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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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By Martin Slack

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Our Live coverage across the day

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Live has finished for today. 

Thanks for joining us. We're back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news from around the area. Join us then.

Lincolnshire farmers head to Cambridge for Cereals

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Farmers from across Lincolnshire are attending one of the biggest events in the arable calendar. 

Cereals 2016 showcases the latest methods and equipment when it comes to farming. 

The event's being held near Duxford in Cambridgeshire this week.  

Cereals
BBC

Traffic and travel: Rather busy across the county through rush hour

BBC Travel

Disruption on the roads continues through the rush hour:

  • Severe disruption on Newark Road at Thorpe on the Hill due to broken down farm vehicle on A46 southbound
  • B1178 closed between Little Gate Lane and Main Road in Potterhanworth due to 4ft of flood water under the rail bridge
  • Its also looking very busy on the A153 in Leasingham, A52 near Wrangle and A17 Holdingham roundabout near Sleaford

Cow rescued from river by fire service

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A calving cow has been rescued by fire crews from a Lincolnshire river with the assistance of the RSPCA.

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Weather: Thundery showers set to clear overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Heavy, thundery showers will continue through the evening before easing from most places overnight leaving some clear spells. 

Weather Lincolnshire
BBC

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Heavy rain causes flash flooding in parts of Lincolnshire. Two primary schools have been closed
  • A vigil is being planned in Lincoln this weekend in support of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando 
  • The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Lincolnshire has fallen slightly

School closures in Lincolnshire due to flash flooding

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Flash flooding has meant some Lincolnshire schools will be closed tomorrow.

Cherry Willingham Primary School will be closed to reception, year 1 and year 2 due to flooding in the corridors. 

The school will be open to year 3 upwards as they are based in a different building.

Ruskington Chestnut Street Church of England Primary School has reported water coming through the doors and the ceiling. 

They will remain closed tomorrow so a clean up operation can take place. 

This is how the school is looking now:  

Ruskington Chestnut Street Primary flooding
BBC
Ruskington Chestnut Street Primary flooding
BBC
Ruskington Chestnut Street Primary flooding
BBC

Boston skipper says Farage is fisherman's friend

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Fishermen's Association in Boston has come to the defence of Nigel Farage. 

The UKIP leader clashed earlier with Sir Bob Geldof as two sides of the EU referendum campaign sailed a flotilla of boats along the River Thames. 

The pop star accused Mr Farage of being "no fisherman's friend" but the chair of the local Association, Ken Bagley, says he's done a lot for the industry. 

Flotilla face off
BBC

Scott rises to the challenge of a cake for the WI

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

As we told you yesterday, our breakfast presenter Scott Dalton's been set a challenge for the Lincolnshire Show next week.

He's got to bake a cake which can go on display in the WI tent.

This is his first attempt he made with the help of Su from our sports team.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire Breakfast Presenter Scott with WI cake
BBC

We think it looks a little flat but a good start for a beginner baker.

Have you got any tips for Scott? Send us your advise on Facebook, Twitter or email us

Traffic and travel: Difficult driving conditions across Lincolnshire

BBC Travel

Lots of disruption on the roads this afternoon:  

  • Severe disruption on Newark Road at Thorpe on the Hill due to broken down farm vehicle on A46 southbound.
  • Lady Jane Franklin Drive in Spilsby has been shut due to a two vehicle crash.
  • Flash flooding causing disruption on the roads. Police are advising to take care on the roads and beware of deep standing water.

Car pulled out of 4ft of flood water in Lincolnshire

Carla George

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Police have closed the B1178 at Station Road in Potterhanworth due to flooding.

A car's been pulled out of 4ft of flood water under the rail bridge in the village. 

Emergency services are at the scene. You're being advised to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

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Weather watchers: Rain, thunder and flooding

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

With thunder, rain and even a flash or two of lightning you've been sending us pictures of what the weather is like where you are.

Weather watcher Paul took this photo of the heavy downpours in Ruskington:

Wet weather in Ruskington
BBC

It looks like a similar scene in Bourne. This photo from Weather watcher Travel James:

Weather in Bourne
BBC

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Heavy rain is causing flash flooding in parts of Lincolnshire. A primary school in Ruskington has reported water coming through the doors and the ceiling.
  • A doctor from the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston who's been accused of sexually assaulting a female patient says he carried out a professional examination.
  • Plans to have a temporary bus station on a car park in Lincoln will go before councillors later.

Thundery downpours causing chaos across Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's Lancaster unlikely to fly for Armed Forces Day

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The UK's only airworthy Lancaster was missing from the Queens birthday flypast at the weekend and now there's doubts over whether she will appear for Armed Forces Day either.

Engineers from the BBMF based at RAF Conningsby in Lincolnshire say they aren't sure Thumper will be able to fly as part of the celebrations in Cleethorpes. 

The aircraft's been largely out of action since an engine fire last year.

Lancaster Bomber, Thumper
BBC

We're going to do our best as we always do but the important thing is we keep this aeroplane safe... We're not going to take any risks, if she's not fit to fly I'm afraid she won't fly but we're going to do our best to get her up there."

Sqrn Ldr Andy MillicanBBMF

Lifesaving charity set to expand in Lincolnshire

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

If you live in Lincolnshire you'll know the important role the charity LIVES has to play in the county, assisting the ambulance service with thousands of call outs every year. 

Well now the new boss of the life saving charity says they're expanding its role in Lincolnshire. 

Chief Executive Nikki Silver says she wants to raise the profile of the work they do and to increase the amount of first aid training the charity provides.

LIVES first responders
BBC

Volunteers with LIVES are expected to help around twenty thousand patients this year.  

Lincolnshire doctor denies sexual assault on patient

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A doctor based at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston has denied sexually assaulting a patient. 

The woman complained to the police after going to A & E with bleeding from a wound following breast surgery abroad. It's alleged Dr Saqib Uddin Khan carried out an internal examination. 

Lincoln Crown Court
BBC

Thirty-six year old Kahn has told the jury he was unable to find a nurse to act as a chaperone. 

The trial at Lincoln Crown Court continues. 

Police warn of difficult driving conditions in Lincolnshire

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The sun is still just about out in Lincoln but over in Horncastle rain is tipping down. 

Lincolnshire Police are advising drivers to take care out on the roads due to heavy rain and changing conditions.  

They say surface water building up in some areas is making it more difficult for motorists.

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Skegness farmers bear all for BBC's Listening Project

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It was a conversation recorded several years ago for The BBC's Listening Project which has now been brought to life through bears. 

The voices of two brothers from Skegness, Gerald and Roland Bedford have been animated as the cuddly creatures.

The characters Bub and Tun have a chat about their relationship and their 60 years farming together.

One clearly holds a grudge over a £5 loan...

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The Animator Joseph Felton, says the brothers tone of voice, gruffness and their struggle to say their feelings to each other made him decide to animate them as bears.

Defender signs for Boston United

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Defender Herve Pepe-Ngoma is set to join the Pilgrims ahead of next season.

The ex-Leicester under-18 player has most recently been on the books for Nuneaton Town.

He's the Pilgrims' eighth signing of the summer. 

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Meanwhile, former Boston United defender Zak Mills has joined Grimsby Town FC on a two-year deal. 

Traffic and travel: Roadworks causing lunchtime congestion in Lincolnshire

BBC Travel

It's not looking too bad on the roads, no major incidents to report.

However, roadworks are causing some queuing traffic on the:

  • A607 in both directions at Vicarage Lane Harmston 
  • A153 at Papermill lane Leasingham
  • A15 southbound between Portland Street and Canwick Hill 
Grimsby

Grimsby Town sign Boston United defender Zak Mills following his decision to turn down a new deal with the Pilgrims.

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Headlines across Lincolnshire this afternoon

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • Sir Philip Green apologises to BHS workers but anger remains over the company's pension deficit
  • A doctor based at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston has denied sexually assaulting a patient.
  • Bakkavor food factory is expanding its workforce in Holbeach by 16%.  

100 jobs created at Lincolnshire food factory

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here in Lincolnshire we're known for our food production with fruit and vegetable farms spread across many fields. 

It's big business and for one food factory in Holbeach it's becoming even bigger. 

Bakkavor is expanding its workforce, taking on an extra 100 people at its site in Holbeach. 

The company says it's due to increased demand for its chilled products.  

Bakkavor logo
BBC

Weather: A wet afternoon ahead for Lincolnshire

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Unsettled and mostly cloudy with further showers at times, some of these could be heavy. 

Staying warm though with highs of 18°C.

Weather forecast
BBC

Plans to get work under way on Lincoln's Transport Hub go before council

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

With work soon to start on Lincoln's transport hub, plans are being made to make way for the build. 

An application to create a temporary bus station on Tentercroft Street in Lincoln will go before councillors this evening. 

It's ahead of the current facility being demolished to make way for the multi million pound regeneration. 

Plans for Lincoln's Transport Hub
BBC

Reduction in benefit claimants in Lincolnshire

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in Lincolnshire has fallen slightly. 

In May just under 7,000 were receiving the benefit. That's around 500 fewer claimants since the same time last year.

Overall across the East Midlands the rate of unemployment is 4.5% which is below the national average of 5%. 

Lincoln Job Centre
BBC

Aircraft return to the skies at RAF Waddington

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

It seems ages since we last saw aircraft zooming down the runway and taking off at RAF Waddington. 

Work on the runway there has taken almost two years but its now nearing completion.

The RAF has confirmed some flying operations have returned to the station.

RAF Waddington prior to runway works
BBC

Aircraft have been moved to other sites since major work to rebuild and extend the runway started in 2014. 

The Royal Air Force says the work is continuing and it'll be some months before the airfield is fully operational.  

Headlines this morning across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • A former manger of Lincoln BHS has set up a campaign calling for Sir Phillip Green to help bail out the pensions
  • An application to build a temporary bus station in Lincoln will go before councillors this evening 
  • Skegness brothers' voices used in animation as part of the BBC's The Listening Project

Lincoln's MP tours for EU referendum vote

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

With just over a week to go until you cast your vote in the EU referendum, MPs on both sides are are stepping up their campaigns to leave or remain in the European Union.

That's including Lincoln's MP Karl McCartney who has begun his own Brexit tour of the county today. 

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney
BBC

Karl McCartney's planning to visit 14 locations during the course of the day. 

Starting in Lincoln this morning he will then be visiting towns including Boston and Louth.  

Weather across Lincolnshire: Cloudy, wet and warm

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

A cloudy, damp start across the county. 

It will turn a little brighter later but with a risk of some heavy thundery showers.

Weather forecast
BBC

Police appeal after burglary in Skegness

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a house in Skegness was burgled on Tuesday. 

They say thieves gained entry to a house in Grosvenor Road sometime between 09:15 and 14:00 by forcing a rear window. 

Items of jewellery were stolen.

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Poppy wave boosting trade in Lincoln

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Have you been to see the display of poppies yet at Lincoln Castle?

Lots of people have, more than 100,000 in fact in the last three weeks. 

Great news for the attraction but also for the local area as other businesses have been benefiting.

Shop owners in the Bailgate told BBC Radio Lincolnshire they've noticed an increase in trade. 

Lincoln Castle poppies
BBC

It's certainly helping to bring trade to us this year... It's always good to have people visiting and browsing around as people will always pick something else up as well.

Jill HartLindum Book Shop, Lincoln

We've certainly sold a lot of ice creams. If the weather comes right then we sell lots but I think we've sold more for early in the season.

Clare DennettManager of Dennetts Ice Cream, Lincoln

We've had extra staff in we were busier than we'd expected."

Nicola LockwoodBells' Tea and Coffee House, Lincoln

Firefighters tackle Lincolnshire flash floods

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Were you affected by the flooding across Lincolnshire last night?

Fire crews have been dealing with flash floods overnight, mainly in the south of the county. 

This was the scene in Bourne following heavy rain yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters attend flooding in Bourne
BBC

With the weather not looking that great today we'll keep you updated with any further problems.

Former Lincoln BHS worker calling for pension bailout

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

When the retailer BHS went into administration earlier this month, it came as a shock for many shoppers and even more so for its current and former staff.

Lin Macmillan used to work at the store on the High Street in Lincoln.

She's now spearheading a campaign calling for Sir Phillip Green, who sold the chain for just a pound, to help bailout the pensions and take responsibility.

He's due before MPs today to answer questions about its collapse.

BHS Lincoln high street
BBC

It's fairly obvious that the person who is to blame for the downfall of BHS is Philip Green because he owned the company from 2000 and 2015."

Lin MacmillanFormer BHS worker

Latest headlines across Lincolnshire

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

  • There are calls to the former boss of BHS to help bail out the pensions after its collapse
  • Fire crews have been dealing with flash flooding in parts of Lincolnshire overnight 
  • Traders in Lincoln's Bailgate say the thousands of visitors to the poppy display in the Castle has boosted business 

Traffic and travel: Congestion around the county

BBC Travel

It's looking slow heading into Lincoln on Canwick road and at the A17 Holdingham roundabout near Sleaford.

There's also slow traffic on the A1 towards Stamford from Grantham following an earlier accident nearby. 

All lanes have now re-opened and traffic is getting back to normal.

Good morning, welcome to today's Live coverage

Natasha Turney

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Hello, I'm Natasha and I'm with you today for BBC Lincolnshire Live on Wednesday, June 15 2016.

It's looking wet but still quite warm, mostly cloudy with thundery showers likely in places.

We'll have a full forecast here soon and I'll keep you up to date with all the news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.