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  1. New £2m roundabout for accident blackspot
  2. Health boss steps down after CCG rated inadequate
  3. 'Record' fine for rogue landlord
  4. Labour keeps city council seat
  5. Clocks needed for art installation
  6. Live updates on Friday 20 October 2017

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By Harry Parkhill

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Five things we didn't know this morning

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it for the live updates from our Lincolnshire newsroom for this week, but we will be back on Monday with live coverage from 08:00.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with five things we didn't know this morning:

Man meets people who saved his life

Simon Spark

BBC Look North

A man whose heart was restarted 19 times has today met up with the people who saved him.

Ian Porter, a PCSO, had a heart attack while finishing his shift in Louth.

reunited with life savers

When in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest and paramedic Katie Best began resuscitating him.

He was shocked a total of 19 times by defibrillators. Katie says he was clinically dead for four minutes.

He's made a full recovery and today thanked Katie and Lives First Responder Daniel Jaines (all pictured above) for saving his life.

Watch: Bomb disposal team's haul of weapons

Rod Whiting

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've heard recently about the discovery of mustard gas in Lincolnshire, well this haul is something else.

The RAF Bomb Disposal team at RAF Wittering, just over the Cambridgeshire border, has amassed a huge collection of weapons over the years.

Take a look:

Watch: Take a look at the weekend's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Storm Brian is heading our way this weekend so it's looking wet and windy.

Here's the full forecast for the rest of the day and over the weekend:

CPR bus tour a "success"

William Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Organisers of a bus tour to train people in CPR has been called a success by its organisers.

St John Ambulance have toured the county in their mobile classroom for the last few weeks.

Over the period 271 people have been trained in the life-saving skill.

cpr training
Lincolnshire Co-Op

It’s great that the mobile classroom tour has resulted in a further 271 people in Lincolnshire being taught CPR. The vehicle will be out in the county again before Christmas and we’ll continue to build on the total number of people trained via this method then.

Ian GrovesSt John Ambulance

"Tenants paying more than ever" says landlord association

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A spokesman for a landlords' association says tenants are paying more rent than they ever have, and so deserve to live in safe properties.

Paul Shamplina, from Landlord Action, says that the "vast majority of landlords are good landlords" and "most landlords would actually reduce the rent to have tenants stay in there as long as possible."


It comes after a "record-breaking" fine for a landlord who was letting homes in Gainsborough without a licence.

Jagdish Singh, 59 of Southernhay Road, Leicester, was fined £108,000 for failing to license eight of his properties after a court case at Lincoln Magistrates court on Tuesday.

Haunted mansion "for sale"

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A five bedroom detached mansion has been "put on sale" for a bargain price of £150,666...

The only catch is, it's haunted.

haunted mansion
Bairstowe Eves/Fantasy Island/Right Move

The mansion is described as being "untastefully decorated in a style of decaying splendour", and boasts a graveyard, prisoner cells and "only one way in and NO way out!".

The advert says it's currently owned by an aristocratic family of Transylvanian descent.

The small downside is that there's a small chance the whole thing is a promotional tool to encourage visitors to seaside resort Fantasy Island, over Hallowe'en.

Cancer survivor raises money for sister and brother-in-law

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A cancer survivor who raised money after her sister and brother-in-law were also diagnosed with the disease has been given an award.

Amelia Bailey (pictured centre below) has spent the past three years organising fundraising events to raise money and awareness of the illness.

award winner amelia and family
North Kesteven District Council

She was inspired after her sister's husband died from the disease.

Amelia was given the Contribution to Health and Wellbeing Award at North Kesteven District Council's Community Champion awards last night.

I've had cancer myself and then when I was going through my cancer treatment my eldest sister was also diagnosed. Then when she was halfway through her treatment my other sister called me up to tell me her husband ,who was only 49 at the time, also had cancer ... four weeks after that he died.

Amelia BaileyCancer survivor and fundraiser

Watch: Nominate your unsung sporting hero

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Do you know anyone who makes sport happen?

You need to nominate them for the BBC Unsung Hero award.

Here's how to do it:

Here's how to nominate your Unsung Hero

Boston bypass discussed in Commons

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Transport Secretary says he expects proposals for a long-awaited bypass around Boston.

In a debate in Parliament yesterday, the town's MP asked about funding for a bridge to complete a distributor road round the town.

john adams way

I am well aware of the importance of the Boston bypass project. The town is situated on an A road with a congestion problem and is one of those for which I would expect to see proposals ​come forward for the bypass fund.

Chris GraylingThe Secretary of State for Transport

Congestion is a sore issue in the town (John Adams Way, pictured, is a local pinch point).

It once led to a single issue party called The Boston Bypass Party to win a landslide in local elections.

There are current plans for a distributor road, but the town is surrounded by rivers, drains and railway lines which make any road project an expensive job.

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, asked the Secretary for State what he "will do to help us to deliver the expensive but vital bridge in the middle of the distributor road, which we cannot of course ask housing developers to fund entirely?"

The Secretary of State responded that "We will look very carefully at the bridge issue, and I am very happy to talk to him about that."

Spike in thefts from vehicles

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police say there's been an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles in parts of Grimsby.

Most involved someone smashing car or van windows to steal contents from inside.

Police are asking people to be vigilant and not to leave valuables on display in their cars.

Traffic lights could put school children at risk

Sarah Walton

Reporter, BBC Look North

There are fears that multi-million pound plans to put traffic lights on a busy main road in North East Lincolnshire could put children at a nearby school at risk.

tollbar barriers

Tollbar Academy in Grimsby says the new plan removes safety barriers which could make the road more dangerous.

Chair of the Govenors, Mr P Bond, says "it's a real concern about the safety of children outside of the Tollbar site", and says the council should "think again".

North East Lincolnshire Council proposed the idea because the existing layout is already dangerous but said it would take the school's opinions into account.

This local insight is vital in making the scheme a success and we're already planning changes based on what people have told us so far.

North East Lincolnshire Council

Bus replacements for train services

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There will be buses to replace train journeys affected by works on Lincolnshire's railways this weekend.

Work on a railway bridge between Spalding and Sleaford and on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will disrupt journeys:

  • On Saturday 21, October, Sunday, 22 October and Monday, 23 October there will be a rail replacement service between Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln. Trains will operate between Peterborough and Spalding.
  • On Tuesday, 24 October, trains between Lincoln and Peterborough will operate between Lincoln and Sleaford only. A rail replacement service will operate between Sleaford, Spalding and Peterborough.

This is crucial work and investment to improve the railway in Lincolnshire. We have worked with Network Rail to ensure that disruption for our customers is kept to a minimum

Rob MercerArea Station Manager - East Midlands Trains

Passengers injured in bus crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Seven people have been injured after a bus crash north of Gainsborough.

A bus collided with a land rover on Gainsborough Rd near the village of Blyton at around 11:30 this morning.

Six bus passengers were injured and a passenger in the land rover.

The injuries are not believed to be serious or life threatening.

The road is closed with diversions in place and Police are appealing for witnesses.

Major roadworks delayed

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Roadworks on a major junction in Skegness have been delayed.

Resurfacing work on the Roman Bank junction on the A52 was due to finish today.

Work is behind schedule and is now expected to finish late next week.

Lincolnshire County Council

Clocks needed for art exhibition

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Time is running out for a National Trust property which wants to create an art exhibition using clocks.

clocks and artist
Gunby Hall

The unusual request comes from artist Luke Jerram who hopes to turn the basement of Gunby Hall (near Burgh Le Marsh) into a "Clock Garden".

The clocks will be clustered to form patterns and shapes along the floors and surfaces and set to different times so that visitors will hear ticking, clicking and chiming throughout the day.

If you want to donate an old clock visit the hall before it closes for the winter on October 29.

For me, Harrison's Garden is an imagined landscape; a garden of clocks. It is a glimpse of a surreal fictional world or perhaps an image from one of John Harrison's dreams. Like a garden, the installation is a living and growing collection of different clock species.

Luke JerramClock artist

Health boss steps down after CCG rated inadequate

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The chief officer of the body responsible for buying health services for GPs and hospitals in North Lincolnshire, Liane Langdon, has stepped down.

It comes just three months after NHS England rated the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group as "Inadequate".

The CCG was recently placed "under formal directions" by NHS England to bring the health system in North Lincolnshire back into financial balance.

health place ccg

One of the most rewarding elements has been strengthening relationships with our member practices and further developing clinical leadership in our area. I am confident the CCG will continue to rise to the challenges facing our system.”

Liane LangdonFormer Chief Officer of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG

Ambulance on scene at crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An ambulance has arrived at the scene of a crash in Swineshead near Boston.


Eye witnesses say a car has spun off the road and hit a fence.

It happened between the A17 and the High Street, near agriculture firm Grimme.

Traffic reports say the road may be closed for some time, but traffic is coping well.

Watch: Crashes at roundabout highlight problem

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Earlier I mentioned £2m of Government funding to support a roundabout project north of Lincoln.

The junction on the A46 near Welton has been the scene of 29 injuries in crashes in the five years to 2016.

CCTV Footage from a nearby garage caught some of the collisions:

Labour keeps city council seat

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Labour Party has held onto a city council seat vacated by the resignation of the City's new MP.

Lucinda Preston has links with the GMB Union and represented the East Midlands Labour party on the party's regional ward.

She won with 64% of the vote, a 6.3% increase on the last result.

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£2m roundabout for accident blackspot

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A project for a roundabout at an "accident blackspot" is to get a £2m funding boost.


29 people have been injured in accidents at the junction on the A46 near Welton, north of Lincoln, in five years.

The government is helping to fund the project to help reduce accidents and problems caused by extra traffic from planned local housing developments.

Improving infrastructure for county residents is a key priority of my administration, so we can gain jobs and growth...So I am delighted with the announcement of an extra £2m for a new roundabout on Lincoln Road which will ease congestion.

Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

'Record' fine for rogue landlord

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A crackdown on rogue landlords in Gainsborough has led to the "largest fine issued" to a landlord for renting out properties without the proper licence.

One landlord was fined £108,000 for not licensing eight of his properties under West Lindsey District Council's new selective licensing scheme.

The authority believes it's the largest fine in the country to be issued to a landlord for this kind of offence.

Four people in total have been prosecuted under the scheme, they were collectively fined £213,000.

It aims to improve standards for tenants.

Watch: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We are likely to see a few scattered showers today, some of these may turn heavy at times.

Here's a look at the full forecast with me Owain Wyn Evans:

Good morning and welcome to Friday's coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning on this grizzly, drizzly Friday. It's Harry here to guide you through today's live coverage.

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sports and weather updates throughout the day.

If you're inspired, why not write me a message? You can get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we learned today

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all for our live coverage today, we'll back with regular updates tomorrow at 08:00.

But this page will be updated throughout the night with breaking news.

In the meantime I'll leave you with five things we didn't know this morning:

Police forced to defend hate awareness video

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police says people who've made derogatory comments about a hate awareness video could be "arrested and taken to a police station".

He was forced to defend a video produced by the force aimed at tackling misconceptions about British Muslims.

DCC Craig Naylor says police will take an assessment of whether any of the comments break the law and take action.

Lincolnshire Police defend hate awareness video

The video has been criticised on social media for being a waste of police time.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West tweeted a response to defend the video:

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'Cat cafe' to open in Lincoln

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It could be a cat-astrophe for non animal lovers, but feline fans in Lincoln are in for a treat.

A new "cat cafe" is to open in the city.

cat cafe
Leola Lounge

The Leola Lounge will be o-purrrr-ning their doors towards the end of this year or early next year.

The owners say "you will be able to relax and enjoy the quiet aroma of the cafe whilst being surrounded by friendly and lovable felines."

CPR target to train 300 in 10 days

William Wright

Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A first aid charity is hoping to have trained 300 people in life saving CPR skills by the end of a tour in Lincolnshire.

St John Ambulance has been training people with the help of a mobile classroom.

St Johns Ambulance

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's 'Save a Life' campaign has been encouraging people to learn the skill after a newsreader suffered a cardiac arrest and was saved by a passer by.

St John Ambulance will be at a supermarket in Gainsbrough tomorrow, and hopes to train 49 people with the skill to hit their 300 target.

Will you be there?

Sleaford Mods, from Grantham in Lincoln

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

An electro-punk music duo named after a Lincolnshire town and featuring a singer from Grantham are to perform in the county tonight.

The Sleaford Mods, who take their name from the town of the same name,will perform at the Engine Shed in Lincoln.

band picture
Sleaford Mods

The electro-punk duo have won plaudits for their abrasive style performed in singer Jason Williamson's Lincolnshire accent.

The duo have appeared on BBC show 'Later with Jools Holland' and have teamed up with The Prodigy in the past.

Gainsborough MP criticises commons vote

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The MP for Gainsborough has criticised the House of Commons after a vote caused a symbolic defeat to the government.

The majority of MPs voted to pause the roll out of Universal Credit after the Conservatives were told not to take part in the vote.

But the result wasn't binding on the government.

Sir Edward Leigh said that "surely, when we vote, it should have some effect."

Watch it here:

Beer festival fit for a king... or kings

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It has famously hosted Richard III and Henry VIII but this weekend Gainsborough's Old Hall will be filled to the rafters with dozens of ales as part of a beer festival.

gainsborough old hall
Lincs CC

Up to 60 beers will be on offer, as well as a handful of ciders and perries.

It's also the first time the festival will offer prosecco alongside more traditional fare.

We overheard a few of the ladies in previous years saying they'd stay longer if we had prosecco on offer.

Mark SimGainsborough Beer Festival organiser

Top secret research centre involved in mustard gas find

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A top secret military research centre has become involved after the discovery of mustard gas in Lincolnshire.

Any contaminated soil found in the Roughton Wood near Woodhall Spa (pictured) is to be sent to Porton Down in Wiltshire to be incinerated.

Porton Down is a secretive military base renowned for investigating germ warfare and chemical weapons.


It's understood the operation could take many months to complete.

East Lindsey District Council says the MoD will be footing the bill for the extensive work, not the local council.

Man attacked by "baby faced" youth after night out

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A gang of youths attacked a man after a night out in Lincoln.

The 40-year-old victim was set upon by the group, one of who is described as being "baby faced", on High Street on September 24 at around 02:00.

Another member of the group is described as around 26-years-old, tanned with receding swept back hair.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Universal Credit "deliberate attack on poor and vulnerable"

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln MP Karen Lee says that the government's new Universal Credit benefits system is a "direct and deliberate attack on poor and vulnerable people".

The roll out of the new system, which hopes to combine all existing benefit types into one, has been criticised for the time it takes to pay claimants.

karen lee

In a symbolic vote, MPs backed a pause to the rollout of the new system after Tory MPs were told to abstain.

But the outcome of the vote isn't binding.

Boston and Skegness' Conservative MP Matt Warman also took part in the debate.

He criticised Labour MPs for accusing Conservatives of not understanding ordinary people:

The idea that we do not listen to our constituents or see the experiences that [Labour MP Grahame Morris] sees, and the idea that he has a monopoly on compassion, is profoundly offensive.

Matt WarmanMP

Cathedral Cup won by University of Lincoln

James Williams

Sports Reporter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

There's always a touch of healthy rivalry in a city with two universities.

That came to life last night at the Cathedral cup, in which football teams from the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University met on the pitch at Sincil Bank.

cathedral cup
James Williams

It was the third annual cathedral cup and the University of Lincoln won back bragging rights after beating Bishop Grosseteste University 5-1.

Vote to elect city councillor

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Voters will today choose a new city councillor in the Carholme Ward area of Lincoln.

It's after Karen Lee resigned her seat on the city council after becoming Lincoln's MP.

£500,000 for RAF's centenary

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The Heritage Lottery Fund is donating nearly £500,000 towards the celebration of the 100th birthday of the RAF.

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire is hosting a three-year programme of events celebrating the county's contribution to the air force.

hindenberg disaster

The celebrations will include a re-creation of RAF Scampton as it was during WW1, a special exhibition on Zeppelins (including the Hindenberg disaster, pictured) and a travelling exhibition named 'Heroes of the Airfields and Heroines of the Homefront'.

New £28m building opens at University

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The UK's most senior scientist has officially opened the University of Lincoln's newest building this morning.

Professor Sir Mark Walport (pictured below) is the Government's Chief Scientific adviser and was formerly the director of the Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity.

Professor Sir Mark Walport
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

The Isaac Newton Building (pictured below) cost £28m to build, and now houses the university's Schools of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Physics.

Nnew building
University of Lincoln

Watch: Man's operation cancelled five times

Laura Foster

BBC Look North

Yesterday we heard about Lincolnshire's hospital trusts failing to hit three key targets targets; in A&E waiting times, planned operations and cancer care.

James Taylor from Metheringham gives a graphic description of what life is like having had his hernia operation cancelled five times: