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By Hope Bolger

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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 with news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

    For now though, I'll leave you with five things we've learned on our journey through the day:

    Have a good evening.

  2. 'Determined, persistent and predatory paedophile' jailed

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    A judge has described a Lincolnshire man who sexually abused a 13-year-old boy as "a determined, persistent and predatory paedophile".

    Mark Heyes

    Mark Heyes - who had a string of previous convictions including child abduction - groomed the young boy online.

    Lincoln Crown Court heard how Heyes' victim had advertised toy cars for sale on the internet.

    Heyes went to the boy's home to collect the toys and also offered him work.

    His parents said he was too young and asked him not to contact them again.

    Soon afterwards the parents noticed their son had a lot of money.

    It emerged that Hayes had given him cash in exchange for sexual encounters.

    The court was told that the 51-year-old was being monitored by the authorities but had managed to move from Bradford to Ingoldmells.

    Heyes, from Festival Avenue in Ingoldmells, admitted a string of offences.

    Jailing him for nine years with a five year licence extension, Recorder Martin Hurst said he posed a very significant danger to young teenage boys.

  3. Shop worker threatened by robber

    A fleeing thief threatened a shop assistant with a knife to get away.

    The thief had tried to leave the Oscars store on Lumley Road in Skegness with a coat but the shop worker intervened and was threatened.

    Lincolnshire Police would like to speak to this man pictured below, as he may be able to assist in their enquiries in to the December 17 incident.

    Man at Oscars
  4. Appeal after Grimsby ticket machine thefts

    Ticket machines have been stolen from two car parks in Grimsby.

    Garden Street car park

    Three machines were taken from two car parks in the town over the Christmas period, according to police.

    All the machines have been found but were badly damaged and all the money they contained had been taken.

    New ticket machines should be back in the Duchess Street and Garden Street car parks on Monday.

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

  5. Former town clerk sentenced to eight months for theft

    Laura Foster

    BBC Look North

    A former town clerk at Crowle and Ealand Town Council in North Lincolnshire has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing £23,428 from the council.

    Katy Fowler

    Katy Fowler, 44, took the money over a four-year period when she worked there as a clerk doing administrative tasks and looking after their finances.

    She was fired by the council at the end of March 2017 when members began asking questions after they felt they were paying too much for CCTV cameras.

    Fowler had told them the council needed to pay £600 every month to maintain these cameras.

    Actually that £600 only needed to be paid every three months and the rest was going into Fowler’s bank account. She also kept call out fees and some one-off payments.

    Quote Message: “It must be made clear those who steal from public bodies this amount of money over this amount of time, must receive a custodial sentence regardless of own personal circumstances’ from Judge Mark Bury
    Judge Mark Bury
  6. Search for burglars who took guns and cash in Wragby

    Three men have broken into a house in Wragby and stolen several firearms and cash.

    It happened at around 01:00 this morning on Horncastle Road.

    The couple in the house, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, sustained minor injuries and have been treated at Lincoln County Hospital.

    Armed officers were sent to search for the offender, but haven't yet found them.

    Quote Message: We are now working tirelessly to find those responsible. We have been visiting people in the local area today ask them to be vigilant and to build up information about what happened here. from Sarah Constantine Detective Inspector
    Sarah ConstantineDetective Inspector
  7. Watch: Couple's campaign to make dresses for African girls

    Amanda White

    BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    A Scunthorpe couple are using their spare time to making dresses for children in Africa.

    They're part of a charity called Dress a Girl Around the World.

    David and Mary Hogg who are both in their 90s have already made that dream a reality for 70 youngsters.

    Mary Hogg explains why she got involved in the campaign:

    Video content

    Video caption: Scunthorpe couple make dresses for charity
  8. Lincolnshire's hospitals are 'safe' - Health trust

    Demand is currently high at Lincolnshire's hospitals but they remain safe, according to the trust which runs them.

    Yesterday the Prime Minister apologised for delays and cancelled operations affecting the NHS nationally:

    Video content

    Video caption: Theresa May sorry for NHS difficulties

    Now, Dr Neil Hepburn, medical director for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, says people in the county shouldn't be concerned because the hospitals are safe.

    However, Dr Hepburn is advising people to think about alternatives before going to hospital: "Why come to a busy A&E where you'd have to wait?":

    Quote Message: For things they can deal with in another way, by going to the General Practitioner or the pharmacist, that's an entirely better course of action." from Dr Neil Hepburn Medical director, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
    Dr Neil HepburnMedical director, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  9. Could volunteers be used to patrol Humber ports?

    Katy Austin

    BBC Look North, Business Correspondent

    Volunteers could be used to patrol ports on the Humber and along the coast as the Border Force becomes increasingly stretched.

    The Home Office is understood to be considering a trial at Immingham, one of the UK's busiest ports.

    The government says the volunteers would complement, not replace, paid staff and they're talking to the police to see how they use volunteers to complement their staff.

    Labour and Hull East MP Karl Turner says it's like something from the TV programme Dad's Army.

    Karl Turner MP
  10. Increase in seal pups born at Donna Nook

    Alex Rhodes

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    The official total of seals born at Donna Nook Nature Reserve has been unveiled.


    According to the Donna Nook Warden Facebook page 2033 pups have been born, a 3.8% increase on last year.

  11. Bransby Horses is looking for 50th anniversary volunteers

    Hope Bolger

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Do you fancy spending some time with horses?

    Well Bransby Horses is looking for volunteers.

    Bransby Horses

    Founded in 1968 it has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed thousands of horses, donkeys and mules.

    This year it's celebrating its 50th birthday and wants people to help with its exciting projects - from running the Donated Goods and Tack Shop to visiting county shows to raise awareness of its work.

    If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, then send over an email.

  12. A quick windmill history lesson

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Once again, Lincolnshire's BBC Weather Watchers hasn't let us down with great photos from around the county.

    And looking at this windmill taken by Orchard View in Boston, I thought it was time for a quick history lesson:

    Boston windmill

    Did you know: The Maud Foster Windmill in Boston was built the same year Queen Victoria was born.

    But, it wasn’t built by Maud Foster. She was a medieval landowner - a rarity in those days – who kindly allowed people to build a drain through her land.

    In her honour, the drain was named The Maud Foster Drain.

    When the windmill was built, in 1819, there were numerous other windmills in the town, so the only way to distinguish it from the others was to call it…The Maud Foster Windmill.

  13. This afternoon's weather

    BBC Weather

    Some drier intervals possible as we head into the afternoon.

    Weather chart
  14. Your Lincolnshire headlines

    Corazon Garcia

    BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Our top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

  15. Arson attack destroys Lincoln homeless project

    A community project to provide warm clothes to rough sleepers in Lincoln has been burned down overnight.

    Warm rail

    The Lincoln Warm Rail was a second-hand clothes rail for rough sleepers in the city.

    It was put up on Grantham Street last year by community group Compassionate Lincoln.

    Warm rail

    Lincolnshire Police say they're treating the blaze as arson and confirm that no arrests have so far been made.

  16. Oil company 'disappointed' by drilling decision

    Paul Murphy

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A company which wanted to drill for oil in North Lincolnshire says it's disappointed by a decision to refuse its application.

    Wressle oil

    A government planning inspector raised concerns about the potential impact on local water and nearby residents in Wressle, near Scunthorpe.

    Egdon Resources, an oil and gas production business, says the decision is "highly disappointing".

    A study commissioned by Egdon Resources in 2016 found Wressle was sitting on reserves of about two million barrels of recoverable oil.

    North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee has since turned down two planning applications to turn it into a commercial oil production site, with the government now dismissing an appeal.

    Quote Message: We will now take the opportunity to consider in detail the reasons for the refusals as contained in the decision notice and review the options available to us." from Mark Abbott Managing director, Egdon Resources
    Mark AbbottManaging director, Egdon Resources
  17. Dog owners warned over 'toxic' fish washed-up on beaches

    Dog owners in Lincolnshire are being warned to keep an eye on their animals while walking on the beach.

    It's following the death of a dog after eating a dead fish washed up on the beach in Norfolk.

    Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says recent high winds have caused more dead marine life to wash up than normal - and they can prove very dangerous to dogs:

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    Video caption: Dog dies after eating fish washed up on Norfolk beach
  18. Campaign to trace owner of old photograph

    A campaign has begun to find the owner of an old photograph found on the floor of a supermarket in Barton-upon-Humber.

    Old Photo

    The picture of a young woman found in Tesco is more than 70 years old.

    Old Picture

    On the back it reads: "To Bobby with love from Marian" and is dated 1945.

    Tesco Barton's community champion Pip Bennett says the supermarket is keen to return it to its rightful owner.

    Quote Message: We are very keen to return this to the owner because of the age of it. It must belong to someone who has treasured it. It's in an absolutely beautiful condition for its age." from Pip Bennett Tesco
    Pip BennettTesco
  19. 'Prank orders' damage takeaways in North East Lincolnshire

    Prank takeaway orders are costing firms in Grimsby and Cleethorpes money, according to Humberside Police.

    Takeaway shops

    Police in Cleethorpes say somebody is ordering take-outs and having the food delivered to people who don't want them.

    Officers are now telling takeaways to make sure orders are genuine and payments are being made.

    Gwen Clarke, from Michael's indian restaurant in Thornton, is one of those affected:

    Quote Message: It's just awful at the time. We were trying to put things into place to distinguish between a genuine order and a prank order. It is very difficult. People phone up and they sound genuine." from Gwen Clarke Michael's Indian restaurant, Thornton
    Gwen ClarkeMichael's Indian restaurant, Thornton
  20. Wressle oil drill government appeal refused

    An application to drill for oil at a North Lincolnshire village has been rejected by the government.


    The decision follows a public inquiry held before Christmas into plans by Egdon Resources to develop an existing well at Wressle, near Scunthorpe.

    A government planning inspector raised concerns about potential impacts on local water and nearby residents.

    Egdon Resources, an oil and gas production business, called the decision "highly disappointing".