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Boston council leader is second youngest in UK

He's previously worked as a car salesman, a band frontman and a Youtuber - and now heads one of Lincolnshire's councils.

Aaron Spencer
Boston Borough Council

At 27, Aaron Spencer - the leader of Boston Borough Council - is the second youngest council leader in the UK.

Mr Spencer has been officially voted in as the new leader and has hit back at those who say he doesn't have the experience.

He replaces Michael Cooper who stepped down to concentrate on his business.

It doesn't matter how experienced you are, if you're open with the decisions that you are making and you say 'This is my position on it, what's yours?' that doesn't come with experience. That is a fundamental attitude towards tackling problems and that doesn't come with experience. In actuality, with experience you get more closed-mindedness and less desire to work with people."

Aaron SpencerLeader of Boston Borough Council

Businesses could suffer if major road is not upgraded

Businesses in Lincolnshire will suffer if the A46 isn't upgraded, it has been warned.

The A46

The route connects Grimsby with Lincoln and on to the M1.

Appearing before the Commons Business Committee, Chris Hobson of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce said transport links are crucial, especially to the freight industry.

He said: "The A46 which runs from Grimsby/Immingham all the way down to Bristol is incredibly important. The A5 which goes the opposite direction from the south east going up to the north west is also incredibly important. There are key sites, key manufacturers and key hubs of freight that are there an are developing there."

Lincolnshire Police investigate £3,500 fraud

Lincolnshire Police are investigating after a stolen cash card was used to withdraw £3,500 from the victim's bank account.

The man
Lincolnshire Police

Officers said the card was stolen from Kirton near Boston on April 15.

The same card was then used at foreign currency exchanges and cash machines in the Skegness area, later on the same day.

Police want to speak to this man, who they believe may have information about the fraud.

Imps fans snap up all 6,300 season tickets

Lincoln City FC has sold out of season tickets ahead of their new campaign in League One, with 6,300 fans snapping up seats.

The Imps won the League Two title in May to secure their promotion to the third tier of English football.

Danny Cowley with the League Two trophy
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It means we can plan for the year with some certainty. The thing to stress is that we've still got some match by match tickets available because it's important that we are as accessible to the as many people in the city and beyond. But for us, we set ourselves a target of 6,300 sales and we have achieved that, ultimately setting a modern era record."

Liam ScullyLincoln City FC chief executive

Lincolnshire MP backs new domestic abuse laws

New laws to protect survivors of domestic abuse in England and Wales have been introduced in Parliament.

Victoria Atkins
UK Parliament

The Domestic Abuse Bill would place a legal duty on councils to offer secure homes for those fleeing violence and their children, and proposes creating a dedicated domestic abuse commissioner.

Victims Minister Victoria Atkins said it addressed "an injustice that has long needed to be tackled".

But Women's Aid said victims' services were operating "on a shoestring".

It is estimated that almost two million adults in England and Wales are victims of domestic abuse every year.

Ms Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire: "Domestic abuse takes many forms, including emotional, economic and sexual abuse, and we're reflecting that in the definition.

"And that's important because that then has repercussion in terms of how services are commissioned locally to support victims and survivors."

Unauthorised travellers' site made 'lawful' after 20 years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An unauthorised travellers' site set up in Saxilby in 1999 has been declared lawful after 20 years.

The site

West Lindsey District Council has approved an application for a certificate of lawful development for the Odder Bridge Yard land on Broxholme Lane.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service permission has now been granted for a maximum of 10 caravans on the land.

For a site to be declared lawful, there must not have been any enforcement action there for 10 years.

Homeless welcome new washing and showering facilities

Homeless people in Lincoln have welcomed the opening of a new place where they will be able to have a shower and wash their clothes.

A rough sleeper
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The facility has been opened at Mint Lane Cafe by Let Them Eat Cake, an organisation which helps homeless people.

Richard was a heroin user and homeless, but now volunteers at Mint Lane Cafe - a social eating space which uses retail surplus food to create healthy and affordable meals.

He said: "I could go without a shower for two or three weeks at a time. To have no clean clothes and to be a bit smelly, it is degrading and dehumanises people.

In the 12 months from October 2017, more than 250 people accessed the Nomad Shelter in Lincoln and this month it is estimated there are 39 rough sleepers in the city.

New resurfacing materials should mean fewer pot holes

New longer-lasting materials will be used to replace worn out sections of St Bernards Avenue in Louth, which should mean fewer potholes.

Stop sign
Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council will trial a range of modified road-building materials during the £200,000 project, which is due to begin on 22 July and is expected to be completed on 2 August.

The materials should be significantly longer-lasting than the existing surfacing over the concrete carriageway, meaning potholes are less likely to form.

The road will need to be closed while the improvements are carried out, with traffic diverted via Eastgate, Church Street, Newmarket, Stewton Lane, Wood Lane and vice versa.

If successful, the process could be used to replace the surfacing on other concrete roads across the county as they come to the end of their lives.

Police issue CCTV image following attempted break-in

Police investigating an attempted break-in at a shop in Lincoln have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

The man
Lincolnshire Police

Between 04:00 and 04:30 on 9 July, a man tried to use a small tool to force the lock at the Game store in St Benedict’s Square. He did not gain entry but did cause damage.

Officers believe the man pictured may have information about the event.

Motorist clocked doing 151mph on Lincolnshire road

Lincolnshire is one of the worst areas in the country for motorists caught doing more than 100mph, according to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake.

Speed cameras
Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

In total 178 motorists were caught travelling at more than 100mph on the county's roads in 2018 - the 11th highest in the UK.

In one case a driver was caught on the A17 at Little Sutton doing 151mph in a 60mph zone.

Brake obtained figures from 40 of the 45 police forces across the UK, following a Freedom of Information request.

Anyone caught travelling at such speed should always face a ban – we have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads. The government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide the police with the resources they need to get out on the roads and act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving."

Joshua Harrisdirector of campaigns for Brake

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures could reach as high as 25C in places.

Overnight it'll stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 13C.

Art student hopes to break stigma around mental health

A student from Alford is using her A-Level art project to encourage people to start talking about mental health in the farming community.

The boiler suit
Amy Hancock

Amy Hancock, 18, has grown up in the agricultural community and says she understands the pressures in the industry.

She's spent two years creating the piece which shows a boiler suit in a large frame and compares the profits between farmers and supermarkets.

Amy is hoping to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

She said it can be quite difficult when things go wrong after dedicating your life to something.

She added: "There are lots of statistics to show there are rising problems within farming and agricultural industries with mental health."

Coast Light Railway marks 10th anniversary

Volunteers and supporters who rebuilt and now operate the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway have marked the 10th anniversary of its re-opening in Skegness.

Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Mark Dannatt and Jolly Fisherman with the anniversary train.
Dave Enefer/LCLR

To mark the occasion an iced "cake" - which was actually a piece of old railway sleeper - was fed into the steam locomotive 'Jurassic' at the Walls Lane Station by the Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Mark Dannatt.

Mayor of Skegness Councillor Mark Dannatt with fireman Peter Balderston.
Dave Enefer/LCLR

When we reopened the railway here 10 years ago, it was a dream come true. A dream – because in 1985 when the original line at Humberston closed, no-one dared believe it would one day run again. No wonder the railway press called us 'The Lazarus Line' and 'The Phoenix Railway' when we did reopen. Truly, it rose from the dead”.

Richard ShepherdChairman of the Railway's Historic Vehicles Trust

Men seriously injured in Cleethorpes altercation

Two men suffered serious facial injuries in an altercation in Cleethorpes.


Humberside Police said the incident happened in a car park off Osbourne Street at about 04:00 on 7 July when a group of people started fighting.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and GBH following the incident, he has been released under investigation whilst inquiries continue.

The injuries are not life-threatening.

Piles of chicken remains dumped in laybys

A Lincolnshire council is investigating after 20 black bin liners of chicken carcasses were discovered in two laybys.

The enforcement team at East Lindsey District Council is appealing for information after the discoveries in Spilsby and Swaby:

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Water is now safe for Horncastle residents to use

A notice to people to boil water before drinking it in parts of Lincolnshire has been lifted.

Anglian Water was advising people in Horncastle and the Lincolnshire Wolds to take precautions after tests revealed a drop in water quality over the weekend.

The company now say the water is safe to drink:

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Parking made easy in Lincoln city centre

New technology has been installed at Lincoln’s Lucy Tower Street car park in a bid to make parking in the city centre faster and easier

Lucy Tower Street car park

The City of Lincoln Council has upgraded all pay and display machines at Lucy Tower Street to allow for faster payments, along with a more reliable connection to ensure card payments are available at all times.

The new machines have a contactless option for fast payments, and the car park, along with many others, also allows for PayByPhone online payment.

Health visitors protest over pay

Health visitors have gathered outside the county council offices in Lincoln after walking out in a dispute over pay.


Members of the union Unite have started 48 hours of strike action.

They say health visitors in Lincolnshire haven't had a pay increase since 2017 when their contracts were transferred over to Lincolnshire County Council from the NHS.

But Heather Sandy, the council's Interim Director of Education, says they've got a competitive pay structure in place.

She said: "What the union is doing is comparing it to the pay increase the NHS has had, and we haven't been able to apply that cost increase to the statutory paying conditions, but we have got a competitive pay structure which actually goes beyond the NHS if they transfer across."

Ceramic mosaic to be unveiled in Leasingham

A ceramic mosaic created by a community group in Leasingham over two years is to be unveiled at the village hall later this month.

The mosaic

Each individual tile of the piece, which will be displayed at Leasingham Village Hall's wildlife patch, was shaped and glazed by members of a local gardening group.

The mosaic will be unveiled on 26 July.

People working on the mosaic

Leasingham’s ceramic mosaic is another original contribution to the expansive palette of inspiring community and professional artworks that can be found across the North Kesteven District."

Marion SanderProgramme manager for NCCD/artsNK

Horncastle residents advised to boil water before use

People living in the Lincolnshire Wolds are being advised to boil their tap water.

A running tap
Press Association

Anglian Water issued the warning at the weekend for almost 2,000 homes and businesses in Horncastle and the surrounding area.

The company says water should be boiled and left to cool before being used for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth. It should also be boiled before being given to pets and livestock.

It is still fine to use for washing, bathing and flushing toilets.

The warning comes after tests at their treatment works showed it wasn't up to their 'usual high standard.'

Anglian Water says it's working to get things back to normal but hasn't yet explained the cause.

Staff from the firm will be delivering bottled water to vulnerable customers.

It is a fairly routine thing that we do, albeit not hugely common. But it is precautionary and it's not a reason for people to worry. We're very much on it and just making sure everything is of the great quality that it needs to be."

Regan Harrisfrom Anglian Water

Police station evacuated after grenade handed in

A police station and surrounding buildings had to be evacuated after a member of the public brought in a hand grenade.

Spalding police station

Lincolnshire Police evacuated Spalding Police station and all homes within 100 metres on Sunday after the device was handed in at about 11:20.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene but, upon examination, discovered the grenade was a "dummy".

A cordon put in place around the area was lifted at about 12:40.

The force said: "Apologies for any inconvenience, but better to be safe than sorry."

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Good morning, it's going to be a dry and fine day for most of us with temperatures reaching 23C in places:

Gainsborough MP closes constituency office

The MP for Gainsborough is closing his constituency office - because he doesn't think it's a good use of taxpayers money.

Sir Edward Leigh says a lot of work is now done remotely so it doesn't make sense to have staff travel in.

But he insists it won't have any negative effect, and he'll still hold the same number of surgeries.

Sir Edward Leigh
UK Parliament

Motorbike racer thanks fans for support

Lincolnshire motorcycle racer Ivan Lintin says he has been overwhelmed by support from his fans since his horrifying crash on the Isle of Man.

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It's exactly a year ago since he was critically injured in the Southern 100 race and has since undergone speech and language therapy.

But he's still helping the on-call firefighting team in Bardney and has recently returned to work.

Ian said: "It's just been really good. I'm back at Siemens now, I'm a Siemens maintenance fitter, and I'll be back in the fire service soon.

"It's just good to tick the normal boxes in life again as opposed to the negatives of being involved in a crash."

Thousands of fish released into River Witham after pollution

Another 17,000 fish have been reintroduced into the River Witham to help it recover after ammonia was released into it last year.

Man releasing fish into river
Environment Agency

It brings the grand total of fish restocked into the river to 91,000 so far, plus around 1.5 million larvae.

The restocking will help restore the river to its natural, healthy state after the ammonia affected the river and its ecosystems from Bardney to the Wash. More than 100,000 fish were killed in what’s thought to be the worst river pollution ever recorded in the county. The Environment Agency (EA) said Omex Agriculture Limited was responsible.

The last round of restocking took place in May, when 34,000 roach and bream were placed back into the river.

All the fish were bred at the EA’s national coarse fish farm in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, before being transported and released into the river by fisheries officers.

A river can take years or even decades to recover from such a serious pollution, but reintroducing these fish will help restore its complex ecosystems and natural balance. It’s just one way we’re working to protect and improve the environment for people and nature."

Darren RandallFisheries officer at the Environment Agency

Police investigate gaming machine fraud

Lincolnshire Police are keen to trace these two men who may be able to help with inquiries into the defrauding of gaming machines in Skegness.

Man 1
Lincolnshire Police

Fake currency was used in the gaming machines in Grand Parade to defraud the machines out of £2,200.

It happened on 19 April 2019.

Anyone who recognises the men should contact Lincolnshire Police.

Man 2
Lincolnshire Police

Thousands spent to close off Lincoln passageway

A passageway in Lincoln which has become a hot spot for antisocial behaviour will be closed off next week with gates costing £4,000.

St Peters’ Passage

St Peters’ Passage has been a well-known spot for drug use and anti-social behaviour for some time, and there have been many recent concerns from residents and businesses and calls for the passageway to be closed.

The gates are being installed by City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG).

Richard Baxter, Lincoln BIG operations manager said: "Over the past four years we have received lots of reports about the state of this 'walkway', which has attracted drug dealers, used as a toilet and an area where people have left rubbish.

"Twenty-six businesses in the High Street signed a petition urging that action be taken and we are pleased to be installing the gates which have been bought at a cost of £4,000."

The ongoing upkeep of the passage will now be shared between City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln BIG.

Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs

A 'roar'some exhibition starts in Lincoln this weekend.

The T-Rex

Dinosaur Encounter is packed with spectacular dinosaur models and animatronics, fossil replicas and even a roaring, snorting T-Rex which promises to transports visitors back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the land.

The exhibition starts on Saturday at The Collection Museum in Lincoln.

Ingoldmells lorry fire is being treated as arson

A lorry has been deliberately set on fire in a car park in Ingoldmells.

Fire engine leaving fire station
Science Photo Library

The lorry was parked in a car park on Skegness Road, opposite The Cherry Tree when the incident happened at 01:35 July 11.

The fire is being treated as arson by Lincolnshire Police, and officers want to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage.

Lincolnshire MP criticises Alexa health plans

A Lincolnshire MP says plans encouraging people to seek health advice from the smart device Alexa could destroy the relationship between a patient and their GP.

Alexa device and medication
Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Government has done a deal with Amazon to use the voice-assisted technology to access information from the NHS.

The Department of Health says it will ease pressure on staff.

But former Conservative Minister Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, said in the Commons:

"This is a breach of the personal relationship which everyone deserves to have with their local doctor and described as a data protection disaster waiting to happen. Patients groups, doctors and privacy campaigners have said this is a bad idea, and once the secretary of state thought so too - he said we needed to preserve the essential humanity of that relationship."

Watch: Yorkshire and Lincolnshire forecast for Friday

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hello and happy Friday!

Here's what to expect weather-wise today and further ahead.

Britain's oldest canal sells for above estimate

Britain's oldest canal - The Fossdyke Navigation - has sold at auction for £255,000.

Torksey Lock

The 11-mile stretch between Lincoln and Torksey is believed to have been built by the Romans in AD120.

It was expected to fetch £200,000.

Shaun Lyall death: Police looking for suspect

Humberside Police are looking for another person in connection with the murder of Shaun Lyall.

Abdi Ali
Humberside Police

Mr Lyall, 47 was found dead at a house on Sidney Street on 17 July 2018.

Humberside Police said extensive investigations have been ongoing to speak to Abdi Ali, 29.

He is originally from Somalia and has links to the Grimsby area, Sheffield, London, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Lincolnshire, and Cleveland.

Anyone who sees him should not approach him, but call the police in the first instance.

Lincoln man with Alzheimer's says more support is needed

A Lincoln man who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in his early 50s is calling for more support for younger people with the condition.

Steve and Helen Swain
Steve Swain

Steve Swain says it can be very isolating, and would like to see more services in Lincolnshire for people of a similar age going through the same thing.

It took three and a half years before he had a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Because he was so young, there was an assumption that he suffered with depression.

Steve says: "That was the worst times. Because you just don't know until you've actually been diagnosed. It was causing problems at work, mistakes.

"I can still play golf. That's really good, to be able to get out and meet people. I'm not just sitting at home doing nothing. That's what Helen was worried about."

Hunt continues for convicted rapist on run from prison

A convicted rapist still hasn't been found by police - eight days after disappearing from a Lincolnshire prison.

Stephen Tierney
Lincolnshire Police

Stephen Tierney hasn't been seen since last Wednesday, when he failed to return from North Sea Camp open prison near Boston.

Lincolnshire Police say he shouldn't be approached.

Man charged in connection with Cleethorpes death

A 45-year-old Grimsby man will appear in court tomorrow after being charged in connection with the death of Shaun Lyall.

Shaun Lyall
Humberside Police

Mr Lyall, 47, was found dead at a house on Sidney Street on 17 July 2018.

Craig Whittle, 45, from Corporation Road in Grimsby, has today been charged with five offences including assisting an offender in relation to the death of Mr Lyall.

He’s also been charged with affray, possession of a knife in a public place, and two counts of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

These are in relation to an incident in Blackpool on 13 July 2018.

Mr Whittle is due before Grimsby Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Plastic-free campaigners unwrap Lincoln

Shoppers in Lincoln are being encouraged to hand back packaging at supermarket tills to highlight how much of what we buy is unnecessarily wrapped in plastic.

Fruit and veg in plastic packaging
Science Photo Library

Plastic Free Lincoln is hosting a 'Mass Unwrap' on Saturday at Waitrose on Searby Road to allow shoppers to hand back unnecessary packaging in order for them to see for themselves where they can cut back.

The aim is to visually show the high levels of plastic packaging on food and to use people power to call for change.

It is one of a number of actions the group in Lincoln is taking as it tries to reduce the impact of single use plastic in the city such as working with local businesses, community groups and schools.

Man arrested after Horncastle disturbance

A man has been arrested in Horncastle town centre after a bus was attacked with what's thought to have been a gardening hoe.

Police at the scene
Juliette Bretan

Eyewitnesses say dents were left in the side of the A6 Brylaine bus to Woodhall Spa, in the incident this lunch time.

Horncastle resident Juliette Bretan was at one of the nearby market stalls. She said a half-dressed man ran towards the bus wielding a hoe and started hitting it.

She said: "It was very quick, maybe about 10 seconds.

"He left two big dents in the bus but he was also attacking the driver's window and the driver was in there at the time. It was quite scary."

She said the police aimed at Taser at him and told him to get on his knees, which he did. He was then escorted away a police van.

Lincolnshire Police said a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Bereavement support group needs more volunteers

A bereavement support group in Lincolnshire is facing closure unless it can find more volunteers.

Baby's hand in parent's hand

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SANDS) charity provides practical and emotional support to parents and families who have experienced the loss of a child.

But it needs more volunteers to continue supporting people.

Rose Abrehart, the east network coordinator for SANDS, said people could be left alone afterwards without much help and support if it wasn't for organisations like theirs.

She said: "Anyone who loses a baby automatically feels isolated and alone. While most hospitals provide really good care and support for parents when they are in hospital, once they've left hospital there is very little support out there.

"Counselling is not freely available on the NHS and certainly the hospital's don't have the capacity to continue the good support once parents have left and gone home."

College of Policing defends new recruitment policy

The College of Policing says a new policy which means all new recruits will have to have an academic degree will help prepare them "for the complexity of the job".

Police officers

From 2020, the College of Policing said prospective officers would either have to complete a degree or be prepared to study for one in work time.

Earlier Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly, announced plans for a legal challenge to the policy, arguing that it would leave his force with 40 fewer officers at any one time for front-line policing.

Responding to Mr Skelly, the College of Policing's deputy chief constable Bernie O'Reilly said: "The training for new recruits seeks to prepare those entering the service for the complexity of the job and has been developed with colleagues from across policing.

"We continue to work with Lincolnshire Police to enable them to join the other 30 police forces across England and Wales who are introducing the new training over the next year."

Lincolnshire Police has defended spending £10,000 on the legal challenge, saying it will save them millions in the long run.

Residents object to Cranwell road closure plan

Residents in Cranwell have objected to plans which could lead to the closure of a main route into the village.

RAF Cranwell

The Ministry of Defence wants to shut a section of the B1429 because of security concerns at RAF Cranwell.

Work is underway to monitor traffic on the road to see what effect shutting a section would have.

But the plans have been criticised by some residents who say it’s a bad idea.

One woman said: "I think it would be a headache and I think a lot of the villagers think it would.

"They're saying you could use the lane at the side, which is a lane and also at the other end of that lane is a very busy cross roads on the A17 which would be an absolute nightmare."

The RAF has refused to comment.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms expected in Lincolnshire

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning covering a large area of the country - including Lincolnshire:

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Councillors to vote on £4m Sleaford regeneration plan

Councillors will vote later on a £4m plan to renovate part of Sleaford town centre.

Sleaford Town Centre

A new cinema, foodcourt and pedestrian bridge connecting Money's Yard to Market Place could be built as part of 'The Heart of Sleaford' scheme.

It's been recommended for approval by North Kesteven's planning committee.

Man arrested after Grimsby disturbance

A man has been arrested after an incident in Grimsby in which part of a street was cordoned off for safety reasons.

Rutland Street

Police were called to Rutland Street at about 21:15 last night to reports of a man causing a disturbance at a property.

Emergency services attended and a cordon was put in around the area for the safety of the public.

Humberside Police said the situation was brought to a safe conclusion and the man was arrested at about 23.50 on suspicion of common assault, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

He remains in custody.

Further concerns about bullying at Lincoln hospital

Lincolnshire's health watchdog says it's surprised there are more concerns about bullying at the county's hospitals as it had been assured by managers that the situation was improving.

Lincoln County Hospital

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says an inspection at Lincoln County Hospital had found "concerns over culture" in the emergency department.

Councillor Carl Macey, chairman of the health scrutiny panel, said: "We've always been assured it was moving in the right direction. Obviously having seen the CQC's letter, that doesn't seem to be the case. We have asked them to come forward with their whistle-blowing strategy and their bullying tactical policy so we can see that they are actually progressing this for the benefit of their staff."

Health bosses say they take bullying very seriously.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be fairly cloudy with heavy showers developing as the day goes on.

By mid-afternoon we could have some very heavy, slow moving downpours, which may turn thundery in places.

It will feel fairly muggy with temperatures up to 23C:

Police chief launches legal challenge to recruitment plans

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police is mounting a legal challenge against changes to the way new police officers will be recruited in the future.

Bill Skelly

The National College of Policing wants to bring in a new policy meaning all recruits will have to have an academic degree or be prepared to study for one in work time.

Bill Skelly says it'll mean there are 40 fewer officers available in the county at any one time for front line policing to allow for extra study time.

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner ,Marc Jones, has said he will back the challenge.

There's absolutely a need for people with degrees in the force and we should encourage people who want to gain a degree, but what we should not do is mandate that they have got to [have a degree]."

Marc JonesPolice and Crime Commissioner

Spalding residents asked to rename GP practice

People in Spalding are being asked to come up with a new name for the Johnson GP Centre, which is based at the Johnson Community Hospital.

Johnson Community Hospital

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is keen to rename the practice from 1 October after a contract to provide primary care/GP services was awarded to Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

People will be able to submit their ideas from today until 1 August. A shortlist of the most popular names will then be drawn up which people will be able to vote for.

Rebecca Neno, Deputy Chief Nurse at South Lincolnshire CCG, said the aspiration is for a practice to be based on the west side of Spalding.

Renaming the Johnson GP Centre would allow us to differentiate the practice from the hospital, which would be particularly helpful in the event that we are able to find a new site on the west of the town.

Rebecca NenoSouth Lincolnshire CCG

MP accepts he may lose seat at general election

The Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles says he accepts his political career may well be over at the next general election.

Nick Boles
Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament

Mr Boles left the Conservative Party and now sits as an independent because he says they were unwilling to compromise on Brexit.

He admits he may be on borrowed time.

He said: "As an independent I think it is very unlikely that anything other than a Conservative candidate would be elected in Grantham and Stamford. I recognise that that's the settled base of opinion, I don't particularly want to give up my political career but some things are more important than your political career and for me my principles are more important."