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Emergency services at scene of serious crash on A52

Emergency services are dealing with a serious collision on the A52 at Croft Bank, near Skegness.

The accident happened around 10 am this morning (Monday September 8) when a van hit a telegraph pole and went into a dyke.

It is believed there were four or more people in the van at the time of the accident but emergency services have said full details of the injuries are not yet available.

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Neil Hamilton to contest Boston and Skegness seat in general election for UKIP

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP.

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP. Credit: Press Association

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP.

Mr Hamilton left politics when he lost his parliamentary seat in Cheshire in 1997 after becoming embroiled in a cash for questions scandal but joined UKIP three years ago and is now the party's deputy chairman.

He has now applied to be on the shortlist of UKIP's candidates for Boston and Skegness. The current Conservative MP Mark Simmonds recently announced he would not be seeking re-election.

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

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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