Crime

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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Man arrested after two 12-year-olds were sexually assaulted on bus

A man has been arrested after two 12-year-old girls were sexually assaulted while travelling on a bus in Spalding. Lincolnshire Police are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident which happened on at around 4.50pm Wednesday, August 18 on the 505 Stagecoach bus. An 18-year-old man has been arrested and released pending further investigations. A spokesman for Lincolnshire ...

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Appeal after stolen vehicle found in Spalding car park

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for more information after finding a stolen vehicle in a Spalding car park. Forensics officers surrounded a vehicle on the Holland Road car park last Thursday. A nearby neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Voice: “The car had appeared there a few days before in a small gap just big enough to get a ...

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Police issue reminder not to leave keys in vehicles after two transit vans taken in South Holland

Police have issued a reminder to drivers after two transit vans were taken in South Holland. In both instances the keys were left inside the vehicle. The first incident saw a white transit van taken in Gendey Hill around midday on Saturday July 31. Yesterday, (Thursday August 5) a second such van was taken from Park Gardens in Holbeach reported ...

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Tractor driver pleads not guilt to causing fatal collision on A16

A tractor driver accused of causing a fatal collision is to face a jury trial next year. William Flynn, 40, formerly of Whaplode but now living at an address in Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, pleaded not guilty today (Monday) to causing the death of Karen Fenton by driving dangerously on the A16 at Sutterton. He also denied charges of causing serious ...

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Police still aim to find body thought to be in Cowbit area

Police believe the body of a 17-year-old girl murdered by her dad could still be in the Cowbit area and are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have information to come forward so officers can help give her a proper funeral. This week Scott Walker was found guilty of killing Bernadette Walker, known as Bea, despite no body being ...

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Luxury Spalding home was bought from proceeds of £1.7m theft

A luxury Spalding home with a swimming pool, paddocks and 1.4 acres was bought from the proceeds of £1.7million worth of thefts from a pensioner, a court has heard. Des Pickersgill, 83, did casual work for the victim, who is now in her 90s, at her home in a village just outside Bedford. Meanwhile his son Gary Pickersgill, 42, and ...

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Arrests after police chase car taken at knifepoint through Pinchbeck

Two teenagers have been arrested after reports a car was taken at knifepoint before it crashed into a tree in Pinchbeck while being chased by police. The incident, which involved a black Ford Ka, occurred last night with a male (18) and female (17) having been arrested following a police operation. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Two people have ...

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Spalding identified as cold-calling hot spot as officers take part in Operation Rogue Trader

Officers visited cold calling hotspots including spending a day in Spalding to speak to businesses and residents about their rights and responsibilities during Operation Rogue Trader. On Wednesday June 16 officers from Lincolnshire Trading Standards, supported by Lincolnshire Police, descended on Spalding as it was one of five areas in Lincolnshire where residents have raised concerns about rogue traders. A ...

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Group ‘gutted’ at bush thefts

A group of adults with autism or a disability have been left gutted after trees they were looking after as part of their integration into the community were stolen. The 12 at County Care’s Holbeach branch turned up to its Park Road centre on Wednesday (June 23) to find the bushes they’d planted in May and nurtured ever since had ...

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Appeal after assault in Spalding

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Spalding on Saturday night.Officers were called to Winsover Road just after 11pm on Saturday following reports of someone being injured. A man in his 20s was found with facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.An investigation has been opened into the assault ...

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Arrests after knife wielding man impersonated police officer to break into home

Three people have been arrested after a knife wielding person impersonating a police officer broke into a Spalding home and assaulted the occupant. The incident occurred in Pennygate at 10.30am on Sunday May 30. A male posing as a police officer attended a property in Pennygate, Spalding and entered the building without permission. The offender then proceeded to assault the ...

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Warning over fraudsters sending messages about census

A warning has been issued about a new fraud scheme where criminals are posing as people behind this year’s census. It involves a message being sent via text message or email saying: “There is invalid information on your census account. To avoid a fine you are required to review your answers.” A link is then included for people to click ...

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Bid to stop young people being groomed by criminal gangs

Crimestoppers has launched a campaign across Lincolnshire this week to highlight the dangers of young people being groomed and becoming involved in County Lines. The charity is offering ways to help people identify those who are at risk of being groomed into a life of drug dealing, along with the associated physical and sexual violence.The eight-week campaign highlights how organised ...

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Judge lambasts ‘extraordinary behaviour’ as teen ‘celebrates’ birthday by stealing from Holbeach Tesco

A teenager from London decided to ‘celebrate’ his 18th birthday by stealing more than £400 worth of items from the Tesco store in Hobeach. Alan Corcoran, who was 17 at the time of the theft but was 18 the next day, of Lynton Close in Brent, admitted theft when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Michael Cole said that ...

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Appeal after men get away following late night chase involving helicopter

The theft of a car from a Spalding address sparked a police hunt across South Holland involving a helicopter last night. The car itself, a red Citroen Nemo, was stolen on Monday night from an address at Lime Court but was then spotted in Boston. It sparked a chase along the A16 and A17 and into Spalding. The suspects remain ...

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Pensioner who was set to face trial on historic sexual assault charges dies

A pensioner due to face a jury trial later this year over allegations of historic sexual assaults has died. David Walker, 73, of Coronation Close, Spalding, was accused of three charges of attempted rape and five charges of sexual assault alleged to have taken place between May 2004 and June 2012. At a brief hearing at Lincoln Crown Court today (Tuesday) ...

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Police appeal after cars vandalised in Spalding streets

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after a spate of vandalism on cars in Spalding. The incidents are understood to have happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday, May 20). Police have not said how many vehicles were affected, or what streets were hit, but The Voice understands areas include West Parade, Pennygate and Winsover Road. A police ...

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Former headteacher of West Pinchbeck school and junior football coach jailed for sexting police officer he thought to be 14 year old boy

An “outstanding” primary school headteacher caught sexting and arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14 year old boy was this afternoon (Friday) jailed for four and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court. James Shawley, who was head of St Bartholomew’s Primary School at West Pinchbeck, near Spalding, from 2016 until being suspended following his arrest in December ...

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