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  1. Live updates have finished on Friday 1 July 2016
  2. Lincolnshire Live returns on Monday 4 July 2016 with news, sport, travel and weather from across Lincolnshire

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By Natasha Turney

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Thanks for joining us today on Lincolnshire Live. 

We'll be back again on Monday from 8am with more of the latest news, travel and sport.  

Comemmorations across Lincolnshire for the Battle of the Somme

Hundreds of people have taken part in commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

More than one million people died or were injured in the conflict during the First world war. Lincoln Castle has been the focal point for commemorations here in Lincolnshire. Early this morning, a ceremony took place; school children blew whistles to mark the exact time that the first soldiers went over the top.

Lincoln Castle Somme commemorations

At lunch time a spitfire from the BBMF flew over the castle in honour of the fallen soldiers.

At 5pm a second ceremony got underway at Lincoln Castle. Many gathered in Castle Square as students from a local school read out some of the names of the Lincolnshire casualties, followed by the Last Post.  

Last Post Lincoln Castle
People gather for The Last Post

At 7pm this evening a commemoration service will take place at the People's Park at the war memorial of the Somme, reflecting in particular the role of the Grimsby Chums battalion who lost 502 lives on the first day of the battle.

Travel: A158 yet to reopen

A few areas of congestion in and around the city on Canwick road and the Holdingham roundabout in Sleaford. 

The only major problems remain on the A158 near Hagworthingham following the earlier bus fire.

Headlines across Lincolnshire this evening:

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • A man has died in a flat fire near Ashby road in Scunthorpe.
  • Part of the main road between Lincoln and the county coast is shut after a fire on board a double decker bus.
  • A Nigerian man has appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to money launder.

Present from Lincolnshire police for 11 year old Harvey

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Earlier we told you how Lincolnshire police have raised nearly £14,000 for 11 year old Harvey Phillips to fund the cost of a new set of titanium blades.

Well this afternoon Harvey and his dad went to Police Headquarters to receive the cheque.

Here's some lovely photos of the occasion.

Harvey and dad receive cheque

Whilst he was there Harvey also got to play with new police canine recruit, Ollie.

Harvey and Ollie

Lifeboat crews free boat in Mablethorpe

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It was a busy morning for the the lifeboats on Lincolnshire's coast.

Crews from Mablethorpe helped free a boat in the early hours of this morning. 

The lone skipper is said to be fine but the RNLI say they were called out twice to provide assistance.

Mablethorpe Lifeboat crews

Spitfire fly past over Lincoln Castle to commemorate The Somme

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Did you catch a glimpse of the Spitfire from the BBMF performing a fly past over Lincoln Castle?

It's part of the many commemorations going on across the county to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

It was one of the bloodiest of the First World War with more than a million casualties over the course of the five month offensive. 

Such a poignant moment as the Spitfire passed above the poppy sculpture.

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Grimsby town centre goes green

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Grimsby town centre will look a little bit greener from today. 

Trees are being planted in big green marble planters in Victoria Street as part of the ongoing regeneration work.

Let us know what you think of the new look through FacebookTwitter or via email.  

Grimsby's new trees

Man dies in Scunthorpe flat fire

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

 A man has died in a flat fire in Scunthorpe.

The incident happened at a property near Ashby road this morning. 

 Humberside Fire and Rescue say they are not treating the blaze as suspicious.

Weekend weather forecast for Lincolnshire:

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Heavy showers expected later on but they'll still be a few sunny spells into this evening. 

Breezy and showery with a little sunshine tomorrow.

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Owain Wyn Evans with the forecast for Froday 1 July

Update: Travel restrictions on A158 over the weekend following bus fire

BBC Travel

It certainly caused a lot of damage to the bus but having inspected the section of road Lincolnshire County Council's highways department says it's too badly damaged to use.

The flames were put out and the bus recovered following the blaze on the double decker this morning on the A158 at between Hagworthingham and Winceby.

Temporary two-way traffic lights will be set up later this afternoon on the two mile stretch which will stay in place until it's resurfaced next week.

Police appeal for information on wanted man Billy Gray

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police says 23 year old William Gray from Sutton on Sea, known as Billy, is wanted on suspicion of outstanding criminal damage and assault offences.

Officers from Spalding CID want to hear from anyone with information about his whereabouts.

William Gray

Headlines this afternoon:

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom: 

  • The man in-charge of Lincoln's largest private employer, Siemens is reassuring his staff across the UK following last week's referendum result.
  • The A158 between Spilsby and Horncastle is closed following a fire on a double decker bus. 
  • A Lincolnshire man who broke his neck just days before he was due to marry says he's determined he'll walk again after moving his foot.

Paralysed firefighter from Boston moves feet for first time

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A few weeks ago we told you about James Thorpe from Boston, who in a freak accident on his stag do, slipped an fell in the sea in Magaluf and broke his neck. James was left paralysed.

Shortly after his fiance Michaela Watson cancelled their wedding to concentrate on his recovery and it seems to have paid off.

Michaela says James has now managed to move his foot for the first time since the accident and has feeling in his legs.

To make things even better, they've set a new date for the wedding.

James Thorpe and his Fiance Michaela

We've got our fingers crossed for a full recovery!  

Lincoln's MP seeks reassurances from Conservative leadership candidates

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now all of the candidates in the Conservative leadership contest have put themselves forward, it's now time for the rest of the party's MPs to choose who to back.

Lincoln's MP Karl McCartney says he's seeking reassurances from candidates that they're committed to Brexit and won't be calling an early General Election. He believes the power is now in their hands.

Lincoln's MP Karl McCartney

My mobile is permanently on charge and buzzing. Suddenly I am transformed from being a part of the audience (I was never one for fluttering my eyes at the Whips) to having Simon Cowell-like status.

MP for LincolnKarl McCartney

Well some of our other MP's who haven't yet compared themselves to Simon Cowell have already declared their support:

Nick Boles, the MP for Stamford and Grantham, is to chair Michael Gove's leadership campaign, having switched his support from Boris Johnson.

Stephen Phillips, who represents Sleaford and North Hykeham, says he's backing Home Secretary Theresa May.

Andrew Percy, the Brigg and Goole MP is putting his support behind Theresa May. The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers says he's backing Andrea Leadsom. 

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has told his constituents that he wants to wait until the Conservative leadership hustings on Monday next week. 

So no clear favourite just yet then!

Workshops for Lincoln 16 start this weekend

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

There's still time for you to be part of a spectacular event in Lincoln this summer.

Lincoln 16 includes a pageant through the city's street and a special production at Lincoln Castle next month will tell the story of the Lincoln's role in the making of the first ever tank.

Workshops start tomorrow at St Mary Le Wigford's church to make some of the costumes which will look something like this.

Lincoln 16 costumes

Feel free to pop along with your children and friends from 09:45 until 12:00.

Flowers adorn the memorial for Boston's Somme commemorations

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Two beautiful rivers of red lead the way to the war memorial in Wide Bargate.

The Royal British Legion held the commemorations this morning with many people gathering to join in remembrance.

Letters from the front line were read out and 100 petals scattered.  

Boston Somme remembrance event
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Update: Recovery underway after bus fire near Horncastle

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Good news is that the fire is out and the double decker now in the process of being recovered. 

The road remains closed between Horncastle and Partney on the A158 following the fire which started on the bus earlier this morning.

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Poppy field for fallen soldiers of The Somme at Lincoln Cathedral

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Hundreds of wooden crosses adorned with poppies have been placed in a Garden of Remembrance outside Lincoln Cathedral to remember those lost in the Battle of the Somme.

A spitfire from the BBMF performed a fly past over Lincoln Castle as commemorations continue to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

Almost twenty-thousand British soldiers died on the first day alone.

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Lincoln Cathedral garden of remembrance

At 5pm this afternoon a ceremony's taking place in the castle involving the Royal British Legion. Students from a local school will be reading out some of the names of the Lincolnshire casualties, followed by The Last Post.

Lincolnshire weather this lunchtime:

BBC Weather

It's looking cloudy with some spells of sunshine. The chance of showers in areas which could turn heavy.

Those showers will die out into the evening to leave clear spells.

Lincolnshire weather

Nigerian man extradited for money laundering in Lincolnshire

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Nigerian national has been extradited to the UK following an investigation by Lincolnshire Police.

Walter Wagbatsoma has been charged with conspiracy to money launder and will appear before Lincoln Magistrates Court today.

It follows a major enquiry into alleged fraud against Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the states of Guernsey Government and other public bodies involving more than £12 million.


Headlines across Lincolnshire:

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the headlines from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Commemorations are taking place across Britain and France to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.  
  • The Chief Executive of Siemens in the UK has moved to reassure staff following last weeks EU Referendum result.
  • A leisure centre in Lincolnshire officially reopens today after a £3.6 million makeover.

Travel: Long delays in Hagworthingham after bus fire closes road

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

With this dramatic image of the double decker bus on fire on the A158 near Hagworthingham you can see why they've had to close the road.

However the closure between Horncastle and Partney is causing severe disruption to drivers in the area with queuing traffic near the Bond Hays Lane junction.

Police are diverting vehicles and are asking people to avoid the area.

Bus on fire in Hagworthingham

Demand drops for Grantham Foodbank

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

For the first five years since the foodbank opened in Grantham, demand for its services grew year on year.

That's until now at least when its coordinators say the demand is starting to level off and this year is remaining stable.


  However, they say donations of food are still very much needed to keep the service running.

Siemans reassures staff, jobs are safe

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Following the Brexit vote last Friday many people who work for European companies were anxious about the future of their jobs, worried the firms may re-locate work out of the UK.

Well for workers at Siemans in Lincoln at least, that isn't the case. 

The Chief Executive of Siemens in the UK has moved to reassure staff that they remain committed to the UK market despite some concerns about future investments.


The company, which employs 1,500 people in Lincoln, wanted the country to remain in the European union.

Bus fire near Hagworthingham closes A158

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Emergency services are at the scene of a double decker bus fire at the Scrafield turnoff at Winceby Top near Hagworthingham.

Lincolnshire police says no one has been injured in the incident.

The section of the A158 is closed and a diversion is in place. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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The UK's first virtual reality centre opens in Lincoln

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter

Have you ever fancied being immersed in a world of virtual reality where you can roam with dinosaurs or swim with fishes? 

Well if so you're in luck as the first ever virtual reality centre in the country has opened in Lincolnshire. 

Tension VR, in Lincoln, is an arcade giving you the chance to try out the cutting edge technology. 

Virtual reality technology

I gave it a go swimming with whales and was pretty impressed.   

Lifechange for 11 year old thanks to Lincolnshire Police

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The police are known to help people out in their time of need, usually when they've been burgled or attacked. So its pretty unusual to hear that the force in Lincolnshire have been raising money for new legs for a little boy.

In fact they've raised just short of £14,000 over the last two years to fund the cost of new set of titanium blades for 11 year old Harvey Phillips.

Harvey was less than a year old when he contracted Meningitis and as a result had to have both his legs amputated below the knee and one arm below the elbow.  

Harvey Phillips

Today Harvey and his Dad will be presented with a cheque for £13,928.21 at Police Headquarters, which will fully fund a new set of the specialist blades.  

Lincolnshire commemorations for the Battle of the Somme:

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are some of the events taking place across the county to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle:

Boston 10:30am:The Royal British Legion is holding a commemoration at the Boston War Memorial in Wide Bargate.

Lincoln 5pm:BBC Radio Lincolnshire, British Legion and Lincoln castle are teaming up for six brief acts of remembrance on the castle walls above the Eastgate. It will include Last Post and reading of all of the names of the Lincolnshire fallen at the Somme.

Grimsby: Evening commemoration service taking place in People's Park at the war memorial of the Somme, reflecting in particular the role of the Grimsby Chums battalion who lost 502 lives on the first day of the battle.

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Leisure centre re-opens with new "Selfie Slide"

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you've been to the leisure centre at North Hykeham recently you'll know there's been a lot of disruption whilst work has been ongoing but the wait is now finally over. 

The re-named ONE NK site near North Kesteven School will be officially opened at midday after a £3.6 million makeover.

As well as a new reception and cafe, it now also features a Magna Carta themed pool and the UK's first "selfie slide".

Selfie Slide
Magna Carta pool

Weather across Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

Starting mainly dry this morning with some showers and a bit of a breeze. 

Showers heading in through the day, some turning heavy and thundery.

Feeling cool.

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Clare Nasir with the forecast on Friday 1 July 2016

Poppies for the fallen on the Battle of the Somme 100th anniversary

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A beautiful, vivid act of commemoration for those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme.

Around 300 school children have re-enacted a 'field of remembrance' as part of the at Lincoln Castle Lincoln   

They featured as part of the special Battle of the Somme Service at Lincoln Castle.

School children with poppies at Lincoln Castle

Lincoln's poppy display also took centre stage in the commemorations with The Last Post being played from above on the castle walls.

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The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme remembered in Lincoln

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Commemorations have been taking place at Lincoln Castle to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

It's thought the battle claimed the lives of more than 1,500 soldiers connected to Lincolnshire.

The commemorations got underway shortly after 7:00 BST and included choirs, dramatised readings and a flypast of a replica WW1 plane.

School children blew whistles to mark the exact time that the first soldiers were sent over the top. 

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire's breakfast programme is broadcasting live from the event. 

Headlines across Lincolnshire

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the headlines from our Lincolnshire Newsroom:

  • Commemoration events are taking place across Lincolnshire to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lifeboat crews from Mablethorpe have helped free a boat in the early hours of this morning.
  • The first ever virtual reality centre in country has opened in Lincolnshire.

Good Morning, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Hello, Natasha here in Lincoln to bring you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county.

As today marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme began in 1916, I’ll be keeping you up to date with the commemoration events taking place across the county.

As always I want to hear what's happening where you are, you can get in touch through FacebookTwitter or via email.