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  1. Environment Agency says many people have refused their offer of improved flood defences in Horncastle
  2. Report says drone operators based at RAF Waddington should be given compulsory psychological support
  3. Local taxi firm shows off their new addition... a Lamborghini
  4. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

  1. Five things we've learned today

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire

    That's all from me today.

    I hope we've managed to keep you up-to-date with all the very latest from across the county both today and through the earlier week.

    We'll be back Monday from 08:00 but until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

    • Lincolnshire Police have been testing their new drone
    • A one-of-a-kind gold Creme Egg is going under the hammer in Stamford

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Taxi firm offers ride in £230,000 supercar

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    Video caption: A Lincoln taxi firm is offering customers rides in a Lamborghini Huracán supercar
  3. MP surprised by lack of enthusiasm for flood protection scheme

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The MP for Horncastle says she doesn't understand why more people haven't taken up free flood protection for their homes in the town.

    As we told you earlier the Environment Agency says people living in the flood plain of the River Waring have been offered flood doors and air bricks - but only a third have accepted the offer.

    Victoria Atkins MP says it's a bit puzzling:

    Quote Message: It is unusual for people not to take up something that's free, so I am surprised by that. I'll be very interested to hear the reasons why people decided not to accept the offer." from Victoria Atkins MP for Louth and Horncastle
    Victoria AtkinsMP for Louth and Horncastle
  4. Police's new eye-in-the-sky put through its paces

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire

    Some time ago Lincolnshire Police announced they'd purchased a drone to help them with operations like searching for missing people.

    Whilst the LincsCOPter (see what they did there?) isn't yet ready to be deployed in the field, officers are busy practicing to make sure they're comfortable behind the controls.

    They're taking it for a spin at RAF Metheringham Aviation Heritage Centre today:


    It's also going to be used in operation Galileo, the force's crackdown on hare coursing:

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  5. Commendations for hero cops

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Two officers who saved a man's life and helped jail his attacker after he was the victim of a "savage knife attack", have been commended for their efforts.

    PCs Mairi Aitken-Jones (pictured below) and Jacqui Wadey came across the seriously injured man who'd been stabbed in his face, neck, back and thighs on Croft Street back on 24 March.

    PC Aitken-Jones immediately gave emergency first aid to the man even though the attacker could still have been nearby. PC Wadey secured the scene and gathered evidence that would ultimately send the offender to prison for six years for GBH.

    PC Aitken-Jones receives her commendation

    The victim was taken to hospital and although seriously injured is recovering well.

    Quote Message: I am extremely proud of both officers who thoroughly deserve this recognition. This was an extremely difficult scene to manage with a seriously injured victim and numerous frantic witnesses. from Sandra England Divisional Commander
    Sandra EnglandDivisional Commander
  6. Watch: Friday's weather

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    What's in store tonight?

    Take a look at my forecast:

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    Video caption: Cloudy with some rain possible
  7. Rare Cadbury's gold 'conundrum' egg up for auction in Stamford

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire

    Is there a special chocolate connoisseur in your life? Are you looking to have the ultimate Easter next year?

    Have you got between £10,000 and £15,000 burning a hole in your pocket?

    If the answer to those questions is yes then you'll want to get yourself down to Bateman's Auctioneers in Stamford next month.

    They've got a rare Cadbury's Creme Egg going up for sale on 1 July but this isn't your average chocolate treat, for one it comes in a box like this...


    Open it up and inside...


    326.6 grams of finely engraved 22ct gold!


    If you're wondering why on earth this exists it's because back in 1983 the chocolate company ran a promotion for 12 gold 'conundrum' eggs hidden across the country.

    However what the public didn't know is that a 13th egg was made, bigger than all the others with a design encompassing the twelve riddles that hid the locations of the originals. This is that very egg and it's the first time it has ever been seen in public!


    It's probably not suitable for an egg and spoon race though.

  8. PCSO recruitment drive

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire Police say they're looking for more people to join the force as Community Support Officers.

    They've got 24 vacancies and there's more details about the role here.

  9. Public meetings to be held over walk-in centre's future

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A series of public meetings have been organised over plans to shut Lincoln's walk-in centre.

    They're going to be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Abbey Access Training Centre on Monks Road.


    The centre opened in 2009 but managers say patients could get help elsewhere. They also say as it's not being used by people across the county, it's creating inequality.

    Instead they want to extend GP surgery opening times and improve the 111 service but thousands of people have signed a petition urging the NHS to keep it open.

  10. Preparations at the Castle for Cliff Richard, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball

    William Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The Lincolnshire Show has attracted everyone's attention over the week but Lincoln Castle has got a major event over the weekend.

    Cliff Richard is having his own summer holiday in the grounds and then on Sunday Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are together again!

    The seats are already out:


    As you may expect both are ticketed events and staff will close off the castle to the public at around 4pm each day.

  11. Lincoln City veteran signs with Scottish side

    James Williams

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Midfielder Alan Power has left Lincoln City.

    The 29-year-old made over 250 appearances for Lincoln in his six years at the club.

    He's signed a two-year deal with Scottish team Kilmarnock FC who've been posting this image on their social media accounts:

  12. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The latest from the Lincolnshire newsroom:

    • Horncastle's MP says she's 'surprised' that few people in the town took up the offer of better flood protection
    • A series of public meetings will be held over the future of Lincoln's walk-in centre
    • A Lincolnshire taxi firm wants to rock their customers like a Huracán
  13. Pilgrims make a new signing

    James Williams

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Boston United have completed the signing of former Brackley and Nuneaton Town right-back James Clifton.

    The 25-year-old has signed a one year deal and is the Pilgrims' seventh signing of the summer.

    James Clifton
  14. British Steel fire crews raise money for Grenfell Tower victims

    Fire crews at British Steel in Scunthorpe will climb flights of stairs equivalent to the height of Grenfell Tower today, in full breathing equipment.

    It's to raise money and spread awareness of what the London crews will have had to deal with during the fire at the block of flats last week.

    John Armson from the firm that provides fire crews for the steel plant, says the fire fighters are determined to send out a positive message.

    Grenfell Tower
  15. New knights to invade Lincoln as part of Education Trail

    The Lincolnite

    The Lincoln Knights’ Trail is set for an expansion as more than 40 new mini knights join the popular activity as part of a new trail.

  16. Your weather this lunchtime

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy and breezy today but still keeping that warmth we've been experiencing over the last week, though a bit cooler than previous days.

    Some scatterings of rain are likely but it'll be increasingly dry as we head into the late afternoon.

    Temp chart
  17. Body of man found in car park

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Lincolnshire

    The body of a man has been found in a car park in Gainsborough.

    Police were called to the car park on Spital Terrace around 09:00 this morning.

    A man has been found dead at the scene but officers say they're not treating the death as suspicious at this time.

  18. Coastguard teams warn parents to keep closer eye on children

    Richard Madden

    BBC Radio Humberside

    Parents are being warned to keep a close eye on their children on beaches across our area this weekend.

    The UK Coastguard says 68 children were reported missing on beaches across the country last Saturday and Sunday.

    All the children were found safely but many UK Coastguards Rescue Teams have increased their regular patrols in case of further emergencies.

  19. Taxi! Huracán arrives outside Radio Lincolnshire

    Scott Dalton

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Now you may remember that we told you earlier in the week that a local taxi firm decided to add something a bit nippier than a Ford Focus to their fleet...

    A Lamborghini Huracán!

    Handsome Cabs say that the supercar will probably be hired out by people going to fancy functions, weddings or balls rather than your standard journey home after a few in the pub!

    Listen to it growl...

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    Video caption: Handsome Cabs are offering customers a chance to be picked up in style
  20. Last Plugged before summer break

    Jono Brine


    Last night we held the final Plugged before the event goes on a summer break.

    Every month BBC Introducing Lincolnshire has some of the best bands from around the county and beyond to blow the roof off at the Engine Shed in Lincoln.

    Here are some of the snaps from last night:


    Here's a session from a few weeks ago when the excellent Kings & Bears took to the stage:

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    Video caption: The mighty Kings & Bears blow the roof off the Engine Shed