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Summary

  1. Grantham man, 81, loses £10,000 in 'cruel' scam
  2. Hospitals trust defends work to prevent cyber attacks
  3. Thousands of homes to miss out on superfast broadband
  4. New Scunthorpe United stadium plans in doubt
  5. Newly released US files reveal Grimsby tip-off before JFK killing
  6. Lincolnshire 'pumpkin cannon' becomes national attraction
  7. Updates on Friday 27 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    So that's it for this week, our live news page will be shutting up shop for the weekend, but thank you for joining me.

    We'll be back with more live coverage at 08:00 on Monday.

    In the meantime, I'll leave you with five things we didn't know this morning:

  2. Lincolnshire's weekend weather forecast

    Expect a chilly start to the weekend tonight with clear skies.

    Tomorrow will be mostly dry with some bright spells, but with a blustery breeze.

    Sunday will be colder but sunnier and could start with some frost.

    Weather graphic
  3. Everest-scaling watch in charity appeal

    Melvyn Prior

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    It's not often you get the chance to buy a watch worn by someone who's scaled the tallest mountain in the world and who's saved lives after a major earthquake.

    sherpa with bagpipes on everest

    Now's your chance, if you have a few thousand pounds kicking around.

    The watch (pictured, worn by a bagpipe-toting sherpa on Everest), was hand-made by Stamford-based jewellers Robert Loomes and was given to the Nepalese army to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

    The watch was worn by a member of the army who was later called in to help rescue people caught up in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in April 2015.

    It eventually also made it to the top of Mount Everest.

    The timepiece is now being auctioned off to raise money for the Mountain Trust, which helps with medicine and education in Nepal.

    Normally the watches cost £4,000 but auction organisers hope the price for this special one will reach the heights, with a target of about £20,000.

  4. Hospitals trust defends work to prevent cyber attacks

    Vicky Johnson

    BBC Look North

    The NHS trust which runs hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole says it works tirelessly to keep its online systems secure.

    Hospital corridor

    It comes as a government report says the cyber attacks which affected more than a third of NHS trusts earlier this year could have been prevented if up-to-date IT security measures had been in place.

    Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust was affected by a ransomware attack twice in six months.

    Quote Message: The two attacks were very different in nature and demonstrate how hard we must work to stay ahead of cyber-criminals. Threats will always be present and our teams, alongside national cyber security specialists, are working tirelessly to keep our systems secure." from Pam Clipson Director of strategy and planning, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
    Pam ClipsonDirector of strategy and planning, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Traffic and travel: Three-vehicle crash in Lincoln

    BBC News Travel

    Three vehicles have been involved in a car crash in Lincoln.

    The crash is causing problems between Carholme Road Roundabout and Riseholme Road Roundabout.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

  6. 'Not acceptable' for thousands to miss out on superfast connections

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Campaigners say it's "not acceptable" that about 10,500 properties in Lincolnshire won't get fibre broadband because they're "too rural".

    rural broadband

    The county council says an extra 14,000 homes and businesses in Lincolnshire will have superfast internet by 2019.

    Engineers have begun installing fibre broadband in Maltby le Marsh in Mablethorpe today as part of a rolling installation programme

    However, others may have to wait for a different kind of connection because they're too remote.

    Sarah Lee, from the Countryside Alliance, says it's not good enough:

    Quote Message: We live in an age where broadband is essential. Businesses in Maltby rely on broadband connectivity to do their MOTs, to process card payments. Why are we holding back these rural communities? It's not acceptable, and we need to do more about it." from Sarah Lee Countryside Alliance
    Sarah LeeCountryside Alliance
  7. Grantham man, 81, loses £10,000 in 'cruel' scam

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    An 81-year-old man from Grantham has lost £10,000 in a scam after someone contacted him claiming to work for a police fraud office.

    The man was told on the phone that his local bank branch was being investigated and he had to go to withdraw the money.

    When he returned home from the bank, a courier came and took the money from him.

    Police say the man has been "devastated" by the crime which officers describe as a "cruel" scam:

    Quote Message: This was a truly appalling crime...We haven’t seen scams like this in Grantham for some time and we need residents to be vigilant and look out for their family members, friends and neighbours. The Serious Fraud Office or any police fraud department would never ask to withdraw cash and hand it over to a third party." from Sgt Ian Cotton Lincolnshire Police
    Sgt Ian CottonLincolnshire Police
  8. Hundreds write festive poems in bid to turn on Boston's Christmas lights

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Hundreds of youngsters in Boston have written poems describing how Christmas makes them feel.

    boston christmas lights

    It's part of a competition to turn on the town's Christmas Lights this year, with the winning young poets getting the honour.

    A community group is arranging festive decorations in the town this year, after Boston Borough Council's efforts last year were described as "dismal" and the authority was called "a bunch of scrooges".

    Quote Message: We want to create some wonderful memories for children in Boston to cherish what we've done, and what better memory than being one of the lucky chosen to switch the lights on?" from Dylan Taylor Chairman of Christmas in Boston
    Dylan TaylorChairman of Christmas in Boston
  9. Cancer patient's anger over NHS cyber attack

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A cancer patient from Lincolnshire says she was forced to miss treatment because of a cyber attack on the NHS.

    clare hobday

    Earlier we heard that May's attack was preventable, but the NHS hadn't followed the government's advice, according to a new report by the National Audit Office.

    The NHS says the attack was unprecedented, but admitted lessons could be learned.

    Clare Hobday, from Gainsborough (pictured), had her radiotherapy treatment disrupted as a result of the hacking, while hundreds of other appointments and surgeries in Lincolnshire were also cancelled.

    Ms Hobday says she had to wait an extra four days for her appointment at Lincoln County Hospital:

    Quote Message: I'm really really angry, because at the time you feel you need that treatment, you need it every day. They tell you you need it every day, you're hanging on to every little bit they tell you and doing what they ask of you." from Clare Hobday Cancer patient
    Clare HobdayCancer patient
  10. Polio film 'will raise awareness' - Survivor

    William Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A new film starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy (pictured left and middle) will help to raise awareness about polio, a survivor of the disease from Lincoln says.

    andrew garfield clair foy and andy serkis

    The film, Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis (right), who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, tells the story of Robin Cavendish, who became a campaigner on disabled rights after contracting polio.

    David Mitchell, from Lincoln, who's recently been elected as a director of the European Polio Union, says Breathe should shed light on the disease.

    He says it's "emotional and an absolutely magnificent film" and it's already doing great work to raise awareness:

    Quote Message: We've had loads of people ringing up and going onto our website to find out about polio." from David Mitchell Polio survivor and director, European Polio Union
    David MitchellPolio survivor and director, European Polio Union
  11. Update: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Boston crash

    A 20-year-old motorcyclist has been seriously injured after the bike he was riding was involved in a collision with a car in Boston.

    Willows Lane

    The accident happened on the Junction between the B1183 and Willows Lane in Frithville.

    The motorcyclist has been airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

  12. Your Lincolnshire headlines this afternoon

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A quick recap of the main news stories in Lincolnshire so far this afternoon:

  13. Files now reveal Grimsby tip-off before JFK killing

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    It's emerged that a phone call from Grimsby may have tipped-off a local newspaper just minutes before President John F Kennedy was murdered in 1963.

    jfk

    The details of the call to the Cambridge News have come to light in a batch of declassified documents about the assassination.

    The chief reporter at the Cambridge News says no one now working at the paper knew the exchange had happened, until it was discovered in the CIA files.

    Quote Message: In that document it was mentioned that a call had been made to the Cambridge News warning that something big was going to happen and it would be good if the Cambridge News rang the American embassy in London for news." from Chris Elliot Chief Reporter, Cambridge News
    Chris ElliotChief Reporter, Cambridge News
  14. BreakingEmergency services at Boston crash

    Ambulances and Police are on the scene at a road traffic accident on Frithville Road near Boston.

    The road has been closed.

  15. Signs go up to stop Humber Bridge 'near misses'

    New signs have gone up near to the Humber Bridge, to try and reduce the number of 'near misses.'

    Road signs

    A report by the Humber Bridge Board said there had been more than 100 incidents of unsafe driving, including people doing U-turns or reversing out of wrong lanes in five months.

  16. Residents' concerns over impact of processing plant

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Residents who live near the proposed site of an animal by-products processing plant say they're shocked the factory could be built in the area.

    Factory

    People in Norton Disney, near Newark, say they're concerned that, based on similar previous plants, it will "smell and attract flies".

    Becky Pinfold, the owner of a nearby pub, says she's concerned it'll put customers off.

    However, Lincoln Proteins, the company behind the proposed factory, which will replace a site in Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln, says there will be "no odour from the plant".

    It says it's consulting with members of the public and hasn't yet submitted a planning application for the plant which, it says, will bring £10m to the local economy and will mean about 120 jobs.

    Quote Message: The new £28m facility will feature the very latest rendering technology which uses a negatively pressured environment and high temperature thermal oxidation to ensure that odours are eliminated...and no vehicles will pass through Norton Disney village." from Gary Hancock Managing director, Lincoln Proteins Ltd
    Gary HancockManaging director, Lincoln Proteins Ltd
  17. Sleaford traffic problems 'being looked at' - MP

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Solutions to Sleaford's traffic problems will be dealt with, according to the town's MP.

    holdingham roundabout

    Dr Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, admits there are traffic issues in the town and says planned investment at the Holdingham roundabout (pictured) will be made "in the next year or so".

    Traffic in the one-way system in the the town centre is also being "looked at", according to Dr Johnson.

  18. 'Challenging' target set for Lincolnshire Poppy Appeal fundraisers

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire's Poppy Appeal is being launched today at Doddington Hall, near Lincoln.

    Poppies

    Last year, the appeal raised just over £926,000 here in Lincolnshire.

    There are about 3,000 poppy sellers in the county.

    Lincolnshire community fundraiser Nick Fairfax says they want to beat last year's target:

    Quote Message: This year we've set a challenging target of £960,000 and the launch event helps get us off to a good start and helps focus the attention of the poppy collectors." from Nick Fairfax Lincolnshire Poppy Appeal community fundraiser
    Nick FairfaxLincolnshire Poppy Appeal community fundraiser
  19. New Scunthorpe United stadium plans in doubt

    BBC Humberside Sport

    The future of a major development in North Lincolnshire which would include a new stadium for Scunthorpe United is uncertain.

    Glanford Park stadium

    Club chairman Peter Swann has told BBC Radio Humberside the club will not now be relocating to the Lincolnshire Lakes development and is now planning to improve the existing Glanford Park stadium.

    In April 2015, the club's plans for a new 12,000-seater football stadium on a 23-hectare site at the Lincolnshire Lakes development were approved.

    Peter Swann said: "It's pretty clear that the council has gone cold on Lincolnshire Lakes. We have been completely left out in the cold."

    Responding, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, said the door is still open for a new stadium at the site and it's up to Scunthorpe United to move the plans forward.