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Summary

  1. Grantham A&E to stay closed overnight
  2. Hoax bomb pair spared jail
  3. Man jailed for 16 years for child sex offences
  4. Burst water main in Washingborough
  5. Disappointment at cancellation of air show
  6. Updates on Friday 15 December 2017

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By Hope Bolger

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Well, that's it from me today. We'll be back on Monday morning with more news, sport, weather and travel.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Community give back this Christmas

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Hundreds of Santa sacks full of gifts are being delivered to struggling families in Lincoln.

    Wrapping presents

    150 volunteers have spent the week gathering donations and wrapping presents.

    So far the team at Bridge Church have wrapped over 1,000 presents, made 501 sacks and 330 food hampers to give out in the community.

  3. EMAS on hand for party-goers this weekend

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    East Midlands Ambulance Service is setting up a treatment tent in Lincoln city centre tonight to deal with an expected influx of patients with minor injuries.

    Clubs and pubs are likely to be exceptionally busy this weekend and next, as revellers head out for Christmas celebrations.

    The team will be setting up near the Stonebow.

  4. Graffiti hunters wanted

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    When you think of graffiti, you probably think of spray paint daubed over buildings and walls.

    Well it turns out that Lincoln Cathedral has quite a lot of graffiti, but don't worry, it's medieval!

    Graffiti

    Now volunteers are needed to help scour the building for ancient inscriptions and catalogue them.

    The Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project is offering people training to learn basic archaeological recording techniques.

    Quote Message: We have discovered some fascinating graffiti over the last few years. I’m pleased to be able to share this opportunity with the public to find more hidden treasures." from Cathedral Connected Project
    Cathedral Connected Project

    Want to get involved? Just send the team an email!

  5. Watch: The weather this weekend

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Brisk northerly winds will bring showers and sunny spells, these showers wintry, especially over hills, but showers becoming confined to coastal areas later.

    Feeling chilly, but temperatures will be slightly higher near the coast with stronger winds.

    Video content

    Video caption: Cold and windy
  6. Unsung hero award announced this weekend

    BBC Sport

    A North Lincolnshire man who won the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire unsung hero award will find out if he's won the national award this weekend.

    Stuart Usher from Messingham has been recognised for his work running a martial arts class for children.

    Liz Brown explains why she nominated him for the award.

    You can see who wins the national unsung hero award on Sunday on BBC One from 17:00.

    Stuart Usher
  7. This afternoon's headlines

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Our top stories this afternoon from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  8. Imps players get signing

    Rob Makepeace

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

    You might've heard of a new book called Impvasion: On the Road with Lincoln City.

    It's the work of Roger Bates, who's a director at the club.

    The book follows the story of fans following the Imps around the country.

    It seems our boys have been out signing copies...

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  9. Hoax bomb pair spared jail

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Two men who tried to put a hoax bomb on a Grantham street have been spared jail.

    The men claimed the incident, in October last year, was a 'scary prank.'

    Robert Kwa, who's 35, and 63-year-old Stephen Wells pleaded guilty to attempting to place an incendiary device on Thorneydene Gardens.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard how Kwa drove Wells and another man into Grantham.

    During the journey he heard them talking about a plan to attend a party and, as a joke, leave a bag containing petrol.

    The device didn't go off but both men admitted they wanted people to believe that it would.

    Kwa, from Duke Street in Derbyshire, was handed a five month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and 100 hours community work.

    Wells, from Coleridge Gardens in Lincoln, was given four months imprisonment - also suspended for 18 months - and must also obey a home curfew.

  10. Sunset snaps

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We always get some fantastic shots of lovely Lincolnshire from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    Thank you to Lincolnshire John for this cracker of last night's sunset.

    Sunset in Somersby
  11. Farmers warn new administration fees will affect business

    Paul Murphy

    BBC Look North

    Livestock farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say huge increases in administration charges imposed by the Environment Agency could threaten their livelihood.

    Pigs at farm

    The amount they will have to pay for a permit to set up some pig and poultry farms is set to double to more than £7,000.

    The National Farmers' Union (NFU) say the proposals could see costs spiral and prevent the industry from expanding and are urging a re-think.

  12. Thieves target hospice shop

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    The chief executive of St Barnabas Hospice has tweeted saying one of their shops was broken into:

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  13. Your lunchtime weather

    BBC Weather

    Getting colder as we head into the afternoon.

    Weather chart
  14. Reaction to Grantham A&E night closure

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    It's been decided that the accident and emergency department at Grantham hospital is to remain closed overnight.

    Fighting for Grantham hospital

    The hospital trust board said last month it was minded to reopen the night time service, after a successful drive to recruit more doctors.

    But, in a highly charged meeting this morning, the board voted to keep it shut during the night.

    Grantham councillor Ray Wootten says patients have been let down...

    Quote Message: The public have a right to be angry today." from Grantham councillor Ray Wootten
    Grantham councillorRay Wootten

    The trust's chief executive Jan Sobieraj said the board was following the recommendation of an independent body of clinicians, which scrutinised the situation in Grantham.

  15. Lincoln set to be 'child friendly' city

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Lincoln has applied for international status to be recognised as one of the best places in the world to be a child.

    UNICEF has highlighted Lincoln as a city where good work is being done to tackle the issues faced by young people.

    Children playing

    The city is currently bidding to become a Child Friendly City, as recognised by the United Nations Children's Agency.

    That means protecting a number of rights, including a child's right to education, health and to influence decisions made in their community.

  16. Controversial plans to build turbines on WW1 battleground

    Controversial plans to build eleven wind turbines on a battlefield in France have generated anger among campaigners here in Lincolnshire.

    Battle of the Loos

    The battlefield in question is the site of the Battle of Loos in World War One that resulted in the death of more than 350 soldiers from the Lincolnshire Regiment.

    Campaigners including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission say the area should be treated as a war grave and not developed.

  17. Arrests following £500k cannabis raids

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Police have arrested three men after cannabis plants with a street value of around £500,000 were found in three houses.

    Cannabis plants

    The plants were recovered by Nottinghamshire Police from properties in West Bridgford, Wollaton and Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

    One man, aged 30, has been charged with the production of cannabis.

    Police said two other men, aged 26 and 57, have been released pending further investigation.

  18. Traffic and travel: Burst water main in Gainsborough

    BBC News Travel

    Summer Hill in Gainsborough is closed in both directions due to a burst water main.

  19. BreakingGrantham A&E to remain closed overnight

    Rod Whiting

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Grantham A&E is to remain closed overnight, the hospitals' trust has decided.

    Last month the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said it was considering reopening the unit at night, after it successfully recruited more doctors.

    But, following intervention by NHS Improvement, it has decided to keep it closed.

    The unit closed overnight in August 2016.