Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Monday 23 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Slack

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our Live coverage across the day

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.

Coming up on Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • G4S says staff 'not under pressure' after HQ call centre staff suspended over call rigging claims
  • Residents call for weight limit in town where row of cars was hit by HGV
  • Red Arrows in preparation for Cleethorpes air show for Armed Forces Day next month

Stricken Typhoon towed off runway

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the latest pictures from RAF Coningsby after that Typhoon burst a tyre. Looks like it won't be long before it's back in the skies.

View more on twitter

Watch: Lots of dry weather to come

Here are the latest details for tonight and tomorrow:

The full forecast with Paul Hudson

G4S 999 call rigging allegations: 'Staff not under pressure'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just heard from the managing director of G4S Public Services, John Shaw, who's in charge of call centre staff for Lincolnshire Police.

The company's in the spotlight this afternoon after it emerged five of its staff have been suspended over claims they made false calls to improve their performance statistics.

John Shaw
BBC

But Mr Shaw says the staff were not following instructions from further up the chain.

The company face financial penalties if it doesn't answer 92% of all 999 calls within 10 seconds.

Pub drops bid to open until 05:00

BBC Radio Humberside

The owner of a Cleethorpes pub has withdrawn his application to open it for longer. 

The owners of the Swashbuckle pub wanted to extend their opening hours until 05:00 but Humberside police opposed it because they said there had been problems with crime and disorder. 

At a licencing meeting this afternoon the owner decided not to proceed with the application.

Swashbuckle
Google

Bin blaze sparks arson investigation

BBC Radio Humberside

An investigation has begun after a suspected arson attack at an empty property in Grimsby – which also saw a nearby car being severely damaged.

Officers were called by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service at around 03.50 today who had extinguished the blaze at Cawthorpe Mews, Dudley Street.

It is believed the fire was started in a bin full of waste, which was found close to the property. The fire had spread to the ground floor window and a blue Ford Focus which was parked in the area.

Listen: Imps manager Cowley on players in and players out

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Danny Cowley talks about who's in and who's out at Sincil Bank

Football: Who's out at Sincil Bank

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

New Imps manager Danny Cowley (pictured) has published the list of players he's keeping and who's being released.

Midfielder Greg Tempest has not been offered a new contract. 

Nat Brown, Tony Diagne, Aidan Grant, Liam Hearn, Conner Robinson and Matt Sparrow are all also on the way out.

Danny Cowley
BBC

Whether Tempest and Robinson will take up the option of returning for pre-season training in the hope of a new deal remains to be seen, they might wish to guarantee themselves a new deal at another club. 

Cars damaged in lorry crash

An investigation has been launched after a lorry hit a row of cars in Thornton Street, in Barrow on Humber.

The incident happened on Friday night - this is the aftermath:

Crash pix
BBC

North Lincolnshire Council which was called to the scene along with police says "appropriate action has been taken to deal with the lorry driver."

Police say there's no weight limit on the road and it is a designated route for HGVs.

Typhoon tyre drama: Under control says MoD

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've heard from the Ministry of Defence now on the Typhoon fighter blow-out on the runway at RAF Coningsby.

A spokesman said: "The RAF can confirm an incident involving an RAF Coningsby Typhoon led to an aborted a take-off. 

"The aircraft was undamaged apart from a burst tyre and no-one was injured."

Shredded tyre
Matt Smart

The MoD says the aircraft is being removed from the runway, and other Coningsby aircraft have diverted to local bases while the aircraft is recovered.

Looks like the crews on the ground have got it covered.

Officers investigate faked 999 call claims

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More now on the claims G4S staff within the force control room have been making false 999 calls at the Lincolnshire Police HQ to improve response times.

The force says there's been no criminal conduct but says the five staff who have been suspended will be dealt with through "staff disciplinary procedures".

G4S Staff
BBC

A spokesman said: "In January 2016 Lincolnshire Police began an investigation following an allegation that staff within the Force Control Room were calling 999 at quiet times to ensure calls were picked up quickly to improve perceived performance.

"We immediately informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission of the allegations and they have been kept fully-informed of our investigation which has been under their supervision."

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Five G4S staff suspended from Lincolnshire Police control room over allegations of 999 call rigging
  • Residents left in shock after lorry careers out of control damaging cars
  • RAF station on alert after state-of-the-art jet fighter loses tyre on runway

BreakingPolice call centre staff over 999 response time allegations

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Police says it's suspended five of its 999 call centre staff this afternoon.

The force says it's part of an investigation into the way emergency calls were answered at its HQ near Lincoln.

Staff were allegedly calling 999 themselves at quiet times and answering quickly to ensure targets were met. 

The call centre's run by private firm G4S.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A180 breakdown

BBC Travel

One lane's closed on the A180 eastbound in Grimsby between the A1136 junction and Lockhill Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.  

I just want justice: Man goes public with historic abuse claims

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A 49-year-old man who's waived his right to anonymity over claims of historic child sex abuse has been told by police "lessons will be learned".

David says he was systemically abused by Lincolnshire landowner Gordon Dawson, who lived in Dalby House, Spilsby, from the age of 15.

David
BBC

Dawson died in 2007 - he was found with a gun by his side just hours after being contacted by Lincolnshire Police about the allegations.

Lincolnshire Police says it's revisited the case and is satisfied there's no misconduct, but the county's new police commissioner Marc Jones says "lessons must be learned".

Watch: Lincolnshire bulbs in bloom at Chelsea

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Even top fighter jets pop a tyre now and then

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Looks like RAF Coningsby's at a standstill this lunchtime - after a Typhoon fighter jet lost a tyre on the runway. 

More details as we get them from the Ministry of Defence:

View more on twitter

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Flood defence project worth £800,000 underway in Lincoln city centre
  • Police launch new phase of Operation Impact against drug crime in Scunthorpe
  • 'Wave' poppies exhibition to officially open at Lincoln Castle on Thursday, council reveals

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A1 queues

BBC Travel

The A1's partially blocked, with one lane closed and there's heavy traffic northbound at the Rutland Water turn off, because of an accident.  

Watch: Wave of poppies in full flow

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just heard officially that the artwork made of ceramic poppies at Lincoln Castle will open on Thursday. 

The poppies first appeared at the Tower of London for World War One commemorations. 

My colleague Jessica Lane's been watching the installation this morning.

View more on twitter

Operation Impact: Arrests made

BBC Radio Humberside

Police are carrying out the next stage in Operation Impact in North Lincolnshire today - concentrating on Scunthorpe.

They've already made several arrests:

View more on twitter

Officers say a similar week of action in Grimsby last week led them to a haul of drugs worth £70,000.  

Road ruts lead to misery for couple

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's bad enough when you hit a pothole in your car - but how would you feel if vehicles dropping down a rut in the road were shaking your house to its very foundations? 

Well, a Lincolnshire couple claim vibrations caused by the road surface outside their house is making their lives a misery - and rattling the tiles off the roof.

Pothole house
BBC

Matthew Johnson (pictured outside his house) and Gemma King live on Roman Bank in Skegness and want the council to resurface the road. 

The authority say they'll do the work within the next financial year and they'll inspect it until then.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A151 still closed

BBC Travel

The A151 Bourne Road is still closed and there's heavy traffic in both directions between the Six House Bank junction in West Pinchbeck and the Twenty Drove junction in Twenty, because of an accident involving three vehicles and recovery work. Police are directing traffic. 

Map
Google

Operation Impact: Spotlight on Scunthorpe

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Last week police launched Operation Impact in Grimsby - it's a crack down on drug-related and organised crime.

Looks like the emphasis has now moved to Scunthorpe.

View more on twitter

Dangerous wild animals: Where they live in Lincolnshire

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A new list's been published this morning revealing parts of the county are home to some weird and wonderful wildlife.

Some districts, like Lincoln and North East Lincolnshire haven't issued any so-called dangerous wild animal licences.

caiman
BBC

But others have issued paperwork for a wide-variety of creatures, with, among others,  a zebra in Boston, a tiger and three zebras in East Lindsey and five Asian leopard cats in South Kesteven.

But it's the list for North Kesteven that might give you the shivers: In and around Sleaford there are three caiman (generic picture above), one dwarf crocodile, three ring-tailed lemurs, up to 75 cobras, vipers, cloubridae, gila monsters or beaded lizards, and up to 50 widow spiders, scorpions or recluse spiders.

Watch: Warm day but with showers to come

Here's the latest details for today:

The weather with Alina Jenkins on Monday 23 May 2016

Flood prevention work starts to protect city neighbourhood

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Work to reduce flooding in one part of Lincoln is starting today. 

The £800,000 scheme will see various organisation's collaborate to help protect those in Stamp End. 

Stamp End Lincoln
Google

In 2007, 200 residents of high-rise Shuttleworth House had to be moved out of their homes to escape floods following heavy rainfall. 

Improvements including a new pump station, sewers and the installation of flood barriers should be finished by September.  

Cigarette causes fire in the dunes

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner says 'lessons must be learned' after man goes public with historic child abuse claims 
  • Two crashes on Lincolnshire's roads - police say avoid A151 at Pinchbeck after three vehicles collide
  • Decision due today after Cleethorpes pub applies to open until 05.00

Matt's portrait of a May morning

BBC Weather Watchers

Matt Smart's sent this in via BBC Weather Watchers - looks almost like a painting of the beautiful Fenland countryside at Fleet - near Spalding:

View more on twitter

Watch: Red Arrows on way home to Lincolnshire

Here's a fantastic video tweeted by the Red Arrows Junior Engineering Officer Marcus Ramsden as the aerobatic team flew back into the county yesterday:

View more on twitter

Resort pub's licence extension opposed by police

A decision will be made today on whether to allow a Cleethorpes pub to open for longer despite opposition by the police. 

The owners of the Swashbuckle pub on Grant Street want to extend their opening hours until 05:00. 

Swashbuckle Pub
Google

Humberside police are opposing it because they say there have been problems with crime and disorder.

North East Lincolnshire licencing officers will decide on the application later.  

Castle poppies: Installation work progressing

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's how it's looking at Lincoln Castle this morning - still a bit of work to do to get the flowers in place.

They officially go on display later in the month. But you can just wander through the castle grounds at lunchtime if you want to have a nosey.

View more on twitter

Phone box cash machine blown up in failed robbery

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This is what a cash machine looks like when it's been at the centre of an explosion.

The machine, which was installed inside an old telephone box in Woodhall Spa was been left in pieces after thieves had a go at it.

Phone box blast
BBC

Police say they didn't manage to take any money. But that didn't stop the blast waking people nearby who said they were woken by "a large explosion" at around 04:00 on Saturday.  

A52 accident: Police advice to drivers

BreakingA151 crash: Police say area should be avoided

This morning's headlines across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning: 

Weather watchers: How it's looking this morning