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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 1 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for another Monday, Lincolnshire Live will return from tomorrow at 8am to bring you all the latest from across the county.

But until then I'll leave you with some of the things we've learned today:

Join us again tomorrow and have a nice evening.

The weather with Paul Hudson

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Paul Hudson has the afternoon forecast.

Coming up tonight on Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Safety inspection begins on road where five people died

Victoria Holland

BBC Look North

Safety inspections will be carried out on a stretch of road in North East Lincolnshire, where five members of the same family died three years ago.

A18 crash
BBC

The Coburn family were killed when their car collided with a lorry on the A18 near Laceby

The inspections will be carried out after a coroner criticised the way the road was maintained.

Weather watchers: Unusual cloud formations in Morton

BBC Weather Watchers

Great snap sent to us by user mercuryb:

Cloud
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Louth Fire: Reaction from the club

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Heart and sole: Man walks from Skegness to Liverpool barefoot

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Meet Lee Todd, he's walking 160 miles with no shoes or socks on for his charity Shoe Aid, which gives shoes to people who can't afford them

As you'd expect It's not easy going and he's done all he can to harden up his feet in preparation including soaking them in urine! 

That's not the only reason I insisted we do the interview outside I promise...

Lee Todd is taking on a huge challenge for the charity Shoe Aid

Traffic and Travel: No incidents to report

BBC Travel

The roads have cleared up nicely as we head towards rush hour. 

The accidents that happened earlier in the day have been cleared and traffic is moving smoothly.

The headlines this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Police name Gainsborough stabbing victim as 44-year-old Jonathan Baines.
  • Two arrested in connection with former Louth Town Football club arson. 
  • G4S say compulsory redundancies 'unlikely' at Lincolnshire Police.  
  • Police hunt for man who attacked a 70-year-old in Stamford.

Tax dodging businessman jailed for 21 months

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire businessman has been sent to prison for tax fraud. 

Richard Hotchin admitted cheating the public revenue of nearly £150,000.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the 39 year old from Scotter near Gainsborough had used fake invoices to falsely claim VAT. Hotchin, who ran a company in Scunthorpe, has been jailed for 21 months. 

70-year-old Stamford man left unconscious after unprovoked attack

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

An elderly Stamford man had to be taken to hospital after he was attacked on Sussex Road just after 4pm on Wednesday the 20th of July.

Police say the unprovoked attack left the man unconscious with an injury to his face. 

The attacker was described as a white male, of a skinny build and in his mid 20’s. He was wearing a black t-shirt.  

WATCH: Blaze at former Louth Town Football Club

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lewis Hoburn took this video at about 3:30am this morning, you can see the fire had already taken hold:

Thanks to Lewis Hoban who sent us this video of the fire in Louth

Police look for men in connection with Co-Op thefts

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Officers are looking for these men after coffee, chicken and sausages were stolen from the Co Op store on Roman Bank, Skegness.

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Lincs Police
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Lincs Police

The incident happened around 8pm on Saturday 16th July.  

BreakingLouth fire being treated as arson, two arrested

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Two local men, aged 21 and 37, have been arrested after with the fire in Louth in the early hours. 

Police say the case is now being treated as arson. 

Police name victim in murder enquiry

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police have named the man as 44-year-old Jonathan Baines, known as "Willy" to his friends. 

We know that Jonathan spent yesterday afternoon at the Market Rasen races and visited pubs on his return to Gainsborough. We don’t know which premises or who he was with, so we urgently want to hear from people who either saw him or spoke to him.

Detective Inspector Jim HodgsonEast Midlands Special Operations Unit

Gainsborough stab death: Where the body was found

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

This is the property on Ropery Road where the body of a man was found with a stab wound in the early hours.

Two people have been arrested in connection.

cop cars
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cop cars
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Louth Fire: Your views

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Sad to see. Had some good functions there back in the day.

Ash BoweFacebook
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So sad, had some great games there.

Mick Kendrick SnrFacebook
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The weather this lunchtime

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start with some sunny spells, cloud will increase during the morning with the odd light shower by afternoon. 

More general cloud and outbreaks of rain will spread to the west of the region later in the day.  

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Traffic and travel: Disruption on A17 and A151

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic still on the A17 heading west in Sleaford between the A153 East Road junction and the Holdingham Roundabout. 

A burning vehicle blocked the road earlier.

Meanwhile the A151 High Road in Weston is partially blocked in both directions near the Wiseman's Gate junction because of a crash. 

Demolition plans for Grimsby's East Marsh estate

BBC Radio Humberside

Preparations for the demolition of the first buildings on Grimsby's East Marsh estate begin today. 

The maisonettes on Comber Place (pictured) will be the first to be knocked down, as part of major works by the social housing landlord Shoreline.

Comber Place
Google

The demolition of the six neighbouring high rise tower blocks is due to happen next year.

G4S wants 17 Lincolnshire Police staff to volunteer for redundancy

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've been speaking to G4S after we learned that they were looking for staff to volunteer for redundancy.

They say the 17 represents 3% of their workforce and are stretched over various back office roles including administration and finance. 

BBC Radio Lincolnshire was told that they had also warned staff that compulsory redundancies could be in the pipeline however in their statement G4S said they were not considering this.

Lincolnshire MP appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good news for Victoria Atkins, she's been appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary. She'll be working with Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Policing and Fire Brigade issues, as well as assisting other Ministers in the Home Office.

"What on earth is a Parliamentary Private Secretary?" I hear you cry. Well this is how the Parliament website defines it...

Parliament.uk
Parliament.uk

I remember when I started off as an unpaid intern at the Beeb. I gained a lot of experience with a kettle I can tell you that much.

Louth Fire: Building to be partially demolished

Carla George

Reporter at the scene

Given the extent of the damage it's not very surprising that part of the old Louth Town Football club will have to be knocked down.

A section 78 notice has been issued on the owners requiring them to make the building safe by partial demolition and fence it off. A Building Control Officer will be re-attending the site later today to agree if further action is required.

SpokemanEast Lindsey District Council

'We go forward', emotional club president talks about Louth fire

Carla George

Reporter at the scene

The building that burned down this morning held a lot of good memories for a lot of people.

One of those was Dave Fairburn, President of Louth Town Football Club, take a listen:

Carla talks to Dave Fairburn about the fire that gutted the club in the early hours

G4S job cuts: Police 'won't put up with drop in performance'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier that private security contractor G4S has asked staff who work at Lincolnshire Police to consider redundancy and warned that job cuts could be in the pipeline.

We've spoken to the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones who says that whilst it's ultimately the firm's decision they'll be ensuring the contract remains value for money.  

We will make sure we monitor it closely. We will not put up with a drop in performance, we certainly aren't paying any less for it so I will be making sure we get what we deserve from it.

Marc JonesPCC for Lincolnshire

Traffic and travel: Reports of accident on the A17

BBC Travel

We are checking reports of an accident in the Sleaford area. More details as we get them.  

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Traffic and travel: Congestion in Skegness

BBC Travel

There's quite a bit of congestion around Roman Bank in Skegness.

There's been roadworks in that area for some time so try to avoid it if you can. It's particularly bad on the A52 Skegness Road. 

That road can get pretty busy at the best of times as people head to the coast during the school holidays. 

Weather watchers: Fabulous Boston skies

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a bit of a mixed bag over the weekend when it came to the weather, however that presented us with some cracking skies.

Both of these were taken by Lincs Sky Watcher in Boston: 

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sky
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Three men in custody after disturbance at Scunthorpe pub

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

The police were called to the Comet Hotel (pictured) just after 22:20 BST last night following reports of an altercation.

The Comet pub Scunthorpe
Google

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, a 52-year-old man on suspicion of affray and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of obstructing a PC.  

Rural crime: Stolen machinery sold abroad

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As we told you earlier Lincolnshire is the most targeted area in England and Wales when it comes to rural crime.

It's mainly farming equipment and machinery being stolen. 

Tim Price, from NFU Mutual, says a lot of it ends up in other countries: 

The increase in crime is largely due to renewed interest from thieves in tractors, quadbikes, trailers and the equipment farmers use... Some of this is being sold in the UK but we're convinced an awful is going abroad and sold by international gangs across the globe.

Tim PriceNFU Mutual

Lincolnshire police say they continue to work with partners to tackle rural crime and that there's been a significant reduction in the number of reported burglaries thanks to Operation Aardwolf.

Louth Fire: Building likely to be pulled down

Carla George

Reporter at the scene

The old Louth Football Club that caught fire this morning looks likely to be demolished after the extensive damage it suffered in the blaze

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Council officials are heading to the site to see if it has to be made safe. One of the worries is that it's the school holidays and the building is in danger of collapsing. 

Lincolnshire named worst area in the country for rural crime

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Louth Fire: Police investigating

Carla George

Reporter at the scene

Police say they're working with Lincolnshire and Fire and Rescue to establish the cause of the blaze at Park Avenue. 

No one was injured and no residents had to be evacuated after the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning. 

Police say it's too early to say whether it was started deliberately. 

The headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Two arrested in Gainsborough as part of murder investigation. 
  • Huge fire engulfs old Louth football club.
  • G4S asks staff to consider voluntary redundancy at Lincolnshire Police, warns compulsory redundancies could follow.  
  • Lincolnshire 'most targeted area' in England and Wales for Rural Crime.

G4S to axe staff at Lincolnshire Police

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The private security firm - G4S - has asked its staff at Lincolnshire Police to consider "voluntary exit" from the company. 

In a letter it has warned compulsory redundancies could follow. 

G4S runs services such as IT and finance at the force after signing a £200 million contract deal in 2012.

G4S
G4S

Back in May Police began an investigation into their own control room, run by G4S, after it was alleged that staff were making emergency calls at "quiet times" to improve call answering data.

Huge fire at Louth football club

Carla George

Reporter at the scene

This is all that's left of a derelict football club in Louth after a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning:

Fire
BBC
Fire
BBC

At its height eight crews and 40 firefighters were tackling the blaze.

They've scaled back now but some still remain whilst they dampen it down. 

BreakingMurder in Gainsborough

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police have launched a murder enquiry after a man was found with a fatal stab wound in Gainsborough. 

Officers were called to a property on Ropery Road in the early hours of this morning. A man was found dead at the scene. 

Two people have been arrested and police want anyone with information to come forward.

Welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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

It's already looking like a busy morning so let's get to it.

As always I want to know what's happening where you are. You can get in touch by email,Facebook or Twitter.