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  1. Lincolnshire health watchdog to examine 'challenging' year
  2. Row at Grimsby school over 'too short' haircuts
  3. Boston dog walker finds butchered and dismembered sheep
  4. Teachers' funding fears for Lincolnshire's school breakfast clubs
  5. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster undergoes engine tests
  6. RAF Scampton's first airshow gets under way amid increased security
  7. Live updates on Friday 8 September 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me today, I'll be back on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

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

Have a good weekend.

Deeping Rangers match broadcast live on BBC

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A reminder of exciting news for Deeping Rangers.

Their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie against Kidderminster Harriers will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Coverage starts on Saturday 16 September at 12:30.

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Johnny Johnson to pay Scampton Airshow a visit

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

It's been a busy week for George 'Johnny' Johnson, the last remaining British Dambuster.

He received an honourary degree from the University of Lincoln yesterday, and this weekend he's off to Scampton Airshow:

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Watch: This evening's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine evening for most with some sunny spells but also the odd shower, lows of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast:

Sexual health clinic hits the road in Lincolnshire

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A mobile clinic is to tour Lincolnshire to raise awareness of safe sex from Monday as part of this year's Sexual Health Week.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services

Staff from Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service aim to promote more open and frank discussions about safe sex and consent.

We'll be talking to the public and answering any questions they may have on the subject of safe sex, porn and the differences between fantasy and reality. We're aware there are people who watch porn and may have inherited a distorted view of reality and what is deemed 'the norm'."

Heidi ShooterAdvanced Sexual Health Practitioner, LISH

Plea to help 160 battery chickens which will be KILLED unless they're found new homes

Lincolnshire Echo

Fern the hen
Lincolnshire Echo

Animals lovers in Lincolnshire are invited to give permanent homes to battery hens who are on death row.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is hosting a re-homing event in Stamford on September 16 and the plan is to save a total of 200 hens who would otherwise face slaughter. Homes are still needed for 167 of the hens.

Council consults on changes to Council Tax Support Scheme

North Lincolnshire Council is carrying out a consultation with residents to get their views on proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018/19.

North Lincolnshire Council Office

Council tax support is currently provided to around 14,000 households in North Lincolnshire at an annual cost of approximately £9m - this includes pension and working age households.

Eligibility for accessing the council tax support for both working age and pension age households is dependent on levels of household income.

Currently working age households in receipt of council tax reduction support receive up to 77% of their council tax bill supported through the reduction.

Under the new proposals for 2018/19, working age households who are in receipt of disability benefits will be protected at the same level, as will pension age households. Other working age households will receive a discount of up to 50% on their annual council tax bill.

It is important that we encourage people in to work in the interests of ensuring that the council has the resources to pay for the services that residents value."

Cllr Rob WalthamLeader of North Lincolnshire Council

The consultation will run from 8 September to 10 November.

CCTV appeal over theft from Boston shop

Lincolnshire Police are looking to speak to this man following a theft from a shop in Boston last month.

Lincolnshire Police

Meat products were stolen from the Co-op on Eastwood Road at about 15:20 on Sunday 27 August and police say the man caught on CCTV may have information about the theft.

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

BBC Weather Watchers: Last glimpse of summer

BBC Weather Watchers

We're very lucky here in Lincolnshire to get some great photos from our Weather Watchers across the county.

A beautiful photo of the sunrise over a field in Tattershall from Fiona:


Good to see there's still some signs of summer in this field of sunflowers in Binbrook.

Thanks to Ar this one:


Louth Midwifery Centre opens

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Louth Midwifery Centre has officially opened today.

It first opened its doors back in May and provides antenatal and consultant led clinics.

The centre was set up to provide a wider range of maternity services to the local community including anti-natal and post-natal care, doing almost everything but delivering babies.

Unit manager Victoria Wilkins says it's a positive for the community midwives and patients.

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Search for sofa scam man

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

A man has been going round the Spalding and Crowland areas scamming people out of money.

In the past week eight incidents have been reported where a man has asked to borrow cash in order to pay for a sofa that has just been delivered.

One resident parted with £40.

Lincolnshire Police worked with a victim to put together this e-fit:

Lincolnshire Police

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

Appeal to find women in connection with use of counterfeit notes

Do you know the two women in the CCTV image below? They're being sought by police in connection with the use of counterfeit bank notes in North East Lincolnshire.

CCTV image of the two women the police would like to speak to
Humberside Police

The appeal comes after two women entered two shops and a sports club on Friday 25 August and bought a number of items using false notes.

The premises targeted were the Fiveways Today's Extra in Cleethorpes, the Linden Homes Club in Grimsby and the Tesco Extra Service Station in New Waltham.

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with the police.

Long queues outside Skegness GP practice continue

Simon Spark

Video Journalist

Patients at a Skegness GP are having to queue outside the practice to get an appointment.

A local GP says a surgery in nearby Wainfleet closing is causing problems at Hawthorne Medical Practice.

The town's MP Matt Warman says it's an unacceptable way to treat patients but the surgery is trying to explain to patients that queuing is not the best way to get an appointment.

Hawthorne Medical Practice says it offers a wide range of appointments including telephone consultation with a duty doctor.

It says patients are also able to book online.

United States aircraft joins Scampton Lineup

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There's been a very exciting late addition to Scampton Airshow's lineup.

The United States Air Force (USAF) will perform a flypast on the Sunday.

KC-135R tanker aircraft
Scampton Airshow

A KC-135R tanker aircraft from the Operation Atlantic Resolve deployment at Geilenkirchen Air Base will be doing a flypast alongside the already announced E-3D Sentry and Boeing 727.

Your lunchtime weather forecast

BBC Weather

After some showers during the morning, it'll feel a bit drier and brighter as we head into the afternoon:


Your lunchtime headlines for Lincolnshire

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

The top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom include:

Memorial Flight Lancaster undergoes engine tests

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

The UK's only airworthy Lancaster bomber is undergoing engine testing after being grounded due to a technical issue.

BBMF Lancaster
Aircraft Restoration Company

An issue with a gear pinion grounded most of the historic aircraft which make up the Coningsby-based Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) in August, including the Lancaster - one of only two left flying in the world.

It is not known at this stage if any of the affected aircraft are expected to appear at the inaugural Scampton Airshow over the weekend.

Speaking after the fault was identified, Sqn Ldr Andy Millikin, the flight's commanding officer, said they were hoping to "get them back into the blue as soon we can".

'Small squad but lots of quality' - Lincoln City boss Cowley

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says the Imps have the smallest squad in the Football League.

Lincoln City

His comments came after the transfer of Simeon Akinola from Barnet to Lincoln fell through earlier this week.

But Cowley says he still has faith in the players he has at his disposal:

It's left us with 19 players, which means, I imagine, we'll probably be the smallest squad in the Football League out of 92 clubs. But it is what it is, we're a small squad but we've got lots of quality."

Danny CowleyLincoln City Manager

Celebrations after historical Grimsby pub saved

Hundreds of people are celebrating after it was announced yesterday the historical Barge pub in Grimsby has been saved.

Photo of the Barge pub in Grimsby

It was originally announced a couple of weeks ago the floating pub in the Riverhead would close to make way for a new cinema and restaurants.

But after meetings with North East Lincolnshire council yesterday its future is secure.

Chocks away! First arrivals for Scampton Airshow

All eyes will be on Lincolnshire's skies this weekend for the first Scampton Airshow.

Confirmed aircraft include a Belgian F-16 and a French Alpha Jet along with local favourites the Red Arrows and the RAF Typhoon.

Today, aircraft from across the world are arriving, with hundreds of people there to greet them.

Here's just a taster of the first arrivals:

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Teachers' funding fears for breakfast clubs across the region

BBC Radio Humberside

There are concerns about the future of school breakfast clubs across northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

It's been revealed up to 6,000 clubs could be at risk across the country.

Research by the Centre for Economic Business, which surveyed schools across the UK, reveals that about 85% of teachers believe the breakfast club at their school could close within the next three years due to budget cuts.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the government has committed to a £10m-a-year programme to expand breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools in England.

We are proud to be funding the expansion of healthy breakfast clubs in many more schools across the country and have reviewed the evidence and lessons from our previous programme to ensure we effectively support schools and disadvantaged families."

Department of Health spokeswoman

'Stay safe at airshow' - Lincolnshire Police

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

RAF Scampton's first airshow gets under way this weekend.

The Lincolnshire RAF station, which is also home to the Red Arrows, will host five hours of flying displays on Saturday.

There will be increased security across the weekend due to recent terror attacks:

Make sure you arrive in good time... Maybe limit what you're carrying because the more you carry, the more potentially the event organisers have to be vigilant."

Shaun WestLincolnshire's Assistant Chief Constable

Eastern bypass causing disruption this weekend

BBC News Travel

Work on Lincoln's Eastern bypass could cause disruption this weekend.

A crane and large steel beams are being delivered for a new rail bridge.

Expect overnight closures on Washingborough Road from tonight and rolling road blocks in the area.

Healthwatch reflecting on Lincolnshire's year

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

Lincolnshire's Health watchdog will this morning reflect on what it says has been an exceptionally challenging year for services in the county at its annual general meeting in Horncastle.

Healthwatch has been monitoring pressures across the sector including Lincolnshire's hospitals being placed into special measures.

Boston Pilgrim

Chief Executive Sarah Fletcher says it's been a very busy year:

We've seen closures of GP surgeries; we've obviously had all the consultation over things like the closure of the walk-in centre; targets for accident and emergency; cancer targets are just not being met; things like care services, the pressures there. From a Healthwatch perspective, sometimes we don't know where to start. It seems absolutely overwhelming."

Sarah FletcherChief executive

Dog walker finds butchered sheep

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

The remains of about 20 butchered and dismembered sheep have been discovered on a remote lane near Boston.

Dead sheep
Boston Borough Council

Boston Borough Council said the sheep were found by a dog walker near the pumping station at Leverton.

The authority is now making arrangements to remove them.

An appeal for information has been launched, although there are no reports of sheep thefts, or poaching offences in the area.

Dead sheep
Boston Borough Council

Disappointment over Hardy's new development

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council says it's disappointed the owners of a huge new caravan village won't be contributing extra to road improvements in the area.

Caravan park

Yesterday afternoon Hardy's Farm Limited was given permission to build the multi-million pound park for 1,000 static and touring caravans at Ingoldmells.

But East Lindsey District Council said the company didn't have to pay the £300,000 requested by the county council's highways department.

When you look at the scale of the investment that's being made I don't think £300,000 is an extraordinarily large amount of money to ask for. When you consider the impact that all these additional cars are going to have on the area. Let's not forget it tends to be the same councillors who will be asking "What are you going to do about the traffic on the A52?".

Richard DaviesLincolnshire County Council Highways

Hardy's say they're already spending £1.5m on improving the access to their site.

Your headlines this morning

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • Highways boss says it's disappointing Hardy's Farm won't be contributing extra money to road improvements after a huge new development was permitted
  • Lincolnshire's Health watchdog to consider what it says has been an exceptionally challenging year for services in the county at its annual general meeting
  • RAF Scampton's first airshow gets under way this weekend amid increased security

Watch: This morning's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mixture of sunshine and blustery showers to start the day, the best of any drier brighter spells further east during the morning.

Here's my full forecast:

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. Hope here, ready to bring to the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

Got something happening in your area? Well we love to hear from you. You can get in touch through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire northbound severe accident, between Mill Lane and Padleys Lane.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 Main Road in Keal Cotes closed and slow traffic northbound between the Mill Lane junction and the Padleys Lane junction, because of an 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, I'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

Meanwhile, updates will continue here through the evening.

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

Cleethorpes ice cream vendor raising money for family of A180 victim

A man who runs an ice cream business in Cleethorpes is raising money for the family of Sony Kiss, who died in a crash on the A180 on Monday morning.

Twenty-four-year-old Sonny (pictured below) from Cleethorpes was a friend and customer of John Barton who owns Harrison's Ices.

Photograph of Sonny Kiss
Family of Sonny Kiss

Mr Barton has decided to put a box in his vans to raise money towards the costs of Sonny's funeral and whatever he collects he's going to double.

Tributes are also being left at the side of the A180 in Sonny's memory.

Tributes to sonny kiss

I know that Guy...

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An eagle-eyed Lincolnite spotted TV road racer Guy Martin in Castle Square today.

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Maybe he's graduating too?

Listen: Fears over town council numbers cut plans

Town councillors in North Lincolnshire say they're worried about plans to reduce the size of town councils.

Last night a scrutiny committee meeting voted to take the plans to a meeting of the full council - they could then reduce the number of town councillors by ten at elections in two year's time.

In Brigg, where Mike Campion is a town councillor, this would cut the number from 19 to nine.

He says he is worried about the move:

Police looking for woman following beer theft

Lincolnshire Police are investigating after two crates of beer were stolen in Holbeach.

They think this woman (pictured) may be able to assist with the enquiry.

Lincolnshire Police

The theft occurred around 21:45 on Tuesday 8 August from the One Stop store in West End.

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

Sophie Raworth with the Red Arrows

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

You'll all know Sophie Raworth best as the woman who brings you the news each evening.

Well today you'll see her at a new height - she's been out with the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton.

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It's all to do with the Great North Run this weekend and you can watch a film of the flight and find out more on BBC One at 09:30 on Sunday.

Watch: This evening's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's looking rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first, clearing later. Fresh southwest winds and minimum temperature 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast:

Hardy's Farm development given the go-ahead

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

In the past hour a huge new caravan park has been approved for the Lincolnshire coast.

Caravan park

Hardy's Animal Farm at Ingoldmells will build plots for 1,000 static and touring caravans, as well as a hotel, pub and petrol station.

Hardy's won't have to pay £300,000 for road improvements requested by the county council or a further £80,000 towards the NHS.

They're already making road improvements as part of the application, and argued they shouldn't have to pay more.

Speaking at the meeting, East Lindsey District Councillor Dick Edgington said the county council had asked for too much money:

It doesn't bode well on local authorities who try and demand, in my view, excessive financial contributions. It doesn't gel to me, local authorities and private enterprise should be working together for the betterment of the locality and the wider community and this just leaves a nasty taste in your mouth.

East Lindsey District CouncillorDick Edgington

Watch: Johnny Johnson honoured by University of Lincoln

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

George 'Johnny' Johnson receives an honourary doctorate from the University of Lincoln:

Funding means the show can go on for Spilsby Theatre

Maggie Curtis

News Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Sessions House CIC has been given £15,000 to assess what repair work needs to be done to Spilsby Theatre.

The Sessions House CIC
The Sessions House CIC

The Grade II-listed building is considered to be 'at risk' and this money will get a clear picture of the costs of the regeneration.

Once this viability report is finished the CIC, set up specifically to regenerate the theatre, can put in more applications for the repair work.

We are working to re-establish a thriving theatre and community arts venue in Spilsby and open up this important heritage site in new imaginative ways, for all to enjoy.

Bruce KnightThe Sessions House CIC Managing Director