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By-election sparked by resignation of MP Stephen Phillips to take place in December

The by-election for Sleaford and North Hykeham - sparked by the resignation of MP Stephen Phillips - is expected to take place in early to mid December.

MP Stephen Phillips

Mr Phillips quit the Conservatives last week because of what he called 'irreconcilable difference' with the government over its handling of plans for leaving the EU.

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Investigation begins into industrial accident in Sleaford

Police in Lincolnshire say they are investigating an industrial accident in Sleaford in which a 64-year-old man died.

The exact circumstances are being investigated by Lincolnshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive Credit: Press Association

The incident happened at 2pm on Thursday 25 August at a farm in South Rauceby.

It is believed Keith Greatrix was building a shed when a section of concrete fell on him. Officers have informed his family and are continuing to support them.

The exact circumstances are being investigated by Lincolnshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“The HSE has been informed of this incident and a joint investigation is underway. It’s common practice for us to work together at the early stages of an industrial accident of this nature.

"At this stage the investigation is focused on trying to find out exactly what happened and we will later complete a report for Her Majesty’s Coroner."

– Detective Sergeant Jon Shield

Brother of missing man pleads for him to come home

The brother of a missing man from Lincolnshire has pleaded with him to get in touch.

Robert Taylor was last seen at the start of February Credit: ITV News

51-year-old Robert Taylor was last seen setting off from his home in Sleaford at the beginning of February. Although he has disappeared before, concerns are growing, as Mr Taylor doesn't have his medication or his wallet with him.

Today, Joseph Taylor made a direct appeal to his brother:

Whatever's happened in the past Robert, I would like to think that we were very close and we could confide in each other. So please ring me, confide in me and let's get that bound, friendship, brotherliness back together again.

– Joseph Taylor

Family appeal for missing man to get in touch

The family of a man missing from Sleaford have released a direct appeal for him to get in touch.

51-year-old Robert Taylor was last seen setting off from home on Monday 1st February. He did not have his wallet or medication with him, and his family say it is very out of character for him not to be in touch with them.

Rob, we are desperately worried about you. Please find the courage to change things by getting in touch. Everyone is hoping for your safe return home as soon as possible.

– Family statement

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Police re-appeal to public in search for missing Sleaford man

Police in Lincolnshire are continuing to search for a man who was last seen nine days ago.

Robert Taylor's family are growing increasingly concerned Credit: Lincolnshire Police

51-year-old Robert Taylor was last seen setting off from his home in Sleaford on February 1.

Detectives originally issued an appeal on February 4 for any information about him or any sightings of him to be reported to us.

Mr Taylor's family are very concerned because he has not made any contact since he left and for him to go missing is very out of character.

He did not have his wallet or medication with him, which is adding to his family’s worries.

It is thought that he was wearing a green polo shirt with grey / brown cargo trousers but it is not known which coat he may have taken.

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