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  1. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

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By Alex Rhodes

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Five things we've learned today

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

That's all from me today, our live coverage will be back with all the very latest from across the county from 08:00 Monday. 

Thanks for following along but before I go I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good weekend.

Practice makes perfect for Typhoon team

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Only in Lincolnshire do you get to see Typhoon fighter jets hurtling around the skies for practice, thanks to Matt Smart for taking these great shots: 

Matt Smart Photography
Matt Smart Photography
Matt Smart Photography

Watch: Your weekend weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Further spells of light and patchy rain are forecast tonight as a weak weather front moves in from the north, but this will be clearing later and turning mostly dry. 

Take a look at my forecast below for the full picture:

Icelandic Seachill say sale comes as 'no surprise'

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Earlier today Icelandic Seachill, which employs 750 at its sites in Grimsby, announced it was up for sale.

Union Unite reacted to the news with concerns about their members' future at the company. 

We asked Seachill what this sale means for the future of the firm - and jobs:

This sale process comes as no surprise and until concluded, will have no direct impact on our employees. This is a very positive next step for Seachill, its employees and partner customers who place a high value on the business management and strategy, and it is likely that operations will continue in a similar way as present."

Simon SmithChief Executive, Icelandic Seachill

Headstone renovation: Your views

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The work Lee Credland did to renovate Imp legend Keith Alexander's headstone has certainly chimed with people today. 

Lee Credland

Here's what some of you have been saying:   

Well that looks amazing. Just what the big man deserved."

Rob SpittlesFacebook

Lovely gesture. Keith will be watching the Imps from above tomorrow"

Mary Frances SmithFacebook

The big man will be looking down a very proud man... How fitting it would be if we can secure promotion against another one of his old clubs tomorrow"

Danny HareFacebook

Traffic and travel: B1168 remains shut

BBC News Travel

The B1168 Boston Road in Holbeach remains shut in both directions while police deal with an earlier crash.

They want you to get in touch if you saw the tractor or motorbike involved. 

Travellers pitch up on council-owned Grimsby park

Lincolnshire Reporter

Travellers have pitched up on an area of council-owned land in Grimsby.  

The caravans are reported to have set up camp on the playing field area of King George V Stadium off Weelsby Road on Thursday, April 20.  

Spotted Grimsby

Winners named for flight of a lifetime with Scampton Airshow star Catalina

The Lincolnite

Three lucky winners have been picked for a flight on a newly announced star of the 2017 Scampton Air Show, a 74-year-old Catalina G-PBYA flying boat.  

The Lincolnite

Seachill up for sale: Union seeks assurance over jobs

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Unite has called for an urgent meeting with the management of Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby.

It was announced earlier today that one of the town’s largest employers has been put up for sale.

Unite say they have around 180 members at Seachill, mainly working in production roles and do not understand the rationale behind the sale of the company.

We understand that the company has had a significant improvement in sales recently, so why has the business been put up for sale? This is a worrying and uncertain time for the dedicated and hardworking workforce. We will be giving our members the union’s maximum support in the days and weeks ahead.”

Mike WilkinsonUnite regional officer

Weather Watchers: Sunset in Saltfleetby St Clement

BBC Weather Watchers

We get some great sunsets in Lincolnshire, here's one captured yesterday evening by Weather Watcher Lizzielemonlegs in Saltfleetby St Clement 


One of Grimsby's biggest employers put up for sale

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

One of Grimsby's biggest employers, Seachill, has been put up for sale

Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market, employing 750 people at its sites in the town.

It was founded in 1998 and since then the business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK. It also owns the award winning Saucy Fish Company, a four times cool brand award winner. 

Seachill also supplies to Tesco and other stores all over the world.

seachill sign

The weather this afternoon

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll remain fairly mild this afternoon with further sunny spells across much of east Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

We could see some light rain or drizzle at times, especially further inland, but dry for most.


Motorbike and tractor crash on B1168

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

More now on the road closure in Holbeach. 

The B1168 is still closed at Saturday Bridge and the junction with Hurdletree Bank and police say it's going to remain shut for some time.

They want anyone who saw the crash between a tractor and a motorbike to get in touch with them.

Imparking: Can you help?

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We told you about the uphill struggle Imps fans are probably going to face tomorrow when it comes to parking ahead of the big match.

Well it's given us an idea...

If you've got room in your driveway or in front of your house, print this out, stick it in your window and let fans know it's all right to leave their car there.


There's a bigger version on our Facebook page. 

Police and Crime Commissioner steps down from councillor role

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Marc Jones said he would stand down as a councillor if he got the PCC job when he was campaigning and now it's official:

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The headlines this lunchtime

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here's some of the latest stories from across the county: 

  • It's claimed schools in Lincolnshire will be £45m worse off under planned funding changes
  • Vegetable growers in Lincolnshire say they're investing in new technology because they're worried about a shortage of workers after Brexit
  • The University of Lincoln is offering a helping hand to any Lincoln City fans with their parking this weekend 

Unions fear proposed funding changes will mean shortfalls

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A teaching union says Lincolnshire will lose £45m under planned school funding changes. 

The government disagrees and says its new formula - due to start in 2019 - will tackle longstanding unfairness. 

Getty Images

But the National Union of Teachers says according to their figures some schools are facing massive shortfalls and will have to make redundancies.   

As a whole it'll have a detrimental impact. Some schools will be forced to make decisions like teacher redundancies, have to make considerations about buildings... because these cuts in some cases are extremely severe.

Ken RustidgeNUT

The Department of Education says the figures are fundamentally misleading because schools will receive more money as pupil numbers increase. It adds school funding is at its highest level on record. 

'School children' selling spice drug on the streets

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside

A drug called Spice is being taken more by homeless people in North East Lincolnshire. 

Its a synthetic drug which can leave people in a "zombie-like" state and cause hallucinations and psychosis. 

Outreach workers in North East Lincolnshire have told the BBC they've seen a rise in the number of homeless people taking Spice and they're seeing teenagers selling it on the streets. 

Getty Images

Martin Williams is the street outreach co-ordinator at Harbour Place in Grimsby:

We've seen young lads on push bikes selling it to people on the streets. It's a bigger problem than you see on the news, we've seen a lot of school children selling it now.

Martin WilliamsHarbour Place

Weather Watchers: Fields in bloom

BBC Weather Watchers

Travelling through the county you can't help but notice the fields springing to life all over the place.

Weather Watcher Alford dog walker took this photo of the bright yellow rapeseed spreading out into the distance.


Traffic and travel: A17 closed in Holbeach

BBC News Travel

The A17 Boston Road is shut in both directions because of an accident near the Tesco there. 

It'll be shut until authorities can clear it.

Rise of the machines: Lincolnshire farmers turn to automation after Brexit

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire vegetable growers say they're worried about a lack of workers after Brexit and they're investing in new technology as a result. 


As the issue of immigration looks set to play a big part in the general election campaign - some farmers say more jobs could become automated if the government limits the number of EU migrant workers who are allowed to work in the sector.

Richard Mowbry is the Commercial Director at farming company TH Clements - he says the benefits of machinery are stacking up 

Machines don't have sick days or holidays. We've invested in automation because of rising employment costs and concerns about where that workforce is going to come from.

Richard MowbryTH Clements

Safe taken from Tetney house

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police are hunting for burglars who stole a safe from house on Thoresby Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

They smashed in through patio doors at the back of the property before stealing the safe which contained cash and jewellery. 

It happened at around 04:20, police want any witnesses to get in touch. 

Watch: Moment car crashes into five vehicles

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Two people have been arrested after a car smashed into four vehicles parked on a Cleethorpes street.

Dramatic scenes of the crash, which happened on Barcroft Street on Wednesday afternoon, were captured on CCTV by resident Stewart Wilson.

The footage shows passengers from the car walking away from the accident, with one carrying a dog.

Humberside Police say nobody was injured.

A 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the collision.

The 23-year-old remains in custody.

Headstone TLC for Lincoln City legend

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Keith Alexander is a very well known name in Lincoln, leading the Imps to victory time and time again when he was the manager back in the early 2000s.

That was why when stone mason Lee Credland came across his headstone looking a little worse for wear while he was working at St Chad's Yard in Dunholme; he took it upon himself to do something about it.

Lee Credland

Lee says he got in touch with Keith's family on Facebook who said they were touched by the offer and after a bit of work he got it looking match ready once again: 

Lee Credland

It's a hard place for grieving families to go so now I hope they can find a little more comfort when they visit."

Lee CredlandDrapers Memorials, Lincoln

Police close off house for three months after anti-social behavior

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A house on Cross Street in Lincoln has been closed off after claims it was being used in connection with drugs and so-called 'legal highs'.

Neighbours complained to the police about the occupants' anti-social behaviour and after obtaining an order from Lincoln Magistrates Court they shut down the property.

Lincolnshire Police

This means it's a criminal offence for anyone to enter the property over the next three months, during which time repairs will be carried out.

Incidents of this nature aren’t that common... The behaviour of the occupant and his guests had a detrimental impact on his neighbours quality of life and we are pleased to put an end to this public disturbance."

Inspector Pat CoatesLincolnshire Police

Mini-bus on fire near Pinchbeck

BBC News Travel

Firefighters are attending a mini-bus that's on fire on the A16.

View more on twitter

Avoid the area if you can.

'Imparking': University comes to aid of Lincoln City fans

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

It's a big game for the Imps this weekend as they prepare to take on Macclesfield at home. A victory would see their return to the League Two after a five season absence. 

Sincil Bank is going to be packed but parking is going to be a problem. 

Lincoln City

The Stacey West car park is going to be closed and the South Common is hosting a fair so good luck getting your car on there!

The University of Lincoln says it wants to help by openig its 80-space car park at the Joseph Banks Laboratories.

It's free and and the post code is LN6 7DL.

Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic on the A159

BBC News Travel

It's much slower than normal on the A159 northbound in Scunthorpe this morning. 

It's especially bad between the Burringham Road traffic lights and the A18 - try to avoid it if you can because the delays will add between 15 and 20 minutes to your journey. 

The weather this morning

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mainly dry with some sunny spells, although it may be on the cloudy side overall with the chance of seeing the odd spot of light rain. 

Feeling warm in developing sunny spells given light winds.  

Temp chart

Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Hello from Lincoln, it's Alex here, ready to bring you all the very latest from across the county.

We'll have news, travel, weather and sport as it happens, so check back from time to time to see what's new.

Something we should know about? Reach us through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe disruption: A63 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A63 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between Melton Old Road and Welton Road.

A63 East Yorkshire - A63 in Melton closed westbound between the Melton Old Road junction and the Welton Road junction, because of a spillage on the road.

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

Sea of Hull

Three images from Tunick's Sea of Hull commission will be displayed at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery.

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Severe accident: M62 East Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at J38 for A63.

M62 East Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 in both directions at J38, A63 (North Cave), because of a rolling road-block, a multi-vehicle accident and debris on the road.

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

Five things we've learned today

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today. 

News, sport, weather and travel updates will continue through the evening and I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

For now I'll leave you with five things we've all learned:

Lincoln City looking for new digs

Michael Hortin

Assistant Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln City FC is looking for land for a new training ground. 

This season has left the club in a good financial position to press ahead with plans.

Chairman Bob Dorrian says they want to give Danny and Nicky Cowley what they need to develop the club.

Bob Dorrian

We will move heaven and earth to make sure that the board are matching Danny and Nicky's ambitions and make things work."

Bob DorrianLincoln City FC Chairman

Lincolnshire pays respects to veteran

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

People from all over came to Alford Crematorium to pay their respects to Robert Neale this morning.

The Second World War veteran, 88, from Belchford in Lincolnshire, died in hospital in March.

His neighbour, Sam Curtis, appealed for people to attend and said it was an 'amazing' turnout.

The appeal was supported by the Horncastle and District branch of the Royal British Legion.

British Steel creating next generation of steelworkers

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

British Steel has received 5400 applications for 140 trainee positions at its Scunthorpe and Teesside operations. 

The company is in the process of selecting the trainees with most of the new starters being based in Scunthorpe.

The company recently announced that it had ended 2016 in profit and had taken on more than 350 new employees since it was launched in June.

steel worker