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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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Spalding’s night-time economy to get own forum

A Spalding nightclub owner is taking the lead in making the town’s nightlife “stronger and more vibrant”. Matt Clark, who owns Loaded as well as Bounce Bar and Alleycatz bowling alley, is looking to set up a forum for businesses such as takeaways, taxi firms, hotels, bars, pubs and restaurants to have a voice and challenge issues which affect them. ...

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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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