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No energy disruptions after Sleaford fire

Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant will remais fully operational, and has not suffered any interruption after a fire which destroyed 12,000 straw bales.

The fire broke out yesterday around 5.30pm Credit: Twin Focus Photography

Around 8,000 tonnes of straw were destroyed in the fire, but no one was injured.

Police suspect three males who have been arrested for arson.

Initial findings show that the appropriate procedures were enacted in this instance. On arrival, the fire and rescue services concluded that once straw not effected by the fire were removed, the most appropriate action was to simply control the burn and limit damage to persons in attendance. I wish to reassure the public we are doing all we can to ensure this doesn’t happen again and are working closely with the emergency services to control the incident and learn any lessons which are concluded.

– Mike Harrison, Sleaford REP Communications Manager

X Factor's Jack and Jake survive week 2

Scunthorpe's Jake Quickenden and Castleford's Jack Walton made it through to Week Three of the X Factor.

Week 3 will be movie night on the X Factor Credit: X Factor

The two X Factor contestants from our region have made it through the second week of the competition and will perform again on the talent show next week.

Jake Quickenden's performed a version of Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. Judge Louis Walsh gave his rendition the thumbs up, but judge Simon Cowell said there were some parts of the the vocal that were "terrible". Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also said she did not like the choice of song, though the Scunthorpe singer's song did get the thumbs up from his own mentor Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Watch his performance here:

Jack Walton from Castleford opened the show with Paula Abdul's 'Straight Up' playing his guitar for much of the song. The 18 year old was praised by all the judges with Louis Walsh describing it as 'brilliant' and Simon Cowell describing him as one of his favourite contestants. He had earlier been seen meeting One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster who is supporting him.

The two acts who left the competition this week were Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala. Jack and Jake will now join the remaining ten other acts singing in next wee's show when the theme is movie week.

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Three males arrested on suspicion of arson over Sleaford fire

The fire destroyed 12,000 half-tonne bales of staw Credit: Twin Focus Photography

Three juveniles, all males, have been arrested on suspicion of arson. One boy, who was arrested yesterday, has since been released on police bail while the two other individuals will be spoken to by officers in due course.

Dramatic footage of the fire shows 12,000 bales of fire ablaze.

Local diversions are in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area until the road is re-opened.

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Fire in Sleaford

There are reports of a large fire west of Sleaford just off the A15.

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