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Severe accident: A180 Lincolnshire eastbound

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A180 Lincolnshire eastbound severe accident, at A1136.

A180 Lincolnshire - A180 entry slip road closed eastbound at the A1136 junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

This evening's forecast for Lincolnshire

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle moving in from the east:

Tomorrow, is expected to be largely dry with some bright or sunny spells.

Lincolnshire weather

Flood damage 'can't be allowed to happened again' - NFU

The National Farmers Union has described the flooding of arable land in Lincolnshire as "absolutely devastating".

flooding fields

More than 1,500 acres of farmland are underwater at Short Ferry, near Lincoln, and many other fields around the county are waterlogged.

The NFU says the issue must be taken seriously.

We have got to have a big discussion about how we deal with water, going forward. We cannot continue to try to do it on the cheap. We need to invest in infrastructure, we need to invest in maintenance because we cannot allow these things to continue to happen."

Stuart RhodesVice Chairman, National Farmers Union
flood scheme

His comments came as the Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, visited a flood alleviation scheme in Lincoln. She said farmers will be able to apply for grants of up to £25,000 for uninsurable losses.

Roads remain closed due to flooding

Lincolnshire Police say a number of roads across the county remain closed due to flooding:

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Home visits for people at risk of flooding

Environment Agency officers are knocking on the doors of homes at risk of flooding in Lincolnshire.

flooded house

Officials says river levels remain extremely high on the Lower Witham, between Lincoln and Boston, and on the River Ancholme.

They say that although the situation appears to be improving, the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum remains ready to deliver a coordinated response, if needed.

Jolley pays tribute to Mariners' fans and players

Outgoing Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has issued a statement thanking the club's players, staff and supporters after it was announced he had left the club by mutual consent.

Jolley, who leaves the club after an 18-month stint, said it had been a "genuine privilege" to work for "such a fantastic club" and said he was convinced the team, currently 18th in League Two, could go on to achieve success:

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Jordan O'Brien murder: Drug dealer jailed for life

A drug dealer who "brutally" murdered a man with a machete in a row over drugs has been jailed for life.

Kieran Walker
Lincolnshire Police

Jordan O'Brien was attacked by Kieran Walker on his mother's doorstep at a house in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, on 27 March.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Walker hit his victim with such force he almost severed one leg and left the other so badly damaged it had to be amputated.

Judge John Pini QC told him he must serve a minimum of 28 years.

Walker was convicted of Mr O'Brien's murder by a jury in October.

The trial heard Walker, of Auckley, in Doncaster, had a grudge with Mr O'Brien over the loss of £2,000 worth of amphetamines.

Crops could be 'written off' due to Lincolnshire flooding

A Lincolnshire farmer says a national produce crisis is looming as thousands of acres of farmland is waterlogged or flooded following recent heavy rain.

flooded land

The managing director of Lincolnshire Field Products, Robin Hancox, says hundreds of acres of potatoes and cabbages could be "written off" as farmers struggle to lift them.

The farmer, from Spalding, says he and many other, are unable to drill winter wheat, which will have serious consequences for the national wheat crop next summer.

Nine Environment Agency flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire.

Watch: Bridlington PCSO 'oldest in the country'

A Police Community Support Officer who is still working at the age of 71 says she keeps going because of job satisfaction.

Liz Smith joined Humberside Police when she was 58-years-old and is still going strong.

Liz patrols six villages around Bridlington on a moped and says she loves being out in the community and helping people.

Dozens of weapons taken off Lincolnshire's streets

A machete and an imitation firearm are among the 100 weapons seized or surrendered as part of a police operation in Lincolnshire.


Lincolnshire Police said 64 of the weapons were confiscated during targeted raids or searches while a further 36 were handed in by members of the public.

They include a machete recovered in Sleaford, an imitation fire arm found on Lincoln's Ermine estate and a knife that had been taken into the Lindum Medical Practice in Lincoln.

The force said 67 people have been arrested so far as part of Operation Raptor.

Michael Jolley: Grimsby Town part company with manager

Grimsby have parted company with boss Michael Jolley after a run of seven games without a win.

Michael Jolley
PA Media

The 42-year-old was appointed manager at Blundell Park in March 2018.

He subsequently led them to safety in the fourth tier before registering a 17th place finish last season.

The Mariners are the third League Two team to change manager in three days, after Carlisle United sacked Steven Pressley on Wednesday and Leyton Orient parted with Carl Fletcher on Thursday.

New flood warning issued for Lincolnshire

A fresh flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency this morning.

flood map
Environment Agency

The latest warning covers Car Dyke, Billinghay Skirth and tributaries in the Billinghay area.

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

There are now eight flood warnings in place across Lincolnshire.

Thousands of homes to be built in flood zones

BBC Science and Environment

Almost 10,000 new homes could be built on some of the most flood-prone areas of England, a Greenpeace investigation has found.

A flooded house
PA Media

They include hundreds of new-builds in Sheffield and Doncaster, the towns hit hardest by the latest floods.

The Environment Agency told the BBC that virtually all planning applications last year followed its advice on flood risk.

The Greenpeace study comes as hundreds of flood-hit homes in South Yorkshire are still evacuated.

More than 5,000 homes have been proposed in high-risk zones of Lincolnshire, where roads and thousands of acres of farmland have been flooded in the last few days.

The research also highlighted a 3,100-home "new town" near Stainforth, less than two miles from Fishlake, the village where hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding.

'Record' river levels in Lincolnshire - Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says the River Ancholme and River Witham in Lincolnshire have reached record high levels.

Flood in Lincolnshire

Officers say they've made maximum use of flood storage reservoirs upstream of Lincoln overnight, to protect the city.

Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager Ben Thorley told BBC Radio Lincolnshire it will take days for water levels to fall due to the slow drainage systems of the Ancholme and Witham.

He added that a meeting will be held with the emergency services and drainage boards later today to assess the risks to homes and land.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire train services hit by flooding

BBC News Travel

There are several problems on Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's rail services just now due to flooding.

TransPennine Express services are currently suspended between Sheffield and Scunthorpe due to flooding in the Kirk Sandall area, near Doncaster.

Train operator Northern is also unable to run services between Doncaster and Goole due to the Kirk Sandall flooding.

Northern trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe will run at a reduced speed, not calling at Kirk Sandall.

Passengers needing to stop at Kirk Sandall are being asked to use rail replacement buses between Doncaster and Goole.

Disruption on these routes are expected to continue for the rest of the day, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Meanwhile, rail services are also affected between Sheffield and Lincoln Central/Gainsborough Central/Retford/Worksop, and also between Leeds and Lincoln Central.

This is due to flooding near Kiveton Park, which means trains have to run at a reduced speed, with services delayed up to 30 minutes, cancelled or revised.

Further flood warnings in Lincolnshire after heavy rain

Following heavy rain over the last 24 hours, three more flood warnings have been issued for Lincolnshire.

Flood sign
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

They cover the River Slea in Sleaford, Ruskington Beck and the River Glen at Surfleet Reservoir.

Several other flood warnings remain in place across the county, with an additional three for the River Trent on the Nottinghamshire border.

These warnings mean "flooding is expected and immediate action is required".

For the full list of current flood warnings, take a look at the government's Flood Information Service.

Flooding's also causing some travel problems this morning, with the A46 closed in both directions at Nettleton and the A156 closed between Lea and Marton.

Train services have also been suspended between Lincoln and Sheffield.

Severe disruption: A46 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from turning for Holten Le Moor to B1434.

A46 Lincolnshire - A46 in Nettleton closed in both directions from the turning for Holten Le Moor junction to the B1434 junction, because of flooding.

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

Railway lines blocked following flooding

The railway line between Sheffield and Worksop will be closed until the end of the day because of heavy rain causing flooding near Kiveton Park.

It's also expected to remain closed tomorrow with no replacement road transport being put on by train operator Northern. It says it tried to source transport, but couldn't.

Flooding at Rotherham station
Alan Epton

Rotherham station (above) has reopened after it was closed because of flood damage to the track.

Affected routes this morning include:

  • Sheffield - Gainsborough/Lincoln, no service on Friday, customers advised not to travel
  • Sheffield - Scarborough/Bridlington, services will terminate/start from Hull
  • Doncaster - Hull, services will terminate/start at Goole, road transport is being arranged between Doncaster and Goole.
  • Sheffield - Hull/Beverley, services will terminate/start at Doncaster
  • Doncaster - Scunthorpe, services will run via Skellow and will not call at Kirk Sandall
  • Doncaster - Sheffield, services will run as normal
  • Rotherham Central has opened as planned with services resuming from first thing this morning (Friday)

Fire service issues warning over driving through floodwater

Heavy rain disrupts train services

Train services between Sheffield and Worksop are affected due to floodwater on the line, Northern rail says.

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Lincolnshire's weather

It's going to be a wet end to the day. Here's the latest forecast:


Severe disruption: A1077 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1077 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from Falkland Way to B1402.

A1077 Lincolnshire - A1077 Ferry Road in Barton Upon Humber closed in both directions from the Falkland Way junction to the B1402 junction, because of flooding.

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

Severe disruption: A1077 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1077 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from Falkland Way to B1402.

A1077 Lincolnshire - A1077 Ferry Road in Barton Upon Humber closed in both directions from the Falkland Way junction to the B1402 junction, because of flooding.

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

Apology issued over A&E waiting times

Hospital bosses have apologised after new figures showed just 65% of A&E patients were seen within four hours last month.


In October, 15,139 people attended A&E at hospitals under United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust control.

However, just 9,723 (642%) were seen within the allotted four hours. The national target is set at 95%.

Simon Evans, director of operations at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our A&E performance is not where we want it to be and we would like to apologise for this.

"Over recent months we have seen a significant increase in the number of very poorly patients attending at our A&Es, as well as cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus.

"This has coincided with a reduction in the number of patients being discharged from our hospitals, which has unfortunately resulted in long delays for some of our patients in A&E."

Concerns over Lincolnshire's weather forecast

Residents and farmers are being warned to brace themselves for more heavy rain in Lincolnshire:

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Some residents have been evacuated from Short Ferry Caravan Park near Bardney as a precaution:


Canal boat owners on Lincoln's Fossdyke are also bracing themselves as water levels rise again.

Up to 45mm of rain is expected.

Missing 14-year-old found 'safe and well'

A 14-year-old girl who went missing from Grimsby has been found safe and well.

Humberside Police said Scarlett Lewis, who was reported missing on Monday, is now back with her family.

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Flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire

There are still five flood warnings in place across Lincolnshire.

The Environment Agency warnings mean "flooding is expected, immediate action is required".

The Met Office is warning heavy rain could lead to more flooding and damage in the county.

Up to 45mm of rain is expected later.

Technicians deal with sewage treatment plant leak

It's thought flooding has caused a sewage treatment works in Lincoln to leak.


Anglian Water technicians are at the site on Washingborough Road.

They say the clean-up will be completed soon.

Grimsby go local for town's Christmas tree

Grimsby's Christmas tree has been put in place today, but for the first time in years it has not come from Norway.

Grimsby Christmas tree

The tree has previously been gifted to the town from Norway - a tradition dating back to the 1940s - but last year it had to be replaced due to its poor state.

Now, this year, after poor weather conditions in Norway hampered tree growing, North East Lincolnshire Council have taken their festive fir from a local grower.

Environment Agency criticised over farmland flooding

A Lincolnshire farmer has criticised the Environment Agency for not doing enough to stop his farmland from flooding.

Henry Ward

Henry Ward's land surrounds the Barlings Eau, near Lincoln, which burst its banks over the weekend.

He said more than a 1,000 acres of his land has been covered with between six and 10ft of water and he says he's not heard anything from the Environment Agency.

He told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "They've not even spoken to me or my family.

"We're not a flood plain, it's open arable land and we're being used as a flood plain free of charge and we're expected to take the cost of this on the chin."

He posted the following footage online:

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The Environment Agency has said it is making plans to repair the Eau "as soon as ground and weather conditions allow" and is liaising with the National Farmers Union to offer support and advice to farmers affected by flooding.

CCTV 'shows backpacker's body in suitcase'

A jury has been shown CCTV of a man accused of murdering the backpacker Grace Millane pushing a suitcase said to contain her body.

Grace Millane

University of Lincoln graduate Grace Millane, from Wickford, Essex, died on the night before her 22nd birthday while travelling in New Zealand.

The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murder.

He had been on a date with Ms Millane the day before he left his Auckland hotel with two suitcases.

Grace Millane trial: CCTV shows murder accused with suitcase

Prosecutors claim Ms Millane was in one of them and allege the suspect strangled Ms Millane before disposing of her body.

But the defendant claims the University of Lincoln graduate died on 1 December after they engaged in consensual rough sex.

The trial continues.

Further fears over flood-hit horse charity in Bransby

Staff at a flood-hit Lincolnshire horse charity say they're worried about further rain which is forecast for the county later this week.

Flooded land

Bransby Horses, in Lincoln, is trying to rehome some of its animals after losing 40% of its grazing land to flooding.

More rain is expected at the end of the week and the charity is now hoping to move about 100 horses to land near Langworth.

Staff say they're "eternally grateful" for all the offers of land and stables they've received.

Shops in Lincoln turn purple to show support for disabled

Stores in Lincoln have dressed their staff and windows in purple today to show support for disabled customers.

Purple Tueday

The colour change was put in place to mark Purple Tuesday - an international appeal for businesses to promise to make their shops and goods more accessible.

Research published for the event shows poor customer service and a lack of staff understanding are common barriers for disabled consumers.

Lincoln Methodist church demolition gets go-ahead

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to demolish a 60-year-old church on the Ermine estate in Lincoln have been backed by city councillors.

methodist church
City of Lincoln Council

City of Lincoln Council officers recommended the plan to knock down the Ermine West Methodist Church, on Trelawney Crescent, to make way for a housing development.

The church and community hall was built in the latter half of the estate's development in the 1950s and early 60s.

Plans have yet to be submitted for new homes on the site, but the application says its redevelopment for “residential purposes” is “pending".

Man robbed at knifepoint in Lincoln

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and robbed at knifepoint in Lincoln.

Harvey Street, Lincoln

It happened just after 18:30 on Thursday 7 November on Harvey Street.

The victim was assaulted by three men and was then threatened by one of them with a knife before the group took jewellery, cash and a mobile phone from him.

The three male suspects were wearing beanie hats and hoodies and were seen heading towards the Foss Bank area.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch.

Police appeal for help to find missing 14-year-old

Have you seen this teenager who's gone missing from Grimsby?

Scarlett Lewis
Humberside Police

Scarlett Lewis, 14, was last seen at about 07:00 on Monday in the Fountains Avenue area.

Anyone who sees her is being asked to contact Humberside Police.

Humberside Police plea for dangerous driving footage

Humberside Police is asking for people to submit footage of alleged driving offences online in an effort to improve road safety.

Police jakcet

The force's new online portal will allow people to upload footage of inappropriate or dangerous behaviour for officers to review to see if any action needs to be taken.

The force says members of the public can help to help keep roads safe and the move won't replace traditional patrols.

Lincolnshire para-athlete Arnold wins fourth World title

Lincolnshire-born Hollie Arnold has won her fourth consecutive F46 javelin world title at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Hollie Arnold at Dubai
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Arnold, 25, threw 44.73m - a new championship record - to hold off the challenge from New Zealand's Holly Robinson, who broke Arnold's world record earlier this year.

The reigning Paralympic, European and Commonwealth champion told BBC Sport: "Throwing a personal best and getting that fourth world title, it means so much to me after such an up and down year.

"To be able to go out there and just feel like old Hollie again, I can't wait for Tokyo now."

Over 100 horses moved at flood-hit charity's site

More than 100 horses at an equine welfare charity's site in Lincolnshire are having to be moved due to flooding.

Flooding at Bransby Horses.

Staff at Bransby Horses say current conditions aren't safe for the animals and they're working to keep them out of contaminated water.

Deputy team leader Jess Hester says they've got their work cut out moving them to other fields:

Some of our fields are coming up to our knees in water. It's all damp, it's quite muddy, it's cold. But we're all pulling together to make sure we're giving these horses the best care we possibly can."

Jess HesterBransby Horses
Horse in mud

FA Cup second round draw

Boston United will either face Wrexham or Rochdale away in the second round of the FA Cup.

FA Cup

It's the first time the Pilgrims have got to this stage of the competition as a non-league club in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City could be up against Coventry City, but they have to beat Ipswich Town in a replay first after drawing 1-1 at the weekend.

British Steel deal 'small change' to Jingye

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

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The rescue deal for British Steel is "small change" for Chinese firm Jingye, according to a chartered engineer.

Dr Jonathan Owens, of the Salford Business School, told the Today programme: "I think the Chinese have been trying to get into the UK market for some time.

"Scunthorpe has successfully rebuffed the Chinese cheaper imports for some time, so the £1.2bn which they’ve gone down over a 10-year investment is relatively small change for them.

"They will look at making Scunthorpe profitable. We’re paying £50m a year more than our competitors over the Channel. This could be measured in profits or reinvestment, so after Brexit this may be what the Chinese are looking at in profitability."

Flood warnings continue for Lincolnshire

A total of five flood warnings remain in place for Lincolnshire this morning.

Flood sign
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The affected areas are the River Witham, Low Barlings and the Short Ferry areas.

The warnings mean flooding is expected and "immediate action" is required.

For all the latest information, take a look at the government's Flood Information Service.