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By Clare Crooks

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Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

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Russell Slade

League Two club Grimsby Town part company with manager Russell Slade after a run of 12 straight games without a win.

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Rotherham cement their place in the top six of League One with a hard-fought win over play-off rivals Scunthorpe.

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Severe accident: A17 Lincolnshire both ways

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A17 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between B1429 Cranwell Avenue and South Heath Lane.

A17 Lincolnshire - A17 in Cranwell closed in both directions between the B1429 Cranwell Avenue junction and the South Heath Lane junction, because of an accident.

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


In-form Crawley make it seven wins in their past eight games with a convincing victory over struggling Grimsby.

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Alex Masters

Baby Alex Masters choked to death on milk after his godmother left him with a 'propped bottle' in his car seat.

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Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry leaves the U's following a goalless draw against Lincoln City in League Two.

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Lincolnshire's top stories today

Lincolnshire's top stories today include:

Live news for Lincolnshire will return from 08:00 on Monday.

East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire's top stories

The day's top stories include:

Live news for East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire will return from 08:00 on Monday.

Fire service reveals number of hoax calls

Crews from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spent around 180 hours dealing with hoax 999 calls between April and December last year.


Figures from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue show they attended 45 hoax calls in the five months between April and December.

They say the number of prank calls increases around school holidays.

Friday afternoon cloud appreciation

BBC Weather Watchers

We're forming our own cloud appreciation society today.


The cloudy sky with sunny intervals has certainly created some dramatic backdrops across the region.


We're loving your weather pics, keep them coming in!

Poppy Girls author at scene of her novel

An author has taken part in a book signing and question and answer session at the Lincolnshire setting of her newest novel.

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Doddington Hall

Margaret Dickinson, who is from Gainsborough, has been signing copies of her newest novel The Poppy Girls which is set at Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire.

It follows two families struggling to cope with the aftermath of the First World War.

Five jailed for kidnapping and torturing teenager

Four men and a woman have been jailed for the kidnap, imprisonment and torture of a 17-year-old boy from Grantham.

Lincs Police

The gang, all from Peterborough, tricked the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, by luring him to a bar to meet Danielle Corrigan, 27, (pictured above) and another girl.

Instead, two of the gang chased and caught the boy, beating and stabbing him before handcuffing him and driving him to a house.

While there he had a bag placed over his head, he was cut with a knife and tortured by the group.

The offenders (pictured above and below) were dealt with at Lincoln Crown Court.

Kane Stone, 25, (top left) was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to GBH and conspiracy to kidnap.

Adam Couzens, 25, (bottom left) was given 14 years in jail for the same charges.

Mohammed Nazir, 26, (top right) was sentenced to six years in jail for pleading guilty conspiracy to kidnap.

Danielle Corrigan, 27, (above middle) denied conspiracy to kidnap but was found guilty during the trial and was jailed for four years.

Alan Stokes, 36, (bottom right) was jailed for two years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to falsely imprison.

Lincs Police

A further man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and will be sentenced in March.

A 22-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were found not guilty for conspiracy to kidnap at a previous court appearance.

End to high street newspaper kiosk

Today is the final day you can buy Lincolnshire's local newspaper from a kiosk on a high street.


The Lincolnshire Echo has been sold on Lincoln's High Street for over a century but their only salesperson is packing the job in to work "somewhere warmer".

Jill Herrick has been in the kiosk come rain or shine for the best part of a decade.

Jill said that she'll miss the job, remarking that those who buy papers from her "aren't just my customers, they're my friends".


Weather: Cloudy afternoon

Often cloudy in the afternoon with showers, especially the further north you are.

Some brighter skies spreading east later. Highs of 6C (43F).

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Van owners warned about thieves targeting vehicles

Van owners are being urged to be vigilant after 20 vehicles were targeted by thieves in one day.

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Lee Watts

Police recommend securely locking vans and tools away in garages, or protecting the vehicles with pedal boxes or steering wheel locks.

Hull Trains affected by damage to overhead wires

BBC News Travel

Following on from our earlier story about delays on the East Coast main line because of damage to power lines, we've just been made aware of this:

The 11:48 London King's Cross to Hull, due 14:16, will no longer call at Retford.

This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.

Delays after power switch off on East Coast Mainline

There have been delays of up to an hour on the East Coast mainline between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London after a safety problem with overhead electrical wires.

Virgin Trains East Coast

The train company turned the power off for two hours, causing delays at Retford, affecting trains to and from Grantham.

Delays are expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Survey reveals thousands of million pound homes in region

There are 4,103 homes in the Yorkshire and Humber region worth at least £1m, according to Zoopla.

Monopoly houses

The property website found there are 768,553 homes across Britain valued at £1m or more, accounting for 2.7% of the nation's housing stock.

Are you one of the lucky few?

Manhunt for fox hunters

Wildlife crime officers are investigating a report of fox hunting in Lincolnshire.

Police say a member of the public has reported that a fox was chased and killed by a pack of dogs on the afternoon of 7 February in Glentworth, near Gainsborough.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police.

Alcohol ban for cider sale to 16-year-old

A shop in Boston has been banned from selling alcohol after it was caught selling cider to 16-year-olds.

european food

European Food on Wide Bargate was tested in a sting operation in which teenage volunteers tried to buy alcohol on behalf of police.

The assistant who sold the alcohol was fined £90 for their role and the shop itself was banned from selling alcohol.

The License holder, Mr Juriks Ogorodnikovs, can appeal against the decision.

New clinics to prevent amputations

It's thought that new diabetes clinics in Lincolnshire are helping to prevent amputations.

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Medical experts are bringing diabetes care under one roof in a bid to prevent patients from being passed from department to department.

Specialist diabetes care centres have been opened at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County Hospital.

Doctors say that treating issues early on can help prevent limb amputation.

Amputations occur in patients with diabetes at a very prime age. If we could just prevent 80% of the amputations with the right treatment then you can imagine it's not just about the patient's quality of life, it's about their whole social aspect, their family life, everything."

Dr Bala SrinivasanDiabetes Consultant

Major disruption to fix county's 'most congested junction'

Twenty weeks of delays are on the horizon for drivers in Lincolnshire as work to improve a major pinch-point in Lincoln gets under way.

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A £1.8m scheme to add lanes to the junction between the Outer Circle Road and Wragby Road (pictured) begins this Sunday.

The county council says it's to solve problems at what it calls the "most congested junction" in Lincolnshire.

It's going to take 20 weeks, but it'll be well worth the effort. You can't work on the road system of a Roman city without causing additional congestion through that period of time."

Richard DaviesHighways Department, Lincolnshire Council

Call to make veterans count in the next census

The Royal British Legion wants to know how many armed forces veterans are living in Lincolnshire as part of a new campaign.

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Royal British Legion

The charity's asking Lincolnshire's politicians to back its calls to include a new question in the 2021 census.

The Legion says it'll give a more accurate picture of where to allocate its resources in the future across the UK.

To date, more than 200 MPs have pledged their support along with more than 150 local authorities and several academic institutions and military charities.

Increase in tool thefts from vans

Just a few days after we focused on an increase in high-tech van thefts in Lincolnshire, police are warning people who leave tools in their vans overnight to be vigilant as well.


Police in Spalding say there's been an increase in thefts from work vehicles in the area.

They say power tools and hand tools are being stolen from work vans.

If practicable, remove power tools from your vehicles when parked-up overnight, and carry out checks of vehicles during the silent hours."

PCSO Colin AbbottSpalding Police

Sleaford swimming pool plans make a splash

Plans for a second swimming pool in Sleaford have been rejected over fears that it would negatively affect the council's own facilities.

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North Kesteven District Council rejected St George's Academy's plans for a pool because the school "failed to demonstrate sufficient need for such additional facilities".

The plans also "potentially undermine the viability of existing public facilities", the council adds.

The decision has caused anger because it's claimed the current pool is too busy for schoolchildren to learn how to swim:

The current one doesn't provide for everybody. It's sometimes full, and people aren't able to access classes there. There are 2,200 children in that school who currently cannot access swimming lessons during school time, that means only children whose parents have time and money to take them will be able to learn."

Marianne OvertonIndependent councillor

Watch: East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold start to the day across the region with a risk of ice on untreated roads and pavements.

Here's my full forecast:

Lincolnshire's dog owners warned to clean up their act

Many dog owners in North East Lincolnshire are not cleaning up after their pets and are being warned to scoop the poop.


The problem is so bad that North East Lincolnshire Council is now considering hiring a private firm to clean it up and dish out fines.

Other options being considered by councillors is the setting up of an in-house dog dirt team, or using their current community protection teams.

Rare Henry Moore works go on show in Lincoln

A new exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest is coming to Lincoln.

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The Henry Moore Foundation

Rarely seen pieces made by West Yorkshire sculptor Henry Moore are on display at The Usher Gallery from tonight.

The pieces are either inspired by landscapes or made from materials collected from land, such as clay and flint.

Last year marked 800 years since the signing of the Charter of the Forest, a companion document to Magna Carta, which upheld the rights of peasants to access the royal forests.

Severe accident: A1098 Lincolnshire both ways

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A1098 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at Cross Street.

A1098 Lincolnshire - A1098 High Street in Cleethorpes blocked at the Cross Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Lincolnshire's top stories so far

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The top stories from Lincolnshire so far today include:

Updates on breaking news will continue here throughout the night.

Car park off Fenside Road, Boston

The officer sparked an emergency response after claiming he had been attacked with a knife while on duty.

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County Council gets an extra £5 million for social care

Lincolnshire County Council is to get extra Government funding to help pay for social care and some other services.

Lincolnshire County Council

The authority is to receive just over £5 million.

Conservative leader Martin Hill says they'll be able to balance the books for the next two years.

We are very confident , certainly for the next two maybe three years we can manage, we've got to continue our savings programme so the pressure's still on... but because we've always been careful with our money we're not in the situation some other councils are."

Councillor Martin HillLeader of Lincolnshire County Council

Investigation launched into hospital bed fire

An investigation is under way into how a patient at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was left with severe burns.

The man is in intensive care following a fire on a ward this morning.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say it was caused by someone smoking in bed.

The crash scene in Meadow Lane

The 17-year-old was charged after a car crashed into a house, injuring his pregnant former girlfriend.

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Councils crack down on rogue landlords

Councils across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are cracking down on rogue landlords.

Rogue landlords

Operation Trawl is now underway in North East Lincolnshire to crack down on up to 4,000 landlords who's tenants are thought to be in dangerous and overcrowded houses.

Meanwhile, Hull City Council have just fined a landlord over £2,000 for failing to adequately manage what is known as house in multiple occupation.

North East Lincolnshire's housing programme manager Jackie Wells says tenants are falling victims to rogue landlords.

If you have a fire in one of these houses, the fire brigade might not know how many people are living here. Houses of multiple occupancy should meet fire and health and safety regulations which some don't."

Jackie WellsHousing Programme manager, North East Lincolnshire Council

Have you seen missing man?

An appeal is being made for sightings of a missing man from Grantham.

Fradreck Kufandirori
Lincolnshire Police

Police say 37-year-old Fradreck Kufandirori hasn't been seen since the weekend.

He's described as black, 6ft 5in and of slim build.

Fradreck may still be in the county or could possibly be in the Leicestershire area in Loughborough or Leicester.

Lincolnshire teen in court charged with attempted murder

A Lincolnshire teenager has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder his pregnant former girlfriend.


He'd picked up the teenage girl in his car and taken her for a drive.

The 17-year-old is accused of driving a car into a house on Meadow Lane, North Hykeham just before Christmas.

Both were trapped inside the vehicle.

The boy who can't be named because of his age has denied charges of attempted murder, dangerous driving and damaging property.

The case has been adjourned until the 10 September.

The teenager has been released on conditional bail.