Author Archives: Richard Rush

Woman spat at while taking daughter to school

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman taking her daughter to school was abused and spat at in what’s being treated as a hate crime. The incident took place at around 8.30am on Tuesday, (January 21) on Saltern Drive in Spalding. South Holland Police say a man blocked the woman’s path, spat at her and swore, referring to her ...

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Gallery – Army bomb disposal unit in Holbeach St Marks after weapons discovery

A man has been arrested on firearms charges and the Army in attendance after weapons were found at an address just outside Holbeach St Marks. Leadenhall Road near to the Bakkavor Pizza factory is currently closed by police after the weapons were discovered last night (Wednesday) Lincolnshire Police say. Leadenhall Road remains closed A 42-year-old man has been arrested for ...

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Bomb disposal squad called in and man arrested after ‘weapons’ found in village home

The Army’s bomb disposal unit are at a property in Holbeach St Marks this morning (Thursday) after ‘a number of weapons’ were found. South Holland Police say a 42-year-old man has been arrested for firearms offences. A spokesman for the police said: “The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) are helping our officers at an address in Holbeach St Marks. “We were ...

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Man in court charged with attempting to groom girl (13)

A Crowland teenager has appeared in court on allegations of attempting to groom a 13-year-old. Jason Church, 19, of Reform Street, is accused of attempting to groom a 13- year-old girl for sex between December 27, 2018 and January, 11 2019 by sending her sexually explicit text messages. He entered no plea to the allegation when he appeared at Boston ...

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Drunk man drove work van after getting taxi home from night out

A man who took a taxi to get home after a night out then, ‘for some strange reason’ took out his work’s van and crashed it, a court has heard. Piers Foster, 31, of Sharman Way, Spalding admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates at Boston. The court heard that he crashed the van into a telegraph ...

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Medical Centre out of special measures but ‘requires improvement’

Holbeach Medical Centre is out of special measures but has been told it still ‘requires improvement’. As previously reported, the Park Road surgery was rated ‘inadequate’ following a Care Quality Commission (CQC). It was inspected again in September in a report published earlier this month and was rated ‘good’ in being Effective, Caring and being Well-led. However the CQC inspectors ...

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Nightmares after huge blaze blast

A young child was left with nightmares after she witnessed an “explosion” that sparked a huge fire in Pode Hole. Staff at Elderkin Autos garage and a customer with two young children were at the Dozens Bank premises just before 10am on Saturday when the fire broke out in an adjacent warehouse housing 4,000 tonnes of potatoes. One young girl ...

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‘Soul destroying’ fire at family firm

More than £1m worth of potatoes were lost in Saturday’s fire, a major blow to the business that says it was already experiencing a challenging few months due to the recent weather. Andrew Branton, of Willow Tree Potatoes, described the fire at the Pode Hole warehouse it leases as “soul destroying”. And he said it follows months of wet weather ...

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Feline happy thanks to your donations

A charity that helps rescue and look after cats has thanked the community for their generous donations. The Spalding and District Cats Protection League appealed for donations after a particularly busy Christmas for its 20 years. And organiser Sandra Gelsthorpe says they’ve had fantastic donations of cat food, toys and items for their fund-raising jumble sales from a host of ...

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Time to talk about mental health issues

A community group is not sitting still when it comes to getting people talking about mental health in Spalding. Community Mind Matters have launched The Mental Health Matters Bench in Ayscoughfee Gardens. Every Monday at noon until 2pm a Community Mind Matters Support Worker will be on hand to support victims of loneliness, depression, anxiety and bereavement. The bench, which ...

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Jake donates his trip money

A hospice close to the heart of a Spalding Grammar School student has benefited from his fundraising of £1,000. Jake Barnes was part of a planned school expedition to Peru later this year but the trip was cancelled due to a lack of participants. Jake (16), who had already raised £1,000 towards the trip through various means including bingo sessions ...

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Jim’s buzzing after beehive gesture in memory of wife

When a widower needed to repair a special beehive that was important to his wife of 46 years, he knew exactly where to turn. Jim Stalley has been a member of the Long Sutton Men’s Shed group, which aims to alleviate loneliness, following the death of his partner Hilary three years ago following a short battle with melanoma. One of ...

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Ban warning for lazy dog owners

Dog owners spotted on CCTV not clearing their pets’ poo up will be banned from a Surfleet park, those that run it have said. The Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC) says that an increase in dog owners not picking up poo on Glen Park has led to the measures. The group installed 12 CCTV cameras in the park three ...

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Theatre workshop at school

Pupils at a rural primary school enjoyed a visit from an award winning theatre company last week. The Barmpot Theatre group visited Weston Hills C of E Primary School recently. They did two workshops with the children, one for the Reception/Year One class and one for the Year One/Two. The whole event was also organised in conjunction with the South ...

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Migrant worker caravans plan passed

Temporary caravans to house seasonal migrant workers have been approved. E M Cole (Farms) Ltd in West Pinchbeck is to erect four mobile homes on the site. The flower business’s James Cole told South Holland District Council Planning Committee that granted permission last week: “We can’t function without staff from overseas currently. “We have tried recruiting locally but we can’t ...

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Teens trash town garden

The garden of a Royce Road home has been ransacked by teenagers, with sheds trashed and graffiti painted on walls. The home’s owner, Joao Jordao, found four teenage boys in the garden on Sunday and filmed them on his phone as they left the scene. A police spokesman said: “A group of four young men, thought to be about 16-years-old, ...

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One dead and two seriously injured in A16 RTC

A woman has died and two people were left “seriously injured” after an RTC on the A16 between Spalding and Sutterton yesterday evening. The incident, involving a tractor, a van and a car, occurred just after 6.45pm last night (Tuesday). Three people were taken to hospital. This morning (Wednesday) Lincolnshire Police reported that the passenger in the car, a 51-year-old ...

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Race night raises thousands

A hospice was the big winner as a race night raised over £3,000 for it last weekend. Don and June Wright put on the special night at Spalding Golf Club for the Sue Ryder-ran Thorpe Hall hospice. The all-ticket event hosted by Tom Mehew of Premier Race Night proved a huge success with an excellent crowd enjoying nine races. Together ...

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Calls for reform on cost of drainage

Getting nearby counties to help pay for local drainage boards who should also set their own council tax levels are measures being called for by local councillors. Currently 50 per cent of the council tax you pay to South Holland District Council goes to the drainage boards who serve South Holland. In the 2020/21 financial year, that amounts to £2.5m ...

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Rehomers are chosen cause

A dog charity has been given money as one of the year’s first recipients of a Holbeach charity shop’s takings. Chosen Charity, which operates two shops in Holbeach, presented a representative from Jerry Green Dog Rescue with a cheque for £1,000. A Chosen spokesman said: “We handed a cheque to Liz Hinckley from Jerry Green Dog rescue. £1,000.00 to help ...

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