Author Archives: Richard Rush

Businesses urged to get on board with town centre plans

Spalding businesses are being invited to provide financial and physical help to make the town centre better while a survey of residents is set to be launched. The latest meeting of the Spalding Town Centre Improvement Steering Group met last Monday to discuss potential improvements for the town. It followed a discussion on the Town Centre Improvement Plan, which includes ...

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Person rescued from car after Gedney collision

A person had to be rescued from a car after a two vehicle collision in Gedney last night (Monday). The incident happened shortly before 7pm at Ravens Drove. Fire crews from Holbeach, Spalding and Long Sutton attended. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Crews used manpower to release one casualty from car and into the care of the ...

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South Holland seeing ‘huge’ rise in homelessness and Universal Credit claimants

South Holland is seeing a ‘huge demand’ in requests to help those facing being left without a home amid a more than 150 per cent increase in Universal Credit claimants. The extent of homelessness in the area was provided by South Holland District Council’s Housing Services Manager Jason King to a joint meeting of the authority’s Performance Monitoring and Policy ...

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Mum slams sentence of pair ‘morally responsible’ for 14-year-old son’s death

The mum of a 14-year-old who died at a drugs party has called the sentence handed to the pair branded ‘morally responsible’ for his death as ‘not enough’. Earlier today (Monday) Alastair Turner (19) and Sam King (21) were jailed for 45 months and three years respectively after both admitted charges arising from the investigation into the death of Alex Buchan ...

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Two jailed and told they’re ‘morally responsible’ for death of teen (14) at Holbeach drugs party

Two men who organised weekly drugs parties at which a schoolboy died have been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Alex Buchan, 14, described by his family as a “perfect son,” collapsed after ingesting fatal levels of MDMA into his bloodstream. An ecstasy tablet with the motif “The Punisher” was found next to him at the home of Sam King in ...

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South Holland businesses who have had to close due to pandemic urged to apply for grant

The latest round of grants available to South Holland businesses who have been forced to close due to COVID-19 has been launched. The Local Restrictions Support Grant is the second round of government funding to help businesses through COVID-19 restrictions and is once again being metered out by South Holland District Council. Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or ...

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Woman (73) left terrified after fraudsters told her to pay money or be arrested

A 73-year-old woman from Spalding said she was left shaken after fraudsters rang her and told her to pay money to them or they would come for her. The woman, who does not want to be named, is urging others to be aware of the scam and not to panic as she did. The retired pensioner said she received the ...

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Here’s when Santa’s set to visit a Spalding street near you in the run up to Christmas

Santa Claus is all set for his proposed annual tour of Spalding. His friends at the Spalding with South Holland Rotary Club have once again organised him to tour the streets of Spalding from Thursday, December 3. He’ll be driven round as many streets as possible through December and also visiting Hall Place, Morrisons in Pinchbeck and the Holbeach Road ...

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Neighbours help save family home from fire

A family of five have thanked their neighbours and the fire service for saving their Sutton Bridge home, and potentially their lives, after a fire broke out in an outhouse. Beth and Lee Copland, along with sons Ben (10), Charlie (8) and Jackson (4), had to flee their Princes Street home after their brick outhouse caught alight less than six ...

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Cars and shed destroyed in fire

Fire crews were called to a second fire at a Sutton Bridge home outbuilding in a week last night. Two cars along with a garden shed were destroyed in the blaze that took place at a Bridge Road property around 8.30pm last night (Wednesday). Crews from Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton attended the fire which Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say ...

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Please consider donating a gift

As the festive season creeps ever closer, we are asking you to support our Give A Gift campaign and help make a child smile this Christmas. While you are doing your Christmas shopping if you would consider buying an extra gift to donate to our campaign it would be very much appreciated. This year the appeal is more important than ...

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Moulton park plans set for next step

It’s hoped plans for a long-awaited new park in Moulton will take a step nearer to completion early next year. South Holland District Council announced plans for the 23-acre site off Bell Lane last March which is set to include a children’s play area and spot for dog owners to let pets off their leads. An accompanying six to ten ...

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Four arrested as armed police descend on Holbeach street

Police responding to reports of a threat to a man in Holbeach last night have arrested four people. Armed officers were seen in Alison Avenue in the town shortly after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday). Men aged 17, 18 and 26 and a 26-year-old woman have all been arrested in relation to the incident. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “A man ...

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Family’s banner success

A Whaplode St Catherine mother and daughter have raised nearly £500 for the Poppy Appeal by making and selling bunting flags. Sam Heanes, alongside mum Wendy Heanes, wanted to say thank you and provide support to the Royal British Legion that runs the appeal after collections and parades were affected and cancelled due to the current pandemic. The pair designed ...

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Amy looks to go the distance

Disney songs are helping a Spalding hairdresser raise money for charity by running for 50 miles during the second lockdown. Hairdresser Amy Harris spent the first lockdown taking part in the couch to 5K challenge. Now she’s literally taking the running a whole lot further and is looking to amass a combined 50 miles during the current lockdown. “I am ...

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LETTERS – Time will tell if measures are working

May I thank Sir John Hayes for his letter in reply to my earlier correspondence and also for the details of government action to alleviate poverty. Time will tell as to whether or not these measures are working but as long as food banks exist it must be said that they are not. Also under the current government there does ...

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LETTERS – Could put residents’ at risk

I write with regard to your recent article in relation to the concerning COVID outbreak in Ashwood Nursing Home, Spalding, which had previously to my surprise gone unreported in local news. As a family member of an infected resident I aware from reliable sources that on Monday, October 19 following a positive test on a visiting carer, ten residents and ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for opposing closure

I am grateful to the residents of Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and surrounding villages who have supported the petition against the proposed closure of TSB, Long Sutton’s last High Street bank branch. Despite current difficulties, 777 people have signed the petition forms.I am grateful for the active support of our Member of Parliament in this important matter for our local ...

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LETTERS – It’s simply not good enough

It is at this time of year that our thoughts turn to all the men and women that gave so much for our freedom. So it saddens me to see that so many people are prepared to give so little in return. Having walked to Ayscoughfee on Sunday afternoon to pay my respects to the fallen I was struck by ...

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LETTERS – Recognise the impact of no deal

The Unite general union has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “stop playing politics with people’s jobs and lives” and to recognise the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the UK’s manufacturing industries. Responding to Johnson’s statement last month that the country should “get ready “ for the prospect of no trade deal with the EU, Unite general secretary ...

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