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Man charged over explosion at Conservative Party office

Minor explosion at Conservative Party Office in Bourne, South Lincolsnhire Credit: ITV Anglia

A 24-year-old man will appear in court today charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life following an explosion at a Conservative Party Office.

Paul Leversedge from Marquess Court in Bourne, South Lincolnshire will appear before magistrates in Grantham.

The explosion on Monday 10th June caused only minor damage to the Conservative Party Office of Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles.

No one was hurt and the incident is not thought to be linked to any wider issues or recent events elsewhere.

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MP condemns blast at offices

An MP whose offices were damaged after an explosion, has issued a statement condemning the "act of violence." Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles was not at the Conservative Hall in Bourne at the time of the blast and no one was injured. A man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Obviously I deplore this act of violence. The incident is being investigated by police and I know that everyone will do whatever they can to support the investigation. In the meantime, we should all carry on doing our jobs as normal"

– Nick Boles, Grantham and Stamford MP

A police spokesman said officers attended the scene and minor damage had been caused to the building.

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"Smacked" toddler's mum: "incident should never have happened"

Angela Cropley and her daughter

A mother from Lincolnshire who says her daughter was "smacked" in a shop in Spalding says the apology from the shop does not go far enough.

Angela Cropley was asking for advice at the counter in Boots in Hall Place, holding her eight-month-old son.

As her three-year-old daughter Lora played, she knocked items off one of the shelves. At this point an assistant "smacked" her and "told her she was naughty". The store say she was "tapped" - but have sent a letter of apology.

Ms Cropley said: “After I complained, the manager phoned saying the staff member said it was a tap not a smack and he wouldn’t be taking it any further. I said, ‘I don’t care what she called what she did, I never gave her permission to lay a hand on my daughter.’

“From the moment I met the manager, he treated me like I was after some financial reward, when all I wanted was an apology.”

Later, Angela received a letter signed by the staff member and the manager, claiming the actions “were only a gesture of empathy for your daughter”.

Ms Cropley says she isn't satisfied with the apology - as it did not admit that the incident should never have happened.

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Alan Hardwick the new PCC for Lincolnshire

(First Count)

David Bowles (Stop) 27,345 (32.66%)

Alan Hardwick (Ind) 26,272 (31.37%)

Richard Davies (C) 19,872 (23.73%)

Paul Gleeson (Lab) 10,247 (12.24%)

Eliminated: Richard Davies, Paul Gleeson

(Second Count)

Distribution of Davies's and Gleeson's votes

David Bowles (Stop) 35,086

Alan Hardwick (Ind) 39,221

Elected: Alan Hardwick

Electorate 547,843; Turnout 83,736 (15.28%)

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