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British teacher drowns on Caribbean holiday

A British woman has died while in the Carribean, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed.

Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes, an English teacher in Lincolnshire, drowned while swimming in the sea near Sosua Beach in the Dominican Republic, according to the Lincolnshire Echo.

Pupils paid tribute to Ms Marshall-Plewes on a Facebook tribute page.

One tribute read: "A lovely lady that gave all her time to the students and will never be forgotten - thoughts are with your family."

In a statement, an FCO spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national, Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes, in the Dominican Republic on August 3.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Woman found alive after swimming off Lincolnshire coast

A woman who disappeared while swimming off the Lincolnshire coast has been found alive after a major search operation.

The Humber Coastguard said the 23-year-old woman, who had been drinking alcohol, was found semi-conscious on the beach near a holiday resort in Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness, early today.

A tractor driver who was working on the beach went to the aid of two men who went into the sea after her, and raised the alarm.

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Hundreds start drone protest march to RAF Waddington

Crowds of peace campaigners gather in Lincoln for start of anti-drone protest march Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds of peace campaigners have started marching from Lincoln to RAF Waddington, in protest of a new fleet of armed drones being based in the UK for the first time.

Protesters preparing their banners before the march takes place Credit: ITV Central

The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week from the airbase in Lincolnshire.

Previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada, the aircraft are used to support coalition ground forces in Afghanistan.

Banners are laid out at South Park in Lincoln before the march takes place Credit: ITV Central

Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want are estimated to walk the four mile route in around two hours.

It's expected to take the protesters two hours to walk the four mile route from Lincoln to RAF WAddington. Credit: ITV Central
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48 cases of measles in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire this year

Health experts are urging parents to get their children vaccinated Credit: PA file picture

A national programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children has been announced today.

It comes after 48 people were diagnosed with the disease in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the last three months.

The aim of the programme, led by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health, is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible in time for the next school year.

New figures published today show high numbers of confirmed measles cases in England in the first three months of 2013, reaching 587 by end of March, following a record annual high of almost 2,000 cases in 2012.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England said, “Measles is a potentially fatal but entirely preventable disease so we are very disappointed that measles cases have recently increased in England.

"Those who have not been vaccinated should urgently seek at least one dose of MMR vaccination which will give them 95 per cent protection against measles. A second dose is then needed to provide almost complete protection.

"Measles is not a mild illness – it is very unpleasant and can lead to serious complications as we have seen with more than 100 children in England being hospitalised so far this year."

Oxfam fears rise in foodbank use is 'tip of the iceberg'

Oxfam's Director of UK Poverty, Chris Johnes, has warned that welfare reforms could tip even more people into food poverty:

These shocking figures show that a perfect storm of spiralling living costs, lack of decent, secure jobs and benefit changes are making it impossible for many people to feed themselves or their families.

It's clear there is a massive hole in the safety net when so many more people are being forced to rely on emergency food handouts.

We are worried this could be just the tip of the iceberg as changes to the welfare system already in the pipeline could rip apart the safety net with devastating consequences for those who rely on it.

– Chris Johnes, oxfam

Read: Rise in use of foodbanks in numbers

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Murder inquiry launched after two die in Lincolnshire

Police in Lincolnshire have launched a murder inquiry after two people died after reports of a disturbance around 5am this morning in an address in Red Lion Street, Boston.

Three people were injured following an alleged assault. A 26-year-old woman died at the scene, whilst a 26-year-old died in hospital a short time later.

A 24-year-old woman is being treated for serious injuries. A 41-year-old local male resident was arrested in connection with this incident.

He is currently helping police with their enquiries. Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with police by calling 101.

More: Boston, Lincolnshire double murder

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