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Falsely accused of abusing daughter

A father falsely accused of sexually abusing his daughter has won £86,000 compensation. Jon Coupland (53), of Green Lane, has been awarded the payout after a social worker alleged he had touched his daughter inappropriately. He suffered the humiliation of being arrested and handcuffed in front of his neighbours and being thrown in a cell and interrogated for ten hours ...

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Chance to help monitor conduct

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for someone to take on the role of “Independent Person” to assist the monitoring officer. County councillors work to an agreed code of conduct and occasionally become the subject of complaints that they have not met the standards set out by that code. The independent person will help the council’s monitoring officer by giving advice, ...

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‘We will not let vandals get us down’

A popular group for teenagers has vowed it will not let the vandals who smashed windows and went on the rampage inside their hall win. The Vista Crew, which caters for young people aged 11 years and over, wants everyone to know its doors are still open, despite the havoc wreaked by a gang who left behind drink cans, evidence ...

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Chance to save money on fuel bills

Residents are being offered the chance to save up to £300 on their annual gas and electricity bills with the return of the Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme. That’s how much some of the 1,000 households who joined the scheme’s first round already stand to save. The average saving per household is £186. If you missed out the first time, this ...

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Plan for mobile at school for toddlers

A new mobile classroom could be lifted into place at a primary school to help meet demand for places for under twos. A planning application has been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council for the extension of Sunbeams Playgroup, based at Westmere Primary School, Sutton Bridge. A decision was due to be made by South Holland District Council and if granted ...

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School’s plan to create ‘catering hub’ for area

A primary school kitchen could be dishing up delicious dinners for pupils around the area if it gets the go ahead to become a catering “hub”. From September all primary schools in England will be obliged to provide free school dinners to children in key stage one. But some schools will struggle to meet the demand as their kitchen facilities ...

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Petting zoo proves a big Easter hit with the kids

Youngsters were able to get up close and personal with some baby animals at a special Easter event. The Playbarn at Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding, hosted Ark Farm’s mobile petting zoo over the weekend. Children were able to meet chickens, ducks, lambs, cows, piglets, goats and a black Labrador puppy at the event. The petting zoo was held over four ...

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Police warning over shed break-ins

Police are urging residents in Holbeach to be vigilant to suspicious activity following an increase in shed and garage burglaries in the area. Overnight, between April 14 and 15, offenders forced entry to a garage at a property in Washway Road, Holbeach, and stole a Lincoln electric compact 185 mig welder, a Stihl petrol disc cutter and a gas bottle. ...

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Residents rally for latest round in village pub fight

Residents will have the chance to air their views on the future of a village pub site at a public consultation tonight. In the latest round in the battle to bring back a pub on the former Ye Olde Dun Cow site, campaigners will hold the meeting to listen to views about protecting the site as a community asset, preventing any ...

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Skilled workers needed to meet future construction

More young people need to be attracted to jobs in the construction industry to fulfil plans for 80,000 new homes in Lincolnshire within the next decade. It is feared that today’s students do not see the building sector as “first choice” when considering future career options and parents can discourage them further because they see it as an “unstable” industry ...

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Funding changes could see sixth forms forced to close

Pupils could have less choice of where and what they study if smaller sixth forms are forced to close. It is feared that a drop in the number of youngsters in the 16 plus age group and changes to the way sixth forms are funded could mean that some will not be able to afford to continue. If that happens ...

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Hospital trust meeting

The next board meeting for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 1pm in the Royal Oak Boardroom at the trust’s headquarters at Bridge House, The Point, Sleaford. Items due to be discussed include a review of the trust’s vision, strategic objectives and priorities for 2014/15 and annual reports from a number of ...

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News in brief

Vandals have targeted gas and electricity boxes in Spalding. Police are unsure of when the damage to the boxes in Monks Walk actually happened. Police were told about the vandalism on April 8 but it could have happened any time between March 15 and the date it was reported. Thieves hit business premises in Cradge Bank, Spalding, and stole diesel. ...

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Former inmate to fight death penalty

A former death row inmate now living in Moulton has vowed to make it his mission to see the death penalty abolished in California. Nick Yarris, who settled in Lincolnshire when he fell in love with Spalding barmaid Jessica Stubley – who he married earlier this year – is currently in America promoting his book and the film rights to ...

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Still time to enter ten-pin contest

There’s still time to enter Alleycatz latest bowling tournament to be held on Monday. The competition is open to players of all skill levels and sees teams of two put their talents to the test in the hope of winning a free hour of bowling, plus another free hour for every team they beat. Teams must be registered and paid ...

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New Spalding academy plans on schedule for completion

Spalding’s newest primary school, Wygate Park Academy, is on schedule to welcome its first pupils in September with building work almost complete. The academy, which is part of The Boston Witham Academies Federation, has seen 51 applications for places, although only eight of these were first preference. So far Lincolnshire County Council has filled 22 of the 30 places available. ...

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Armed police in Sutton Bridge

WEDNESDAY 2PM:  The incident at Sutton Bridge has now been resolved and police officers and staff have left the scene. Officers were initially called to a domestic incident where threats of serious violence had allegedly  been made against people who had earlier been in a house on the street. Further enquires later established that the situation was not as first reported, resulting ...

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New Spalding academy plans on schedule for completion

Spalding’s newest primary school, Wygate Park Academy, is on schedule to welcome its first pupils in September with building work almost complete. The academy, which is part of The Boston Witham Academies Federation, has seen 51 applications for places, although only eight of these were first preference. So far Lincolnshire County Council has filled 22 of the 30 places available. ...

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Roundabout for Holbeach danger junction within 18 months

A roundabout will be built at Holbeach’s controversial Peppermint Junction within 18 months. Plans are on the cards for two separate housing developments in the town – and both developers are offering to build a roundabout at the A17/A151 link road junction as part of their projects. Lincolnshire county councillor Nick Worth believes a roundabout at the junction is vital ...

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Trail of blood left by Spalding hall vandals

Vandals left behind a scene of destruction – and a trail of blood – after going on the rampage at a church hall. A child’s party had to be cancelled after the vandalism was discovered early on Saturday. Caretakers of the St Nicolas Hall, The Vista, Spalding, said it was just the latest in a series of vandalism attacks on ...

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