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By Harry Parkhill

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  1. Five things we learned today

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all folks! Our live updates are coming to a close for this week, regular updates will return on Monday morning.

    In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few things we didn't know this morning:

  2. Listen: Lincolnshire reaction to new schools funding

    Nicola Gilroy

    Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A headteacher from Boston has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that new funding allocation announced by the government is fairer but there still won't be enough money to cope with increased costs.

    The changes are aimed at ensuring there's no "postcode lottery" when it comes to funding schools.

    Giles Academy head teacher Ian Widdows says his school will get a bigger slice of the pie, but that the pie itself should be bigger:

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    Video caption: Giles Academy's head teacher calls the new system fairer but says schools costs are rising
  3. Villagers frustrated by low speed broadband

    BBC Look North

    East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    We mentioned earlier that some villages in Lincolnshire are to be upgraded to superfast broadband.

    But as some communities regularly point out, the broadband speed playing field isn't always a level one:

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    Video caption: Villagers in Lincolnshire are desperate to see faster broadband connections.
  4. Watch: Humberside force commended over reform of women offenders

    The Humberside Police force is being held up as an example of how to reform and help women offenders. 

    The force is among several in Yorkshire seeing a decline in arrest rates for women over a 12-month period, according to new figures from the Prison Reform Trust .

    However, Lincolnshire Police is one of the forces seeing an increase during that same year.

    Dr Tom Guiney, from the Prison Reform Trust, has commended Humberside's efforts:

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    Video caption: Prison Reforms Trust commends the force's efforts
  5. Cathedral's 'dings' back in action

    Jono Brine

    Junior Broadcast Assistant - Radio Lincolnshire

    Do you remember Lincoln Cathedral's wonky bell ringing a couple of weeks back?:

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    Video caption: Lincoln Cathedral bells missing "ding"

    Well all has returned to normal now, the spring which struck one of the bells has been fixed so the bells aren't quite so "wonky" sounding. 

    It cost Lincoln Cathedral £700 to repair it.

    I've been down to the cathedral to check, and all seems to be in order:

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    Video caption: One of Lincoln Cathedral's bells wasn't working, but repairs mean it's back to normal.
  6. Watch: CCTV of £550 Louth jewellery theft suspect

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire Police have released CCTV footage from a jewellery theft in which a gold chain worth £550 was stolen.

    The theft happened just after 13:00 on 7 March from the Old Maltings jewellery shop on Aswell Street in Louth.

    Police want help identifying this man, who they say is in his late 20s:

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  7. Investment pumped into Gainsborough beer festival

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A popular beer festival in Gainsborough is to get a boost after councillors offered to pay for equipment to help save the event money.

    Drinkers at Festival

    Previously, the festival's organisers had to rent pumping equipment needed for the festival at the Gainsborough Old Hall.

    But West Lindsey's Councillor Initiative Fund has now given £2,700 to the festival so profits are pumped back into the event.

  8. Appeal after 'shameful' theft from elderly woman in Gainsborough

    An 84-year-old woman had to be treated in hospital after a struggle with a handbag thief in Gainsborough on Thursday, police have revealed.

    The incident happened at about 17:15 yesterday afternoon on Enderby Crescent in Gainsborough.

    The stolen bag had about £200 in cash in it, as well as the lady's bus pass, police say.

    Quote Message: This was a shameful crime and we are doing all we can to return the lady's handbag and get justice for her." from Insp Simon Outen Lincolnshire Police
    Insp Simon OutenLincolnshire Police
  9. Six new rides for Fantasy Island at Ingoldmell

    Six brand new rides will be opened at the Fantasy Island theme park in Ingoldmells this season as well as other changes, its new owners Mellors Group have revealed.

    fantasy island

    They took over the park after it went into administration in 2015.

    The firm invested £3m into the attractions, which includes a "facelift" of the indoor market area, new mini golf and bowling facilities, and six new family rides.

    Quote Message: This is not a one-off investment, it's the first. Our commitment is long-term. Developing Fantasy Island, continuously improving the customer experience and attracting more visitors is a big and important part of our ambition." from Edward Mellors Director, Mellors Group
    Edward MellorsDirector, Mellors Group
  10. Your headlines this afternoon

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire News

    Here's a catch-up of some of today's headlines from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

  11. Cleethorpes housing estate plans rejected

    Plans for a new housing estate in Cleethorpes have been turned down by North East Lincolnshire planners.

    Residents in Old Clee have been fighting the plans for 30 new houses for more than two years, and a second planning application has now been rejected.

    Chairman of the residents action group and North East Lincolnshire councillor Matthew Patrick has welcomed the news:

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    Video caption: Chairman of the residents action group Matthew Patrick welcomed the news
  12. Lincoln schoolboy's starring role in Beauty and the Beast

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    If you're heading to the cinema this weekend to see the re-make of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast then you'll also see Lincoln schoolboy Harry Marcus' starring role in the film's opening song.

    harry m

    In the opening song, he and other cast members sing the song Belle - and Harry's claim to fame is that he's whacked on the head by his on-screen teacher.

    He filmed his parts in the film nearly two years ago now, but says he remembers it fondly:

    Quote Message: It was an amazing experience... It's all really exciting!" from Harry Marcus Schoolboy film star
    Harry MarcusSchoolboy film star
  13. Witness appeal over Lincoln street attack

    Witnesses are being sought by police after a man was left needing hospital treatment for his injuries after being attacked in Lincoln last month.

    The man, in his 20s, was seriously assaulted on High Street on Saturday 18 February and is being treated by police as GBH.

    It's thought the incident appears to have started as a verbal altercation between two groups near the George Centre.

    Anyone who saw the attack or has any information is being asked to contact police.

  14. Grimsby kids get free cereal thanks to charity and football club

    Thousands of boxes of cereal have been handed out to schools and charities in North East Lincolnshire. 

    The His Church charity has teamed up with Grimsby Town football club in a bid to to try and get children to eat more healthily and also take part in sport. 

    Richard Humphrey, from the His Church charity says he hopes it will "inspire" children in our region:

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    Video caption: His Church Charity Richard Humphrey speaks to Radio Humberside
  15. Scunthorpe United boss to serve one-match FA touchline ban

    BBC Sport

    Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander will serve a one-match touchline ban after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge.

    The 45-year-old "used abusive and/or insulting language" towards an official at the end of their League One  defeat by Gillingham  on 11 March.

    Alexander has accepted the standard penalty, which includes a £1,000 fine.

    Scunthorpe, who are fourth,  conceded three late penalties  in the match to lose after they had held a 2-0 lead.

  16. Spectacular water leak in Mareham le Fen

    A water leak on the main road near Coningsby sprayed water metres into the air for over an hour before it was fixed, according to Anglian Water.

    water leak

    The fountain was caused by water escaping from a high pressure leak on the A155 between Mareham le Fen and Revesby.

    Anglian Water say it was repaired quickly once the leak was reported and no one was off water as a result.

    Quote Message: Visible leaks like this one a really quite rare. They're impressive to look at, but our priority is to stop the water escaping as quickly as possible." from Emma Staples Anglian Water
    Emma StaplesAnglian Water
  17. This afternoon's weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will spread down from the north west along with strong winds. 

    Rain will be heaviest and most persistent over higher ground in the west of the region with drier spells elsewhere. Highs of 10C (50F).

    Friday afternoon's weather graph
  18. North Sea haddock taken off sustainable 'fish to eat' list

    It seems there may be fewer opportunities for fisherman in our area to catch haddock. 

    Three haddock fisheries in the North Sea and the west of Scotland have been downgraded by the Marine Conservation Society who now recommend we only eat the fish occasionally. 

    Good Fish Guide Programme Manager, Bernadette Clarke, says compared to 2015 the stock numbers in 2016 were below the recommended level.

    She says this will have an impact on consumers and businesses:

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    Video caption: Good Fish Guide Programme Manager, Bernadette Clarke, talks about significance
  19. Superfast broadband promised for more areas of Lincolnshire

    Thousands more homes and businesses in Lincolnshire should have superfast broadband by the end of the year, it's being promised.

    Broadband plug

    The county council's working with BT to ensure that 95% of Lincolnshire is connected up. 

    Residents in rural areas of the county have raised concerns about the impact slow internet is having on their lives. 

    The council says a number of villages should be upgraded by the end of 2017, but admits there are still thousands of homes waiting for faster internet.

  20. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at B1206 Redbourne Mere.

    A15 Lincolnshire - A15 in Kirton in Lindsey blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the B1206 Redbourne Mere junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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