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  1. Live updates have finished on Tuesday 26 July 2016

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By Carla George

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Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Local Live has finished for today. We're back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news from around the area.

In the meantime here's five things we've learnt today

WATCH: Here's Peter with tonight's headlines

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Dramatic sky over Bourne

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thanks BBC weather watchers for the brilliant pictures today.

Here's one of my favourites 

Thundery sky over Bourne

Could your local betting shop be sold?

The answer is maybe.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Gala Coral must sell about 350-400 shops in order for their £2.3bn merger to be cleared, the competition regulator has said.

The Competition and Markets Authority identified 642 local areas where it said the merger would hit competition.

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral are the UK's second and third largest retail bookmakers, behind William Hill.


Ladbrokes has about 2,150 outlets in Britain and 77 in Northern Ireland. Coral runs 1,850 shops in Britain.

A merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral would make it the UK's largest bookmaker. 

Lincolnshire's PCC gives backing to plans to combine emergency services

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has today given his backing for emergency services in Lincolnshire to work more closely together. 

blue light poster
Lincolnshire police

Marc Jones says he supports plans which include a joint Police and Fire headquarters at South Park in Lincoln and a combined control centre at Nettleham.  

BHS stores in Lincoln to close next month

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Closure dates have been confirmed for Lincoln's two BHS branches, which employ around 100 people.

BHS Lincoln High Street

A spokesman for the firm says the St Marks retail park shop will close on Wednesday 3 August, with the High Street shop shutting on Saturday 6 August. 

Here are the latest headlines in Lincolnshire this afternoon

Paul Russell

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's the top stories from the newsroom:

  • For the first time ever - Lincolnshire's Red Arrows will perform in China.
  • A leading Labour politician in Lincolnshire says he 'thinks' he will continue to support Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.
  • Grimsby Town says efforts to work with police to control disorder at last weekend's game "failed miserably".  

Former Red Arrows pilot says Asia tour will be 'extremely significant'

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A former Red Arrows pilot has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire today's announcement that the team will display in Asia is 'extremely significant'.

Justin Hughes says the Reds have never been as far afield as China and the commercial impact of the visit could be huge.

Lincolnshire's red arrows

He said: "The end goal will be China but going that far will generate opportunities to visit other countries where the UK has significant interest to promote the British brand."

Today's announcement was made by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

More Lincolnshire athletes selected for Rio

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincolnshire will have six athletes at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

It's after two more athletes were called up to be part of Paralympics GB today. 

Kieran Tscherniawsky

Sleaford's Kieran Tscherniawsky (pictured) will compete in the F33 shot put and Grantham's Sam Ruddock will be in the F31 shot put.  

Blundell Park

Grimsby Town says efforts to work with police in controlling disorder after a match that left two police officers injured "failed miserably".

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Tip closure has led to increase in fly tipping say residents

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Residents living near Whisby tip have blamed its closure for an increase in fly-tipping in the area. 

The facility was closed down by Lincolnshire County Council in March in a bid to help save the authority £275,000.

But locals say recent fly tipping proves the tip should still be open.

Figures show there were 80 incidents of fly tipping in May last year compared to 87 this year.

Fly tipping near Whisby tip

WATCH: Here's the latest forecast

BBC Weather

Unsettled weather to come with rain expected this evening.

Highs of 22 degrees.

Overnight clouds will thicken with patchy rain turning heavy towards dawn.

Here's Paul Hudson with the full afternoon forecast.

Magna Carta yet to return to Lincoln Castle

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Visitors to Lincoln Castle are still unable to get a glimpse of the Magna Carta as work continues to fix humidity problems in its vault.

The historic document had to be moved earlier this month because of rising humidity levels caused by a small leak.

Magna Carta

Ron Frayne, collections manager for Lincolnshire County Council, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire work was almost complete.

He added: "I'd like to thank all our visitors for their continued patience. Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest are precious not only to us, but to the very heritage of our country which is why we took the precautionary measure of moving them to an alternative controlled environment."

Man jailed after stealing neighbour's jewellery

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire man has been jailed after stealing jewellery from his neighbour in Skegness.

Lincoln Court heard how Anthony Robertson stole jewellery and other sentimental items that had belonged to the victim's deceased mother.

Prosecuting, Phil Howes, said the 25-year-old was known to the victim and had previously raided her property in 2008.

police badge

He told how the victim had been left 'devastated' by the latest burglary and was scared to be at home on her own.

Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him "You deliberately targeted these premises.

"Your next door neighbour bar one had been kind to you some years previously when you were at a low point in your life. 

You knew your neighbours and they knew you. They had previously tried to help you. I don't know if you appreciate the sheer misery you have caused by your criminal activities."

He was jailed for 16 months.

Here are the latest headlines from Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's the top stories from the newsroom:

  • 200 children at 5 schools in Lincoln have been given food vouchers for free meals during the holidays.
  • The main entrance to Lincoln County Hospital was closed last night following reports of a person with a firearm.
  • A leading Labour politician in Lincolnshire says he 'thinks' he will continue to support Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

Chief constable of Lincolnshire police has his say on Twyford ravers

The man in charge of Lincolnshire police has taken to social media to express his thoughts on the sentences handed out to the Twyford ravers.

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Appeal after pub car park assault

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious head injuries in an assault in a pub car park.

It's believed the 32-year-old man was involved in a fight with a number of people at Queensway public house on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe at around 12.30am on Sunday 24 July.

The Qeensway

The victim was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where he remains in a stable condition.

Officers are keen to locate anyone who witnessed the incident and have released CCTV stills of three people who were walking by at the time of the altercation.

Traffic and travel: There's a bit of congestion across the county this lunchtime

BBC Travel

Watch out for some of the hot spots this lunch time....

Traffic map

Police called after man 'claimed' to have gun at Lincoln hospital

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire police have confirmed they were called to deal with a man pretending to have a firearm on him at Lincoln County Hospital.

Officers were called to the Peter Hodgkinson Centre at around 7.30pm last night after a 26-year-old man was refused access claiming to have a firearm.

Peter Hodgkinson centre

The man wasn't armed but arrested and held overnight. 

Hospital staff say they closed the main entrance doors as a matter of precaution. 

The man has been released from police custody this morning.

BreakingReds to promote prosperity with major Asia tour

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's been announced that the Red Arrows will perform displays for the first time ever in China to build allies across the globe.

The RAF's display team will also perform in India, Malaysia and Singapore.

Red Arrows

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: "Our RAF Red Arrows and Typhoons represent the best of British. The Red Arrows will fly the flag for Britain in key export markets while our RAF Typhoons will exercise with our allies."

There's still support for Corbyn in Lincoln says leading Labour politican

A leading Labour politician in Lincolnshire says he 'thinks' he will continue to support Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

Ric Metcalfe, the leader of the City of Lincoln Council, has been a strong supporter of Mr Corbyn. 

Ric Metcalfe

Speaking on BBC Radio Lincolnshire today, he says he believes he will vote for him again. 

Mr Metcalfe said he had no knowledge of any bullying against anti-Corbyn Labour members within the Lincoln party.  

Councillor bigs up Brigg

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

We're taking the opportunity to big up Brigg this morning! 

It's because of a post on social media by the town's MP Andrew Percy, he claims the market town is booming. 

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Police offer advice on cybercrime

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have joined GCHQ in urging you to update the software on your computer and smartphone. 

Government figures suggest that three quarters of people don't always download the latest updates. 


We are working hard to prevent Cybercrime in Lincolnshire. Downloading the latest software updates from verified vendors is one of the most significant things residents and businesses can do to protect themselves against viruses and hackers.

Det Insp Stephen KnubleyLincolnshire Police

Traffic and travel: Roadworks in central Lincoln

BBC Travel

Keep an eye out for this if you're in the area.

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BreakingHospital closed after reports of person with firearm

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The main entrance to Lincoln County Hospital was closed last night following reports of a person with a firearm. 

The police were called there just after 8 o'clock. 

Lincoln hospital

The hospital says the decision to lock the main entrance doors was a precautionary measure.

No one was hurt.  

Drones to deliver parcels in Lincolnshire?

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire aerial photographer says plans to deliver products using airborne drones are probably closer than you think.

The government is getting together with retail giant Amazon to start testing drones that can deliver parcels to your door.

The company claims it'll eventually mean small parcels will arrive at your house within 30 minutes of ordering them online.  

Internet shopping giant gives details of plans

Michael Kheng from Khurnia Aerial Photography in Lincolnshire says the idea is inching closer to reality....

He said: "I think we're probably closer than anyone thinks now. Technology has come on so much in the last six months and Amazon has put so much money into it, I think it's not far off."

Support for families during summer is not a 'freebie' says charity

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Some families in Lincolnshire pay more on their childcare during the school holidays than on their mortgage.

It's as a project supporting families who cant afford to feed their children in the summer has been set up in Lincoln.

food vouchers

Families who normally rely on free school meals will be given vouchers to redeem at certain shops.

Josephine Tucker, from Child Poverty Action, says it's not a 'freebie'.

"There really are a lot of families really struggling, in fact nine in every 30 children live below the poverty line, that's nine in every classroom - it's not acceptable."

It's not a hand out it's a hand up.

Brian HanburyGrantham Foodbank

WATCH: Here's Abbie with the latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

Fair bit of cloud around but brighter spells expected.

Watch out for those showers though.....

Here's Abbie with the full forecast.

Whisby tip views 'ignored' says councillor

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We're talking about Whisby tip this morning...

A councillor is claiming a petition to keep the tip open was ignored by the County Council. 

Councillor Rosanne Kirk led calls to stop Whisby Tip near Lincoln from closing and says that mistakes were made by the authority that meant local views weren't taken into account. 

The council however insists the petition was not ignored.

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Free food for families during school holidays

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There's support for families in Lincolnshire who can't afford to feed their children during the school holidays. 

The organisation - FISH - food in the school holiday - has been set up by the Bridge Church in Lincoln. 

It helps families who normally receive free school dinners at five schools in the Bracebridge area of the city. 

fish and chips on school tray

Here's today forecast for Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

Feeling cooler this morning and more cloud around with showers possible. Highs today of 21 degrees.

weather map

Here's the headlines from Lincolnshire this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from the newsroom:

  • There's support for families in Lincolnshire who can't afford to feed their children during the school holidays.
  • It's being claimed a petition to save Whisby tip from closing was ignored by the County Council.
  • Lincolnshire police are urging you to update your computer and smartphone software to help protect against hackers. 

Join us for today’s live coverage

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Lincolnshire on Tuesday 26 July. My name’s Carla George and I’ll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day.

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