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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 10 August 2016

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By Alex Rhodes

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it for another day everyone, Lincolnshire Live will be back tomorrow at 08:00 ready to bring you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather from across the county. 

But for now I'll leave you with five things we've learned today: 

1. Grantham Hospital A&E to trial night closures after staffing levels reach 'crisis point'. 

2. Family re-united with relatives medal after it was discovered in a Wragby field.

3. 10K sweet burglar sits outside in a police car naked during his sentencing.

4. Lincolnshire County Councillor reveals she is staying on UKIP's executive after announcing she was resigning last week. 

5. Construction begins on Lego replica of Boston's St Botolphs Church. 

500th fine issued for littering and dog fouling in Lincoln

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A City of Lincoln Council Enforcement Officer has hit a bit of a career milestone today. 

He's given his 500th on-the-spot fine in the scheme launched to crack down on litter louts last October.

Most people pay the fine straight away but judges have issued £7000 in fines from those who failed to pay in the time allowed.

Tickets for Burghley going fast out of the gate

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The organisers of the Burghley Horse Trials say tickets are going fast - thanks in part to the Rio Olympics.

A number of Olympians are expected to compete at the event next month. Captain Mark Phillips has designed the course once again. 


Mark Phillips' daughter Zara will be competing this year 

When she didn't get selected for Rio then Burghley became the main target for her. Her horse High Kingdom has always done well here so I'm sure she's looking forward to that

Captain Mark Phillips

How to get to Cornwall in a hurry

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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Now if only I can convince the BBC to fork out for a fighter jet...

The weather this evening

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy conditions becoming established overnight, with outbreaks of rain spreading from the northwest. 

A westerly breeze developing, becoming gusty by daybreak.  

Temp chart

Man arrested in connection with Grimsby attack

BBC Radio Humberside

We told you earlier about the 28-year-old man who was attacked in the early hours of this morning on Humber Street. 

Police believe a group of three men known to the victim were responsible and have told us they've arrested a 25-year-old man in connection.

The victim was taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries although they are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Traffic and travel: All clear heading into rush-hour

BBC Travel

Nothing to report, enjoy your journey!


Cleaner on the Cathedral

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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Let's hope he's up there cleaning it and not just looking for a new challenge after mastering the climbing wall, eh?

WW1 medal reunited with soldier's family

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter

A Wragby metal detector user has tracked down a soldier's family to give them a Victory Medal he found in a field.

Charlie Atkinson made the find and discovered it belonged to Charles William Baggaley, who was with the Lincolnshire Regiment between 1914 and 1919.

With help from the County Council's Finds Liaison Officer, Charlie was able to locate Mr Baggaley's great nephew Basil Bruntlett (pictured):

Basil Bruntlett (left) and Charlie Atkinson
Lincolnshire County Council

When I found the medal, I didn't realise exactly what it was. It was only after I cleaned it that I found out it was indeed a WW1 Victory medal. I'm really happy that we all did a good job to get the medal back to where it belonged."

Charlie AtkinsonMetal detector user

Grimsby Town lose cup match

BBC Humberside Sport

Richard Keogh's second-half header edged Derby into the EFL Cup second round with victory over Grimsby.

The Mariners, back in League Two after a six-year absence, looked nervy early on and former England striker Darren Bent twice went close for the Rams.

Derby made the breakthrough when captain Keogh stooped at the far post to head home Craig Bryson's cross.

Burghely Horse Trials: Some of the jumps this year

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire


Scunthorpe United progress in cup after Notts County win

BBC Humberside Sport

Kevin Van Veen scored twice in extra time to help League One Scunthorpe beat League Two club Notts County in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Alex Rodman and Matt Tootle both drew saves from Iron keeper Luke Daniels as they started the stronger of the sides.

Van Veen missed from six yards out in the second half, but made amends by poking in the opener from close range in the first period of extra time.

The Dutchman sealed the win soon after, firing in from the edge of the area.

Burglar who stole £10k worth of sweets strips off outside court

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A burglar who went on the run during his trial in Lincolnshire has been sent to prison for four years. 

Shane Boyton from Holbeach went on trial last month accused of two charges of burglary but the 37-year-old, who'd denied the charges, went missing after the jury retired to consider their verdicts. 

Today he refused to go into Lincoln Crown Court for his sentencing. Instead he stripped naked in a police car outside the building. 

He's been jailed for four years for stealing £10,000 worth of confectionery and a pressure washer.

Shane Boyton
Lincs Police

Train to London cancelled

BBC Travel

Grantham A&E overnight closures: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You've been having your say on the trial closure of Grantham A&E overnight:

If the positions aren't attracting the talent required then you make an incentive to attract the talent.

Hugh GreenawayFacebook

Grantham A&E is a brilliant hospital and the decision makers should be ashamed of themselves!"

Tracey ScarfeFacebook

Absolutely stupid. Grantham is expanding. More houses more people yet our hospital is getting cut."

Sharan Drummond-KiddFacebook

You're all moaning about it shutting at night because it's unsafe to be open, YET if people started to die due to neglect of an under-staffed hospital, guess what? You'd all moan about that too."

Mark CleggFacebook

Don't forget you can share your views with me by sending me an email.

A&E closure 'disappointing but unsurprising'

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Grantham Hospital
Julian P Guffogg/Geograph

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has given its reaction to the news that the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust could shut Grantham and District Hospital's A&E department at night in order to combat a staffing crisis:

The news that another emergency department is having to close at night due to staffing difficulties is disappointing, yet unsurprising. Grantham Hospital is the latest A&E to find itself in what could be an increasingly common situation. The wider picture is there is a real crisis in emergency medicine as our workforce numbers are not growing fast enough to keep pace with rising numbers of patients attending A&E Departments.

Doctor Clifford MannPresident, Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Ayling 'reluctantly' stays on UKIP top table

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You may remember that a week ago today UKIP was in turmoil after leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was deemed ineligible for the upcoming contest by the party's National Executive Committee.

Three members immediately resigned in protest, including Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling, saying in a letter that the governing body was "no longer fit for purpose". 

It's expected those unhappy with the decision to exclude Mr Woolfe, who was accused of submitting his application late, will now call an Extraordinary General Meeting to disband the NEC.

Victoria Ayling certainly thinks it's on the cards, and has decided to stay on until then:

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A&E closure: Hospital chief 'working to solve crisis'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More on the news that the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust could shut Grantham and District Hospital's A&E department at night in order to combat a staffing crisis.

This is from the boss of the trust:

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ULHT release 'FAQs' about staffing crisis

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Since the announcement about A&E at Grantham there's been a lot of questions being asked (and not just by us!). 

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has released this Frequently Asked Questions page in response.


Traffic and travel: Disruption in the west

BBC Travel

There's an issue just over the border in Nottinghamshire that could be causing some delays in our county.

The B6166 Bar Gate in Newark is blocked in both directions between the Beast Market Hill junction and the Mill Gate junction.

A lorry has broken down and recovery work is underway.

Travel map

First look at the new course at Burghley Horse Trials

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

That staple of the equestrian diary Burghley Horse Trials will soon be upon us. 

We've sent one of our reporters down to see the layout for this year with Captain Mark Phillips. 

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Building Botolph's a brick at a time

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Forget the Death Star or the Empire State building, a to-scale model of Boston's St Botolph's Church is going to be built out of plastic bricks.

A dedicated team of volunteers will construct the 100,000-piece model, while members of the public will be invited to sponsor each brick for a £1 in order to raise money for the church’s education and community outreach fund.

This is what it'll look like:

St Botolphs
St Botolphs

And here's some of the helpers already hard at work.... well sort of.

St Botolphs
St Botolphs

Health bosses and MP clash over A&E decision

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The decision to close Grantham Hospital's A&E overnight for a trial period made national news this morning.

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust says low staff levels have left them no choice and this is the safest option for patients but, as you can imagine, a lot of people are concerned about the decision.

This morning I spoke to Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles and Medical Director for ULHT Dr Sunil Kapadia about the situation. Have a listen:

Appeal after distinctive Range Rover stolen

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police are investigating the theft of the vehicle from Hawthorn Hill between 18:00 and 20:30 BST on Monday.

The Range Rover is distinctive with a large white skull on the bonnet and green emblems on the rear side windows.

It was found that same evening dumped in a field after causing damage to a fence at Tattershall Thorpe. Two white men had been seen driving the vehicle.

20p to spend a penny in Lincoln

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You'll soon have to pay to use a public loo in Lincoln. 

Last night the City of Lincoln Council agreed to start charging people 20p per visit at three facilities. These are at Tentercroft Street, Lucy Tower Street and Castle Square. 

The council says the money raised will be spent on the upkeep of the already high-standard facilities.


Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The latest from our Lincolnshire newsroom: 

  • Grantham and Stamford MP warns ULHT over closing A&E at Grantham Hospital overnight
  • Medical director of ULHT says staffing has reached crisis point
  • Public toilet charge approved by City of Lincoln Council 
  • Grimsby man badly injured in street attack

Man in hospital after attack in Grimsby

BBC Radio Humberside

A 28-year-old man has been seriously injured after being attacked by three men on Humber Street. 

The attack was at 06:30 BST. Police say the men arrived in a Vauxhall Corsa and were known to the victim.

The 28-year-old is being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary and officers remain at the scene. 

Listen: Relive the Imps thumping 6-1 victory

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

It was a great night for Lincoln City fans last night, in their first match of the season at home they dominated North Ferriby United.

Take a listen back to the highlights: 

'If you think you can close Grantham A&E then you've got another think coming'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Quite an explosive message from the Nick Boles MP for Grantham and Stamford this morning, who's been speaking to us on the Breakfast Show.

He told us that "the trust has been poorly run for 20 years and we all know it", blaming two recurring problems, staff recruitment and ULHT consistently losing money. 

Nick Boles
Nick Boles

There's going to be a lot of people in Grantham who are going to be thinking that this is an underhand method to soften them up for something that the leadership of the trust has wanted to do for decades which is close A&E in Grantham. And I just want to send a very clear message to the leadership of the trust, if you think you can get away with that then you've got another think coming.

Nick BolesMP for Stamford and Grantham

The weather with Owain

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Grantham Hospital at 'crisis point'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A medical director at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust says that despite a recruitment drive and an extra £4m being invested in urgent care services, Grantham Hospital has reached "crisis point". 

The hospital has announced it's closing the A&E department at night as the trusts says they don't have the staff numbers to ensure patient safety. 


Currently staffing levels are unsustainable, we've gone below a safe threshold... We're not deliberately running it down so that we can downgrade it, we're trying to ensure that the delivery of emergency care across the county is as safe as possible.

Dr Sunil KapadiaMedical Director for ULHT

Your headlines this morning

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Grantham Hospital A&E to close at night because of staff shortages 
  • Louth man who went missing overnight found safe and well
  • Boston has one of the highest failure rates for the driving theory test in the country 

Grantham Hospital A&E to close at night

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Grantham Hospital has announced they will only be using their Accident and Emergency department during the day as they don't have the staff to work through the night.

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust says that closing the Grantham A&E rather than the departments at Lincoln County Hospital or Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was the "safest option" and that failing to act "may put patients at risk".


ULHT attempted to recruit more emergency doctors and nurses domestically and overseas but they still don't have enough staff to operate the unit safely. 

The three month trial closure is expected to start in a week's time.

Traffic and travel: Clear start to the morning

BBC Travel

Nice and easy on the county's roads to kick off Wednesday, nothing to report apart from the usual congestion around Lincoln.

Travel map

Good morning, welcome to Lincolnshire Live

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, it's Alex here, ready to tell you all you need to know about everything that matters in Lincolnshire. 

We all woke up to more sensational Olympic news from Rio, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and the men's freestyle team both claiming silver in the swimming pool, so let's hope the rest of the day continues in the same vein. 

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