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  1. Firecrews tackle major blaze at premises in Grantham
  2. Crash leads to closure of A17
  3. Steampunk event comes to Lincoln
  4. Mobility scooter rider rescued from coastal mudflats
  5. Immingham residents want answers over flooding
  6. Flood sirens tested at Grimsby and Immingham
  7. Boston park to host two nights of films
  8. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017.

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By Martin Slack

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Here are five things we've learned today:

Have a good weekend.

Grantham fire: Crews still in attendance

This is the latest from fire crews at the fire site in Tollemache Road in Grantham this afternoon - there'll be updates on the incident on BBC Radio Lincolnshire this evening and tomorrow:

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Weather: Dry and warm for the bank holiday weekend

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I don't want to jinx it, but the weather is looking pretty good for the weekend.

There could be a few showers overnight tonight, but tomorrow should be mostly dry and bright.

And it's looking dry and warm, with sunny spells for Sunday and Monday too.

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WATCH: Video from scene of Grantham fire

Firefighters are still at the scene of a major blaze at an industrial unit in Grantham this afternoon and roads in the area are closed.

Here's a video from the scene taken earlier this afternoon:

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Woman in costume

Up to 120,000 people - many sporting industrial Victorian-style goggles - are due to go to the Asylum festival.

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Grantham fire: Road closed at scene of blaze

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Here's a picture from the road closure at the Grantham fire this afternoon - it's been sent in by Brittany Sparham who was in the area this afternoon:

grantham fire
Britanny Sparham

Severe accident: A1 Lincolnshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Lincolnshire northbound severe accident, around A607 Harlaxton.

A1 Lincolnshire - One lane blocked on A1 northbound around Harlaxton, because of an accident. Congestion to the Archers Way junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Grantham fire: Eyewitness pictures from scene

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

These pictures have been sent into us by Ben - who is close to the scene of the fire in Grantham.

He says he's heard large bangs from the blaze area - no more official updates from the fire brigade as yet.

Grantham fire

Grantham fire: Road closed

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've just heard from Lincolnshire Police that a road which runs alongside the fire in Grantham has been closed as a precaution.

It's thought that the blaze involves gas cylinders and other chemicals, meaning officers want to keep motorists away.

The closure's affecting the B1174 Spittlegate Level between the town centre and the A1.

Grantham fire: More details

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue tell us 10 fire engines are in attendance at the fire in Tollemache Road in Grantham this afternoon.

It started at around 15.00 according to the brigade.

Eyewitnesses say the smoke can be seen from as far away as Newark. They also say they can hear "loud bangs" from inside the premises.

Here's a picture sent in by Kirsty Reeves, who's at Belton, on the other side of Grantham. St Wulfram's Church can be seen in the centre of the picture.

Kirsty Reeves

Major fire in Grantham

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We're just getting reports of a major fire in Grantham - people in the area are being advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Here's the latest from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue:

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We'll bring you more as we get it.

Catastrophe avoided for trapped pet

Here's the latest tweet from firefighters in Scunthorpe.

Although this cat looks uncomfortable, it was cut free:

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Police take to all-terrain vehicles to tackle rural crime

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire's chief constable Bill Skelly has been testing his force's latest purchase today - two quad machines to fight rural crime.

Here he is behind the wheel of one of the machines which have 800cc engines and four-wheel drive.

quad bikes
Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

The force says the bikes will help track and detain criminals as police officers use them to tackle even the most challenging terrains at speed.

Steampunk on the streets of Lincoln: Here's how they look

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

I've been out and about with my camera this morning capturing some of the sights of Lincoln's Steampunk Festival.

Tens of thousands of people are expected over the weekend and nearly all of them will be dressed like this:


Weather: Cloud building this afternoon

Warm with light winds this afternoon but cloud is likely to develop. It should remain dry.


Your headlines this lunchtime

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

A17 crash: More details

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police have now released a few more details on the crash on the A17 near Sutton Bridge - which is described as "very serious".

Officers say the collision which happened just after 11:00 involved a motorcycle and another vehicle.

A police spokesman said: "Further information will be released as it becomes available but we would advise motorists to prepare for significant disruption and to find an alternative route if possible."

Severe accident: A17 Lincolnshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A17 Lincolnshire westbound severe accident, between King John Bank and East Bank.

A17 Lincolnshire - Slow traffic on A17 westbound in Walpole Cross Keys between the King John Bank junction and the East Bank junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on B1359 Wisbech Road to the Bridge Road junction and to the Station Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Flood victims in Immingham feel they had to 'beg for help'

Gemma Dawson

BBC Look North

People living on a new housing estate in Immingham say they still haven't had an explanation about why their homes flooded.

Eight homes on the Habrough Fields Development were flooded following heavy rain earlier this month.

Residents say they are angry that nobody has taken responsibility for what happened.

Hildy Badics' home was one of those flooded. She said: "No-one has been to see how we've got on or what kind of damage has been done. It has been left totally down to us.

"Sometimes it felt like you had to beg for help."


In a statement Anglian Water said: "Our investigations show that our sewers were all working and although a foul water pumping station at Habrough Fields suffered a power outage that night, we do not believe this contributed to the flooding."

Air ambulance called to A17 crash

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've just heard from Lincolnshire Police about a serious crash on the A17 in south Lincolnshire.

Officers say they're having to close the road for quite a long stretch to allow the air ambulance to land at the scene.

It's happened at the Sutton Bridge roundabout.

You're being warned to expect delays on the stretch - which is one of the main routes to the north Norfolk coast.

Coastguard called out as mobility scooter stranded on coastal mud

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man who got stranded after his mobility scooter became stuck in beach mud had to be rescued by a specialist coastguard team.

The team at Donna Nook was called by a member of the public who found the man in trouble a quarter of mile on to the flats.


Posting on Facebook, the team said: "The terrain in the area was wet and muddy so the decision was taken to evacuate them using our rescue vehicle.

"A group of kind-hearted members of the public who had raised the alarm volunteered to assist by pushing the empty scooter back to Sea Lane."

Film projectors move in at Boston park

Central Park in Boston's being transformed in to an outdoor cinema over the next two nights.

You'll be able to watch the films Mary Poppins tonight and Despicable Me tomorrow.

Central Park

It's being run by town centre services manager Christine Willoughby - who says she's hoping for a good turnout.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children and £18 for a family of two adults and two children. There's more details on the website here.

Severe disruption: M180 Lincolnshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 Lincolnshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A15 and J5 for A15.

M180 Lincolnshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M180 eastbound between J4, A15 (Scawby) in North Lincolnshire and J5, A15 (Barnetby Top) in Lincolnshire, because of a shed load of wooden pallets and a vehicle striking a bridge.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Your bank holiday weather

Here's my forecast for Friday and the bank holiday weekend...

Water mains burst causing problems

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Anglian Water has apologised to customers in Immingham after a water mains burst affected properties across the town.

The company says a large area's affected - but it hopes to have supplies back to normal by lunchtime.

Anglian Water/Google

Steampunks hit Lincoln today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

What's dubbed as Lincoln's biggest and best ever Steampunk Festival gets under way today.

It's expected to attract up to 120,000 people to the city. Visitors dress in late Victorian outfits with a sci-fi twist.


The festival starts today and runs across the bank holiday weekend at venues around the city centre.

Sirens to sound in North East Lincolnshire

Suzy Lawson

BBC Local Live

Don't be alarmed if you hear the sound of sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes later this morning.

The Environment Agency is carrying out its annual test of the flood sirens, which were installed 10 years ago.

Cleethorpes beach

The 18 sirens are designed to warn more than 25,000 households and businesses of imminent tidal flooding.

They'll sound at 10:00 and 12:00.

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18.00 today.

We love to hear from you, so get in touch by sending an email, or messaging on Facebook or Twitter.

Send in your pictures, news or info about what's happening where you are and we'll try to include it here.

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from the Lincolnshire newsroom for today - but we'll be back with more live updates from 08.00 tomorrow.

There's just time to look back at five things we've learned during the day:

Bye for now!

Watch: Tonight's weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any showers dying away so a dry night with clear spells. Minimum temperature 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast.

Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Join Peter tonight for all the latest news from across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

BBC One tonight at 1830.

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Coming up on Look North

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Peter Levy with tonight's headlines on Look North:

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Traffic and travel: Accident near Lincoln Cathedral

We've just had this tweet sent into us - a location to avoid during the rush hour:

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Police appeal after thieves target work vans

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Police say three streets in Grantham were targeted in the early hours of yesterday by thieves who broke into work vans.

The incidents happened on Cliffe Road, Long Street, and North Parade - and officers say they're looking for two people who were seen in the area in a white Volkswagen Golf.

Farm work agency boss 'struggling to get EU workers'

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A director of a recruitment agency which supplied farm workers to Lincolnshire says he's wondering who will pick our fruit and vegetables after today's migration figures were published.

John Hardman was speaking on the BBC's Victoria Derbsyshire programme after statistics out today showed estimated net migration has fallen by 81,000 - its lowest level for three years.

John Hardman

The figures show that in the year to the end of March there was a significant rise in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK.

Mr Hardman says Brexit means he's struggling to find employees from the EU.

WATCH: Child's play with a purpose

David Sykes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

... but don't worry their parents were also involved - and nobody was harmed:

Roman coin hoard 'nationally significant'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

This pair of coins are among a hoard of almost 300 uncovered on land owned by the University of Lincoln.

They were unearthed by metal detectorists Sean Scargill and Hugh Jenkins in a field at Riseholme on the northern edge of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire County Council

Dr Adam Daubney, Finds Liaison Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The findings offer a fascinating glimpse into a period of history when huge political changes were occurring.

"We don't fully understand why the coins were placed into the ground, although this was certainly done deliberately."

It could be that they were buried for safekeeping owing to the turbulent times they were living in by an owner who never returned"

Dr Adam DaubneyLincolnshire County Council

Let's face it - thieves will be trying to sell these watches

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Do you recognise any of these watch faces? Police want you to have a close look at them because they were stolen from a house in Scunthorpe and could be offered for sale.

They were taken from Winterton Road a couple of weeks ago and officers think those responsible will be trying to sell them on.

watch theft
Humberside Police

A Nikon camera, other jewellery and cash were also stolen in the raid. If you have seen them or know anything, call the police on 101.

Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - a cash reward's on offer.