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  1. The sons of Lance Hart who shot dead his wife and daughter in Spalding last July have been commended by domestic abuse charities for speaking out
  2. Volunteer groups which support people with mental health issues in Lincolnshire say they're struggling to recruit new members
  3. There's been a crash on the A151 in Moulton near Spalding - the road is closed in both directions
  4. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thanks for keeping me company today - we'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 on Monday and breaking news, travel and weather will continue here throughout the night and over the weekend.

Just before I head off, let's look back at five things we've discovered during the day:

Burglars in Spalding crime wave 'despicable and disgusting'

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Detectives in Lincolnshire have described burglars who prised open safes in sheltered accomodation to snatch house keys as "despicable and disgusting".

The burglars then returned hours later to steal from vulnerable people as they slept.

More than 20 homes in the Spalding area have been targeted in the past eight days.

DI Dave Rimmer says in some cases victims woke to find a burglar, wearing a balaclava, in their home.

On the occasions where they've woken up and the offender's been in the property it's very frightening for them. Luckily there's been no confrontation or anything like that but the mere sight of somebody in your home in the middle of the night is going to frighten you very badly.

DI Dave RimmerLincolnshire Police

Officers raided a property yesterday in connection with the burglaries; investigations are continuing.

Celebrate the spirit of 1940s Britain in Lincoln this summer

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

On Saturday 12 August Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter will be taking a step back in time to celebrate Lincoln 1940s Day.

1940s Lincoln
Visit Lincoln

And Lincoln BIG, the event's organisers, want businesses in the county to help whisk visitors back to the home-front.

They're looking for people to run an authentic 1940s clothing or collectables.

We want to create a day bursting with a 1940s vibe and which offers something for the whole family."

Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions ManagerMichael Armstrong
1940s Lincoln
Visit Lincoln

As well as stalls, they'll also be a best-dressed competition and a 1940s-style ball at the County Assembly Rooms.

A couple of pictures from our weather watchers

BBC Weather Watchers

Well, let's face it, weather-wise it hasn't been the nicest of days today.

These clouds are looking a bit menacing over in Tetney, thanks to our Weather Watcher Ar for this one.


It might have been a cloudy and drizzly day to finish off the half-term break. But at least this family of stormtroopers have enjoyed their day...

Thanks to captureasecond, for this photo.

Family of stormtroopers

Have you seen Jack Morgan?

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A 20-year-old man's gone missing from his home near Woodhall Spa.

Jack Morgan
Lincolnshire Police

Jack Morgan was last seen getting on a bus in the village of Martin on Wednesday lunch time.

The police think he may be in Lincoln. Jack is 5ft tall, has a shaved head and was wearing a blue hoodie and jeans.

General election: Points raised in Gainsborough debate

Chris Berrow


The candidates who want to be the next MP for Gainsborough have been answering questions during our latest hustings here at BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

The Liberal Democrat candidate Lesley Rollings is concerned about health care and says the service varies according to where you live.

In Market Rasen for instance they get doctor's appointments quite quickly, in Gainsborough they're waiting for three weeks. The out of hours service for the area was massively cut... and the Liberal Democrats have led a fight to get some of that clawed back in but it's woefully inadequate at the moment."

Lesley RollingsLiberal Democrat candidate

Vicky Pearson, from the Green Party, says climate change is not talked about enough.

I think especially in Lincolnshire where there are huge swathes of fracking sites being opened up for exploration at the moment although there is no actual development going on, those licences are open and they're in areas in our constituency like Saxilby and in the Wolds and people don't even know that's in our back garden."

Vicky PearsonGreen Party candidate

Labour's Dr Catherine Tite says if she's elected, tackling unemployment will be a priority.

There is widespread youth unemployment in the constituency and again in my party's own local leaflet to voters and nationally we intend to address that immediately."

Catherine TiteLabour candidate

Meanwhile, the Conservative's Edward Leigh says if he's re-elected he'll focus on an immigration policy which protects both his constituents and workers from abroad.

We will go on welcoming people after we leave the European Union who want to work here. But the system just simply wasn't working, particularly in terms of immigration from Eastern Europe where our in work and out of work benefits were acting as a draw. So once we leave the European Union we can have a sustainable migration policy."

Sir Edward LeighConservative candidate

Lincoln charity scooter day to raise money for Manchester bombing victim

The Lincolnite

A charity scooter day taking place in Lincoln this weekend is raising money for the family of a young woman who was killed in the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.

The event will take place on 3 June at the Gatehouse, Newark Road and will include a variety of entertainment and fundraisers.

Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Grab a spade and your gardening gloves - volunteers wanted!

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

People are being asked to lend a hand at a selection of nature spots and environmental projects for this year's Big Co-op Clean.

Big co-op clean
Lincolnshire Co-op

The areas range from school wildlife areas to community gardens and nature reserves and even one of Lincolnshire's beaches.

Volunteers will work together to trim hedges, create paths and garden during the events which start on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Together, we can carry out crucial tasks and maintenance to make sure they blossom for generations to come. We’d love to see more people join in too."

Ben JamesSenior Community and Education Co-ordinator

Interested? Then head to the Lincolnshire Co-op's website for register to volunteer!

Police want this man after theft incident

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

British Transport Police want to speak to this man after a rucksack containing a laptop, phone and wallet was stolen from a train at Grantham station.

British Transport Police

After viewing CCTV on the 19:33 train from London Kings Cross to Leeds on Thursday 4 May, the police found that a man, who was travelling with a friend, took the bag before both men left the train at Grantham.

British Transport Police are appealing for any information, and ask that you contact them on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.

Epilepsy support group in Sleaford

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Today on BBC Radio Lincolnshire we're talking about volunteering, it is volunteering week after all!

We spoke to Cathy McNulty, through suffering with epilepsy she set up a coffee and chat group in Sleaford with Epilepsy Action, to help others in the same situation.

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Cathy, who's an occupational therapist and lectures in group work at Sheffield Hallam University, thought she could put her skills to good work in setting up the support group.

If think I feel useful... It gives a bit of hope for people really that things can improve and can get better."

Cathy McNultyVolunteer for Epilepsy Action

For anyone who may want to come along, whether you suffer with epilepsy yourself, or support someone who does, the group meets the last Saturday of every month at Blanchards Café on Boston Road in Sleaford from 14:00-15:30.

Severe disruption: A17 Lincolnshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A17 Lincolnshire eastbound severe disruption, at A16.

A17 Lincolnshire - A17 in Sutterton closed and queuing traffic eastbound at the A16 junction, because of an incident.

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

Mental health volunteer groups in county may be forced to close

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Volunteer groups who support people with mental health issues in Lincolnshire say they're struggling to recruit new members and could be forced to close altogether.

Of the 14 groups of the Lincolnshire Volunteer and Contact Association dotted around the county those in Horncastle and Bourne are struggling the most.

It comes as we're in the midst of national Volunteers' Week.

Martin Brown is the club's coordinator and says these groups have an important role to play.

There's a lot of evidence to say that people who are supported do very much better and need less time with professional mental health workers."

Martin Brown

Reviving the art of smoking fish

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

A Grimsby fish seller is reviving the traditional art of smoking fish to honour his father's legacy.

Lee Williams bought a number of smokehouses with his father almost twenty years ago -- he agreed to his dad's last request to re-open and get the fish smoking process going again.

Smoke house

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Lincolnshire police concerned over Spalding crime wave

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Detectives in Lincolnshire say they're concerned about a new crime wave in which burglars are prising open safes in sheltered accomodation to snatch house keys.

The burglars then return hours later to steal from vulnerable people as they sleep.

Around 20 homes in the Spalding area have been targeted in the past week. Detectives say the crime is 'almost unheard of.'

Olly Murs all set for Market Rasen Racecourse

Rob Underwood

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's Ladies Day at Market Rasen Racecourse and after the racing the star of the show Olly Murs will be entertaining the crowds.

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Olly, who was runner up on The X Factor back in 2009, has gone on to be a really successful performer with four Number 1 albums and many hits to his name.

It's going to be really exciting, it's my first show of the summer tour. I haven't done a racecourse since 2011 or 2012 so it's been a good three of four years so I'm really excited to get on stage and it's a different kind of audience."

Olly MursMusician

Boston teenager meets his hero Major Tim Peake

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A teenager from Boston's met his hero - the British astronaut Major Tim Peake.

James Pearson and Tim Peake

James Pearson, 13, won a competition with the UK Space Agency with an app that he designed.

He didn't know that he'd meet Major Peake as part of the prize.

James described it as a "dream come true".

All aboard! Train named after Graham Taylor

A train is being named after the former England football manager - Graham Taylor.

He grew up in Scunthorpe and played for Grimsby Town.


The West Coast service will call at Watford Junction, Aston, Wolverhampton and Wembley Central.

London Midland is to re-christen the Class 350 model - to be known as Graham Taylor OBE.

We hope that passengers travelling on this train in the future will take a few moments to remember Graham, a true football hero.

Steve HelfetHead of West Coast services

Can you help Lincolnshire become the country's most butterfly-friendly county?

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A challenge is being set by the charity Butterfly Conservation to plant more pollinator-friendly plants to boost the number of butterflies which has been falling in recent years.

Monarch butterfly
Getty Images

Butterflies and other pollinators are declining and we can all, in our towns and cities, help them by creating highways for them to get to other places where they can breed, and all we need to do is plant up a couple of pots with lavender or shasta daisies or calendula."

Kate BradburyButterfly Conservation ambassador

A rare orchid in Lincolnshire is in danger - from motorists

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Conservationists in Lincolnshire are urging motorists to be more careful after a number of rare orchids were destroyed at a roadside nature area.

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The site near to Sleaford is one of the most important in the UK for a rare species known as the Man Orchid, which is protected by law.

It's thought a motorist may have driven on to the grass verge destroying some of the plants.

Events like this when vehicles come onto the verge means that it takes a knock back and over time it will struggle to cope with the pressures we put upon its environment."

Mark SchofieldLincolnshire Wildlife Trust

All aboard! Train named after ex-Imps boss Taylor

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

A train is being named after former Lincoln City manager Graham Taylor today.

London Midland Class 350 train
London Midland

The West Coast service will call at Watford Junction, Aston, Wolverhampton and Wembley Central.

London Midland is to re-christen the Class 350 model - to be known as Graham Taylor OBE.

We hope that passengers travelling on this train in the future will take a few moments to remember Graham, a true football hero.

Steve HelfetHead of West Coast services

False Lincolnshire Conservatives Twitter account suspended

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A social media account claiming to be linked to the Lincolnshire Conservatives has been suspended.


It's after senior party members said the Twitter profile had nothing to do with them.

Posts on the account included accusations that "poor people are addicted to drugs and are dangerous".

The party said they became aware of the account this morning and Twitter acted immediately.

Praise for sons speaking out about domestic abuse

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A domestic abuse service in Lincolnshire has commended the sons of a Spalding man, who killed his wife and daughter, for raising awareness of the issue.

Ten months ago Lance Hart shot dead his wife Claire and teenage daughter Charlotte outside a swimming pool in Spalding, before turning the gun on himself.

His sons Luke and Ryan have been speaking about what happened on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show.

Celia Madden from the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service has commended them for coming forward.

I think it's very brave and it's great that they're coming forward to do this. It is so difficult for people that are subjected to domestic abuse to sometimes realise that they are in an abusive relationship.

Celia MaddenWest Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • The sons of Lance Hart who shot dead his wife and daughter in Spalding last July have been commended by domestic abuse charities for speaking out
  • Volunteer groups which support people with mental health issues in Lincolnshire say they're struggling to recruit new members
  • There's been a crash on the A151 in Moulton near Spalding - the road is closed in both directions

Today's weather

BBC Weather

It's a mostly dry and bright morning with some warm, hazy sunshine. Cloud will increase by the afternoon with some outbreaks of rain, and there's a risk of a heavy downpour in the far south-east of the region.

Weather chart

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18:00 today.

We love to hear from you, so get in touch by sending an email, or a message on facebook or twitter.

Send in your pictures, news or info about what's happening where you are and we'll give you a mention.

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back with more live updates from 08.00 tomorrow and breaking news, travel and weather will continue here through the night.

Just before we head off, let's look back and five things we've discovered during the day:

Watch: Cloudy night, some rain tomorrow

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying warm into this evening and overnight, with some rain possible tomorrow. Here's the full forecast:

Firefighters in appeal after caravan fire

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A blaze at a static caravan on the Lincolnshire coast yesterday has sparked a holiday-season warning from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Fire crews were called to deal with the blaze at Hurdman Way in Ingoldmells yesterday, the cause is still under investigation.

Lincolnshire County Council

Two other caravans neighbouring caravans were also damaged by the smoke and flames.

As caravans are often small enclosed spaces, are made of lightweight and highly combustible fittings and include hazards like gas cylinders, it is important that people know how they can reduce the risk of fire."

Shona WrightLincolnshire community fire safety manager
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Burglars 'target elderly and vulnerable' in 20 key safe raids

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Extra police are being drafted into a Lincolnshire town after a spate of at least 20 burglaries at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people.

Lincolnshire Police say the raids have taken place in the Spalding area and involve at least two men who wear balaclavas.

Key safe

The burglars are ripping key safe boxes (like the one pictured above) from the outside walls of properties and forcing them open. They then return later and let themselves in to steal goods from the house.

Police say a house in Spalding has been raided today in connection with the offences and you're being asked to keep an eye on your elderly neighbours.

These criminals have sunk about as low as an offender can go as to deliberately target the elderly in this way is despicable."

DI Dave RimmerLincolnshire Police

Fire service warning over tumble dryers

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are asking people to check the make of their tumble dryer after a full recall was issued by a manufacturer.

Beko has issued a safety alert about a potential fire risk of 3,450 of its condenser tumble dryers and told customers to stop using them immediately.

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have sent out the tweet above - showing how to check if your machine's affected - and there's more advice here.

Picture: Your weekend weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We're on the run in towards the weekend already...

Weather update

Major redevelopment plan approved for Gainsborough

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The centre of Gainsborough is set for a multi-million pound makeover, to include a new hotel, after planners approved a major scheme.

It's after developers Dransfield Properties Ltd entered into a "joint venture partnership" with West Lindsey District Council.

Sun Inn Gainsborough

The Market Street, Market Place, Church Street and North Street area of the town are involved.

The new 56-room Travelodge Hotel will be on the site of the former Sun Inn (pictured above).

Appeal to catch vandals in Boston

Council bosses in Boston have appealed for help in stopping a string of vandalism and thefts in the town.

The latest incident happened last night when a bench was destroyed in the town's central park.

Boston Council

Recently fruit trees have also been destroyed in another park, and plants have been stolen from on-street planters.

A council spokesman said: "We're making an appeal for anyone who sees this kind of anti-social behaviour to report it immediately by calling police on 101 and making a note of the location and time.

"This will assist the council’s CCTV operators in capturing evidence on the system to help track down the culprits."

Biker killed in accident named

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A man who died in a crash on the A18 near Louth yesterday has been named.

Alan Critchley, aged 45 from Grimsby, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Renault Clio near Ludborough at 16.45.

Alan Critchley
Lincolnshire Police

Police have appealed for witnesses who saw the motorcycle in the moments leading up to the crash.

Weather: Warm afternoon to come

BBC Weather

Clouding over this afternoon but staying warm:

weather graphic

Police: Alert over armed man was 'incorrect'

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police have reassured people in a Lincolnshire town after reports that an armed man was on the loose.

Officers were called to North Hykeham, near Lincoln, earlier after members of the public reported a man with a weapon.

Police chopper

But the force said after carrying out searches with officers from armed response vehicles and the police helicopter it's believed the call was "made in good faith but was incorrect".

A spokesman added: "This was a standard response to an incident of this nature and we always act in this manner to ensure public safety."

New skatepark opens - more than a decade after campaign began

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A new skatepark opens in Louth today - 11 years after campaigning for it began.

The £85,000 park opens outside Meridian Leisure centre later.


But we've heard from the people behind it this morning and it appears local youths haven't been able to wait.

They've broken through the fences a couple of times just to give it a quick go!

Warning over coast road repairs following crash

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There's a warning of delays at a busy junction on the way into Skegness tomorrow because of traffic light repairs.

Council workers will move in at the junction on the A158 Gunby Road at 06:00. The road was closed yesterday after an accident.

traffic lights

Temporary lights will be manually controlled to minimise disruption but motorists are advised to allow additional time for their journeys. It is expected that the works will be completed by noon."

Lincolnshire County CouncilSpokesman