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Spalding care home owners accused of breaching health and safety regulations

The owners of a Spalding care home have appeared in court accused of breaching health and safety regulations following alleged incidents involving residents.     Apex Care Ltd face three charges of failing to carry out the provision of residential care in a way that ensured the safety of residents was not put at risk.     The charges, brought ...

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Spalding DJ jailed for sex offences against teenaged girls

A Spalding disc jockey who committed sex offences against teenaged girls has been jailed.   Roy Hayes contacted his victims over Skype persuading them to strip and perform sexual acts as he watched. He masturbated while the acts were taking place and recorded the footage.   Hayes (44), of Gaunt Close, admitted two charges of inciting a girl to engage in sexual ...

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Spalding man jailed over ‘grave sexual abuse’ images

A Spalding man who was caught with films of child sex abuse has been jailed for eight months.   After police raided his home in Wygate Road, Gareth Oddy (34) admitted to searching for indecent material. Lincoln Crown Court heard Oddy was present when officers carried out the early morning search on January 20, 2016.   Gregor Purcell, prosecuting, said Oddy ...

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Pensioner ‘made explosive package claim’ at Lincolnshire Co-op in Holbeach

A 71-year-old man accused of taking a suspicious package into the Lincolnshire Co-op store at Holbeach remains on conditional bail. David James Edwards, of Hallgate, was not at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 12) for the case’s latest hearing. It is said that, on January 27 this year at the Fleet Street store, he “placed an article, namely a ...

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Spalding shop supervisor: ‘What large cannabis farm in our basement?’

The person responsible for the day-to-day running of a Spalding shop claims she knew nothing about an “industrial-scale” cannabis farm in the basement.   Karolina Kiminiene told police she was as shocked as anybody about the discovery under Lithuanian food store Krautuvele in Pinchbeck Road. However, at a premises licence review hearing at South Holland District Council on Monday (May ...

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NHS trust to be fined after Spalding patient’s death at Pilgrim Hospital

United Lincolnshire Hospitals’ NHS Trust face a fine after a jury found it guilty of breaching health and safety legislation following the death of a Spalding patient at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.   The trust was prosecuted following an incident in July 2012 when patient John Biggadike died after suffering “catastrophic” internal injuries when he was impaled on a lifting hoist ...

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Jailed: Robber who pulled knife in Ladbrokes after ‘losing £100’ on gambling machines

A man who robbed a Spalding bookmaker’s of £500 from the till has been jailed for four years.   Craig Walling asked the manager of Ladbrokes in Hall Place if he could borrow £10 and then, without warning, produced a knife.   Lisa Hardy, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday (May  12), said that Walling, with the knife in one hand, then grabbed hold of the manager ...

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Arrest warrant drink-driver appears in court

A drink-driver who was the subject of an arrest warrant after failing to answer bail has been banned from the roads. Kurt James Sands (47), of Wimberley Way, Pinchbeck, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (May 9). He had 40 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after being stopped while driving a Peugeot 206 in Queen Street, ...

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Anger at appeal by teenaged murderers of Liz and Katie Edwards

Readers of The Spalding and South Holland Voice reacted with anger and surprise at news that the 15-year-old couple who murdered Spalding mum and daughter Liz and Katie Edwards have appealed their minimum 20-year sentences. Lawyers acting for the teenagers, who were 14 at the time of the killings in April last year, argued that the sentences were “manifestly excessive” ...

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‘Arrest-warrant defendants’ appear in court

Two South Holland men who were the subject of arrest warrants after not answering bail have been dealt with in court. Aron Findley Duff, of Queens Road, Spalding, and Craig Johnson, of Batemans Close, Gedney, failed to appear before magistrates on May 3 and arrest warrants were issued. Both men appeared before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 5). Duff ...

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Pilgrim patient’s death on hoist ‘less likely’ if safety notice issued after incident at another hospital

The senior health and safety manager at the Lincolnshire hospital trust which is on trial following the death of a patient has told a court that the fatality would have been less likely to have happened if the manufacturer had issued a safety notice following a previous incident involving the equipment.   The jury at Lincoln Crown Court has heard that a ...

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Man who laundered red diesel and sold it to friends ‘didn’t know it was illegal’

A man who carried out a scam involving red diesel fuel, evading a liability of duty for £3,229, has been given a suspended jail sentence. Marius Legavicius used cat litter to remove the red dye from the diesel fuel which carries a significantly lower level of excise duty. He was then able to sell on the fuel as ordinary diesel fuel. Andrew Scott, ...

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Pilgrim hoist death trial: Defence deny it was due to failings in training

Operating instructions for a lifting hoist involved in the death of a hospital patient did not tell users not to remove a pad by lifting it off its bracket, a jury heard.   John Biggadike died in 2012 when he fell while in a lifting hoist at Boston Pilgrim Hospital and was impaled on part of the equipment.   Mr ...

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Spalding resident in court over ‘assaults at Pinchbeck factory’

A Spalding resident is facing charges of assaulting two men at Pinchbeck factory Greencore Food-To-Go. Kamil Dudek (21), of Harveys Close, is said to have beat Marcin Nieroda and Lauris Brikmans on April 4 this year. Dudek is also accused of, on the same date, possessing a weapon designed to discharge pepper spray and maliciously wounding March Nieroda. Dudek appeared before Boston ...

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Tractor driver ‘failed to stop after injury accident in Pinchbeck’

A tractor driver facing three charges relating to damage to a vehicle in a road traffic accident and failing to stop has had his court case adjourned. Peter Chapman (61), of Glenside South, Pinchbeck, is said to have committed the offences in Knight Street, Pinchbeck, on July 30, 2016. He is charged with driving a tractor without due care and attention and, having caused injury to ...

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Spalding resident banned from roads for drink-driving

A Spalding resident caught drink-driving on the A17 at Holbeach has been banned for 18 months. Ionel Costache, of Westlode Street, was driving a Citroen Picasso on April 1 with 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. Appearing before Boston magistrates on Wednesday, the 48-year-ld was also fined £350 and ordered to pay ...

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Whaplode man stole goods and assaulted two women in Savers store

A man who stole two bottles of suncream worth £29.98 from Savers in Hall Place, Spalding, has been given an 18-month conditional discharge. John Terrence Harding (45), of Cobgate, also pleaded guilty to assaults to Alice Brencs and Melanie Dixon in the store. He was ordered to pay £50 compensation on each charge. He admitted breaching an 18-month conditional discharge imposed on July 7, 2016. No ...

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Spalding resident (25) fined for stealing from Sainsbury’s

A Spalding resident has been fined £200 for stealing groceries from Sainsbury’s. Appearing before magistrates in Boston on Wednesday (May 3), Martin Beale, of Kingfisher Court, pleaded guilty to stealing goods worth between £300 and £500 between December 2016 and March 18 this year. He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation.

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Holbeach man (29) accused of assault

A Holbeach man accused of assault has been remanded on bail until his next court appearance. Appearing before magistrates in Boston on Wednesday (May 3), Scott Berry, of Branches Lane, denied a charge of beating Katie Harron on April 17. The case was adjourned for trial on June 13.  

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Arrest warrant issued for Pinchbeck driver (47)

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 47-year-old Pinchbeck man charged with drink-driving. Kurt Sands, of Wimberley Way, failed to surrender to bail at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. He is accused of drink-driving in Queen Street, Boston, having no insurance for a Peugeot 206 and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence. All offences are said to ...

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