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  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

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By Hope Bolger

All times stated are UK

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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:

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:

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:

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.

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.


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.

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."

Daniel BradshawRSPCA Inspector

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.

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
Lincolnshire Police

'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.

Their living quarters were truly shocking and at times the men resided in site stables next to the dog kennels."

Ch Supt Nikki MayoLincolnshire Police

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
Charles Toop

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.

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.

Science Photo Library

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.

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 ."

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...

Philip Asher

Your headlines this afternoon

Charlotte Wright

Newsreader - BBC Radio Lincolnshire

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

£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.

Grantham journal

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.

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
Fred Kirkham

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.

They're not just silly little cars, they're proper racing pedal cars."

Fred KirkhamEvent Organiser

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:

'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
We'll Meet Again Museum

I took a behind the scenes tour of the museum.

Take a tour of this WW2 museum

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.

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.

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."

Paul RobertsLouth Search Dogs

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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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
Family Photo

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.

Lucy Bucknallcar crash survivor

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
Gin Festival 2017

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...

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
Lincolnshire Police

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.

Calls for 'upskirting' to be made specific offence

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If someone were to take a photo up a woman's skirt without them knowing, you'd think that there'd be a law to deal with them.

It turns out there isn't.


Gina Martin (pictured) was at a music festival earlier this year when it happened to her.

But despite the police being helpful and supportive, she says they were unable to prosecute the perpetrators and had to close the case.

She is campaigning to have the offence codified into law.

I want those men to be prosecuted because that's a horrible thing to happen and it happens way too often. It's quite a grey area 'upskirting', so I'm hoping to raise awareness and get the laws codified so that hopefully this would be under the sexual offences act.

Gina MartinVictim and Campaigner

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, has joined the campaign.

He says the law should be brought into line with "what we expect" to protect women and girls from this kind of behaviour:

This particular act needs to be put in as a sexual offence, because it's quite clearly an invasion of privacy, they're quite clearly doing it for sexual gratification... it would provide the courts with the ability if somebody is prosecuted to put certain things in place to protect the public."

Marc JonesPolice and Crime Commissioner

Watch: Your weather this morning

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start for most across the region with a few bright and sunny spells especially along the east coast.

Thicker cloud will build through the morning with outbreaks of rain reaching us later. Most of this rain fairly light and patchy, with a few heavier bursts especially on high ground.

Top temperatures today of 18C (64 Deg F).

Watch my full forecast.

Good morning, and welcome to Friday's live coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from our Lincolnshire newsroom, it's Harry here keeping you company throughout the day.

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

Is there something you think we should know about?

Why not drop me an email, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08.00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

Live updates will continue through the night.

For now I'll leave you with five things we've learned today:

Have a good evening.

This is what the weather has for us:

BBC Weather

A dry evening and night with clear spells and light winds across the region.

Feeling chilly in some rural parts by Friday morning with the odd shallow mist or fog patch.

Weather chart

Skeletons found by workers putting in new water pipe

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Anglian Water have made a rather interesting discovery in Lincoln...

Engineers were digging at Hungate to install a new water connection when they found several adult and infant skeletons.

Anglian Water

The skeletons are believed to be medieval and archaeologists are currently studying them.

Some have been removed to allow for the work to continue and the rest have been left in place.

Anglian Water

Your headlines this afternoon

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • The owner of a travelling circus, which has been criticised by an animal rights group, says his animals are happy and healthy.
  • Engineers digging a trench in Lincoln have discovered the skeletons of several adults and children.
  • Shop windows and displays in Lincoln are being given a wartime feel for the city's 1940s weekend.

Watch: Police begun purge of criminals on Grimsby estate

Phillip Norton

BBC News

Four people have been arrested and a large amount of suspected heroin and cocaine has been found in a police raid on Grimsby's East Marsh this morning.

It comes as Humberside Police launch a purge on drugs and antisocial behaviour in the area.

Last week we revealed how some residents around Rutland Street were living in fear.

I went out with the force this morning.

Save a Life events over the next few days

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Now by now I'd hope you know all about BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life Campaign.

We've teamed up with LIVES and St John Ambulance to get 10,000 people in the county trained in CPR.

Well that target's passed, and we're not stopping there, we want to see just how many people we can get trained in CPR by Christmas.

Save a Life

Today the team at 1Life Leisure Centre in Sleaford have had LIVES with them teaching people the life saving skill.

Later St John Ambulance are at Folkingham village hall between 18.30-20.30pm. If you want to get involved just turn up!

Tomorrow LIVES are at the Natural World Centre at Whisby between 10.00 and 16.00.

And on Saturday, there's a fun day raising money for LIVES in Little Grimsby near Louth 10.00-16.00. There are loads of events planned including the opportunity to learn CPR.

Circus criticised by animal rights group

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

The owner of a travelling circus, which has been criticised by an animal rights group, says his animals are happy and healthy.

Animal Defenders International had called for people in Scunthorpe to boycott Peter Jolly's Circus because it uses wild animals.

The circus says it has a licence for its camel, zebras and racoons. An animal welfare officer from North Lincolnshire Council has been to check the site.


Travelling back to the 1940s in Lincoln

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

If you've been in the uphill area of Lincoln over the last couple of days you'll have noticed parts of the city are going back in time!

Shop windows and displays are being given a wartime feel for Lincoln's 1940s weekend.

1940s Day
Visit Lincoln

There'll be live music, dancing, vintage tea parties and a flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It all takes place around the cathedral.

Michael Armstrong from Lincoln BIG, says lots of shops and businesses are getting involved.

We went to all the shops, we've been giving them flags that they're using. It's great that the shops are really getting on board, got masking tape fro the windows, sandbags and everything! It's great when we can get the community involved."

Michael ArmstrongLincoln BIG

The sun is shining

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunshine is back!

And Lincolnshire Weather Watchers are celebrating the best way they know how, with great photos.

Thanks to milliegeorge&me for this country dog walk snap in Caythorpe.


If you want to join Weather Watchers simply register online.

Or you can send your photos direct by email.

The headlines this lunchtime

Lucy Parry

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories so far today from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  • BT admits it's taking longer than planned to upgrade the CCTV network in East Lindsey. The district council says it's still unable to use its new £400,000 digital cameras because of delays.
  • Councillors at a public meeting on the future of Louth Livestock Market insist they're listening to concerns.
  • Work on the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln remains on schedule for opening in January next year.

This afternoon's weather

BBC Weather

Dry sunny spells continue across the county. Onshore winds will keep the coast a little cooler than more inland areas.

weather chart

Police seek man after attempted car theft

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have released an image of a man who may be able to help in an investigation into the attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Lincolnshire Police

At 02:30 on Friday 4 August a car was moved onto the road near Robey Street in Lincoln.

A window had been smashed as attempts were made to get into the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Around 200 at meeting over Louth Livestock Market

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Councillors at a public meeting on the future of Louth Livestock Market insist they're listening to concerns.

Louth meeting

The meeting last night was part of a public consultation. Councillors are considering either moving, scrapping or revamping the site.

But some are worried a decision's already been made.

The next few weeks is very much about feeding into a process that has only just begun. So no decision has been made, the next big decision will be at council in October so there's plenty of opportunity for people to feed in their thoughts which will help the council form a view."

East Lindsey CouncillorAdam Grist

Gainsborough Trinity manager 'fuming' after 4-3 defeat

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

Gainsborough Trinity were on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller in National League North last night as they lost 4-3 at Darlington.


Ashley Worsfold gave Trinity the lead before Darlington went 3-1 in front just after half-time.

However goals from Ioan Evans and Nathan Jarman looked to have saved a point for the Blues before the home side hit a later winner.

Manager Dave Frecklington is not a happy man...

I'm embarrassed to be honest. Embarrassed to put my name to that second half performance. Fuming. Absolutely embarrassing defending.

Dave FrecklingtonManager

Council and BT in row over CCTV coverage

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

East Lindsey District Council has accused BT of delaying the use of the area's new CCTV system.

Getty Images

The council has spent more than £400,000 to replace its current analogue system with digital cameras.

However they can't be used until BT has installed a digital network to support them.

BT has apologised for the delay - saying that engineering turned out to be more complicated than expected.

It also said that they are unable to complete the work at the moment because of restrictions on roadworks during the holiday season.

The council's deputy leader, Graham Marsh, says they should have done the work earlier:

I expected nothing less from BT than to try and blame someone else but if they say that the county council is reluctant to give them permits to dig the roads in the summer holidays then fine I understand that. Why didn't they do it between last October and this March?

Graham MarshEast Lindsey District Council Deputy Leader

South Kesteven's Big Clean has begun

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A £900,000 street clean in South Kesteven is underway.

Big Clean
South Kesteven District Council

Over the next 12 weeks five teams are digging up weeds, washing off graffiti and giving the streets a makeover as part of the 'Big Clean'.

We want to be better than everybody around us so we've decided to invest in the equipment, in the staff, in the teams to get us up to that higher level and to stay there.

Cllr Dr Peter MoseleyCabinet member for Environment