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Hedgelaying Weekend for Beginners: Sat 6th Feb (Oakham, Rutland)

Two day hedgelaying course in Oakham this weekend Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

Visitors will get the chance to the ancient art of hedgelaying this weekend in Oakham.

The two day course will be run by experienced hedge layer John Shone. By the end of the course visitors will be able to lay their own section of hedge in the local Midland style. All tools will be provided.

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2.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Northamptonshire border

The British Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 has been recorded in Oakham, Rutland Credit: PA

People in Corby and Peterborough may have felt some tremors last night - It's down to an earthquake centred just across the Northamptonshire border in Oakham.

The British Geological Survey confirmed it recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8.

Oakham Credit: ITV Anglia

The epicentre has not yet been confirmed but the British Geological Survey has reported that it was felt at approximately 22.40 yesterday evening.

It is the second time this year that tremors have been felt in Rutland. In January, an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was recorded in the county.


Police appeal to find missing 81-year old man

Ashton Baines Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police in Leicestershire are appealing for help to find a missing man from Oakham.

Ashton Baines who's 81 and from Manton now hasn't been seen for nearly 48 hours. He has Alzheimer's and other medical conditions, and officers say they're growing concerned for his welfare.

Police have been carrying out extensive ground and CCTV searches. Mr Baines was last seen around 6pm on Tuesday 4th August at his residential home.

He is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 10ins tall with grey receding hair. He is believed to be wearing a black fleece, dark blue shirt, green trousers and brown shoes.

“The more time that passes without us hearing from Ashton the more concerned we become.

We don’t believe he has any money with him so would be unable to travel too far, however, he is a fast walker and may have travelled some distance from where he lives.

His family are obviously extremely concerned and are desperate to find him.

Please, if you are out and about keep an eye out for Ashton. He is extremely vulnerable. Contact us on 999 straight away if you see him. It is imperative that we get there as soon as possible and give him the support he needs.”

– Sergeant James Cross, Missing Person team

Appeal launched following death of teenage girls in crash

A witness appeal has been launched following the deaths of two teenage girls in a crash with a bus.

A witness appeals has been launched following the teenager's deaths Credit: Instagram

A blue Peugeot 206 was involved in the accident with a single decker bus at 1.25pm on Friday on Empingham Lane near Tickencote.

Anna and Anastasia, who were both boarders at Oakham School, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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