Crime

Pinchbeck family business targeted twice

A single mum of two is devastated after a mayonnaise-loving thief stole everything from the Pinchbeck cafe business she describes as her “life”. Nicki Cooke, who runs, the mobile truck The Nosh Box says she’s concerned about her livelihood after her Enterprise Way trailer business was hit by two thefts within a fortnight. The float, a charity box with an ...

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Drunk man drove into bedroom of house after attempt to steal railway sleepers

A Moulton Chapel man crashed his car into the bedroom of a house in Weston Hills while on the run after attempting to steal railway sleepers, a court has heard. Adam Hamilton, 44, of Thorpe Avenue admitted driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop after a road accident, driving without insurance or a valid test certificate, attempted theft and causing ...

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Jury unable to reach agreement on Spalding fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with girl (14)

A fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl faces a possible retrial after a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Peter Donger, who runs the Chips Ahoy shop in Spalding,  denied any inappropriate behaviour towards the girl.   The jury spent seven and a half hours ...

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Veteran railwayman sits on drunk burglar

An 85-year-old veteran from South Holland sat on a drunk, knife wielding burglar and told him he’d shot “better men in Korea”. Korean War veteran John Headington and his 57-year-old wife Susan were praised by a judge who jailed drunk burglar Robert Barnes this week. Former railway worker Mr Headington, who has had two hip replacements, grabbed the burglar in ...

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Man who had knife in Punchbowl sent to jail

A man seen with a folded lock-knife in a Spalding pub and subsequently chased by police has been sent to jail. Ben Heffernan, 22, of Wide Bargate, Boston, had already pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, namely a folded lock knife, in a public place in the incident at The Punchbowl on July 7 last year. He was sentenced ...

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Lincolnshire Police to cut around 100 jobs despite 11 per cent council tax increase

The number of police officers is to be reduced and more than a quarter of PCSOs cut in the county despite an 11 per cent rise in Lincolnshire Police’s council tax share. The force have announced the measures today (Monday February 11) as part of £3.2 million worth of cutbacks that will see around 100 roles lost, including 70 from “front ...

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Theft of £20 leads to £80 fine

A 33-year-old man snatched £20 from the till of a Spalding store when he went to pay for a can of coke, Boston Magistrates Court has been told. Matthew David Hall of Walpole Drive, Pinchbeck, but who was of no fixed address at the time, admitted the theft. The court heard that he grabbed the two £10 notes from the ...

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Hero ‘night owl’ saves lives in arson attacks

A hero neighbour helped save lives after two suspected arson attacks within minutes and yards of each other on Weston Hills homes. The local resident, who does not wish to be named, helped evacuate a couple and a family including three young sons from the two separate properties around 100 yards apart on Old Fendyke Road in the early hours ...

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Appeal after report motorist was racially abused

An appeal for witnesses has been made following a report a motorist was racially abused. The incident happened at around 8.36pm on Wygate Park in Spalding on Tuesday, January 29. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a road rage incident where a motorist was racially abused. “At 8.36pm on Tuesday January 29 we received a ...

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Families flee fires after two suspected arson attacks on the same street

Two families had to flee their homes after suspected arson attacks within minutes and just yards from each other in Weston Hills this morning. Both fires were reported at around 2.50am on Old Fendike Road with a total of five fire crews attending the incident. The Voice understands that two families, one of which has young children, were evacuated and ...

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Mould, dirt and no soap in public loos

Broken tiles, leaking sinks, missing seats and smashed windows were all revealed on a council tour of South Holland’s public toilets. There are nine facilities in the district and the list of problems ranged from mould and no hand dryers to broken windows and missing bins. A group of councillors and staff from the council toured the district’s toilets in ...

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Drive to get speed scheme into Spalding

A scheme to stop people speeding in the villages could be on its way to Spalding. Community Speed Watch, which sees trained volunteers monitor the speed of vehicles in problem locations, has been hailed as a success in many location in South Holland by its rural area co-ordinator Jan Whitbourn. Now the Spalding Town Forum wants to bring the scheme to ...

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‘Disgraceful’ councillor and son fined for assaulting man

Spalding landlord and South Holland district councillor Peter Williams was today (Wed) fined £600 after admitting punching a drunk who smashed a window at his pub.   Williams, together with his son Ben, pursued Gary Ward who ran off after breaking the window at the Punchbowl Inn.   Mr Ward was caught and punched once by Ben Williams. Then as Ben ...

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Appeal over man wanted for assault

Lincolnshire Police have issued an appeal as they look for a man in connection with an assault. The force says Aaron Bates was last seen in South Holland but has not released details of the alleged incident. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Aaron Bates is wanted in connection with an assault. “It is believed he was last seen in ...

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Councillor and pub landlord admits assaulting man

Spalding pub landlord and South Holland district councillor Peter Williams today (Tuesday) admitted assaulting a man who had been ejected from his premises.   Williams, who runs the Punchbowl Inn, had been due to stand trial at Lincoln Crown Court alongside his son Ben this morning accused of assault.   But before a jury was sworn in the two men both pleaded guilty. ...

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Suspected hare coursers caught on drone footage

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of hare coursing after a dramatic police chase near Holbeach yesterday (January 20). Police used drones to find the nine people after an initial report of hare coursing in Washway Road at 12.07pm. Lincolnshire Police ARV tweeted that the pursuit lasted “well over an hour” and in addition to the arrests, two cars ...

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Man had knife in Spalding pub

A Boston man who admitted possessing a folding lock knife in a Spalding pub has been warned he faces a jail sentence.   Ben Heffernan, 22, of Wide Bargate, Boston, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.   The court heard Heffernan was in possession of a folding lock ...

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Son assaulted 80-year-old mum and police officers

A woman in her 80s was pushed by her 54 year old son after she asked him and his friend to make less noise during a drinking session, a court has heard. Stuart Craig Weir of Wygate Road, Spalding, admitted assaulting his mother Margaret Campbell, as well as assaulting two police officers who went to her aid after she telephoned ...

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Theft from Gosberton Co-Op

Police are searching for a man who walked into the Co-Op in Gosberton and stole money from the till. The incident happened at the High Street store at around 9pm on Friday, January 4. Police have said no nobody was injured or confronted in the incident by the thief who then made off along High Street in the direction of ...

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Two wanted in connection with Crowland meat and wine theft

Police are looking for two people wanted connection with the theft of a meat and wine from a shop in Crowland. The theft from the Co-op store in West Street in Crowland was reported at 3.20pm on December 26. The woman is described as in her early 30s, with long brown hair. She was wearing a blue coat with a ...

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