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Lincolnshire's top stories

These are the top stories from across Lincolnshire so far today:

Yorkshire's top stories

These are the top stories from across Yorkshire so far today:

Updates on breaking news will continue across the weekend.

Watch: Hull 2017 up for arts award

It's the final day of voting for Hull's year as UK City of Culture in the National Lottery Awards.

The programme, which attracted an audience of 5.3 million people over 2,800 events, is competing in the Best Arts category.

Voting closes at midnight and James Throwsdale from Absolutely Cultured says winning the award would be an honour:

A64 disruption warning near York

Police are warning of an ongoing incident on the A64, between Fulford and Askham Bar in York, leading to heavy congestion:

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Donkey owner abused for offering donkey rides

A donkey owner in Skegness says he's had abuse and threats from the public, after offering donkey rides on the beach during the recent hot weather.

Chris epton
BBC

One social media post, which complained about the rides, has had more than 30,000 shares.

Animal experts say the donkeys are well adapted for the heat, and animal welfare officers have checked the conditions for Skegness donkeys are appropriate.

Chris Epton, a donkey owner in Skegness, says he's been criticised for keeping rides going, despite providing donkeys with parasols and water.

It's just upset me completely, because we take great pride in our donkeys and we think that we maintain our donkeys very well. Donkey's are a hot climate animal, they can cope with it and they can carry the weight. We don't put large children on, we keep it down to under 7 stone.

Chris EptonDonkey Owner
donkeys
Louis Wagner

Commissioner announces candidate to be Chief Constable

The woman who could be North Yorkshire's next Chief Constable has been revealed.

Lisa Winward
North Yorkshire police

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan has announced her preferred candidate for the job is Lisa Winward.

She is currently North Yorkshire’s Temporary Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable and was chosen following a two-day interview process.

She also had to take questions from the public in a Question Time style event.

The law requires she have a confirmation hearing before the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, which will take place on 15 August.

Woman jailed after stealing necklace from man in his bed

A woman who burgled the home of a vulnerable elderly man in Gainsborough, and stole the jewellery he was wearing while he was in bed, has been jailed.

Samantha Davies
Lincolnshire Police

Using a key she'd stolen earlier in the day, 31-year-old Samantha Davies (pictured), of no fixed address, went into the man's house on Lea Road in the early hours of the morning on 17 June.

She walked into the 65-year-old's bedroom and called out his name to wake him.

Davies then asked the victim to sit up, before removing a gold necklace from round his neck and then taking a gold bracelet.

The two pieces were both worth over £2000.

The 31-year-old admitted two charges of burglary and of fraudulently using the man's bank card at Lincoln Crown Court.

She was jailed for three years and four months.

Man admits to killing Hull woman

A man has admitted killing a woman found dead at a house in Hull.

Luara Huteson
Humberside Police

Laura Huteson, 21, died when she was attacked and seriously injured at a property in Milldane in the Orchard Park area of the city on 27 February.

Jason Gaskell, who's 24, denied murdering Miss Huteson but pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to a charge of manslaughter.

Gaskell, of Milldane, has been remanded into custody ahead of his sentencing on 10 August.

Watch: Red Arrows spotted over York

Did you see the Red Arrows over York this afternoon?

The famous RAF aerobatic team were on their way to the Sunderland Airshow, but decided to give the good people of Yorkshire a cheeky display.

The were spotted at the train station and above York Minster.

Picture: Lightning captured on camera

We were all woken up by it this morning and it's caused chaos on the railways, but did you catch the lightning on camera?

lightning
BBC

There have been amber weather warnings across the county for thunder storms, but Weather Watcher Chris King wasn't put off.

He caught this amazing shot of the lightning mid-strike on the Lincolnshire coast.

If you have any photos of the storms today you can email us.

How to see the 'blood moon' over Yorkshire

If you find yourself gazing into the stars tonight you could be treated to a rare blood moon.

The lunar eclipse will be the longest of the 21st Century.

The Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon, covering the Moon with the Earth's shadow, turning it a striking shade of red.

Blood Moon
Getty Images

But how can you see it? Here's how you can get the best view in Yorkshire:

  • Make sure you have a clear view of the south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up.
  • You need to be in position to see it from around 21:00 to 22:15. The eclipse will have already begun by the time the Moon rises over the UK.
  • The forecast is looking stormy tonight, so you should try and go somewhere where the skies are clear of cloud.
Places where the lunar eclipse will be visible
Space

Mars will also appear as a bright red star where skies are clear, because the planet will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003.

It will also coincide with a "procession of planets", according to Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester.

So if you're planning to spend a while looking up at the stars you could get a good view of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn too.

Blood moon
SPL

One area with very low light pollution is Nidderdale.

The are of Outstanding Natural Beauty is putting on a Lunar Eclipse Night with astronomers at Lime Tree observatory.

If you get a good snap of the eclipse we'd love to see your photos.

You can send them in to us here.

Travel update: All lanes reopen on M62

BBC News Travel

Good news on the M62 this afternoon, the broken down lorry which had closed two lanes westbound at juntction 23 has been cleared.

M62
Josephine Graham

However, there are still more than eight miles of start/stop traffic which will add 90 minutes to your journey.

Boston paediatric crisis to cost £4m

Dealing with the ongoing crisis at Boston's paediatric service is estimated to cost the trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospitals between £1m and £4m.

Pilgrim hospital
BBC

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is changing services at Pilgrim Hospital after putting it under review because of serious staffing shortages.

The plan includes a temporary model to keep the children's ward open from August, and contingency plans to provide additional space at Lincoln County Hospital if that idea fails.

Much of the extra money will go towards funding extra locum doctors, who'll fill gaps in the rota, more short-term agency staff on occasional shifts and, in the future, private ambulances.

Members of the ULHT's executive met to discuss the situation at Pilgrim Hospital today.

Boston MP, Matt Warman, said "money is not the issue" when it comes to managing the situation at Pilgrim.

"If we need additional resources, then those resources will be found," he said.

It's ultimately about children and mother's lives and we have to make sure that those comes first. We don't know yet how much that cost will be, but we are also very clear that whatever the cost is closing the unit would have a greater cost implication."

Matt Warman MP

Let the bus take the strain

Bus operators across Yorkshire have poked a bit of fun at the rail network today.

Urging people unable to catch a train, because of the major disruption caused by a lightning strike, to give their bus services a try:

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Man in 70s seriously injured after being hit by car

A man in his 70s is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Boston this morning.

boston crash
Google

The crash happened at the entrance to Boston West Business Park at 08:45.

He was taken to Pilgrim Hospital with serious injuries.

They're appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision or who might have dashcam footage of the incident.

Travel update: Long delays on M62 westbound

BBC News Travel

Taking a break from the situation on the rail network for a minute, there's now big problems on the M62 westbound after junction 23.

There are almost nine miles of tailbacks up to where a lorry has broken down:

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Picture released of Stanley Metcalf

Leanne Brown

BBC Look North

Humberside Police have released a picture of six-year-old Stanley Metcalf, who died in what is believed to have been a tragic accident involving a pellet gun, yesterday afternoon.

Stanley Metcalf
Humberside Police

At a new conference this afternoon, Det Ch Insp Mark Goulding confirmed no arrests had been made.

He said they were speaking to family members, who were at the house at the time of the incident.

Here's an extract of what was said at the news conference:

Market plans on show

Traders and the general public have been given the opportunity to take a look at the plans for Scunthorpe's new market today.

Market
BBC

North Lincolnshire Council are spending over £4m, converting the old BHS building into a new indoor market.

Visitors will be shown a 3D video of the proposals today at the building.

There will also be a mock-up market stall, the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to go about applying for one or more stalls.

Shot six-year-old named by police

A six-year-old boy who died in Sproatley, East Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon, has been named as Stanley Metcalf.

Boy death
BBC

During a news conference in the village, Det Ch Insp Mark Goulding said they believed the case was a tragic accident.

The boy was injured after being shot by a pellet gun and died later in hospital.

No arrests have been made, but police are speaking to family members who were at the house at the time of the incident.

Rail services begin to move...slowly

Rail services on some routes in Yorkshire are beginning to resume after a lightning strike at York affected signalling.

However, there are still numerous cancellations and delays and operators are advising customers to avoid travelling if possible.

Please continue to check National Rail enquiries for the latest travel information:

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Thousands sign petition over Scampton

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition opposing the MoD's planned sale of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

RAF SCAMPTON
MOD

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Defence announced that the home to the Red Arrows (pictured above Scampton) will close in 2022.

3,677 people have signed the petition, which is urging the Ministry of Defence to 'Stop the sale and loss of 600 jobs at Historic RAF Scampton, Home of the Red Arrows'.

The Royal Air Force says it is committed to investing and staying in the county despite the sale.

Crowded trains on the East Coast Main Line

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

I've been one of the many people hit today by the massive disruption caused on the railway by a lightning strike at York.

I have managed to get on a train though, but you don't often see this in First Class:

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Watch: Villagers 'saddened' by boy's death

Leanne Brown

BBC Look North

A six-year-old boy has died after sustaining a pellet gun injury in Sproatley, East Yorkshire.

Police have described the event as a tragedy.

People I have spoke to in the village have expressed how upset they are at the news:

Men charged over Lincoln police chase

Two men are due to appear in court today after a police pursuit through Lincoln city centre earlier this week.

Anthony Kimani, 23, of Honeysuckle Court, Woodston, Peterborough, has been charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

Louis Holden, 20, of no fixed address, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

Signalling problems remain in York

Network Rail say the signalling problem is fixed in Leeds, but there are still major problems in York, after a lightning strike took out a control centre.

Leeds station
BBC

Disruption is expected for the rest of the day on the rail network.

Passengers are being told to check arrival and departure times before they set off, you can do that by clicking here.

Northern, who operate a majority of local services in Yorkshire say: "Customers are also asked to check carefully before travelling later in the afternoon as services are likely to be subject to further delays and cancellations."

Can I get compensation for wine after train delay?

There will be many train passengers expecting some compensation from the operators after today's lightning strike led to huge delays and numerous cancellations across Yorkshire.

But, perhaps one of the Pulse's breakfast show presenters, Rosie Madison, is expecting a bit too much:

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York rail passengers find alternative ways to get around

Some rail passengers, who have been stranded at York Station because of a lightning strike earlier are being told to get on the bus as "everything is cancelled indefinitely".

This has caused a lengthy queue for the bus:

Bus queue
Scott Grant

Staff at the station have been handing out water to people as the temperature begins to rise.

Some commuters have been described as getting frustrated with the situation.

Others have vented on social media that the rail network is "unable to cope with extremes".

No service buses at Leeds station

Because of the situation on Yorkshire's rail network today, buses are being used instead.

But this means there is a bit of disruption around the railway station for bus users:

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Doncaster trains delayed

Trains through Doncaster are delayed after an earlier lightning strike near York knocked out the signalling on parts of Yorkshire's railway.

The departures board at Doncaster station
Peter Hampshire

As this photo from Peter Hampshire shows, most trains are showing as delayed.

He says he was picking his friend up who had to abandon her journey from London to Halifax part way through.

Pedestrian hit by car in Boston

A man's been taken to hospital after being hit by a car on a major route in Boston.

McDonalds
Google

The crash happened on the A52 near to McDonalds.

The road's currently closed and is causing long tailbacks in the area.

Rail passengers told 'don't expect anything'

Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations after Yorkshire's train network ground to a halt following an earlier lightning strike.

Train passengers
Dan Wales

Dan Wales, 26, an ecologist trying to get home to Newcastle from Leeds, has told the BBC: "I've been stuck at Leeds station for three-and-a-half hours trying to get to Newcastle.

"Still waiting for a bus, or replacement service. Been told by staff that unless you're going to London or Manchester, don't expect anything."

Platforms closed at Leeds station

Police have been holding people back from getting onto the platforms at Leeds railway station:

Leeds station
British Transport Police

British Transport Police say there is still "major disruption" on Yorkshire's rail network after a lightning strike took out signals across the region.

They say: "We are helping our rail colleagues and holding people off the platforms - please be patient."

Network Rail says trains won't be running as normal until at least 15:15 this afternoon.

'Significant lightning strikes' affect rail travel

A lightning strike which hit a signalling centre has caused "complete disruption" on the East Coast Main Line, according to Network Rail.

Disruption at Leeds
BBC

The "quite significant lightning strikes" affected the Signal and Control Centre in York which controls all traffic in and out of the Leeds area.

Network Rail says several lightning strikes elsewhere on the network have exacerbated the problem.

LNER, which runs rail services on the East Coast Main Line, is advising passengers not to travel at all today which is causing major problems at Leeds railway station (pictured).

Northern Rail is advising passengers not to travel for the next few hours.

Rachel Lowe, from Network Rail, says its priority is dealing with "trapped trains which were out on the network when the signalling went down".

She says: "People are sat in hot trains not necessarily at platforms" and the firm's priority is making sure they're able to get off and get refreshment.

I heard an almighty bang, that's what we believe the main blow was. But we had lightning throughout the start of the rush hour this morning, really."

Rachel LoweNetwork Rail

Train signals back on in Leeds - but don't expect too much

On the surface of it, this tweet looks like very good news.

However, what they give with one hand, they take away with the other:

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'I found myself back where I started': One commuter's story

Trains across Yorkshire have ground to a halt this morning after a lightning strike took out the network's signalling system in York.

This is commuter Helen King's account of her journey into Leeds earlier:

Helen King
BBC/Helen King

"My morning commute hasn't gone to plan today: an hour and 25 minutes after departing Apperley Bridge station for Leeds, I find myself back where I started.

"The 09:42 service made it close enough to Leeds station for the 'Leeds is your next stop announcement', but then came to an abrupt halt.

"The train staff kept us as updated as they could. After 30 minutes they informed us of our right to compensation, which didn't do much to placate those who just wanted to get into Leeds.

"Finally after an hour of standstill, the driver announced that he had been told to turn the train around and head back to Bradford.

"Along with the information that there will be no replacement bus services due to the scale of the disruption - and official advice is not to travel via train today."

Lightning strike cause delays to Hull trains

Due to lightning damage some trains are being delayed or cancelled on the Hull to Scarborough line.

Passengers are being urged to check online for updates.

Leeds station is 'parking lot for trains'

If you were wondering how the long train delays were impacting at Leeds railway station, after the lightning strike at York knocked out the region's signalling system, it's pretty busy:

Leeds station
BBC

People have been left stranded at Leeds and York stations this morning, with people being told not to travel by rail today.

Leeds Station has been described on Twitter by one rail user as a "parking lot for trains," as the network's operators have had to stop all services.

Leeds parked trains
BBC

LNER services will run, but not on time

Trains between London and Leeds can run, it has just been announced, but don't expect them to be on time:

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Signalling systems across Yorkshire have been knocked out after a lightning strike on a control centre in York this morning.

'Everyone is just sitting' - lightning strike causes rail chaos

Hundreds of people at York railway station have been stuck after a lightning strike caused significant damage to signals this morning.

York station
@dangerousatc

One traveller, Mary, told us: "I’ve been stuck for about an hour but apparently some people have been stuck since around 9:30.

"One train to Kings Cross left and one replacement bus to Newcastle, but that’s it, nothing else has left or is scheduled to leave so everyone is just sitting.

"I’m going to wait a bit longer and see what happens, I might get a bus in the end."