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Four arrests after early-hours attempted burglary

Four people have been arrested following a call from a member of the public that a burglary was taking place at a shed near his house in Sutton St James at around 1am Friday morning. Police said the member of the public detained one of the individuals until police arrived and he was then arrested. Three others made off in ...

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Updated – Body found in search for missing teen.

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they’re not treating the death of a person whose body was found in Cowbit yesterday as suspicious. The body was found shortly before 10am yesterday morning as part of the search for Lee Smalley. Police have also confirmed their search has ended for the 19-year-old who had been reported missing after last being seen at ...

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Whaplode could be left without a Post Office

The future of a Post Office service in Whaplode is uncertain after it was revealed it will not be part of the village’s newly renovated Co-Op store. Details of the £1.6 million development, which Lincolnshire Co-Op says will create 10 extra jobs, have just been released. But after closing in April to create the larger food store, it will not ...

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Spalding firefighter is among Pride of Britain

A Spalding firefighter picked up a Pride of Britain Award on Monday night after helping to save the life of a man impaled on a 10 foot pole. George Berry (26) of Bluebell Close was part of the Red Watch Fire Crew in October 2017 which saved the life of Phil Ewins. Phil, then 31, was driving to propose to ...

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Police shortfall a ‘threat’ to county safety

Lincolnshire Police could be facing a £21 million shortfall in the next two years, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones has said. It follows central government telling police forces across the country they are the ones that need to fund an upcoming pensions shortfall. That shortfall in Lincolnshire is estimated to be at least £1.5 million next year, ...

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County to carry on its lobbying despite budget boost

This week’s budget has been welcomed by Lincolnshire County Council, but the authority will continue its lobbying for more funding. The Government’s announcement of an extra £650m for adult care in the country was particularly welcome. “The cost to the council in providing this service is enormous, and this additional money will hopefully relieve some of the immense financial pressure ...

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Queen’s Award for expanding family firm

A rapidly expanding Spalding family firm has been given the royal blessing. Welland Power has been presented with The Queen’s Award in the International Trade category. It’s been earned because between 2014 and 2018, the generator building company increased exports and turnover by around 600 per cent. After employees attended a reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, the award ...

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Improvement is needed at Trust

The organisation which looks after Peterborough’s hospital has been rated as ‘requires improvement’. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital-based services for patients. It covers three main hospitals: HInchingbrooke, Peterborough and Stamford and Rutland Hospital. The Care Quality Commission inspected the trust and published its report last week. The inspection took place in July and looked at nine core ...

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Councillor says rethink is needed over town centre vehicle access

A councillor says current restrictions on vehicles driving through Spalding town centre should be changed after witnessing six cars in quick succession driving there when they shouldn’t have been. Coun Gary Taylor has said that cars should either be banned permanently, or be allowed to always drive down Market Place and part of Hall Place. He described the current situation, ...

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Insania crowds welcome Peter

A record crowd gathered in Spalding to see Peter Andre switch on the Christmas lights at Springfields. Around 6,000 people travelled to the centre for the Thursday evening event where the singer and TV presenter joined Heart FM’s Kev and Ros on stage. Father Christmas also made an early visit to South Holland to take part in the festivities. “We ...

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Arctic touch brings snow

Winter arrived with a bang at the weekend as thunder accompanied snow, hail and sleet in south Lincolnshire. Just a week after residents enjoyed above-average temperatures, the heating was on and log-burners lit as the chilly blast arrived on Saturday evening. While there was much greater snowfall further north, the Sutton Bridge area was a picture of winter for a ...

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Fire service costs below average

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had to make £1 million of savings in the last financial year, despite its fire stations costing half of the country’s average to run. The cuts came due to reduced government funding despite the county’s fire service costing the public well below average, according to its Statement of Assurance. But Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for ...

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Relief road to close crossings?

Lincolnshire County Council and Network Rail are discussing the potential closure of level crossings around Spalding. As part of negotiations around the South Western Relief Road, both authorities are working out which crossing or crossings could be lost once the road is open for traffic. “We are currently considering options for the closure of some level crossings in the area ...

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Test waiting times decreasing – NHS

Waiting times in Lincolnshire for smear test results are still “unacceptable” but are improving, the NHS has said after being questioned by a county health group. In August The Voice reported that women were facing up to 12 week delays on getting their results for cervical screening tests. It’s because the Derby-based laboratory which examines tests taken within South Holland ...

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Bonfire boost for D-Day collection

A bonfire and firework display this weekend will help fund veterans and young people attend next year’s D-Day celebrations. Local philanthropist and owner of the Anglia Motel, Harold Payne, is hosting the regular event on Saturday, November 3. All profits will go towards taking local veterans to Normandy for the commemorations, as Harold has done for the last 29 years. ...

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Man admits sexual offences against 15-year-olds

A Spalding man has been warned that he faces jail after admitting offences involving two 15 year old girls.   Neil Richard Amess, 34, of Gaunt Close, Spalding, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to charges of sexual activity with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual communication with a child involving one of the girls.   ...

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You can help this Gosberton garden gain a national gong

A Gosberton gardener is hoping your votes can help him dig a victory. Out of nearly 500 entries, Robert and Claire Bailey-Scott’s West Thorpe Road garden has been named as one of the 11 finalists for the BBC Gardener’s World magazine’s Garden of the Year by the likes of green-fingered gargantuan. The award is voted for by the public, but ...

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Thieves use sledgehammers to steal thousands from Spalding Nationwide

Balaclava wearing thieves used sledgehammers to steal “several thousands” of pounds from a Spalding town centre building society last night (Wednesday). G4S staff were at Nationwide Building Society’s Hall Place branch when two offenders smashed the glass door at 9.50pm. The security guards were able to close the doors and were uninjured, but the thieves made off with several thousand ...

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Test drive leads to ban for drug driver and fines

It turned out to be an expensive day for two Spalding men, one the owner of a Mercedes car and the other a man who was test driving his car with a view to purchasing it. Edgaras Sukvietis, 26, of Spring Gardens admitted driving whilst under the influence of cannabis and to driving without insurance when he appeared at Boston Magistrates ...

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Mum overwhelmed by support for Kieran

A 16-year-old with cerebral palsy is to hit the gym in preparation for an operation that could allow him to walk again after the fundraising campaign for it reached £10,000 in just a week. Kieran Evans and mum Melissa Evans of Pinchbeck, are now hoping an operation to cut the nerves in his spinal cord which are affected by the ...

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