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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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Today's Live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well that's it for another day everybody, I hope we've been able to provide all you need to know about everything that matters in Lincolnshire today. 

We'll be back from tomorrow at 8am but until then here's five things we've learnt today: 

  • Victoria Ayling outlines her reasons for leaving UKIP's National Executive Committee.
  • Work on Lincoln's multi-million pound Transport Hub has been delayed.
  • Questions are raised about £130 million of EU money promised for Lincolnshire following Brexit result.
  • Crash on the A17 create's road woes in Spalding.
  • And Sophie Ellis Bextor is shunning rubbish old Yorkshire for glorious Skegvegas when she takes her kids on holiday next week.

Coming up on BBC Introducing this weekend

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Have you seen Foxy?

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Sam Pollock's nine year old stepdaughter lost him somewhere on the beach at Anderby Creek on Monday.

Sam says she's had him since she was four and is "absolutely devastated" he's gone missing.


If you spot him get in touch.

The weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any remaining daytime showers will gradually fade away, with winds also easing. 

Most places will then be dry with clear spells developing by Friday morning.  


"A vehicle for personal ambition and egos" - Ayling outlines reason for leaving NEC

Nicola Gilroy


I've been speaking to Lincolnshire County Councillor - and former UKIP National Executive Committee member - Victoria Ayling in her first interview since she left the party's top table.

Many believe the move was triggered by the decision to exclude Steven Woolfe from the upcoming UKIP leadership contest.

Take a listen:

The County Councillor says the National Executive is no longer fit for purpose

Traffic and travel: A17 crash backs up traffic in Spalding

BBC Travel

The crash on the the A17 Washway Road is causing some issues heading into Spalding. There's queuing traffic in both directions on the A16 in the town.

Recovery work is still ongoing at Saracen's Head and police continue to direct traffic.

Council leader offers reassurances over EU money

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

£130 million is no small sum in anyone's book and some businesses are worried about what's happened to that EU money earmarked for Lincolnshire

The British Government has put the payments on hold but Martin Hill says there's no reason why it shouldn't eventually end up in the county:

I think there has to be negotiation with the EU because we are still in the EU for at least two years, as we're a contributing member we should still get the benefits.

Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

Ice skating without the ice in Gainsborough

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Gainsborough is to get a new skating facility later this year. It's going to be called SK8Z and it'll be located just off Heapham Road. 

However it's not your standard ice rink, in fact there isn't going to be any ice at all. SK8Z will utilise a type of skate called the “off-ice” skate which provides people with the ability to ice skate without the need for a rink.

It was first featured on Dragon's Den and since then gone on to be used by former Olympic champions Torvill and Dean who most notably recreated their legendary Bolero routine in theatres and at the Royal Variety Performance

Torvil and Dean

"Get me on that donkey" - Sophie Ellis Bextor to holiday in Skegness

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you're in Skegness next week then you'll want to keep an eye out for the "Murder on the dancefloor" singer.

In an interview with our Northern sister station BBC Radio Leeds, she revealed that she's bringing the kids to the coastal resort.

Sophie Ellis Bextor speaks to Gayle Lofthouse

Now is it just us or does that sound like "God's own County" has been given major snub in favour of something a bit more bracing?

Traffic and travel: Crash on the A17

BBC Travel

There's been a crash on the A17 Washway Road in Saracen's Head. The road is closed with slow traffic in both directions between the Washway Road junction and the Red Cow Drove junction. 

Police are directing traffic.

Transport hub delayed

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The start of building work on a new transport hub in Lincoln has been delayed. 

Construction of the multi-million pound bus station, car park and plaza area was due to start later this month. 

It's been set back because funding from the government hasn't been confirmed yet.

City of Lincoln Council

Traffic and travel: Congestion in the centre of Lincoln

BBC Travel

There's a lot of slow traffic on the A15 Broadgate at the A57 Pelham Bridge junction.

It can get bad around that area because of the railway crossing.

The boys are back in town

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Weather watchers: Flaming skies in Lincolnshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Some great photos sent to us last night from across the county, take a look:


Liberal Democrats concerned over devolution in Greater Lincolnshire

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

Plans for devolution in Greater Lincolnshire are being slammed by some Liberal Democrat councillors in North East Lincolnshire. 

Those in favour of devolution say it's a chance for the area to take control of its own destiny but Liberal Democrat councillors say it could mean the eventual demise of North East Lincolnshire.

council building

"We'll create a position where at some time in the future it will be easy to abolish one of those layers of council and I wouldn't want North East Lincolnshire to be the one that was missing."

Liberal Democrat councillor Ian BarfieldNorth East Lincolnshire Council

Grimsby MP canvases opinion on devolution

BBC Radio Humberside

The devolution plans set out by George Osbourne in his final budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer have proved divisive to say the least.

A consultation is underway and Grimsby MP Melanie Onn is on the road today gathering opinions from her constituents.

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The headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Victoria Ayling to speak to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in first interview since leaving UKIP's National Executive Committee.
  • A question mark hangs over £130 million of EU money earmarked for Lincolnshire post-Brexit.
  • A former councillor has appeared in court charged with child pornography offences.
  • Just Giving page set up in memory of the victims of a double-murder suicide in Spalding.

Former councillor in court over child porn charges

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A former North Kesteven District councillor appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today accused of child pornography offences.

Ian Dolby

Ian Dolby, who's a former Sleaford Town councillor, faces three charges of making a total of 913 pornographic images of a child.

Dolby, 51, of North Road, Sleaford spoke only to confirm his name and no pleas were taken at today's hearing.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for a further hearing to take place on 29 September.

Dolby was an Independent councillor who represented the Sleaford Quarrington and Mareham Ward until he resigned in April 2014 citing pressure of work commitments.

Spalding shootings: Appeal page set up in memory of the victims

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Last month the Lincolnshire town of Spalding made international headlines after a man killed his wife and daughter with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire Hart, 50, were shot near the Castle Sports Complex on the 19th of July.


Now a JustGiving page has been set up in memory of them. Originally it was created to help Charlotte's brothers Luke and Ryan but they told the organiser Kate Haynes they'd like some of the money to go to the women's favourite charity, the Woodgreen Animal Shelter. 

I would like to say, and I am positive that the boys will agree, thank you to everyone who has helped and supported them over the last few weeks in whatever capacity. Ryan and Luke have a very bumpy road ahead and we are just trying to help and protect them through this immensely difficult time.

Kate Haynes

Luke and Ryan have also been speaking to the Spalding Voice about their ordeal.  

Ayling hints at continued turmoil in UKIP

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

One of the major stories from yesterday was infighting in UKIP after leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was excluded from the upcoming contest to succeed Nigel Farage.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling and two other members then promptly quite the party's executive in protest calling the committee "no longer fit for purpose".

But it doesn't look like that'll be the end of the matter:  

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We're going to be speaking to Councillor Ayling later on in the day in the first interview since she announced she was leaving the NEC.

Future uncertain for businesses expecting EU grants

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Back now to the uncertainty surrounding £130 million worth of EU grants pledged for Greater Lincolnshire. 

The funding had been allocated to support businesses, the rural economy and the unemployed but the British government has put the payments on hold. 

We've been speaking to Mike Holman who was expecting £40,000 to help set up a micro-brewery at Fiskerton.

He says whilst the project is not scuppered he may have to scale it back :

It will continue to exist and it will still be a start-up but it will be a much smaller start-up and we wont be able to employ the amount of people we wanted or provide the amount of work in the community that we wanted to.

Mike HolmanBusiness owner

Traffic and travel: Congestion on the A46

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A46 Lincoln Road in Nettleham between the A158 junction and the Riseholme roundabout.

If you're heading into Lincoln from the North East, Market Rasen for example, then you'll struggle to avoid it so allow some extra time for your journey.

Business booming at East Midlands Airport

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

No it's not people off on their holidays, East Midlands Airport says it's handling more freight than ever before.

More than 320,000 tonnes has passed through the airport over the past 12 months. 

That's up almost five percent on last year. 

East mids airport

Red Arrows cause of a bit of concern north of the border!

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Red Arrows are back in the air after their summer break:

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We're used to them in the skies above Lincolnshire by now... but that can't be said for our neighbours to the north! 

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Walking on to the pitch at Sincil Bank

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Melvyn is continuing his live broadcast from the home of the Imps this morning.

Here's your chance to have a first person view of striding out through the tunnel onto the pitch:

View more on twitter

Not everyone is impressed though...

So basically, the same as going out your back door to put the glass out.


But a quick check of their twitter account reveals they're a Boston United fan so perhaps not entirely unexpected!

Customer access points scaled back across county

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A number of centres which offer housing support in East Lindsey will be closed in an effort to save £200,000 every year from 2018 

The district council approved plans - to either reduce hours or shut some customer access points last night.

Four centres will close towards the end of November, these are Tattershall, Holton-le-clay and Spilsby. Opening hours are going to be reduced at Skegness, Louth, Horncastle and Mablethorpe.

The council say footfall has fallen across the board at these centres and say in the future more investment will be made in call centres and the council website. 

Hundreds of children's books up for grabs

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well it was free shopping from Netto yesterday and it looks like it's free books from Saltfleetby Primary School today.

A Lincoln based cleaning company are looking to re-home around 500 children's books. They're from Saltfleetby Primary School which closed for good two weeks ago.


Claire Kilner from Chores Hygiene Management says they just want to find the books a good home

Just to dispose of them would be a terrible waste so we thought the best thing we be give them to someone who can use them. I've looked through them and there's quite a lot of educational books in there as well, not just story books, so they'd be very valuable to the right person

Claire KilnerChores Hygiene Management

Mid-morning live from Sincil Bank

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Melvyn Prior is at the home of the Imps today, broadcasting his show live from the heart of football in Lincoln.

He'll be talking about the latest contract signings and what Lincoln City has in store for the future.

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Lincoln's Got Talent

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Talent scouts are in Lincoln today looking for the next star of Britain's Got Talent. 

Auditions are being held at the Waterside Shopping Centre from 9 o'clock this morning. 

Successful acts will then be in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges' auditions next year.  


I'm already digging out my old ventriloquist dummy and unicycle. 

Another fire at former Louth Football club

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

On Tuesday we woke up to the news that 40 fire fighters had to battle a blaze on Park Avenue at the former home of Louth Town Football Club.

This is all that was left:


Well last night Fire and Rescue had to go back: 

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Fears over EU grants

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

There are worries EU grants for Lincolnshire won't materialise. 

It's being claimed up to £130 million pledged for Greater Lincolnshire hangs in the balance following a Brexit. 


The government has put the payments on hold. Councillor Marianne Overton and Vice Chair of the Local Government Association - wants to know the money will be paid:   

People put in for grants and it gets agreed by Europe but it does have to go through our Government as well and that's the problem. We want to make sure the money is handed across as promised.

Marianne OvertonCouncillor

The weather this morning

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Early cloud will break, with some sunny spells likely. 

However, cloud will soon build again, with scattered showers likely to develop. These possibly heavy and thundery during the late afternoon. 

Breezy but winds not as strong as yesterday.  


Traffic and travel: Easy start to the day

BBC Travel

Nothing of note to report so far on the county's roads.

There's some congestion on the A158 northbound in Wragby at the A157 Louth Road junction but this is far from unusual as people head towards the city from the East. 

Good morning, Welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, Alex here ready to bring you all the latest developments from across the county. 

As always if there's something you want to share then don't hesitate to get in touch via email,Facebook or Twitter.