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New Tory candidate for Louth & Horncastle announced

Victoria Atkins will replace the country's longest-serving MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, who is standing down ahead of the 2015 election, as the constituency's Conservative candidate.

Our political correspondent Paul Brand was at the vote in Louth last night:

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So...Victoria Atkins likely to be the new (and only) female Tory MP in these parts, now @annemcintoshmp has been deselected. #louth

Lincs man found after 2 nights in Oz bush due to leave hospital

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild Credit: Channel 7

A man from Lincolnshire who spent more than two days lost in the Australian bush is due to be released from hospital today.

Robert Fairchild, 21, who is from Hemingby near Horncastle, had been at a party near Canberra when he went missing in the early hours of Sunday.

He was eventually found after a massive search involving forty officers, volunteers and two planes. Robert who has been living in Perth for the last year has been recovering from his ordeal in Perth Royal Hospital.

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Lincolnshire man rescued after two days in Australian Outback

A man from Lincolnshire has been found after going missing in the Australian Outback.

Robert Fairchild, 21, was found in a critical condition almost 3km away from where he went missing.

He was reportedly in a confused state and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital by helicopter.

Mr Fairchild is from near Horncastle and is thought to have been working in Australia for around a year.

Channel 7 News sent us this report:

Dead rabbit left on Lincolnshire grave

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in a Tattershall churchyard, in which a grave was targetted.

The incident is believed to have happened at some point during Friday 23 May at the Holy Trinity Church in Sleaford Road.

Flowers and ornaments from the grave were strewn about and a dead rabbit left in their place, causing great distress to the family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Dave Mills, at Horncastle Police Station, by calling 101 and quoting the incident number.

Firefighters tackle blaze in Horncastle

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UPDATE for College Park: Hydraulic Platform from Boston is now attending. Fire in a first floor room & roof area. 2 hose reel jets...(1/2)

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(2/2) 2 main jets and 4 breathing apparatus being used to extinguish the fire. More details to be added when we have them.

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Developer responds to residents' fears over housing plan

The developer that has drawn up plans for 350 new homes in Horncastle says it understands the concerns of residents about the scale of the proposal but insists it will provide much needed housing, in particular affordable homes for local people.

The proposals will provide economic benefits in the form of additional spending for local shops and services, as well as over £2m for the local community from the Government's New Homes Bonus scheme.

The planning application once submitted will include a comprehensive set of technical studies on matters such as drainage, highways, transport, ecology, landscape and archaeology. We have already undertaking a consultation exercise with the local community which has provided valuable feedback on residents' concerns about the development and we are endeavouring to address these where possible.

– Gladman Developments spokesperson

Farmland would be replaced by houses in new plans

Langton Hill in Horncastle, site of proposed new housing development
Langton Hill in Horncastle, site of proposed new housing development Credit: ITV Calendar

This is the field, currently used for growing crops, on Langton Hill in Horncastle which is at the centre of a deepening row over a proposed new housing estate. Developers have drawn up a proposal to put 350 houses on the land, angering residents nearby who have now formed an action group.

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