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

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.

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.

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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


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 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.

Plan shows outline housing proposal for Horncastle

Housing development proposal in Horncastle Credit: Gladman Developments

This map shows the site of the proposed new housing development in Horncastle. Within the red border up to 350 homes would be built in the yellow shaded areas. Landscaping would surround some roads (orange dotted lines) and a public right of way (yellow dotted line). A play area is also planned.

The land on Langton Hill is currently used for arable farming and is adjacent to other housing developments on Osborne Way, Baggaley Drive and Langton Hill.

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