays

BBC Travel

There are delays on the East Coast main line through Lincolnshire this afternoon - it's affecting all services through Grantham, including this one from Virgin Trains East Coast:

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BreakingFootball: Whites boss resigns

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

My colleague Rob Makepeace is tweeting that the Lincoln United manager is resigning. 

Dave Frecklington took the club to the play-offs this year. 

No indication yet as to what he's planning to do next.

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New mayor for Lincoln honoured by appointment

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln’s incoming Mayor says it will be an honour to represent the city when she is sworn in as the 810th holder of the historic role next week.

Councillor Yvonne Bodger will be sworn in at a ceremony taking place at Lincoln’s Guildhall on Tuesday 17 May. 

She succeeds Cllr Andrew Kerry, who has been the mayor since May 2015.

Yvonne Bodger
Lincoln City Council

Many esteemed people have held the post before me and it is a privilege to become part of Lincoln's history.

Councillor Yvonne Bodger

Traffic and travel: A1 delays

BBC Travel

If you're heading to the A1 this afternoon be aware there's slow traffic and one lane's closed on A1 northbound between the Coddington turn off and the Newark Showground, because of a broken down vehicle.  

Pyjama boy: Schools being contacted

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Humberside Police says its contacting schools in Grimsby as part of its hunt for a boy who was seen wandering the streets of Grimsby in his pyjamas.

Officers say they had two separate reports about the boy in the Margaret Street area of the town at around 1am today.

But the force says it's had no reports of missing children, so is checking with schools on unexplained absences.

Margaret Street
Google

Threat to Grantham A&E 'a disgrace' councillor tells NHS chief

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've been talking about the future of hospitals across Lincolnshire today - managers saying they need to reshape services to save money.

But one idea - to downgrade Grantham's A&E department - hasn't gone down well in the town.

Grantham A&E
BBC

Councillor Ray Wootten, who represents the town on Lincolnshire County Council was on the breakfast show this morning.

He was deabting the issue with medical director of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Suneil Kapadia and said the idea wasn't acceptable. You can hear the exchange here.

London trains plan hits the buffers

BBC Radio Humberside

Plans for a direct rail service to London from Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Cleethorpes have been rejected.

The rail regulator the Office for Rail & Road turned down the proposal which would have seen a four times a day service to the capital and back. 

The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has campaigned for a direct service for years..he says it's a blow for the region.

He says direct services are "absolutely vital" to the economic future of north Lincolnshire.

Sheridan to take time off from West End show

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Sheridan Smith, is to take up to four weeks leave of absence from the hit West End production of Funny Girl. 

The actress from North Lincolnshire missed three performances this week - and the producers say she's suffering from stress and exhaustion. 

Sheridan Smith
Marc Brenner

England's Big Picture: Humber Bridge at twilight

BBC News England

Thanks to David Neve for sending in this picture of the bridge from Barton Upon Humber - it's been picked as part of our England's Big Picture gallery for this week and on our Local Live page.

Humber Bridge
David Neve

Teenager jailed for knife-point robbery of vulnerable man

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A robber who forced a vulnerable man to hand over cash after pretending to be his friend has been sent to prison for six years.

Luke Graham, 19, of Chiltern Crescent, Scunthorpe, was found guilty of robbery at Grimsby Crown Court.

Luke Graham
Humberside Police

Luke’s victim is a young man who had only recently begun independent living and this incident could have set him back indefinitely."

DC Mark DaveyScunthorpe Police

Watch: Press-up record attempt man gives us a demo

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've been talking to Simon Kent - he's trying to break two world records tonight in Lincoln. 

He's hoping to do the most explosive press-ups in one minute and the most knuckle press-ups in one minute. 

It's all in aid of the cancer unit at Lincoln County Hospital. Good luck Simon.

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Scunthorpe on shame list for pollution

BBC Radio Humberside

Scunthorpe has been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for breaching safety levels for air pollution. 

The North Lincolnshire town is among 11 across the UK and Ireland on a list failing to meet standards.

Measuring air pollution
BBC
Measuring air pollution

The WHO says as air quality declines the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic and acute respiratory diseases including asthma increases.

BreakingWhale watch: Carcass removed

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A minke whale which washed up at Mablethorpe at the weekend has now been removed.

Council officials say it was taken away this morning to a landfill site in the north east.

City council calls meeting over planned fire cuts

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Planned cuts to Lincolnshire's Fire Service will be discussed at a meeting later today. 

It's been called by the City of Lincoln Council who have concerns about the impact any cut could have. 

Fire protest
BBC

Lincolnshire County Council's thinking about downgrading the city's south fire station in the hope of saving £130m by 2019.  

There have been a number of protests about the plans around the county.

Watch: A dry and sunny day to come

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain with the latest details on the weather:

Headlines across Lincolnshire: Scunthorpe air quality under scrutiny

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  • Scunthorpe named and shamed in World Health Organisation air quality study
  • New police and crime commissioners for Lincolnshire and Humberside start work today
  • City of Lincoln Council to hold meeting tonight over fire station downgrade threat

Police continue search for Grimsby pyjama boy

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police in Grimsby say they're still looking for a boy who was seen walking alone in the streets of Grimsby in the early hours of this morning.

He was seen walking along Margaret Street towards Hainton Avenue at 01:00  

If you know who is was or where he is - call the police on 101.

Grimsby street
Google

Shops asked to allow visitors to spend a penny to save council cash

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Shops in Boston are being asked if they'd let members of the public use their toilets. 

It's part of a cost cutting proposal being considered by Boston Borough Council. 

Public toilets
Thinkstock

It could save around £150,000 a year in spending on public toilets. 

But it's been given the bum's rush by many traders in Boston who say the council should provide toilets for visitors.

Crime commissioners all set to start new jobs

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The men elected to run police forces in Lincolnshire and Humberside are just getting their feet under the desk now.

It's their first official day in the job and they're already vowing to make a difference.

Marc Jones, Keith Hunter
BBC

Marc Jones, the Lincolnshire Police commissioner, above left, says his first priority will be getting more funding from the government. 

Humberside's Keith Hunter, above right, says he wants to see rapid improvements in the way his force is run by senior officers.

Feathered friends enjoy the flowers

Here's a lovely snap taken at Gunby Hall, near Skegness:

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Arsonists set fire to boat in domestic garage

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Arsonists have set fire to a boat that was stored in the garage of a house in Lincolnshire.

The boat was targeted between 17.30 and 23.40 last night on South Road, North Somercotes. 

A 20ft cabin cruiser, which was mounted on a twin axle boat trailer, was set alight inside the garage of the property.

PC Darren Christie is asking for anyone with information to contact police.

Beached whale carcass to be moved before weekend

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's hoped the body of a whale that washed up on a Lincolnshire beach will be moved in the next 24 hours. 

Whale
BBC

The four-metre long Minke whale was discovered in Mablethorpe on Sunday morning and has been covered with sand to stop it drifting out to sea. 

East Lindsey District Council says the remains will go to landfill.  

Headlines this morning across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Police launch major search after reports of child walking streets of Grimsby in the early hours
  • Concerns raised over plans to downgrade Grantham's accident and emergency department
  • Council still waiting for permits to move whale washed up on Lincolnshire coast at weekend

Pyjama child seen wandering street in early hours

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police in Grimsby are looking for a boy who was reported walking alone in the early hours of this morning. 

Officers were told a child, thought to be around seven years old walking in his red and blue pyjamas and slippers along Margaret Street towards Hainton Avenue at 01:00. 

He was carrying a Spiderman backpack and has dark hair. 

Weather across Lincolnshire: Sunny and warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's how it's looking for Thursday - a decent day to come:

weather graphic
BBC