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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

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Our Live coverage today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from us today, but we're back tomorrow morning from 8:00am with all the news, sport, weather and travel that you will need.

Join us then.

Doom and gloom for the flume

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just heard that the Lincoln water flume has been cancelled. The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia who ran the event last year says they haven't sold enough tickets.  

On the plus side it gives us an opportunity to watch the test run again. Looks like great fun.

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Happy horsey ending

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good news from Donington where Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have got Flynn back on terra firma.

14:15 Donington crew rescued Flynn from a ditch and is now happy back with his owner

14:15 Donington crew rescued Flynn from a ditch and is now happy back with his owner

Spring cleaning the cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral staff are busy vacuuming their windowsills - do cathedrals even have skirting boards?

Other brands of vacuum are available.

How to clean the Cathedral... Just like at home with a #HenryHoover!

How to clean the Cathedral... Just like at home with a #HenryHoover!

Sport: Iron signing

BBC Humberside Sport

Scunthorpe United have confirmed the signing of 24-year old Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom on a 3-year deal from 1 July. #sufc #Saddlers

MPs reveal who they support in Conservative leadership race

So far three of our local MPs have confirmed who they are supporting in the forthcoming Conservative leadership election.

Nick Boles MP for Grantham and Stamford is chairing Michael Gove's bid after originally backing Boris Johnson.

The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers says he's backing Andrea Leadsom. 

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy is putting his support behind Theresa May.

Headlines across Lincolnshire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The latest headlines from our Lincoln newsroom,

  • Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles to chair Michael Gove's leadership bid
  • Vandals spray graffiti on a 13th century church in Lincolnshire
  • There are currently over 170 teacher vacancies in Lincolnshire

Lincoln bypass shortlist announced

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Four contractors have been shortlisted to bid for the contract to build Lincoln's long-awaited eastern bypass.

Hochtief UK and Carillion Construction are on the list the other two are both joint ventures, John Sisk and Lagan, and John Graham and Graham Farrans.

The contract, worth £96 million, will be to build the road between the A158 Wragby road and the A15 at Bracebridge Heath.

Graffiti at St Botolph's Skidbrooke

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after graffiti at St Botolph's Church in Skidbrooke.

The 13th century redundant church is a Grade 1 listed building. 

Its isolated location has meant that the building has suffered from criminal damage and graffiti in the past and this most recent incident is thought to have occurred recently.

Graffiti inside former church
Lincolnshire Police

We should be very proud that we have such a gem in our area and it is extremely sad that someone would deface it in this manner. "

PCSO Billy SpenceMablethorpe Neighbourhood Policing Team

Lincoln Theatre Royal: Former director apologises

The man in charge of the company that ran Lincoln Theatre Royal has apologised after he was locked out for not paying rent.

Ian Marston, director of Moonstone Entertainments Ltd, told the BBC he had since wound up the business.

The new owners of the theatre building say they are actively seeking a new company to run the venue.

Almost £500,000 was owed to performers, investors and contractors. 

Theatre Royal Lincoln

York City midfielder Berrett heads for Grimsby Town

BBC Sport

York City midfielder James Berrett has joined League Two side Grimsby Town.

The 27-year-old signed for the Minstermen last summer and made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals. 

A statement on York City's website says: "The club would like to thank James for his efforts during his solitary campaign at Bootham Crescent and wish him well for the future."

Weather watchers: Phenomenal skies across Lincolnshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Now we've had a lot of rain this week, especially last night, but take a look at these and you might think it was all worth it.

First over to Boston where user Jess captured this:


Woodhall Spa next, where Sprakess took this:


Finally Nettleham for some fiery skies captured by Daviation:


Police dog diaries in Lincolnshire

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We told you earlier in the week about Lincolnshire police's newest recruit.

This is 11-week-old German Shepherd Olly:

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I'm going to be popping in to see him as he gets older and progresses with his training. 

He's a cute little fluffball now but I expect he may look a bit different next time we meet.

Watch this space.

Yarborough demolition nearly complete

Jen Bateman

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Bulldozers will start to demolish the last two properties on what was Grimsby's Yarborough estate today.

The semi-detached houses have stood empty since 2007 but couldn't be demolished because of bats. 

Now developers can complete the final phases of regeneration on the estate.  

Houses on the Yarborough estate

Vandals damage Grimsby's new leisure centre

BBC Radio Humberside

The £8m centre on Cromwell Road only opened this year but it's had doors and a window smashed overnight.

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It was a controversial move to this site because North East Lincolnshire council closed down the popular Scartho Baths facility which is now being demolished.

Sport: Commentary deal for the National League

Michael Hortin

Assistant Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The BBC has signed a new commentary deal to bring you coverage of Lincoln City, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity. 

The new agreement between between BBC local radio and the National League will last until 2020.

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Teacher vacancies across Lincolnshire: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You've been having your say on the recruitment issues in our county:

I'd love to teach but after spending a day in a classroom when serving as a school governor I'm not so sure."

David James WardFacebook

The ones we have are overworked, put upon by government fixing the results to make the latest initiative look successful and demonised by parents who think they get too much time off."

Benjamin MoorcroftFacebook

It's stressful, underpaid, you do lots of work in your own time... I love teaching but it is the students that keep you going."

Samantha LitchfieldFacebook

Four companies chosen to bid on Lincoln's Eastern bypass

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The bypass is a big job and like any big job councils have to narrow down the companies who want to do it before they can start bidding.

Four companies will be duking it out for the £96m contract expected to last two years. 

  • Hochtief UK 
  • Carillion Construction    
  • John Sisk and Lagan 
  • John Graham and Graham Farrans

The 7.5km bypass will link the A158 Wragby Road roundabout to the A15 at Bracebridge Heath.     

Nick Boles confirms Gove campaign position

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Tthe Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles' office has confirmed that he will be chairing Michael  Gove's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party.

Nick Boles MP

Lincolnshire prepares to mark the Battle of the Somme anniversary

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Final preparations are being made as Lincolnshire gets set to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

Hundreds of men from our county were among the nearly 20,000 British personnel killed on the first day.

From tomorrow and for six consecutive evenings, names of those who died from Lincolnshire will be read out at Lincoln Castle by students from the Priory Academy LSST.

The somme

Traffic and travel: Delays return at Thurlby

BBC Travel

Everything seems to be moving very quickly this week. Everything except the traffic on the A15 at Thurlby that is.

Roadworks near the Kates Bridge junction are giving us all a chance to slow down and smell the roses. 

Or perhaps bang our heads against the steering wheel if you need to get somewhere in a hurry. 

Police look for these people after Boston theft

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police are looking for these two people after a purse was stolen from a woman's shopping bag last month in Boston Market Place. 

Lincolnshire police
Lincolnshire police

Her credit card was used later that afternoon on the 13 May to by a £225 watch at a jewellers in Wide Bargate.

Watch: Flume and gloom in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Thrill seekers may be left disappointed in Lincoln. 

The organisers of a water flume down Steep Hill say not enough tickets have been sold. 

The event organised by the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia raises money for local charities, so come on everyone dig deep!

This is what you'll be missing out on, this is the trial run held a few months ago:

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Headlines across Lincolnshire

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom this morning:

  • Grantham and Stamford MP to chair Gove leadership bid
  • Lincolnshire school struggling to recruit teachers
  • Search for new leaseholder for Lincoln Theatre Royal

BreakingBoles will now back Gove bid

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A few days ago the Grantham and Stamford MP told us that he'd be backing Boris Johnson for the top job but after today's announcement it seems a week is indeed a long time in politics:

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To be fair to Mr Boles he had said in an interview with a national paper that he would prefer Mr Gove as leader but at the time that wasn't on the cards

He'll now be chairing Michael Gove's bid.

Watch: Curtains for previous theatre owners

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The man in charge of the company that ran Lincoln Theatre Royal has apologised after he was locked out for not paying rent. 

Ian Marston, director of Moonstone Entertainments Ltd told the BBC he had since wound up the business.

The new owners are actively seeking a new company to run the venue.

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End of Grimsby's Yarborough estate

BBC Radio Humberside

The last two homes on what used to be Grimsby's Yarborough estate are being bulldozed today.

They've been empty for years and are the last to go since the multimillion-pound regeneration project began almost a decade ago.

Yarborough estate

The MP for Great Grimsby is certainly happy about it:

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Boston and Skegness MP canvasses opinion about next potential leader

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It seems all people can talk about this day is who's going to be the leader of what party, while Labour is somewhat up in the air the race looks set to begin in earnest for the Tories.

Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb are known to be gunning for the top job so far and Conservative MP Matt Warman wants to know his area's party members' opinion of them.

Matt Warman
Matt Warman

Vacancies increase as schools struggle to recruit teachers

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Teacher vacancies in Lincolnshire have increased by 24% with particular gaps in Science, English and Maths.

It's thought there are now at least 174 vacancies in schools across the county. 

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Weather this morning with Abbie Dewhurst

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

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Headlines across Lincolnshire this morning

Lizzie Musham

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Lincolnshire headteacher says the county is close to a recruitment crisis
  • Lincoln Labour Party backs Jeremy Corbyn 
  • A new company's been set up to run Lincoln Theatre Royal
  • Over 100 new jobs may be created in Bardney

Traffic and travel: Accident in Scunthorpe

BBC Travel

The A18 Queensway is closed both ways after an accident between the B1501 Grange Lane South and the A159 Ashby Road.

Avoid if possible.

Traffic and travel: Failed traffic lights in Grimsby

BBC Travel

There's disruption on the A1136 Dudley street after problems with the lights at Bargate junction.

Approach the area with care as it's causing some uncertainty for drivers.

Good morning, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello, we're up to Thursday now and the weekend is in sight.

Alex in Lincoln here, ready to take you through all the news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

Let's crack on shall we?