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Firefighters in Gainsborough were called out to deal with a slippery character.... Billy the boa constrictor had got himself into a tight squeeze, and was trapped inside a wall-mounted gas fire. But with a little coaxing and tugging he was eventually freed and reunited with his family.

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Katie Price to open new attraction at Flamingo Land

TV personality and model Katie Price will open Flamingo Land's latest attraction this weekend.

The 'Pirates of Zanzibar' will have its grand unveiling on Saturday, and Miss Price will launch the new show at 11am.

“We are delighted that the time has come to open our latest attraction, which promises to be a swashbuckling adventure for all the family.

“It promises mystery, intrigue and plenty of audience participation as Captain Plunder prepares to safe guard his galleon pirate ship, The Black Heart. And, with the Pirates of Zanzibar sighted just off the coast, it won't be long before you can enjoy this live production show featuring breathtaking fight scenes.”

– Sarah Mills, Flamingo Land

But the story behind the show also has a serious message. It tells of the Pirates of Zanzibar - a crew descended from the infamous Spice Pirates of 1779, when spices were the most valuable items in the world. After reaching the East African Coast, the Spice Pirates invaded the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, which became the 'black heart' of their empire.

“Our latest show may be great fun but it does carry a message to our visitors about the work we do here and abroad regarding animal conservation, and to deal with the real life ‘pirates’ of today through our CIRCLE project in Tanzania. We are working there to save threatened forests and their indigenous wildlife from loggers and poachers.''

– Flamingo Land spokesman

Nic Dakin resigns after 'further failure of leadership' from Corbyn at PLP meeting

The MP for Scunthorpe Nic Dakin has resigned from the Labour Front Bench after "further failure of leadership" from Jeremy Corbyn at today's PLP meeting.

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Golden girl Jess on course to defend Olympic hepthalon title

Jess Ennis-Hill looks on course for a successful defence of her Olympic heptathlon title, after an impressive win in Germany yesterday.

Jess Ennis Hill Credit: Press Association

The 30 year old, who was competing in the seven event discipline for the first time this season after recovering from an achilles injury, produced her best performance since winning gold at London 2012. In fact her points tally was higher than when she regained the World title in Beijing last year.

Hull nightclub arsonist jailed for six years

Scott Jackson Credit: Humberside Police

A man who set fire to a nightctlub in Hull while hundreds of people were inside has been jailed.

Scott Jackson started a blaze in the cleaners' store at the Valbon nightclub in February, causing £20,000 of damage.

The 24-year-old, who was drunk at the time and said he did not know why he had done it, admitted arson and was jailed for six years.

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