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Tonight's weather

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Further showers, along with some clear spells, as we head through this evening.

A weather front will bring outbreaks of rain, although these will be rather patchy.

The rain may begin to ease during the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 11 to 14°C (52 to 57°F)

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Measles bus visits Scunthorpe supermarket

Parents in North Lincolnshire, whose children have missed out on their vaccinations, are being encouraged to bring them along to a mobile clinic.

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Nurses have been at Morrisons in Scunthorpe today, giving Year 8 and 9 students vaccinations against measles, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

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It comes a day after the UK lost its measles-free status.

Wainfleet floods a 'stark reminder' over defences

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Extensive flooding in Wainfleet serves as a "stark reminder" that there needs to be investment in flood defences, according to a senior Lincolnshire county councillor.

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Almost 600 homes were evacuated in Wainfleet when the River Steeping to burst its banks on 12 June.

Conservative councillor Colin Davie says he's now determined to solve some of the infrastructure problems around rivers in Lincolnshire.

He also said the government needed "long-term solutions" to the challenges being caused by climate change.

An independent investigation is being led by Norfolk County Council into the flooding.

Lincolnshire's afternoon weather forecast

There'll be sunny spells and scattered showers in Lincolnshire this afternoon.

A freshening southwest wind and a maximum temperature of 22C (72F):

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Farmers 'lining up' to sell grain before Brexit

A Lincolnshire company responsible for handling a fifth of the country's annual grain harvest says farmers are "lining up to sell" surplus product before Britain leaves the EU.

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Open Field Agriculture is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Colsterworth, near Grantham.

It provides all of the grain for Warburtons, among other large contracts.

The firm's chief operating officer, Mark Worrell, has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he's anticipating an extremely busy period as "people look to trade in the certainty of a European marketplace versus the uncertainly post 31 October".

Lincolnshire's weather

It will be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast...

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Lincolnshire's weather forecast

It should be a dry afternoon across Lincolnshire. Here's the latest forecast:

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Stolen blind hedgehog's owners make emotional plea

Pritti Mistry

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A Scunthorpe couple whose much-loved blind hedgehog was stolen in a van theft in Leeds have made an emotional plea to thieves to reveal what has happened to the animal.

Stephen the hedgehog
Frank Tett

Stephen the hedgehog was in a light grey cat carrier, which was inside the vehicle when it was taken from Albion Place on Saturday morning.

Owners Frank and Veronica Tett, who run Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital, near Scunthorpe, say they are "beside themselves".

At this stage we think time is running out for Stephen unless he has been released from the carrier. If the thief or anyone who knows him is reading this, will you at least tell us where and what you did with our hedgehog. He didn't deserve to be treated in this way and we hope you can live with yourself after what you have done."

Frank and Veronica Tett

West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating the theft.

Record number of vehicles seized on county's roads

Members of Lincolnshire's Armed Response and Roads Policing Vehicle (ARV) team say they've set a record in the county for the most vehicles they've seized in a month.

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The ARV team has confiscated 57 vehicles so far this August , including eight just last night.

One of the cars taken off the road overnight belonged to a drug-driver armed with a knife:

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More care needed driving on rural roads - Police

Drivers need to take more care on Lincolnshire's rural roads, which can be more challenging than dual carriageways and motorways, police say.

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The comments come after the death of two motorcyclists near Market Rasen on Saturday evening.

Since the beginning of January there have been 38 deaths on Lincolnshire's roads.

That compares to only 28 deaths over the same period last year.

It's easier to come off a rural road. There are more obstacles...They're single carriageway so if you overtake the chances of a head-on obviously go up slightly."

Rebecca AshtonIAM RoadSmart road safety charity

Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

There's the risk of a shower in Lincolnshire today.

Here's the forecast:

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Couple 'not hopeful' over stolen blind hedgehog's return

A couple from Lincolnshire who urged thieves to return their beloved blind hedgehog after their van containing the animal was stolen in Leeds say they're not holding out much hope of getting him back.

Stephen the hedgehog
Frank Tett

Stephen the hedgehog was inside the vehicle when it was removed from Albion Place in Leeds on Saturday morning.

Owner Frank Tett, who runs Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital in Scunthorpe, said: "We're all devastated here.

"He'll probably last four or five days without food or water. After that he'll just die. It'll be a miracle if he turns up."

Stephen was in a light grey coloured cat carrier which was inside the stolen van.

Mr Tett and his wife Veronica appealed for motorists to be vigilant on roadsides as they think the box might have been thrown out of the vehicle.

Police are investigating the theft.

The material things you can replace, but you can't replace a hedgehog. We'll travel to the ends of the Earth to pick him up."

Frank Tett

People asked to remove 'magnet fishing' finds

People in Lincolnshire who take part in 'magnet fishing' are being asked to be careful and take their finds away.

Rusty bikes and shopping trolleys left by the River Witham
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The activity - where people use strong magnets to find metal objects in waterways - is increasing in popularity, partly because of coverage on social media.

The photo above shows items pulled out of the River Witham.

But Robert Braithwaite, from the Canal and River Trust, says large or dangerous items are often left behind.

"Our resources are being spread more and more with clearing up magnet fishing. You don't know what you're going to pull out of the water and ultimately, the items are being left on the towpath where they do pose a safety issue."

Blind hedgehog stolen in van theft

A couple from North Lincolnshire have urged thieves to return their beloved blind hedgehog after a van containing the creature was stolen in Leeds.

Stephen the hedgehog
Frank Tett

Stephen the hedgehog (pictured) was inside the vehicle when it was taken from Albion Place in Leeds at about 08:15 on Saturday.

Frank Tett, who runs Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital near Scunthorpe, said: "If he is dumped he could be in real trouble."

Mr Tett and his wife Veronica have been caring for the animal since June when he was brought to them after being sprayed with chemicals.

Mr Tett, 80, had parked his white Vauxhall van outside Barclay's Bank and was loading stock for his market stall when it was stolen.

"Stephen was in a cat carrier in the van because I take him with me to the market to raise awareness about the plight of hedgehogs," he said.

"I was gone a matter of minutes and when I turned around the van was gone."

The theft has been reported to West Yorkshire Police.

Two die in Barrow upon Humber crash

A woman and a man have died in a serious road traffic collision near Barrow upon Humber.

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The incident involved a Volvo HGV and a Vauxhall Mokka and happened at about midday on Friday near the junction of Thornton Street and Wold Road on the B1206.

Emergency services including the air ambulance attended and roads in the area were closed off for some time.

The driver of the car suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the truck was unhurt, police say.

Humberside Police is appealing for witnesses.

Dutch firm Abellio takes over East Midlands rail franchise

A new train operator for the East Midlands says it will invest £600m over the next eight years as it starts running services on routes from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to London.

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The firm won the contract after Stagecoach was disqualified from bidding as it refused to take on pension liabilities.

Abellio, owned by the Dutch government-owned rail firm, has promised new trains, 165 new carriages, and improved infrastructure.

East Midlands Trains will now be called East Midlands Railway (EMR).

It said £400m would be spent on 33 five-carriage trains, which will include air conditioning, wi-fi and plug sockets for passengers.

Job losses at British Steel?

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The soon-to-be new Turkish owner of British Steel has been speaking to the Financial Times.

The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund (known as Oyak) reached a tentative deal to buy British Steel out of insolvency on Friday and plans to take over British Steel, which employs 5,000 people, by the end of the year.

The FT reports that it plans a productivity drive that could lead to several hundred job losses.

Toker Ozcan, head of the mining metallurgy group at Oyak, said the immediate focus would be to boost output.

He declined to comment on the scale of possible job cuts but said that productivity at the company’s main plant in Scunthorpe was “very low” compared with other European steel producers.

“I am not focused on headcount but on productivity,” he said, adding: “We will take productivity to where it needs to be.”

Chapter 5 - The Riddle Tree

James and the gang find themselves in a brand new dimension!
Having saved Frank the badger from the evil Galaxon, the gang follow ARAGH's best tracker to a brand new dimension in search of the final missing ring.

Lincolnshire councils pay out over £250k in compensation

Falling off donkeys, walking into noticeboards and getting friction burns from slides are just some of the things people have tried to claim compensation for from Greater Lincolnshire councils over the past five years, it's been revealed.

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Under a Freedom Of Information request to all the district councils, Lincolnshire County Council and North and North East Lincolnshire councils were asked for details of both successful and unsuccessful claims.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said Greater Lincolnshire councils have paid at least £263,246.89, but not all authorities could give all their figures so the final tally is likely to be higher.

East Lindsey District Council had the most claims at 52.

Of those who responded, the highest successful claim was from North Kesteven District Council which paid out £32,414 for a slip/trip or fall claim.

There was an unsuccessfully claim to the City of Lincoln Council for slipping on bird droppings.

Turkish army pension fund to buy British Steel

Turkey's military pension fund has reached a tentative deal to take over British Steel.

British Steel
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The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund, known as Oyak, said it planned to take control of British Steel by the end of the year.

Accountants at its investment arm, Ataer, have exclusive rights to the insolvent firm's books, so that they can examine the state of its finances.

British Steel was put into compulsory liquidation in May.

It owns the Scunthorpe steel works where 3,000 people work and it employs another 800 on Teesside.

Students celebrate their A-level results
Thousands of students collect their A-level results as the proportion picking up top grades falls.

Hospitals use AI to to help breast screening

The trust which runs Lincolnshire's hospitals is one of just two in the country to take part in a groundbreaking new trial using artificial intelligence (AI) to support breast screening.

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Currently all images produced during mammograms are reviewed by two members of the breast screening team.

But it's hoped the new assessment tool will revolutionise the way scans are read and analysed in the future.

Simon Harris, from the East Midlands Radiology Consortium, said: "Artificial intelligence is very good at pattern recognition. It looks at a mammogram image and it looks at certain markers or signs that are in there which might be something of interest.

"It's not very good at creative thinking in the way a human would be, but it is very good at spotting differences in images."

Consultant mammographer Bernadette Trzcinski says she thinks it'll make a big difference.

"It also means the women we have to recall because we've spotted something on their mammogram which we want to have a further look at, we have more time to spend with those women who are very anxious," she says.

British Steel buyer is 'pure speculation' says union

The Unite union says talk of a confirmed buyer for British Steel in Scunthorpe being announced by the end of the week is "pure speculation".

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It is understood an investment arm of Turkey's armed forces pension fund is the preferred bidder.

But Unite says suggestions of a confirmed buyer are rumours and will meet with the administrator today to raise concerns about leaks.

British Steel went into compulsory liquidation in May, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

More than 60 weapons surrendered to police

A total of 63 weapons have been handed in to police stations across Lincolnshire as part of a two-week long firearms surrender.

The weapons
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Of the 63 firearms, there were four air pistols, 44 rifles, and 15 shotguns.

The guns and ammunition will be destroyed, police say.

We had a selection of weapons handed in. These included fully-functional weapons through to imitation weapons. Imitation weapons in the wrong hands can cause as much fear as live weapons. We are delighted residents have supported our campaign and handed in these weapons which will prevent them from getting into the wrong hands."

Det Insp Mark SeageLincolnshire Police

Students across Lincolnshire get A-level results

Hundreds of sixth formers in Lincolnshire have been getting their A-level results this morning.

Students at North Kesteven
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Many students hope they've got the grades needed to go to their chosen university - others will have to go through the clearing process to find a place.

At North Kesteven Academy, 100% of students achieved A* or A grades in their chemistry A-level, while more than half of students taking Art A-level achieved A* or A grades.

We are really proud of our students who have done incredibly well as a cohort this year. Our teachers have also worked so hard and we have had some real success stories."

Jo TunnicliffeHeadteacher, North Kesteven Academy

Abuse towards young referees is 'unacceptable'

Football officials in Lincolnshire say the abuse faced by referees in the grassroots game is unacceptable and they're taking action to stamp it out.

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Michael Brader, the Referee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association, said on one match day last month three referees had been "reduced to tears" by supporters coming on to the pitch.

This season the association is giving referees under the age of 18 purple shirts to highlight their age in an effort to reduce the chances of them being targeted for physical or verbal abuse.

Earlier this year BBC reports highlighted incidents where young referees across the country have been given death threats and attacked by players and coaches.

What we want to do is take away those limited times when it all goes wrong and people over step the mark, and those bad experiences. We want to eliminate them as much as we can."

Michael BraderReferee Development Officer for Lincolnshire Football Association

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be a few showers around this morning but they will clear away quite quickly and it'll turn dry and bright day for most.

Temperatures could get up to 21C in places:

Police warning over Scunthorpe 'incident'

A diversion is in place after "an incident" in part of Scunthorpe, police say:

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Sala and pilot 'exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash'

Footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash over the English Channel, had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, a report has revealed.

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
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Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle in North Lincolnshire, died in a crash on 21 January while flying to Cardiff from the French city of Nantes.

Toxicology tests on Sala's body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

Mr Ibbotson has still not been found.

But it is likely he would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide, the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) report said.

Students across Lincolnshire receive BTEC results

Students across Lincolnshire are receiving their BTEC and vocational qualification results today.

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Nationally, it's a record year for results.

More than half of all the qualifications awarded to 16 to 18-year-olds in England are for vocational courses, like BTECs and City & Guilds.

Boston College in Lincolnshire offers training in subjects like cookery, brick laying and hairdressing.

Lydia Graves, who opened her results there this morning, says: "I got a triple distinction star in engineering, and I'm going to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to study architectural engineering.

"I did a year of A-levels and I wasn't a fan of mixing between different subjects that didn't really line up together, whereas with engineering I can focus on what I'm really passionate about."

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy day with very heavy outbreaks of rain, especially in southern Lincolnshire.

Temperatures will get up to about 18C:

Cauliflower shortages as extreme weather kills crops

Britain is experiencing a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather killed off much of this year's crops.

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Heavy rainfall in June destroyed crops in Lincolnshire, and alternative European supplies wilted in last month's heatwave.

Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops.

The shortages were described as "very concerning" by a spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association.

Other brassica - including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts - are also in short supply.

PCC rejects blanket ban on hands-free phone use in cars

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) says he doesn't support a blanket ban on the use of hands-free mobile phones in cars.

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A committee of MPs is considering today whether the use of hands-free should be banned in cars.

But Marc Jones, Lincolnshire's PCC, said: "An effective hands-free kit can be used safely in a car. So I wouldn't necessarily say a blanket ban is the way I would choose to go.

"If you went to an out-and-out ban you would just see an increase in people using mobile phones illegally. The fact that all vehicles are fitted with capacity to use telephones using Bluetooth - how are you going to disable all that technology in all of those vehicles?"

Mr Jones added that a ban would be "very difficult to enforce" and has called for MPs to find a "practical, pragmatic way forward".

County attractions among top 500 'unmissable experiences'

Four Lincolnshire attractions have been named among the UK's top 500 "unmissable experiences", according to Lonely Planet.

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The travel guide company has included Burghley House (above), the Viking Way Walk, Lincoln Cathedral (below) and Woolsthorpe Manor on the list.

Lincoln Cathedral
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Lincoln Cathedral is number 78 on the list, the Viking Way Walk - a long distance trail running 147 miles between the Humber Bridge and Rutland Water - is 342 and Burghley House, near Stamford, is number 486.

Woolsthorpe Manor
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Woolsthorpe Manor, childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton and home to the apple tree said to have inspired his theory of gravity, was placed at 384.

New dementia support service in Lincolnshire

A new support service for dementia patients and their families is being launched in Lincolnshire.

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Three organisations - St Barnabas Hospice, Dementia UK and Lincolnshire County Council - are working together to provide the county with six specialist dementia nurses or "Admiral Nurses".

They will work with families to provide one- to- one support.

Tracey Carter, from Dementia UK, said: "Our focus, for want of a better word, is to try and enable families to stay in the here and now, to focus on the here and now and to develop a good quality of life and to help them live well with dementia. And then to feel less fear and less stress about thinking about the future and planning."