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Holbeach woman in court over family feud voice message

A dispute between two families led to a 26-year-old Holbeach woman sending a threatening and abusive message, a court has been told. Claire Marie Houghton of Allison Avenue, Holbeach admitted to sending a grossly offensive and menacing electronic communication when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Marie Stace said that on October 5 last year, a voice mail message ...

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Battling daughter’s 21st birthday inspires dad’s marathon run

Celebrating his daughter’s 21st birthday prompted a Spalding man to sign-up for the London Marathon and raise cash for a cause close to their hearts. Ashleigh Darnes had only a 20 per cent chance of surviving a life-threatening childhood cancer when she was two years old. Her case of neuroblastoma was very severe and it spread from her kidney to ...

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No apparent reason why pensioner (76) drove on wrong side of road

An elderly Spalding man was killed when he drove into the path of an oncoming lorry for no apparent reason, an inquest has heard. Trevor Chapman (76) died on the Spalding-bound carriageway of the A16, about a mile-and-a-half from the Sutterton roundabout on Sunday, November 11 last year. He was alone in his Vauxhall Astra van when it collided with ...

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Chicks were left to die

Over 140 chicks, 60 of which were dead, have been found dumped in Tydd St Mary. They were found in North Road on Saturday, April 13. It follows a similar incident were 26 chicks were found dumped in Newton, Cambridgeshire. Justin Stubbs an inspector for the RSPCA, says they believe the incidents are linked. “It is very unusual to have ...

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Wife watched collision that killed husband

A wife watched in her wing mirror as her 80-year-old husband’s car collided with a lorry he’d pulled out in front of. James (Jim) John Hurley, of Surfleet, died instantly in the incident, an inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court heard on Tuesday. The tragic collision as Mr Hurley pulled out of The Drayton at Swineshead was witnessed by his wife, ...

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Top cop’s worry over town shop

Lincolnshire Chief Constable Bill Skelly has objected for a third time to the transfer of a licensed premises in Spalding, expressing concerns of criminal involvement. The alcohol licence for the Westlode Street store Delicja is up for discussion by members of the district council’s licensing committee on Wednesday. “This is the third objection Lincolnshire Police has made in relation to ...

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‘Lethal’ ecstasy drugs in area

A warning over a potentially lethal batch of ecstasy drugs known to be in South Holland has been sent out. Lincolnshire County Council officers have tweeted warnings over the drugs which have the image of the Marvel character The Punisher’s logo on. The tweets link to a music website called Rave Jungle which warns of the ‘extremely potent’ pill. Simon ...

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Charity ‘stunned’ by sisters

A group that helps people with dementia were ‘absolutely stunned’ after two sisters donated over £1,000 they had raised. Marilyn Inglis and Anna Hodgson held a fantastically attended New Year’s Eve Party in Donington in aid of Tonic Health’s Movement 4 Memory Dementia Cafewhere their mum Brenda Hodgson attends. When Anna turned 70 last year, they also asked for donations ...

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ATM leaves customer short of money

A woman has criticised staff at Tesco in Holbeach after claiming not putting an ‘out of order’ sign on a cash machine could have cost her hundreds of pounds. Dianne Lawton attempted to take £300 out of the ATM at the Boston Road South superstore on Tuesday, April 11, but only received £90. “I was so upset I went to ...

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Men’s Shed helps man’s recovery

The benefits of joining the Men’s Shed organisation has been highlighted by a South Holland man who was supported by members during cancer treatment. His wife died two years ago and the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, joined the Long Sutton branch of the charity which was established in 2017 and meets three times a week. During last year ...

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Arts money projects include opera and sculpture trail

A leading local arts company has revealed its plans for the recently secured half-a-million-pound funding, with projects including a sculpture trail and an opera. Arts group Transported has been awarded £500,000 to be shared between projects in South Holland and Boston over the next three years. In South Holland, the programme is set to partner with the Spalding and District ...

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Vintage aircraft fly in to Holbeach St John’s show

The annual Vintage Aircraft Club ‘Daffodil’ Fly-in, at Fenland Aero Club airfield at Holbeach St John’s saw perfect conditions on Saturday, April 13. A total of 98 aeroplanes took to the air around the airfield in front of a number of spectators. The club’s Alastair Goodrum, said: “Pride of place undoubtedly went to the classic twin-engine Beech 18, G-BKGL, flown ...

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Society’s art goes out to you

Spalding Arts and Crafts Society are getting ready for their annual big exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall. Their artwork will be on display in the Geest Gallery from May 2 to 30 and this year there will be a special ‘Meet The Artists’ event where you can talk to the artists about their artwork. That takes places on Saturday, May 11 ...

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Teen taken to hospital after stabbing at skate park

An 18-year-old was taken to hospital after being stabbed following an assault at Spalding Skate Park yesterday (Tuesday) evening. The incident happened shortly after 5pm at the open space just off Holbeach Road. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “At 1708hrs on 23 April 2019, our officers were called to the skate park on Holbeach Road, Spalding to a report ...

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Cowbit man in court over triple deaths

A 26-year-old-man from Cowbit has appeared in court charged with death by dangerous driving after an RTC that killed three people in Peterborough. Tommy Whitmore of Stonegate appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates Court on Monday. The charge relates to an RTC on Fletton Parkway on April 14. He is due to appear before Peterborough Crown Court on May 20. Sister and ...

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Police appeal after Spalding pub assault

Police have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to following an assault at the Punch Bowl in Spalding last month. Police would like to speak to this man, who may be able to help an investigation following an assault at The Punchbowl, New Road. At around midnight on March 16/March 17, a white male described as ...

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Lots of family fun to be had at the Adrian Flux Arena over the Easter weekend

Live motorised thrills and spills take place at the Adrian Flux Arena in King’s Lynn over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with big family fun events taking place on Saturday (5.30pm) and Monday (1pm). Saturday night sees the biggest and best Unlimited Banger drivers from all over the country take on the East Anglian Championship – one of the oldest ...

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“This is a feeling no-one should ever have to go through. I can’t even explain the feeling.”

The parents of a 14-year-old found dead in Holbeach last week have thanked the community for rallying to support them after losing their “best friend” and “whole world”. Alex Buchan, of Moulton Chapel, died in the early hours of Saturday, April 13. Messages of support have flooded in for mum Lisa Lynn and dad, also called Alex Buchan, who publicly ...

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Man brought hands up to officer’s throat in assault of policeman

A police sergeant was assaulted as he helped fellow officers arrest a Sutton Bridge man at his home. Graham Paul Day kicked Sgt Dan Brigginshaw and brought his handcuffed hands up to the officer’s throat, Boston Magistrates’ Court heard today (Wednesday). The arrest came after police attended the property in Withington Street at 12.30am on March 10, following a call ...

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Bourne Road residents ‘hesitant’ over possible relief road route change

Bourne Road residents who faced the prospect of having their homes demolished say they’re not celebrating just yet after Lincolnshire County Council announced it would look again at options as to where part of the controversial Spalding Western Relief Road will go. The authority announced a re-think on the route of the central section of the road, which could lead ...

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