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Affordable homes development is given go-ahead

A development of 42 affordable homes is to be built off Cowbit Road in Spalding. Minister Property Group were last night (Thursday) given permission to build the homes on the former Loxmill Farm site. In September South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee deferred a decision on the application amid concerns that there was no park for young people. But that’s ...

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Give gifts and make a child’s Christmas

It’s the time of year when we ask our readers to dig deep and help make Christmas very special for local children who may otherwise miss out. Our annual Give a Gift campaign is being managed a little differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with government guidelines regarding the lockdown and social distancing we have less ...

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Mother tried to kill son (2) and herself amid domestic violence fears

A desperate mother who tried to kill herself and two-year-old son amid fears of domestic violence during lockdown has been jailed for four years. The mum attempted suicide herself because of fears the boy’s father would resume contact when lockdown came to an end, a court was told. Lincoln Crown Court heard the woman devised a method to kill both ...

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Care home hit by virus outbreak

The devastating effects of coronavirus on care homes have been laid bare with one having reported a number of deaths in recent weeks. Ashwood Care Home in Spalding Common, which is run by Country Court, has seen a large number of infections, though the company has not said exactly how many people have tested positive or died as a result ...

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Brothers in arms making history

A Whaplode quartet of brothers will all be wearing their green berets with pride later this month. But a special fundraiser they had planned for today has been postponed because of Coronavirus. Today will see Joe Fowler (20), complete the final test of his Royal Marine training with a 30-mile commando run. He was to have been joined by his ...

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Recognition for TB team

The NHS team behind an initiative to offer screening for latent tuberculosis, general health checks, information and advice to factory workers in south Lincolnshire have been shortlisted for a national award. Staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) impressed judges in the Team of the Year category of the Nursing Times Awards 2020 with their efforts to improve ...

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Bid to ban single can alcohol sales among police requests for South Holland

Banning shops from selling single cans and high alcohol volume beer and cider are measures being called for by police. They were part of steps Lincolnshire Police requested be taken as part of South Holland District Council’s revised Licensing Act Statement of Principles. The document needs to be renewed by January and police have asked the council to include further ...

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Driver cut of car after A17 collision

A person had to be cut out of a car after a collision with a HGV on the A17 at Fleet Hargate last night (Tuesday, November 10). Lincolnshire Police said the driver of the car, a blue Chevrolet, escaped with minor injuries following the incident at around 5.40pm. They were cut out by fire crews from Holbeach, Spalding and Long ...

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Weston man who injured baby son nearly 20 years ago jailed for manslaughter

A Weston man has been jailed for three years after admitting the manslaughter of his son, whom he shook as a baby nearly 20 years ago. Jack Mitchell was born a healthy child in January 2001 and responded well following his birth. However, between March and May of the same year there were four occasions where he stopped breathing. He ...

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Temporary traffic lights for relief road work

The next set of preparatory works for the northerly section of the Spalding Western Relief Road is due to start tomorrow (Tuesday). Vegetation clearance along the B1356 Spalding Road near Pinchbeck will begin on Tuesday, November 10. The works, which are for section five of the project, are expected to last for up to three weeks, Monday to Friday from ...

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Financial help for Moulton Mill

Moulton Mill has been given financial help from the government. The historic windmill is again closed due to the lockdown. But it’s been given £34,500 as part of the Culture Recovery Fund to help it with maintenance costs and to buy a new flour sieve to expand its homemade flours it sell to the public. Janet Prescott, the Mill manager, said: “This ...

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Dad admits manslaughter charge over death of son

A Weston dad has admitted causing injuries to his baby son which led to the son’s death years later. Jack Mitchell died, aged 15 in 2016 and a forensic post-mortem examination found he had died from a pulmonary infection and pneumonia as a result of injuries sustained as a baby in Laindon in Basildon. His biological father, John Doak, was ...

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Have your say on Lincolnshire roads

Your views are being sought on the state of Lincolnshire’s roads. It’s part of the County View panel launched earlier this year to gather residents’ views on Lincolnshire County Council services and help shape how those services are delivered. Anyone living in Greater Lincolnshire can join the panel. Members are invited to complete a short survey of just five questions, ...

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Many libraries to stay open

A number of local libraries are to stay open during the latest ‘lockdown’ with new measures in place. Services at both Spalding and Long Sutton libraries will be available though run slightly deliberately, Lincolnshire County Council which runs them as said. And a number of Community Hub libraries ran by volunteers will also remain open with restrictions including Pinchbeck, Sutton ...

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Concern over future of hospital services

The future of walk-in services at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital remains uncertain with staff at its Minor Injury Unit having been moved elsewhere and a proposed upgrade looking set to fail. As part of the NHS Healthy Conversation, the hospital was being considered to be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) alongside Gainsborough. Last week it was announced that town’s ...

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School delighted by blinding offers

The children at a Spalding special school will be able to move into their new classrooms after a public appeal for help. The head teacher at the Garth School asked for help after the price of new blinds was cut from the budget of a new extension project. The Spalding Voice carried the appeal just before half term and South ...

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Woman threatened to throw brick through window over garden weeding argument

A Spalding woman emptied a bag of weeds over a neighbour during an argument that had been triggered by her partner going into the neighbour’s garden to clear it of weeds. Tracey Mills, 48, of Severn Road, admitted assaulting Elaine Mayfield by beating as well as threatening to damage her windows, when she appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Marie ...

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Boosts for Donington as Red Cow is bought and new shop owner pledges post office service

Donington’s High Street could be set for two big boosts with sale of The Red Cow and a new shop with Post Office announced for the village. The dilapidated 200-year-old former hotel has been an eye-sore for a number of years, but has now been purchased by API Limited which has recently completed refurbishments of The Chequers and The Bell, ...

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Wait goes on for wasteland Spar

The wait for a new store on a derelict piece of land that’s turned into an eyesore will go on. Blakemore Retail owns the land on the corner of Bourne Road and Carrington Road in Spalding which received planning permission for a Spar back in 2009. Despite Spar pledging to start work back in 2015, the site remains vacant. This ...

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Parish council’s ‘positive’ move

A council that’s been subject to a number of complaints has adopted a new transparency code and complaints procedure as it looks to bounce back from internal conflict. There’s been 13 complaints made about Holbeach Parish Council and its councillors to the Standards Panel of South Holland District Council in recent months. To put that in context only five were ...

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