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Frequent offender banned from Spalding shops

A man has been banned from every shop in Spalding, except Boots. A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) has been made againt James Caraccio (49) of Roman Bank in Spalding following a number of reports of him stealing from shops and of threatening and abusive behaviour. South Holland Police appliced for the CBO which was granted by Boston Magistrates Court. Its ...

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Man took ninja weapons collection and BB gun to Spalding park

A man who collects and plays with ninja weapons has been given a suspended prison sentence after being found using them and a replica gun in a Spalding park. Stanislavs Bazutins, 33, of Cortez Close, Spalding admitted three offences of possessing shuriken throwing stars, three offences of possessing throwing knives and one of possessing an imitation firearm, a gas powered ...

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Town gets that sink-hole feeling

Holbeach has been dubbed susceptible to sink holes after two opened up in the town in the last four months. In April, Boston Road North was closed for weeks due to a sink hole opening up in the middle of the carriageway. The road has since started to sag again in the same place, as well as further towards town. ...

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Listed bid for old hospital building

A Spalding resident who has successfully had listed building status granted for a town centre property has now turned her attention to saving the Old Johnson Hospital. Jackie Allen, of Victoria Mews, has had her application to protect the 1871-built former Christian Association on Spring Gardens accepted as a Grade Two listed building by Historic England. Now she’s also appealed ...

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Awards for dedicated staff

Two women who have worked for the same department store for a combined 84 years since they were teenagers have been given long service awards. Karen Baker and Sue Berridge have worked for Hills in Spalding for 44 and 40 years respectively. Karen joined the family firm straight from school and as well as working in every department at some ...

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Can you name temporary GP surgery?

A GP surgery that’s meant to be a temporary service is asking for people to come up with a name for it. What’s currently known as the Johnson GP surgery was set up at the Johnson Hospital for the patients of Pennygate Health Centre which closed last September after being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission. Health officials say ...

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GALLERY: Academy pupils are outstanding

Spalding Academy students have shown they’re outstanding once again. At the end of each school year, every year group has an awards evening at Springfields where two students from every subject are nominated for awards. There’s also nomination for Outstanding Progress throughout the academic year and one nomination per year group for a student that has shown Outstanding Effort in ...

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Spalding Bakery closure plan puts more than 400 jobs at risk

Spalding Bakery owners are looking to close the plant next year, with 405 jobs on the line. A statement from parent company Addo Foods said following a comprehensive business review, Addo Food Group has today entered a consultation process over a proposal to close its Spalding bakery site in Lincolnshire during 2020. It will transfer products to its Poole and ...

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‘Blue bag’ recycling trial areas decided

The towns and villages in South Holland that will take part in the year-long recycling scheme trial have been announced. Parts of Pinchbeck, Donington and Spalding will switch recycling to a two-week cycle, with paper and cardboard being collected one week and mixed recycling the next. The reports pack for the meeting of the South Holland District Council Cabinet details ...

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In the pink for cancer charity

Over £630 was raised for Breast Cancer Care as the community in Holbeach came together for a special fundraiser. Coun Tracey Carter put the special coffee morning on recently at The Holbeach Hub and it proved a huge success. Attractions included a raffle with a special guest cake made by Cake Creations the star prize and Sue Webb was on ...

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Historic wartime vehicle makes a splash

Fleet fundraiser Harold Payne took his military vehicles to the coast for day of fundraising in Hunstanton. Mr Payne raised £2,500 for the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Fund and released 1,000 roses to the sea in honour of the 1,000 Norfolk soldiers captured and killed by the SS at Dunkirk behind enemy lines. A memorial is planned and 100 people ...

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Pair’s plans for Holbeach buildings

An around £1.5 million project to get two Holbeach High Street landmarks back in working use is moving along apace. Rob Bridgewater and Jamie Sandford of API Limited have bought both former hotels The Chequers and The Bell. The pair hope that their bid to turn The Bell into five apartments with a retail outlet downstairs will be ready to ...

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A fierce show of dance talent

Almost 150 dance school pupils took to the stage for a thrilling end of year show at the South Holland Centre. Talented young dancers from the Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton classes of Polka Dot Dance Academy wowed audiences with two performances of their show, Fierce, which featured street dance, cheerleading, jazz, contemporary and commercial dance. A Polka Dot spokesman ...

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Elderly residents able to return home after floods

Residents of Lyndis Walk in Holbeach are returning to normality after the dramatic floods that meant they had to evacuate their homes. The likes of 95-year-old Audrey Forman and 82-year-old Marian Johnson were among those who woke up on Tuesday, June 24 to find water levels rising inside their homes after days of rain. It led to a huge clean ...

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Miss England bid for Domenique

A daughter is using her dad’s battle against leukaemia as inspiration as she looks to land the Miss England title. Former Spalding High School pupil Domenique Fragale is among the finalists for the prestigious competition which takes place on July 31 and August 1 in Newcastle. Now living in London, the 24-year-old is no stranger to the spotlight being a ...

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School reels in the awards

A host of Deeping St Nicholas Primary School students have been celebrating winning top awards in a variety of areas. Year Six pupils Georgina Jones and Benjamin Reynolds have picked up the Lincolnshire Young Environment Award for the school. They travelled to Lincoln to make a presentation on what the school does for the environment to a judging panel recently. ...

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Town launches a walking trail

Holbeach Parish Council has put together a walking trail with 15 stops around the town in a bid to encourage people to get out and about this summer. The trail has been created by members of the Holbeach Action Group to encourage members of the public to walk around the town centre and discover more about the town. The route ...

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Jail for man who carried out unprovoked knife attack in Spalding

A man has been sentenced to 12 years and four months after being found guilty of slashing his victim’s face in Spalding. James Ellis (23) has been sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court to 12 years and four months in prison after being found guilty of unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm.  The unprovoked attack took place in Spalding, in ...

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Spalding homes evacuated and bomb squad called amid grenade scare

What turned out to be a dummy grenade led to Spalding Police Station being cornered off and homes evacuated today (Sunday). Lincolnshire Police said that a member of the public brought what they thought may be a real grenade to the Westlode Street station at 11.20am this morning. The road and all properties within 100 metres of the police station ...

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Man with gun in Spalding street given suspended sentence

A 21-year-old man has been given a suspended prison sentence following an armed police raid on a flat in Short Street in May, after the man was twice seen on the streets of Spalding with what appeared to be a hand gun. Kacper Malkiewicz of Cross Street had admitted at a previous court appearance to possession of the air weapon ...

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