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  1. Lincoln police station to close by 2019 with staff relocated to Nettleham HQ
  2. Cash machine reinstated in Donington six months after ram-raid
  3. New Skegness coastwatch station to act as 999 command and control centre
  4. Market Rasen school to honour Michael Jackson songwriter Rod Temperton
  5. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

Five things we learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all folks! Regular live updates are ending for the week, but continue to check the BBC news website and local radio for your latest news. I'll leave you with five things we didn't know this morning:

Red Nose Day: Sing-along at Lincoln care home

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Something to warm your soul this afternoon.

Staff at a Lincoln care home have put on a special sing-along for residents in aid of Comic Relief.

This will put a smile on your face:

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Sport: Top-of-table clash for Lincoln City

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City are taking on their rivals for the top spot in the National League tomorrow afternoon.

Forest Green Rovers are currently second in the league.

Imps manager Danny Cowley says he'll need vocal support from fans on home turf at the 12:15 kick-off tomorrow.

They've had quite a few changes in their personnel since we last played them. Revenge, is it a good motivator? I don't know. We try to have intrinsic self-motivation.

Danny CowleyLincoln City FC manager
danny cowley

To all you mums out there


With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Ram-raid wreck shop re-opens

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We heard earlier about the local shop in Donington which was closed for six months after a ram-raid.

Well, it's now been reopened in the traditional way... with comedy- sized scissors:

ribbon cutting

The store was closed in September after a tractor was driven into the front.

The culprits fled empty-handed after causing £200,000 worth of damage:

ram raid

Just look at it now:


The FA People's Cup is back!


It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Photos: A fine day for a trip to the seaside!

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like a glorious afternoon on the beach in Cleethorpes.

Thanks to Weather Watcher Jeddy for these great photos - you're making us jealous.

Cleethorpes beach

Keep sending in your photos to the BBC Weather Watchers sit e.

Plaque commemorates 'Thriller' songwriter

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

More about the school in Market Rasen  which has a suspiciously large number of musical alumni. 

The school has unveiled a plaque in memory of Rodney Temperton, the songwriter who worked with Michael Jackson writing Thriller and other hits.

He's studied at the school:


Today current pupils of the school have been remembering the Grammy Award winning writer with a school concert with covers by pupils' bands.

He died last year, aged 66 after a short battle with cancer.

school band

Red Nose Day: PC Chuckles

David Sykes

Producer, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

In celebration of Red Nose Day, we've managed to convince some recognisable faces from around the county to tell us the cheesiest jokes they can find...

Police Chief Inspector Mark Garthwaite from Lincolnshire Police sent in my favourites:

Chief Inspector Mark Garthwaite gives us some one-liners, with the straightest of faces.

Have you got a joke to share? Send me a message here , or head over to our facebook page and send us pictures of what you've been doing to raise money.

Nerf Gun Battle Arena comes to Boston

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Work has begun building a 'Nerf Gun Battle Arena' and a climbing centre in Boston.

boston bowl

Work on the structure has begun in the last week.

Nerf guns are colourful toy guns that fire foam pellets with rubber ends on.

There are also plans to build 12 climbing walls in the extension, which is attached to a bowling alley and soft-play centre.

boston bowl

Listen: Arming all officers is 'giving in' says Lincolnshire PCC

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Following the attack at Westminster it wasn't long before some people began to say that more, if not all, police officers should be armed. 

I've been speaking to Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones about his thoughts on this as well as the decision to hold a minute's silence for PC Palmer today.

Friends on fundraising mission after Lincoln teen paralysed

The Lincolnite

18-year-old Georgia Rawlings was left paralysed from her neck down after falling from a swing in a local park.

Her friend, Eve Morgan (pictured below with Georgia) want to raise money to buy her a wheelchair.

Read more at The Lincolnite .

georgia and friend
The Lincolnite

Red Nose Day: University conga line

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's Red Nose Day, so people in Lincolnshire are getting funny for money!

What have you been doing to raise money? Get in touch with your pictures here .

Students at the University have organised a conga line around their campus:

View more on twitter

Police poet's limerick

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Social media gurus across Lincolnshire take note...

Here's how to get your news noticed on Twitter:

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Thriller songwriter celebrated at his old school

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire school is remembering one of its most famous former pupils today - the songwriter who penned Thriller for Michael Jackson.

rod temperton

De Aston school in Market Rasen is holding a Rodney Tempterton Day to celebrate the writer's most famous songs.  

Pupils will be performing covers of his hits and unveiling a plaque to commemorate his humble beginnings at the school.

Another musical ex-pupil from the school, James Dring, will be doing the honours. He's worked with Jamie T and other modern musicians.

This is the same town which also counts Elton John's long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin as one of its most famous residents...

What on earth is in the water in Market Rasen?!

Lincoln police station to close by 2019

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The police station in Lincoln's city centre is to close by 2019.

Staff will be relocated from the building on Beaumont Fee in the city to the police and fire HQ at Nettleham.

police station

The old building isn't on the market for sale yet because police are expected to continue using it until 2019.

The building - affectionately nicknamed the "Ryvita building" because of its unusual concrete design - will be sold off and the neighbourhood team are expected to move to the fire and ambulance station on South Park in the city.

Lincolnshire ex-serviceman hopes 'Marine A' will be freed

A former marine living in Lincolnshire says he hopes his former sergeant is released from prison today after serving three-and-a-half years for shooting dead a Taliban prisoner.

Sgt Alexander Blackman (pictured below) - who was identified as 'Marine A' before being convicted of murder - has recently had his conviction downgraded by judges after an appeal hearing.

He's to be sentenced today for manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

Cassidy Little, who served under Sgt Blackman in Afghanistan told us he's hopeful about today's ruling:

Travel: Train delays on four routes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains say there's been a failure of the electricity supply at the Doncaster signal box, which is causing problems:

  • Trains are unable to run between Doncaster and Lincoln Central on the Doncaster-Peterborough route
  • No service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate on the Grimsby/Lincoln-Leicester route
  • Trains on the Norwich/Nottingham/Liverpool line are being diverted and won't stop at Grantham
  • Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness trains won't stop at Grantham either
east midlands train

Four now arrested after level crossing crash at Langworth

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

South Yorkshire Police say four people have been arrested for "aggravated taking without consent" after a police pursuit through Lincolnshire.

The pursuit ended with the car crashing through barriers at a level crossing in Langworth on 2 March.

A 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were both taken to hospital after the crash.


The driver of the car was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Air ambulance

Council expected to elect replacement leader

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A new leader is expected to be appointed to a Lincolnshire council, after its leader stood down after 16 years in the role.

Councillor Marion Brighton stepped down as the leader of North Kesteven District Council due to ill health earlier this month.

Tory councillor Richard Wright (pictured) is expected to be made the overall leader in a vote next week.

North Kesteven Council

Donington ram-raid building repaired

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Do you remember this? It was the damage done to a building by thieves who were after the cash machine.

ram raid

It was an attempted ram raid on the local shop in Donington (near Boston).

The offenders failed in their attempt to steal the cash machine from the shop but left the stolen tractor embedded in the building.

Six months on, the shop has finally been repaired at a cost of over £200,000.

ram raid2

Weather: Just look at that sunshine!

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a chilly start to the day, but it'll be dry with lots of sunny spells.

Weather chart

This morning's headlines

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A quick look at some of the headlines from our newsroom this morning:

  • Lincoln's police station will close by 2019, staff are being relocated to the HQ in Nettleham
  • Six months after an ATM was ram-raided in Donington, a cash machine is being reinstated
  • A coastwatch station opening in Skegness today will also be a command and control centre for the emergency services
  • A school in Market Rasen is honouring alumni Rod Temperton, who wrote songs for Michael Jackson with a day of celebrations

Good morning and welcome to Friday's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom, I'm Harry and I'll be keeping you company with the latest news updates for today.

I'll also be bringing you travel, weather and sports news throughout the day.

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

Why not send me your pictures, or any news or info about what's happening where you are? 

Mingzi Yang

The victim had reported her killer for domestic abuse on numerous occasions, a review finds.

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Five things we're learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from me today, we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. Until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today: 

Have a good evening.

Calls for balloon ban on the coast

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There are calls for Lincolnshire's councils on the coast to join a voluntary ban on balloon releases in the local area. 

The Marine Conservation Society says there's been a 50% rise in the amount of balloon litter on the UK's beaches between 2015 and 2016.


More than 50 authorities have joined the voluntary ban but Emma Cunningham - Pollution campaigns officer - says the problem appears to be growing:

It's just really worrying that it's still a problem that's not going away. We think the best way to fix it is with the help of local authorities who want to protect their beaches.

Emma CunninghamMarine Conservation Society

Three more NatWest branches to close in Lincolnshire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We told you earlier that NatWest is shutting its branch in Horncastle by the end of September and it's now emerged that it's not the only one on the chopping block.

These branches are also closing:

  • Bourne
  • Sleaford 
  • Newark Road, Lincoln

Flags flying at half-mast

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

People up and down the country are paying their respects to the victims of yesterday's terror attack in Westminster.

Lots of flags are flying at half-mast, including this one above the Guildhall in Lincoln:


This one above Boston's Assembly Rooms:


And over at the police and fire service HQ in Nettleham:


Weather Watchers: Blue skies burst through

BBC Weather Watchers

Whisper it but today we've actually had some pretty good weather!

Let's see what our Weather Watchers have been up to....

First Blankney where Sandylou took this:


Daviation took this one in Nettleham:


We love this simple little shot from Ar in Laceby:


New loan signing for the Imps

Michael Hortin

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Good news here for Imps fans:

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NatWest to close Horncastle branch

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

NatWest has announced it is closing the branch in the town on the 26 September.

They say it's been a difficult decision but banking has changed radically over the last few years and transactions have declined in the branch by 32% since 2011.


This a further blow for the town after it was announced  the HSBC branch would be closing.

Blast from the past: Steam train passes through Lincoln

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A British Railways Standard Class 4MT came through Lincoln today while on a journey from the National Railway Museum in York.

The 60-year-old locomotive is heading to the North Norfolk Railway at Sheringham and the glorious weather has made for some fantastic photos.

Thanks to Graham Lightfoot for sending them in.

British Railways Standard Class 4MT
Graham Lightfoot
British Railways Standard Class 4MT
Graham Lightfoot

Traffic and travel: B1190 closed after crash

The emergency services are at the scene of crash on the B1190 at Doddington. 

A Mini and an Audi were involved with one car catching fire.

The road is now closed as officials inspect the surface that has been damaged by the fire.

Westminster attack: Look North speaks to region's MPs

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Jail for addict who burgled birthplace of Margaret Thatcher

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A man who stole a handbag, a purse and £20 from the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher has been jailed for two years. 

Lee Gray, 35, of Commercial Road, Grantham broke into a corner shop in North Parade. 

The former Prime Minister was born in a bedroom above the shop in 1925. 

Gray, who is addicted to crack cocaine, was in the middle of a 10-day crime spree when he smashed through the window to gain entry to the premises on 19 January. 

A cleaner was working in the building at the time but didn't hear Gray because she was operating a vacuum cleaner.

He was sentenced today for his crimes at Lincoln Crown Court. 

Brave dog saves life of Dachshund in need of emergency blood transfusion

Lincolnshire Reporter

A brave dog at a veterinary hospital near Boston saved the life of a poorly pooch after he fell ill and needed emergency treatment.  

Lincolnshire reporter