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Other options now looked at for British Steel

The Insolvency Service is set to start seeking out other potential buyers for British Steel, including the plant in Scunthorpe.

British Steel, Scunthorpe

It comes as two months of exclusive talks with the Turkish company Ataer Holdings comes to an end tomorrow.

Some 5,000 jobs are directly at risk in Scunthorpe along another 20,000 in the supply chain.

The official receiver says the company, which is controlled by the Turkish military pension fund and first expressed an interest in saving the business in August, is still "very much interested in acquiring the business."

But they now say discussions with other interested parties can now take place.

I think that's got to be the top priority to find someone to do that- there could be other players out there and we've got to redouble efforts to bring those to the table."

Chris McDonaldMaterials Processing Institute

Lincolnshire council extends property portfolio

Local Democracy Reporting Service

After previously buying a lingerie factory and gym, West Lindsey District Council have now added more property to their portfolio.

Evans Halshal, Doncaster

The authority have now purchased land on Wheatley Road in Doncaster which is currently being used by the car dealership Evans Halshaw at a cost of £5.35m.

It takes their total amount spent on commercial property to more than £20m and the council have another £10m set aside for further purchases.

The return on the council’s investments so far has brought in £1.7m of ongoing potential income – the original target was £1m.

It’s actually doing a really good job and we’re making more money than we expected which is a good thing because it shows we are pragmatic and we are cautious.”

Giles McNeilWest Lindsey District Council

Police increase patrols to clamp down on poaching

Police forces across the county are increasing patrols in rural areas as part of a crackdown on poaching.


Hares and deer tend to be targeted this time of the year after the harvest when fields are left open.

Lincolnshire Police say poachers cause misery to local farming communities.

All Thomas Cook stores bought by Hays for £6m

It's emerged Thomas Cook's entire network of high street shops was bought for £6m.

Former Thomas Cook store in Lincoln

Hays Travel took over the 555 stores earlier this year after Thomas Cook collapsed, leaving around 150,000 holidaymakers abroad..

There are nine former Thomas Cook branches in Lincolnshire.

The details about the cost of purchase were given to a group of MPs at a meeting earlier today.

Residents are told their caravans are too old and must go

A granddad who has terminal cancer says he won't be able to enjoy the time he has left after being forced to leave his caravan site in Lincolnshire.

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson has stayed at his holiday home at Ingoldmells for 25 years but now the local council says caravans over 20 years old must be removed, including Mr Johnson's.

East Lindsey District Council runs Kingfisher Caravan Park and has introduced the changes which it says will benefit both the long term sustainability of the park and licence holders.

Kingfisher Caravan Park

But owners like Steven say they've been left devastated by the news:

Why should somebody be forced to upgrade a caravan that is perfectly fit for purpose, there's also other people with caravans a bit older than mine and they're in probably even better condition."

Steven JohnsonCaravan owner

Shop owners call for action over anti-social behaviour

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Litter, needles and human excrement are some of the things workers say they're often having to clean-up from their shop fronts in Lincoln.

They say it's damaging the High Street and they're now calling for action to be taken to stop it from happening.

Look North's Jessica Lane examines the issue:

Lincolnshire MP tables amendment to Brexit bill

The Independent MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles has tabled an amendment to the government's Brexit bill.

It would lengthen the transition period by two years - ending in December 2022 instead of December 2020.

Mr Boles says he wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit next year.

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Claims roadside workers have been threatened with guns

Council officials say some roadside workers in Lincolnshire have been threatened with what appear to be guns by people waiting in their cars.

It comes following the news that a glass bottle was thrown at contractors at Sutton Bridge last week.

The £100,000 works to upgrade the swing bridge there have led to two-mile tailbacks in recent weeks but it's now been completed.

Sutton bridge swing bridge

Lincolnshire County Council's Richard Waters says staff regularly have abuse and objects hurled at them and it isn't acceptable:

We've had incidents where people have poked guns or what appear to be guns out of car windows - it's just becoming increasingly disturbing really."

Richard WatersLincolnshire County Council

Lincoln Cathedral turns red

If you noticed a funny glow around Lincoln Cathedral last night, fear not, it was just technicians trying out the buildings new lighting system.

Over the last seven months more than 500 LED lights have been installed to highlight and enhance the Cathedral's architecture.

It also means there's now the option to light up the landmark's towers with coloured lights so the building can recognise important local, national and international events

But the red lights have not been to everyone's liking with some saying the cathedral looks "demonic" and makes the building "look like it's got horns."

Red Lincoln Cathedral
Red Lincoln Cathedral

Cancer charity say lack of staff is affecting patient care

NHS workers are so stretched cancer patients in Lincolnshire aren't getting all the emotional and physical support they need, it has been claimed

Cancer care

A survey by the charity Macmillian Cancer Support suggests a quarter of cancer patients across the East Midlands think healthcare staff seem to have unmanageable workloads.

Nikki Cannon from the charity says they are launching a campaign calling on the Government to urgently address the "crisis" facing both the NHS and social care sector:

There is an absolute crisis in the NHS, there are 40,000 nursing vacancies and there are simply not enough staff to be able to deliver care safely and effectively and patients are feeling that."

Nikki CannonMacmillan Cancer Support

The Government says it has recently announced a multi-million pound package of support to train and retain the nurses the NHS needs.

Missing Boston woman now found

Missing pensioner June Woods has been found.

The 78-year-old from Boston was reported missing last night.

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Man charged over Fireman Sam malicious messages

A 55-year-old man has been charged in connection with messages sent to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer after the brigade dropped Fireman Sam as their mascot.

Fireman Sam mascot
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Jeremy Flashman of King's Road, Southminster, Essex is accused of sending malicious messages to Les Britzman over the decision.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

Mr Britzman said Fireman Sam would be replaced with fire extinguisher-shaped mascots called Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Mr Flashman is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on the October 31.

Cases of slavery rise dramatically in Lincolnshire

The number of cases of modern day slavery in Lincolnshire has quadrupled over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

Modern day slavery

Last year 51 victims were found and referred to authorities in the county, but this year numbers are on course to exceed 200.

The figures were revealed at a Modern Slavery conference in Grantham.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones says they're working with other forces to tackle the issue:

We're working together regionally and nationally to try and identify victims of these crimes, because ultimately all of these kinds of crimes are putting money in the pockets of organised crime groups."

Marc JonesLincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Grimsby man wanted over attempted murder located

Police say they have arrested Liam Milligan, from Grimsby, after an appeal to find him.

The 23-year-old was wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Humberside Police said he is currently being held in police custody and have thanked everyone who shared their appeal to find him.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another chilly start to the day but it should stay dry with temperatures up to 13C in places.

This evening and overnight will also be dry and we may see a little ground frost in places as temperatures dip to between 3C and 5C.

Couple "shell shocked" by news home could be demolished

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A couple whose house is one of five earmarked for demolition under plans for a new relief road for Spalding say they have been left "shell-shocked" by the news.

Frank and Catherine Roberts

Frank and Catherine Roberts spent £300,000 on building their mock Tudor property on Bourne Road 20 years ago and thousands more since.

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed last week its preferred route for the central section of the £100m Spalding Western Relief Road, however, the scheme will continue to cut through five homes while four others will also be at risk.

In its appraisal, the council has suggested three options to go before committee on Monday 9 December, including a route through nearby allotments (£50m), the “central” route through Bourne Road (£39m) and one through the Trojan Wood furniture company to the west (£45m).

It says bulldozing the homes would cost them £1.25m, while the Trojan Wood site would result in a compulsory purchase order of £4.5m.

But Catherine and other campaigners from the Spalding Against Relief Road campaign have queried the figures – which split to £250,000 for each of the five houses, or £189,000 if all nine were affected.

Some of the houses the road could go through

County Council hope to have new chief exec by end of year

Lincolnshire County Council is hoping to have a new chief executive in post by the end of the year.


The authority's appointment committee will discuss advertising the post at a meeting on Friday 25th October.

It's nearly a year since the former Chief Executive Keith Ireland left the council after just four months in the job.

He left the post with a £134,000 pay off.

Lincs MP missed Brexit vote because of wife's birthday

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh missed the weekend's Brexit vote because it was his wife's birthday, it has emerged.

Sir Edward Leigh

On Saturday MPs had been due to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal but instead passed an amendment effectively requiring the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK's planned departure.

Sir Edward, who did not vote, has been unavailable for comment since the weekend but aides have now confirmed he did not take part because he wanted to attend the celebrations.

Two charged after 'worst trouble in decade' at Elland Road

Two men have been charged in connection with disturbances inside and outside Elland Road following Leeds United's game with Birmingham City.

Supporters clash with police inside the ground

A number of people were arrested when violence flared at the end of the game with police officers and stewards being injured.

Bottles and cones were thrown at officers, West Yorkshire Police added.

A 44-year-old Leeds man has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker and a public order offence, and a 25-year-old Leeds man has been charged with criminal damage to a police vehicle.

Both are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court next month.

Meanwhile, two men, aged 19 and 22, and a 17-year-old youth, all from Birmingham, were given a community resolution for being drunk and disorderly, as was a 56-year-old man, from Lincolnshire, who was arrested with them.

A 24-year-old man, from Leeds, and 20-year-old man, from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation, police say.

An investigation into the trouble is ongoing with CCTV being trawled.

Supt Chris Bowen said: “These were isolated incidents involving only a relative minority of the supporters of both sides and it is fair to say this is the worst trouble we have seen at Elland Road for over a decade."

Missing Boston woman now found

Lincolnshire Police say they have found 19-year-old Aimee Coupland from Boston.

She was reported missing over the weekend.

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Man charged after bouncer assaulted at Boston bar

A man has been charged with assault after a bouncer was attacked at a cocktail bar in Boston.

Browns Cocktail Bar

Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to Browns Cocktail Bar, in Dolphin Street, at 02.00 on Saturday following a report of an assault on a member of doorstaff.

The force said a 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the assault after he was arrested nearby.

The man has also been charged with two other assault offences, including assaulting an emergency worker.

He is expected to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court later today.

Call for speed bumps to stop speeding drivers

A petition has been launched calling for speed bumps to be installed on a Boston street amid safety concerns.

Jubilee Avenue

People living on Jubilee Avenue began the appeal after several pets were killed by vehicles.

Campaigners say they are worried it's only a matter of time before a child is hit.

It's a great big worry for all of us parents who have kids on the street, one of these days one of them's going to get involved in an accident and they're not going to survive."

Stacey ChippingMother and campaigner

Lincolnshire County Council says there's only been one collision there in the last five years so it would be difficult to justify installing speed bumps, but it says it will monitor the situation.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Lincolnshire

There's a fair bit of cloud and a few showers around this morning but it will turn bright and sunny later this afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

The Red Arrows are back home after spending 11 weeks touring North America.
The aerobatic display team are back home after spending 11 weeks touring North America.

Lincolnshire arrests in op to tackle 'county lines' gangs

A total of 10 people from Lincolnshire have been detained as part of a national crackdown on so-called "county lines" gangs.

Police jacket

It's been part of a wider operation across the country, co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA)

"County lines" gangs are originally from big cities and often use violence and intimidation to expand into smaller towns, using mobile phones to take orders from drug users.

In total, over 700 people have been arrested as part of the recent crackdown, with more than £0.5m worth of drugs seized, according to the NCA.

'A lot of work to do' - Lincolnshire Hospitals boss

The man in charge of Lincolnshire's hospitals has admitted there is "a lot of work to do" after the trust was kept in special measures for a third year.


United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was given a "requires improvement" rating after Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors visited Boston and Lincoln hospitals.

The watchdog said there were "significant concerns" about urgent and emergency care at both hospitals.

We have got work to do on our finances. We've undoubtedly got work to do around filling our vacancies. We've also got a lot of work to do around engaging our own workforce and making this a great place to work."

Andrew MorganChief executive, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

It should be a dry end to the day in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

Weather forecast

Largely sunny afternoon ahead for Lincolnshire

It should be a dry afternoon in Lincolnshire, though there's the slight chance of a shower in places.

Here's the latest forecast:


Special constables needed as numbers fall

More special constables are needed to join Humberside Police after the force said it had seen a drop in numbers over the last three years.

Police officers
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Special constables are unpaid volunteers who have full police powers, uniforms and equipment.

Some of these trained volunteers have gone on to become full-time regular officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: "We have been actively recruiting over the past two years and I do not think it will be any surprise that of the pool of people that have joined the regulars, a large number have come from the specials."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Union boss attacks council over health visitor pay row

Unite leader Len McCluskey has accused Lincolnshire County Council of "failing its public duty" to resolve an ongoing dispute about health visitors' pay.

Len McCluskey

Since July more than 70 health workers have walked out on numerous occasions for a total of 32 days.

They argue that since the county council took over their contracts from NHS two years ago they haven't had a pay increase, meaning they've lost £2,000 a year.

Speaking at the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, in Harrogate, earlier Mr McCluskey said the "cash-rich county council' was forcing through a "two-tier system to divide workers".

He said Lincolnshire families with young children are suffering the consequences of a reduced service.

Let me be clear to those council bosses sitting in Lincolnshire county hall. You are failing in your public duty to resolve the impasse and pay your health visitors what is theirs."

Len McCluskeyGeneral Secretary, Unite
Health visitors on strike

Lincolnshire County Council say they have always valued the work of health visitors, are committed to working collaboratively with the workforce and would welcome further constructive talks with Unite.

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

'Organised' lead thief gangs target Lincolnshire churches

At least 30 incidents of lead theft from church roofs have taken place in Lincolnshire so far this year.

Replacing stolen lead costs tens of thousands of pounds and historic buildings are often left without a proper roof for weeks following such thefts.

Police and insurers believe organised gangs are behind the attacks.

St Peter and St Paul’s in Gosberton had an estimated 12 tonnes of lead stripped from its roof in May - and, as this video shows, water is still coming into the building when it rains:

The Reverend Ian Walters, the vicar at St Peter and St Paul’s, says it's hit him and the congregation hard:

It has been very devastating and very depressing really, because every time it rains we go, 'Oh no'"

Reverend Ian WaltersVicar

Mental health absences rise among ambulance staff

The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.


The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.

Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.

The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.

The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:

We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."

The Reverend Kev CharlesChaplain and staff support lead, EMAS

Children struggling to find adoptive families

Older children, children with disabilities, and those with brothers and sisters who need to be kept together, are struggling to find adoptive families in Lincolnshire, according to the county council.

Child with book

These children often end up waiting the longest time to find a home, the council says.

As a result, the authority's now running information events in Lincoln - one today and one on Thursday - for anyone interested in adopting.

Anne Johnson, adoption team manager at the county council, says the authority's looking for all sorts of different people to be adoptive parents:

Nobody is too old. You can adopt if you're single, you can adopt if you're gay and we have some really successful same-sex couples in Lincolnshire."

Anne JohnsonAdoption team manager, Lincolnshire County Council

Fraud costs county council £1.3m in lost council tax

£1.3m is being claimed incorrectly in single-person discount on council tax in Lincolnshire, it's been revealed.

Council tax bill
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It follows a review of 75,000 households across the county.

Lincolnshire County Council says it has a zero tolerance approach to council tax fraud, which it says "takes money away from local services and is unfair on the majority of people who pay the correct bill".

Lucy Pledge, head of internal audit and risk management, says the authority will now look into other types of fraud:

Over the coming months, our next focus will be on procurement fraud, financial mismanagement and identifying where business rates have not been paid."

Lucy PledgeLincolnshire County Council

Spot checks carried out to ensure welfare of workers

Officers investigating modern slavery say they have carried out a number of spot checks in Lincolnshire.

GLAA officer

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority visited a number of businesses in South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey last week.

Inspectors interviewed workers about their hours, pay and conditions.

Despite finding no problems, they say the checks should act as a deterrent.

Lincolnshire is regarded as a key region for inspectors because of the high levels of agricultural, food processing and packaging work, which is carried out by licensed labour providers.

If found guilty, unlicensed gangmasters can be given up to 10 years behind bars and unlimited fines.

Louth Hospital Club shut following major fire

Louth Hospital Social Club will be closed "for the foreseeable future" following a major fire at the weekend, it's been confirmed.

Louth Hospital Social Club fire
Keith Dowse

The fire at the building in High Holme Road started in the early hours of Saturday 12 October.

Fire crews from Louth, Binbrook and North Somercotes attended initially and were later joined by crews from Horncastle and Market Rasen.

The blaze was caused by an electrical fault.

Louth Hospital Social Club fire
Keith Dowse

The club's committee says it will be closed for the foreseeable future and has urged anyone with a future booking at the building to get in touch.

Police probe messages to fire chief in Fireman Sam row

Police are investigating messages sent to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire officer over his decision to drop Fireman Sam as a mascot.

Fireman Sam
PA Media

Last month, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it would no longer use the character to promote the service after complaints he was not 'inclusive' enough.

Lincolnshire Police said no arrests had been made, but confirmed officers had interviewed a 55-year-old man at a police station in Essex on Friday relating to a suspected offence of malicious communication.

Lincolnshire MP remains positive over Brexit talks

UK and EU negotiating teams will meet later as efforts to reach a Brexit deal before a crunch summit this week continue.

Victoria Atkins
PA Media

After talks in Brussels this weekend, EU ambassadors were told the UK would make concessions to its post-Brexit plan for the Northern Irish border.

But the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said a "a big gap" remained over customs arrangements.

Victoria Atkins, Home Office minister and Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle, said she believed a deal could be reached by the 31 October deadline.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "[In] the last few days, we've seen a real shift in approach from the EU - and in Ireland in particular - for which we're extremely grateful and appreciative.

"I think with the negotiations ongoing...I'm an optimist, I do believe that we can get a deal by 31 October."

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places: