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Summary

  1. Lincolnshire slavery gang found guilty by court
  2. Gerbils abandoned in Walesby Woods at Market Rasen
  3. Car crash survivor thanks 'First Responders'
  4. Tata Steel awaits court judgement over toxic gases
  5. Lincoln gears up for 1940s weekend
  6. Gin Festival begins in Lincoln
  7. Man threatened by 'masked gang' on bridge
  8. Updates on Friday 11 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Hope Bolger

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we learned today

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    That's it for this week's live coverage of Lincolnshire's news. Stay tuned to Radio Lincolnshire, Look North and Radio Humberside for all your latest Lincolnshire news.

    We'll back with more live coverage on Monday morning but for now I'll leave you with five things we didn't know this morning:

  2. Watch: 11 convicted in slavery trials

    Linsey Smith

    Reporter - BBC Look North

    It's a police investigation that has spanned three years, three police force areas and involved the submission of thousands of pieces of evidence.

    Here's my report:

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    Video caption: Eleven people have been convicted after investigation into modern slavery
  3. Watch: Can a search dog find a presenter in a cupboard?

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    We read earlier that Louth Search Dogs are looking for new dogs and handlers but I'm sure the question you were all asking is - Can a search dog sniff out a presenter hiding in a cupboard?

    Watch this to find out:

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    Video caption: See if a Louth Search Dog can find our presenter hiding in a cupboard
  4. Listen: Free childcare 'not financially sustainable' for nurseries in the region

    Sarah Sanderson

    Political Reporter East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    There are concerns that 30 hours of free childcare won't be financially sustainable for nurseries across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

    The government initiative is aimed at helping working parents but the Voice union for education professionals says childcare providers could lose out in the long-term.

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    Video caption: Education unions say 30 hours free will come at a cost.
  5. Gerbils 'left to die on Lincolnshire Wolds'

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Two baby Gerbils have been found dead next to a plastic cage on the Lincolnshire Wolds, according to the RSPCA.

    cage

    The domestic gerbils were discovered in Walesby woods on Moor Rd in Market Rasen.

    The cage (pictured above) was left without the top so the gerbils were left without any protection from the weather or predators.

    The RSPCA says the two month old gerbils were underweight and left without food or water.

    Quote Message: They didn’t stand a chance and have sadly died. There's no excuse for abandoning an animal... it's a callous and cruel thing to do." from Daniel Bradshaw RSPCA Inspector
    Daniel BradshawRSPCA Inspector
  6. Watch: Your weather this evening

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tending to dry up this evening but staying cloudy for much of the night.

    A minimum temperature of 13C (55 Deg F).

    Watch my full forecast.

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    Video caption: Keeley Donovan has your afternoon and weekend forecast.
  7. Breaking11 people convicted after slavery trials

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Eleven people have been convicted after a major police investigation into modern slavery including cases in Lincolnshire.

    Those convicted were tried in a series of linked trials at Nottingham Crown Court.

    living conditions

    'Operation Pottery' was one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK, Lincolnshire Police said.

    Eleven people have now been convicted of offences including; conspiracy to forced or compulsory labour; conspiracy to defraud; fraud by false representation; theft and converting criminal property.

    The UK Human Trafficking Centre said that 18 men were illegally trafficked.

    Police say they were often forced to live in "shocking" conditions (pictured above).

    Most of those convicted were members of the same family.

    They will be sentenced in early September.

    Quote Message: Their living quarters were truly shocking and at times the men resided in site stables next to the dog kennels." from Ch Supt Nikki Mayo Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Supt Nikki MayoLincolnshire Police
  8. Fancy your name on the Vulcan aircraft plaque?

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Would you like to have your name engraved on the side of an iconic British aircraft?

    You may be in luck, because the Vulcan to the Sky Trust are offering you the chance to be part of a new plaque commemorating 10 years since the Avro Vulcan XH558 took flight again (pictured below) after a restoration project.

    vulcan taking off

    The Vulcan had air crew from Lincolnshire and was based at RAF Waddington during the Cold War.

    The donation in exchange for your name will be used to help build a new hangar for the aircraft at the Robin Hood Airport.

  9. Moon 'too bright' to see Perseid meteor shower

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A Lincolnshire astronomer says he's "disappointed" by the hype surrounding the Perseid meteor shower which happens over the next 24 hours.

    perseids

    Paul Money, an astronomer based in Horncastle, says that although the meteor shower happens over the weekend - making it ideally suited for amateur stargazers - they may be disappointed.

    The shower (pictured above in a time lapse) happens annually, but some newspapers have said it'll be a better than average display this year.

    Quote Message: It's a shame it's been hyped up so much... It's normally one of the most regular and reliable meteor showers we have in the night's sky each year but every few years we have the moon up at the same time which washes the shower out ." from Paul Money Astronomer
    Paul MoneyAstronomer

    Paul says that next year's shower is likely to be one of the best for many years though.

    So mark the calendar for 12 August 2018 instead...

    perseid
  10. Your headlines this afternoon

    Charlotte Wright

    Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A quick reminder of the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom today:

  11. £125m bid to build shopping outlet in Grantham

    Grantham Journal

    Lincolnshire business Oldrids has put in a £125m bid to build a 220,000 square feet shopping outlet in Grantham.

    plans

    Superstore Downtown, in Grantham, plans to build 107 outlets, a leisure complex and a business centre.

    The plans could create 1,700 jobs.

    It's in direct competition to a development planned by landowner Buckminster, who plan to build a similar shopping village off the A1 near Grantham.

  12. Pedal car Grand Prix rolls into Gainsborough

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    You'll have a chance to race in "proper racing pedal cars" in a Gainsborough Grand Prix this weekend.

    Pedal car

    The Pedal Car Grand Prix has been raising money for local charities in Gainsborough for over a decade and organisers want volunteers to get involved.

    It's described as being a "fiercely competitive" race which over fifty people will take part in.

    Quote Message: They're not just silly little cars, they're proper racing pedal cars." from Fred Kirkham Event Organiser
    Fred KirkhamEvent Organiser
  13. National cyclists to pass through Lincolnshire

    Katie O'Halloran

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Some of the world's top cyclists will be passing through a small part of Lincolnshire in a few weeks time.

    120 of the best cyclists in the world will be riding from Mansfield to Newark on the fourth day of the Tour of Cycling 2017.

    But that means they'll sneak into Lincolnshire for a short trip, I went for a walk down the route:

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    Video caption: 120 of the world's best cyclists will pass through Lincolnshire
  14. 'We'll meet again' museum opens doors

    Rod Whiting

    Presenter - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A 10-year dream becomes reality for the owners of a World War II museum today.

    Paul and Linda Blatchford have invested thousands of pounds in the venture and after years of effort, the "We'll Meet Again" Museum finally opens today.

    The museum even has the backing of the forces' sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn:

    vera lynn signature

    I took a behind the scenes tour of the museum.

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    Video caption: Take a tour of this WW2 museum
  15. Lincoln man Martyn Cairns admits child sex offence

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A man from Lincoln has pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

    Martyn Cairns, aged 51, of Newark Road in Lincoln, will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court next month.

    Cairns' not guilty plea to a second charge of attempting to meet a girl following grooming was accepted by the prosecution.

    Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Cairns was only involved in "role play" and had no intention of the meeting the girl.

    Abi Joyce, prosecuting, said those pleas were acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service.

    Cairns has been remanded in custody at Lincoln Crown Court.

  16. Appeal for dogs and owners to join search group

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A dog rescue group in Lincolnshire is looking for new dogs and handlers to join their team.

    search dog

    The Louth Search Dogs group is celebrating two decades of helping the police find missing people in Lincolnshire, but they say they're getting short on volunteers.

    If you and your dog are interested get in touch with Paul Roberts (pictured) at the Louth Search Dogs group.

    Quote Message: We are definitely looking for more people to get involved,and because it takes two years to get dogs up to pitch we need to be looking for new members now." from Paul Roberts Louth Search Dogs
    Paul RobertsLouth Search Dogs
  17. BreakingTata Steel ordered to pay one million pounds

    Kimberley Metcalfe

    BBC Local Live

    A court has decided that Tata Steel has to pay £1m after pleading guilty to an incident which exposed workers to toxic gas.

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  18. Car crash survivor 'forever in debt' to first responders

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    One of the survivors of a 60mph car crash has praised the work of Lives First Responders after they helped her while she was trapped in her car.

    crash picture

    Lucy Bucknall (pictured below) was sent spinning into oncoming traffic after her car lurched while she was travelling on a road near Market Rasen.

    She was trapped in the car for two hours with a broken neck and her pelvis broken in three places.

    Lucy says the medical volunteer group are "simply amazing, saving lives on a daily basis."

    Lucy is now raising money for the group by abseiling down a hotel, despite being scared of heights.

    lucy bucknall
    Quote Message: I am forever in their debt, nothing I do or say will ever be enough to thank them for what they did for me on that horrific day. from Lucy Bucknall car crash survivor
    Lucy Bucknallcar crash survivor
  19. Gin Festival in Lincoln

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    I know it's early... but are you feeling ready for 100 different varieties of gin?

    gin festival photo

    I hope so, because the "biggest gin festival" in the UK is coming to Lincolnshire today.

    The Engine Shed in Lincoln is hosting the event which boasts gins from all corners of the globe, and exclusive tipple you won't see anywhere else.

    It starts at 1830 tonight, so there's just enough time for you to head out and grab a few litres of tonic water...

  20. Masked men 'threaten man' on railway bridge

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire Police want to trace the victim of an attempted robbery in Lincoln which happened yesterday evening.

    police jacket

    Three masked men threatened a dog walker who refused to hand over anything.

    It happened on the pedestrian bridge which goes over the railway track in Lincoln.

    If you know the attackers or saw anything, police want you to get in touch.