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Time for fun at bingo event

Whaplode Village Hall is £268 better off thanks to the bingo players that congregate there every month. The hall was again the setting for Phyllis Newton’s charity bingo session on May 17. And it was the beneficiary with the hall’s Lee Morris receiving the cheque at the end of the night. The next event at Whaplode Village Hall is on ...

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Holbeach road closed due to flooding caused by heavy rain

Holbeach’s 72mm of rainfall has resulted in police closing a flooded road in the town. Edinburgh Walk has been closed by police after the recent rainfall caused flooding. A police statement said the road is closed at Fleet Street and “badly flooded” at Park Lane. Police said of Edinburgh Walk: “The water is over kerbs but has not reached residential ...

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Holbeach Town and Country Fayre cancelled

This weekend’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre has been cancelled after Holbeach registered one of the highest rainfalls in the country over the past two days. In a statement, organisers of the event, which was celebrating its 25th year, said: “After a lengthy meeting with the committee and the land owner, it is with great regret that due to the ...

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Former county council chief exec picked up £292,263 in less than six months

A former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council picked up £292,263 for less than six months service, it’s been revealed. The authority announced last November that Keith Ireland was departing the role after being announced in it in May 2018. The figure of how much money he received is just short of £300,000 according to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting ...

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Wait to see breast cancer specialists “too long”

Staff shortages are being blamed after waiting times to see breast cancer specialists in Lincolnshire dipped alarmingly earlier this year ahead of possible changes to the service. The national standard is for 93 per cent of those thought to have the cancer to be seen by a specialist within two weeks of their referral. But in January just 5.5 per ...

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Have your say on Johnson Hospital and healthcare in South Holland

Plans to potentially improve the Johnson Hospital to an Urgent Medical Centre will be among those the public can discuss at an event in Spalding. The NHS’s engagement event is at the United Reformed Church from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 13 where residents can air their views on the proposals and NHS care throughout South Holland. The proposals ...

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Sledgehammer drama as family feud chase ends in crash

A Whaplode St Catherine man picked up a sledgehammer following an apparent car pursuit ending in a collision, after perceived threats towards his wife. Christopher Bryant (53) of Hurdletree Bank, Whaplode St Catherine admitted being in possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Jim Clare said that early on the evening of August 19, ...

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Man attacked in street after making noise complaint

A 62-year-old man with a heart condition was attacked by a man celebrating Easter late at night on Easter Sunday, after a complaint was made about the amount of noise being made. Darius Ambrazaitas (32) of Rhone Walk, Spalding, admitted assaulting Richard Shortland by beating and resisting arrest, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Jim Clare said that ...

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Family’s hell as new garden built for kids is burnt down in reported arson

A former firefighter helped stop a home from burning down with a hose after a family’s garden renovation, bought using savings and finished just last weekend, was set alight in a reported arson. A hot tub purchased just last weekend to ease two relatives’ ill health and a 22-year-old wooden playhouse containing family memorabilia were destroyed in the blaze in ...

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Holbeach knife arrest school: “We are working closely with the police”

A spokesman from the trust that runs University Academy Holbeach said it would like to reassure parents, pupils and carers that it is working with police on the yesterday’s knife arrest. On Tuesday, June 4, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at the school under suspicion of possession of a bladed article. The trust spokesman said: “University Academy Holbeach is part ...

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Family terrorised by brick throwers

A family including two young children were left terrified after a brick was thrown through their front window on Sunday seemingly by vandals attempting to target a different property. Annie East was sat in the front room of her home in Roman Bank at 9.15pm, when the brick smashed through the front window and also broke the TV. The sound ...

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Sam’s fundraising effort in salute to D-Day

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler will be going the extra mile this week to raise funds for the British Legion.   Sam (31), who opened Royals Gym in August last year after completing six-and-a-half years’ service in the Royal Marines, aims to run for 75 minutes on a treadmill wearing his old assault vest filled with 7.5kg ...

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Australian support for Donington’s Flinders bid

Direct descendants of Matthew Flinders and the Agent General for the Government of South Australia area are among those backing the bid to bringing the former explorer’s remains back to Donington. Around 50 people attended the Ruby Hunt Centre for the Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home group meeting which is looking to have his remains brought back to the village ...

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Men’s Shed gets boosted

Sutton Bridge PowerFund has given Long Sutton Men’s Shed a cash boost. The fund donated £1,868 to the social group set up in 2017 for men to get together and work on projects, as well as spend time together. Men’s Shed meetings take place at Silverwood Nursery in Long Sutton and run from 9.30am to 1pm every Tuesday, Thursday and ...

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New name for troubled school

The Peele Community College secondary school in Long Sutton is planning to start the new school year with a new name. At a meeting for parents on May 20, the school welcomed anyone with questions about the renaming, with University Academy Long Sutton set as the proposed new title for the school. In her school blog, headteacher Jane Moody said: ...

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Police budget cuts to be offset thanks to £1.8m boost

Budget cutting Lincolnshire Police has received a big boost with additional funding of £1.8m allowing it to recruit 30 more officers. Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones successfully applied to the Home Office for the additional cash and will make it available to the Chief Constable to spend this year and next. Back in February Lincolnshire Police announced that ...

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Teenager arrested after knife report at Holbeach school

A teenager has been arrested at a Holbeach school on suspicion of having a knife. Inspector Gareth Boxall said: “At 10.35am yesterday (Tuesday, June 4) we were called to the University Academy Holbeach following a report of a pupil with a knife. “We arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of possessing a bladed article. “I’m grateful to staff at the ...

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Ideas to improve transport in Holbeach are unveiled

Junction improvements, reduced speed limits, traffic calming, ‘Park and Walk’ sites, a community cycle hub and more benches are among the ideas to alleviate traffic issues in Holbeach in the next 17 years. The draft Holbeach Transport Strategy sets out how the town will deal with traffic, including that generated from an extra planned 2,000 homes and the Food Enterprise ...

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Fraud trial delayed for four months

The trial of a Spalding man accused of failing to supply memorial headstones to his customers has been delayed for four months.   Julian Karl Gaunt, 50, was due to go on trial at Lincoln Crown Court today (Tues).   But the hearing was told Gaunt’s trial could not go ahead as both his legal representatives and Lincolnshire County Council ...

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Police appeal after meat taken in pub burglary

Police are appealing to identify the man in the image to assist with a burglary investigation in Weston. On Monday, May 20, a man described as wearing dark trousers and a dark hooded jacket entered the rear yard of The Chequers Inn pub on High Road, at 3am before taking meat. Anyone with information can contact police via 101 or ...

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