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Roads: A1 Grantham Lincolnshire closed due to accident

The A1 at Grantham in Lincolnshire has been closed in both directions due to an accident between B1174 Great North Road (Great Gonerby turn Off) and A46 / B6166 Lincoln Road (Newark Showground / Air Museum turn Off).

There are reports of heavy congestion on the northbound carriageway to Whalebone Lane (Little Ponton turn off) and on the southbound carriageway to B6325 (North Muskham).

The accident happened just north of Grantham. The air ambulance has been at the scene.

Diversions are in place.

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Proctor: 'I have nothing to add to this Kafka-esque fantasy'

Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has said he is assisting police with its enquiries but continued to deny being part of a "rent boy ring".

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midlands have been searching his home, which is located within the grounds of Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, Leicestershire, as part of an investigation into historical child sex claims.

Earlier in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Proctor denied attending sex parties with other MPs in the 1970s and 1980s and said he knew nothing of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster.

Addressing the media later, Mr Proctor continued to deny the allegations saying: "I have nothing to add to this Kafka-esque fantasy".

Ex-MP 'not part of rent-boy ring'

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor has denied being part of a "rent-boy ring" or attending sex parties with other prominent figures, after his Leicestershire home was searched by police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse.

Harvey Proctor pictured in 1991 Credit: PA

Mr Proctor - who left Parliament in 1987 after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency - said he knew nothing about a VIP paedophile ring alleged to have existed at Westminster during the 1970s and 1980s, or allegations that three boys linked to the abuse were murdered.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I find myself in a very Kafka-esque fantasy situation.

"The police have said basically that they are investigating historical sex abuse allegations going back to the 1970s and 1980s.

"I have never attended sex parties at Dolphin Square or anywhere else. I have not been part of any rent-boy ring with Cabinet ministers, other Members of Parliament or generals or the military.

"I conducted my private life in a discreet manner. It wasn't I who outed myself, it was the press who did an assortment of things to out me.

"I was a discreet person and regarded in the House of Commons as a very independent MP and a loner. The last thing I would have dreamed of doing was talking to other MPs or ministers or anyone else about my private life. It wasn't that I was ashamed of being a homosexual, it was that I didn't think it mattered a damn to the work I did on behalf of my constituents."

Mr Proctor said he was keen to be interviewed by police as soon as possible to clear his name.

"The police wish to interview me," he said. "They talked in terms of that interview taking place in a matter of weeks. I asked for that interview to take place at the earliest opportunity."

Officers are investigating allegations that three boys linked to the alleged ring were murdered.

Mr Proctor represented Basildon in Essex from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay, also in Essex, from 1983 to 1987. He also sat on the executive of the right-wing pressure group the Monday Club.

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Ex-Tory MP's home searched in child sex investigation

The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is being searched by police investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midland are carrying out the search of his home, which is located within the 16,000-acre grounds of Belvoir Castle near Grantham, Leicestershire.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midland are carrying out the search. Credit: PA Wire

Proctor, 68, works for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, who live on the estate with their five children.

A Met Police spokesman said he "can confirm officers from Operation Midland are carrying out a search of an address in Grantham in connection with their inquiries".

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Ryan Smith's first steps captured on family video

A teenager who was badly injured in a cycling accident has taken his first steps.

Ryan Smith from Skegness suffered a serious brain injury after the accident in July 2013. He was not wearing a cycling helmet. Since then his family has campaigned to make it compulsory for children to wear them.

This weekend, Ryan took his first steps, without the help of a frame to support him, progress the teenager says he is proud of.

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