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Driver was over legal cannabis limit

A driver who tested positive for more than three times the permitted level of cannabis in his bloodstream, has been banned from driving by magistrates in Boston. Justinas Gabrenas, 28, of Delgate Avenue, Weston, who admitted the offence, was seen by police driving down West Marsh Road at 11.30am on May 6 last year and, when they stopped him, it ...

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Carer found to have crashed car while drunk

A part time carer who was herself the subject of fraudulent activity, drank so much alcohol that she crashed into a parked car, a court has heard. Sandra Hopkins, 63, of Roberts Walk, Long Sutton, admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson said that at 6.20pm on October 27, Mrs Hopkins crashed ...

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Second restraining order made after CCTV looking into garden reignited neighbours’ feud, court hears.

A woman who has lived in her home in Donington ‘for many years’ was caused alarm and distress by the actions of her 60 year old lorry driver neighbour, a court in Boston has heard. Peter Andrews of Days Lane, admitted using threatening behaviour towards his next door neighbour, Susan Issitt, when he appeared at the magistrates court Prosecuting, Shelley ...

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No South Holland sites on initial list of those giving out COVID-19 vaccine

A list of sites where the COVID-19 vaccine is being delivered has been published – but there’s currently none in South Holland. Alongside the already announced vaccination sights at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and County Hospital in Lincolnshire, the first places to offer the vaccine in the county according to NHS England are St Mary’s Medical Centre in Stamford, The ...

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Council leaders’ concerns over lack of transparency for vaccine roll out plans

Local council leaders are continuing to call for greater transparency over the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Lincolnshire. Leader of South Holland District Council, Lord Gary Porter last night (Wednesday) apologised to district residents as he’d not been able to find out more information about NHS plans. And this morning the leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Martin ...

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Gang that stripped lead from a number of churches jailed

A prolific gang stripped the lead from dozens of rural churches across Lincolnshire and England, including St Peter and St Paul’s in Gosberton, causing utter devastation to village communities, a court was told today (Wednesday) The four men targeted churches from Somerset to North Yorkshire during a two-year crime spree which left churches facing repair bills totalling more than £2 ...

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Warning over fake NHS COVID-19 vaccination texts

Lincolnshire Police have warned the public about a scam in which fraudsters contact potential victims saying they’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Clicking on the texts or emails leads to what looks like an official link. A Lincolnshire Police, spokesman, said: “The scam message reads “We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” which prompts you ...

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Weapon amnesty hailed a success

Over 300 weapons were handed into Lincolnshire Police as part of a 10 week amnesty. From October 8 until December 18 secure bins were in place at police stations in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Spalding and Skegness for those that wished to dispose of a weapon or an item that could be used as one. The amnesty allowed those who took ...

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Calls to get vaccine rolled out into district

COVID-19 vaccines will start to be rolled out in GP surgeries in Lincolnshire by the end of this week The Voice has been told – but the leader of South Holland District Council doubts it will happen that soon. Lord Gary Porter says he’s been frustrated by the lack of information over vaccine availability which comes as residents were plunged ...

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Flight charity hit by arson attack

A charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds literally reach new heights has had its headquarters and two aircraft destroyed in an arson attack. The Lutton based Get High Volare is now appealing for help from local businesses after being targeted last weekend. It was set up three years ago by pilot of 35 years Tim Wiltshire, the first ...

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Thousands raised for family who lost ‘everything’ in Christmas fire

A community has rallied around a family who lost ‘everything’ in a Christmas Day fire at their house. Nearly £5,000 has been raised and furniture and clothes sourced for the Fleet Hargate family of three after fire hit their Eastgate Gardens home.Fire crews were called around 1.10am on December 25. A welfare unit from the Red Cross attended the incident ...

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Support grows for pickers

More than 300 ‘wombles’ have volunteered to help clean the streets of Spalding just five days after a group of friends decided to pick up litter. They mentioned it to their friends and put a line on social media and within days had a small army of people wanting to help. It didn’t take long for them to get organised ...

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Council Tax bills to increase again

Council Tax bills are set to rise this year as budgets are being set while the final cost of the pandemic to local authorities is unknown. South Holland District Council’s draft budget sets out a plan to add £4.95 a year to the annual band D bill. Lincolnshire County Council also looked at budgets this week and looked to add ...

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Care home plan could create 58 new jobs

Almost 60 new jobs could be created if permission is granted for a new care home in Holbeach. An application has been submitted to South Holland District Council for the purpose-built home on Daisy Road, on the Meadows at the edge of the village. A total of 66 beds will be available when building work is complete. “It is anticipated ...

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Town misses out on £4.5m funding

It’s back to the drawing board for plans for Holbeach town centre after missing out on £4.5m worth of funding. The town bid for money from the Government’s High Street Fund last year to pay for ambitious plans including creating a new ‘public realm’ to the rear of the recently refurbished The Chequers. Holbeach had been given £150,000 of funding ...

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Recognition for fantastic care home staff

Staff at four local nursing homes have been given special awards to mark their support. Country Court, which runs four local home, has recognised the carers through their internal awards Winners at Ashwood Care and Nursing Home in Spalding Common were receptionist Hilda Villarete, senior carer Anca Toderas and Care assistant Louise Norman. A family member who nominated Hilda said ...

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Spate of converter thefts reported

South Holland has seen a spate of catalytic converter thefts from cars. The Voice has heard several reports of incidents in the area and Lincolnshire Police has released an appeal following events in Cowbit, Swineshead, Holbeach St Johns, and Willesby Road in Spalding. Incidents have also been reported in Boston. The converters are being cut from the cars to be ...

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Body found at Castle Sports Complex

The body of a man was found at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding yesterday (Tuesday, January 5). Police cordoned off an area around the leisure centre after the body was found at around 6.30am. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We can confirm that the body of a man was found at around 6.30am on January 5 in a ...

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Home damaged after kitchen fire

Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire that damaged a Whaplode home this morning (Tuesday, January 5). Holbeach Fire Crew were called to the incident on Mill Lane at 11.45am. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “There was moderate fire damage to a duel fuel cooker and moderate smoke damage to approx 10 per cent of the property. ...

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New lockdown for South Holland residents

South Holland residents are being told to stay at home as another national lockdown was announced. Last week the area was moved into Tier 4 of COVID-19 restriction, but now a new lockdown for the whole of England has been announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an address to the nation tonight (Monday, January 4). Mr Johnson said that ...

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