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  1. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

Five things we learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today, but we will return with breaking news, sport, travel and weather updates for Lincolnshire from 08:00 on Monday.

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

Magic moments from FA People's Cup


Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Patrick Kiyama, 27,

A convicted robber who started a fire at his cell in a detention centre is sentenced to four years in prison.

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Weather - rainy weekend ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...but you're going to need your brollies!


Your views: Ruddocks closure

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Clearly many of you are very upset by the announcement that Ruddocks of Lincoln will close on Easter Saturday.


Comments have been streaming into our Facebook page and Twitter feed after we announced the news:

How heartbreaking is this? 💔😢

Lucy Carlton - Facebook

What a shame - another family business bites the dust. They will be sorely missed.

Mary Hollingsworth - Facebook

Soon all town centres will be clones of each other with no small businesses left.

Craig Thornton - Facebook

So, so sad about this. Can't imagine the High Street without it. Loss of another independent shop a real shame. 😞😞

Lucinda Preston - Twitter

Gutted. The whole shop has got a lovely, friendly feel. Very sorry for the staff.

John Gidman

'Gutted' - Emotional response to high street shop closing

Martin Slack

Duty news editor

Staff at Ruddocks of Lincoln, a shop which has been on the High Street for 163 years, say they're "gutted" that it's going to close.


"Genuinely gutted... a lot of us here were like family"

Jules JacksonShop Assistant

Shop assistant Jules Jackson, who's worked at the shop for nearly 10 years, was emotional hearing the news:

Man loses an eye in Skegness assault, witnesses sought

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen an assault in which a man lost his eye.

Lincolnshire Police

Police say a 30-year-old man lost an eye after being glassed at the Marine boathouse pub on Lumley Road on 25 February.

He was treated at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital but his eye couldn't be saved.

Police want to talk to two women and a man (pictured) who may have information.

Police dog sniffs out cannabis and amphetamines in Cleethorpes

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've already heard about PD Phantom sniffing out £12,000 in cash, well he wasn't satisfied with giving up without sniffing out some illegal substances.

He was successful on Wednesday, he sniffed out cannabis and amphetamines at two properties in Cleethorpes.

PD phantom
Humberside Police

Cannabis was found at an address on Fuller Street.

Amphetamines and cannabis were also found at two houses on Grafton Street.

Two women and a man were interviewed in connection with the operation over the last week.

officers searching a house
Humberside Police

Drugs can have a devastating effect on our communities and this is why we actively target those involved in supplying them. We have users who fund their habit through burglary, theft, and violent crime...

Sgt Dan HealeyHumberside Police

163-year-old Lincoln shop is to close

Martin Slack

Duty News Editor

Ruddocks of Lincoln - a mainstay of Lincoln's high street for 163 years - is set to close.


The stationery shop has been in its current location (pictured) for 113 years. 

It had been further up Lincoln's high street for 50 years before that.

In a statement, owner Henry Ruddock, says that the upstairs tea room and the design and print business will not be affected.

The shop has not been profitable for many years... Matters have conspired against us... paper and pen are now things of the past and even drawing has become screen based.

Henry RuddockOwner

Lincolnshire immigration arsonist imprisoned

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A convicted robber has been imprisoned for four years after setting fire to his cell at a Lincolnshire immigration centre.

Patrick Kiyama
Lincs Police

Patrick Kiyama, 27, set fire to his pillow, bedding and a bin whilst at Morton Hall Immigration centre near Gainsborough.

He had been sentenced to 13 months in prison for a street robbery in Milton Keynes.

The court heard that he was frustrated that he hadn't been deported to his native Congo.

You were frustrated with what you perceived was the slow pace of your return to the Congo. You told two prison officers that you were going to set fire to the centre.

Judge Simon Hirst

Everington leaves Imps on loan to King's Lynn

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town have signed midfielder Kegan Everington on loan from Lincoln City until the end of the season. 

The 21-year-old has spent much of this season on loan at Buxton and hasn't played a first team game for the FA Cup giant-killing Imps since last March. 

Ian Culverhouse
Getty Images

Everington is first new player brought to the club by Ian Culverhouse since he took over as manager last week.  

He takes charge of a home game for the first time tomorrow when The Linnets play Stratford Town at The Walks. 

Watch footage of moments before Langworth level crossing crash
A dashcam captured a Vauxhall Corsa which went on to crash into a level crossing being pursued by a police car.

£12,000 sniffed out by police dog in Grimsby

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thousands of pounds worth of suspected drugs money has been sniffed out by a police dog in Grimsby.

Police dog Phantom
Humberside Police

Phantom (pictured) sniffed out the cash at the property on Rowston street in Cleethorpes.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the production of class B drugs, possessing criminal property and possession of a weapon.

Criminals are told to watch out because:

PD Phantom is keen to come back for more...

Sgt Dan HealeyOperation leader

143,000 illegal cigarettes seized down to "tip-offs"`

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Trading standards officers say tip-offs from the community helped lead to 143,000 fake cigarettes being seized between April and December last year.

fake cigarettes

They say they are getting better at working together with HMRC to discover those selling black market cigarettes.

But they admit that even though more are being confiscated, there are more coming into the country and there is a "ready market".

The intelligence members of the public are supplying is a lot better than it was a few years ago, so that's one of the reasons we're seizing more.

Sgt Kim EnderbyTrading Standards

Missing WW2 mascot was in D-Day raids

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A stuffed fox, which has gone missing from the Metheringham Airfield museum , took part in the D-Day raids according to staff at the museum.

mr fox
andy marson

The museum say Flight Sgt William Hovey, who was a navigator in 106 Squadron at RAF Metheringham, donated Mr Fox to the museum a few years ago.

Flight Sgt Hovey completed 36 operations, so it seems the mascot was lucky indeed:

Bill and his crew (including Mr Fox) did their tour of duty overlapping D-Day and the gun emplacements at Caen were believed to be their target on the night before D-Day.

Andy Marson Chairman - Friends of Metheringham Airfield

Watch: 'Stolen car' moments before level crossing crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The BBC has received this footage from a dash-cam which caught the scene just moments before a  "suspected stolen car" crashed into a railway level crossing at Langworth .

The car smashed into the barriers on Thursday after failing to stop for police and the driver was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

An 18-year-old man, and two women, aged 18 and 19, said to be passengers in the car, were arrested.

Your views: Flytipping near you

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've been talking about about flytipping this morning on BBC Radio Lincolnshire .

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You've been getting in touch with your comments :

I run a gardening company and some quotes I give, I am told that they have been given a cheaper quote. When they say the price there is no way these companies can be disposing the waste legally.

Shaun JohnsonFacebook comment

If it costs millions clearing up after fly-tipping, that could pay for the council-run tips to be open and staffed all the time. May not stop it completely - but would go a long way towards it!

Janet MackeyFacebook comment

It comes and it goes but is tending to get worse as local authority and police cuts bite

Brynley Heaven on Twitter

Severe disruption: A1 Lincolnshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Lincolnshire southbound severe disruption, between A52 Grantham North and A607 Harlaxton.

A1 Lincolnshire - A1 in Barrowby closed and slow traffic southbound between Grantham North and Harlaxton, because of road repairs.

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

Car at crash scene

Five teenagers were in the suspected stolen car when it smashed into railway crossing barriers.

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BBC Introducing gig in Lincoln

Jono Brine

Presenter - BBC Introducing Lincolnshire

Just a quick look back at last night's BBC Introducing gig, Plugged.

The gig featured bands from Boston and Lincoln and The Marsicans, a group who've recently been playlisted by Radio 1.

To hear more new music from Lincolnshire listen to BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire on Saturdays from 20:00.

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Hakeeb Adelakun

Scunthorpe winger Hakeeb Adelakun is told to 'grow up' by boss Graham Alexander after missing their last five games.

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Teens arrested in Langworth level crossing crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Three teenagers who were in a car which crashed through a level crossing yesterday afternoon have been arrested.

level crossing crash

Police say the driver, a 16-year-old male, is still being treated at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

A 15-year-old male passenger is being treated at Lincoln County Hospital.

More as we get it.

Missing: WW2 Fox mascot, 15" tall

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An RAF mascot who accompanied pilots on bombing runs during World War two has been reported "missing in action" by Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre.

mr fox
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre

Mr Fox (above is the best picture we have) was loaned to a Lincolnshire organisation last summer but staff say they have no record of which organisation borrowed him.

It was a 106 Sqn crew fox mascot dressed in red coat and jodhpurs, some 15" tall

Andy Marson Chairman - Friends of Metheringham Airfield

Have you seen him? Are you part of the organisation who borrowed him?  Get in touch.

Travel: Lorry and motorbike collision

BBC Travel

There's been an collision involving a lorry and a motorbike in Lincoln this morning.

Traffic is slow on Tritton Road at the junction of Skellingthorpe Road (pictured).

 Police are on the scene.


Wildlife hospital looking for home for animals

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire wildlife hospital which closed at the beginning of the year is looking to re-home some of the animals in its care.

Since it closed in January some animals have been dumped at the former wildlife hospital in Lincoln.

They include these chickens:

Belinda Wines

The former owners of the hospital are searching for people to look after them, get in touch here .

New "major trauma" centre opening in Lincoln

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

People who've suffered a major psychological trauma will be able to receive treatment at a new centre opening in Lincoln.

trauma centre logo
Lincoln Trauma Centre

The service will offer support to those who've suffered a bereavement, those who might have been abused or assaulted and for those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

It's on Mint Lane in the city.

It's for anyone who's experienced a traumatic incident... but also for the families of those people to get support.

Michelle FreemanPyschotherapist

The mystery of the missing "ding-dongs"

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you've visited Lincoln Cathedral in the last few days, you may have noticed that something wasn't quite right, have a listen to this:

Lincoln Cathedral bells missing "ding"

Well, according to the Canon John Patrick from the cathedral, one of the bells is currently being repaired, and could be missing for a couple of weeks.

According to the Canon a special spring is missing, one which needs to be especially made for the bell.

The repair is estimated it will cost the cathedral up to £3000

Usually it goes ding-dong ding-dong... now it's going ding-dong... -dong

Canon John PatrickSub-Dean of Lincoln

143,000 fake cigarettes seized in Lincolnshire

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

More than 143,000 fake cigarettes were seized by trading standards in Lincolnshire during April to December last year.

According to trading standards, the cigarettes can contain things like mould and rat droppings.

They're also often considered a fire risk, because many don't self-extinguish.

Here's how to spot a fake:

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Watch: Looks like a chilly start with rain later

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Sarah Thornton with today's forecast:

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom, it's me Harry bringing you all of today's breaking news from around the county. 

I'll also have travel, sports and weather updates throughout the day.

If you want to get in touch you can. Just send me an  email , or a message on  Facebook  or Twitter .    

Five things we've learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's the end of our regular updates but if we have any breaking news we'll continue to update through the night. 

In the meantime, I'll leave you with five things you didn't know this morning:

Eighteen-year-old woman assaulted in Grimsby

BBC Radio Humberside

Police are trying to find witnesses to an incident in which an 18-year-old woman was assaulted in Grimsby.

humberside police

The victim was approached by a man she knew and attacked.Sh was was then followed and assaulted by him again.

Police want anyone who was near Victor Street or Hilda Street at about 07:00 on Friday 17 February to get in touch.

Brexit: International Trade Secretary visits Lincolnshire

Hope Bolger

Reporter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Secretary of State for International Trade has visited the county today to hear businesses' opinions on Brexit.

Liam Fox
Cliff Preston

As one of the so called "three Brexiteers", he oversees the Department for International Trade which will arrange post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.

He's visited Jakeman's Sweet factory in Boston and Househam Sprayers, near Woodhall Spa.

liam fox
Cliff Preston

As companies which export to the rest of the world, the two businesses will be particularly affected by the outcome of trade 

The boss of Househam Sprayers' boss said he was pleased the minister had visited:

It's very, very useful Dr Liam Fox has come and listened. We've got to back to him with points that would help us export our machines around the world.

Robert Willey Chief Executive - Househam Sprayers

Watch: Welder turned Cup hero's welcome return

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A former welder with JCB in Staffordshire has received a hero's welcome at his former workplace after coming back an FA Cup hero.   

Matt Rhead returning to JCB

Since leaving the firm's factory in Cheadle, 32-year-old Matt Rhead has gone on to play for Lincoln City. 

He was named man-of-the-match when they beat Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup last month. 

They're now first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and will face Arsenal.  

Langworth crash was 'fail to stop', say police

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Lincolnshire Police have described the car crash at Langworth Level crossing  as a "fail to stop". 

The car crashed through the barriers at the level crossing and collided with a Post Office lorry.

police car

Police said the driver of the car was "seriously injured" and taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham by air ambulance.

"I was flung out of bed... there was a car halfway in my bedroom"

Nicola Gilroy


We've been speaking to Joe Marshall who was woken late last night when a car crashed into his bedroom .

He says it was "quite scary"... that feels like an understatement to me:

Lincoln City FC knight announced

Michael Hortin

Sports, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There's a new addition to the Lincoln Knights' Trail and they've got a special guest to do some work on it...

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There will be a special red and white striped Lincoln City knight on the trail around the city.

In total there will be 36 statues forming a treasure trail of sorts. 

Each will be decorated to celebrate part of the city's history and to honour the 800th anniversaryof the Battle of Lincoln.

Listen: Humberside Police 'good' with local issues

BBC Radio Humberside

A report has been issued today following an inspection from Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary.

Overall Humberside Police has been rated as "requiring improvement", but HMIC inspector Mike Cunningham says the force is good in a number of areas:

Air ambulances arrive at Langworth level Crossing crash

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Two air ambulances have arrived at a crash on the main road in Langworth (near Lincoln) .

Police have said that "it's thought there are no serious injuries but there will be some traffic disruption".

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