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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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Spalding man damaged police car while running away from officers

An arrested man who staged a spectacular escape from police custody was caught after just 45 minutes, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Monday). Jason Fovargue was detained by officer on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend and was taken by van to Boston Police Station.   Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said that Fovargue was not handcuffed and after arriving in the police station’s ...

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Councillors choose highest spec iPads

The 37 district councillors elected this month have been provided top-spec iPad Pros – along with hundreds of pounds worth of accessories and data plans. South Holland District Council members chose to buy the highest-powered tablets at a cost of £863.16, along with Apple Smart Keyboard Folio flip-cases, costing an extra £160.94, and a second generation Apple Pencil for each ...

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Highways ‘should be ashamed’

A campaigner trying to get bollards repaired and lighting at a site of recent crashes said the county council Highways department should be “ashamed” of its approach. Rodney Sadd, of Carrington Road, Spalding, started the campaign to improve lighting at the B1172 junction to Spalding Common more than 20 years ago. Mr Sadd revived the campaign after two bollards were ...

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Crowland hit by spate of anti-social behaviour

A series of anti-social behaviour incidents were reported in Crowland on Thursday, May 23. A group of youths were seen throwing stones and pulling down banners outside the Royal British Legion at 7.26pm in Broadway. Youths were then seen kicking a property door in Reform Street at 8.25pm. There was also a report of a man being abused in North ...

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Balaclava van man incident appeal

Police have appealed for information after a woman reported a balaclava clad man coming towards her after the van he was driving pulled out in front of her. The woman was driving along Glenside, Pinchbeck, at around 11pm on Friday, May 24. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “A silver coloured van pulled sharply in front of her and she ...

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