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Golfers cycle 400 miles and raise £16k for charity

Ten golfers with a combined age of nearly 700 cycled more than 400 miles in just three days to raise money for charity.

Cycling golfers
LIVES

Members of the Saturday 9ers, from Sleaford Golf Club, cycled from Truro in Cornwall to Heckington in Lincolnshire in memory of their golfing buddy, Andy "Stix" Thomas.

The former RAF bandsman died suddenly last year aged 51, despite the efforts of first responders from the Lincolnshire LIVES charity to save his life.

The group smashed its fundraising target of £5,000, raising £16,467 for Lincolnshire LIVES, and said they hoped their efforts were a "fitting tribute" to Mr Thomas.

Steel pilings to strengthen River Steeping bank

Steel pilings will be inserted into the burst bank of the River Steeping as part of a semi-permanent repair to the embankment.

The breach in the River Steeping
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The breach in the river bank happened last week after heavy rainfall and led to devastating floods in Wainfleet.

Sir James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, said the workers and the materials were ready to go, but it could take a while because the ground is so sodden.

He said: "We're now looking at a semi-permanent solution where we will probably be putting steel pilings in to the embankment backed up with some other materials to strengthen those pilings.

That will take a while to happen because at the moment the ground is so sodden to get the work people we need on schedule on to the ground. We've already got the material here, we've got plans, we've got the people ready to do that.

"So as soon as the weather allows us to do that we will move ahead with that. That doesn't necessarily have to happen before it will be safe to put people back in their homes, we're very much hoping we can do that earlier and we'll take a decision on that soon."

Homeless man due in court over opticians break-in

A homeless man from Grimsby is due to appear in court later charged with breaking into an opticians at the town.

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Mark Gibson, 37, of no fixed abode, is charged with stealing glasses to the value of £600 on 18 June.

The arrest came as part of a crackdown by Humberside Police on commercial burglaries in North East Lincolnshire.

Emiliano Sala death: Yorkshire man 'manslaughter' arrest

A man from North Yorkshire has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash.

Emiliano Sala
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The striker, who had signed with Cardiff City, was killed in the crash along with pilot David Ibbotson from Crowle in Lincolnshire.

A 64-year-old man had been arrested and released while investigations continue, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

The force added the families of the two men who died had been informed.

Mr Sala, 28, had been travelling from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January when the plane he was in lost contact with air traffic control north of Guernsey. His body was recovered in February but Mr Ibbotson's has never been found.

Det Insp Simon Huxter said: "We have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality.

"As a result we have arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act."

Det Insp Huxter urged people not to speculate about the identity of the man as it could hinder the investigation.

Fire service told to improve high-risk building checks

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service must improve the way it checks on high-risk buildings, according to a government report.

Fire engine
BBC

In it's annual report the the service is rated as generally performing well, but it's been criticised for not having enough staff to inspect all the buildings identified as high risk.

The fire service says since it was inspected staff vacancies have been filled.

A Scunthorpe man was left with "life changing injuries" after a violent robbery.
Police are hunting three burglars who left a man with life-changing injuries after a violent attack.

Motorist involved in fatal crash faces jail

A motorist who admitted causing the death of a woman in a crash in Lincolnshire has been told he faces jail.

Lincoln Crown Court
BBC

Jennifer Rose, 78, from Sutterton, died after the Suzuki Wagon she was driving was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus driven by Ricky Lee Nicholls in Sutterton on 25 August last year.

William Marriott was also seriously injured in the same incident.

Appearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Nicholls, 42, of London Road, Wyberton, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Ms Rose by dangerous driving.

He also admitted causing serious injury to Mr Marriott.

Sentencing was adjourned until 5 August and an interim driving ban was imposed on Nicholls, who was granted bail until the hearing.

Skegness steam celebrations mark railway's anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Lincolnshire Light Railway in Skegness will be celebrated in style next month, it's been announced.

The reopening ten years ago
Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

To mark the occasion, an iced "cake" - which is actually a piece of old railway sleeper - will be fed into the historic Jurassic steam locomotive at the Walls Lane Station.

It has been decorated by Horncastle student Millie Waby, 18, who enjoys baking and icing cakes – but not usually ones made of wood for railway engines.

Children who were born on 3 May 2009, when the railway reopened after a period in storage and a move from its original site at Humberston, near Cleethorpes, will be able to travel for free.

Those who have an original ticket for travel from that day, or from 1960 to 1985, can also travel for free.

During those years, the line operated from a bus terminus in Humberston to the local beach and the Fitties holiday camp.

It was the first railway in the world to be built by railway enthusiasts on a greenfield site.

The 10th anniversary open day will be held on 13 July.

Jet skiers criticised for scaring seals

Jet skiers who were filmed racing up to seals on a Lincolnshire sandbank have been branded "idiots" by locals.

Specialist wildlife officers from Lincolnshire Police are understood to be investigating the incident, which happened at Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, on Sunday.

The jet skiers were caught on video by Liam Andrews, who was bird watching at the time.

They shot out to the sandbank and tried to scare off as many seals as they could - they just kept riding up down and waving their arms and eventually landed on sandbank. Stayed there, chatted for 20 minutes before doing the same on the way back. It was frustrating not being able to do anything. It's just a shame these people show such disrespect for the wildlife.

Liam Andrews

Chef puts food tech students to the test

Students in Lincolnshire put their culinary skills to the test at a pop-up restaurant run by Danny Gill, a Great British Menu finalist and owner of Brown’s Pie Shop in Lincoln.

Danny Gill with pupils
North Kesteven Academy

Year 10 food and technology students at North Kesteven Academy had their classroom turned into a fully functioning kitchen.

Former pupil Danny worked with the students who prepped and cooked a three-course meal from a selected menu which they later served to their friends and family in the school’s canteen.

The students are all preparing for their GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition.

A big part of the pop-up is educating students on food provenance and where the food that they prepare comes from. As well as learning many practical skills such as portioning a chicken, filleting a fish, sauce making and plate presentation, there will be a focus around teamwork. Students will also get an insight into how to be cost-effective by using one ingredient such as chicken to make more than one meal."

Kimberley AllenTeacher of technology at the academy

Special celebrations as Lincolnshire Show gets under way

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the Lincolnshire Showground today for the opening day of the Lincolnshire Show.

Man showing bulls off.
Lincolnshire Show

This year's event, in Lincoln, will feature more than 600 trade stands and 2,500 animals will be judged over the next two days, organisers say.There will also be special celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

I look forward to every show, but it's 150 years of the Agricultural Society and it's 60 years since the show was first held at the Lincolnshire Showground, so they are two big marks for us."

Jane SouthallShow organiser

Arrests after body of man found in Sleaford

Four people have been arrested after the body of a man was found at a property in Sleaford.

Police
Lincolnshire Police

Officers were called to London Road at about 11:45 last Sunday after a report of a concern for safety.

Lincolnshire Police said it was treating the death as unexplained while it carries out investigations.

Three men were arrested on Monday and a woman was arrested yesterday in connection with the death. All have been released on bail.

Lincolnshire floods: Boston to Skegness rail services resume

Some good news for rail travellers in Lincolnshire after the disruption caused by the floods:

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Flood-hit county braced for further downpours

Emergency planners in Lincolnshire say residents in parts of the county still need to be prepared as heavy rain and more possible flooding is expected.

Wainfleet flooding
Lincolnshire Police Drones

Thunderstorms which were forecast for overnight didn't materialise but there's still a weather warning in place for heavy downpours today.

Assistant Police Chief Constable Shaun West says they're expecting more challenging weather conditions.

It follows almost a week of rain and flooding disruption for people in the county - particularly in the Wainfleet area.

The Environment Agency have said there hasn't been a second breach of the River Steeping following reports of a crack forming next to the initial breach. They say it's just superficial erosion and are monitoring the area closely.

Wainfleet floods: Latest from the scene

The water pumps are still operating in Wainfleet but so far the area has only seen light rain overnight:

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Flood-hit county braced for further downpours

Emergency planners in Lincolnshire say residents in parts of the county still need to be prepared as heavy rain and more possible flooding is expected.

Thunderstorms which were forecast for overnight didn't materialise but there's still a weather warning in place for heavy downpours today.

Flooding in Wainfleet
Lincolnshire Police Drones

Assistant Police Chief Constable Shaun West says they're expecting more challenging weather conditions.

It follows almost a week of rain and flooding disruption for people in the county - particularly in the Wainfleet area.

The Environment Agency have said there hasn't been a second breach of the River Steeping following reports of a crack forming next to the initial breach. They say it's just superficial erosion and are monitoring the area closely.

Orchestra finally performs for Lincolnshire schoolchildren

The BBC Concert Orchestra has returned to the Lincolnshire coast today to play a special performance for children:

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The orchestra's concerts in Skegness were cancelled last year because of bad weather due to the so-called Beast from the East.

The Concert Orchestra is at the Embassy Centre in the seaside town for the next three days where it'll perform for local schoolchildren.

This was a long-awaited performance, but here we are. We've done two concerts and finally got to perform to the children of Lincolnshire, which was amazing."

Alex WaldenManager, BBC Concert Orchestra

Community wardens focus on anti-social behaviour

Community wardens in South Holland have issued more than 400 verbal warnings and 130 fines over the last year for things such as dropping litter and spitting, according to South Holland District Council.

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South Holland District Council

The wardens cover towns and villages across the whole of South Holland where residents have reported issues.

They have taken enforcement action against those committing public space offences, including the dropping of cigarette butts and other litter, failing to stop drinking alcohol when requested and spitting on the ground, the council says.

Details of anyone given warnings or fines are recorded and fed back to the community safety and enforcement team, to allow re-offending to be monitored.

The wardens are reaching the end of their first year patrolling the district, during which they have interacted with thousands of local groups and residents, according to South Holland District Council.

The wardens have played an important role in tackling some of the anti-social behaviour issues in the district, primarily around littering and the negative effect it has on our surroundings."

Gary TaylorCouncillor, South Holland District Council

A1 now open again in both directions

The A1 at Colsterworth has re-opened followed a crash this morning, police have said:

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Thunderstorms expected to hit Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the Midlands for later this evening.

Thunderstorms may develop bringing torrential rain, hail and lightning to places with potential disruption to travel and more flooding, the Met Office says.

It comes after a spell of heavy rain which caused severe flooding in Wainfleet:

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Health bosses reverse 'gagging order' at consultations

Health bosses have backtracked on a decision to make people attending consultation events sign a gagging order following backlash.

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According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, those attending Healthy Conversation events on the shape of the health service in county were originally asked to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement so as not to pass on information after taking part in the 'workshops'.

Campaigners blasted the order as “secretive” and “an insult to democracy”.

But a spokesman for Lincolnshire Sustainability Transformation Partnership said it had now decided to relax the rules, though participants will still need to protect the names of people who have spoken at events.

The next workshop is due to take place in Grantham tomorrow (Wednesday).

What is 'healthy' in any engagement with the public, about threatening no entry unless one agrees to a restrictive NDA? It is grossly unfair, undemocratic and totally restrictive and must be challenged.”

Philip BosworthHealth campaigner
Cleethorpes: Stuck teens saved from mud as tide comes in
The tide was "rising fast" around the two teenagers stuck in the mud in Cleethorpes, the RNLI says.

Flood victims warned over insurance cold-callers

People in flood-hit Wainfleet are being advised to deal only with their own insurance companies after cold-callers offered to carry out insurance work for those affected.

A flooded house
Press Association

Police said some people had been going door to door offering insurance services.

Those affected by flooding should only deal with their own insurance companies to "avoid any potential issues", the Lincolnshire force said.

Road blocked by broken down vehicle now clear

A broken down vehicle which was blocking Portland Street in Lincoln has now been moved:

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Motorcyclist dies after collision near Louth

A motorcyclist has died after crashing near Louth last night.

Police
Lincolnshire Police

The 50-year-old man, from Grimsby, died in hospital after the collision on the A1031 in Grainthorpe.

Officers say no other vehicles were involved in the incident which happened at about 20:10.

Witnesses, or anyone with dashcam footage of the incident, is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

Wainfleet floods: Officials 'repeatedly told of risk'

Officials were repeatedly warned of fears that flood defences in a Lincolnshire town would fail, it has been claimed.

Flooding in Wainfleet
Lincolnshire Police Drones

Nearly 600 homes in and around Wainfleet were evacuated after heavy rains caused the River Steeping to burst its banks on Wednesday.

Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board (LMDB) said it had spent the last eight years raising the issue.

The Environment Agency had blamed "unprecedented" rainfall.

The equivalent of about two months' rain fell in two days, forcing 1,000 people out of their homes and flooding nearly 130 properties.

Finishing touches for start of Lincolnshire Show

Stallholders and organisers are on site and getting ready for the Lincolnshire Show.

Sheep
Lincolnshire Show

The finishing touches are being made today ahead of the two-day event which starts tomorrow at the Lincolnshire Showground.

This year’s event will feature special celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

It's so rewarding, the team works so hard all year round - both out on the ground and in the office - to put together the Lincolnshire Show. It really is fantastic to see it at this stage."

Sally MundyManager

A1 blocked northbound after crash

The A1 at Colsterworth is blocked in one lane following a crash, police have said:

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Pumps in Wainfleet are 'two of largest in Europe'

Two of the largest mobile pumps in Europe have been deployed in Lincolnshire to help clear floodwater around Wainfleet.

The Environment Agency said the pumps weigh 14 tonnes and combined can shift 3.15 tonnes of water a second.

Pump
Environment Agency

Watch: Rescuers battle tide to free people stuck in mud

Lifeboat crew had to battle against the rising tide to rescue two people stuck in thick mud near Cleethorpes.

The pair had to be dug out after they became stranded on Monday afternoon:

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'll be a largely dry day with some sunny spells, especially this morning, but towards the end of the afternoon we will see a scattering of showers in some areas.

Overnight will be cloudy with further showers while towards dawn there's a risk of thunderstorms and torrential downpours, particularly across Lincolnshire:

River Steeping water levels 'continue to drop '

The Environment Agency say water levels on the River Steeping are continuing to drop.

River Steeping
Lincolnshire Police Drones

About 130 properties in Wainfleet were flooded and hundreds more had to be evacuated when the river burst its banks after the equivalent of about two months' rain fell in two days.

This morning two flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire, for the River Steeping at Wainfleet and the River Steeping at Great Steeping and Firsby.

More rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast for later today and tomorrow and the Environment Agency say they will be monitoring the situation closely.

'Immense' volume of water washes away sailing channel

The volume of water being pumped from the flood-hit River Steeping into the sea has caused a marked channel used by sailors to wash away.

Gibraltar Point
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Michael Clark, president of the Gibraltar Point Sailing Club, said the floating buoys and standing posts used by sailors to gain entry and to exit Gibraltar Point (pictured) had now disappeared.

He said: "The local lifeboat has been informed because it sometimes uses the channel to bring boats in for refuge and the coastguard has also been informed.

"But it's really to make Wash sailors in Lincolnshire and Norfolk aware that currently the channel is not navigable."

Mr Clark said the club had marked the channel for decades.

No boats have been damaged, but it could be some time before the channel is remarked.

Lincolnshire residents urged to limit water use

People in Lincolnshire are being urged by the region's water company to limit their use of showers, dishwashers and washing machines while the county continues to be affected by flooding:

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Engineers working on permanent repair to damaged bank

More than 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water was pumped out of flood-hit Wainfleet and into the sea in one night, the Environment Agency has confirmed.

Pump
Lincolnshire Police

Two high-volume pumps have been deployed at Wainfleet, which can pump five swimming pools' worth of water away from the town every hour.

In its latest update, the Environment Agency (EA) said the picture in the town was currently improving, with the breach repair on the River Steeping holding and river levels slowly dropping.

Engineers are working on the best option for a permanent repair to the damaged bank, according to the agency, but getting equipment and materials to the area has been difficult.

Over the weekend, EA staff have been considering engineering options and sourcing supplies.

Staff at the agency continue to monitor the weather conditions as the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms.

Breach in River Steeping 'not caused by badgers'

A breach in the River Steeping responsible for flooding scores of homes in Wainfleet was not caused by badgers, the Environment Agency has said.

River Steeping
Press Association

Former county councillor Chris Pain has repeated claims the breach had been caused by burrowing badgers and in February 2016 Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, blamed the animals for damaging flood defences.

But a spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "The breach in this flood bank was not caused by badgers. The banks were put under extraordinary pressure because of the extreme amount of rainfall.”

He said they have a procedure for relocating badgers that do burrow in to river banks and work closely with Natural England to ensure they do not breach laws around interfering with badger setts.

Image shows current flood situation in Wainfleet

This image, tweeted by Ch Insp Phil Vickers, shows the location of the Environment Agency's high volume pump and the pumping station set up to tackle the flooding in Wainfleet:

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Earlier, the Environment Agency said it had already "shifted 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water".

Wainfleet airspace restriction lifted

An emergency airspace restriction over flood-hit Wainfleet and Thorpe Saint Peters - aimed particularly at drone users - has now been lifted, police say:

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Police say water level has dropped by 11cm

Water levels in the flood-hit town of Wainfleet have dropped by about 11cm, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Floods in Wainfleet
Press Association

Nearly 600 homes have been evacuated in the area and it is not yet known when residents will be able to return.

Ch Insp Phil Vickers said although it was good news further heavy rain is forecast over the coming days.

"Over a period of five to six hours the water levels that we are measuring at different points around Wainfleet have dropped by about 11cm," he said.

"That's actually better than we were anticipating so that's really positive.

"The bank that was repaired by the RAF last week is still holding, but there is still a crack within it which causes us some concern and is a risk.

"The weather forecast for Tuesday going in to Wednesday is not good but if we can keep reducing those water levels and keep the community updated then that will be successful for us."

Watch: Drone footage captures extent of flooding

Drone footage released by Lincolnshire Police this morning shows the extent of the flooding in Wainfleet:

Two flood warnings lifted in Lincolnshire

Just two flood warnings now remain in place in Lincolnshire after two were lifted this morning:

The areas currently affected are:

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required

Flooded house
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River Steeping 'defences holding and water level dropping'

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West of Lincolnshire Police has tweeted to say that efforts to prevent further flooding in Wainfleet are taking effect:

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More than 340 tonnes of ballast have been dropped by RAF helicopters to shore up a breach in the wall of the River Steeping after it burst its banks on Wednesday.

High-volume pumps have also been deployed by the Environment Agency to move the water away from the local area and in to the catchment area for the River Haven near Boston.

However, Mr West said more rain is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday and the MET Office has issued a yellow weather warning:

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Flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire

Four flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire.

Flood warnings map
Flood information service

Flood warnings - shown in red above - are issued when flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The areas currently affected are:

Flooding in Lincolnshire: Latest updates

For live updates on flooding in Lincolnshire please click here:

Lincolnshire flooding: What we know now

With flooding continuing in parts of Lincolnshire this Monday morning, here's what we now know:

  • The River Steeping burst its banks on Wednesday after two months' worth of rain fell in two days
  • Almost 600 properties in Wainfleet have been evacuated
  • More than 340 tonnes of ballast dropped by RAF Chinooks to shore up breach in river bank
  • Four flood alerts remain in place across Lincolnshire
  • Flood victims being warned they may be unable to return home before Friday
  • High volume pumps are being used to lower water levels
  • People in Wainfleet asked to limit use of toilets and showers due to reduced capacity
  • Rest centre set up at Coronation Hall, in Wainfleet, for those unable to return home
Flooded home, Wainfleet
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