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  1. Body found after Grimsby flat fire
  2. 'Relaxed attitudes to sex' concern police
  3. Victoria drama filmed in Lincolnshire
  4. Feline fine on new thatched roof
  5. Updates on Friday 22 September 2017

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Five things we've learned today

David Sykes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

That's it from me in the BBC Radio Lincolnshire newsroom.

Harry Parkhill will be taking the reins on Monday at 08:00 with the latest.

Listen live to BBC Radio Lincolnshire over the weekend when I'll be reading the news, and keep an eye on this page for any breaking news.

Before I go, here's a look back at what we've learned today:

Have a great weekend!

'What a waste of money': Lincoln reacts to footbridge closure

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Earlier, we told you that Lincoln's High Street footbridge is to close for repairs, and people aren't happy.

People wait at the level crossing at the foot of the bridge.

Network Rail says its tried to repair the structure several times, but it now needs a longer closure to fix the problems.

But having cost £12m, people on Facebook have stern words for the company.

Here are just a few comments:

Why the heck does it need repairing so soon? - not like it's heavily used. Most folks still wait for the barriers. Every time we've used the lifts they've been full of litter and worse"

Katie Fletcher

Sounds about right...worrying though"

Julie Garriock

Unbelievable - couldn't make it up"

Mark Terry

Complete farce"

Vicky Simpson

Brexit 'will impact' on University of Lincoln

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The University of Lincoln will have to renegotiate its student exchange programmes when Britain leaves the European Union, according to a senior lecturer.

The main building of the University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln

It comes as Theresa May tells European leaders that both the UK and EU can be "optimistic about the future".

The university is currently taking part in research schemes and exchange scheme that non-EU states have to pay to be a part of.

Professor in Public Policy, Hugh Bochel says that the University of Lincoln may also have to pay in future

We want to be part of some ongoing EU processes, but we may have to pay. It will have an impact"

Hugh BochelProfessor in Public Policy

Lincoln City condemn attack on Mansfield bus

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Lincoln City said it is working with Lincolnshire Police to try to find the culprits behind the attack on Mansfield Town's team bus last Saturday.

The bus was targeted by what the Red Imps describe as "a small group of youths" at 16:15 on 23 September when it was at St Catherines, leaving the vehicle damaged and some club staff "distressed".

Mansfield won the match 1-0.

Lincoln City fully condemns such actions and will fully co-operate with any investigation into the matter"

Lincoln City spokesperson

New footbridge to close for months after being plagued with problems

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincoln's High Street footbridge is to close for two months for repairs - just over a year after it first opened.

Network Rail, who built the bridge at a cost of £12m, has tried to repair it several times but says it now needs a longer closure to fix the problems.

People wait at the level crossing at the foot of the footbridge.

The bridge (pictured above during construction) was built after a long-running campaign by the city's former MP Karl McCartney, who said it was unacceptable that pedestrians had to wait at the level crossing - which closes several times an hour.

It will close on 1 October.

Resurfacing work on the level crossing itself will also take place throughout October.

Watch: A round up of the weekend's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's a look at the weather for the next few days with me Abbie Dewhurst:

Here's Abbie Dewhurst with the weather forecast

Man jailed over fatal crash

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for two years for causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in which his passenger died.

Benjamin Hughes, 24, of Nottingham Road, Lowdham, pleading guilty in August to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with alcohol over the prescribed limit.

Dominique Wright, 23, from Lincolnshire, was in the vehicle which crashed in Southwell Road, between High Cross and Thurgarton Village on 30 October.

She died at the scene.

At Nottingham Crown Court earlier, Hughes has also been disqualified from driving for four years.

Benjamin Hughes Dominique Wright Lowdham Southwell

Light fantastic future for North Lincolnshire's streets

Sophia Ewen

BBC Radio Humberside

A £6m project to replace street lights in North Lincolnshire with more energy efficient ones is due to get under way next week.

Councillor Richard Hannigan with one of the new energy efficient street lights.
North Lincolnshire Council

The council say the new lights will use up to 75% less energy and save them around £500,000 once the work's done.

It currently costs North Linclonshire Council £1m a year to light our streets.

It'll take three years to replace all 21,000 light bulbs.

Bat: Man to the rescue

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A small bat has had a "miraculous" escape after getting caught in a fishing line.

A passerby found the bat hanging from a tree over a fishing lake in Dunholme near Lincoln.

It's thought the bat had been there for about four days.

A gloved hand holds the uninjured bat

Its thought that the fishing line had become caught in the tree and was cut off, leaving the hook dangling.

Amazingly, the bat wasn't injured.

RSPCA inspector Stuart Wainwright led the rescue:

The poor bat was thrashing around and dangling from the fishing line. We needed an inflatable boat to be able to float out there, remove the hook and bring him to safety"

Stuart WainwrightRSPCA

Weather: A nice afternoon ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a lovely afternoon in Lincolnshire with plenty of sunshine.

There's light or moderate southwesterly winds and highs of 16C.

Patchy light rain is possible later but it should be a mild night.

Weather forecast

Man in hospital following A180 crash

Jo Makel

BBC Look North

A man has been taken to hospital following a crash near Grimsby this morning.

Pyewipe roundabout in Grimsby

The accident involving two cars happened just off the A180 at the Pyewipe roundabout around 06:30.

A Renault Megane and an Audi Q5 collided.

The driver of the Renault vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Behind the scenes during the filming of Victoria

David Sykes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've been given a glimpse behind the scenes of the filming for this weekend's episode of Victoria.

The cast and crew were at Harlaxton Manor near Grantham for a week of filming.

The manor will stand in for a French palace in the programme which is broadcast this Sunday at 21.00

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Traffic and travel: A1 tailbacks

BBC News Travel

We've just heard from Lincolnshire Police about delays on the A1 northbound near Grantham. They say there's a broken down vehicle at Stoke Rochford causing long tailbacks. Could take a while to clear.

Fatal house fire in Grimsby

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

One person has died in a house fire in Grimsby.

Fire crews were called to a flat in Purbeck Road, Scartho (pictured) just before 02:00 this morning.

Fire and Rescue officers outside flats in Grimsby.

Other flats in the building were evacuated and police have confirmed that a body was found in one of the flats.

A cordon is in place and police are investigating. They want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

Want to tell us about your Unsung Hero?

Laura Foster

BBC Look North

Do you know someone who helps out at your local sports team or club?

Is this a person who you just couldn't cope without? T./hen you should think about nominating them for an Unsung Hero award.

Every year the BBC honours the people who volunteer by running sports clubs or leisure activities across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Last year table tennis coach Sylvia Worth (pictured) won the award for her work in Sancton.

BBC Unsung Hero 2016: Table tennis coach Sylvia Worth
BBC Unsung Hero 2016: Table tennis coach Sylvia Worth

You can nominate your Unsung Hero by visiting

Entries close on the 22 October.

Man knocked out and badly injured in Boston street brawl

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A man has needed surgery after he was seriously injured and knocked unconscious in a mass brawl in the centre of Boston.

Police say a group of women began arguing in the Stump & Candle pub at around 01:00 before the row spilled out into the street.

Police said the 39-year-old man who was injured was taken to hospital and has undergone surgery.

Police are looking through CCTV pictures and are urging witnesses to come forward.

The Stump & Candle pub
The Stump & Candle, where the fracas began

Save a Life: 15,000 people have been trained

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've reached a major milestone in our Save a Life campaign.

With the help of volunteers from LIVES first responders and St John's Ambulance, we've now trained 15,000 people.

There's lots more ways for you to learn, with events in Lincoln and Scothern this Saturday, and next month, St John's Ambulance will be touring the county with a mobile CPR classroom.

Save a Life logo

It's a phenomenal number. That's 15,000 people out there with the skills to save somebody's life.

Nikki SilverChief Executive, LIVES

If you'd like to take part, email and you'll get a reply with all the details.

Advice to influx of students about sex and consent

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

With an influx of students in Lincoln, police and other agencies are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the law surrounding rape and sexual assault.

I've been talking to students in Lincoln to find out how aware they are of the law:

"When someone is too drunk, I think it's easy to notice. It's best just to leave it."

"You do find the odd guy who will try it. At the end of the night, you have guys who will wait until 02:30 to pick up girls who are so wasted they'd agree to anything"

A sign reads "whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes, no means no"

"I've heard similar stories of things happening on a night out, but no one talks about it in a serious sense"

Feline fine on new thatched roof

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Kings Head pub in Horncastle has had its famous thatch roof replaced, and there's a small surprise to top it off.

The pub, affectionately known as 'The Thatch' now has a life-size straw cat climbing its chimney.

Landlady Joanne Buckland says the thatch roof is a popular attraction for visitors.

The pub is covered in scaffolding as the new thatch is laid

The new thatch should last for 20 to 30 years and was laid by specialist thatchers from Cambridgeshire.

But it's the cat that might steal the show:

a straw cat climbs the chimney

Queen Victoria comes to Lincolnshire

David Sykes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

This weekend's episode of the ITV series Victoria was filmed in Lincolnshire.

Harlaxton Manor near Grantham was transformed into a French palace for the episode.

Filming took place over the course of one week.

Producer Paul Frift says the stately home was "perfect" for the part.

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes inside a regal carriage outside Harlaxton manor

Victoria will be on ITV at 21:00 on Sunday.

'Relaxed attitudes' to sex are a concern for police

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police and other agencies in Lincolnshire are concerned about what they call "relaxed attitudes" towards sex.

Detective Inspector Dan Boulter leads the serious sexual offences department at Lincolnshire Police, he says it's important that consent should be at the forefront of people's minds.

Sexual assault support workers say knowledge of consent issues is worryingly low.

Two people drunkenly kiss

With an influx of students in Lincoln for the new school year, authorities are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the law surrounding rape and sexual consent.

There is no need for someone to say no. There is absolutely no requirement for them to say no. Consent is something that must be agreed before any sexual activity occurs.

Detective Inspector Dan BoulterLincolnshire Police

Watch: What's the weather got in store for Friday?

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start but the chance of some rain later.

Here's my full forecast for the day:

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

David Sykes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It's Friday! I'll be here until 18.00 bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around Lincolnshire.

You can send me your news, messages and info through email, Facebook or Twitter.

I'd especially like to hear from you if you've got something special planned for this weekend.

Severe accident: A180 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A180 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at A1136.

A180 Lincolnshire - A180 in Great Coates partially blocked in both directions at the A1136 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Five things we've learned today

David Sykes

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

That's it from me today in the BBC Lincolnshire newsroom.

I'll be back tomorrow from 08.00 with more of the latest.

Keep an eye on this page for any breaking news overnight, but in the meantime here's a look back at what we've learned today.

  • Even though people aren't naming their babies Nigel any more, there are loads of Nigels in Lincolnshire.

And one more thing:

If you're a fan of a certain historical drama, you might want to check this page tomorrow.

Cycling record attempt comes to Scunthorpe

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

Cyclist Chris Hopkinson (pictured) will attempt to beat 11 world records at Scunthorpe velodrome next week.

He's hoping to beat the 24 hour Outdoor Track World Record as well as 10 other records next Friday.

Chris Hopkinson on a roadbike.

Armed police hunt intruders in Grimsby

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Armed police in Grimsby are searching for two men who broke into a woman's house and threatened her last night.

Armed police by a black BMW car.
Lizzie Mcrae

It happened on Highfield Avenue just before midnight.

The woman who was in the house with her children was left upset and shaken but wasn't hurt.

The men drove off in a gold or silver-coloured car and police are appealing for information.

Event encourages next generation of female engineers

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

An event's been taking place in Scunthorpe today to encourage more women to take up engineering roles.

It was at Humber UTC, an £11mfacility focusing on engineering.

It comes as Girl Guiding release a report finding gender stereotypes are impacting the behaviour of girls as young as seven, which is shutting women out of certain sectors, like engineering and construction.

Smokey and the Bandit taken on by the law

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have revealed their softer side: They've got a pet cat.

Earlier this year, Skegness Police noticed a small, grey cat behind their police station that appeared to be both homeless and pregnant.

The officers clubbed together and began feeding her.

They named her Smokey because of her colour and soon later, she gave birth to a kitten they called Bandit.

Mum, Smokey and kitten, Bandit share a bowl of food
Lincolnshire Police

You can read the full story on the Lincolnshire Police Facebook page.

Bandit has now been adopted by one of their officers, while Smokey has become the station mascot.

Wrong spelling sign finally comes down after 18 years

Lincolnshire Echo

A Lincoln shop-owner admits she has mixed emotions after a sign featuring a comical spelling mistake comes down after 18 years.

In July, Lesley Richardson who owns the Sugarart cake business on the High Street told the Lincolnshire Echo that she knew that "equipment" was wrongly spelled "equiptment" but kept it in place as it was not cost-effective to take it down.

Image of the sign above the shop. Equipment is spelled 'Equiptment'

Former vicar jailed over historical sex abuse offences

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

A former Lincolnshire vicar has been jailed for six years for historical sex offences.

John Bailey, aged 76, from Kippax near Leeds, admitted 25 charges of indecent assault on girls under the age of 14.

The three victims were abused between 1955 and 1982.

John Bailey
Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Bailey had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia.

He was first arrested as part of Lincolnshire Police's Operation Redstone, which is investigating alleged abuse within the Diocese of Lincoln.

He was clearly in a position of trust and he abused that trust"

Det Supt Rick HattonLincolnshire Police

Rotary Club helps save lives in Skegness

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Following the success of our Save a Life campaign, 13 new defibrillators have been placed in Skegness.

The Skegness Rotary Club and local businesses have helped to raise more than £26,000 for the equipment.

The club's president Andrew Quickfall says this is just the beginning, as they've already ordered seven more.

The town's MP, Matt Warman officially unveiled the new defibrillators:

Matt Warman, MP unveils a new defibrillator unit
Matt Warman

The Rotary Club is saving lives...It's a fantastic thing. We hope to get around 20 defibrillators in and around Skegness"

Matt WarmanMP for Boston and Skegness

Weather: Bring your brolly!

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's looking like it's going to be a wet afternoon but tomorrow is looking brighter.

Here's the full forecast with me Paul Hudson:

Paul Hudson has the weather forecast for the next few days

Thousands back Louth Livestock Market

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The results of the public consultation into the future of Louth Livestock market are in.

Of those who responded 84% chose to keep the market and spend £700k on its refurbishment.

East Lindsey District Council was looking to sell the market and held the consultation to find out people's views on several options.

Of the 4,078 people who took part in the consultation, 3,422 people said that it should be withdrawn from sale and refurbished.

Cows inside the livestock market

Next week, the executive board will discuss the consultation and make a recommendation to the full council when they meet on 11 October.

Petition to cut councillor's allowances

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Calls are being made for North East Lincolnshire councillors allowances to be reduced.


A Grimsby man's got 1,600 people to sign his petition which will be handed over to the council tonight.

He says with cuts to services councillors should take a cut in their allowances too.

Calling all would-be entrepreneurs in Grimsby

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

A Dragon's Den style competition in Grimsby is looking to find the next great business idea.


Freshney Place shopping Centre's Apprentice Retailer of the year is on today.

They'll offer one entrepreneur the chance to bring their idea to life, with a six-month tenancy at a unit within the shopping centre - free of rent, rates and service charges.

Even more Nigels found in Lincolnshire

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our Facebook and Twitter are going bonkers with people telling us about the Nigels they know in Lincolnshire.

I was on the hunt for a Nigel when I found out that the name is dying out but I think it's safe to say the name is alive and well in Lincolnshire.

Here's some more Nigels that you've told us about:

Grantham Town FC have put forward their own Nigel, Physio and club stalwart Nige Marshall:

Grantham Town physio, Nige Marhsall
Grantham Town FC
The club says "Everyone needs a Nigel".

Not one to miss out, Horncastle Police Community Support Officer Nigel Wass reports that "this Nigel is still going strong":

PSCO Nigel Wass
Nigel Wass

On Facebook, Pippa says "My dad is called Nigel! Born in 1962. We always laugh when the Nigel song comes on the radio".

Gary says his friend Nigel is "One in a million literally."

And the latest in the long line of pets named Nigel; Gareth says "Our goldfish is called Nigel"

UK drone pilots could be in line for honours

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

Military drone pilots based in Lincolnshire who fight so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said.

Sir Michael Fallon said there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for contributions to UK operations "outside the battle space".


Medals are currently given on the basis of rigour and risk, and when people are physically exposed to danger.

Sir Michael said a rethink may be needed as the UK increasingly deploys unmanned aircraft on operations.

Calls to scrap bus lanes in Grimsby

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

Bus lanes in Grimsby are a waste of time and causing more congestion.

That's from a conservative councillor in the town who wants to see a review of bus lanes in Grimsby.

Ian Lyndley will tell full council tonight in North East Lincolnshire that he thinks the bus lanes on Scartho Road (pictured) make traffic worse and there's no enforcement of them.

Scartho Road