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Three charged with fraud offences

Three men have been charged with various offences, including fraud and money laundering, following a criminal investigation led by police officers in the Economic Crime Unit (ECU). The investigation followed reports of suspected fraud, associated principally to a trading-based investment scheme run through the Lottery Syndicate Club Ltd based in Spalding. The scheme operated between 2017and 2019 and had several ...

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Bid to improve traffic issues

Measures to improve traffic flow in parts of Holbeach are being followed up with issues involving parking along High Street being raised as a particular issue. It was described as a ‘nightmare’ at the most recent meeting of Holbeach Parish Council.County councillor Tracey Carter told the meeting she was already working with the highways authority on a solution.“I’m already having ...

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Jail after crashing into level crossing

An unlicensed and uninsured driver who smashed into a Lincolnshire level crossing causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was jailed on Tuesday for 12 months. Tudorel-Dorinel Carmocanu had taken the car from a friend without permission when he collided with the Park Road level crossing in Spalding during the early hours of 26 October last year.Carmocanu (26), ...

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Leisure contract under scrutiny

A proposed new swimming pool for Spalding looks a long way off as councillors discussed concerns over leisure provisions in the district. South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel heard payments to operators Parkwood to subsidise the area’s leisure centres initially during the first lockdown are set to continue as usage and membership are not up to pre-pandemic levels.A ‘National ...

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Extra cash for hospital staffing

Lincolnshire hospitals have committed to investing an extra £2.6m into the nursing and midwifery workforce.The money will come in over the course of a year, to ensure wards remain safely staffed and to further improve the quality of patient care.United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust recently undertook an ‘establishment review’ looking at nurse and midwifery staffing across all of its hospitals.The ...

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Speeding driver in court

A Whaplode man who was helping deliver a BMW X5 to its new owner has been convicted of careless driving.Luke Fortune (24) was following the vehicle in a Range Rover Evoque in “treacherous” conditions on the A1M southbound at Stilton.He was driving his vehicle at excessive speed, too close to the BMW, constantly braking and changing lanes without indicating, Peterborough ...

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Petition plea to create art wall

The possibility of creating a wall for street artists in Spalding is due to be discussed this week. A petition with more than 800 signatures has been presented to South Holland District Council in a bid to create the new facility.The move was started by Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd who have created popular murals in Spalding.“Many from around the ...

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Council needs to be ‘tougher’

A council needs to get tougher over fly-tipping, it’s been claimed, after concerns were raised over a lack of action. One councillor even expressed dissatisfaction that he’d approached a fast food outlet to get CCTV evidence of one fly-tipper, only to be told by South Holland District Council there wasn’t enough evidence to progress it further.The district saw a 90 ...

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Gambling licence for town centre?

Gambling company Merkur Slots has applied for a licence to open a centre in Spalding’s former Dorothy Perkins store. Members of South Holland District Council’s licensing panel will decide whether or not the company can have a bingo premises licence for the site on Hall Place.Under the licence gamblers can stake a maximum of £2 for a top prize of ...

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Early morning theft from milkman

Police are investigating after a milkman was accosted by several men early on Monday morning and his van stolen.The incident happened in Oakley Drive at 3.50am and the Ford Transit was taken and later located in Northamptonshire. It will be returned after forensic examination.A robbery enquiry has been launched and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on ...

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Growth help for local businesses

Further help for business is available from South Holland District Council. The Recovery and Growth Grant Fund re-opened for new applications from businesses on Tuesday (Nov 23).The grants are aimed at helping local businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19 and to invest in future growth.The scheme was originally opened in August and had a ‘fantastic response’ before closing four ...

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Top role for new council

Ambitious plans for the future have been revealed by South Holland District Council. Working within its new partnership of South and East Lincolnshire Councils, the district could become part of a devolved local authority and no longer part of the county council.There are no details available yet, but it is a top priority in a list of future strategy targets ...

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Work on Spalding A16 junction to start on Monday

Improvement works to a Spalding junction due to last two weeks are to start on Monday (November 22). The A16, A1175, B1173 (Cowbit Road) junction will be partially closed from 7pm to 6am as a result. Diversions to be put in place include. B1173/A1175 diversion route via B1173-B1172 (Spalding Common) / A1175, and vice versaA16 North diversion route: A151 (Bourne ...

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Two in court over coat theft

Two Spalding area men have been sent for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on a charge of robbery at Tydd St Mary. William Lakey, 20, of Little Lane, Whaplode and Jack Forbes of West Road, entered no pleas to a charge of robbing Louis Rees of a coat valued at £500 on November 21 last year. They were both granted ...

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Spalding family’s thanks after dramatic fire rescue

A family who were left with nothing after fleeing their home as it went up in flames have issued a big thank you to the local community for their help during and after the dramatic event. Over £3,500 has been raised and essential possessions found for Sabina Olszycka and her three daughters Olivia (14), Emilia (9) and Maya (5) who ...

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Spalding couple admit they are ‘scared’ by estate crime

A couple who live on a Spalding housing estate have spoken of the crime they’ve experienced around them and claimed criminals have been targeting vulnerable people to use their homes for drug running. The couple, who live in the Severn Road area and who wish to remain anonymous, say neighbours have been threatened by a group they say are dealing ...

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Schools merger to flower in 2022 as Tulip Academy Spalding

The merger of two special schools is to take place next year with the creation of Tulip Academy Spalding. The Priory and The Garth Schools will respectively become the Waterside and Springview campuses of the new school now intended for all ages and all abilities. It was first proposed in 2017 as part of what Lincolnshire County Council called at ...

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Drunk driver who fled police later found covered in blood

A court has heard that a 20-year-old man failed to stop for police when they tried to stop him driving his car after he had been seen swerving in the road, revving his engine and jumping a red traffic light. Prosecuting at Boston Magistrates Court, Marie Stace said officers saw Samuel Wheeler, of no fixed address but presently living in ...

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Keep your donations coming for this year’s Give A Gift Campaign

Thanks to everyone who has donated to this year’s Give A Gift campaign so far but we still need more presents. The appeal makes a huge difference to struggling families across South Holland and Boston, ensuring children who wouldn’t get a present have something to open on Christmas Day. We’ll be delighted if you decide to support the appeal, which ...

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School’s spooky competition

Pupils at a primary school have been rewarded with vouchers for their carving skills. Weston St Mary’s C of E Primary School organised the competition to decorating and carve pumpkins kindly donated to them by Tyrrell Farms. The final designs were judged by Emerald Homes’ manager James Major-Mackay – who was so impressed with the children’s designs he awarded every ...

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