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Body recovered from sea at Skegness

The body of a man has been recovered from the sea at Skegness.

The body was discovered by a wind turbine maintenance crew over four miles out from shore around 1.30pm on Wednesday 20 August.

It was recovered by the RNLI lifeboat and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course. The death is being treated as unexplained until that examination has taken place.

Police believe they know the identity of the man and his family have been notified but a formal identification has not yet taken place.

Fire damage visible at block of flats in Skegness

Fire damage is clearly visible at a block of flats on Lancaster Avenue in Skegness which police suspect was set alight deliberately yesterday afternoon.

Fire damaged flats in Skegness Credit: ITV News Calendar

The entrance is blackened by smoke and windows have been boarded up at the property which had to be evacuated with six people needing treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Block of flats on Lancaster Avenue, Skegness Credit: ITV News Calendar

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Six people rescued from suspected arson attack in Skegness

Six people have been rescued from a suspected arson attack in Skegness and treated for the effects of breathing in smoke. Emergency crews were called to a block of flats on Lancaster Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Location of Lancaster Avenue, Skegness Credit: ITV News Calendar

One man had to be taken for treatment at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital but was later discharged.

A 24-year-old woman, from the area, was arrested on suspicion of arson. She remains in police custody. Detectives are now trying to trace anyone who saw anything suspicious between 1.30pm and 1.45pm.

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MP Mark Simmonds: "nothing suspicious about resignation"

The Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds says there's nothing suspicious about his resignation.

The Foreign Office Minister announced earlier that he will be standing down next year.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's World At One, Mr Simmonds was asked if it would have made sense for him to remain as a Foreign Office minister, given the situations in Gaza and Iraq.

The Prime Minister understandably wanted to have a new minister coming in to replace me once I told him I wasn't intending to stand at the next election."

– Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds

Shadow Foreign Office minister John Spellar said the resignation raises further questions about Mr Cameron's judgment and is a "another blow to a Government already reeling" from Lady Warsi's departure.

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Council hopeful Skegness amusement park will remain open

Lincolnshire County Council says its "concerned" after the company which owns an amusement park in Skegness went into administration.

But it says it's hopeful Fantasy Island will remain open.

The business will continue to operate as usual while the administrators review the company’s financial position, and no job losses are expected among permanent staff.

"Fantasy Island has been, for many years, a key tourist attraction on the Lincolnshire coast so we are, of course, concerned by today's news.

"However, local tourism is booming on the coast and across Lincolnshire, so we would be very surprised if the site did close – particularly at this time of year.

"The previous and present owners have invested positively in the area over the past few years and become an important part of the local community, as well as being a significant employer of local people. I'm sure many will be shocked by today's news and will be very sorry to see them go.

"I will be making my full officer team available to help and assist any potential new operator or developer for this key and strategic site, so that they're aware of the support we can offer to help make the attraction a local and national success."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Lincolnshire County Council

Company behind Fantasy Island goes into administration

The company which owns an amusement park in Skegness has gone into administration.

Conduit Skegness Limited, and associated group trading companies, own Fantasy Island - which includes theme park rides, Europe’s largest permanent seven-day market and 340 static caravan pitches.

The business will continue to operate as usual while the administrators review the company’s financial position, and no job losses are expected among permanent staff.

The seasonal temporary expansion of the payroll during the summer holiday season will also continue as usual.

Paul Clark and Ben Wiles, Managing Directors of Duff & Phelps, have been appointed as administrators.

“Fantasy Island is an important leisure destination that attracts up to 40,000 visitors a day.

As we head into one of the busiest months of the year it is very much business as usual and customers should be assured that this will not impact their experience, whether they are visiting the rides, market or one of the shows.

"It’s also important for employees to know that their jobs will not be impacted during these busy summer months and we look forward to working with the team.”

– Paul Clark, Joint Administrator
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