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  1. Trust's high hopes for Lincolnshire hospitals funding boost
  2. General election: UKIP leader doesn't rule out standing in Lincolnshire
  3. Paintjob for Lincolnshire's Lancaster bomber legend finished just in time
  4. Live updates on Friday 27 April 2017

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By Alex Rhodes

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Prayers for victims of Manchester attack

Sharon Edwards

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Clergy at Lincoln Cathedral have lit a special candle as a focus for prayers for those involved in the Manchester attack last night.

Stamford church
Kim Fyson/Geograph

Stamford All Saints' Church (above) is also holding a half-hour Prayers for Peace Eucharist at noon today "for those wanting help to think through the dreadful events in Manchester"

The church says people from all faiths are welcome

A46 crash: Road now completely closed

BBC News Travel

There's an update on that crash on the A46 at Welton from Lincolnshire Police.

The road is now completely blocked. Police say it won't be open till around 11:00.

Listen: Cleethorpes family caught up in Manchester attack

BBC Radio Humberside

We've been speaking to Kelly Page from Cleethorpes who took her daughters to the pop concert in Manchester, where a suicide attack killed 22 and injured 59.

She told us how it all unfolded:

Severe congestion: B1174 Lincolnshire northbound

BBC News Travel

B1174 Lincolnshire northbound severe congestion, at Albert Street.

B1174 Lincolnshire - Very slow traffic on B1174 South Parade northbound in Grantham at the Albert Street junction. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: A46 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between A1103 Top Road and Skinner's Lane.

A46 Lincolnshire - A46 in Market Rasen closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A1103 Top Road junction and the Skinner's Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Social care: Conservatives say views would be sought ahead of changes

The Conservatives' plans to change social care funding, should they win the general election next month, have been a hot talking point over the weekend.

So Corby's MP hopefuls were asked to give their stance on social care.

Tom Pursglove (Conservative) says: "One of the things I've said for a long time is that we need to have a big national debate about the issue of social care. There is clearly more that needs to be done.

"We need to see greater working between the health service and the social care departments in our county councils. Clearly the funding of this is very important.

"Ministers have been clear that we would consult thoroughly before introducing any such changes. I want to make sure local views are heard on this."

Lib Dems: 'I would like to retain free movement whether we leave or stay'

Chris Stanbra (Liberal Democrats) says: "I don't believe it is a major problem. I think immigration has been good for this country and has been good for the Corby area.

"I am a Liberal Democrat, I supported the membership of the European Union - I would like to retain free movement whether we leave or whether we stay."

Asked about the perception of some that immigrants come to Britain to exploit services including the NHS, Mr Standbra said: "I'm sure that there are a small number of people who do exactly that.

"But the vast majority of people that come to this country come here to work, to pay taxes, to be prosperous and to contribute."

UKIP: 'We're looking for a fair system on immigration'

Sam Watts (UKIP) says: "Immigration is obviously affecting us all. Here in Corby and East Northants I don't think it is as big as issue as it is somewhere else. However, immigration is important, we need people to come into the country with relevant skills.

"All we are looking to do is to have a fair system, a points based system, similar to the Australian system that is in place at the moment whereby we can pick and choose those that we need to help run our vital services and help our economy locally.

"But at the same time there is a strain on infrastructure and people are concerned about that.

"We need to get this under control. We have had promises in the past from the Conservatives that have failed miserably. We want a strong policy that benefits Britain."

Labour: 'We need to get the best out of people coming to the UK'

Beth Miller (Labour) says: "I think with us leaving the EU, things are going to change. We won't have uncapped immigration any more.

Beth Miller

"We will now have more controls over the numbers coming in and that's what people voted for in the referendum. Labour has said we'll have a transitional deal and we'll base it on the needs of our economy.

"As Tom said, migration has been good in general but there are concerns around housing that need to be managed.

"We need to make sure we get the best out of people coming to the UK, particularly in the NHS. We know that our NHS is staffed by many people that have come from outside of the UK.

"The Labour party has promised to retain the rights of those people as well as Brits living abroad - the Tories haven't come out and said that yet."

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it for today, thanks for having me. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

I'll leave you with five things you can discuss tonight over dinner:

  • Hospital bosses have today apologised to patients who had appointments cancelled and moved as a result of last week's NHS cyber attack
  • General election candidates battling to become the next MP for Louth and Horncastle took part in the latest of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's live hustings earlier today
  • A Lincolnshire man's been jailed after being caught with films of child sex abuse
  • History buffs will be flocking to the castle during the next fortnight to mark 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln
  • A scheme's been launched in Lincolnshire - designed to help track down missing people with dementia

Magna Carta lecture 'coup' for Lincoln Castle

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

English historian and writer Professor David Carpenter will discuss the setting and significance of Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest in an evening talk on 24 May at Lincoln Castle.

Professor Carpenter is a leading authority on the history of Britain in the central middle ages and author of the translation and commentary of Magna Carta with Penguin Classics. He has been professor of medieval history at King's College London since 1988.

This is a great coup to be hosting expert historian Professor David Carpenter. Find out the stories behind the documents during this special evening event and learn more about history where it happened, right here at Lincoln Castle.

Stephanie BeecherEvents Officer

New county council roles announced

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The key council roles have been announced at the first meeting of Lincolnshire County Council following the recent local elections.

Martin Hill and Patricia Bradwell have been returned as leader and deputy leader respectively.

Martin Hill
Lincolnshire County Council
Patricia Bradwell
Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire hotel guest causes damage 'costing thousands'

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for help after a guest caused thousands of pounds' worth of damage to a hotel room in Woodhall Spa.

It happened at the Eagle Lodge on Broadway in the early hours of 14 April.

Officers want to trace a taxi driver who drove guests to the hotel from Lincoln that morning.

Dangerous dog on the loose savages girl and ‘eats’ cat

Lincolnshire Reporter

A mother has taken to social media after her 17-year-old daughter was savagely attacked by a loose dog in Spalding.

The incident happened at 17:20 on Thursday 18 May where a teenage girl was attacked by a dog, which then went on to ‘eat’ a cat, on the High Road in Whaplode.

Spotted Spalding

Only one knight to go...

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you've been wandering around rainy Lincoln today, you might have noticed a few colourful figures to brighten your spirits.

Knight in Lincoln

The Lincoln Knights' Trail begins tomorrow, and the 36 figures are in their spots ready to go.

It's all part of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.

BGU to host Lincoln hustings

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Well we're hosting our hustings this morning in Horncastle, and at Bishop Grosseteste University an election debate aimed at students will be taking place next week.

Lincoln's parliamentary candidates will go head to head at The Venue on Thursday 25 May at 20:00 BST.

Conservative candidate Karl McCartney, Labour’s Karen Lee and Lib Dem candidate Caroline Kenyon have already confirmed their attendance, as has Tony Wells, standing in for the UKIP candidate Nick Smith.

The other candidates – Ben Loryman (Green), Phil Gray (Independent) and Iain Scott-Burdon (Independent) – have all been invited to appear at the hustings.

The event is open to students only but it will be live streamed on the Bishop Grosseteste University Students’ Union Facebook page so the general public in Lincoln can hear what the candidates have to say.

General election 2017: A plateful of politics in Horncastle

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We often ask the questions in the big political debates at BBC Radio Lincolnshire, but for the general election campaign it's your questions that matter.

Our presenter Melvyn Prior is hosting a series of debates around the county and he'll be putting your questions to the people who want to be elected MP.

Today, he's in Horncastle, and with that in mind I've been to the town to find out what issues are making people in the town tick.

We're heading to different foodie places across the county for our Plateful of Politics, and what better "plaice" to get a full range views than to spend some time in the chippy?:

Your headlines this afternoon

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

Spalding man jailed over child pornography

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire man's been jailed after being caught with films of child sex abuse.

Gareth Oddy, 34, of Wygate Road in Spalding, admitted searching for indecent material after the police raided his home.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that detectives found more than 400 indecent images - some in the most serious category - when they searched his home in January last year.

During a police interview, he admitted he'd started off by looking at music, but then became curious and searched for indecent images.

He was jailed for eight months and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Philip Hammond on general election trail in northern Lincolnshire

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is on the general election campaign trail in northern Lincolnshire this afternoon.

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond says the Conservatives are targeting Scunthorpe and Grimsby, seats which have traditionally been held by Labour.

We've got a good presence in this region and some of these seats which have traditionally been Labour for many years are now in play, so it's right that we come here. We'll put our message to the electors and it's them who decide."

Philip HammondChancellor of the Exchequer

Grimsby Town defender Shaun Pearson signs for Wrexham

BBC Sport

Wrexham have signed Shaun Pearson after the defender was not offered a new contract by Grimsby Town.

Shaun Pearson
Getty Images

Pearson made more than 250 appearances in six seasons at Grimsby and was part of the team which secured promotion to the Football League in 2016.

The 28-year-old has also played for Spalding, Stamford and Boston United.

"I'm delighted to be here and once the situation at Grimsby was made clear, there were some options for me," Pearson said.

"But this was the most appealing and we sorted it out nice and quickly."

Severe accident: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between B1192 Station Road and Fenhouses Drove.

A52 Lincolnshire - A52 Boston Road in Kirton Holme closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1192 Station Road junction and the Fenhouses Drove junction, because of an accident.

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

Do you know this woman? Police want to speak to her

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police want to speak to this woman after cosmetics valued at hundreds of pounds were stolen from a store in Mablethorpe.

Theft suspect
Lincolnshire Police
Theft suspect
Lincolnshire Police

If you have any information call 101.

Celebrations for 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Battle of Lincoln has been described as as the second most important battle in Britain and this weekend marks its 800th anniversary.

Lincoln Castle

There are lots of events to commemorate the historic date - the Knights are going on show around the city.

The sights, sounds and smells of medieval England will flood the castle as they prepare for battle.

You'll see soldiers making ready, being armoured, being drilled ready for the onslaught that is coming."

Jon HoganLincoln Castle

Severe disruption: A607 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A607 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between Stamford Street and A52 Bridge End Road.

A607 Lincolnshire - A607 Springfield Road in Grantham blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Stamford Street junction and the A52 Bridge End Road junction, because of a lorry stuck.

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

Lincolnshire NHS trust boss's thanks over cyber attack aftermath

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Patients and the public have been thanked for their understanding and patience after last week's global cyber attack which badly affected hospitals and GP surgeries in Lincolnshire.

Cyber attack

In an online statement, Jan Sobieraj, chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, says that following the attack the trust closed down all its systems.

Because of that, only a handful of devices and servers were infected with the virus, says Mr Sobieraj.

He added that he also wanted to say "a huge public thank you" to all trust staff who had worked "tirelessly" to get services and IT systems up and running: "Everyone has been amazing."

I would like to reassure all of our patients and staff that none of our data was compromised and no patient data was lost or affected."

Jan SobierajChief executive, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

Watch: Do students in Grimsby recognise the party leaders?

Matthew Bone

Video Journalist, BBC Look North

Young people in North East Lincolnshire have been told that their votes could have a major influence on the outcome of the general election on 8 June..

But figures show that only 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds went down to their polling station to cast their ballot at the last general election in 2015.

In a bid to turn this around, students at the University Centre in Grimsby have received a delegation from Westminster to encourage them to vote.

With that in mind, I spent the day in Grimsby to see if students there know their party leaders:

One of Lincolnshire's most inspirational women to be honoured

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An historical figure who played a huge part in the Battle of Lincoln is due to be honoured at the University later.

The West Wing of the university's Art, Architecture and Design building is to be renamed the Nicola de la Haye Building.

De la Haye was often referred to as "the woman who saved England" as she defended and held Lincoln Castle:

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Watch: Humber Bridge climber defends action

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

One of the men who climbed 500ft up the Humber Bridge without ropes or safety gear has told BBC Look North he was fully in control of his actions, and has denied putting himself and others at risk.

Ryan Taylor was among a group of men who breached security and climbed to the top of the South Tower in the early hours of Monday.

Security arrangements at the bridge are now being reviewed, but police say no crime has been committed.

BBC Look North's Peter Levy asked Mr Taylor why he'd decided to go up the Humber Bridge:

Danny Cowley's 'hands are tied' over Bradley Wood

BBC Sport

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says the Football Association is stopping him from talking about the situation around Bradley Wood.

Bradley Wood

The defender (pictured), who's seen as one of the heroes of the team's promotion back to the Football League, wasn't available for the last game at Southport.

Nor was he on the bus for the open-topped tour of the city following the club's promotion and he wasn't mentioned in the retained list released yesterday.

Cowley has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "We've been advised by the FA that we're not allowed to discuss any matters regarding Bradley Wood.

"Unfortunately, as a consequence, I can't communicate any more on his situation and I have to respect their request."

Watch: Owain's weather 'cymbals'

This percussive accompaniment to the Weather Girls from BBC Look North weatherman Owain Wyn Evans will leave you in no doubt as to the meteorological state of play:

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Road to Wembley: Cleethorpes Town prepare for match of a lifetime

Thousands of people from Cleethorpes are preparing to head to Wembley this weekend.

Cleethorpes Town will play at the national stadium for the first time in their history as they face South Shields in the final of the FA Vase.

Over 3,000 supporters have already bought tickets.

Here's Cleethorpes Town in action during their last training session:

Cyber experts meet following NHS ransomware attack

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit will be talking to businesses and other organisations today about protecting themselves against ransomware.

Cyber attacks

Ransomware is a malicious program that locks a computer's files until a ransom is paid.

Today's event in Leeds follows last weekend's cyber attacks where several NHS hospitals and surgeries across the region, including many in Lincolnshire, had their computers hacked.

Staff were unable to access patient records, appointments and prescriptions.

New scheme to help people with dementia in Lincolnshire

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Families and carers of dementia sufferers in Lincolnshire are being urged to sign up to a new scheme.

Elderly person's hands

The Herbert Protocol involves filling in a form with details about medication, daily routine and significant places.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says if a person with dementia then goes missing, that information can make a big difference in tracking them down:

We've had 55 people this year alone with a dementia element that have gone missing in Lincolnshire, so this is a significant issue and obviously minutes let alone hours can be vital when you're trying to find vulnerable people."

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Your headlines this morning

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The top stories from across Lincolnshire so far this morning include:

  • Lincolnshire Police is the latest force to take on the Herbert Protocol - a new scheme to help track down missing people who have dementia.
  • Lincoln Castle is to be transformed at the weekend with the sights, sounds and smells of Medieval times to mark the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln
  • And an historical figure who played a huge part in the battle will be honoured at the University this morning as part of events to mark the anniversary

Today's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's looking like it'll be a cloudy, wet morning, but the rain will become more patchy this afternoon.

In the south and west there'll be brighter periods for a time, but heavier showers could develop into the evening.

Weather chart

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln.

It's Hope with you today and I'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather, sport and travel from across the county.

If you want to get in touch please do. Just send me an email, or a message on Facebook or twitter.

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B1357 Moulton Chapel Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Cowbit blocked and very slow traffic in both directions at the B1357 Moulton Chapel Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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