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Severe accident: A180 Lincolnshire both ways

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A180 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between A1173 and A1136.

A180 Lincolnshire - A180 in Stallingborough closed in both directions between Stallingborough Interchange and the A1136 junction, because of a serious accident. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: A52 Lincolnshire both ways

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A52 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between Church Lane and B1195 Boston Road.

A52 Lincolnshire - A52 Croft Bank in Croft closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the B1195 Boston Road junction.

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


Sub Gary Roberts rescues a point for Wigan in a six-goal thriller against Scunthorpe with a late equaliser.

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A last-gasp goal from James Berrett rescues a point for Grimsby as they draw with fellow strugglers Port Vale.

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Promotion-chasing Lincoln beat lowly Chesterfield in a game halted when an air ambulance takes a supporter to hospital.

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Severe accident: A17 Lincolnshire both ways

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A17 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between B6403 and Pottergate Road.

A17 Lincolnshire - A17 in Byards Leap closed in both directions between the B6403 junction and the Pottergate Road junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

Amelia Wood

Hundreds hold a vigil for Amelia Wood who died after a wheel came off a passing car and struck her.

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Andrew Fox in action for Peterborough

Former Peterborough United left-back Andrew Fox joins League Two strugglers Grimsby Town until the end of the season.

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Lincolnshire's top stories

The top stories from across Lincolnshire so far today include:

Weather: A mild night, but rain on the way

It'll be a cloudy and milder night to come with spells of rain.

Weather chart

Looking ahead to tomorrow, it's going to be cloudy, wet, and windy for much of the day, with the occasional sunny spell.

It'll feel very warm though, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F) in places.

Headteacher thanks police after school evacuation

A headteacher has thanked police for their help evacuating a school after an armed response to an incident nearby on Thursday.


A school play was being staged at Bourne Academy when a "domestic incident" sparked the armed response next to the school on Thursday.

Headteacher Laurence Riley passed on the school's thanks and said the police "escorted people from the site and ensured everyone at the production stayed calm".

There's still a police presence on Edinburgh Crescent in the town.

Pothole repairs take priority in North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Council says its crews will be out in force over the next few weeks fixing potholes on the area's roads.

Pothole before and after it has been repaired
North Lincolnshire Council

The authority says it's part of a £49m investment in improving roads over the next four years.

It says fixing potholes is being prioritised:

We have seen an increase in number of potholes due to the recent bad weather and motorists will see crews out repairing the roads in the coming weeks."

Councillor Richard HanniganNorth Lincolnshire Council

Shop owner 'mortified' over windows fine

A business owner who was landed with fine for installing plastic windows says she's "mortified" to have broken the law.


Julia Simmons, who owns and runs Katmandu in Boston's West Street, has been fined £300 for illegally installing the PVC windows.

She was also ordered to pay £1,119.07 costs for "failing to comply with a legal notice" which told her to remove the windows.

Ms Simmons says she installed the first of two windows 16 years ago and the second just over five years ago, but has only just been fined for breaching planning laws.

Boston Borough Council says the windows "harmed the character of the building".

The council said it "had tried all avenues to resolve the matter without the need to take legal proceedings, but Ms Simmons' failure to properly engage with the council left them with no other option".

I've never broken the law in my life. It's the first prosecution I've had and I'm mortified...I think they've got a duty of care to explain these things to lay-persons like myself, which they did not do."

Julie SimmonsBusiness owner

In pictures: The first signs of spring

It may be officially spring (meteorologically speaking at least), but it certainly hasn't felt like it in recent weeks.

However, if these photos sent in by our BBC Weather Watchers are anything to go by, it's starting to look a little bit more like spring out there.

Thanks to Weather Watcher Ar for sending this snap of spring blooms in Grimsby:

Flowers blooming

This shot of blue skies and snowdrops in Kellington are a clear sign that spring has sprung:

Snowdrops in front of a church
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MoD delays final mustard gas clean-up

The final stage of a clean-up operation to rid a Lincolnshire woodland of deadly mustard gas has been delayed, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

mustard gas
Lincolnshire Police

Roughton Moor Woods, near Woodhall Spa, has been the centre of a major operation since the discovery of the chemical weapon in October last year.

Two people suffered minor burns after unearthing several canisters on 1 October.

This led to a major search and decontamination exercise, involving specialist military personnel and police.

MoD work was due to be finished in the woodland this weekend, but it's been delayed because the expert team is "currently required elsewhere in the country".

The woodland will remain cordoned off until the team returns, which is predicted to be in a fortnight's time.

Lincoln Hospital sign

Calvin Robinson

BBC Local Democracy Reporter

NHS trusts blame "pressure" on services for their failure to meet national treatment targets.

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Elderly woman robbed in Cleethorpes

An elderly woman was pushed to the ground and robbed as she walked to work in Cleethorpes this morning, say police.

Officers say the 70-year-old was left very shaken and she injured her wrist in the incident on Grant Street at about 05:10.

Police say they are looking for two men aged 20 to 25 who were clean shaven and of average build and wearing black.

If you live in the area we'd be very grateful if you could check your gardens and bins to see if any items have been thrown away."

Det Insp James FairgrieveHumberside Police

Northern workers to strike on two more days this month

A further two 24-hour strikes by workers at train operator Northern will take place this month in a dispute over driver-only-operated trains, the RMT union has confirmed.

Northern Rail
Northern Rail

The action will take place on 26 and 29 March, with the RMT calling for talks with Arriva North, which runs Northern services, and the Department for Transport.

Mick Cash, from the RMT, said: "No-one should be in any doubt, this dispute is about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies."

We are waiting to hear back from Northern.

Vigil for 11-year-old girl killed in freak accident

Schoolfriends, parents and teachers are expected to gather this afternoon to pay tribute to an 11-year-old girl from Lincolnshire who died after being hit by a wheel which came off a car.

Amelia Wood
Family Photo

Eleven-year-old Amelia Wood (pictured) died in the accident in Manby, near Louth, earlier this week.

The vigil, which is being planned by a friend of Amelia, will see candles lit and balloons with personal messages released to remember her.

It's due to take place at Brackenborough Park around now.

All Lincolnshire hospitals fail waiting time targets

Calvin Robinson

Local Democracy Reporter - North Lincolnshire

Hospital trusts across the county have all failed to meet their waiting time targets since the start of this year.

Hospital pressures
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According to figures collated by the BBC, the trust which runs hopitals in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston failed to meet targets for cancer care, A&E and planned operations.

It missed its target for admitting and treating patients at A&E in four hours by 25%.

The trust has failed to meet its targets for A&E and cancer care every year since 2014.

But the chief operating officer at the trust - Mark Brassington - argued that it has seen a significant increase in pressure on all of its hospitals. He said: "We have experienced increased demand in our emergency departments resulting in our inability to see, treat and admit patients as quickly as we would like."

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust also missed its targets - 83.4% of patients at A&E were seen in four hours.

The target is 95%.

A&E performance changes on a day-by-day basis and although we have seen an improving picture in these figures, we know that February was a challenging month which was impacted on with last week's bad weather."

Richard SunleyNLaG Deputy Chief Executive

In Picture: Mist on the water in Barton

What a peaceful scene in Barton-upon-Humber this morning.

Thanks to Lee Beel for these great photos of the early morning mist over the nature reserve.

Barton-upon-Humber nature reserve
Lee Beel
Barton upon Humber nature reserve
Lee Beel

Masked men threaten couple in their Grimsby home

Police are hunting three masked men who attacked a couple in their Grimsby home - leaving a man with head injuries.

Donnington Street in Grimsby

Humberside Police say four men wearing black and white masks threatened the couple at their home in Donnington Street at around 19:00 on Tuesday 9 March and assaulted the man.

It's thought they made off in a red Audi car.

Officers say they have arrested one man in connection with the incident, but are searching for three more.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Family threatened in 'terrifying' burglary

Members of a family in Skegness have been injured in what is being described as a "terrifying ordeal" in which three masked men broke into their home and stole from them.

A woman in her 50s and an 11-year-old boy were injured in the incident which happened earlier in the week.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on Phillip Grove in the town at 20:30 on Wednesday.

Woman prosecuted for installing plastic windows

A business owner in Boston has been fined £300 for illegally installing PVC windows in her shop.

Julie Simmons, who owns fancy dress shop Katmandu on 26 West Street (pictured), was fined at Boston Magistrates Court on Tuesday and ordered to pay £1,119.07 costs for "failing to comply with a legal notice" which told her to remove the plastic window frames.

Boston Borough Council

Ms Simmons pleaded not guilty to the charge and said in an appeal that "the building was not of historical importance and that the windows were urgently required".

The UPVC windows had been fitted despite the building being classed as Grade II listed.

The borough council said they had repeatedly asked for the windows to be replaced with timber frames because plastic ones "harmed the character of the building".

The council say if the plastic windows still aren't removed the owner could face further legal action.

Scunthorpe waste recycling plant to reopen

A recycling plant in North Lincolnshire is due to reopen after being shut for more than a year.

Scunthorpe waste transfer station

The waste transfer station on Midland Road in Scunthorpe, closed just a month after opening, when the company running it went in to administration in October 2016.

North Lincolnshire Council has confirmed that a new contractor has taken over the site, which collects household waste before taking it to be recycled elsewhere.

The authority says it could stop 90% of general household waste from going to landfill and could save £84,000 next year.

Watch: New names for abandoned kittens

Earlier in the week we heard about a litter of kittens abandoned in a plastic bag in a pub toilet in Lincoln.

Good news now though, they're happy and well... and have even got some special names, take a look:

School evacuated during suspected weapon incident

Children and parents had to be accompanied out of a school after an incident involving armed police last night.

bourne academy

Armed officers were sent to the scene, near Bourne Academy, to deal with a man who the force believed was carrying a weapon.

They confirmed later that it wasn't a firearm.

One person was injured in what's being called a "domestic incident".

Police say that officers worked with the school and local residents to help escort the public safely away from the scene.

A man in his 50s has been arrested and is currently in custody.

Fears US steel tariffs could hit Scunthorpe works

There are fears that President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the US could hit the steel industry in Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe steelworks
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Tariffs of 25% are to be placed on steel and 10% on aluminium imported into the US.

The MP for Scunthorpe Nic Dakin says the move has the potential to push the UK steel industry back in to crisis and has called on the government to act:

Are they going to demonstrate that they are going to put local manufacturing first and tackle this with the US president? Or are they going to let him walk all over them?

Nic Dakin MPScunthorpe

The UK government says it will seek an exemption from the tariffs.

Trade Secretary Liam Fox says he will travel to Washington to discuss the duties next week.

Quids in: Poundland to move to empty Grimsby BHS store

The former BHS store in Grimsby is going to be taken over by a discount retailer.


Poundland has confirmed that it will opening in the shop on Victoria Street, which has been empty since the closure of BHS two years ago.

The discount store will move from its current shop in Freshney Place alongside discount fashion chain PEP&Co.

Pie makers aiming for top awards

Six Lincolnshire pies are in the running to win the National Pie awards this afternoon.

pork pie
Redhill Farm

Pies from Handsons Butchers in Boston, Meridian Meats in Louth, Nelson's Butchers and Grasmere Farm in Stamford, Well Vale in Alford and Uncle Henry's & Redhill Farms in Gainsborough all have pies up for awards.

Have you had any? Which would you vote for?

BreakingArmed police arrest man near school

A man in his 50s has been arrested after armed police were called to an incident near a secondary school in Bourne yesterday.

The police say a domestic incident sparked the armed response near Bourne Academy on Edinburgh Crescent in the town at around 19:00 last night.

More on this breaking story as we get it.

A right merry-go-round: Going, going...but has it gone?

There were applause as the Pleasure Island carousel sold at auction for the asking price of £180,000 yesterday, but there's been a bit of a hitch.


The person who made the last minute bid says it was an accident.

The auctioneers will meet today to decide whether to hold the bidder to the £180,000 bill, plus commission.

Humber Bridge roadworks start tonight

Roadworks are to take place on the Humber Bridge this evening and will continue until May.

Humber Bridge

Restrictions will be in place overnight on weekdays until 06:00, and throughout a number of weekends until the work is complete.

Ramps with a 20mph limit will be put in place while the work to replace expansion joints is carried out.

Crash on major commuter route

Police are dealing with a collision on a commuter route in Lincoln.

One lane of Doddington Road is blocked which is likely to cause traffic issues and potential delays.

Police are advising people to avoid the area if possible.

Long delays as lorry overturns on A180

There are long delays on the A180 towards Grimsby this morning.

A lorry has overturned, blocking a lane.

Overturned lorry on A180
Humberside Police

Humberside Police say the A160 interchange is also closed.

Plans to curb A-board signs 'obstacle course'

It's thought that A-board signs in Skegness are causing issues for partially-sighted people and parents with pushchairs.

a boards

Lincolnshire County Council says signs on the streets (pictured) are becoming a nuisance.

Some roads in the town have been likened to an "obstacle course".

The authority is planning to paint lines on pavements in the town to make sure the signs don't stray too far away from buildings and cause a trip hazard.

But some businesses aren't pleased about the idea.

It's going to make it really difficult for's going to interrupt our livelihood. We're not going to get our passing trade we normally get through the boards so it's going to cut the money we make quite extensively"

Tania WilliamsBusiness Owner