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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017
  2. Dog mess fines increased in East Lindsey
  3. The Red Arrows have been busy this week!
  4. Schoolchildren help advise emergency services on flooding
  5. Disappointment and anger over damage to Lincoln Knights
  6. Woodhall Spa prepares to step back in time... to the 1940s!
  7. Two Lincolnshire Police officers bag bravery awards

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By Lizzie Musham

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we've learnt today

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it for Friday - we'll be back on Monday with more live updates from across the county.

Just before I go, let's have a look back at five things we've found out on our journey through this day in Lincolnshire:

Have a good weekend- bye for now!

Weather: Staying dry overnight

BBC Weather

Dry through this evening with sunny intervals- southwesterly winds will freshen.

Friday night forecast
BBC

Lincolnshire MP urges government to improve safety on A1

Martin Slack

News Editor, Lincolnshire

The MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham Dr Caroline Johnson is urging the government to improve safety on the A1.

There's been an increasing number of fatalities on the road in recent years which Mrs Johnson says is a concern for local residents.

Dr Caroline Johnson
BBC

Family of secure unit victim speak out

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

The family of Robert McNeill, who was killed during an attack by another patient at Great Oaks Hospital in Scunthorpe, have released a statement.

Jamie Reed, 26, had admitted manslaughter on diminished responsibility, but was found not guilty of murder.

In a statement Robert McNeill's family said they were pleased that Reed would remain detained in either prison or hospital.

The person Rob has not been mentioned very much during this trial. Although he didn’t have an easy life, Rob was a very generous, caring, and kind-hearted man. He was deeply loved and we miss him every single day. Rob was vulnerable, slight of build, and unable to protect himself against a larger, younger and stronger attacker."

Carl Richardson & Nicky

Lincoln woman convicted in vacuum scam

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man from Leeds and his mother have been convicted of conning elderly and vulnerable people out of money by convincing them their vacuum needed servicing.

Dyson
Getty Images

Thomas Scoffin, 31 from Park Avenue in Leeds and his mother Linda Scoffin, 66 from Hall Drive in Lincoln were convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Leeds Crown Court today.

The pair cold-called their victims and falsely claimed that their Dyson vacuum cleaners needed servicing and that their company Excel Servicing represented the manufacturer.

They over charged for parts, as much as 10 times the true value, which funded a lavish lifestyle of holidays, high-end clothing and a wedding for Ms Scoffin.

They are due to be sentenced 18 August

The company deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable people including some who had dementia."

Colin RumfordTrading Standards

1940s Festival expected to draw in the crowds

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Around 40,000 people are expected to descend on a Lincolnshire village this weekend.

Woodhall Spa's 1940s Festival starts tomorrow.

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival
Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival

Visitors get in the spirit by dressing up in 40's clothes and enjoying a nostalgic knees-up.

Council chief will also run health group

Vicky Johnson

BBC Look North

Its been described as a groundbreaking appointment.

The Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council, Rob Walsh will also become of the boss of the local Clinical Commissioning Group

Rob Walsh
North East Lincolnshire Council

CCGs are usually clinically-led NHS bodies, responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

Mr Walsh says that by bringing the two organisations closer together, this will help improve local health and social care services

Lincolnshire Police admit embarrassment over escape of handcuffed prisoner

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Lincolnshire Police have described the escape of a man - who was handcuffed - from police custody in Boston yesterday as embarrassing.

25-year-old Aurimas Butkys was being held in connection with an assault in Lithuania and was being escorted into the town's police station when he ran off.

Tonight he is still at large but is not thought to be a danger to the public.

Aurimas Butkys
Lincolnshire Police

Crowdfunding campaign for new Imps training ground

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln City fans have come together and launched a crowdfunding website to raise money for a new training ground for the club.

There are hopes to raise £100,000 for the new facility.

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Woman jailed after biting prison officer

Martin Slack

News Editor, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire woman who bit a prison officer after being caught smuggling drugs into Lincoln Prison has been jailed.

Staff noticed the 41-year-old was acting suspiciously in the visiting area.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Nicola Dowell became aggressive and abusive when she was told she'd be searched.

Lincoln Crown Court
BBC

After being taken to a side room Dowell bit an officer on the arm.

When she was overpowered, she produced a small parcel of synthetic cannabis which she'd hidden under clothing.

Dowell, from Castlegate in Grantham, admitted two charges following the incident in January and was jailed for six months.

Mental health patient found not guilty of murder

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

A man accused of murdering a fellow mental health patient has been found not guilty.

Great Oaks Hospital
BBC

Jamie Reed, 26, had admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility, but denied murder.

Robert McNeill, 60, died at Great Oaks Hospital in Scunthorpe on 16 January.

During the trial, the court heard Mr McNeill was left with multiple injuries to his face, head, back and neck after a "frenzied assault" by Mr Reed.

Lincoln Knights damage charges

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police have named two men charged with damaging two of Lincoln's knights.

They are Kenneth Armstrong, aged 20 from Coningsby and Othman Alqahtani, aged 26 from Sleaford.

The sculptures were pulled off their plinths in the early hours of this morning.

One of the figures on High Bridge was thrown into the river and later retrieved by police officers near Stamp End.

Lincoln Knights
Lincolnshire Echo

The second damaged knight was in the Stonebow area and had split in half.

Lincoln Knight
Lincolnshire Echo

The two men have both been charged with criminal damage.

Lincoln MP 'honoured' to be picked for top job

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincoln's MP Karen Lee has been appointed as the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

It's just over a month since she was elected.

Karen Lee MP
BBC

I'm very pleased yes and very proud... importantly it's about holding the government to account in the House of Commons"

Karen LeeLincoln MP

It looks like the cloud's building over Lincolnshire this afternoon!

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for sending in these pics of some dramatic clouds rolling in over Lincolnshire.

Clouds
BBC Weather Watchers

Dog mess fines increased in East Lindsey

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

People in East Lindsey who fail to clear up after their dogs face a hefty fine.

The council's decided to increase it from £75 to £100.

East Lindsey District Council has adopted a so-called Public Space Protection Order which replaces the existing Dog Control Order.

Dog waste bin
BBC

As well as increasing the fine, the council's decided to continue with their current dog-free areas.

Dogs will be banned from Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea beaches between May and the end of September.

Also, they won't be permitted in children's play parks, playing fields and the cemeteries in Skegness, Chapel St Leonards and Wainfleet All Saints.

Watch: The Red Arrows have been busy this week!

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Check out this footage of the RAF Red Arrows practicing with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at RAF Fairford ahead of the Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend.

Schoolchildren help advise emergency services on flooding

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Children in North Lincolnshire who were evacuated in the 2013 tidal surge are helping emergency services rethink how they deal with flooding.

Pupils at South Ferriby School have spoken about the impact it has had on their lives as part of a study backed by charity Save the Children.

The tidal surge saw more than a third of the children at the school forced out of their homes.

South Ferriby flood barrier
BBC

Disappointment and anger over damage to Lincoln Knights

Martin Slack

News Editor, Lincolnshire

Two men in their 20s have been arrested after two of Lincoln's popular knights were pulled off their plinths during the early hours of this morning.

One of the figures on High Bridge was thrown into the river and later retrieved by police officers near Stamp End.

The second damaged knight was in the Stonebow area.

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Lincoln BIG says they're working hard to get them repaired as soon as possible.

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Weather: Staying cloudy but dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

Most areas will have a dry day and becoming increasingly bright and warm with sunny spells through the afternoon with highs of 19 degrees celsius.

Friday weather
BBC

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are your top news stories from the Lincoln newsroom:

Have you seen this man?

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police officers want to talk to this man about an armed robbery in Lincoln earlier this week.

Nathan Huntington
Lincolnshire Police

He's 24-year-old Nathan Huntington and may be in the Worksop area.

Police want to speak to him in connection with an armed robbery at Betfred Bookmakers in Woodhall Drive on the Ermine Estate on Tuesday.

Woodhall Spa prepares to step back in time... to the 1940s!

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Organisers of this weekend's Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival say its going to be bigger than ever.

The event, which began six years ago as a small village attraction, pulled in around 40,000 visitors last year.

Woodhall Spa 1940's Festival
Woodhall Spa 1940's Festival

The event is run by volunteers who've had to employ a traffic management company to cope with expected demand.

Two Lincolnshire Police officers bag bravery awards

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Two Lincolnshire Police officers have been given bravery awards at a ceremony last night.

Sergeant David Wilson and Sergeant Iain McIvor were off duty when they came across an armed robbery at a jewellers in Newark.

Watch below the moment they took on the robbers:

police bravery

They were both honoured by the Police Federation at a ceremony last night.

Sergeant David Wilson and Sergeant Iain McIvor
Police Federation

These two officers, who were off-duty, and had zero protective equipment made the heroic decision to act in the face of incredible danger. This is an incredible example of bravery in the finest traditions of the British Police Service. I am so proud of their actions and am thrilled that they have won this award.”

Jon HassallChair of Lincolnshire Police Federation

Lincoln MP bags top job

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Karen Lee MP has been appointed as the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

It's just over a month since she was elected as Lincoln's MP.

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Vandals target two of Lincoln's Knights

Martin Slack

News Editor, Lincolnshire

Two of Lincoln's Knights have been targeted by vandals overnight.

The sculptures on the city's High Street were ripped from their concrete plinths and one was thrown into the River Witham.

Lincoln Knight in River Witham
Lincolnshire Police

Police officers rescued the High Bridge Knight from the River Witham near Stamp End.

Two men in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

New technology to make two Lincolnshire level crossings safer

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

New technology is being used at two "high risk" railway crossings in Lincolnshire.

People using smartphones near the crossings in Lincoln and Spalding, will be sent a message asking them to concentrate.

Doddington Road level crossing
Google
Mill Green level crossing
Google

The crossings on Doddington Road in Lincoln and Mill Green in Spalding have been identified as "high risk" by Network Rail.

They say near misses involving young people increase significantly over the summer months.

Hunt still on for missing handcuffed suspect

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A manhunt is continuing for a man who escaped handcuffed from police custody in Boston.

Twenty-five-year-old Aurimas Butkys was being taken into the town's police station when he ran off.

He'd been detained in connection with an assault in Lithuania.

Aurimas Butkys
Lincolnshire Police

Supt Phil Vickers says they don't consider Butkys to be a risk to the wider public and anyone with any information is being asked to call Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Watch: A mainly dry and sunny day to come

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's looking like a decent day today, but there is the chance of catching the odd shower later on.

Here's my full forecast:

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. It's Lizzie here with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

If you want to get in touch you can. Just send me an email, or a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Send me your pictures, or any news or info about what's happening where you are.

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it for Thursday - we'll be back tomorrow with more live updates from across the county. Meanwhile breaking news and travel will appear here overnight.

Just before I go, let's have a look back at five things we've found out on our journey through this day in Lincolnshire:

Bye for now!

Watch: Mainly dry for the rest of the day

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going be a decent evening - and fresher tomorrow. Here's my full forecast:

weather

Paedophile sentenced for new offences against children

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

An ex-police officer and scout leader has been sentenced to life in prison for the rape and sexual assault of a boy under 13.

William Wright, who's 30 and formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, Lincolnshire has already spent the last seven years in jail after being convicted of a string of child sex offences in 2011.

William Wright
Lincolnshire Police

Wright was found guilty of a further eight counts of rape and sexual assault following a trial in May this year.

Sentencing him, the judge described Wright as a dangerous individual, and told him that he must serve at least a further 12 years in jail before he is eligible to be considered for parole.

Six families from same school fight heart unit closure

Vicky Johnson

BBC Look North

It's emerged six children from the same primary school in Lincolnshire stand to be affected if the region's specialist heart unit closes.

Parents in Sleaford have been speaking out just days before the end of the public consultation over the Glenfield unit in Leicester.

Glenfield families
BBC

They say if it shuts they'll have to travel much further.

The NHS says it needs to close the unit to ensure every patient gets the best possible care.

Scunthorpe's Jack Burnell to compete in World Aquatics Championships

Simon Clark

BBC Look North

Scunthorpe's Jack Burnell has flown out to Budapest for the World Aquatics Championships.

Jack Burnell in action
BBC

2,500 athletes will be competing in more than 200 events over 17 days at five venues.

Jack will take part in the open water 10k race.

In 2016 Burnell was ruled out of the medals in Rio due to a 10k disqualification.

However, in March this year he won Gold at the Marathon swimming World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Flying squad moves in to clear fly tipping

Now this is impressive - Boston Borough Council has shifted a load of flytipped waste in a day.

The council's just sent these pictures showing the before and after:

flytipping
Boston Borough Council

Cigarettes and alcohol burn to make electricity

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More than 152,000 cigarettes and tonnes of illegal alcohol seized during raids in Lincolnshire has today been burned to create electricity.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards says it's seized a total of 152,360 counterfeit cigarettes, 25kg of hand rolling tobacco and tonnes of illegal alcohol over the last 12 months.

illegal booze
Lincolnshire County Council
illegal cigarettes
Lincolnshire County Council

Emma Milligan from Trading Standards says its all been taken to a specialist recycling centre, where the cigarettes are broken down and mixed with foodstuffs and enzymes to create gas which is then burned to produce electricity, and fed into the National Grid.

“It’s vital that these products can no longer be sold to unsuspecting members of the public, and through taking them to be recycled at least there is a positive outcome.

Emma MilliganLincolnshire Trading Standards

Nightclub assault information appeal

Police have just released this CCTV image in a bid to trace a man who may have information about a nightclub assault earlier this year.

The incident happened at Lincoln's Home nightclub back in February - when the victim was pushed from a bar stool injuring his back.

cctv
Lincolnshire Police

Officers say it appears the attack was unprovoked.

The man they believe may have information is described as being 6ft 3ins, of a large build, had short hair and was wearing a white shirt and jeans.