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Fire crews rescue dog

Fire crews helped rescue a dog from water in Long Sutton yesterday (Saturday, July 2). Fire crews from Spalding, Holbeach and Boston together with Swift Water Rescue Teams attended the incident at around 1.30pm just off London Road. Crews used a four metre boat to rescue the dog.

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South Holland in top 10 of highest COVID-19 infection rates in England – but council leader says rate has slowed after peaking in May

South Holland has had the eighth highest COVID-19 infection rate in England new figures have revealed, though the district council leader has said the spread has now slowed. According to the latest government’s statistics the district has had 695 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That works out at 739.5 cases per 100,000 people, the level which the govenment is measuring ...

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Concerns over more vehicles in Spalding town centre

Concerns motorists are flouting Spalding’s day time pedestrian areas have been expressed as a bid to encourage cycling and walking in the town and Holbeach has been announced. Since COVID-19 lockdown, more cars have been driving through Spalding’s Market Place and Sheep Market when it should be a pedestrian area, even now shops have re-opened. One member of the public, ...

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Tigers are shaping up for new campaign

The off-field preparations for next season are coming together at Holbeach United with a new signing identified and four of the club’s top talents signed on for the new campaign. Captain Spencer Tinkler, vice captain Jonno Fairweather, keeper Ricky Drury and striker Jonny Lockie have all committed to return to the Tigers for the 20/21 season. The Tigers do look ...

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Charges for car parks in South Holland to return on Monday – and council says they will be enforced

You’ll have to pay to use South Holland District Council car parks from Monday (July 6) with the authority saying they will be enforced. Charges to park at the car parks in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton were officially waived when the COVID-19 lockdown was brought in, though previous to that the parking hadn’t been enforced for a lengthy period. ...

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Friend’s tribute to murdered Karolina

A woman murdered in a Spalding home has been described as extremely funny, smart, loving and strong by a friend fundraising to get her body home to Lithuania. Karolina Zinkeviciene (30) was one of two bodies found at a property in Winsover Road after police attended at 5.30am last Thursday, June 25. The other body was that of Breshnev Ruiters ...

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Threat of jail in Thailand for Spalding man is lifted

The threat of jail in Thailand has finally been lifted for a Spalding human rights activist. In September 2016 Andy Hall was sentenced by a Bangkok court to four years’ imprisonment, reduced by one year and suspended by two years as well as fine for interviewing workers at the Natural Fruit Co, Ltd. His interviews were part of a report ...

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Middle sections of relief road still unfunded as work on road begins

The councillor overseeing the soon to be started Spalding Western Relief Road has said funding is “incredibly difficult” when questioned by The Voice about how confident he was that the middle sections would ever be built. Preparatory work on phase one of five, the most northerly section of the controversial project from Pinchbeck Road, will start on July 6. Lincolnshire ...

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Long Sutton Market is back this Friday

Long Sutton Market is to finally re-open on Friday (July 3). And it will be in the Market Place after objections were a plan to move it to a nearby car park. That’s held up its return, but a road closure order has now been finalised to allow the market to resume while also providing ample space for those attending ...

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Measures to stop anti-social behaviour in Pinchbeck

Railings are being erected at a Pinchbeck bridge in attempt to stop young people jumping into the water from it. Concerns over anti-social behaviour in the Crossgate area have led to the measures requested by Pinchbeck Parish Council for the Flax Mill Bridge. And the council’s online meeting on Tuesday night heard that Lincolnshire County Council work had already began ...

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First picture of how COVID-19 has affected local businesses

Lincolnshire businesses took ‘an extraordinary hit’ because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the county’s Chamber of Commerce has said. It today (Wednesday) released its survey results of local businesses in quarter two of the year covering April, May and June. The survey for Q2 2020 found that businesses reported a decline in UK sales activity, from a balance of +8 to ...

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Midnight reopening for town bar

A Spalding bar is looking to be the first to legally reopen its doors since the beginning of lockdown. Imaginarium on Westlode Street has taken the unprecedented move to open its doors at just one minute into Saturday July 4, 12.01am. Lucy Smith, assistant manager, said: “While the venue has stayed in touch with some customers, including offering a delivered ...

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Concerns over anti-social behaviour in Holbeach Cemetery

Holbeach Parish Council has said its ‘monitoring’ behaviour in its parks and cemetery amid worries over anti-social behaviour and after recent incidents, including an attempted mugging. The decision to stop locking Carter’s Park, Netherfields, Holbeach Cemetery and Hallgate Cemetery was made by councillors at the February meeting of Holbeach Parish Council. There have been several incidents of crime reported to ...

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Man died just days after wife

A Holbeach St Marks man who died just days after the passing of his wife of 51 years had asbestos poisoning, an inquest has revealed. That’s despite Peter James, of Crown Avenue, having no known history of working with the substance, an online hearing at Lincoln Coroner’s Court heard. He passed away on June 28, 2019, aged 84, just days ...

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Police name murdered women (30); and man (34) who died in Spalding property

Lincolnshire Police have named a woman who was murdered and a man whose body was also found at a Spalding property last week. The bodies of Karolina Zinkeviciene (30) and Breshnev Ruiters (34) were found at an address on Winsover Road at around 5.30am on Thursday, June 25. Detective Inspector Andy McWatt, Senior Investigating Officer, says: “The initial post mortem ...

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Bid for measures to promote cycling and walking in Spalding and Holbeach

A bid that includes funding temporary measures to promote cycling and walking in Spalding and Holbeach town centres has been launched. Lincolnshire County Council, the authority responsible for highways in South Holland, has submitted plans to the Department for Transport for funding to make changes to town streets. What work is carried out will depend on how much the Department ...

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Man suffering with flash burns treated by air ambulance crew

A 22-year-old man who suffered ‘multiple flash burns’ in Spalding was treated by air ambulance staff on Friday (June 26). The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance was seen landing near Wygate Park in Spalding. It’s not clear how the man suffered the burns which are injuries caused by intense light. Air ambulance crew treated the man at the scene. A ...

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Visitors can book slots to see patients in hospital

Visitors will be allowed back in the Johnson Hospital in Spalding from Wednesday (July 1). Since lockdown began, family and friends have been unable to see patients staying at the hospital. But under new guidance one visitor per patient will be allowed in to the hospital so long as they’ve pre-booked. A maximum of two visitors will also only be ...

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Appeal for witnesses after man arrested for dangerous driving around Holbeach and on A17

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone who saw a black Audi A3 seen driving through Holbeach and along the A17 in the early hours of Saturday morning. A 27-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail as part of an investigation in to an incident of dangerous driving at around 2am on Saturday, June 27. Police would like witnesses, ...

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Inquiry into bodies found in Spalding home now murder investigation

The finding of bodies in a Spalding home is now a murder investigation, Lincolnshire Police has confirmed. Two bodies of people in their 30s were found at a property in Winsover Road at around 5.30am last Thursday. The deceased have not yet been named. Two men who were at the property at the time were arrested on suspicion of murder, ...

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