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Positive signs despite initiative’s zero return

Five months after the introduction of an order to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Spalding town centre not a single ticket has been issued – but officials say that’s a positive sign.   Lincolnshire Police and South Holland District Council have said people are complying on request with the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) launched in December.   New ...

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Accidental verdict after long-time GP’s ‘lapse of concentration’

A lapse in concentration by a long-time Spalding GP may have contributed to his death in a road traffic accident, an inquest has heard.   Dr Charles Lennon, who had been at the Munro Medical Centre in West Elloe Avenue for 28 years, was cycling along the A15 near Thurlby when he was in collision with a bus.   The inquest ...

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Pinchbeck Road will be closed for four weeks

Motorists face a month of delays and diversions with another emergency closure of Pinchbeck Road, Spalding.     Anglian Water is repairing the area of road outside Taylors Vauxhall which has been cordoned off and collapsing for months.   A spokesperson said: “Our teams are currently repairing a collapsed sewer on Pinchbeck Road in Spalding.    “After the road surface ...

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‘Positive feedback’ to Castle swimming pool improvements

Improvements to cleanliness and management at Spalding swimming pool are having a noticeable effect, councillors have been told.     For some considerable time, criticism dogged South Holland District Council –owner of The Castle Sports Complex – and 1Life, the leisure company contracted to run it.    But members of the council’s performance monitoring panel received a positive update last Tuesday from ...

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Polish books for patients

Patients recovering in hospital are now able to access a small collection of Polish books, thanks to kind donations from members of an online support group.   Staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) made an appeal for books written in Polish after a special request for help from a homeless patient, who did not have anything to ...

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Surgery expansion plan to be revived

A renewed bid is to be made to enable expansion of Pinchbeck doctors’ surgery – turned down earlier this year after residents expressed fears about parking issues.     Munro Medical Centre, of which the Church Walk surgery is part, has been told it can still access the NHS England funding to enable the plan, which may have been lost ...

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Green light to be given for housing

A controversial planning application for 188 homes on greenfield land in Damgate, Holbeach, is recommended for approval next week.   South Holland’s planning committee has been advised any adverse impacts of the King Bros (Butchers) Ltd plan would not outweigh the benefits of delivering homes at the site, which will lead to contributions of £1.048m towards education and £83,472 for ...

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Holbeach Primary Academy raises the standard to ‘good’

Holbeach Primary has been judged ‘good’ in its first Ofsted since becoming an academy.   The school, in Boston Road, was judged ‘requires improvement’ before it reformed as an academy in 2014.   In a letter to parents, headteacher Sue Boor, who has been at the school throughout, said: “It is particularly pleasing to have detailed in the report how ...

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Spalding care home owners accused of breaching health and safety regulations

The owners of a Spalding care home have appeared in court accused of breaching health and safety regulations following alleged incidents involving residents.     Apex Care Ltd face three charges of failing to carry out the provision of residential care in a way that ensured the safety of residents was not put at risk.     The charges, brought ...

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Eddy back on county council executive

Eddy Poll capped his return to Lincolnshire County Council by being reappointed to the executive. Coun Poll, who won the Spalding East seat earlier this month, has been named portfolio holder for commercial and environmental management. He was deputy leader of the council when he lost his seat in 2013 to UKIP candidate Richard Fairman, who was soundly beaten into second ...

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Spalding DJ jailed for sex offences against teenaged girls

A Spalding disc jockey who committed sex offences against teenaged girls has been jailed.   Roy Hayes contacted his victims over Skype persuading them to strip and perform sexual acts as he watched. He masturbated while the acts were taking place and recorded the footage.   Hayes (44), of Gaunt Close, admitted two charges of inciting a girl to engage in sexual ...

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Spalding man jailed over ‘grave sexual abuse’ images

A Spalding man who was caught with films of child sex abuse has been jailed for eight months.   After police raided his home in Wygate Road, Gareth Oddy (34) admitted to searching for indecent material. Lincoln Crown Court heard Oddy was present when officers carried out the early morning search on January 20, 2016.   Gregor Purcell, prosecuting, said Oddy ...

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Roving exhibition in Spalding conservation area to mark act’s 50th anniversary

The act which brought conservation areas into being is 50 years old and two of Spalding’s societies have teamed up to mark the anniversary. A photographic exhibition showcasing Spalding’s conservation area will run throughout the summer, spending a fortnight each in a  number of different venues. The project by Spalding and District Civic Society and Spalding Photographic Society will launch ...

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Pensioner ‘made explosive package claim’ at Lincolnshire Co-op in Holbeach

A 71-year-old man accused of taking a suspicious package into the Lincolnshire Co-op store at Holbeach remains on conditional bail. David James Edwards, of Hallgate, was not at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 12) for the case’s latest hearing. It is said that, on January 27 this year at the Fleet Street store, he “placed an article, namely a ...

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Pinchbeck United ‘sets record straight’ over behind-the-scenes unrest

Pinchbeck United Football Club has moved to answer critics and end continuing behind-the-scenes unrest. In a period that the club has appeared in two cup finals and promotion was confirmed, it is matters off the field which is driving much of the chatter. Now the club has issued a strongly-worded statement, criticising the actions of two people behind some of the unrest – former ...

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Free CPR demonstrations as part of ‘Save A Life’ campaign

Free CPR demonstrations are taking place in Spalding tonight (Thursday).   The initiative is part of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire ‘Save A Life’ campaign.   St John Ambulance is one of the partners in this initiative which aims to teach 10,000 people CPR skills.   The demonstrations last between 30 and 45 minutes and will take place at 6.30pm and ...

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Spalding shop supervisor: ‘What large cannabis farm in our basement?’

The person responsible for the day-to-day running of a Spalding shop claims she knew nothing about an “industrial-scale” cannabis farm in the basement.   Karolina Kiminiene told police she was as shocked as anybody about the discovery under Lithuanian food store Krautuvele in Pinchbeck Road. However, at a premises licence review hearing at South Holland District Council on Monday (May ...

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Global computer hack leads to disruption for NHS patients in county

NHS patients in South Lincolnshire have faced days of disruption following an international cyber attack. Hundreds of appointments were cancelled and only emergency work carried out at many NHS organisations nationwide after computers went down on Friday. On Tuesday (May 16), it was understood that no South Holland GP surgery was yet offering a full “business as usual” service and ...

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Pride and resolve for South Holland’s new community policing inspector

When it comes to policing in South Lincolnshire, there is little that Gareth Boxall has not come across. That experience of 17 years, coupled with the fact he grew up in Spalding and has an affinity with the district, bodes well for residents being served by the new South Holland community policing inspector. Basically, our issues and concerns are the ...

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Parish council unhappy at ‘sorry’ Long Sutton site

Long Sutton Parish Council has expressed its “extreme disappointment” at the lack of progress on The Bull Hotel project and its “sorry state”. It’s understood that Korvin Developments Ltd has insufficient funds for further work but director Jan Von Draczek has given permission for tidying of the site by others. Last week The Voice reported on a community effort spearheaded ...

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