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Arrest after supermarket bomb scare

A woman from Skegness has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax call to police claiming there was a bomb in the town’s Morrisons supermarket.

The store was evacuated after the call was made shortly before 11.50am today - but a police search found nothing suspicious inside.

The store reopened at 2pm.

The 36-year-old was arrested this afternoon and will be interviewed at Skegness police station.

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Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

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Police investigate death of butler at stately home

Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film.
Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film. Credit: Flickr / Nigel Lamb under Creative Commons

An investigation has been launched after a butler died at a stately home.

Arthur Mellar died after suffering serious injuries in an incident at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on July 12.

A joint investigation is being carried out by Cambridgeshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances surrounding his death.

David Pennell, Burghley estate director, said the house would co-operate fully with the investigation.

He said: "It is with the deepest sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Arthur Mellar, a highly-valued member of the household team at Burghley, following an accident on Saturday, July 12."

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Government bans Red Arrows using Scottish colours

The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Credit: PA

It's being reported that the new Defence Secretary over-ruled plans for the Red Arrows to trail the colours of the Scottish flag at the Commonwealth Games.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Fallon said it would have been a highly political statement.

It would have come just weeks ahead of a referendum in Scotland on whether the country should become independent.

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