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  1. Storm Doris Rescue: Prosthetic leg used in bid to smash window
  2. Bird flu risk continues for Lincolnshire farmers
  3. Council agrees 4% tax rise
  4. Grimsby ice rink saved from closure
  5. Updates on Friday 24 February 2017

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By Harry Parkhill

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That's all folks!

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today, thanks for the company!

I'll leave you with a five things we didn't know this morning:

Headlines from Look North:

Peter Levy

Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's a run down of our headlines from tonight's programme: 

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Sugar tax "unfair" says Grantham drinks firm

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A drinks firm based at Bottesford near Grantham has criticised the government's proposed sugar tax, claiming it unfairly punishes the drinks industry.

Belvoir Friuit Farms

Pev Manners from Belvoir Fruit Farms says the tax is bad news for the drinks industry while being soft on sweets companies, sugar producers and those who manufacture sweeteners:

Watch: Attacker's rooftop stand-off footage released by Humberside Police

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Video footage recorded by Humberside Police's helicopter reveals the moment a "violent" attacker hurled tiles from a rooftop in a stand-off with officers.

Clint Clay, 24, of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, assaulted Jason Potts with a machete and a hammer before taking to the roof of a house on Alexandra Road in Scunthorpe on 6 July last year.

He denied assault and three other charges but admitted affray, and was sentenced to 13 years at Grimsby Crown Court on Monday.

Lego red arrow passes campaign milestone

A campaign to turn Lincolnshire's Red Arrows into a toy has reached its 10,000 vote milestone. 

screenshot of lego website success

Now it's reached the target, Lego will officially consider the idea as a potential toy.

If the toy is then manufactured, the person who came up with the idea will receive a portion of the sales.

The red arrows are understandably pleased:

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Monkeying around could lead to jobs in North Lincolnshire

BBC Radio Humberside


Forty jobs could be created in North Lincolnshire if plans for a new adventure park go ahead. 

adventure park

The council has been talking to GoApe - a high rope obstacle course company - to create a course at Normanby Hall Country Park near Scunthorpe.

North Lincolnshire Councillor Carl Sherwood says it could also lead to investment in Normanby Hall itself.

There would be an improved café, toilets and visitor centre... and encourage more people to see how great North Lincolnshire is."

Cllr Carl Sherwood North Lincolnshire Councillor

Row over scrapping some of Lincolnshire's councils continues

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A long running dispute over whether to scrap some of Lincolnshire's councils has seen fresh clashes today. 

council meeting

The authority has agreed to hold a consultation into whether there's public approval for the idea of combining some district councils with the county council.

But plans for a formal referendum will not go ahead, despite County Council leader Martin Hill promising one earlier this year.

Cllr Hill argues that the changes could save millions of pounds.

John Hough, leader of the opposition called the idea an "empty proposition".

They [the districts and county council] should have a proper discussion about what's possible and what isn't possible

John HoughLeader of the Opposition

Bird flu rules 'too complicated'

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

As we mentioned earlier, some of the rules over protecting poultry from Bird flu nationally are being relaxed.

But many farmers here in Lincolnshire are unaffected by those changes.

They will still have to keep birds under cover.

Andy Guy from the National Farmers Union says restrictions are so complicated, that farmers are playing it safe with precautions:    

"It's scary, very scary": False leg hero

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Craig Nairn, who used his false leg to help save a driver whose lorry tipped over , has been speaking to me about what happened.

He remembers his own experience of being in a car crash as being "very scary", so did all he could to help:

See the full interview on BBC Look North, tonight at 18:30.

County Council votes to increase tax

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire county council has voted to increase tax by 3.95%.

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That means County council's levy will be £1,173 from April.

Average total bills will be around £1,555 per household.

The move has been expected for some time.

Watch: Bright and breezy afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Just a few showers on high ground to the west but eastern parts enjoying the best of that sunshine. 

Here's a look at the forecast for the rest of today and into the weekend:

Storm Doris Rescue: Prosthetic leg used in bid to smash window

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More on this story we heard about earlier.

It seems that a rather unusual tool was used to attempt to smash the window of lorry which turned over in high winds.


Stuart Tweedale helped save a driver from his lorry which tipped over in Storm Doris.

It turns out that another motorist, Craig Nairn, cracked the window with his leg before finishing the job with a hammer from the boot of his car.

The pair (pictured) then pulled the driver to safety from the lorry, which had been leaking diesel.

heroes stuart and craig

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A quick recap on the main new stories from your Lincolnshire newsroom this afternoon:

Police hunt supermarket thieves

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thousands of pounds worth of alcohol and meat have been stolen at Lincolnshire supermarkets in the last month.


Lincolnshire Police want to talk to a number of men (pictured) about the crimes.

The thefts have taken place numerous times over the last month at shops in Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping.

The police say the total value of items stolen amounted to more than £2,000.

If you can help, contact Lincolnshire Police. 

Bird flu risk continues for Lincolnshire farmers

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

New measures relaxing the rules put in place to protect against the spread of Avian Flu won't affect Lincolnshire's farmers.

They are being told their poultry is still at risk of the disease, so must still keep birds inside or under cover.

Some farmers across the UK are being allowed to let their free range birds out.

AFP/Getty Images

Lincolnshire's farmers were originally told the restrictions would end next week.

Some flocks' free range status could be at risk because of the length of time the birds have been enclosed.

But the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says producers in higher risk areas can still market eggs as free range if they use netting and meet other criteria.

Effective disease control will always be our priority"

Nigel GibbensChief Veterinary Officer

Severe disruption: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, near B1357 Moulton Chapel Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Cowbit closed and slow traffic in both directions near the B1357 Moulton Chapel Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Thousands more women take up sport in Lincolnshire

Nicola Gilroy

Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Six and a half thousand more women took part in sports in the county last year, according to Sport England.

Shona McCallin
Frank Uijlenbroek

They say the increase (from 83,500 in 2015 to 90,000 in 2016) is credited to the "This Girl Can" campaign.

It has been backed by Olympic Gold Medallist Shona McCallin (pictured), who's from Lincolnshire.

She says sport can help in all aspects of your life:

A lot of businesses are recruiting sports people because of ability to work in teams, clear communication skills and a real drive to succeed"

Shona McCallin Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Player

Lincoln fashionistas head for London Fashion Week

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

You may have heard of London fashion week, but Lincoln fashion week certainly isn't quite up there yet.

But the organisers behind it are hoping to learn from their London compatriots with a trip today. 

lincoln fashion people arrive in london
Lincoln BIG

60 people in total are taking the trip, which is funded by Lincoln's businesses.

Organiser Michael Armstrong, from Lincoln BIG, has been turning heads with his outfit choice for the occasion:

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Perhaps he should leave the fashion to the experts. 

Ice rink given final reprieve

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Grimsby ice rink has been saved from closure for another few months.

Campaigners fighting to save it were told at North East Lincolnshire's council meeting last night it has a final reprieve.

They now have six months to come up with a viable business plan to run it.

Grimsby ice rink

This morning's headlines

Charlotte Wright

Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A quick recap of some of the stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

School minibus stolen

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A minibus used to take primary school pupils on trips has been stolen. 

Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire police say the 16-seater minibus from North Somercotes Primary school went missing on Wednesday.

The silver Ford Transit is fully marked up with school branding. 

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen the minibus being driven towards Grimsby late on Wednesday evening. 

Severe disruption: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, at B1357 Moulton Chapel Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Cowbit closed at the B1357 Moulton Chapel Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Lincolnshire Maternity services "unable to cope with demand"

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A senior doctor says the maternity service in Lincolnshire is stretched, and at times "unable to cope".

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a consultant paediatrician at Lincoln, says his team is stretched to dangerous levels at times.

On some occasions there have been only three doctors on a ward which should have had eight.

The comments came during our  debate about the future of healthcare in the county

Campaigners criticised proposals to centralise maternity services in Lincoln.

But Dr Rao, (pictured on the right), says the current system is struggling:

Cash strapped donkey sanctuary struggling

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A donkey sanctuary in Lincolnshire says it has almost run out of money to care for its animals.

donkey with hat
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary in Huttoft (near Alford) looks after 44 animals but bills are crippling the service.

Vet bills for some of the elderly donkeys can run into the thousands of pounds.  

Mark Hughes from the sanctuary says "things are very tight; we don't really have any money for contingencies".

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Our main source of income is from donations... we don't receive any government funding

Mark HughesRadcliffe Donkey Sactuary

Council tax rise expected

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Council tax increases of about £45 are expected to be voted through by Lincolnshire County Council today.

pile of coins

The council will vote on whether to agree to a rise of just under 4%, which equates to £45 on a Band D property.

The council say half of that money would be dedicated to adult social care.

It also said that it's already had to dip into its savings to counter government cuts.

Storm Doris: Lorry driver pulled from crash cab by police boss

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It seems the fallout from Storm Doris continues...

A driver whose lorry turned on its side during yesterday's gales was "saved" by the deputy police and crime commissioner yesterday.

lorry on its side
Lincolnshire PCC

Stuart Tweedale happened to be passing when he came across the lorry on its side with diesel leaking out.

He and a friend smashed the windscreen and dragged out the driver who was said to be "a little shaken" but uninjured.

I was just doing what any normal person would do.

Stuart Tweedale Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
lorry on side
Lincolnshire PCC

Travel: Flooding closes A158 in Skegness

BBC Travel

Lincolnshire travel

A burst water main near Skegness has led to parts of the A158 being closed.

road affected

The road is closed between Lincoln Road and Middlemarsh Road.

A diversion is in place, and it's causing delays to bus services in the area.

Drunk who climbed on moving train sentenced

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man who climbed on a moving train in Lincolnshire to dodge fares has been sentenced.

railway tracks near university

James Webster, from Gainsborough, has been given a 12-month community order and a three-month curfew. 

Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard that the 38-year-old was drunk at the time.

Police arrived and had to chase Webster down the tracks  (pictured) towards the University of Lincoln to arrest him.

Twenty-two services were affected and two trains cancelled because of the incident.

Weather: Largely dry day ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It seems that Storm Doris is very much behind us this today.

Here's a quick look ahead at today's weather:

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Hello from our Lincolnshire newsroom, it's Harry here taking the reins today.

I'll be bringing you news, travel, sports and weather from across the county.

Want to get in touch? Drop me an email , or find us on Twitter and Facebook .

Severe disruption: A158 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A158 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between Lincoln Road and Middlemarsh Road.

A158 Lincolnshire - A158 Burgh Road in Skegness closed in both directions between the Lincoln Road junction and the Middlemarsh Road junction, because of a burst water main.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well that's all from me on what's been a very eventful day! We'll be back from 08:00 with all the latest fallout from Storm Doris and the rest of the news, travel and sport.

Meanwhile, updates will continue here throughout this evening and tonight.

Before I go, here are five things we've learned today:

I want to leave you with this video from our reporter Martin Slack. You can have the sound on or off...because it makes no difference!:

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BBC Weather Watchers: Black cloud over Caistor

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo pretty much says it all about today in Lincolnshire.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher CaistorJames for sending it in.


Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Storm Doris: It's not all bad news

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Trees have come down and there've been power cuts, but Storm Doris has brought something else to one Lincolnshire man. Half a £20 note!

Nigel Wass

It was blown into Nigel Wass' garden in Horncastle.

Sadly, he's told us there was no sign of the other half.

Decision day for Grimsby Ice Rink

Campaigners fighting to save Grimsby ice rink will find out later if it has a future.

Skaters on Grimsby Ice Rink

North East Lincolnshire Council says the 40-year-old arena is too expensive to run and will make the final decision tonight on whether to close it.

Campaigners are planning a protest on the steps of Grimsby town hall later.

Brighton fan banned for three years after antics at Lincoln game

A Brighton fan who jumped on to the pitch side while celebrating his team's goal in their FA Cup tie at Lincoln has been given a three-year football banning order.

Matthew Clayton, 30, of Dingley Road, Rustington, climbed over the boundary wall at Sincil Bank and ran behind the Lincoln net seconds after Richie Towell put the Seagulls ahead midway through the first half of the fourth round tie.

He admitted breaching the Football Offences Act today at Lincoln Magistrates' Court and was fined £350 with £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge on top of the ban.

Storm Doris: Dashcam captures falling tree near miss
Footage from driving instructor Paul Smith shows his narrow escape from a falling tree in Spalding.

Lincoln fire: Latest from the scene

Katie O'Halloran

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

This is the latest picture from the scene of a blaze in Lincoln which is being tackled by six fire crews on Doddington Road.


It's believed to be in a storage building used by electronics company Dynex.  

Lincolnshire business booms after surge in electric cars

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire business says it's looking to expand because more people are buying electric cars.


Rolec, based near Boston, employs about 100 people and is involved in manufacturing the charging points which drivers of electric cars hook their vehicles up to.  

Naomi Nye, from the company, says business is booming:

Each week demand is growing. More and more people are investing in them and we're in a position now where we're looking to recruit more people and it's going really, really well."

Naomi NyeCorporate Accounts Manager, Rolec