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Rutland named as "best rural place to live in Britain"

Rutland Water Credit: PA

Residents living in Rutland apparently have the highest standards of living in rural Britain, after it was declared the country's best rural place to live.

Residents tend to bit fit and well with more than 96% in good health and they enjoy a good climate with less rainfall per year than the national average (681mm as opposed to 879mm.)

The rate of employment and crime were among the many factors taken into account by the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

A number of places in the East of England featured in the survey. Huntingdonshire rose 36 places to number 9, Babergh in Suffolk moved from 42 in 2014 to 11 in 2015.

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Woman speaks out after attack ordeal

A young woman from Oakham in Rutland who was the victim of a homophobic attack has spoken about her ordeal.

Kerry Byrnes was assaulted in Oakham town centre last weekend. She was knocked unconscious and left with a number of facial injuries. Police are investigating.

Rutland MP resigns ahead of government reshuffle

Rutland & Melton MP Alan Duncan pictured in 2011. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

The Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan is leaving the government in David Cameron's reshuffle. He has been International Development Minister since the General Election in 2010.

Mr Duncan was elected MP for Rutland in 1992 replacing Sir Michael Latham and held a number of Shadow posts before the coalition came to power.

In a letter to Alan Duncan, the Prime Minister wrote: "You have continued your service on the Conservative Front Bench with a number of significant portfolios, making an outstanding contribution. This has been a perfect fit and your enthusiasm and commitment to the role has shone through.

"In particular, I have greatly admired the passion and expertise you have brought to our work in the Middle East, which has done much to enhance the UK’s reputation in the region. It is a legacy to be proud of.”

Passport delays threaten dream holiday

A couple say they may have to cancel a trip of a lifetime because of delays processing passports.

The Home Office has admitted a backlog of more than 450,000 applications.

Andrew and Annette Bangs from Oakham near Rutland say they've already been waiting for weeks and are worried months of planning might go to waste.

Earthquake hits Rutland...again

Parts of the region were hit by another earthquake today, the second in as many days.

The British Geological Survey says it happened in the Rutland area, and has been felt in parts of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Today's earth tremor was more powerful, at 3.5 on the Richter scale and it took many people by surprise.

Click below to watch a video report by Lauren Hall:

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