Crime

Three charged with fraud offences

Three men have been charged with various offences, including fraud and money laundering, following a criminal investigation led by police officers in the Economic Crime Unit (ECU). The investigation followed reports of suspected fraud, associated principally to a trading-based investment scheme run through the Lottery Syndicate Club Ltd based in Spalding. The scheme operated between 2017and 2019 and had several ...

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Jail after crashing into level crossing

An unlicensed and uninsured driver who smashed into a Lincolnshire level crossing causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was jailed on Tuesday for 12 months. Tudorel-Dorinel Carmocanu had taken the car from a friend without permission when he collided with the Park Road level crossing in Spalding during the early hours of 26 October last year.Carmocanu (26), ...

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Speeding driver in court

A Whaplode man who was helping deliver a BMW X5 to its new owner has been convicted of careless driving.Luke Fortune (24) was following the vehicle in a Range Rover Evoque in “treacherous” conditions on the A1M southbound at Stilton.He was driving his vehicle at excessive speed, too close to the BMW, constantly braking and changing lanes without indicating, Peterborough ...

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Early morning theft from milkman

Police are investigating after a milkman was accosted by several men early on Monday morning and his van stolen.The incident happened in Oakley Drive at 3.50am and the Ford Transit was taken and later located in Northamptonshire. It will be returned after forensic examination.A robbery enquiry has been launched and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on ...

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Spalding couple admit they are ‘scared’ by estate crime

A couple who live on a Spalding housing estate have spoken of the crime they’ve experienced around them and claimed criminals have been targeting vulnerable people to use their homes for drug running. The couple, who live in the Severn Road area and who wish to remain anonymous, say neighbours have been threatened by a group they say are dealing ...

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Drunk driver who fled police later found covered in blood

A court has heard that a 20-year-old man failed to stop for police when they tried to stop him driving his car after he had been seen swerving in the road, revving his engine and jumping a red traffic light. Prosecuting at Boston Magistrates Court, Marie Stace said officers saw Samuel Wheeler, of no fixed address but presently living in ...

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Police take part in Operation Sceptre to highlight issues of knife crime

Lincolnshire Police is taking part in a nationwide campaign highlighting issues around knife crime. Operation Sceptre is part of a week of action across the country. In the county, police have provided knife bins at the front desks of police stations in South Park in Lincoln, Boston, and Sleaford to be dropped off with no consequences, where they will be ...

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Spalding man fined after using racial slur at football match

A Spalding man has been found guilty of using a racial slur at a football match. Peter Chapman, 66, had denied a charge of using racially aggravated words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He admitted using a three-letter word but insisted it was not a racial slur and wasn’t directed towards Allan Ross, manager of Horncastle Town at the time. Magistrates at Boston on Friday found that it could not be proven that Chapman had used ...

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Spt Housley on violent crime, ASB, updating, police resources and more

Spt Mark Housley was asked numerous questions when appearing at South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel. Here’s a summary of some of the other subjects he spoke about. On higher than expected levels of violent crime: South Holland currently has higher levels of violent crime than the police would expect.In statistics presented to the Performance Monitoring Panel for the ...

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A snapshot of policing in district

A new workshop is being set up with the police and district councillors after Spt Mark Housley’s account of policing in the area. Spt Housley called for greater partnership working between police and outside bodies, including South Holland District Council, while addressing the authority’s Performance Monitoring Panel where he was grilled on local policing issues. He said the chance of ...

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Top officer’s force claims

One of the area’s top police officers has said some officers ‘haven’t got a clue’ in a candid account of policing in South Holland. Superintendent Mark Housley, who oversees Lincolnshire Police’s East division encompassing South Holland, South Kesteven and Boston boroughs, later said he was trying to communicate how complex modern policing was while being questioned by South Holland District ...

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Police act on reports of hare coursing in South Holland

A dispersal order was put in place in South Holland at the weekend after numerous reports of hare coursing in the area. South Holland Police reported that community protection warning notices were served to three men who had been directed out of the county and that officers had seized a vehicle and some dogs. A spokesman for South Holland Police ...

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Long Sutton couple fined for helping dig up 8,000 wild bluebells

A Long Sutton couple have been fined £200 each for their part in digging up 8,000 bluebells from woodland in Norfolk. Native English bluebells are legally protected and intentionally uprooting them is against the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that the UK has more than half the world’s population of bluebells and the ...

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New business hit by van thieves

A Holbeach business has been rocked by the theft of a van packed with equipment. The white Ford Transit van was parked outside the town’s police station when it was taken last Tuesday night. Nick Parrish started his new business Bounce House Party just before the pandemic and specially made inflatables costing £7,500 were inside the van. But a week ...

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Gang linked to knifepoint burglary

A gang targeting properties in South Lincolnshire and Peterborough is thought to be behind an incident in Pinchbeck where the occupants of a home were held at knifepoint while their property was ransacked. What police described as ‘a terrifying ordeal’ saw a group raid a home on Bear Lane after climbing though a window. While one threatened the occupants with ...

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Appeal over balaclava wearing gang

Police have urged people to check on elderly family members or neighbours after a spate of reports of balaclava wearing burglars breaking into homes. It follows an elderly person living on Fulney Road in Spalding having to chase them off after they broke a glass at the home on Monday, September 20. The incident has been linked to seven others ...

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Two arrested as haul of catalytic converters seized

Two people have been questioned as part of an investigation into environmental crime in Lincolnshire. The man and woman, both in their 20s, were held at an address in Long Sutton. The arrests were part of a probe by the Environment Agency into catalytic converter theft across the county. Lincolnshire Police assisted the agency, recovering a large amount of cash ...

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Armed police deployed as two arrested for threats against school children

Two men are in custody after police received two reports of a man making threats to school children, parents, and teachers on Cathedral Drive in Spalding. The first incident was reported at 8.48am and the second at 9.11am today. Armed officers were deployed to the scene and the junction of Cathedral Drive and Park Close was closed shortly before 9.30am. ...

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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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Memorial gates for veterans stolen

Iron gates erected just a month ago to be part of a memorial garden for those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq have been stolen from Fleet. Anglia Motel owner Harold Payne was in the process of creating the memorial before the gates were stolen sometime on Saturday night (August 28). “I would like the person who took ...

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