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  1. Extra security checks at events this weekend
  2. Appeal for help to find missing prisoner
  3. General election: UKIP leader campaigns in Grimsby
  4. Lincoln Mayor appeals for food bank donations
  5. Warning of lakes swimming danger
  6. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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By Hope Bolger

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  1. Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Well that's it for today, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine. We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 and updates on breaking news, sport and travel stories will appear here over the weekend.

    I'll leave you with five things we've found out during the day:

  2. Prayers in Lincoln for Manchester attack victims

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire's religious leaders have met today to pray for the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

    Representatives from the Catholic, Anglican and Jewish communities joined with Muslims during Friday prayers at the city's mosque.

    The Dean of Lincoln, The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, says it's important that faiths unite.

    Faith leaders
    Quote Message: We need to show the way and say that actually we want our children and our grandchildren to be without fear and knowing they have a safe place and environment to live in and a future that's without fear and that love wins." from The Very Reverend Christine Wilson Dean of Lincoln
    The Very Reverend Christine WilsonDean of Lincoln
  3. Police appeal for missing Louth woman

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing Louth woman who has not had contact with her family since Saturday 20 May.

    49-year-old Sharon Simpson and was reported missing from her home yesterday.

    Sharon Simpson

    Police are becoming very concerned for her and have urged anyone who knows her whereabouts to call 101.

    They are also appealing directly to Sharon to make contact so her family can be reassured that she is safe.

  4. Ant and Dec super-fan from Sleaford gets surprise visit from her idols

    Louth Leader

    An Ant and Dec super-fan from Sleaford has described the ‘incredible’ and ‘surreal’ moment she met her idols.

    The Saturday Night Takeaway stars surprised 25-year-old Rebecca Grice after best friend Katie Holmes nominated her to win the ‘Suzuki Surprise’.

    Rebecca Grice and Katie Holmes with Ant and Dec
  5. Lincolnshire man found guilty of sex offences against boy

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A former Lincolnshire police officer and scout master has been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a boy younger than 13.

    William Wright

    William Wright, 30, was convicted of eight offences after a trial at Lincoln Crown Court. He will be sentenced at a later date.

    In 2011, he was given an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of three years and 10 months, after pleading guilty to 32 sexual offences, including sexual assault, enticing a girl to engage in pornography and making indecent images of a child.

    Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, Lincolnshire, was described by police at the time as a “dangerous predatory paedophile”.

  6. 'Frightening' 80-mile hospital trip

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A Lincolnshire woman's described how her injured son was taken on an 80 mile trip to get hospital treatment.

    Adele Crompton-Allan from Great Gonerby says she had to drive her 7-year-old son, who broke his arm, from their home near Grantham to Lincoln Accident and Emergency Unit.

    Grantham A&E was shut and she was told there'd be a long wait for an ambulance. Harry was then taken to the QMC in Nottingham.

    Grantham A&E
    Quote Message: If the A&E was open it would have been a shorter journey for us only being a Great Gonerby anyway... We could have got to Grantham quickly, they could've stabilised him, they could've given him all the necessary drugs for pain relief and everything which could have made him more comfortable earlier before we had to be transferred anywhere. It was not good. from Adele Crompton-Allan Harry's Mum
    Adele Crompton-AllanHarry's Mum

    EMAS have apologised to the family saying they are sorry that they could not get to the patient sooner.

    Quote Message: There were ambulances in the area and a crew were on their way to the child, however as the family informed us they were making their own way to hospital the ambulance crew were made available to respond to the next emergency. from Ben Holdaway Deputy Director of Operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service
    Ben HoldawayDeputy Director of Operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service
  7. Boston looking lovely in the sunshine

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Thank you to Jason T one of our Lincolnshire Weather Watchers for this amazing picture of Boston Stump today.

  8. Lincoln City season tickets selling fast

    Rob Makepeace

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

    Lincoln City have sold over 3,500 season tickets for next season, the club have confirmed.

    However, a number of fans are still to renew their season tickets meaning the figure could rise to over 4,000.

    Imps managing director Kevin Cooke says he hopes attendances at Sincil Bank will continue to rise.

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    Quote Message: We averaged just over 5,000 people this season, but you know attednances started lower and then they were really high towards the end of the season... I would hope that we would beat that this season. from Kevin Cooke Lincoln City Managing Director
    Kevin CookeLincoln City Managing Director
  9. Warning of lakes swimming danger

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    People are being warned of the dangers of swimming in open water following several incidents of children jumping into the lakes at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes.

    Hartsholme Lake

    City of Lincoln Council’s park rangers have issued a warning to people to keep out of the water as the hot weather continues and half-term approaches.

    Quote Message: Apart from the obvious danger of hitting rocks or hidden debris, the lake is very deep and if someone swimming were to get into difficulty it could become a very dangerous situation, as it would be hard to reach anyone who gets into trouble." from Lisa Blezzard Conservation Ranger
    Lisa BlezzardConservation Ranger
  10. UKIP leader campaigns in Grimsby

    The UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has been campaigning in Grimsby today where he called for foreign aid to be scrapped and the money used to help fund the NHS.

    Paul Nuttall

    Election campaigning was postponed until today following the Manchester terrorist attack.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside the UKIP leader said he's not sure the Prime Minister Theresa May will 'get the job done' over a strong brexit deal.

    Quote Message: The negotiations haven't even started yet and it's very easy for Theresa May to talk the talk and act tough. Let's see what happens when she has to walk the walk." from Paul Nuttall UKIP Leader
    Paul NuttallUKIP Leader
  11. Former councillor jailed over indecent images of children

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A 72 year old south Lincolnshire man has today been jailed for 8 months for viewing indecent images of children.

    Peter Bird of East Street, Crowland, a former parish councillor and special constable, admitted the charges.

    The judge told him that children had been abused in the making of the material.

  12. Blue skies across the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here are two lovely pictures sent in by some BBC Lincolnshire Weather Watchers this morning.

    This countryside view was taken at Caythorpe by milliegeorge&me.


    This shot of a Lincoln Knight on Steep Hill was sent in by Isle Explorer.

    Lincoln Knight

    Thanks both for sending them in! If you want to become one of our Weather Watchers click here for more details.

  13. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

  14. More opportunities to learn CPR this weekend

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    There's another chance to learn livesaving CPR skills this weekend as part of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life Campaign.

    The station's trying to get 10,000 people to learn the skill.

    At the start of the week, we announced the 3,000 mark had been passed - and it should be closer to 4,000 after this weekend.

    Our partners, LIVES and St John Ambulance, will be at an event in Sleaford, the Family Fun Fest at the town's rugby club.

  15. You're invited to our candidates' debate in Lincoln

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    As you may know, I've been holding a series of election candidates' debates.

    We've had to make a few changes because of the suspension of campaigning by the political parties after the Manchester terrorist attack.

    But it's continuing next week in Lincoln, and we'll be teaming up with the Lincolnite to bring you the debate on Monday 5 June at the Drill Hall at 19:15.

    We want as many of you there as possible, so please register to attend.

    Lincoln candidates
  16. Lincoln Mayor appeals for food bank donations

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Chris Burke went to the Ermine Community Larder earlier this week to officially launch this year's Mayoral Charity.

    He has chosen to help all of Lincoln's food banks and community larders and went along to see what needs to be done to make a difference.

    Quote Message: These important places are very short on food, and these may be things that you have extra at home and would happily donate. I would encourage everyone to at least have a look to see if there is anything they can spare, and to help us feed those in need by dropping food items off at one of the seven venues in Lincoln. from Chris Burke Mayor of Lincoln
    Chris BurkeMayor of Lincoln
    Chris Burke

    Food banks and community larders will take any food as long as it is packaged in ‘as new’ condition and it is well within its best before date.

  17. 'Huge' levels of investment in the Lincolnshire coast

    Scott Dalton

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Nearly fifty million pounds is currently being invested into the Lincolnshire coast according to East Lindsey District Council.


    It includes the £16m redevelopment of the former Skegness Town Football Club ground and almost ten million pounds bringing Premier Inn, KFC and Brewer's Fayre to Skegness.

    Many hotels and caravan sites are booked out for the Bank Holiday Weekend.

    Quote Message: Definitely seems to be busier this year. I wonder whether it's because people aren't going abroad or staying away from the big towns at the moment and saying let's go to the seaside. from Tim Batham Assistant manager at the County Hotel in Skegness
    Tim BathamAssistant manager at the County Hotel in Skegness
  18. Have you seen this man?

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A prisoner has absconded from a prison near Boston.

    Nicky Ward

    Nicky Ward, 36, has been absent from HMP North Sea Camp since Wednesday night.

    Police say he has links to Skegness but is from South Yorkshire. He's described as 6'2" tall with black hair and green eyes.

    If you think you have seen him, or have any information concerning his whereabouts, Lincolnshire Police ask you to call 101.

  19. Lincolnshire roads are 'dangerous for bikes'

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A superbike champion in Lincolnshire is calling for more potholes to be mended in Lincolnshire. Steve Plater says the county's roads are dangerous for bikes.

    Steve Plater
    Quote Message: In some places it could be life threatening. There are quite a few potholes and for a motorcycle or a cyclist in the middle of a corner, if you were to lose control through a pothole and fall off there only has to be something, not even major vehicle wise, coming the other way. That could be catastrophic. from Steve Plater Superbike champion
    Steve PlaterSuperbike champion

    The county council says it's fixed more than 200,000 potholes in the past two years, but councillor for highways Richard Davies admits they need to do more.