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  1. Parking row in Gainsborough after £100 fines
  2. Future of Lincoln's walk-in centre to be discussed
  3. Lincolnshire schools return to longer summer holidays
  4. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Paul Russell and Hope Bolger

All times stated are UK

Five things we've learned today

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today, we'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Before I go, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

Watch:Headlines from Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Peter with tonight's headlines.

More on BBC One at 18:30.

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Remember the floods of 2007? If you were there ten years ago we would like to hear your stories.

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High temperatures this weekend

BBC Weather

Get the sun cream ready because it's going to be a warm weekend!


Man arrested after Toys R Us incident

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 35-year-old man's been charged with a string of offences, including affray and theft, after an incident at Toys R Us in Lincoln.

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the hand on Tuesday lunchtime.

Stephen Whittington, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and is due before Lincoln Crown Court next month.


Future of walk-in centre discussed

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Lincoln's MP Karen Lee says she's had a useful meeting with NHS managers this afternoon over their proposals to close the city's walk-in centre.

NHS managers want to shut it and say they'll extend GP surgery opening times and improve the 111 service.

Around 4,000 people have signed a petition urging the NHS to keep it open.

Lincolnshire's LEGO church

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Work to build St Botolph's in Boston (the Stump) out of LEGO is making steady progress:

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Lincolnshire-based West End actor supports victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's now been confirmed that 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London, with dozens of people unaccounted for.

While the fire investigators continue their searches of the wreckage, many people have volunteered to help residents in any way they can.

Among them is the Lincolnshire-based West End star, Hugh Maynard, who says there's a calm atmosphere today:

Yesterday was very much a defiance and people, communities coming together because they feel, and I to a certain extent feel that I didn't notice anyone in a official capacity supporting these people.

Hugh MaynardActor
Child on holiday

Parents with children at other schools found it hard to get their families together, the head said.

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Weekend weather: It's going to be a corker

BBC Weather

It's going to be a warm, bright and sunny weekend with predicted highs of 27c.

But don't just take my word for it, our weather expert Abbie Dewhurst has confirmed it:

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This is how Lincoln High Street will look after £800k facelift

Lincolnshire Echo

Shoppers are being given a sneak preview of how a major facelift of Lincoln's High Street will look.

An artist's drawing of what the completed work will look like has been unveiled - showing the recently-pedestrianised area between Tentercroft Street and St Mary's Street paved in natural stone with new seating and signs installed.

Lincoln high street
Lincolnshire Echo

Very high pollen levels

BBC Weather

Not good news for hay fever suffers in Lincolnshire....


Lincoln City's Carabao Cup draw revealed

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

The draw for the 1st round of the Carabao cup, also known as the League Cup, has just taken place.

And Lincoln City will be taking on Rotherham United away at New York Stadium.

Games will take place the week commencing 7 August.

Missing teenagers found

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The two missing teenagers have now been found. Lincolnshire Police said "A big thank you to media and public for assisting appeal for their safe return."

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The headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Have you seen May Woodward and Brianna Allsopp?

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Two teenage girls have gone missing from their homes on the Lincolnshire coast.

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May Woodward and Brianna Allsop, both 14, from Sutton-on-Sea, haven't been seen since last night.

Officers are very concerned for them and are asking for anyone with information to get in touch.

Young carers in North Lincolnshire offered helping hand

Sarah Sanderson

Political Reporter East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There could be more than 350 "hidden" young carers in North Lincolnshire, new figures show.

Young carers

That's according a survey carried out by North Lincolnshire Council.

With this in mind, members of the council's Wellbeing and Young Carers team are due to be at the Central Library in Scunthorpe this afternoon to offer a helping hand.

They're hoping to reach out to young carers who may otherwise go unidentified within their communities.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service's mental health pledge

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has joined other emergency services and associations in signing up to a campaign against mental health stigma.

BLue lgiht pledge
Lincolnshire County Council

The team has signed up to Mind's Blue Light pledge, which aims to challenge mental health stigma and promote the positive well-being of Lincolnshire's firefighters and employees:

We know our staff work in hugely difficult circumstances and are regularly exposed to traumatic situations. For me, it's only right they receive the right support and help if needed."

Nick BorrillChief fire officer, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

'Our son's death could have been prevented'

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The parents of a Lincolnshire man who hanged himself after leaving a mental health unit say their son's death could have been prevented.

Graeme Mutton from Market Deeping died after being allowed unescorted leave by staff at Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln. His body was found at Greetwell Road quarry in Lincoln in November 2015.

Yesterday, the coroner at his inquest recorded a narrative verdict and said no formal risk assessment had been undertaken before he was given unescorted leave.

In a statement, his parents Alan and Sheila Mutton said there were several missed opportunities and that record keeping was inaccurate and there weren't enough staff.

Graeme was a loving and caring son, brother, father and uncle and a dedicated professional who cared passionately about education and the young people in his charge. He is sorely missed by all his family.

Alan and Sheila MuttonGraeme Mutton's parents

They also said that although nothing could bring him back they hoped steps would be taken to ensure other families didn't suffer in similar circumstances.

The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has apologised and says it's made changes to his procedures.

Clinton Sentance 'will be risk for foreseeable future'

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The life sentence given to a man from Gainsborough who carried out terrifying knifepoint robberies in the town has been welcomed by police.

Lincolnshire Police

Clinton Sentance, 36, admitted targeting pensioners in their homes.

He tied them up and threatened them with a knife.

The judge jailed him for life with a minimum of 10 years.

Detective Inspector Mark Kirwan says Sentance needs to be off the streets for a very long time:

This individual in my view will always be a risk. This allows the state, probation and the police to control him as much as possible because I foresee him being a risk to the public for the foreseeable future.

Mark KirwanDetective Inspector

Lincoln landscaper shortlisted for national award

A landscaper from Lincoln has been shortlisted for a top prize in a national competition for being a so-called "trade hero".

Hard hat and boots

Addam Smith brought together a group of about 50 builders and tradesmen called Band of Builders who helped to renovate the home of a friend, Keith Ellwick, who had terminal cancer.

Mr Smith's been nominated in the Trade Hero category of the Building Better Communities competition.

Claire Harding, one of the competition's organisers, says a lot of people nominated Mr Smith:

They were saying all kinds of wonderful things about Addam and the work that he does and is doing to set up band of builders. They felt compelled to support him because he got lots of tradesmen from across the area to pitch in and do their bit."

Claire HardingBuilding Better Communities competition

Parking row in Gainsborough after £100 fines

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There are calls for signs at Marshall's Yard car park in Gainsborough to be changed after drivers were hit with £100 parking fines.


Three drivers claim they've been hit with fines after arriving just before 18:00 and paying for four hours.

They stayed longer, but believed they didn't have to pay more because signs state restrictions end at 18:00. If they'd arrived after, it would have been free.

Local businessman John Hal, who knows the drivers affected, says the sign should be reworded to make the situation clear:

It's all right them saying we've got to cover ourselves for people abusing it, but that's a nonsense because that means if they'd waited until after 18:00 they could've abused it. That's the silly part of it...absolutely ludicrous."

John Hal

The site is run by Creative Parking Solutions, which hasn't responded to the BBC's request for a response, but Marshall's Yard says customers should read the one of the 25 signs outlining parking policy:

We are sorry to hear that one of our customers has had this experience when visiting our centre. The car park at Marshall's Yard is managed by a separate company and we have worked hard with them to ensure that we operate a fair policy in line with many town centre car parks in the region."

Marshall's Yard

Learn CPR to save a life

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The BBC Radio Lincolnshire campaign to get 10,000 people to learn CPR has moved a step closer.

Almost 4,700 have now been taught the life saving skill.

You can get involved by emailing


Future of walk-in centre to be discussed

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln's new Labour MP, Karen Lee, will meet health managers today to discuss the future of the city's only NHS walk-in centre.


There are plans to close it and replace it with extended GP opening times.

Around a hundred people use the centre on Monks Road every day, but the Clinical Commissioning Group says most don't need treatment.

Changing term times... back

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Three Lincolnshire schools which tried having shorter summer holidays have gone back to the original timetable.

Tall Oaks Academy Trust in Gainsborough made the changes a few years ago because it thought it would improve attendance and give parents more flexibility with taking leave.

But it saw increased costs to keep the schools running over the holidays and problems for parents.

Executive head Sue Wilson explains:

The headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from the Lincolnshire newsroom this morning...

  • Lincoln's new Labour MP, Karen Lee, is meeting health bosses today to find out more about the planned closure of the city's only NHS walk-in centre
  • A man who targeted pensioners in a series of knifepoint robberies in Lincolnshire is starting life in jail
  • Three Lincolnshire schools which tried out having shorter summer holidays have gone back to the original timetable

Weather: Today's forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy but warm today...


Good morning, welcome to today's live coverage

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Hello, it's Paul in Lincoln here, ready to bring you all the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county until18:00.

If you've got something I should know about you can reach me through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Updates will continue here throughout the night.

Before I go, here are five things we didn't know this morning....

  1. A man who carried out what have been described as outrageous and chilling crimes in Gainsborough has been jailed for life
  2. City of Lincoln Council is reassuring residents of local tower blocks that safety checks are up to date and fire safety is reviewed regularly
  3. A cyclist in his seventies has died after falling from his bike in Skegness
  4. A 27-year-old soldier from Sleaford says he desperately needs a stem cell donor because he has a rare form of blood cancer
  5. And Lincolnshire has two new blue plaques to celebrate BBC Music Day

Tonight's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A warm night in Lincolnshire:


Rogue traders at work on Lincolnshire coast

If you live in the Skegness area you're being warned to be vigilant because of rogue traders operating in the resort.

Two men in a white van are offering to do garden work, police say.

They're then demanding more than the agreed amount, or not carrying out the work they've been paid for.

New look High Street in Lincoln

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An artist's impression of what the bottom of Lincoln's High Street will look like in the future...

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Police say victims could have died

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man who carried out what have been described as outrageous and chilling crimes in Gainsborough has been jailed for life.

Clinton Sentance targeted pensioners in their own homes over two days in March.

He tied them up and threatened them with a knife.

The 36-year-old from Tennyson Street admitted three charges of robbery and has been told he will serve a minimum of 10 years.

Lincolnshire blue plaque tribute to Sir Neville Marriner

Sir Neville Marriner in 1970
Getty Images

With the news that a special blue plaque has been unveiled in tribute to world-renowned conductor Sir Neville Marriner at his birthplace in Lincolnshire, did you know?:

  • Born in Lincoln in 1924, Sir Neville studied at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire
  • He started his musical career with the London Symphony Orchestra and went on to establish the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Sir Neville was widely honoured for his work, which includes recording the soundtrack for the 1984 film, Amadeus
  • He became the oldest conductor to lead at the Proms, in 2014 at the age of 90
  • He died in October 2016, just months after being made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace

Pensioner dies after falling from bike

Paul Russell

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A cyclist in his 70s has died after falling from his bike in Skegness.

The air ambulance was called to a beach track off Buckthorn Avenue at around 10:30 today.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Two new blue plaques for the county

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

BBC Music Day has left its mark in Lincolnshire!

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"Outrageous and chilling" robber jailed

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man form Gainsborough has been sent to prison for life for a spate of robberies, including one where a 75-year-old man was tied up and threatened at knifepoint.

Clinton Sentance of Tennyson Street admitted three charges of robbery in the town in March this year.

The 36-year-old has been told he'll serve a minimum of 10 years.

The judge at Lincoln Crown Court called his crimes 'outrageous and chilling'.

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

Praise for local RAF personnel

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has praised the work of RAF personnel in Lincolnshire who are carrying out a major training exercise in Romania.

Typhoons from RAF Coningsby will perform air policing missions alongside the Romanian Air Force this summer.

It's because of continuing tensions with Russia and nine other NATO countries are also part of 'Exercise Noble Jump.'