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Pensioner (81) in court on rape and child sex offence charges

A man of 81 from South Holland has appeared in court on charges of attempted rape and 13 child sex offences stretching back almost 40 years. Charles William Alfred Scott, of Main Road, Quadring, appeared before King’s Lynn Magistrates’ court on Thursday. He is charged with attempted rape between March 7, 1992 and October 6, 1994. This indictable only offence ...

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Man who assaulted police officer fined

A court has heard how a 25-year-old Spalding man twice pushed a police officer in the chest as the officer tried to protect a distraught girl from a crowd exiting a town night spot. Boston Magistrates Court heard how officers were on duty outside the night club in West Lode Street at 3.30am on August 10 to ensure the safe ...

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Drink driver crashed into neighbour’s house after going to get cake

A Spalding woman, who drove her car into the bay window of a neighbour’s house when almost four times over the legal alcohol limit, regularly drank three bottles of wine a day, a court has been told. Elena Alexandrovina Wenham (42) of Abbots Crescent, who admitted driving with excess alcohol, was given a suspended prison sentence by magistrates sitting at ...

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Two seriously injured as Air Ambulance called to Long Sutton RTC

Two males have been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Long Sutton this morning. A car and a van were involved in the incident which took place on Gedney Road, shortly after 6am this morning. Lincolnshire Police say both drivers have “serious” injuries after the collision which led to a number of roads in the area being closed. ...

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Police backing for CCTV amid claims some authorities are considering pulling funding

Spalding’s top police officer has backed CCTV use after claims some authorities in the district are considering pulling funding its use. Inspector Gareth Boxall insisted using cameras was effective after receiving a grilling from local councillors about policing in South Holland at a meeting last week. He was asked to appear before South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel after ...

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Legal action over leisure facilities

The company that previously ran leisure facilities in the district is facing legal action over the state it left the facilities in. South Holland District Council has issued a Schedule of Dilapidations against 1Life which ran facilities including the Castle Sports Complex and the Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton for 20 years up to March 1 this year. In ...

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Bright ideas for crime hit village

Putting the street lights back on throughout the night is among the options Pinchbeck Parish Council is to look at after the village was hit by a recent increase in burglaries. The council is to look into what it costs to have Lincolnshire County Council keep the lights on after 12pm as one measure after an emergency meeting was called ...

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Fly-tip removal behind targets

Targets to remove reported fly-tips in the area are not being met due to a contractor not always being available, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council aims to have all fly-tips reported to it cleared within an average of five days. However from April to June it took 6.1 days to deal with a report, up from 4.7 in ...

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Delay on Relief Road decision

Bourne Road residents have expressed disappointment as a decision on whether their homes could be demolished for the Spalding Western Relief Road has been delayed for a few weeks. Those affected say Lincolnshire County Council told them they would have an answer as to where they would like the central section of the route to be built earlier this month. ...

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Closed street to open by the weekend

There’s some relief for motorists around Spalding with a road that’s been closed since early August set to be re-opened by Saturday. Anglian Water have been working to fix a collapsed sewer on Albion Road since August 8. The closure of the road alongside other roadworks in the town has accentuated traffic issues, particularly during rush hour. But Anglian Water ...

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Martin is Green Party candidate

The Green Party has unveiled Martin Blake as its parliamentary candidate for the South Holland and the Deepings ward. The Spalding resident is a former Cambridge City councillor. Martin said in a statement: “Our national concerns pale into insignificance compared to the global threat of climate change. “We only have until 2030 to radically change the way we do business, ...

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Spalding Police inspector speaks on fighting crime in South Holland

‘South Holland is a safe place’ – that’s the view of Spalding Police Inspector Gareth Boxall as he addressed rising crime numbers, funding issues and social media rumours while being questioned by councillors. Amid warnings that public confidence in the police is waning, the inspector told South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel in detail as to why the public ...

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Sharp rise in knife crime

This week Lincolnshire Police unites with forces around the country as part of a national drive to tackle knife crime after a “deeply concerning” rise in the county. Operation Sceptre is a national week of action, which follows a knife attack at a teenager’s party in Spalding. The aim of the week is to increase awareness about the dangers of ...

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Stole baby clothes to send to Romania

Two friends from South Holland stole more than £560 of baby clothes from a Primark store to send back to their native Romania, a court was told. It was not a pre-planned operation but a spur of the moment thing, argued the solicitor representing Andreaa Dumitrescu (25) and Ana Maria Enache (22). Stacie Cossey, prosecuting at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court ...

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Drove drunk to home five minutes away

A Spalding man has been banned from driving after he made the ‘stupid decision’ to drive home from the pub when he only lived a five minutes walk away. Paul Savage, 51, of Chesboule Lane, Gosberton Risegate, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. The court was told he provided a reading of 48 microgrammes ...

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Mum’s plea after teen is stabbed at party

A mum has called on parents to unite against knife crime after a teenager was stabbed at a house party for her daughter’s 16th birthday on Saturday. A 16-year-old boy suffered non life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the stomach and leg at the party. Word about the party had spread through social media and dozens of youngsters who were ...

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McDonald’s staff tipped off police about drink driver

A second time drink-driver from Spalding was caught after a tip-off to police by McDonald’s staff. Bruno Rodrigues (36) was then stopped in a Vauxhall Vectra in Holbeach Road, Spalding, at 2am on August 7, magistrates in Boston heard today (Wednesday). He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. A later evidential test gave a reading of 67 microgrammes ...

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Homes refused on business park

A developer has said its plans for part of a business park intended to create 2,500 jobs are “not financially viable” after plans to build homes on part of the site were refused. Ashley King Developments, which trades as Ashwood Homes, already has outline planning permission for commercial properties for the Lincolnshire Gateway south of Spalding, but has now described ...

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Council to use reserves for projects

South Holland District Council is to use £131,000 from its Growth and Commercialisation Reserve to fund a new project. However the nature of the project is being kept under wraps. Its cabinet approved the measure are part of its Financial Report Quarter One when sitting on Tuesday, September 10. The £131,000 is listed as ‘asset works’ by the council and ...

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Teenage drink-driver made ‘foolish decision’

A court has been told that a drink-driving conviction will harm a Pinchbeck teenager’s employment prospects. Yasmin Carpenter was stopped by police on the A152 at West Pinchbeck at 2.40am on August 4. Prosecuting at Boston Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday), Ali Zaki said: “They describe her driving as erratic. Her eyes were glazed and her speech slurred.” Carpenter failed a ...

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