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  1. Murder charge over man's death in Ingoldmells
  2. Concrete thrown through car window in 'road rage' attack
  3. Rat droppings found on East Coast Mainline train
  4. Lincolnshire street has UK's 7th slowest internet speed - Survey
  5. Bomber Command Centre building work nearly complete
  6. Updates on Friday 8 December 2017

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By Harry Parkhill

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Five things we've learned today

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's all from me and the team for the week.

We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel news from across Lincolnshire on Monday morning.

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

Lincolnshire's weather forecast

BBC Weather

Occasional snow showers will continue in the far west this evening, but most places dry with clear spells.

Brisk northwest winds continuing and it'll be very cold, with widespread frost expected and a risk of icy patches.

The low temperature will be about -1C (30F):

Weather graphic

Scheme to tackle obesity in North Lincolnshire

A new commitment is expected to be made in North Lincolnshire later to try and tackle obesity.


North Lincolnshire Council's Health and Wellbeing Board will sign a pledge to try and encourage healthier and affordable food in the area.

The scheme will include workplaces encouraging healthy eating for their staff, as well as promoting the value of local produce.

Stamford Hospital's 57-year Christmas card mystery

A former patient has sent Lincolnshire hospital staff an anonymous Christmas card every year since 1960.

North West Anglia Trust

Stamford Hospital said the card appeared "every year without fail" on the matron's desk, with the same message.

It is addressed to nursing staff at the now disused Exeter Ward and has a postal mark for the South East Anglia Mail Centre in Chelmsford, Essex.

Hospital matron Sue Brooks said it had been a "great mystery" for 57 years.

"It would be great to find who is still so grateful after all these years," she said.

Emergency flood pumps tested

Environment Agency engineers are testing an emergency pump today which will be called into action in bad weather.

They've been at Short Ferry, near Lincoln, close to the River Witham, this afternoon:

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Graffiti by Isaac Newton found in Grantham

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Forget Bristol graffiti star Banksy, Lincolnshire's graffiti talent comes with a raft of other credentials...

It's been discovered that none other than Sir Isaac Newton may have daubed his own "tag" on the wall of his house in Grantham as a youngster.

National Trust

Admittedly, it's not easy to see, but experts assure us that the etchings on the wall of Woolsthorpe Manor, where the illustrious scientist grew up, are likely to be scratchings showing a windmill.

Nottingham Trent University experts using cutting-edge light technology discovered the etching near a fireplace in the National Trust property in Grantham.

Reflectance Transformation Imaging uses light to capture the shape and colour of a surface not visible to the naked eye.

It's amazing to be using light, which Newton understood better than anyone before him, to discover more about his time at Woolsthorpe."

Chris PickupNottingham Trent University

Watch: Row over Lincolnshire flood defences

Paul Murphy

Journalist, BBC Look North

A row's broken out in North East Lincolnshire over changes to flood defences.

Residents in North Somercotes say a plan to demolish an old sea defence will mean the loss of a popular footpath and make them more vulnerable to a tidal surge.

But the Environment Agency says its work will actually improve defences as well as creating valuable wildlife habitat:

Gritters ready to roll in Lincolnshire

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's bitterly cold out there and the gritters around Lincolnshire are being prepared.

Here's the latest from two of our councils:

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Pig's head found in school playground

A pig's head has been found in a school playground in Mablethorpe.


Pupils arrived at Springwell Academy on Seaholme Road on Wednesday morning to find the head had been left or thrown into the playground.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Here are the top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

Ingoldmells murder suspect appears in court

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man accused of murder has appeared before magistrates in Lincoln after the death of a man in Ingoldmells.

Chapman court

Steven Feeley, 39 of Eudo Road, Skegness, was accused of murdering 29-year-old Gareth Bailey earlier in the week.

He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

Mr Feeley will appear at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Concrete thrown through car window in 'road rage' attack

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A moped rider has thrown a lump of concrete through the windscreen of a car in Lincoln in what police describe as a "road-rage incident".

napier street

Police believe the moped rider was tailgating a white Ford Fiesta through Lincoln city centre on Tuesday 5 December before the vehicles turned in different directions.

Five minutes later, the moped returned and the rider threw a lump of concrete through the Fiesta's rear window on Napier Street, completely smashing it.

The rider is described as a white male in his 20s, with a full beard and a "retro military-style" motorcycle helmet.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

'Schools minister should be Grimsby-based' - Lord Adonis

A former education minister has urged Theresa May to appoint a "minister for good schools" to be based in Grimsby or Blackpool, with responsibility and funding for improving standards in poorly performing areas.


Lord Adonis has also said that schools should be forbidden from expelling children unless they break the law to stop lives "going completely off the rails".

The peer told his colleagues during the annual Lords debate led by the Archbishop of Canterbury: "Deep poverty, pervasive drugs, obesity, anti-depressants and mental illness in a large isolated town exhibiting alarming signs of disintegration - including the largest encampment in Britain of children expelled from school.

"It's euphemistically called a pupil referral unit. Even more euphemistically it's run by an organisation called Educational Diversity, but it's basically a dumping ground for 330 children that schools want nothing to do with," he said.

"For Blackpool today, read also Hull, Grimsby, large parts of the North and the Midlands, and large towns in the South," Lord Adonis added.

Weather warning for Yorkshire and Humber

A yellow "be aware" weather warning's been issued by the Met Office for Yorkshire and the Humber region this weekend.

Met Office map
Met Office

Sunday is expected to see snow and ice, however the Met Office adds that "there is currently a good deal of uncertainty over the precise track of the areas of rain and snow".

Sleaford school celebrates Christmas in style

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire school has really raised the bar when it comes to in-house Christmas productions.

Pupils at William Alvey School in Sleaford have not only written their own festive song, but also created an impressive video to go with it.

It's all being done to raise money for children's charities.

Take a look:

Car targeted by police after suspected hare coursing

There's been a suspected hare coursing incident in South Holland.

Police say they're trying to locate a Blue Mercedes ML, which they believe is involved.

If you see a car with registration number Y336BJT, you're being asked to get in touch with police.

Murder charge over man's death in Ingoldmells

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man has been charged with the murder of a 29-year-old man in Ingoldmells earlier this week.

chapman court

The 39-year-old man, from Winthorpe, in Skegness, is charged with murdering 29-year-old Gareth Bailey.

Mr Bailey died on Wednesday morning after being discovered seriously injured at his home in Chapman court in Ingoldmells

A 25-year-old woman who had been arrested has now been released under investigation.

The charged man is due to appear before Lincoln Magistrates' Court later.

Gareth’s family and friends remain devastated by his death and we are continuing to support his family and keep them informed."

Det Insp HodgsonEast Midlands Special Operations Unit

Lincolnshire street has UK's 7th slowest internet speed

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A street in Lincolnshire has been named seventh worst for broadband speeds in the country.

Saltney Gate, Holbeach

Saltney Gate (pictured), in Holbeach, only manages an average of 0.89MBps download speed.

That's 201 times slower than the highest speed recorded, of 177MBps, which was measured in North Lanarkshire.

The list has been compiled by price comparison service uSwitch, which says broadband speeds are still a "postcode lottery".

Bomber Command Centre building work nearly complete

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Work on a museum to commemorate people who served in Bomber command in World War Two is very nearly finished.

bomber command

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln has been in the offing for six years, and now only the final touches remain.

The centre will open to the public at the end of January next year.

Nicky Barr, director of the IBCC, says there are still some last-minute touches to make until the museum is ready for the public:

I'm hugely proud... and I won't have to be in charge of building a building again which will be somewhat a relief."

Nicky BarrDirector, International Bomber Command Centre

Rat droppings found on East Coast train

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Rail unions are demanding an investigation after reports that rat droppings were found on a train travelling on the East Coast Mainline.


The RMT has warned passengers and staff of a "major hygiene issue" after droppings were found in a food preparation and kitchen area.

Virgin Trains East Coast says it was an isolated incident caused by a supplier and the area was cleaned before being put back into use.

It is frankly appalling that Virgin Trains East Coast have allowed this rodent scandal to fester on their trains regardless of the risks to staff and passengers alike from the exposure to these droppings and the obvious health consequences.

Mick CashRMT General Secretary

Weather forecast: Cold with scattered showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold and crisp start to the day, with brisk northwesterly winds.

A largely sunny day.

Here's my full forecast:

Good morning and welcome to Friday's coverage

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning, it's Harry here with today's live rolling news.

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather and breaking sports news from our fine county today.

Why not let me know what's going on where you are, drop me an email or message us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Pavilion, Skegness

Council tax could rise to pay for a new £1.5m building to replace a derelict pavilion in Skegness.

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Passengers leave stricken train at Helpston

Here are the latest images of relieved passengers finally leaving a train that was stuck near Peterborough after hitting an object on the track at about 10:30.

Train passengers

The Hull Trains service from London King's Cross came to a halt at Helpston after sustaining what the company described as "catastrophic engine failure".

Engineers checking train at Helpston

Passengers were stuck on board for more than four hours, many complaining of no water or working toilets, while the fuel leak was cleared and a rescue train organised.

They have now been moved from the stricken train, but passengers using services between London and the north east are still being warned about delays.

Train at Helpston

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

That's it from me for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more live updates.

Breaking news, sport and weather will continue right here throughout the night.

Meanwhile, let's have a quick look back at five things we've learned during the course of the day:

Weather: Clear spells with a widespread frost

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Scattered wintry showers will continue overnight giving icy stretches as temperatures fall and turning increasingly to snow:

Thursday night weather forecast

BBC Weather Watchers: Stunning sunset photos

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for sending in these fab photos of the sunset in Lincolnshire tonight:

BBC Weather Watchers

Train fuel leak was 'catastrophic failure' of engine

The Managing Director of Hull Trains has apologised to passengers and praised staff on a train which was stranded after a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham.

Will Dunnett has also now revealed that the 09:48 London to Hull train didn't strike an object on the tracks, as was originally thought, but it was in fact a "catastrophic failure of the engine".

Earlier today, Hull Trains, Network Rail and the train's driver thought something struck the train between Peterborough and Grantham which ruptured the fuel tanks.

Once our train inspectors were at work alongside Network Rail, it was actually clear it is a catastrophic failure of the engine which has caused the damage to the unit."

Will DunnettManaging director, Hull Trains

Minister's stuck train affects Culture announcement

The Minister for Arts is one of the people stuck on a train which has suffered a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham, it's emerged.

John Glen has now confirmed he won't be able to announce the winner of the City of Culture 2021 title on the BBC's One Show, as was originally planned.

The announcement will now be made by Phil Redmond, who is Chair of the UK City of Culture panel:

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Birdseye view of Lincoln Christmas Market

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

For the first time, Lincolnshire Police are using drones as part of security measures at Lincoln Christmas Market.

There are also armed police and road blocks in place at the four-day market, which is expected to attract 250,000 visitors to the city.

The force says the measures are just a precaution.

These are some of the pictures from the drone today:

Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincolnshire Police
Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincolnshire Police

Investigation into 'Legionnaires' death at prison

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The death of an inmate is being investigated at Lincoln Prison.

It's thought it could be a case of Legionnaire's Disease.

Tests are being carried out by the prison service and Public Health England.

No other inmates or staff are thought to have been affected.

Farmers & buyers 'flock' to Louth's annual Fatstock Show

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Louth Fatstock Show

A Lincolnshire farming tradition has been extra special today.

The Fatstock Show has taken place at the Louth Cattle Market.

The site was saved after a consultation supported the development of the market instead of losing it altogether.

Gritters get ready for weekend of wintry weather

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Gritters are preparing to do multiple runs across Lincolnshire over the next few days.

Freezing temperatures are forecast for the county.


The gritters treat almost 2,000 miles of the county's network, including all A and B roads.

Nico the sniffer dog uncovers fake cigarettes

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A sniffer dog has helped uncover fake cigarettes in Lincoln.

A large quantity has been seized during a raid by Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police.

Nico - a tobacco detection dog - found them in the bottom of a bin - hidden by a bag of rubbish.

Nico the sniffer dog
Lincolnshire County Council

This is not a victimless crime. We know that money made from these items can often go towards funding more organised crime and possibly even people trafficking. "

Kirsty HerbertsonTrading Standards

MPs demand the overnight reopening of Grantham A&E

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Two MPs have written to the trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospital demanding Grantham A&E is reopened at night without delay.

Nick Boles and Caroline Johnson say they're extremely concerned a return to 24-hour services has been delayed - despite acceptable staffing levels.

It's been held up while NHS Improvement reviews the situation.


A decision could come next week at a meeting of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Watch: Battered mince pie anyone?

Harry Parkhill

BBC Radio Lincolnshire, reporter

A fish and chip shop in Spalding's decided to come up with a few festive specialities.

In the run up to Christmas 'Oh My Cod' in the town is selling battered pigs in blankets and battered mince pies.

Is this a seasonal step too far?

Man dies in Lincoln Prison

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A prisoner's died at Lincoln Prison in what's thought could be a case of Legionnaire's disease.

The man died at the jail two days ago and tests are now being carried out by the prison service and Public Health England.

No other inmates or staff are thought to have been affected.

Lincoln Prison

Network Rail inspecting track after fuel leak

There are problems on the East Coast Mainline after a Hull Trains service suffered a fuel leak after hitting something on the tracks.

Network Rail have been out inspecting the track. Paul Hopton sent us this picture from the train in question:

Network Rail inspecting track
Paul Hopton / Twitter

Popular fatstock show goes ahead at Louth Cattle Market

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire farming tradition which had been under threat is taking place today.

The Fatstock Show at Louth Cattle Market is going ahead after an uncertain few months.

The site has been saved after a consultation supported the development of the market rather than losing it altogether.

Louth Livestock Market