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‘Worst-ever’ Spalding show will cost players

Huntingdon Town 2 Spalding United 0 Champions Spalding were handed their first away defeat of the UCL Premier Division season on Saturday as Huntingdon boosted their hopes of finishing as runners-up. In undoubtedly the game of the day anywhere in the UCL, the Tulips were left stunned by second-half strikes from Declan Rogers (58) and Ben Seymour-Shove (89) at Jubilee ...

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Appeal to help find woman missing from Donington

UPDATE: Friday 2pm. Elsie has been found after a search, including assistance from a helicopter, was conducted in Donington. It is believed the 88-year-old had fallen over but has been checked by ambulance staff and is believed to be OK. FRIDAY NOON: Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable missing woman from Donington. Elsie Sills is 88 and ...

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Ambulance service still failing on response times

Beleaguered East Midlands Ambulance Service has until Thursday to come up with a plan to improve its services or face sanctions. Enforcement action could be taken against the trust by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection found that the 999 service was failing to meet four out of six standards. Although a report compiled following the inspection in February ...

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Cracking down on Lincolnshire’s rogue traders

A joint operation has been launched to crack down on rogue traders in Lincolnshire. Police, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Environment Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been joining forces with Lincolnshire Trading Standards to crack down on rogue trading in the county. This week is National Operation Rogue Trader week which combines enforcement action ...

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Majority of Lincolnshire parents get choice of primary schools

More than 93 per cent of children will go to one of their three “chosen” schools in September. Despite an increase in applications for the more popular schools in Lincolnshire, the county council has revealed that 93.6 per cent have been given a place at one of their choices. Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high ...

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Parents in Lincolnshire reminded to prepare for primary school offers

Parents who have applied online for their child to start school in reception or transfer to junior school in September can collect their offer from Wednesday (April 16). Lincolnshire County Council will post offer letters to parents using a paper form on the same day. The council advises parents to accept the place offered even if the school was not ...

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Rider seriously hurt in Crowland mini moto crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious accident in Crowland involving a van and a mini moto. Emergency services were called to James Street, between the roundabout and the caravan park, in Crowland, at 2.20am this morning (Thursday) following the collision between the mini moto and a white Ford Transit. The rider of the mini moto, a man in ...

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NHS staff celebrated for 1,170 years’ loyal service

Decades of dedicated service by NHS staff working in communities across Lincolnshire have been celebrated with annual loyalty awards. More than 50 staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) received an award after clocking up an impressive 1,170 years of service between them. Each person achieved either 20 or 30 years’ continuous service. At a special buffet lunch, recognition ...

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Success in tackling street drinking

Efforts to tackle street drinking in Spalding town centre have been heralded a success. South Holland District Council says its partnership approach to the problem – which many people have claimed causes them to feel intimidated – has had a noticeable effect, with statistics showing a significant reduction in the need for police intervention. Between June and July last year ...

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Retailers have a say on Spalding town centre manager

The process is underway to recruit a town centre manager for Spalding. An advert for the new role is due to be posted this week and interviews are due to be held next month. Retailers in the town are now being asked to put forward their views on what the town centre manager’s role should include and what their business ...

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School meals provider to South Holland fined for filthy premises

A school meals provider has been handed a £18,230 court bill for filthy premises after an investigation by South Holland District Council officers. Food 4 Thought GB Ltd has been fined £13,800 and ordered to pay £4,300 costs after magistrates heard about the conditions at the unit where meals were prepared. Boston magistrates heard on Monday, March 24, that Food ...

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Call for Spalding primary school to cut pupil numbers

“Defeatist” attitudes towards tackling anti-social parking by parents at a town school have led to calls for the number of pupils to be reduced. Irresponsible parking has been an ongoing concern to residents living in the Woolram Wygate area of Spalding, close to Spalding Primary School, and they fear the situation will remain “intolerable” as plans progress to build a ...

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Eight years’ prison ‘not enough’ for hit and run driver

The father of a cyclist killed by a hit and run driver has said his sentence will never be enough for taking his son’s life. Stephen Osborn was speaking after driver Paul Walken (42), of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, was sentenced to prison for eight years and banned from driving for ten after admitting causing Tim Osborn’s death by careless driving ...

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Burglars broke through shutters at Long Sutton store

Burglars used disc cutters before jemmying open security shutters at a Long Sutton shop. Police were alerted when the alarm was activated at the Spar shop in London Road at about 3.45am on Tuesday, April 1. The burglars also disabled the security camera. As yet it is unclear what may have been stolen from the store, but it is believed ...

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Top scores for Lincolnshire domestic abuse services

Victims of domestic abuse in Lincolnshire are supported by some of the best services in the country, according to a leading expert. Anthony Wills, chief executive of national charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, judged the county’s anti-domestic abuse partnership as “excellent” and praised the range of specialist support services available. Lincolnshire is one of only two areas in England ...

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County council signs five-year £70million services contract

Lincolnshire County Council has now signed a contract with Serco, the international services company, to provide a range of business process and contact centre services for the council, delivering savings of more than £14million over five years. As the council’s strategic partner, Serco will be responsible for a wide range of customer-facing and back-office functions, including finance, HR and ICT, ...

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£2.35million funding to improve broadband coverage

Lincolnshire is getting a £2.35million share of £250million of Government funding to bring better broadband to the hardest to reach places. The county council has been awarded £2.35million from the national Superfast Extension Programme, which was unveiled by Culture Secretary Maria Miller. This will be matched by the council, which has already set aside £1.8million for additional broadband improvements. The ...

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South Holland to enjoy improved CCTV monitoring

South Holland District Council has entered into partnership working with Boston Borough Council to gain improved CCTV monitoring. The current CCTV scheme, which operates in Spalding, Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge and is monitored by dedicated volunteers, has been successful but is in need of improvement. A deal has been agreed to transfer the operation of the South ...

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Council supports community-led housing development

South Holland District Council has played a key role in supporting the delivery of a community-led housing scheme in Pinchbeck. The development, which is owned by the Pinchbeck Community Land Trust, will provide 14 new homes to rent for local people. Work on site in Flaxmill Lane is due to begin soon and be complete by the end of this ...

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