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Sutton Bridge man jailed for encouraging children to send indecent images online “has never shown any remorse”

Police spent more than two years investigating a ‘truly awful’ South Lincolnshire paedophile who groomed under-age girls online.   Michael Roseberry, 44, who lived in the Sutton Bridge area, lied about his age and targeted seven girls under 16.   He was jailed today (Friday) for five-and-a-half years at Lincoln Crown Court for the offences.   Speaking after the case, ...

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Nothing funny about laughing gas litter as tractor damaged by canisters in Holbeach park

A grass cutting tractor has been damaged after running over and taking up discarded metal canisters of nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas. At the recent Holbeach Parish Council meeting, Coun Paul Foyster raised the issue of gang mowers cutting the grass in Carters Park being damaged by the small metal containers. A solution discussed at the meeting ...

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Money awarded to help the homeless

An intensive programme of work to help 120 of the most vulnerable homeless people across Lincolnshire has been launched. The county-wide partnership ACTion Lincs has been set up to provide “life-changing support and tackle some of the most complex homelessness cases in Lincolnshire”, says a South Holland County Council spokesperson. ACTion Lincs pools nine district councils, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation ...

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Police tackle latest boy racer hotspots

Boy racers causing a nuisance in South Holland have been given a stark warning from Spalding police. Those causing trouble in the main hotspots – Spalding, Holbeach and Tydd St Mary – are under the watchful eye of the East Midlands Operational Support Service and they will be prosecuted if caught. The Support Service has traffic officers with specialist knowledge ...

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Donington parade to remember the fallen

A parade to remember the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers takes place in Donington on Sunday. The 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers were billeted in Donington for nine months before departing for The Battle of Arnhem, known as Operation Market Garden and made famous by the film A Bridge Too Far. The parade will set off from the Market Place ...

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Plea for residents to support Surfleet’s Glen Park with £12 annual fee

Surfleet residents are being asked to foot a £12 rise in their Council Tax bill in an attempt to keep Glen Park running. The park committee has sent out letters asking villagers to attend a public meeting tonight (Thursday), where they will be able to vote on a proposed rise in the parish precept – the parish council’s part of ...

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Schoolgirl Molly is prize-winning poet

A Spalding schoolgirl has won a cash prize by taking top place in a county-wide poetry competition. Molly Hallissey (11) was in year six at St Norbert’s Primrary School when she wrote the poem for the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival competition. She has since started at Spalding High School. Molly’s mum Liz, said when Molly found out she’d won the ...

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Real ale campaigners CAMRA name South Holland’s best beer pubs

Four pubs in South Holland have been listed in the 2018 Good Beer Guide. They feature in the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Two pubs are highlighted as beer-lover destinations in the prestigious guide book, along with pubs in Donington and Gosberton Risegate. In Spalding, The Priors Oven and Drayman’s ...

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Holbeach Parish Council considers buying town’s empty library

Holbeach Parish Council is looking to move its headquarters and is considering the disused library in town as one option. The council is currently based at Coubro Chambers on West End in Holbeach. Considering options for a move, members discussed several options during the September council meeting. These included purchasing the old library, which became vacant in February. Lincolnshire County ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Spalding restaurant ‘run as a club’ loses licence

A Spalding restaurant has had its Alcohol Premises Licence revoked, following a plainclothes police investigation. The decision to revoke the licence of Station 25, Station Street, Spalding, was made following a hearing held in front of South Holland District Council Licensing Sub-Committee. The committee agreed with the police that the premises had been operating as a club rather than a ...

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Missing Gosberton man appeal

Police have released details of missing Gosberton man. They are concerned for safety of 43-year-old Borys Batko of Gosberton. He left the area in his grey VW Passat (reg W186 SNV) at about 9pm on Monday, September 18. He is described as a white male, who wears glasses, is about six-feet tall and has brown wavy hair. He was wearing ...

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Tributes are paid to ‘energetic and enthusiastic’ Phil

Tributes have been paid to South Holland stalwart Phil Scarlett who died on Tuesday. Phil (65), of Sutton Bridge, had been fighting cancer for some time. He leaves wife Anne and daughter Natalie. Over the years Phil had been involved with many businesses and organisations. Most recently he was president of the Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, non ...

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Auntie aiming to raise £50k to give her Cowbit niece with a rare syndrome the life she deserves

All-action auntie Victoria Darby is aiming to raise £50,000 for her Cowbit-based niece who was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. Mia Clucas, who is the daughter of Victoria’s brother Andrew Clucas and his wife Nikki Clucas, is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have Coffin-Siris Syndrome (CSS). A random mutation in her SMARCB1 ...

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Rescue operation after calf makes a splash in West Pinchbeck drain

Firefighters were called to fish a newborn calf out of water when the animal fell down a drain bank. Lincs Fire & Rescue said Spalding’s Specialist Water Rescue crews were called to Parson Drove, West Pinchbeck, at 3.45pm on Tuesday to assist a calf in difficulty in the water. The crew rescued the cow using “animal strops, manpower and a ...

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Spalding police officer assaulted on beat

A 23-year-old woman was arrested following an assault on a Spalding police officer in the early hours of Monday, September 18. Police say East Midlands Ambulance Service requested officers assist during a medical call at Cradge Bank, Spalding. While attending, a male officer received a minor injury to the face but was able to continue his shift. Insp Gareth Boxall ...

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Pinchbeck mum is left angry after bus fare hike

A Pinchbeck mum has been left angry after a 25 per cent hike in the bus fare to send her son to school. The concerned parent, whose son travels to the Thomas Cowley High School by bus every day, says Cropley Coaches has increased fares from £2 each way to £2.50. She said: “My son has commented that this is ...

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Fatal collision in Gosberton

Police said a local man in his 40s died at the scene of a collision in Gosberton yesterday (Wednesday, September 13). The road was closed all afternoon at Beech bank junction and the Northgate Junction, near Cheal Lane, Gosberton, Spalding.   Police said: “We are asking for any witnesses who have seen a white Tanker driving on Cheal Lane at ...

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Stepping back in time to the cold war in Holbeach

Visitors had the chance to step back into the Cold War last week. The town’s former Royal Observer Corps bunker was opened-up to the public by owners Heritage Lincolnshire. Former members of the corps were on duty with Heritage Lincolnshire personnel to take visitors back in time. The bunker was part of a chain around the country ready to plot ...

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Holbeach to host free Alzheimer’s carers support course

Free Alzheimer’s carers support courses will take place throughout Lincolnshire this autumn and winter. Organised by Alzheimer’s Society, the Carers Information and Support Programme courses are designed to offer the chance for attendees to learn more about the condition and how it affects people. The courses begin in September throughout Lincolnshire, with the South Holland course taking place in Holbeach, ...

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