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Soldier crashed into bridge while drunk

A serving soldier charged with crashing into a bridge while under the influence of alcohol, told a court that his job in the Army involved recovering broken down and damaged vehicles. Luke Thompson, 20, whose home address is Chapel Street, Spalding, who admitted driving with excess alcohol at Boston Magistrates Court, was said to have crashed his Ford Fiesta into ...

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Arrest warrant issued for man who assaulted landlady

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who assaulted a landlady and who has previous convictions in three countries, including for unauthorised possession of a firearm. Marius Rostas, 28, of Wayet Road, who has no previous convictions in the UK, had failed to appear in July to answer the charge of assault and the case had been adjourned ...

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Driving to a winter crisis

Roads could be left ungritted this winter as the HGV driver shortage takes hold. And bus companies are facing huge problems in maintaining the ‘fragile’ network with a shortage of public vehicle drivers. Members of Lincolnshire County Council’s executive were told that it might not be possible to keep all the gritting routes serviced during icy weather. “While I don’t ...

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District council go back to Breckland to share officers

Just months after South Holland District Council broke up with its counterparts at Breckland, the authorities are set to share some officers again. In July the district council began a partnership with Boston Borough and East Lindsey District Councils after splitting with the Norfolk-based council it had shared services with for more than ten years. A part-time head of paid ...

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Inquest hears man drowned despite efforts to save him after car fell in ditch

A man’s bravery has been praised after his grandfather drowned when the car he was sitting in rolled into a ditch. Raymond Turner (78), of Barr Farm, Deeping St Nicolas, did not survive the incident but at the recent inquest into how his death occurred, coroner Paul Cooper praised grandson Luke in what he called “one of the saddest cases ...

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Plans for £20m processing plant

One of Europe’s largest growers of coleslaw cabbage is planning a £20m eco-friendly plant in Spalding. Naylor Farms say it’s looking to create around 150 new jobs at the Rangell Gate site, if the planning application is approved. The site will be dedicated to a new type of plant-based extraction and the £20m investment and additional funding will help support ...

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Council ‘bullied’ into paying back

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council says an ombudsman has ‘bullied’ the authority into paying back people it overcharged for care. In July a report from the Ombudsman found the local authority was not adhering to the Care Act 2014 and people had suffered financially as a result. The monitor of local authority practices had been looking at another financial ...

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Hospital’s change patient visiting rules amid rising COVID-19 cases

Visiting rules at hospitals are being changed as a result of rising COVID cases. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is only allowing visitors in for ‘exceptional circumstances’ while United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) which runs Boston Pilgrim Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital says it “is taking a new risk-based approach to patient visiting to maximise visiting opportunities ...

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Man’s death after overdose

A Long Sutton man was found to have two-and-a-half times the lethal level of sleeping tablets in his system, an inquest into his death has heard. Robert Chapman was found in his bed at his Bull Lane home by his father David on March 23 this year, last week’s hearing at Lincoln Coroners’ Court was told. The inquest heard that ...

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Three vehicle collision closed road in West Pinchbeck

A West Pinchbeck road was closed last night after a collision involving a lorry a van and a car. The incident was reported at around 4.40pm with Glenside South closed for just over an hour. Traffic was also being controlled along Dozens Bank through the village. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “A white Peugeot Partner, a black Mercedes C180 ...

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Driver suffers ‘serious injuries’ in collision

A driver has been seriously injured in an incident which closed a Whaplode St Catherine road today. Emergency services were called around 11am after a collision between a black VW Golf and a silver Renault. Lincolnshire Police say the driver of the Golf was taken to hospital while two people in the Renault were uninjured. A spokesman said: “We were ...

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Dad jailed for life for murder of daughter (17)

A man who murdered his daughter and then hid her body after she made allegations of sexual abuse against him has been told he will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison. Today (Friday) Scott Walker was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of killing 17-year-old Bernadette Walker at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this year, despite ...

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Gaming centre plans turned down

A controversial planning application to transform a former clothing shop into an adult gaming centre has been refused by planners. Merkur Slots (UK) Ltd applied to South Holland District Council for permission for a change of use of the former Dorothy Perkins store in Hall Place, Spalding, to a 24-hour slot machine arcade.The application, which was submitted back in June, ...

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Man who claimed he’d ‘only drunk one can’ banned for drink driving

A Spalding man who said he had only drunk one can of beer, was over the drink drive limit as ‘some beers are now much stronger than in the past’, a court has heard. Edvardas Kratavicius, 26, of Tweed Close admitted driving under the influence of alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Becky Alsopp said he was ...

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Hospitals change visiting rules

Visiting rules at hospitals are being changed as a result of rising COVID cases. The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in King’s Lynn is only allowing visitors in for ‘exceptional circumstances’ while United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) which runs Boston Pilgrim Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital says it “is taking a new risk-based approach to patient visiting to maximise visiting ...

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Group has eye on member’s potentially life changing invention

A local group for people with Parkinson’s is at the forefront of a potentially life changing treatment for the disease. After 18 months without seeing each other, the Spalding and District branch of Parkinson’s UK is due to begin meetings again on Thursday, September 16. But even while they’ve been away, many members have continued trialling an aid invented by ...

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Navy honour for local veteran Roy

A Navy veteran who now helps others like himself has been awarded the services equivalent of the MBE. Roy Glencross is one of just 16 in the country announced to have been awarded the Merchant Naval Medal for Meritous Service to the Merchant Navy and maritime charities. “It’s come completely out of the blue,” the 73-year-old from Fleet Hargate said. ...

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Tributes to WW2 veteran Tony

A veteran of D-Day and recipient of France’s top accolade is to get a guard of honour at his funeral following his death last week. Tony Blackman (96), of Weston, died after a short illness. Born in Northfleet, he joined the Army aged 18 to fight in the war with the 12th Battalion (Airborne) Devonshire Regiment, part of the 6th ...

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Sandie stood tall for nuclear vets

Final goodbyes have been said to a Moulton woman who has spent years campaigning for justice for veterans of nuclear testing around the world. Sandie Hern passed away aged 75 after a short illness with her funeral having taken place at Surfleet Crematorium last Monday. She dedicated much of her life to helping out with husband Douglas’s charity and campaign ...

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Large fire between Holbeach Drove and Gedney Hill

Firefighters are dealing with a vehicle that’s caught fire between Holbeach Drove and Gedney Hill. The incident happened shortly after 12.30pm today (Tuesday, September 7) on Long Lane. An eyewitness who did not wish to be named said they’d heard an explosion followed by flames being seen. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue received a call at 12:31 to Long Lane in ...

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