Courts

Man in court charged with attempting to groom girl (13)

A Crowland teenager has appeared in court on allegations of attempting to groom a 13-year-old. Jason Church, 19, of Reform Street, is accused of attempting to groom a 13- year-old girl for sex between December 27, 2018 and January, 11 2019 by sending her sexually explicit text messages. He entered no plea to the allegation when he appeared at Boston ...

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Drunk man drove work van after getting taxi home from night out

A man who took a taxi to get home after a night out then, ‘for some strange reason’ took out his work’s van and crashed it, a court has heard. Piers Foster, 31, of Sharman Way, Spalding admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates at Boston. The court heard that he crashed the van into a telegraph ...

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Teenagers in court over Spalding robberies

Three teenagers have appeared in court over a string of robbery offences in Spalding in March last year. Ethan Nicholas Brown (19), of Matmore Gate, Spalding, and a boy and girl both aged 17, who cannot be named due to their age, appeared before District Judge Peter Veits at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. All three are accused of two ...

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Man smashed door after claim disabled friend was mistook for being drunk

A Spalding man smashed a door pane at a town pub after it was claimed a disabled friend was thrown out when bouncers mistook her for being drunk. Boston Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday that Ian Fountain (48) has known The Punchbowl landlord Peter Williams for ten years and became frustrated when Mr Williams did not appear interested in hearing ...

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Jailed for 80mph police chase through South Holland

A man who drove at 80 mph in a bid to get away from pursuing police officers has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Albert Lee, who did not have a full licence and had never had any driving lessons, attracted the attention of officers when his car was flagged up as uninsured as he drove along the A17 at ...

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Partner’s death sparks call to help the homeless

A woman is urging others to give to the homeless this Christmas after her partner tragically died spending a night outside. George Henry Parry (64) was found semi-conscious lying amid puddles between Pecks Drove West and the A16 in Spalding on the morning of December 17 last year. He died two days later at Peterborough City Hospital after suffering multiple ...

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Pensioner jailed in charges over girl (9)

A pensioner has been jailed for four years over sexual offence charges involving a nine-year-old child. Melvyn John Brannan (pictured), of Glen Avenue Pinchbeck, was sentenced by Lincoln Crown Court on November 14. The 65-year-old was given four years for causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and two years to run concurrent for engaging in sexual ...

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Spalding man charged after collision in Crowland killed woman and injured 11-year-old

A Spalding man has been charged following a fatal collision on the A16 near Crowland earlier this year which also injured an 11-year-old girl. Katy Cunningham, 46, of Temple Grange, Peterborough died when the grey Peugeot 3008 she was driving was involved in a collision with a silver Vauxhall Vivaro van on January 23. An 11-year-old girl passenger in the ...

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Teen with combat knife and drugs in car given suspended sentence

A teenager narrowly avoided immediate custody after admitting carrying a combat-type knife in his car. College student Daniel Upton, of Daniels Gate, Long Sutton, was also in possession of quantities of amphetamine and cannabis. Boston Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday that police found the items with him after being alerted by a member of the public about a disturbance. Prosecutor ...

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Drug-driver caught twice in eight days

A Weston Hills man has been banned from the roads for two years after being caught drug-driving twice in eight days. Former self-employed motor vehicle dealer Craig Michael Thornton had a cocaine derivate in his system during both stops by police. The 33-year-old, of Austendyke Road, appeared before magistrates in King’s Lynn on Thursday and pleaded guilty to two counts ...

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Drug dealer faces jail term

A young Spalding drug dealer found with more than £3,000 worth of controlled substances is facing a jail term. Paulo Tiago Marques-Pintor was also in possession of £1,890 in cash when he was searched in Spalding on July 23, 2018. The 21-year-old, of Pennygate, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a ...

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Disqualified driver evades jail after driving to shops because it was raining

A Spalding man has been told he is ‘lucky’ he was ‘not looking at custody’ after he admitted driving to the shops, despite being disqualified. Boston Magistrates heard that James Webb, 32, of St Marks Road, who admitted the offence, was banned from driving under the totting up procedure until December but had been found driving in Skirbeck Road by ...

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Man faces charges of inciting sexual activity with child

A Spalding man has been sent for trial at crown court on allegations of attempted incitement of a child to engage in sexual activity. David Gary William Maltby, 21, of Redthorne Close, faces four allegations – that between June 5 and 19, he attempted to engage in sexual communications with a child he believed to be 14 years old; two ...

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Man in court over firearms offence

A Spalding resident accused of a firearm offence has had his case sent to crown court. Mindageas Stakele (25), of Albert Street, is charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The offence is alleged to have happened in Spalding between August 15 and August 18, 2019, and involved a BB handgun. Stakele, who appeared ...

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Officer punched taking drunk to cell

A Spalding man punched a police officer as he was being taken to a cell after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, a court has heard. Matthew Preece, 45, of The Meadows, who admitted the offences, had been arrested in West Street at 5pm on October 7 after officers found him slumped against a wall and magistrates heard how ...

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Man headbutted and spat at police

A man spat at and headbutted police officers attending reports of a single vehicle collision. Police called to a single vehicle collision in Hurdletree Bank found Andrew Fraser McDonald (63) of Cranesgate North, Whaplode St Catherinesat on the ground arguing with his wife, a court has heard. He provided a positive breath test, Boston Magistrates were told, and was ‘aggressive’ ...

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Drug-driver hit cyclist

A Spalding man was ‘spaced out’ on cocaine when he hit a cyclist with his car causing him to fall to the ground, Boston Magistrates Court has heard. Christopher Storm, 57, of Winsover Road, who admitted driving under the influence of drugs, was driving a Renault Clio when he knocked the cyclist off his bicycle in Park Road at 4pm ...

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Man who fled UK after Surfleet crash that injured two found guilty in absence

A motorist who fled from the UK after causing a head-on collision which left two people seriously injured has been convicted by a jury despite the fact that he was not in court to face his trial. Abdulla Hamza is believed to have returned to his home country of Iraq and failed to appear for his trial at Lincoln Crown Court. The ...

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Drug use flat in Holbeach High Street closed by police

A flat on Holbeach’s High Street has been emptied by police after complaints over associated drug use and anti-social behaviour. On Monday, Lincolnshire Magistrates Court provided Lincolnshire Police with a Closure Order on the flat. The order means no-one can enter the flat for three months. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: of the Closure Order: “This was obtained after ...

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Man in court for running illegal HMO

A South Holland landlord has been found guilty of failing to license a house in multiple occupation (HMO) on Vikings Way in Spalding, leading to a fine and other costs totalling over £1,200. Nicholas Moyses was called to Boston Magistrates Court on Monday 14 October after he ignored numerous attempts by South Holland District Council to ensure that he attained ...

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