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World's largest offshore wind farm granted planning permission

Planning consent has been granted for world's largest wind farm Credit: PA Images

Planning consent has been granted by the Secretary of State, Edward Davey for what will be the world's largest offshore wind farm off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast.

The £3.6 billion investment will create around 1,130 jobs and provide power to 820,000 homes.

Secretary of State for Energy Edward Davey said;

“The investments by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited and Vattenfall are testament to the power of inward investment in the UK.

“Only last week the Prime Minister opened the London Array, the largest operating wind farm in the world, and today we gave planning permission to build a bigger offshore wind farm and also welcome the go-ahead of the biggest onshore wind farm in England and Wales.

"Offshore and onshore wind is an important contributor to our energy mix."


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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Pictures: Blast attack at MP's office

Conservative Hall in Bourne cordoned off by police after explosion Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Police at the scene of the explosion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A police cordone has been set up around the scene of an explosion at the MP for Grantham and Stamford, Nick Boles's, constituency office in Bourne. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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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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