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Man jailed for horrific threats

A man who shouted “horrific and frightening” threats to his ex-girlfriend and her new partner has been jailed for two years. Dominic Stubbs (24), of Peterborough Road, Crowland, split up with the woman last year. On September 16 this year, the woman and her new boyfriend returned home in Peterborough at about 1.30pm and were confronted by Stubbs who was ...

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Three schools report positive tests

Three South Holland schools are among 22 across Lincolnshire that have reported positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days. According to data provided by Lincolnshire County Council, Moulton’s John Harrox Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding and Sutton St James Primary School have been in contact over the last seven days (25 Nov-1 Dec) to ...

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Wrong tier says leader

South Holland should not be in Tier 3 and doesn’t meet the government’s own criteria, says leader Lord Gary Porter.The current infection level in this area does not meet the five key tests used to determine tier placement, says a letter sent to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.Lord Porter wants assurances that the district can come out of Tier 3 at ...

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Business will pay the cost in tiers

National TV cameras came to Spalding this week as the town prepares to enter the highest tier of restrictions. ITV’s Good Morning Britain broadcast from the town centre to highlight the inequality of putting an area with low coronavirus transmission into the most severe Tier 3.South Holland District Council leader Lord Gary Porter was interviewed along with Karen Slator, who ...

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Murder charge update

The parents of a murdered teenager appeared at The Old Bailey this week.Sarah Walker (37), and Scott Walker (50), of Century Square, Millfield, Peterborough, were charged with the murder of Bernadette Walker in September.The 17-year-old was reported missing by her parents after she had not been seen for three days.Police officers extensively searched the A16 corridor around Cowbit but no ...

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Centre closed to end of March

The South Holland Centre will remain closed until the end of March – a full year since it last opened its doors to members of the public. Support funding to the tune of £170,860 has been offered through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the money will be used to create a ‘sustainable and resilient long-term future for ...

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Blow to head caused death

A woman died after suffering a blow to the head, an inquest has heard.Francesca Laing (70), of Georgian Court, Spalding, was found dead in her home on September 13.The inquest into her death at Lincoln Coroner’s Court heard she had no health issues and it was not known how she suffered the injury which caused a haemorrhage.In a statement read ...

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Other towns have not been forgotten

Measures that work in Spalding and Holbeach to improve the town centres will be rolled out to other parts of South Holland it’s been said amid worries other towns in the area have been forgotten. While Town Improvement plans have been drawn up for those two towns, Coun Chris Brewis, South Holland District Council ward member for Sutton Bridge, has ...

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Spotlight on mental health in Lincolnshire

Mental health will be under the spotlight in South Holland with new initiatives. Community Mind Matters will be going live via Zoom next month for training.The December 11 session will concentrate on training your brain for happiness.It will be hosted by committee member and hypnotherapist Emma Rose.“Through this session people can begin to understand the workings of their brain and ...

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Warning to drink and drug drivers

The annual Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown has started in Lincolnshire with police warning motorists that those who take the risk will be caught.Ten per cent of the 1,369 drivers tested for alcohol in December last year failed a roadside breath test and 40 per cent of the 115 who were tested for drugs were positive.Officers will breath test ...

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In court over music row

A 60-year-old Spalding man assaulted a neighbour by jabbing him in the face with a spade in a row over loud music, a court has been told.Barry William Clarke, of Hereward Road, admitted assaulting his neighbour Owen Talbot by beating when he appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court.Katie Beardmore, prosecuting, said Mr Talbot lived in a flat above Clarke for around ...

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Family asked for help before suicide death

A coroner has requested more information from health officials after a family said they asked for a loved one to be sectioned just weeks before he took his own life. Lincoln Coroner’s Court was told that Christopher Murfet (31), of Westlode Street, Spalding, had a history of mental health issues and had on several occasions tried, or threatened, to take ...

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Fly-tipper fined but more ‘teeth’ needed

Fly-tippers who dump rubbish around South Holland should have their cars ‘crushed on telly,’ according to the leader of South Holland District Council. Members of the council were discussing the recent prosecution of a West Pinchbeck man for fly-tipping in Surfleet. He was fined £200.Coun Chris Brewis said there needed to be some ‘serious dialogue’ with other district councils in ...

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Good news from QEH

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is one of the first to see 90 per cent of patient-facing staff vaccinated against flu.The hospital’s trust body held two 24-hour jab-a-thons which saw more than 270 staff vaccinated.The news comes in tandem with the announcement that the medical device SAFIRA has won a prestigious award for the Medovate team. It was ...

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South Holland should be in T2 after review

Sir John Hayes voted for the tier system in the House of Commons on Tuesday after receiving written assurance that Lincolnshire will be reviewed by district on December 16. The county is currently in Tier 3 with leaders across the area fighting for a drop to Tier 2 for South Holland and South Kesteven, saying the current coronavirus figures don’t ...

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Buy out deal saves landmark town store

A landmark Spalding store is to be saved, along with 25 jobs, thanks to a buy out deal announced today. Hills Department Store was set to close in the new year but the owners have reached an agreement with Scott Crowson of Coneys Clothing Stores in Lincoln and Boston, who will buy the business in the new year.All 25 Hills’ ...

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MP won’t back tier system without assurances

Sir John Hayes has said he will vote against the tier system in the House of Commons today unless he receives written assurances that Lincolnshire’s tier will be reviewed on December 16. The county has been allocated Tier 3 when the tier system starts from tomorrow and leaders across the district are fighting for a drop to Tier 2, saying ...

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Council leader’s disappointment over district being placed in tier three

Council leader Lord Gary Porter has expressed extreme disappointment with today’s Government announcement that South Holland will face the toughest restrictions when the national lockdown is lifted next Wednesday. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Thursday morning that Lincolnshire as a whole will be placed in Tier 3. Despite the restrictions, which will see a return to the rule ...

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Tier three for South Holland “ridiculous” says Sir John Hayes

Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, has called South Holland’s placement in tier three of coronavirus restrictions “ridiculous”. The government announced this morning that South Holland will be under the strictest restrictions when lockdown ends next week. Areas such as London, Liverpool, Fenland and Peterborough will be in tier two. Speaking to the Voice Sir John ...

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South Holland confirmed in tier three

South Holland will be in tier three of the coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week. The government has published a postcode checker showing which tier each area of England is in which confirms that South Holland in the top tier meaning the toughest restrictions. Tier three restrictions mean: No mixing of households indoors or most outdoor places – rule ...

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