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  1. Arson attack destroys Lincoln's 'Warm Rail' homeless project
  2. Police poised to take hare coursers down
  3. 'Prank orders' damage takeaways in North East Lincolnshire
  4. Wressle oil drill government appeal refused
  5. Dog owners warned over 'toxic' fish washed-up on beaches
  6. Live updates on Friday 5 January 2018

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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.

'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
Linconshire Police

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.

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
Lincolnshire Police

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.

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.

“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’

Judge Mark Bury

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.

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.

Sarah ConstantineDetective Inspector

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:

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:

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?":

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."

Dr Neil HepburnMedical director, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

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

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.

Getty Images

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

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
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.

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
Orchard View

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.

This afternoon's weather

BBC Weather

Some drier intervals possible as we head into the afternoon.

Weather chart

Your Lincolnshire headlines

Corazon Garcia

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Our top stories from our Lincolnshire newsroom:

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.

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.

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."

Mark AbbottManaging director, Egdon Resources

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:

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.

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."

Pip BennettTesco

'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:

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."

Gwen ClarkeMichael's Indian restaurant, Thornton

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".

Last day to have your say on streetlight switch-off

Lucy Parry

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's the last day to have your say on the overnight streetlights switch-off in Lincolnshire.


In the past two years, about 42,000 lights have been turned off between 00:00-06:00 to save money.

The County Council says the feedback will form part of its formal review into the impact of the scheme.

Play dates for children and care home residents

This is something to warm your heart...a care home in Lincoln gets weekly visits from young children.

Lincoln care home residents get weekly visits from young children.

Children from the Portland Kindergarten began visiting the residents of Eccleshare Court Care Home last year.

Staff at the home says it's making a difference to both generations:

What's really interesting is seeing the residents you know on a daily basis do something completely out of character because of the children."

Sharon Kinsella-PullenActivity champion at Eccleshare Court

A drop of spring...

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've had our first sight of spring at Gunby Hall.

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I wish it felt more like it!

Police poised to take hare coursers down

David McKenna

Reporter, BBC News Online

Lincolnshire police say they are poised to seize dogs and vehicles if a hare coursing competition goes ahead in Lincolnshire today.

Hare coursing
Getty Images

The county has been identified as a potential site for the so-called Fir Cup.

Lincolnshire is popular with hare coursers due to its large areas of flat open farmland.

Fir Cup winners can earn thousands of pounds.

Ch Supt Mark Housley says hare coursers are "not welcome in Lincolnshire":

Hare coursing is a cruel sport committed by people with little respect for the animals you hunt, the dogs you use and the people you abuse and threaten."

Ch Supt Mark Housley

Watch: Today's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Outbreaks of rain are expected to continue through the morning for many.

By the afternoon, it's likely to get drier with a few sunny intervals.

Here's my full forecast:

Welcome to Friday's coverage

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Good morning from Lincoln. Hope here, ready to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county as it happens.

If you want to get in touch you can do so by sending an email, or a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Five things we've learned today

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today but breaking news updates will be posted during the evening.

I'll be back tomorrow with all the latest 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 today:

Have a good evening.

Stephen Keith Pickering is wanted

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Stephen Keith Pickering is wanted by Lincolnshire Police on a court warrant for driving offences.

Stephen Keith Pickering
Lincolnshire Police

The 42-year-old has links to Boston and Spalding.

If you know where he is please contact the police.

Provisional date announced for Lincoln bus station opening

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The opening date has been announced for Lincoln's new bus station.

All being well it will open its doors on Sunday 28 January.

Bus station
Lincoln Big

It forms part of the City of Lincoln Council's £30m Transport Hub which includings a 1,000-space car park and improvements to the railway station's forecourt.

The new facility includes 14 bus bays that will see approximately 650 departures each weekday.

It will also include a concourse with seating, public toilets and the city's first Changing Places toilet with changing bench, shower and X/Y hoist.

Humber Bridge closed

This from Humberside Fire and Rescue.

The Humber Bridge is closed southbound after an accident.

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Appeal for witnesses after Christmas Eve stabbing

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed twice on Christmas Eve.

The assault took place outside Iceland and Poundland on Lincoln High Street at around 02:00.

The victim has been treated at Lincoln County Hospital for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.

The only description of the offender was that they were wearing a white puffa-style jacket.

Extra patrols are taking place in the area and officers are monitoring CCTV.

If you have any information about the incident you are being asked to contact the police.

School appeal panel volunteers wanted

Scott Dalton

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Legal Services Lincolnshire is looking for new volunteers to sit on the school appeals panel.

Pencils and paper

The panel settles disputes when children don't get their first choice of school.

You don't need any previous experience, you just need to be prepared to give your time and listen.

Sound like something you're interested in? Just drop them an email!

Lincoln bridge closed this summer for refurbishment

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The bridge over the River Witham on Dixon Street in Lincoln will be closed for refurbishment this summer.

Work will begin on the bridge, between Dixon Way and Witham Court, on Monday 23 July and its expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

It will include replacement of the concrete on the underside of the structure, renewal of the waterproofing, resurfacing of the carriageway and an upgrade to the pedestrian crossing next to the bridge.

The bridge will be closed for the duration of the work which is being done during the summer holidays when the traffic is much lighter.

The bridge is in poor condition and needs of a lot of work. By taking action now, we can stop it deteriorating further.

Andy AntcliffSenior engineer

Watch: Police appeal over Market Rasen lead thefts

Do you recognise the men in this video? Police are wanting to identify the two men caught on camera stealing lead from a shop in Market Rasen.

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Lead's been stolen from above the shop door of the Spring Beauty Rooms in Market Place Walk on three separate occasions and officers believe these offences are linked.

The thefts took place on 10 November, 27 November and the footage above was captured on 5 December.

Anyone with information about the identity of the men in the film is being asked to contact police.

Severe accident: A15 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A15 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between A153 Grantham Road and A52.

A15 Lincolnshire - A15 closed in both directions between the A153 Grantham Road junction in Sleaford and the A52 junction in Osbournby, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man jailed for throwing drugs into Lincoln Prison

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A man who threw packages of drugs over the wall into Lincoln Prison has been jailed for two years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how last month security cameras filmed 32-year-old Charles Smith, of Earlesfield Lane in Grantham, walking down the access road at the side of the prison and throwing two packages over the wall.

They contained cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic cannabis, with a value of up to nearly £3,000 if sold within the jail.

Smith's fingerprints were found on the packages and he was also identified from the CCTV security film.

He admitted two charges of conveying a banned article into prison and was sentenced to two years behind bars.

One-stop-shop online plan for council support services

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

One place online where people can find out what local authority support is available to them is being created by Lincolnshire County Council.

Computer keyboard
Getty Images

It will cover a range of community and voluntary services in the county, which support residents, families and carers.

The library of information and services will be on the internet, but support will also be available over the phone to make it as accessible as possible, the council promises.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care and community wellbeing, says there are many different sources of information but there is "a lack of coordination and no single platform where this information is available".

Councillor Bradwell says that means it is "too confusing for people to access the services they need".

Providing an online information resource which can be accessed in a variety of ways is a big step forward. It will help people self-care more easily and complement some already excellent neighbourhood projects."

Patricia BradwellLincolnshire County Council

'Creep' tweet lands Lincoln MP in hot water

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Lincoln Labour MP Karen Lee has come under fire on social media after calling a constituent a "nasty little creep".

The pair got into an exchange on Twitter after the MP put out a New Year message:

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Some Twitter users have criticised the MP, while others have shown their support for her.

The BBC has contacted Ms Lee for a comment, but she has not yet responded to our calls.

Your Lincolnshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

It's getting drier as we head into the afternoon, with some bright spells developing.

However, the wind will become strong and gusty:

Weather chart