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  1. Reprieve for children's services at Boston Pilgrim Hospital
  2. 15,000 home's plan approved in South Kesteven
  3. North East Lincolnshire hit hard by drug and alcohol funding cuts
  4. Live updates on Friday 11 May 2018

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By Hope Bolger

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Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between A17 and B1397 Station Road.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Kirton closed in both directions between the A17 junction and the B1397 Station Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Lincoln City v Exeter City

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Exeter resist a strong second-half performance from Lincoln to draw the first leg of the League Two play-off semi-final.

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Scunthorpe celebrate

Cameron McGeehan levels late on in Scunthorpe's League One play-off semi-final first-leg against Rotherham.

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Flight Lieutenant Hopgood

Dambusters Inn is next to the RAF station where the famous bombing squadron flew from.

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Today's top stories

The top stories in Lincolnshire today include:

This evening's weather

Tonight it will be rather cloudy with a risk of some patchy light rain or drizzle.


Dambusters Inn gets a new sign

The Dambusters Inn at Scampton has unveiled a new sign which is copied from a critically acclaimed painting.

New sign

The pub, near the RAF base, has been given permission to use the painting by the artist Simon Atack, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Second World War bombing raid.

Elderly motorist killed in crash

A female motorist, in her 80s, has died after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle at Kirton near Boston.

It happened on London Road on Saturday.

Louth school criticised for ditching sixth form

Councillors have hit out at Louth Academy's decision to shut its sixth form from the end of the current academic year.

The withdrawal of six form facilities will have a direct and negative impact on the life-chances of local children."

Adam GristEast Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy

But the school, which was recently formed by the merger of two comprehensives, says fewer than ten students wanted to join the sixth form in 2018.

Senior teachers say they hope to reopen it if they get enough applications for September 2019.

Castle to throw a 'right royal' wedding party

Lincoln Castle is throwing a special royal wedding party on the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in Windsor.

Lincolnshire County Council

The wedding will be shown live on the big screen at the castle and you're welcome to bring a picnic and join in the party.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Melvyn Prior and Harry Parkhill will host the grand day out on 19 May.

Grieving mum urges Group B Strep test for pregnant women

A woman from Grimsby, whose baby was stillborn, is campaigning for all pregnant women to be tested for a bacteria which could put their babies at risk.

Kim Poulton looking at a book of photos of her baby.

Kim Poulton found out she had Group B Strep after losing her daughter Faith in 2015.

She's since discovered that hundreds of babies in the UK develop the infection every year.

A picture of a baby's hands.

Kim now wants more to be done to stop babies being infected and thinks testing is the answer.

County Council chooses new chairman

Councillors in Lincolnshire have elected Ron Oxby as the county council's new chairman.

Ron Oxby
Lincolnshire County Council

Councillor Oxby was first elected to the authority as a Conservative councillor in 2007 - he was previously vice-chairman of the council.

He said he was keen to promote Lincolnshire as a county and had chosen Lincoln's St Barnabas Hospice as his charity.

I will be supporting charities in Lincolnshire which help residents of the county and people who are less fortunate. With Lincolnshire's ageing population, it's important that people support each other."

Ron OxbyChairman, Lincolnshire County Council

Amy Coleman

Amy Coleman blinded Carl Benham in one eye when she pushed a glass into his face in Skegness.

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Man jailed for sex attack on student

A man who sexually assaulted a university student, after following her out of a supermarket, has been jailed.

Nigel Leigh
Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln Crown Court heard Nigel Leigh followed his young victim from Morrison's, on Tritton Road, back to her university accommodation in June 2015.

The 38-year-old caught up with her in an alleyway and assaulted her.

Leigh, from Ruston Way, Lincoln, denied a single charge of sexual assault.

The court heard he had a number of previous sexual convictions, including a nine-year sentence for rape.

He was jailed for two years and six months, and must serve a further two and a half years on extended licence.

Paul Wilkinson

Grimsby Town assistant manager Paul Wilkinson leaves the League Two club after just over a year in the post.

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Boston MP under fire over Pilgrim's children's services

Boston and Skegness Conservative MP Matt Warman has been criticised at a meeting over the future of children's services at Boston Pilgrim Hospital.


It was announced last night that paediatric services at the hospital will run until the end of July, after it had been feared they would close on Monday 4 June due to staffing shortages.

During the meeting, campaigners accused Mr Warman of protecting the trust which runs the hospital and not his constituents.

But Mr Warman says his priority is securing the long-term future of the services at the site.

The MP has raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions, to NHS England and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The trust says it doesn't want to close the ward and says it's actively recruiting doctors to keep it open.

Your Lincolnshire headlines this lunchtime

The top stories from across Lincolnshire so far today include:

Rail delays between Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Goole

BBC News Travel

Transpennine Express and Northern Trains services are suspended between Doncaster and Scunthorpe and Doncaster and Goole due to a signalling problem:

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This afternoon's weather

This afternoon is expected to be dry with further spells of sunshine at times.


Is there an alternative to Norton Disney animal rendering plant?

Plans to update an animal rendering plant in Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln, could signal the end of controversial proposals to build an alternative site at Norton Disney.

DS Developing

Residents in Norton Disney claim a new facility at Villa Farms would ruin the countryside and have held several protests against the plans.

Managers at DS Developing for Jerusalem Farm in Skellingthorpe say improvements at their site would provide an alternative to the controversial proposals for Norton Disney.

Lincoln Proteins Ltd submitted a planning application for the Norton Disney site last week.

15,000 home's plan approved in South Kesteven

Plans for 15,000 new homes in South Kesteven have been approved by councillors.


The local plan, approved by the South Kesteven District Council yesterday, includes 3,700 homes in Grantham as part of the Spitalgate Heath Garden development,

New homes are also planned elsewhere in Grantham and in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings.

The plan will now be examined by the government's Planning Inspectorate.

Missing Lincolnshire man found

Missing man Brendan Kavanagh has now been found.

He went missing yesterday from Lincoln County Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Lincolnshire Police have thanked everyone for their help.

Concerns continue over Pilgrim's children's services

The trust which runs Boston Pilgrim Hospital says it's found enogh doctors to keep children's services running until the end of July.


The paediatric unit at the site was originally going to temporarily close on Monday 4 June.

Members of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust board were at a public meeting in last night - along with campaigners and Matt Warman, the local MP - to discuss long-term plans.

Campaigners have said the meeting did not answer any of their concerns and they still need clearer answers about the hospital's long-term future.

Rachel Bray is campaigning against the closure because her son, Oliver, had a stroke seconds after being born.

She says he wouldn't had survived without the services at Boston Pilgrim and none of her worries have been addressed:

I fear that children are just going to die in the back of ambulances. The thought of it actually makes me feel physically sick."

Rachel BrayMother

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Lincolnshire Police training Kosovo force

Police in Kosovo say they're hoping to adopt some working practices currently used by Lincolnshire Police officers.

Lincolnshire Police

A delegation from Lincolnshire Police is in Kosovo this week to train officers in several areas including public order and safety.

It's all part of an EU project to help share best practice.

North East Lincs hit hard by drug and alcohol funding cuts

North East Lincolnshire is among the areas of England worst hit by cuts to drug and alcohol treatment funding in the past few years, new figures show.

Analysis by the BBC found £162m (18%) has been cut from treatment budgets in England since 2013-14 - with North East Lincolnshire Council seeing the second biggest cut in funding.

The BBC England Data Unit has analysed how much local councils in England budgeted to spend on providing treatment services, between 2013-14 and 2017-18.

Real terms budgeted spending on drug and alcohol treatment services in England fell from £877m in 2013-14 to £716m in 2017-18:

Budget graphic

A1104 remains closed after burst water main

Work's continuing to repair a burst water main in Mablethorpe.

The A1104 Alford Road has been closed since yesterday near Grange Leisure Park.

Reprieve for children's services at Boston Pilgrim

Children's services at Boston Pilgrim Hospital will keep going until the end of July, it's been confirmed.

Public meeting

A lack of doctors meant that the hospital's paediatric unit might have had to close on Monday 4 June.

However, United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS trust bosses announced at a fiery public meeting last night that they had managed to recruit enough doctors to temporarily stave off the closure.

Parents and campaigners say they still need clearer answers about the hospital's long-term future.

The trust says it doesn't want to close paediatric services in Boston and is actively recruiting doctors in a bid to keep it open.

Fire crews at Welwyn North station

Fire crews tackled a "deep-seated fire" in the engine compartment of a train to London.

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Today's top stories

Our top stories today include:

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night.

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Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

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This evening's weather

It'll stay dry and fine this evening, with plenty of late sunshine, followed by a dry and chilly night.

We can expect a fine and dry start tomorrow, but cloud is expected to thicken from the west later in the day.


Tourist attraction to be more 'accessible' to people with autism

Tourist attractions in Lincolnshire are being made more accessible to people with autism.


Visit England and the National Autistic Society have created a brochure which gives tips such as using quieter trails and times when sites are less busy.

It's estimated more than 8,000 people in the county are on the spectrum.

The condition affects how people see, hear and perceive the world.

The brochure and advice has been welcomed by people with autistic children.

Going out for us is quite a military operation and takes a lot of planning a lot of thought goes into it. So we're probably already tired before we're even got out the door."

Emma SlackMother of two autistic children

Driving instructor may have to face retrial

A former driving instructor accused of kissing and groping five young women during lessons may have to face a retrial.

Keith Warner

Keith Warner, from Leverton near Boston, was found not guilty on two charges of sexual assault.

But the jury at Lincoln Crown Court was dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on nine similar counts.

The 61-year-old had denied all the charges against him.

The prosecution is expected to return to the court on Friday after making a decision on whether to apply for a retrial.

Police renew appeal to identify homeless man

Lincolnshire police are still trying to identify a homeless man who died last month.

Lincolnshire Police

He collapsed in McDonalds on Wednesday 11 April.

Officers say he was known as Elliott, was in his late 50s or 60s, and may have originally come from Carlisle.

Lincolnshire Police

Two deer rescued from railings

Two deer that got stuck in railings in Grimsby have been released.

Deer is released
North East Lincolnshire Council

The RSPCA and Humberside Fire and Recue were called out earlier to help free them.

They had got trapped in railings near the King George V playing fields.

Fresh rail strike dates announced

Workers on Northern train services will stage two fresh strikes on 24 and 26 May in the row over guards on trains, the RMT union has announced.

Northern train

Police appeal for fight witnesses

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a fight between a group of men, which left one man needing hospital treatment.

The fight took place around Drift Road and Holland Road in Stamford at about 19:00 on Monday 7 May.