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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Friday 29 April 2016

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By Martin Slack

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Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire Live has finished for today. Thanks for joining us. We're not here on Bank Holiday Monday, but will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news from around the area. Join us then.    

Watch: Reds' return - aerobatic display team come home to RAF Scampton

It's been a bit of a secret what time they'd arrive - but the Red Arrows are back in Lincolnshire after a six-week training camp in Greece.

Our reporter Harry Parkhill's there to welcome them, along with a lot of fans. 

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Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this evening:

  • Veteran speaks of anger over vandalism at Lincolnshire's Bomber Command Memorial
  • Council admits closing village primary school will be "devastating for community"
  • Red Arrows due to land back in county this evening after return from Greek training camp

Watch: Warmer weather to come tomorrow

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Keeley Donovan with the details for tonight and tomorrow:

The details on the afternoon of Friday 29 April

Speed crackdown after 21 deaths on county's roads this year

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Road safety officers at Lincolnshire Police have announced a major clampdown on speeding to take place from next week.

It's after 21 people died on Lincolnshire's roads since January 1 - compared with just nine at the same time in 2015.

Officers say operations will take place in the west of the county. They said it was about "education, and not to try and catch people out".

We’ve had an unprecedented amount of accidents that have tragically resulted in loss of life so far this year and we are doing our utmost to try and stop that number from rising.

Supt Matthew KlewzycLincolnshire Police

Two arrested over alleged 'rogue traders' offence

BBC Radio Humberside

Police say two men have been arrested after it was alleged they charged £3,000 to clean a pensioner's roof.

The 24-year-old and 18-year-old from Hertfordshire were charged after the incident earlier this week in Forkedale, Barton-upon-Humber.


Officers investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses who saw anyone or vehicles that seemed out of place on Forkedale on Tuesday or Wednesday to call 101.  

Veteran's disgust over Bomber Command spire vandalism

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Harry Parkins is a  former Bomber Command flight engineer who flew 39 operations during the Second World War.

He says vandals who broke into site of the International Bomber Command Memorial near Lincoln are "mindless".

Spire collage

Mr Parkins, who lives near Lincoln, says those responsible for the damage at the site should be made to pay to put it right.

He told me: "I think it was a disgraceful act and a lack of respect to the people who lost their lives."

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Deer delays on motorway

BBC Travel

One lane's blocked on the M180 eastbound between junction 3, for the M181 at Scunthorpe and J4 for the A15  at Scawby, because of deer on the road.  

Can you help police track down this man?

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Do you recognise this man? Detectives want to talk to him about the theft of a handbag from a van in Burgh-le-Marsh near Skegness.

The man was caught on CCTV which has now been released by Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire Police

The theft happened on 17 March. Credit cards in the bag were later used to withdraw money from cash machines in the resort. 

If you can help, call police on 101.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Fallen power cables in road

BBC Travel

Take care if you're in the Hogsthorpe area this afternoon. South Ings Lane is partially blocked in both directions between the Sloothby High Lane junction and the Orby Road junction, because of fallen power cables.  

Paedophile jailed 25 years after raping girl

A 62-year-old man has been jailed at Grimsby Crown Court after being found guilty of sex offences.

The jury convicted Colin Bell, of Coulbeck Drive, Cleethorpes, of rape and indecent assault of a girl under 16. The charges related to incidents that took place about 25 years ago.

Colin Bell
Humberside Police

Bell was sentenced to 14 years in prison and was told by a judge he must serve the "greater part" of the sentence before being considered for parole.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed for life which prohibits Bell from having any unsupervised access to any girl under the age of 16.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Charlotte Wright

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this afternoon:

  • A tiny Lincolnshire school with just 16 pupils is to close - despite a campaign by parents to save it
  • Border Force officers seize almost nine million cigarettes at Port of Immingham
  • Hunt for van driver who knocked woman off mobility scooter in Lincoln city centre

'We just need to get the result' - Pilgrims boss

BBC Sport

Ahead of tomorrow's crunch fixture at Stalybridge, Boston United manager Dennis Greene says he won't be constantly checking how his play-off rivals are getting on.

The Pilgrims, Nuneaton and Harrogate Town are fighting over two spots in the play-offs, but Greene has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he doesn't see the point of checking too much.

Dennis Greene

He said: "We'll check the scores at half time. We just have to get ourselves in a winning position and get the result. It doesn't matter about the other scores."

Border Force: 'Cigarette smugglers are cheating taxpayers'

Here's one of the pallets of smuggled cigarettes which were seized at Immingham Docks last night.

The UK Border Force says if the smuggling attempts had proved successful it could have cost the Treasury approximately £2.5m in unpaid duty and VAT.

Illegal cigarettes
UK Border Force

The black market cheats honest traders and it is effectively stealing from the public purse. People tempted by cheap cigarettes and tobacco should think again."

Mark RobinsonBorder Force assistant director for the Humber Ports

Nine million illegal cigarettes seized at Lincolnshire port

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The Border Force has just told us it's seized almost nine million illegal cigarettes at the Port of Immingham.

The seizure happened yesterday evening when officers searched an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived at the port on a ferry from Vlaardingen in the Netherlands.

Cigarettes on lorry
UK Border Force

Officers discovered the trailer pictured above contained 8,960,000 cigarettes concealed inside 20 wooden pallets which were labelled as wooden flooring.

Decision due next week on Immingham fire station merger

BBC Radio Humberside

The future of two fire stations in Immingham could be decided in just over a week. 

Humberside Fire and Rescue is thinking of merging the town's two fire stations to save money.

Immingham Fire Stations

On Monday, they deferred a decision but it'll be looked at again a week on Monday.

Everington turned down loan chance - City boss Moyses

BBC Sport

Lincoln City manager Chris Moyses says midfielder Kegan Everington turned down the chance to go out on loan earlier this season.

Everington has only made two appearances in 2016 for the club and Moyses has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire he feels a loan move would have been beneficial.

Kegan Everington

Moyses said: "He's a great lad, he's had a good season training-wise but he didn't really want to go out on loan... So that maybe held him back a touch.

"All the players who have gone on loan have come back better for it, but that was Kegan's choice."

Lincolnshire's weather: A drier and brighter afternoon

BBC Weather

A few bright or sunny spells are likely this afternoon, but clouding over for a time with some heavy rain or wintry showers with a risk of hail.

Turning drier and brighter later with the strong westerly winds easing and a top temperature of about 8C (46F).

Weather forecast

Falling pupil numbers behind Saltfleetby Primary closure

More on the news that Saltfleetby Primary School is to close in the summer due to falling pupil numbers.

Lincolnshire County Council has argued it doesn't make financial sense to keep it open.

With capacity for 56 pupils, it has only 16 children across seven year groups - and that number's projected by the authority to fall even further.   

Saltfleetby Primary School

The council says it's considered federation and academy options, but no solution could be found. 

Some parents have campaigned to keep the school and say small, rural schools should be protected.

Saltfleetby school update: Closure confirmed

Jono Brine

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

I've just been talking to Lincolnshire County Council about tiny Saltfleetby Primary School.

Education chiefs have decided to close the school in the summer, despite a campaign to save it which has been staged by local people.

I'll be talking to Patricia Bradwell, who's in charge of education and schools on the county council, on BBC Radio Lincolnshire after 17:00.

Sex with dog image lands Lincolnshire man in court

Lincolnshire Echo

A 22-year-old man who was caught with an "extreme pornographic image" involving a dog has appeared in court.

Lincoln Magistrates Court
Lincolnshire Echo

Nightclub staff call for 'boy racer' ban in Lincoln city centre

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Police need to deal with so-called "boy racers" in Lincoln city centre or someone could be killed or seriously injured, nightclub owners are warning.

They say it's an ongoing problem at weekends, particularly in the Corporation Street, Hungate and Mint Street areas.


Managers at both Revolution and Home bars say they want to see more action to stop the speeding vehicles.

But police say it's hard to tackle "boy racers" as they're not actually breaking the speed limit - but driving too fast for the road conditions.

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom this lunchtime:

D-day for tiny Saltfleetby Primary School

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A decision's due to be made later on whether to close one of Lincolnshire's smallest schools.

Saltfleetby Primary School

The county council says it doesn't make financial sense to keep Saltfleetby Primary School open, which currently has 19 children. 

But some parents say small, rural schools should be protected.

Bomber Command Memorial: Damage to spire

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Carrott for lunch as Jasper talks about his forthcoming Lincoln date

Rob Underwood

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Join me on BBC Radio Lincolnshire after midday when I'll be talking to comedian Jasper Carrott about his upcoming show in Lincoln.

He'll be performing with Alistair McGowan at the Engine Shed at the end of May.

Jasper Carrott

Fire crews called to fuel leak on bus

End of an era as Ramsdens closes its doors after 70 years

BBC Radio Humberside

It's the end of a shopping era in Grimsby - that's what customers have been telling BBC Radio Humberside.

It comes as Ramsdens Discount Department Store on Cleethorpe Road opens its doors today for the final time after 70 years of trading.

Ramsdens in Cleethorpe Road

The shop will close for the last time at 18:00 tonight.

It comes after planning permission was granted by North East Lincolnshire Council to redevelop the site into a new retail park.

Lincolnshire's weather: Wintry showers, warmer tomorrow

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Owain Wyn Evans with the latest weather details:

Bomber Command Memorial incident: What you're saying

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

The news that somebody has tried to climb the International Bomber Command Memorial on the edge of Lincoln has prompted a big reaction on our Facebook page:

Spire close-up

Unfortunately, in this day and age some people have no respect. War memorials get damaged and disrespected. But the vast majority of people will remember the brave no matter the actions of the few."

Pete LeverettFacebook

People just have no respect for anything these days, it's such a shame."

Di FryFacebook

Nothing is sacred nowadays, the yobs should have tried to scale Everest."

Christine Whittington-BrownFacebook

Farewell Friday for long-serving commentator Mark

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

He's been following Gainsborough Trinity for BBC Radio Lincolnshire for the last 16 years, but tomorrow's game at Bradford Park Avenue will be his last.

So, I decided to surprise Mark Turner this morning at his workplace - Dynex Semiconductor in Lincoln - along with Kevin Johnson from the club.

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MP's plea: Increase speed of pothole repairs with 'velocity jetpatcher'

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire needs more pothole-filling machines, according to one of the county's MPs.

Matt Warman, the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, raised the issue during transport questions in the Commons yesterday. 

Velocity jetpatcher

He wants the government to urge councils to work together to help increase the national fleet of the machine pictured above which is called a velocity jetpatcher.

Lincolnshire County Council's already got one and Mr Warman says he wants us to have more.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Bus cancellation

BBC Travel

Bomber Command Memorial incident: 'Disrespectful and dangerous'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just spoken to Nicky Barr, the chief executive of the International Bomber Command Memorial Centre in Lincoln.

She's been on BBC Radio Lincolnshire after it was discovered somebody had climbed the new International Bomber Command Memorial spire.


The spire was unveiled last year and the site is still under development and fenced-off.

Ms Barr said: "Hopefully we can get the message out there that not only is it disrespectful and vandalism, it's also extremely dangerous."

If you fell for 31m it may not be an ambulance you require."

Nicky BarrInternational Bomber Command Memorial Centre

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: A46 accident update

BBC Travel

There are mile-long delays reported on the A46 on the Lincoln bypass this morning after an accident. It's affecting the Skellingthorpe and Carholme roundabouts.

Thanks to Alex for sending in this update:

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Businesses could claim payout after long-running Wragby roadworks

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

We've been telling you about the roadworks in Wragby for the last couple of weeks because they've been causing some major delays.

The A158 - one of the main routes to the Lincolnshire coast - has been dug up to replace a collapsed sewer.

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The good news is it's all over. And the water company behind it says businesses which have seen their takings fall could claim compensation.

Man injured on railways tracks 'was electrocuted'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

We've just had this from British Transport Police on the railway line incident in Grantham on Thursday afternoon:

"Our officers were called to Grantham railway station on Thursday 28 April, after receiving reports at 14:59 of an injured person on the tracks just outside the station.

"When they arrived they discovered a man with serious burns to his legs. It is believed the man, who is 27-years-old and from Peterborough, had been electrocuted.

"The man was treated at the scene by paramedics from the East Midlands Ambulance service and has been taken to Queens Medical Centre Hospital by air ambulance. Officers are now working to determine how the man sustained his injuries."

Bomber Command spire 'climbed by vandals'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Staff at Lincoln's International Bomber Command Centre say they think someone's tried to climb the memorial spire.

It's after they discovered the fence had been cut and found breeze blocks stacked against the spire's base.

International Bomber Command Spire

Workers there say the structure has been scratched. 

The spire commemorates the 55,000 aircrew who died flying Bomber Command missions in World War Two.

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Accident delays

BBC Travel

We're getting reports of an accident on the Lincoln bypass at the Skellingthorpe roundabout. It involves a motorcyclist and is causing some delays.

Man in serious condition after 'trackside incident'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

A man's in a serious condition in hospital after being injured at a Lincolnshire railway station

Police say he was seriously hurt in what they're calling "a trackside incident".

Grantham station

Officers say he failed to stop for them yesterday afternoon in Grantham town centre and ended up on the tracks near the railway station.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation.