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  1. Cleethorpes newspaper closes due to 'tough trading conditions'
  2. Officers 'didn't contribute to driver's death' - police watchdog
  3. Scunthorpe 'man on rooftop' charged with number of offences
  4. 'Lost' false teeth found taped to Skegness tree
  5. Final day for public consultation over future of Lincoln NHS walk-in centre
  6. Line-up for first ever Scampton Airshow revealed
  7. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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By Harry Parkhill

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Five things we've learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it for our live coverage this week, but stay tuned to BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North for the latest local news.

And we'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Lincolnshire from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

Reggie the dog 'not mistreated' - Police

You may remember that yesterday we mentioned a dog had been seized by police in Lincoln over fears he'd been mistreated by his owner.

Lincolnshire Police

Reggie, a boxer cross staffie, was taken in by police over fears for the animal's welfare and the possibility he'd been stolen, with officers wanting to get in touch with his owner.

Having investigated, police now say the dog "has not been mistreated or stolen and his owner was playing with him".

Reggie is currently with the RSPCA, police add.

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

Lincoln City defender Raggett 'delighted' over Norwich move

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City defender Sean Raggett says he "couldn't turn down" the opportunity to move to Norwich City.

Getty Images

Raggett (pictured) scored the winner against Premiership side Burnley in Lincoln City's FA Cup run in the summer.

He's also confirmed that he will still be playing at Sincil Bank in the short-term.

The Imps have him on temporary loan until the new year.

I'm delighted to be here as it's a massive move for me. It's a big opportunity and I'm really excited. Norwich is a huge club and it was a chance I couldn’t turn down. I’ve had a great time at Lincoln and it'll be good to go back for the first few months of the season and thank them for what they've done for me."

Sean Raggett

Cleethorpes newspaper closes due to 'tough trading conditions'

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Cleethorpes Chronicle has unexpectedly announced that it has printed its last edition.

cleethorpes chronicle
Cleethorpes Chronicle

The weekly newspaper, which was launched in 2008, called itself the "only locally owned newspaper" in the area.

In a statement, the owners of the paper say that it's due to "tough trading conditions".

They say a "shrinking advertising market" means they're unable to produce a paper to the level their customers are "accustomed to and deserve":

We take an enormous amount of pride in what we have achieved since March 2008, producing a well-read, highly-respected local newspaper every week during turbulent economic times."

Mark Webb and Nigel LowtherDirectors, Cleethorpes Chronicle

Search is on for Lincoln City's stolen 'GPS' vests

Michael Hortin

BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport

Vests fitted with GPS kit which are used by Lincoln City players during training have been stolen.

gps vest
Lincoln City FC

The vests allow players' progress during games to be monitored, showing how far they've run and at what intensity and have been used during training this summer, the club says.

Imps boss Danny Cowley says the vests "massively aid our ability to train the players and make sure we get that balance between fitness and freshness".

But now they've been stolen from Lincoln City's sports scientist while on a trip to the launderette, with someone using a rock to smash through the window of Luke Jelly's car to get them.

The club wants anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the vests to get in touch:

They're not really of any value to anyone else, but they're certainly very valuable to us."

Danny CowleyManager, Lincoln City FC

Officers 'didn't contribute to driver's death' - police watchdog

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire

Police contact did not contribute to a Lincolnshire man's death, an investigation by the police watchdog has concluded.

John McKeown, 62, from Ketton, died in hospital after he lost control of his car and hit a wall on Wharf Road, Stamford, on 22 August 2015.

It was after police attempted to stop Mr McKeown after spotting him driving without wearing his seatbelt.

He was followed by officers for a short distance before Mr McKeown's car crashed.

Evidence gathered by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found his car wasn't defective.

A post-mortem examination found Mr McKeown was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

The IPCC investigation report has concluded there was no link between his death and officers' actions.

An inquest into Mr McKeown's death which finished in July this year returned a narrative verdict.

What's your favourite Lincolnshire Landmark?

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

University of Lincoln researchers looking into Lincolnshire's heritage have asked hundreds of the county's residents which of our local landmarks is their favourite.

The answer? Here's a big hint:

jolly fisherman
BBC Lincolnshire

It is, of course, the Jolly Fisherman in Skegness.

The statue was made to commemorate the famous 1908 poster advertising trips from London to Skegness.

Professor Carenza Lewis, from The University of Lincoln, wanted to explore attitudes about heritage in the county:

We wanted to do that in a different sort of way: we did a survey, but we also wanted to find some slightly more fun and different ways of getting people to think about heritage because it's a difficult word sometimes."

Prof Carenza LewisProfessor for the Public Understanding of Research, Lincoln University

Anger at phone mast put up 'without permission' in Grimsby

Phillip Norton

BBC News

A mobile phone company has "ridden roughshod over democracy" by installing a phone mast in Grimsby without permission, a councillor claims.

EE Mast

Steve Beasant, Liberal Democrat councillor for East Marsh, is unhappy with EE's decision to put up the temporary mast in the town.

It comes just a few months after the company was told it wasn't allowed to build a mast just a few metres away.

EE has told the BBC its current mast in the area is due to be removed this month, and this new mast is just temporary until the firm can secure a new location.

North East Lincolnshire Council says it is now investigating whether the siting of the mast needs planning permission.

Northern rail strikes set for September

Further rail strikes have been set for next month to coincide with schools going back in the row over driver-only-operated trains.

Northern train
Northern Rail

Arriva Rail North, Merseyrail and Southern RMT staff will walk out from Friday 1 September with the last strike on Monday 4 September.

The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.

Arriva Rail North said it is prepared to guarantee jobs.

Workers from the company - which operates under the brand Northern - will walk out on Friday 1 September and Monday 4 September.

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between West Fen Lane and A155 Main Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 Main Road partially blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the West Fen Lane junction in Stickney and the A155 Main Road junction in West Keal, because of an accident.

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

'Amazing' response to Humberside Police's recruitment call

It seems many people across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are keen to become police officers.


Humberside Police say they have had an "amazing response" to their latest phase of recruitment which closed on Monday, with 1,551 people applying to work for the force.

The force's new chief constable, Lee Freeman, who started work in June, says he wants to take on 300 new officers over the next 18 months.

If you missed the opportunity to apply this time, don't worry as Humberside Police say they will be recruiting again soon.

Lincoln walk-in NHS centre 'pivotal' for uni students

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

I mentioned earlier that today is the last day for you to have your say on the closure of the Lincoln's walk-in NHS centre.

walk in centre

Walk-in centres deal with mild infections, sprains and strains and other minor health conditions.

The closure of the Lincoln site is being considered by Lincolnshire's Clinical Commissioning Group because it says the centre duplicates services.

The University of Lincoln's Student Union president, Kudzai Muzangaza, has now joined the debate, saying the centre is "pivotal" for students studying in the city:

The walk-in centre is an incredibly important resource. Students use it quite a lot. A lot of the students who go there find it difficult to get GP appointments so it's a resource that's pivotal to the way of life for students in Lincoln."

Kudzai MuzangazaPresident, University of Lincoln Student Union

Lincoln man describes 'terrifying' Barcelona attack

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man from Lincoln has spoken about the horror of witnessing one of yesterday's terror attacks in Spain which have left 14 people dead and over 100 injured.


Four people have been arrested and five people shot dead by police after the two attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the Las Ramblas attack and that IS "soldiers" carried it out.

Nick Mouncey, from Lincoln, who is currently in Barcelona, witnessed the van ploughing into crowds in the city's Las Ramblas tourist hotspot:

We were sat across the road from where it happened...There was just a huge bang and screaming and then a flood of people ran trying to get away from it. It was pretty terrifying. I think it was the screaming and the people rushing away which makes you scared and worried. From where we were, we could see people laying in the street."

Nick Mouncey

Line-up for first ever Scampton Airshow revealed

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

At least 39 aircraft will feature in the first ever Scampton Airshow, its organisers have revealed.

Wim Houquet

Among the planes due to be on show at Scampton will be a Vietnam-era OV-10B Bronco (pictured), a German Air Force Eurofighter, five deHavilland Chipmunks and many more.

The news comes after the show's boss said yesterday that he was "keeping fingers crossed" over a planned visit to the show by planes from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Coningsby-based BBMF's Lancaster, as well as three Spitfires and two Hurricanes, had been temporarily grounded due to an engine problem.

The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place between 9-10 September.

Watch: Action from Cadwell Park

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've been at Cadwell Park in the Lincolnshire Wolds this morning watching the British Superbikes.

Just look at them go:

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Weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's a snapshot of the forecast for the afternoon and weekend:


Chalk Streams Festival is coming to Lincolnshire

A week-long celebration of nature is due to come to Lincoln and the Wolds next week.

Chalk streams
Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival offers a week of pond-dipping, walks and nature-filled activities.

Whether you're looking to get your hands dirty and help with a stream clear-up, enjoy a walk in the fresh air, or keep your children entertained during the summer holidays, there'll be something for everyone."

Ruth CraigProject officer, Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival

Man dies in East Keal car crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man in his 20s has died following a serious car crash on the A16 near Spilsby.

A silver Vauxhall Astra and a white Kia Sportage collided at East Keal at about 22:00 yesterday evening.

One passenger in the Astra was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second passenger, another man in his 20s, was taken to Boston Pilgrim with serious injuries.

The Astra's driver, also a man his 20s, and the driver of the Kia, a 50-year-old woman, were both taken to Hull Royal infirmary with serious injuries.

The road was closed until early this morning and police are now appealing for witnesses.

Canaries closing in on Lincoln City defender

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City are set to sign Lincoln City defender Sean Raggett.

The 23-year-old centre back is likely to be loaned back to The Imps until January once the deal is complete.

Raggett was one of the stars of the Lincoln team that reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup last season, scoring the winner against Premier League Burnley.

Sean Raggett's goal against Burnley
Getty Images

"Sean is talking to another club. We've agreed terms and it's now up to Sean to agree personal terms and for a medical to take place," Lincoln manager Danny Cowley said.

There's been no official comment from Norwich City.

Denture distress?: 'Lost' false teeth spotted on Skegness tree

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

What's the most unusual item you've ever stumbled across while out and about in Lincolnshire? I bet that whatever it was, it's unlikely to trump this discovery:

false teeth
Lois Slocombe

The picture, taken by Lois Slocombe, says it all really...

She's told me she was out running with friends when they came across the dentures taped to a tree in Skegness.

She says she hopes the owner has since been reunited with them.

Were they yours? Let us know.

It was all a bit strange, we couldn't quite believe what we were seeing... It's certainly the most unusual thing I've ever seen...The teeth are now no longer on the tree so hopefully whoever's they were, they're back with them."

Lois Slocombe

'Man on rooftop' charged with number of offences

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man who evaded police capture for three days by hiding on a rooftop in Scunthorpe has been charged by Humberside Police.

rooftop escapee

Kyle Ferguson, 23 of Salisbury Close in Scunthorpe, will appear before Grimsby Magistrates' Court later charged with a number of offences.

They include include criminal damage, affray, burglary, threatening a person with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place, racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment and road traffic offences.

The BBC has discovered that the incident cost Humberside police force about £100,000.

Superbikes Championship 'worth millions' to Lincolnshire

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It may be a huge event on the racing calendar, but you might not know that the Superbike Championships, held at Cadwell Park, are a major boost to the Lincolnshire Wolds economy.

cadwell park this morning

Seventy thousand racing fans are expected to descend on the Lincolnshire Wolds this weekend for the Superbikes Championship at Cadwell Park near Louth (pictured).

County councillor Colin Davie says it has a huge knock-on effect for the whole economy, not just the park itself:

It's got to be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds to the local economy we don't have an exact figure. But these things benefit enormously from people staying on campsites, staying in hotels, staying in bed and breakfasts and generally spending money while they're here.

Colin DavieLincolnshire County Council

Final day for your say on walk-in centre

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Today is your last chance for you to share your opinion on the potential closure of Lincoln's walk-in centre.

walk-in centre

A public consultation on the potential closure of the Monks Road site (pictured) began last week.

The Clinical Commissioning Group responsible for deciding what healthcare we have in Lincolnshire says that the walk-in centre could be duplicating services.

They suggest that seeing a GP, pharmacy or phoning 111 will deliver the same results.

North Lincolnshire village prepares for moment in the spotlight

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

People in a North Lincolnshire village believe the upcoming visit of the Tour of Britain cycle race is a great opportunity to show off the area to future tourists.

Route for stage 3 of Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain Cycling

The third stage of the cycle race starts at Normanby Hall on the 5 September and travels across North Lincolnshire before it finishes in Scunthorpe.

People in Messingham are getting ready for its arrival in just over two weeks time by decorating the streets with green bikes and bunting.

Lincoln City defender to be sold

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

After a summer of speculation surrounding Lincoln City defender Sean Raggett, it's been confirmed that he will be sold.

sean raggett

The defender (pictured) scored the winner against Premiership team Burnley, which put the Imps through to the FA Cup Quarter Final.

Manager Danny Cowley confirmed that the Imps have agreed a deal to sell him.

BBC Radio Norfolk is reporting that he's set to join championship club Norwich City and then be loaned back to Lincoln City.

Sean, at the moment, is talking to another club. Our club and another club have agreed terms and it's now up to Sean to agree personal terms and for a medical to take place.

Danny CowleyLincoln City Manager

Watch: The weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Sunny spells and blustery showers in store for today.

Some of the showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of thunder.

Here's my full forecast:

Good morning and welcome to Friday's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning, and welcome to the end of the week!

It's Harry here bringing you all the latest news, sports, travel and weather from our Lincolnshire newsroom today.

If you fancy getting in touch, or have something you think we should be talking about, get in touch.

Why not drop us an email, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Blacksmith Lane and Fen Lane.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Keal closed in both directions between the Blacksmith Lane junction and the Fen Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

That's it from me today.

We'll have more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county tomorrow from 08.00, meanwhile breaking news updates will continue here throughout the night.

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

This evening's weather for Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

A fine and largely sunny evening is expected for Lincolnshire.

Then it'll be dry with clear spells overnight.

Weather chart

Lincolnshire A-level pass rate above national average

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

As students celebrate or commiserate over the outcome of their A-levels, results from 34 of 39 schools in Lincolnshire show the county's pass rates are at 98.1% - 0.2% above the national average.

A-level results day
Lincolnshire County Council

The number of A* grades in Lincolnshire beat the national average and, at over a third, they increased on last year as well.

In over 40% of cases, about 90% or more of students achieved three or more A-level passes at A*-E.

Success at A-level does not happen by accident. It is only through the hard work of students and teachers, supported by parents and carers, that these fantastic results have been achieved."

Councillor Patricia BradwellExecutive councillor for children's services, Lincolnshire County Council

Scampton Airshow boss's crossed fingers over BBMF planes

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More on the news that the RAF Coningsby-based Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has had to ground one Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfires until further notice due to an engine fault.

Keith Wilson

The Memorial Flight has had to cancel a date at the Eastbourne Airshow today due to the problem, and they've got a packed programme coming up - including right here in Lincolnshire at next month's Scampton Airshow.

Andy Armstrong, the show's chief executive, says he's keeping his fingers crossed that the BBMF aircraft will be available for the show:

Safety has to be our number one priority and if they are at all concerned they obviously made the right decision, but the RAF's got the best engineers in the world and I'm sure they're working day and night to make sure that as soon as possible those aircraft are back in the air."

Andy ArmstrongChief executive, Scampton Airshow

Mr Armstrong added that even without the BBMF aircraft, they'll still have a packed flying display.

Sir Edward not impressed by idea of silent Big Ben

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

A Lincolnshire MP says the decision to silence Big Ben for four years is over the top.

Big Ben

The world-famous bell will be dismantled on Monday to allow for repairs, and it will be silenced to protect workers' ears.

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh says it's a shame to have no "bongs" for several years:

I think this is politically correct over-engineering gone mad. Of course you've got to protect the workers and nobody's expecting the bells to chime when they're actually working on the clock. But to close down the clock for four years... This is an icon of the British way of life."

Sir Edward LeighGainsborough MP

Children as young as 11 involved in Cleethorpes bus attack

Children as young as 11-years-old were involved in an attack on a bus in Cleethorpes last night, police say.

Windows on the bus were smashed but fortunately no-one was hurt during the attack, which saw children and young people throwing bricks at the vehicle.

A number of arrests have been made as a result of the incident, Humberside Police have confirmed.

It's the latest in a number of anti-social-behaviour incidents in the East Marsh area.

BBMF aircraft grounding 'purely a precaution' - Aviation journalist

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

More on the grounding of many of the aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight after the RAF found a problem on a Hurricane's Merlin engine.


The Lancaster, two Hurricanes and three of the Spitfires, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, all have these types of engines and are therefore all affected.

Dan O'Hagan, an aviation journalist, says he thinks it's purely a precaution:

They are so careful with how they maintain and look after these priceless airplanes that of course they've taken steps to ground all the Merlin-engined aircraft they have until they've find what the reason is."

Dan O'HaganAviation journalist

Hair today, gone tomorrow?: City's long-serving barber set to retire

It's fair to say once you find a barber or hairdresser you like, you tend to stick with them.

Sadly, people in Lincoln who do just that might have had a bit of bad news as one of the city's longest-serving barbers has decided to retire after 51 years in the business:

Nuccio and Fred

When Nuccio (pictured above left) started cutting hair at Gino's, on Monk's Road, in 1966 the Beatles and Frank Sinatra were in the charts and England were about to win the World Cup.

It's been a long journey since then and Nuccio says he's now looking forward to retiring:

[I'm] a bit apprehensive because all my customers have been coming for many, many years and I'm going to miss them terribly, really. They're a fantastic bunch of people."


Not to worry, though. The business is staying in the family, with Nuccio selling Gino's to his cousin.

Do you know Reggie's owner?

Lincolnshire Police have seized a dog in Lincoln after reports that it was being mistreated.

Lincolnshire Police

Reggie, a boxer cross staffie, is now safe and well, according to police, who say they're now wanting to find his owner.

They are also appealing for information about any mistreatment of Reggie that people may have witnessed.

First woman completes apprenticeship at Humber power plant

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

A 20-year-old former dancer has become the first woman to complete an apprenticeship programme at a North East Lincolnshire power station.

Jess Pinder at work
The px group

Jess Pinder, from Humberston, near Grimsby, quit dance school to focus on a career in process technology.

She is now an operations and maintenance support technician at Stallingborough combined heat and power station,

In addition, Jess has taken an active role in encouraging other women to consider engineering career paths.

She has been part of a regional panel to support National Women Into Engineering Day, she's been an apprentice ambassador and she's visited Westminster to discuss the benefits of apprenticeships with ministers.

Jailed former councillor's crimes 'sickening' - NSPCC

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Earlier we told you that a former North Kesteven district councillor has been jailed for two years for indecent images of children.

Ian Dolby
North Kesteven District Council

Ian Dolby, 52, of North Road, Sleaford, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to 23 counts of making indecent images of children.

A police raid on his home in December 2013 found more than 700 computer discs containing pornography, 45 of them involved child sex abuse.

Following Dolby's sentencing, the NSPCC children's charity has described his crimes as "shocking and sickening":

As a councillor, Ian Dolby was elected into a position of power and trust by the public...Each of these images is a crime scene and every child photographed is a victim of abuse. By downloading this material, Dolby was keeping an abhorrent industry alive and ensuring children continue to be abused."

NSPCC statement