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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 10 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Slack

All times stated are UK

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  1. Spalding murders sentencing: How it happened

    Martin Slack

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    That's all we've got for you today - we'll be back from 08.00 tomorrow.

    Before we go let's look at the main story of the day here in Lincolnshire:

    House where murder took place
    Elizabeth and Katie Edwards
    Mr Justice Haddon-Cave
  2. Temporary doctors 'costing millions'

    Vicky Johnson

    BBC Look North

    National Health Service bosses in our area are spending millions hiring temporary doctors to cover staff shortages.

    Some are charging more than £1,000 a shift.

    The government put a cap on such spending but in some hospitals we've discovered costs are rising.

    While hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe reduced their agency nurse bill, the cost of fill-in doctors rose to more than £1m in one month.

    There's a full report on BBC Look North tonight.

  3. Your headlines this evening

    Barbara Stimpson

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

    • Two 15-year-olds are jailed for a minimum of 20 years for Spalding double murder
    • Man, 18, has died in a suspected industrial accident on a Lincolnshire farm
    • Tories set to unveil their by-election candidate in Sleaford and North Hykeham tonight
  4. WATCH: Showers and a cold night to come

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast for tonight and tomorrow - looks like a frosty one!

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    Video caption: Paul Hudson has the forecast for Thursday 10 November
  5. Judge: Teen killers caused 'devastation and heartbreak'

    The judge who sentenced the teenage killers of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards told them they had been "in it together".

    Sentencing the pair to life with a minimum of 20 years, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (pictured) said: "This was an entirely joint offence."

    "Both of you are perfectly intelligent and knew exactly what you were doing - either of you could have backed out at any time but you were selfishly determined to do it together. 

    Mr Justice Haddon-Cave

    "You had then revelled in what you achieved. I see no reason to distinguish between you in any way." 

    The judge went on: "I have carefully read the victim impact statements in this case. 

    "They are a poignant testimony to the devastation and heartbreak that this horrific event has caused."

  6. Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Roads reopen after water main burst

    BBC Travel

    We've just heard from Lincolnshire Police's control room. Officers say the roads in Boston town centre have now been reopened. John Adams Way and Wide Bargate were flooded earlier after a water main burst.

  7. Prosecution: 'Not prepared to accept lesser plea'

    Karen Thompson, from the Crown Prosecution Service gave a statement outside Nottingham Crown Court after the sentence of the 15-year-old killers of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards in Spalding.

    She said: "We were not prepared to accept any lesser plea based on any mental health diffculties. As a result the case rightly went to trial.

    "The male defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on the first day of trial. The second defendant, the female defendant, maintained her not guilty plea.

    Spalding house

    "But the jury, having heard all the medical evidence, was satisfied that she was capable of forming an intent to kill.

    "She was therefore also convicted of the murder of both victims (in the property, above). 

    Our deepest sympathies are now with the extended family and friends of Elizabeth and Katie as they try to come to terms with this horrific crime and the loss of their loved ones."

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    Sports Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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  9. Lincolnshire farm accident: Victim was 18-year-old

    Martin Slack

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    The victim of an accident on a farm near Lincoln on Monday was a male teenager, police confirmed this afternoon.

    Officers were called to the farm at Digby Fen and the Health and Safety Executive is also now involved.

    A police spokesman said: "It is believed to have been an industrial accident and a 18-year-old died at the scene – a farm in Digby Fen, near Billinghay."

  10. Teenage Spalding killers 'will serve minimum 20 years'

    The judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (pictured) stressed that neither teenager will be freed until they have served their minimum term and the Parole Board approves their release. 

    Mr Justice Haddon-Cave

    The judge said: "Had you been adults you may have been facing the whole of your lives in prison for this double murder."

    The boy slouched in his seat with his arms crossed and stared at his legal team as the court heard how he told police one of his victims fought back for up to three minutes.   

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    Video caption: Two teens get life for Spalding mother and daughter murder

    Det Ch Insp Martin Holvey condemned the murders of Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and Katie, 13, in April.

  12. Boston water main: Supplies back on

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Anglian Water says water supplies in Boston are back on after a major water main burst in the town centre.

    The company says water may be cloudy at first, but is advising customers to run the tap until it clears. 

    There are more details here.

  13. Weekend stargazers to enjoy biggest 'supermoon' since 1948

    If you're up late on Sunday night you could be in for an astronomical treat - a view of the biggest "supermoon" in 68 years.


    On the night of the 13/14 November, the moon will come closer to Earth than at any point since 1948 .

    It will appear up to 30% brighter and 14% bigger than an average full moon, according to NASA.

    It will be the brightest and largest of three "supermoons" to occur in 2016. The first came on 16 October 16 with the third due on 14 December. 

  14. Detective: Spalding murders 'unprecedented case'

    Martin Slack

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    The detective who led the inquiry into the murders of Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie in Spalding has given a statement in response to the sentence of their teenage killers.

    Speaking on the steps of Nottingham Crown Court a few minutes ago, Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Holvey said: "This has been a rare and unprecedented case.

    "Everyone who has listened to the details as they have emerged throughout the trial will, I'm sure, have felt the same sense of shock and total disbelief at the evidence.

    Spalding house

    "The planning that went into the brutal murders of Elizabeth and Katie as they slept in their own beds was cold, ruthless and chilling, as was the lack of remorse shown by the two juveniles afterwards.

    "This matter of factness is all the more shocking given the fact they were both only 14 years of age at the time they committed these offences.

    "I hope, after today's sentence, everyone affected by this terrible crime can begin to rebuild their lives and the community of Spalding can move forward."

  15. Grotesque and chilling: Judge on Spalding murders

    Sentencing the killers of Liz and Katie Edwards (pictured) the judge said the case had "defining and particularly chilling" features. 

    As both teenagers, now 15, remained composed in the dock, flanked by security guards, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave condemned their conduct after the Spalding killings as "grotesque". 

    Elizabeth and Katie Edwards

    He told the teenagers, who were 14 at the time of the killings, that they were clear in their aims on that night in April: "This is a case of double murder. One of the victims was a young girl. There is a clear intention to kill both victims - both defendants admitted wanting to murder them.

    "There was remarkable premeditation and planning - it was, on any view, substantial, meticulous and repeated. 

    "The killings were brutal in the form of executions and both victims, particularly Elizabeth Edwards, must have suffered terribly in the last minutes of their lives."

  16. No reaction from killers

    Martin Slack

    BBC Lincolnshire Live

    A judge who sentenced two killer teens to 20 years in jail described the case as a "a terrible crime which has few parallels in modern criminal history".

    Mr Justice Haddon-Cave made the remark as he sentenced the 15-year-olds for the brutal murders of Liz and Katie Edwards in Spalding in April.

    The killers, sat in a glass-panelled dock at Nottingham Crown Court, showed no reaction when they were told their fate.

  17. Teen killers were 'playing chicken'

    Liz and Katie Edwards

    The barrister representing the 15-year-old girl convicted of murdering Liz and Katie Edwards spoke to the court before sentence.

    The girl, who was 14 at the time of the murders in Spalding in April this year, had pleaded not guilty to the killings.

    She was found guilty last month after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

    The girl and boy, who is also now 15, had murdered Mrs Edwards and her daughter as they slept.

    Andrew Stubbs QC, representing the girl, said his client was "still plainly coming to terms with what she has done". 

    He added the couple were in a "toxic relationship" and were "almost playing chicken with each other" as they spurred each other on to commit the killings. 

    He said his client is "perhaps starting to show capacity for remorse and perhaps rehabilitation for the acts that she has committed".