Update: A fire investigation has been launched and police are appealing for witnesses – read the latest here.

Fire crews remain at the scene of a severe building fire which began in Louth overnight.

The blaze was called in at around 1.30am on Wednesday, May 18, concerning a building on Gresley Road.

Crews from Louth, Binbrook, Mablethorpe, Grantham and Alford were called to battle the fire, and nearby residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue said the incident was still ongoing at around 6am and that crews from Caistor and Horncastle were assisting with damping down efforts.

People living in the area reported that flames had engulfed at least three homes. The extent of the damage has not yet been officially confirmed.

It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Plans to expand a Horncastle special needs school and nearly double its capacity have been submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.

The authority, which is behind the plans, is looking to create an entirely new building at St Lawrence School including 17 classrooms, main hall, physiotherapy rooms, sensory and calming rooms, and more.

It is part of an £86 million investment in special needs schools across the county and will see pupil numbers increase from 80 to around 150.

Lincolnshire County Council’s aim is to limit the number of pupils travelling outside of the county for their education.

A report to the authority’s planning department said: “Horncastle St Lawrence has experienced significant growth over the last few years; consultations for school places regularly exceed place availability and the school has been required to accept students beyond their physical capacity to ensure they can be educated locally.

“The new build premises at Horncastle St Lawrence would provide suitable accommodation for 150 children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) who require specialist provision and reside in the Horncastle area.

“The proposed changes will have a significant positive impact for the school.”

An aerial view of how the school might look. | Image: Kier

It said the investment in the school will enable it to meet a wider range of needs.

The old school will be kept open during building works in a bid to minimise disruption to pupils’ school year.

However, once the new building is completed, the old school will be demolished to make way for a soft landscaping and to be used as an outdoor playing field.

Elsewhere, there will be 55 standard car parking bays, four enlarged parking bays and four accessable bays along with capacity for up to 28 minibuses to drop-off and pick up from the school.

Council bosses hope work will be able to start in Autumn 2022.

The Lincolnshire Co-op store in Horncastle was cordoned off on Wednesday morning after a ram raid.

Lincolnshire Police officers received reports of an ATM theft in progress at the Lincolnshire Co-op on the High Street in the early hours of the morning on March 9.

A white flatbed transit van and a grey Volkswagen Golf was reportedly seen at the location. The van was abandoned and police believe three offenders left the scene in the Golf, which was driven off in the direction of West Ashby towards Louth.

Officers found damage to the shop window and cassette boxes containing a sum of cash were stolen from the premises. However, the ATM is still in the shop.

There were no reported injuries and by the time of publication no arrests have been made.

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage, and for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or suspicious vehicles, to contact them.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 24 of March 9.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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