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  1. National paper says Skegness will 'shut down' after Brexit
  2. Staff on Virgin East Coast trains to stage strike
  3. Bird flu restrictions lifted from today
  4. Increase in fly-tipping in Lincoln
  5. Updates on Thursday 13 April 2017

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By Martin Slack

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's it from us for today - we'll be back with more live updates after the Bank Holiday.

Just before we go let's have a look back at five things we didn't know when we started out this morning:

Watch: Here's Peter with tonight's headlines

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Watch the full stories on BBC One at 18:30.

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Knight saddles up to help shopkeepers

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Independent traders in a part of Lincoln say they hope the appearance of a knight will attract more shoppers this Easter weekend. 

Market traders and shop owners on Sincil Street want to remind everyone they're still open for business despite extensive redevelopment of the area. 

One of the statues from the city's Knights of the Charter trail is on show this weekend.   


Fitness test for Angol

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City striker Lee Angol faces a fitness test ahead of tomorrow's match against Torquay United at Sincil Bank. 

He injured his hamstring during the Imps' win against Chester on Tuesday night.   

Lee Angol

Tributes paid to Bernice Williams

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Tributes have been paid to a woman whose body is thought to have been found at a house in Lutton, near Spalding.

Bernice Williams had been missing since last month and police say they believe her body was found along with that of her husband Lawrence.

Bernice Williams

Karyn Wiles, headteacher of the Westmere Primary School, where Mrs Wililams worked, said: "We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Bernice’s death and our thoughts go out to her sons."

She always provided the very best for the children in her care, and will be sadly missed by our whole school community."

Karyn WilesHeadteacher of the Westmere Primary School

Men and youth given football banning orders

Four men and a 17-year-old youth have been handed three year football banning orders for their role in the violent disorder that followed Grimsby Town’s clash with Sheffield United in July last year.

Glasses, bottles and other items were thrown after a pre-season friendly between the two teams at Blundell Park.

Our message is clear, behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated and if caught misbehaving you will be banned from attending matches like these individuals.”

Supt Dave HallHumberside Police

Watch: This evening's forecast with Abbie

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy overnight with limited clear spells and a few outbreaks of rain likely at times. 

Light westerly winds, feeling quite cool albeit milder than last night. 

Lows of 7C (45F).

Here's my forecast:

Increase in dumped rubbish in rural areas

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We were telling you about the rise in fly-tipping in Lincoln earlier - up from 450 reports last year to 750 this year.

Here's a tweet from a police officer taking part in Lincolnshire police's #onthebeatwith initiative - showing the problem first-hand.

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Traffic and travel: A158 delays

It's inevitable - and it's happening now. Traffic building up on the A158 between Lincoln and the coast. Here's the latest from the police:

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Police appeal over badger baiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police are appealing for information over the death of a badger which appears to have been unlawfully killed in Lincolnshire. 

Officers say the dead animal was found in Colsterworth Road, Skillington, near Grantham, yesterday morning in "suspicious circumstances".

A spokesman said the animal had been injured, possibly with a spade.

"We are investigating as we believe this animal, which is a protected species, may have been baited."

Anyone with information should call 101.

Weather: A cloudy afternoon on the way

BBC Weather

Here's the forecast you'll need for this afternoon:


Do you know this man? Police are looking for him

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police want your help to find this man after a woman was attacked by two dogs on a cycle path in Lincoln - leaving her needing nine stitches in her head.

Officers say the victim was sitting on a bench with her dog when a group of five men walked towards her two black and white American-type bulldogs.

Man police want to speak to
Lincolnshire Police

The bulldogs got free from their leads when they spotted the victim's dog and she moved to shield her pet but the attacking dogs bit down on her head.

Officers said three of the men helped the woman and called an ambulance while two ran from the scene. If you recognise the man in the picture, call police on 101.

Resort gives front page treatment the thumbs down

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've called into Skegness today to test opinion on The New European's front page - which features the town's mascot rather prominently as you can see.

We heard from the town's MP Matt Warman and mayor Dick Edginton this morning on the Breakfast Show, and their negative opinions are being echoed on the streets...

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Your headlines this lunchtime

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Couple's bodies found two days apart say police

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police say two bodies discovered at a house near Spalding were found two days apart after "extensive searches" were carried out.

Formal identification has yet to be carried out, but officers believe the two people are husband and wife Lawrence and Bernice Williams.


Mr Williams, 50, was found last Friday at the property in Colley's Gate, Lutton. His wife was discovered on Sunday by what a police spokesman called "specialist teams".  

Officers say it's believed Mr Williams took his own life while a cause of death has not yet been confirmed for Mrs Williams - who had been missing since March 25. 

Police are not looking for anyone else and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Pressure on over resort's water woes

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hoteliers in Skegness have welcomed a £4m investment which will improve the town's low water pressure. 

The current water pressure meets national guidelines but hoteliers have claimed the current supply doesn't allow their guests to have decent showers during busy periods. 

tap water

Anglian Water have now announced they'll be installing a 6km water pipe which will see 60 litres of water pumped though every second. 

Work is expected to start in the autumn.

Argos firm pledges to stay in Sleaford

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

News that Argos is to stay in Sleaford has been welcomed by traders in the town. 

It comes after thousands of people supported an online campaign to stop the store closing.

Argos Sleaford

The company is currently based inside Homebase on Northgate - but has been forced to move after Homebase and Argos were sold to different owners.

Argos says it's made a deal to stay in the current premises temporarily - and the firm says it's now looking for a new location in Sleaford.  

Attack on firefighters 'deplorable' says union

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Union bosses have spoken out this morning after two firefighters were threatened with an imitation gun and then assaulted at the scene of a house fire in Spalding.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has condemned the attack, which happened on Monday on the town's Holyrood Walk.

The union says both firefighters received medical attention at the scene, with one being taken via ambulance to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston for facial injuries.


Ben Selby, secretary of the FBU in Lincolnshire, said: “Firefighters are there to keep the public safe, preserve life and perform rescues when people are in trouble. 

"The idea that someone could attack firefighters whilst they go about their lifesaving work is appalling."

It's understood an arrest has been made - Lincolnshire Police has yet to confirm this.

Nurses 'considering strike action over low pay'

BBC Radio Humberside

A former nurse from North Lincolnshire wants the government to do more to look after nurses.

It comes as the Royal College of Nursing announce they're doing a survey to see if there is support for strike action

The union say nurses have had a real term cut to their pay of 14% since 2010 which they say is in part responsible for tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts. 

Anonymous picture of nurse
Getty Images

Former nurse James Derby from Barton told Radio Humberside he doesn't think there should be a strike but can understand why some feel they should, and the current situation is down to the central government. 

The Department for Health say as is usual, the government accepted independent recommendations about this year's pay decision.

They say there are an extra 12,100 nurses on our wards since 2010.

Staff on Virgin Trains to stage strike

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 48-hour strike in a row over the role of guards and jobs, the RMT union has announced.

The stoppage, on 28 and 29 April, follows recent strikes by three other train operators in rows over staffing.

Virgin Trains

The union said it wanted "explicit clarification" from Virgin on the future role of guards.

Virgin, which operates services between London and Scotland via Lincolnshire, has yet to comment.

Concern as flytipping rate rockets in Lincoln

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There's been a dramatic increase in the amount of fly-tipping in Lincoln. 

In the year up to April there were 757 reports - compared with 456 for the same period last year. 


In some other parts of the county fly-tipping figures have fallen. 

The City of Lincoln Council says it's concerned about the rise, but adds there's no evidence it's to do with the closure of a tip at Whisby on the outskirts of the city last year.

Bird flu restrictions relaxed

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Poultry farmers in Lincolnshire will no longer need to keep their flocks indoors. A ban on keeping birds outside is being lifted from today


It means free range egg producers who put their birds outside can remove stickers from boxes. DEFRA says if egg producers continue to keep the birds indoors they cannot label their eggs as free-range.  

It's Jolly - but not as we know him

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Here's the front page of The New European newspaper, which is out now. What do you make of it?

It shows the Jolly Fisherman on Skegness beach - but not with his usual welcoming message.

The Mayor of Skegness Dick Edginton and the town's MP Matt Warman say they don't like it.

Let me know what you think - get in touch via FacebookTwitter or email

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Eyes on the skies: Reds ready for practice

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's a tweet from the Red Arrows' Dye Team. 

They're the people responsible for loading up the canisters of coloured smoke which trail from the jets as they cut through the skies.

Looks like we're in for another show above Lincolnshire today:

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Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Anger after national newspaper says Skegness will 'shut down' because of Brexit
  • Dramatic increase in flytipping reported in Lincoln
  • Relief for county farmers as bird flu restrictions to be lifted from today

Watch: Your weather this morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly and dry start with some early sunshine particularly in the east. 

Cloud will become more extensive during the day with a chance of catching the odd shower, particularly in the west. 

Highs of 12C (54F).

Here's my forecast:

Welcome to Thursday's live coverage

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Good morning! We're back again for another day to bring you the latest from across the county.

We'll be bringing you live news, sport, weather and travel as it happens throughout the day.

Got something going on near you? Or something you want to tell us about? You can get in touch via FacebookTwitter or email.

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

That's all from me today, we'll be back with more of the latest news, travel, sport and weather from tomorrow at 08:00.

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

Watch: Here's Peter with tonight's headlines

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Watch the full stories on BBC One at 18:30.

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Police want this man over pool incident

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police want to speak to this man over allegations that a boy was touched and another had a towel pulled from him at a swimming pool.

One of the boys was touched on the arm, the other had a towel pulled from him. It is possible the man wanted to take pictures of the boys, police think.

Officers say the incident was on Monday, 27 March at Spalding pool at around 18:30 BST.   

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police.

If you have any information contact call 101. 

New free school to open in Grantham

A new primary school in the Poplar Farm Estate will open in September 2018. It's being set up by the Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T. Academies).

Poplar Farm School will be a free school. These are state-funded schools that are independent of local authority control. 

Plans for the school
C.I.T. Academies
Plans for the school

As a Trust we look forward to working in partnership with the local authority and the community to provide the highest quality of education for the growing population of Grantham.

Peter BellCEO, C.I.T. Academies

Watch: This evening's forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any showers will soon fade and winds will ease. 

Cloud will also start to disperse allowing temperatures to drop sufficiently for a touch of rural ground frost by dawn. Lows of 4C (39F).

Here's my forecast:

Pocketful of sunshine in Lincolnshire

Hope Bolger

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now I don't know about you, but after one cloudy day I'm already missing the sunshine.

So here's a couple of photos to inject some summer in to your Wednesday afternoon.

Lincoln cathedral
Lincoln cathedral taken from the castle walls

And the sun shining through the stained glass windows has been creating rainbows in the cathedral.

Inside of Lincoln Cathedral

Sleaford chicken processor fined £200,000

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A chicken processing company has been fined £200,000 after admitting breach of health and safety regulations.

An engineer was injured when testing cutting machinery at Moy Park plant at Anwick, Sleaford.  

Barry Tye was injured in January when carrying out checks on a machine in the factory. 

Prosecutor Alexander Stein told Lincoln Crown Court the production line should not have been restarted while an engineer was working on it. 

Hundreds trained in CPR through Save a Life Campaign

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's less than a week after we launched our Save a Life Campaign with LIVES, St John Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation, and so far 376 people have already been trained in life-saving skills.

Only one in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest out of hospital. We want to improve that figure by getting 10,000 people in the county trained in CPR. 

And it's super easy to get involved just email and you'll get a response telling you how to sign up

CPR dummy