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Summary

  1. Investigations continue into Holbeach deaths
  2. Fatal Grimsby fire 'not suspicious', police confirm
  3. Scunthorpe steelworkers to decide on pension future
  4. 'Unprovoked' attack in Gainsborough Aldi car park
  5. Live updates on Friday 22 December 2017

Live Reporting

By Harry Parkhill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we learned today

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    So that's it for our live coverage from our Lincolnshire newsroom today.

    We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00.

    In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy these five things we didn't know when the day began:

    From all of us at BBC Lincolnshire and the BBC News Online team, Merry Christmas!

  2. Weather Watchers: Foggy lake view

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Just take a look at this Christmas Cracker of a picture.

    A foggy view of a lake in Holton le Moor taken by one of our Weather Watchers, BeeWise:

    weather watcher photo
  3. Christmas weather forecast: Breezy and mild

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    If you're dreaming of a white Christmas then you're almost certain to be disappointed in Lincolnshire this year.

    The weather forecast is predicting a mild, breezy and cloudy day on Christmas Eve (Sun) and Christmas Day (Mon).

    But if you're out for Christmas parties in the coming evenings you're in luck, because we're expecting lows of only eight degrees celsius up to Christmas.

    BBC Weather
  4. Ambulance service appeal after high number of calls

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    East Midlands Ambulance Service has appealed for people to think twice before calling 999 this afternoon after a responding to a high number of calls.

    emas

    EMAS say to "Please think ‘Is there an alternative service I could use?’".

    They recommend contacting your pharmacy, the NHS Choices website or calling the non-emergency 101 number before 999 if it's not an emergency.

  5. Investment in body cameras after attacks on staff

    Jake Zuckerman

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    There were more than 150 incidents where staff at hospitals in Grimsby, Goole and Scunthorpe were attacked last year, according to the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

    That is why it says security staff have been given hi-tech body cameras, to try and deter anti-social behaviour.

    The cameras will be worn by the staff who patrol the hospitals and car parks, and have been bought by the security firm which employs them.

    Grimsby hospital
  6. 'Unexplained' death couple named

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A man and woman found dead in Holbeach yesterday lunchtime are thought to be 75-year-old Michael Cobley and 46-year-old Zanna Ernstone.

    couple

    The couple were found dead in a property in Holbeach at midday yesterday.

    Police are treating the deaths as unexplained.

  7. Police appeal after football train disturbance

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A train guard refused to travel on a train filled with Grimsby Town football fans because they were "so drunk and overbearing".

    The same journey also left a teenage girl and her grandmother scared to travel again after "unwanted touching" and "lewd sexual comments" from football fans.

    Fans were leaving on a train from Lincoln to Nottingham on Saturday 16 December to watch Grimsby Town play Notts County.

    British Transport Police say passengers were throwing beer cans, taking photos of other passengers and rocked the train on its tracks.

    They are appealing for witnesses.

  8. Fourteen "named and shamed" for drink-driving

    Lincolnshire Police have "named and shamed" 14 people for drink-driving since a new campaign began last week.

    The force is publishing the names of those they've breathalysed and found to be above the limit.

    Since their Think Don’t Drink campaign began on Saturday 16 December 14 people's details have been published.

    Today four more men, aged between 22 and 32, have been named.

    They'll appear at Boston and Lincoln Magistrates' Court in the new year.

  9. Dog seizures deterring hare coursers - Police

    Lucy Parry

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A crackdown on suspected hare coursers - including the seizure of suspects' dogs - is working, according to Lincolnshire Police.

    Dog

    Officers are using laws which allow them to take away dogs for a day or longer if they're part of a prosecution case.

    In three months, 49 dogs have been taken away from suspected coursers, including Barry (pictured above).

    Police forces from around the country say hare coursers have been put off travelling to Lincolnshire to take part in the illegal sport.

    Quote Message: The feedback other police forces are getting is that those hare coursers won't come to Lincolnshire because of the risk of losing their dogs. That's a good thing for us." from Ch Insp Jim Tyner Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Insp Jim TynerLincolnshire Police
  10. Sleaford school celebrates Christmas song success

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A festive song written by a Lincolnshire school has made it into the top 100 Christmas singles chart on iTunes.

    The song, A William Alvey Christmas, was made by pupils and staff at the school in Sleaford.

    Chris Clark, the teacher behind it, says the success has been amazing for the school:

    Quote Message: It's huge. I think it's definitely worthy of all the success, but as you know in this day and age it's pretty difficult. So to have some success without any backing is pretty amazing." from Chris Clark Teacher, William Alvey School
    Chris ClarkTeacher, William Alvey School

    Just because we can, let's enjoy watching this impressive video and song again here:

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    Video caption: School creates an impressive music video for their own Christmas song
  11. Work begins on new Grantham cinema

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Film fans in Grantham rejoice! Work has begun on a multi-million pound leisure complex in the town which will include a five-screen cinema.

    Boston Cinema

    Today it's been announced that Savoy Cinemas, which runs Boston's West End Cinema (pictured above), will operate the complex.

    The site, on St Catherine's Road, has been cleared and initial groundwork has started, but work will properly begin in the New Year.

    Quote Message: Grantham has huge potential and we have been extremely keen to open a cinema here for some time. We anticipate welcoming about 250,000 people through the doors every year, many of whom will visit the town centre." from James Collington Savoy Managing Director
    James CollingtonSavoy Managing Director
  12. Plan to triple number of Lincolnshire hospital volunteers

    A recruitment drive is being launched to triple the number of hospital volunteers in Lincolnshire.

    volunteer

    Just under 300 people currently give their time to the county's hospitals trust, which is now aiming to increase that number to 1,000.

    Paul Cartwright (pictured above) won the trust's Volunteer of the Year award and will be one of many working on Christmas Day.

    Quote Message: I believe making a cup of tea is the world to some patients, and obviously talking to patients. I just generally help, which obviously the nurses can't do because they're so busy." from Paul Cartwright Volunteer of the Year, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
    Paul CartwrightVolunteer of the Year, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  13. Church closure ahead of Christmas is "frustrating"

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The vicar of St Swithin's Church in Lincoln says it's frustrating that they've had to close their church ahead of Christmas.

    st swithins

    A potential defect in a ceiling panel has meant the church has closed for its christmas services whilst the roof is checked by experts.

    The Reverend Jim Prestwood says that the increased popularity of the church may have exacerbated some of its maintenance issues.

    The congregation has increased from just ten attendees every Sunday to 300 in three years.

    The services will now be held at the All Saints' Church on Monk's Road in the city.

    Quote Message: It is frustrating but on the other hand there's a kind of irony that at a time of year when Mary and Joseph had nowhere to call home, here we are without a home, so there's something maybe significant about worshipping in a place unfamiliar to us, and not as planned. So there's frustration but also some excitement around it as well bizarrely. from Reverend Jim Prestwood
    Reverend Jim Prestwood
  14. Car fire on Holdingham roundabout

    Scott Dalton

    Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A car is currently on fire at the Holdingham roundabout, near Sleaford.

    Fire crews are at the scene.

    The blaze is causing traffic delays on the A15 and A17 approaching the roundabout, as well as causing delays in Sleaford town centre.

  15. Holton-le-Clay body identified as missing teenager

    Martin Slack

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    A body found in the village of Holton-le-Clay in Lincolnshire last weekend has been identified as 19-year-old Liam Toner.

    flowers

    Mr Toner was reported missing after a night out in Cleethorpes last Friday.

    His body was found by a roadside in Holton-le-Clay, where flowers have been laid as tribute.

    Tests have shown there were no suspicious circumstances, according to Lincolnshire Police.

    Officers will be working with colleagues in the Humberside force to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

  16. New owners for Barton Ropewalk

    Suzy Lawson

    BBC Local Live

    Barton-upon-Humber's historic Ropewalk building will be officially transferred to new owners today.

    Ropewalk building

    The arts and live music venue has been bought by the Waterside Artists' Co-operative after the group won a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The group, which has been running the centre since 2000, says it secures the future of the Grade II-listed building.

  17. 'Save a life' CPR campaign nears 20,000 target

    Lucy Parry

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Did you know that BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life campaign has so far trained just under 20,000 people in the lifesaving skill of CPR?

    save a life

    And now the radio station wants your help to cross the finish line - and you can help reach the 20,000 mark by visiting BBC Radio Lincolnshire's HQ today and be trained in CPR by Lives First Responders.

    The Save a Life scheme started after BBC Radio Lincolnshire newsreader Charlotte Wright suffered a cardiac arrest while jogging in the uphill area of Lincoln in November 2016.

    The newsreader was saved by passers-by who performed CPR until medics arrived.

  18. Deadline day for British Steel pension decision

    British Steel workers in Scunthorpe have until today to make a decision about the future of their pensions.

    British Steel in Scunthorpe

    More than 120,000 workers have had to choose between two new pension plans.

    There had been calls to put the deadline back over concerns about poor financial advice and tight deadlines.

  19. Woman dies in fatal Grimsby fire

    A woman in her 30s died in a house fire in Grimsby yesterday, police have confirmed.

    The fire started in the living room of a house on Baroness Road at about 15:30 on Thursday.

    Police say they're not treating the blaze as suspicious.

  20. Investigation into Grimsby house fire death

    An investigation in to the cause of a house fire which left one person dead is under way.

    Baroness Road, Grimsby

    Fire crews were sent to the fire which started in the living room of a property on Baroness Road yesterday afternoon.

    No details about the victim have been disclosed by the fire service.