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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.

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Earthquake shakes town

People have been speaking out about an earthquake that has shaken a normally peaceful Rutland town.

Residents in Oakham describe hearing what sounded like an explosion, others say they thought a lorry had crashed into their house.

The 3.2 magnitude tremors, which came from 2.5 miles underground, were also felt throughout much of north Northamptonshire. Olivia Patterson reports.

Earthquake 'strongest in 13 years'

Rutland was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 2.5 miles, struck the Oakham area at 7.07am.

"There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years.

"It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.

"We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably about the pace of the growth of a fingernail.

"The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed.

"We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan."

– Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist.

It was felt up to 28 miles (45 km) away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough but most reports have come in from people who are within 15 miles (25km) of Oakham. Residents in parts of Stamford, Kettering and Oakham went online to say they felt the earthquake.

The UK's most powerful earthquake was the 5.4 magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984 and in 2008 a quake centred on Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was measured at 5.2.

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