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Summary

  1. Boston dog attack: Postwoman left with 'significant' injuries
  2. Fire Service's apology over 'blaze risk' fridge warning
  3. Concerns over affordable housing commitments
  4. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Rhodes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's all from us this week but we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more of the very latest.

    Until then I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

    And finally here's a final shot of last night's storm, this one was taken by Jordan in Grantham and it's a cracker:

    Lightning

    Have a good evening.

  2. Dog attack postal worker 'lucky to be alive'

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The husband of Sharon Singer, the postal worker who was attacked by a dog near Boston on Tuesday, says she could have died.

    Mrs Singer, who remains in hospital, needed four hours of complex reconstruction surgery and skin grafts to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage to her arm.

    Dave Singer said it could have been worse:

    Quote Message: If the dog had her for another ten seconds she wouldn't have had an arm. She's lucky to be alive, it wasn't a dog bite it was a mauling. The dog mauled her. from Dave Singer
    Dave Singer
  3. Bransby Horses charity opens new intensive care unit thanks to £175k of donations

    The Lincolnite

    Leading equine rescue and welfare charity Bransby Horses near Lincoln has officially opened its new Intensive Care Unit after a £175, 000 investment.

    Stable
  4. Local campaigners' anger at return of plans for waste plant

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Campaigners in Lincoln who successfully fought plans for a waste plant near their homes say they're angry the scheme's been revived.

    Officials threw out an application for the site on Long Leys Road in February; on Wednesday Veolia, the firm behind it, said it'd appeal.

    plans

    A meeting of the Long Leys Road Residents Association took place last night. Its secretary Jon Davies says they're furious:

    Quote Message: Probably can sum the felling up best with "outraged and a bit insulted". We had almost universal opposition to the original application from residents and businesses and they don't seemed to have listened to that whatsoever from Jon Davies Long Leys Road Residents Association
    Jon DaviesLong Leys Road Residents Association
  5. Body found believed to be that of missing Lincolnshire woman

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Police believe they've found the body of 53-year-old Joanne Lewis after issuing an appeal for her whereabouts yesterday.

    A body has been discovered in the River Welland in Stamford. Formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of Joanne Lewis.

  6. The weather this afternoon

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Gradually turning cloudier from the west this afternoon with some scattered showers, although these much lighter than yesterday.

    Feeling warm with light winds.

    Temp chart
  7. Weather Watchers: Spectacular strike!

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had a late submission from the storm last night and it's a doozy!

    This one is from lardyboy, taken in Donington.

    Strike

    He says he took it on a monopod wedged against his front door frame, good work!

  8. Body of murdered Lincolnshire man found just two days before he was due to appear in court

    Lincolnshire Echo

    A Lincolnshire man who was found murdered was due to appear in court just two days before his body was found.

    Bell
  9. Postal worker's injuries after dog attack

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    More now on the postal worker who remains in hospital after a savage dog attack whilst she was carrying out her round in Wrangle near Boston on Tuesday.

    Sharon Singer was set upon by a "Doberman-type" dog and suffered serious injuries to her hand and arm.

    dog
    Dog

    Her colleague Russell Warby, from the Communication Workers' Union, says he was horrified when he heard the news:

    Quote Message: I felt sickened - you don't want to believe it's happened to one of your work colleagues. We started in the same intake of posties... I think there's that realisation that it could have happened to any one of us.

    The attack comes during Royal Mail's Dog Awareness Week which aims to highlight the significant number of dog attacks on postal workers, and to encourage responsible dog ownership.

  10. Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic in Horncastle

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic is slower and heavier than normal on the A158 Jubilee Way Eastbound around the A153 South Street.

    Put aside some extra time for your journey if you're heading that way this afternoon.

  11. Demands for affordable homes making business 'nonviable'

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    More now on the story that builders in the county say they're going to struggle to hit affordable housing targets.

    Rico Wojtulewicz from the National Federation of Builders says companies can't afford it.

    Quote Message: It's not just about profits it's about companies staying in the industry. In the last ten years we've lost about 60% of small and medium sized developers and we've had a decrease in the amount of homes being built. To lose more of them, or frustrate them further, is going to make the housing crisis even worse. from Rico Wojtulewicz National Federation of Builders
    Rico WojtulewiczNational Federation of Builders
  12. Green waste stickers put to the test!

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    If you live in Lincoln then you may remember that the stickers the City Council put on garden waste bins were, well, a bit rubbish really.

    Residents kept complaining that they just peeled off. Well the council aren't taking any chances this year!

    Take a look at the new batch:

    Video content

    Video caption: After they kept peeling off last year the City Council aren't taking any chances
  13. Theresa May says Thatcher statue should go ahead

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    We told you earlier that it looks as though a statue of Grantham born Margaret Thatcher may never take its place in Parliament Square.

    Well now the current Prime Minister Theresa May say that fears that it may be vandalised should not stop it from going ahead.

    Statue

    Lady Thatcher, who was Conservative prime minister from 1979 until 1990, died on 8 April 2013, following a stroke, at the age of 87.

  14. Businesses get their game faces on for return of Lincoln Dragon Boat Race

    The Lincolnite

    Lincolnshire businesses are set to compete against each other in this year’s Dragon Boat Race on the Brayford in Lincoln.

    boat race
  15. Job cuts expected at Scunthorpe packaging company

    Packaging company Mondi has confirmed there may be job losses at its site in Scunthorpe.

    Mondi factory

    The firm is proposing to make 60 redundancies at the site, where 140 people currently work.

    The changes are designed to streamline operations and improve customer service, according to the company.

    It says it's currently consulting workers and unions about the changes.

  16. 'Boris Bikes' coming to uphill Lincoln

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    They'll soon be a new way to get around the city.

    Lincoln is taking a page from London's book and is putting in place 46 new hire bikes around the city centre- and new docking stations have been installed in the uphill area.

    Sarah Hewberry from Access Lincoln demonstrates how they'll work:

    Video content

    Video caption: A scheme similar to London's 'Boris Bikes' is coming to Lincoln
  17. Plans for Margaret Thatcher statue scrapped

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Plans for a statue of Grantham's most famous daughter outside the Houses of Parliament have been blocked due to fears over vandalism.

    Mandela

    Backers had hoped the proposed statue of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would join the likes of Winston Churchill, Gandhi and other political big beasts in Parliament Square.

    But there have been a series of objections, including the possibility it could be vandalised - and it's also thought the statue doesn't have the blessing of her family.

    The Parliamentary Estate has also objected to the proposal.

  18. Watch: The miniature railway in search of a new home

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Volunteers who run a miniature railway near Boston need a new home for it.

    The Evergreens Miniature Railway started life in a back garden at Stickney, near Boston, and now stretches to a mile-and-a-half of track complete with a signalbox, bridges, lakes and platforms.

    It's become a labour of love for a band of volunteers who are now looking for a new home as the land has been sold and the new owners don't want the railway anymore.

    Take a tour of the track:

    Video content

    Video caption: The Evergreens Miniature Railway near Boston needs to relocate

    So far, the railway will go into storage at the end of the month and committee member Rod Timmis says it will be a sad day:

    Quote Message: I think on the last running day there'll be a few tears. People have put a lot into it, a hell of a lot into it." from Rod Timmis Evergreens Miniature Railway
    Rod TimmisEvergreens Miniature Railway