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By Alex Rhodes

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Severe disruption: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between A57 Norman Street and B1188 Canwick Road affecting Lindum Terrace.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 Canwick Road in Lincoln blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the A57 Norman Street junction and the B1188 Canwick Road junction, because of an overturned car. Congestion to the Lindum Terrace junction.

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

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me for today. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with live news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

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

Have a great weekend.

Town Council and volunteers to clean up River Slea after litter complaints

Sleaford Standard

After complaints about the amount of rubbish being thrown into the River Slea in Sleafird potentially harming wildlife, the town council and volunteers are taking action.

The River Clean Team, manned by local volunteers, will be out this Sunday and will meet at the National Centre for Craft and design at 10am.

Sleaford Standard

This evening's weather

BBC Weather

It's coming to the end of the day, so let's take a look at Friday night's weather.

Dry at first this evening with some late sunshine in the east. Thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest late evening into the early hours of Saturday, some heavy.

weather chart

All aboard! Trading Standards is catching the bus

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Trading Standards will be jumping on the bus on Monday to help raises awareness of scams.

Lincolnshire County Council

It's all part of Scams Awareness Month, where officers will be offering advice to passengers on the Interconnect 6 Skegness to Lincoln service between Wragby and Horncastle.

The initiative is made possible thanks to the Lincolnshire Police and Stagecoach's #BusBeat partnership which sees PCSOs using services as a way of promoting crime prevention.

Getting on the bus will enable our officers us to spread the word to as many residents as possible about how to protect themselves from these criminals.

Emma MilliganPrincipal Trading Standards Officer

Three people given suspended prison sentences after Boston nightclub brawl

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Three people involved in a large fight at a Boston nightclub have been given suspended prison sentences.

It broke out at the town's Goldfinger club last October.

Lincoln Crown Court heard single mothers Demi Healy and Ayla Carlon, both from Elizabeth Road in Boston, were enjoying a rare night out when they became involved in the fight.

23-year-old Healy was seen on CCTV pushing and punching a man.

Carlon, who's 19-years-old, was shown repeatedly stamping on a man and then kicking another clubber in the back.

38-year-old Terry Raggo,from Fenside Road, was also involved.

He was seen throwing punches and swearing at the police.

After pleading guilty to affray, the judge said he was only sparing them custody because they had no history of violence.

Witness appeal after woman on bike hit by car

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to help with their investigation into a collision in Spalding.

A woman on a red bicycle suffered minor injuries after a collision with a car at around 20:20 on Tuesday 4 July.

The incident occurred near the entrance to the Castle Sports Complex on Albion Street.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the police on 101.

Watch: Save a Life hits 10,000

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's been a great day for anyone involved in BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life campaign, as today it was announced that 10,000 people in the county have been trained in CPR.

In case you missed it, here's the moment that figure was revealed...

View more on twitter

Now we're giving it until the end of the year to see just how many people LIVES and St John Ambulance can train.

If you want to get involved and learn the life saving skill, drop us an email.

Lord Porter calls for a review of building regulations

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Local Government Association is calling for a review of building regulations following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell Tower

It says the current system is confusing, and it'd be wrong to wait for the results of the public inquiry, before taking action.

The LGA's Chairman is Lord Gary Porter - who's also the Leader of South Holland District Council.

He wants assurances that people aren't at risk:

My real interest at the moment is to try and make sure that the properties that are going up now are going up in a way that we can all have certainty that they're safe. The public enquiry will work out who needs to be blamed for what, we need to be able to ensure the public that it is safe to live in high rise buildings.

Lord Gary PorterLGA Chairman

Your headlines this afternoon

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life campaign has hit its target of 10,000 people trained in CPR.
  • Lincoln's first Food Bank Summit is being held today with the aim of tackling the growing problem of food poverty.
  • A Lincoln youth club which was burned down almost a year ago won't be re-built.

Weather: a brighter afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look East weather

Here's a look at the weather for the rest of the day with me, Owain Wyn Evans:

Lunchtime weather on Friday 21 July 2017

Fields of gold in Lincolnshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise today, but we've certainly had some great photos from our Lincolnshire Weather Watchers!

Harvest is in full swing, thanks to milliegeorge&me for this great shot of the hay bales in Caythorpe.


And I'm sure Theresa May would love to run through these fields...

Thanks to SouthWithamerBaz for this one.

South Witham

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Jail sentences for Grantham men totaling 40 years

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Members of a drugs gang which brought thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and heroin into Grantham have been given jail sentences totaling 40 years.

The drugs were bought into Lincolnshire from London.

Lincoln Crown Court heard heard that the drugs - which came into Grantham over an eight month period in 2015 - had a street value of more than £375,000.

Today, five Lincolnshire men have been sentenced for their parts in the drugs supply chain.

The men, who are all from the Grantham area, are aged between 19 and 38.

The court heard that one of them - Jermaine Francis (pictured) - moved up from the capital to head up the operation; he was jailed for 8 years.

Jermaine Francis
Lincolnshire Police

The other men were handed sentences ranging from 6 years in prison, to 16 months in a young offenders institution.

Knight to see you...

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A week after it was attacked by vandals, one of Lincoln's Knights for the Knight's Trail is back in the city.

Proud Knight had a rather nasty crack to the bed of his head.

Proud Knight

He was taken to Cardiff to be fixed.

Two people were arrested and charged following the incident which also saw another knight thrown into the river.

He's now back on his plinth and will be back under the Stonebow tomorrow.

Being painted

Housing plans in Nettleham scrapped

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Plans to build 200 new homes in Nettleham near Lincoln have been scrapped.

The national planning inspectorate rejected the plans because they were at odds with wider plans for the area listed in the Neighourhood Plan.

West Lindsey District councillor Giles McNeill is glad they've been rejected:

I'm delighted, I'm absolutely thrilled, it's very much an end for the moment. Whether they'll come back with a more appropriate development of around a 50 number for the site allocation in the local plan I don't know, but certainly I think the scale of development they propose will not now happen.

Giles McNeillWest Lindsey District councillor

He added the Neighbourhood Plan is about empowering communities to make decisions about how they want their communities to develop.

Weather: Getting cloudier

BBC Weather

Most parts of the county should see a dry day with bright or sunny spells, although cloud may be thick enough to give the odd shower, mainly in the west.

weather chart

St Giles Community Centre to become new youth centre

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincoln youth club which was burned down almost a year ago won't be re-built.

Fire ripped through St Giles Youth Centre last September.

Managers want to improve and add a play park to neighbouring St Giles Community Centre which youngsters can use instead.

Leader of the Lincolnshire County Council Martin Hill says its makes sense to use the present community centre which is next to where the old youth centre stood:

The variety of space can be used by young people for community group activities and our Positive Futures team who also provide activities for young people. Groups who used the old building can still access a local venue virtually on the same site and this won't impact on community groups who already use the centre.

Cllr Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

Money used to run the centre will be put back into providing services instead.

The council will also resurface the games area and provide new play equipment.

Update: 13-year-old cyclist injured in collision with car

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Yesterday we told you that a teenage boy was seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a car on his bicycle in New York.

Lincolnshire Police have now said the injured cyclist is a 13-year-old local boy.

He was taken to Boston Pilgrim hospital then transferred to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he remain in a serious condition.

Sandy Bank Road

Sleaford Alzheimer's group going from strength to strength

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now you may remember when the Alzheimer's Society had to shut its sessions in Sleaford due to funding cuts at the end of last year.

Well a new group was set up and they've raised £7,000 to keep it going.

Sleaford group

The dementia support group says they've been overwhelmed by the support and donations.

Bex Mezzo from the new group, says it's going from strength to strength ...

We've now got a good bank balance and we're able to sort of do things and we've got a lot of people who are passionate about the group. We've got a really good nucleus of volunteers that really help to keep the group going and support us.

Bex MezzoAlzheier's Society in Sleaford

Double signing for Lincoln City

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City have completed the double signing of Peterborough United's Michael Bostwick (left) and Harry Anderson (right).

Bostwick and Anderson
Lincoln City FC

Central midfielder Bostwick has played over 200 times for Peterborough during their spells in the Championship and League One, and was named their Player of the Year last season.

He has been linked to moves with the likes of Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers in the past 12 months.

As for Anderson, the winger showed what he could do during two separate loans spells with City last season as he helped them gain promotion to the football league.

Bostwick signed a two-year deal with Anderson agreeing a three-year contract, and the pair have signed for undisclosed fees.

Three escape uninjured from flipped car on Lincoln Ermine

The Lincolnite

Three people escaped uninjured after a crash which saw a car overturn on the Ermine estate in Lincoln.

As reported previously, a section of Laughton Way near Redbourne Avenue was closed after the crash involving two vehicles.

The Lincolnite

Canwick Hill in Lincoln closed this weekend

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A major route into and out of Lincoln will be closed this weekend.

Canwick Hill will be closed from 20:00 tonight until 05:00 on Monday.

It's to allow for work to be carried out on the International Bomber Command Centre being built nearby. Diversions will be in operation.

Place Architecture

Lifeboat aids three boats caught in heavy winds

Three boats which got into trouble when hit by heavy squalls had to be rescued by Wells Lifeboat yesterday.

The first call was to the Sea Mist cabin cruiser. One of its two engines had overheated and had to be shut down, making it difficult to manouvre as skipper Richard Comrie tried to cross the bar into Wells harbour.

They were between 10-15 miles off the north Norfolk harbour when they radioed for help, and with sea washing over the boat they nearly lost their dinghy.

Lifeboat towing in the cabin cruiser
Wells RNLI

The second rescue was of an elderly couple. Their 65ft barge was caught in heavy seas off Salthouses, and was making little progress because of the heavy westerly wind.

The barge, in Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The third vessel, a 22ft yacht, suffered engine and communications failure, but managed to raise the alarm on a mobile before it stopped working. She was reported to be 10 miles north of Wells and 10 miles east of Skegness.

It was a race against the ebbing tide to get her over the bar while there was still enough depth of water.

Lifeboat spokesman John Mitchell says it was "touch and go".

The yacht being towed into Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The yacht was located by Skegness lifeboat who towed her to the approaches of Wells harbour where she was met by Wells lifeboat... they just managed to beat the falling tide."

John MitchellWells lifeboat

Dispersal order put in place over the weekend

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The police have secured a dispersal order for this weekend to tackle anti-social behaviour in Lincoln.

Officers will be targeting begging, street drinking and people using drugs.

It means the police can ask people to move on and not return to the area for 48 hours.

It comes into force tomorrow morning and lasts for 48 hours.

Save a Life hits its target

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

After only three months BBC Radio Lincolnshire's campaign to get 10,000 people trained to perform CPR has reached its target!

In fact, we surpassed our target with 10,414 people trained.

Save a life

The campaign was launched in April after Radio Lincolnshire newsreader Charlotte Wright's life was saved by a passer-by performing CPR.

Charlotte collapsed while out running in Lincoln in November 2016, after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Seven weeks later, she was back at work reading the news.

To have reached the 10,000 mark in such a short amount of time is amazing. I still can’t quite believe what happened to me but I’m so happy that my experience has inspired people in Lincolnshire to learn this life saving skill.

Charlotte Wright

And it's not stopping there, the campaign will now continue to the end of the year to see just how many people in Lincolnshire can be trained.

Drop us an email for more details.

Food for thought

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln's first food bank summit is being held today with the aim of tackling the growing problem of food poverty.

Food bank

Different groups, including supermarkets, religious groups, politicians and food banks are attending the event.

Organiser Caroline Kenyon says it's a chance for different groups to work together.

It's a real source of sorrow to me and to many that we have so many food banks in Lincoln and there are lots of fantastic organisations that are working to help in this area but I wanted to bring everybody together.

Caroline KenyonOrganiser

Issues discussed will include food waste, whether food banks have a good supply of varied and fresh food and how to support and educate the people who receive the food know how best to prepare it.

Weather: Chance of the odd shower

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mixed day ahead. To find out more, here's my full forecast:

Watch: A bright and sunny ahead

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Most parts of the county should see a dry day with bright and sunny spells, although cloud may be thick enough in places for the odd shower.

Here's my full forecast:

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. I'll be keeping you up-to-date with live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county until 18:00.

We love to hear from you, so get in touch and let us know what you're up to. You can send an email, or a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Michael Bostwick

Lincoln City complete the double signing of Peterborough pair Michael Bostwick and Harry Anderson for an undisclosed fee.

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Severe disruption: A180 Lincolnshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A180 Lincolnshire eastbound severe disruption, between M180 J5 and A160.

A180 Lincolnshire - A180 closed eastbound between Barnetby Top in Elsham and Brocklesby Interchange in Habrough, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A153 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A153 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B6403 High Dike.

A153 Lincolnshire - A153 Willoughby Road in Ancaster blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the B6403 High Dike junction, because of an accident.

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

International GP recruitment pilot "a success"

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A pilot scheme to attract doctors from overseas to work in Lincolnshire has been been praised as a solution to address the county's shortage of GPs.

Dr Radi Sultan, partner at the Ingham Practice in Lincoln which has been running the scheme, says "it's a very good programme that addresses this recruitment issue".

Just a few months ago Lincoln's A&E had to declare a "critical incident" due to the shortage of doctors.

picture of new doctor
Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group

New recruit, Dr Mihaela Koroknai, (pictured above) joined the surgery after working as a GP in her native Romania.

It was not a difficult thing to choose to do – it was a marvellous chance. I worked in London for three years but it is better here in Lincolnshire. It is more friendly, calm and a better environment to live in.

Dr Mihaela Koroknai

Weather: an unsettled afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's a look at the weather for the rest of the day with me, Paul Hudson:

Paul Hudson has the weather forecast for the next few days.

Teenage cyclist seriously injured in car accident

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A teenage boy has been seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a car.

It happened at just after 13:00 today on Sandy Bank Road in New York near Boston.

He's been taken to Pilgrim Hospital.


Medical group rated "inadequate" by inspectors

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Sleaford Medical Group has been put under special measures after being rated as "inadequate" by inspectors.

An inspection of the group, which includes the Riverside Surgery in Sleaford (pictured), found that patients "were at risk of harm" because some systems and process in place "were not effective to keep them safe".

Riverside surgery
Sleaford Medical Group

A statement from the group says that "the failures relate to certain areas where the CQC considers the practice to be inadequate or requiring improvement".

One of the GP's says the problems mentioned are being addressed or have already been fixed:

Some elements of the service we provide have not been to the expected standard. These areas have either been resolved or are being addressed and we would like to apologise to our patients for any concern that may have been caused as a result.

Dr Da SilvaGP Partner at Sleaford Medical Group

Scampton Airshow adds filmstar to lineup

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Roll out the red carpet... or maybe the red runway... Because a film star - of sorts - is joining the lineup of the Scampton Show.

It's Sally B, Europe's only airworthy Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.

Scampton Airshow

The warbird had a starring role in classic war film Memphis Belle.

The iconic bomber acts as a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of Allied airmen who lost their lives in WWII.

The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place on 9 and 10 September this year.

Lincoln's MP wades into rubbish debate

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The MP for Lincoln, Karen Lee, has joined the debate about the building of a controversial waste transfer site in the city.

profile pic

Local residents on Long Leys road in the city campaigned against the plans by French waste service giant Veolia.

Lincolnshire County Council turned down the application - the company has appealed against the decision.

Karen, The Long Leys Community thanks you for getting involved to help residents.…