Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Marina Erte death: Jury consider verdict
  2. Lincoln A&E appeals for staff help from hospitals outside county
  3. Golden Wonder jobs boost at Scunthorpe crisp factory
  4. Woman, 61, dies after A15 crash near Sleaford last month
  5. Boston residents call for end to streetlight switch-off
  6. Bengal tigers unveiled at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
  7. Live updates on Friday 7 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from me this week, we'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 on Monday. 

Until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today: 

Have a good weekend.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Your weekend weather

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a lovely weekend - but just how nice?

Here's my full forecast:

Traffic and travel: Lane blocked on the A46

BBC News Travel

A broken down camper van has blocked the A46 Southbound in Burton between the A57 Saxilby Road and the B1378 Lincoln Road.

Expect delays if you're heading that way especially because of the rush hour traffic.

Boston trial to continue into next week

After almost four hours of deliberating their verdict the jury in the trial of a Boston man accused of murdering his estranged wife have been sent home for the weekend.

Gytis Griskevicius, 32, of St Ann's Lane, Boston is alleged to have killed his wife Marina Erte, 33, after becoming jealous at the new relationship she had begun with another man.

He denies the charges.

Plans submitted for new Lincolnshire glamping park

Lincolnshire Business

Plans have been submitted to create a new glamping park on a site currently classed as paddock land in Brant Broughton.  

glamping
Lincolnshrie Business

Spruce up the station

A Lincoln charity's taking on the challenge of improving the city's railway station. 

The Rotary Club's planning to clean platforms and put flower tubs around the station. It also wants to gather old photos of it for displays. 

The charity says a similar project in Market Rasen station has been a success. 

station
BBC

Lincoln A&E appeals for staff help from hospitals outside county

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Medical staff from outside Lincolnshire are being sought to help out the current staffing crisis at Lincoln County Hospital A&E .

Lincoln County Hospital
ULHT

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has confirmed it's asking hospitals from elsewhere in the country to help staff the emergency department.

The trust said yesterday it was "struggling to fill rotas" over the next few weeks.  

It comes as the trust appeals to people to  only come to Lincoln's A&E unit in genuine emergencies .

Sixty new jobs at Scunthorpe crisp factory

Leanne Brown

BBC Look North

Scunthorpe's Golden Wonder factory has today revealed another 60 jobs have been created at the plant .

Golden Wonder Factory, Scunthorpe
Google

The news emerged as the town's MP, Nic Dakin, visited the factory on Colin Road.

Recent investment in the factory has seen an improvement in its production capabilities, the firm says.

Woman dies after Sleaford crash

A 61-year-old Lincolnshire woman who was involved in a serious road collision near Sleaford last month has died. 

The woman, from the Bourne area, was seriously hurt when her car collided with another vehicle which was towing a caravan on the A15 on 23 March.

Police are re-appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Lincolnshire's weather this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining grey for the rest of the day, with sunny spells only occasionally breaking through.

Staying fairly warm but a bit chillier on the coast.

Temp
BBC

Watch: Lincoln parade celebrates RAF's freedom of the city

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

You've seen the flyover , now watch the freedom of the city parade itself.

Personnel from RAF Scampton and RAF Waddington have marched down Lincoln High Street as part of their celebrations:

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today include: 

Marina Erte death: Jury consider verdict

Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife have retired to consider their verdict .

Tent
BBC

Gytis Griskevicius, 32, of St Ann's Lane, Boston, denies killing Marina Erte, 33, at her flat in Boston on 20 May 2016.

He is alleged to have beaten her before drowning her with a shower attachment and then setting fire to the flat.

Lincoln Crown Court was told the attack was motivated by jealousy at a new relationship Ms Erte had begun.

Traffic and travel: Accident on A46

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being warned there's been a crash on the A46 in Faldingworth.

The road is currently partially blocked in both directions near Buslingthorpe Road.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park's tigers take on 'ambassador' role

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

I mentioned earlier that 11 of the world's most dangerous kitties are now on show at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park.

tigers
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

It's the country's largest collection of Bengal tigers, one of the most endangered animals in the world.

Steve Nichols, the park's CEO, says he hopes the rescued tigers will inspire people to do their bit to protect the animals from extinction:

We want to use them almost as ambassadors for tigers to show people their plight in the wild. If we can help one wild tiger then it's worth these 11 living a life of luxury here."

Steve NicholsLincolnshire Wildlife Park CEO

Flyover for Freedom of the City parade

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It wouldn't be a parade in Bomber County without a flyover.

Watch this RAF Sentinel zoom over Lincoln.

The video was taken from the roof of BBC Radio Lincolnshire towers:

On yer bike! Final countdown for Lincolnshire's Tour of the Wolds

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Last minute preparations are under way for this weekend's massive cycling event, Lincolnshire's Tour of the Wolds.

The first race starts on Saturday at 08:00 from the London Road Pavillion in Louth. 

On Sunday, the professionals take over with some of cycling's biggest names taking to the county's roads 

This map shows just the first of three sections of the route:

map
Google

The women's route is 62 miles and the men's route is 102 miles.

Race director Dan Elmore says it'll certainly be a spectacle:

We've got all sorts of police escorts, motorbikes and safety marshals. There are 150 bike riders followed by about 20 cars with all the spare bikes on. It'll be quite the sight!"

Dan ElmoreRace director, Tour of the Wolds

Grimsby leisure complex plans go on display

Plans for a proposed new £20m leisure complex in Grimsby go on display today.

Freshney Place in Grimsby
Google

A new nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex is planned as an extension to Freshney Place near the Riverhead.

The development is expected to generate at least 100 construction jobs at any one time, as well as up to 250 long-term jobs.

The consultation will be held today and tomorrow between 10:30 and 16:00 in the unit at the corner of Baxtergate and Clayton Walk malls.

Boston residents call for end to streetlight switch-off

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

A heated debate about streetlights being turned off overnight took place in Boston last night.

Streetlights meeting
BBC

Campaigners and local residents put their views to the town's MP, Matt Warman, with some blaming government cutbacks for the controversial measure being introduced.  

The County Council has previously said funding cuts from central government meant the authority had to find new ways of saving money, including the streetlights switch-off.

Lincolnshire Police has said there's no evidence of an increase in crime because of the switch-off.  

Lorraine O'Connor, who organised the meeting, says she's confident the lights will go back on:

It went very well. We concluded at the end that we were united, we all want them back on and we've all submitted our cases as to why they should be turned back on."

Lorraine O'ConnorMeeting organiser

BBC Weather Watchers: Glimpse through the cloud in South Witham

BBC Weather Watchers

In case you've not looked out of the window recently, it's still a bit grey across Lincolnshire at the moment. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher SouthWithamerBaz for sending this picture in which pretty much sums it up: it's like being under the sea!

Cloud
BBC

Lincoln plays host to RAF freedom of the city parade

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Personnel from two Lincolnshire RAF stations are due to take part in a joint freedom of the city parade today.

Airmen and women from RAF Scampton and RAF Waddington will march together through Lincoln. 

The parade will start at 10:45 from St Martin's Square and is expected to finish just before midday at City Square.

This is what it's looked like in previous years:

Parade
RAF

Watch: Fantastic felines unveiled at Friskney

The largest collection of Bengal tigers in the country goes on show to the public right here in Lincolnshire later today.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney has 11 of the big cats - one of the most endangered animals in the world - who have all come from private owners.

Here they are, shortly before they were let into the outside part of their new enclosure which has been purpose-built for these fantastic felines:

'Stay away from Lincoln A&E unless it's genuine emergency'

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

People are being urged not to go to A&E at Lincoln County Hospital unless it's a genuine emergency. 

It comes as the department struggles to fill its rotas because of a chronic shortage of doctors.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was "working hard to maintain a safe service" and urged people to visit A&E for only "serious or life-threatening" conditions. 

Doctor Richard Andrews, from the trust, says he wants people to consider whether other options for treatment would be more suitable:

Lincolnshire's morning weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Starting chilly with mist in some areas of the county

It'll stay dry though with spells of sunshine developing in places. 

Feeling warm by the afternoon in most areas, but cooler near coasts where any sea breezes develop.

Temperature chart
BBC

Your Lincolnshire headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are some of the top stories from across the county so far this morning:

  • As Lincoln County hospital's staffing crisis continues, people are being urged to stay away from A&E unless it's a genuine emergency 
  • The largest collection of Bengal tigers in the country are due to be unveiled in Friskney later 
  • Last minute preparations are under way for this weekend's massive cycling event, Lincolnshire's Tour of the Wolds

Traffic and travel: Delays on A159

BBC News Travel

Traffic is currently queuing on the A159 Ashby Road in Scunthorpe northbound from Burringham Road traffic lights to the A18.

If you're heading that way, be prepared to add an extra 10 minutes or so onto your commute.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

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

We'll bring you up-to-date news, travel, sport and weather updates as they happen.

Is there something you think we should know about? You can get in touch through email , Facebook  and Twitter

Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from me today but news, sport, weather and travel updates will continue overnight.

I'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today: 

Have a good evening.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Minister defends benefits cap

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Work and Pensions Minister is defending the benefits cap after being told that more than 100 Lincolnshire families have only 50p a week left to pay their rent.

Damian Green is visiting businesses in Lincolnshire today. 

minister
BBC

Last night's Panarama programme reported how thousands of families across the country are being hit by the changes. 

But Mr Green says the system is fair:

Most people will regard it as unfair that you can receive more on benefits that the average family can earn by going out to work.

Damian GreenWork and Pensions Minister

Your weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry evening and night with variable cloud cover and clear spells.

Here's my full forecast looking forward to the weekend:

BreakingSkipper of £80m cocaine boat jailed for 16 years

The skipper of a drug-filled fishing boat has been jailed for 16 years for attempting to smuggle almost a tonne of cocaine into Britain.

Michael McDermott, 68, from Waterford, Ireland, was found guilty three weeks ago of his role in the plan to get the drugs into port at Falmouth, Cornwall.

Two other men, David Pleasants, 57, from Grimsby, and Gerald Van de Kooij, 27, from Amersfoort, Netherlands, have been jailed for 14 and 12 years respectively at Bristol Crown Court. 

Gerald Van de Kooij, Michael McDermott and David Pleasants
National Crime Agency

Heckington says goodbye to village's only bank

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Businesses in a large village near Sleaford say the loss of its only bank is a blow - but not a surprise. 

Bank
Google

Lloyds has announced its branch in Heckington will shut this summer - one of 200 to close across the country .

Andrew Frank, who runs the Windmill Shop in the village, says residents knew it was coming:  

It was always in the back of your mind. When you're in there you're always taking note of many people there, if it's busy. Because you think if it's busy they won't close it."

Andrew FrankShopkeeper

Early start to the season for outdoor pool

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

An outdoor swimming pool in Woodhall Spa will be open for an extra six weeks this year, it's been announced. 

Pool
Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa pool

You'll be able to visit the facility at Jubilee Park from Good Friday right through until October.  

It costs £1,000 a day for the pool to be kept running so General Manager Joe Stanhope says this year's earlier start is a risk, but one he hopes will pay off:

It's not a lot of money to come for a swim so it's hard to cover those costs. So we have to do an awful lot to build that up. It's about getting classes, lessons... We can generate revenue from that type of thing a bit better."

Joe StanhopeWoodhall Spa pool

Listen: 999 service 'not for cats' (should you need reminding...)

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

When you're a 999 operator then you must get more than your fair share of weird phone calls - but this one takes some beating. 

East Midlands Ambulance Service says inappropriate calls like this one stop them from helping people who actually need help - take a listen:

Here are some of the other bizarre reasons they've been called over the past month alone:

  •  Someone was bitten by hamster
  •  Someone had dandruff 
  •  Someone had a sore on their nose   
  •  Someone was bitten by dog – but the incident was two months ago  
  •  Someone wanted somebody to do the shopping  

Some people, eh?

Samantha Baldwin arrested on suspicion of abduction

A woman who went missing with two boys for more than a week and was thought to have Lincolnshire connections has been arrested on suspicion of abduction

woman
Nottinghamshire Police

Samantha Baldwin, 40, and her two sons, were found in a holiday home in Nottinghamshire, police have said.  

Their disappearance on 27 March sparked a Europe-wide police hunt involving more than 100 officers.  

They were found in "secluded accommodation" just outside Ollerton. 

Police had earlier said they believed they could have been in Lincolnshire.