Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Teenagers in court over Spalding robberies

Three teenagers have appeared in court over a string of robbery offences in Spalding in March last year. Ethan Nicholas Brown (19), of Matmore Gate, Spalding, and a boy and girl both aged 17, who cannot be named due to their age, appeared before District Judge Peter Veits at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. All three are accused of two ...

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Man in court after Community Speed Watch clipboard assault

A West Pinchbeck driver who “took umbrage” at Community Speed Watch volunteers taking down his vehicle details ended up in court. Thomas Mark Warburton (32) grabbed the clipboard of a man in the group after challenging them over what they were doing. Prosecutor Nick Todd told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday: “Mr Warburton was driving at Barrier Bank, Cowbit, past ...

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LETTER: Did anyone else hear a blackbird?

A few days ago, it was late afternoon, I was walking through Hall Place in Spalding towards WH Smith, when I heard the unmistakable sound of a blackbird singing. It was perched in the small tree that is by the circle of raised flowerbeds and the benches. There in the gathering dusk of a winter’s afternoon, with people going about ...

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LETTER: MPs should hang heads in shame

In last week’s issue I was taken to task over an earlier letter of mine wherein I asked for justification for the continuing use of food banks. One correspondent in particular completely missed the point of part of my letter, not by whom or when or where were food banks created but what is the current administration doing to eradicate ...

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LETTER: What’s happening to Spalding?

What’s happening to the once prosperous, thriving, busy market town of Spalding? I worked in the town for over 40 years, I loved working there, especially doing my shopping when my working day finished. Over the years there have been a lot of changes, some for the good, some not so good. New shops come and go. There was always ...

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LETTER: Thanks for contributing to Santa run

President Jon Martin and members of the Rotary Club of South Holland would like to put on record our sincere thanks to the people of Spalding who contributed so generously to our Christmas Sleigh Collection in December helping achieve a grand total of just over £11,400 the vast majority of which will be used for the benefit of the local ...

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LETTER: Demand priorities are set out

Lincolnshire is one of the poorest parts of Northern Europe in GDP terms. Indeed, Lincolnshire currently stands third bottom in the league table of Northern European areas (adjusted for local purchasing power), standing just above Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and West Wales and The Valleys. In stark contrast, Inner London currently stands as the richest, most vibrant economic ...

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Moulton Chapel homes plan voted through

Controversial plans for 86 homes in Moulton Chapel have been given the go-ahead by planners. Larkfleet Homes has been allowed to build the homes on land off Roman Road despite opposition from local residents. The site is earmarked for development in the South Lincolnshire Local Plan, but only for 74 homes. The applicant had initially asked to build 99 homes ...

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Road blocked after Moulton RTC

The A151 at Moulton is blocked following a collision between two cars this morning (Wednesday). A police spokesman said: “A collision between two cars in High Street, Moulton was reported to us at 8.28am.  “Those involved have sustained minor injuries.  “The road is blocked and motorists are advised to use alternative routes if possible.”

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Spalding drink-driver who killed mother of two jailed

A Spalding drink driver with killed a mother-of-two and left three others seriously injured after overtaking a lorry and then crashing into slowing traffic ahead has been jailed for nine years. Adam White (38) of Acacia Avenue was driving his Vauxhall Vivaro van on the A16 towards Crowland just after 5pm on January 23 last year. He was travelling on ...

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Former right wing group member fined for carrying screwdriver

A former member of a right wing group found in possession of a seven-inch screwdriver, told magistrates he carried it for his own protection after being assaulted by a group of ‘Asian males’ just a week before. Bailey Chapman (21) of Bear Lane, Pinchbeck admitted illegally possessing the screwdriver in a public place, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. ...

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DJ at Spalding nightclub wore double knuckledusters

A 47-year-old DJ was found to be wearing knuckledusters at a Spalding nightclub, magistrates at Boston have been told. The DJ, Darren Barnes of Stoke Golding, Nuneaton in Leicestershire, was compering the event at the XO Nightclub in Westlode Street on December 15 when, in the early hours just as he was completing his set, one of the assistant managers ...

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Murdered Boston man had links to Spalding

Police have named the murder victim found in Boston on Sunday as 46-year-old Marcin Stolarek. UPDATE: Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two men, aged 26 and 33, and a woman, aged 26, were arrested in Boston last night (January 15). They remain in police custody. Lincolnshire Police have released videos in English and Polish in the ...

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Drink-driver stopped in Pinchbeck by fellow motorist

A former magistrate has received a suspended sentence and a four-year driving ban for drink-driving. Alison Justine MacDonald was more than three times the limit when she was stopped by a member of the public in Pinchbeck just before Christmas. MacDonald – a healthcare support worker in the NHS – told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that she was considering ...

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Feuding former friends’ fracas ends in broken jaw

Two former friends feuding over a girlfriend traded punches during a “protracted fight” in a Spalding street. Michael David Severn started the early-hours fracas but came off worst, later needing metal plates fitted to a broken jaw. He fought with Tristan Jack Mansfield in New Road, first at the junction with Red Lion Street before the scrapping moved over the ...

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Council turns on chargers

South Holland District Council’s new electric vehicle charging points in Spalding have gone live. The points are available in Vine Street and Victoria Street, as well as in the visitor section of the council’s Priory Road car park. The charging points are all fast charging of between 7kW and 22kW, as well as being dual socket units, allowing two cars ...

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Firefighters lobby MPs to protect county

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has launched a consultation into its Community Plan as several firefighters joined colleagues in the East Midlands to lobby against cuts. They met with MPs at Westminster on Tuesday in a meeting arranged by the Fire Brigade Union. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s ‘Community Plan’ aims to look at the main risks to lives, properties, infrastructure and ...

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Japanese film crew’s ‘precious’ time with nuclear test veteran

A Japanese documentary filmmaker and his crew were in Moulton at the weekend speaking to a British nuclear test recognition campaigner. The film’s director Hideaki Otoh is in the UK making the documentary about British nuclear tests in the Pacific for Nankai Broadcasting Co Ltd. based in Matsuyama, in Ehime Prefecture, across from Hiroshima Bay. Mr Hideaki previously made a ...

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Spalding Motorbike Show is ready for the go

It’s once again time to get revved up for the Springfields Motorbike Show. It returns this weekend (January 18/19) for the 34th year with a host of attractions. Fresh from a successful British Superbikes season, Kawasaki rider Danny Buchan will be in attendance. He’s be joined on the Sunday by TT legend Steve Plater. Steve is a former British Champion, ...

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Breathing three and easy

A group that helps those with breathing related conditions has celebrated its third birthday. The Happy Breathers group was initially set up as an academic study group for sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD) and ran by Community Respiratory Nurses. It’s future was put under threat when it lost its funding, but it’s been taken on by Lincolnshire Community ...

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