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Pyjama party in Pinchbeck to fund Tanzania trip

It will still be daylight when many people in Pinchbeck are in their pyjamas on Friday (June 27). Rhiannon Saunders is holding a pyjama party at the village hall to fundraise for her Sir John Gleed School trip to Tanzania next July. Pupils will help Africans as they build schools. People of all ages will be welcome at the party (7pm-9pm). ...

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Spalding People’s Parade could be here to stay after great turnout

  Community spirit was out in force in Spalding on Sunday for the town’s first annual People’s Parade. The parade started and finished at the Sir John Gleed School field, where there were plenty of activities going on to keep everyone entertained. Parade manager Bruce Alexander said: “The event went exceptionally well and the enthusiasm from the people involved was ...

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Lord Paddy Ashdown meets up again with ex-Royal Marine colleague from Spalding

Their lives have taken very different paths since they last saw each other about 50 years ago, so Lord Paddy Ashdown and Spalding RBL vice-chairman Frank White had plenty to catch up on when they met up at Bookmark last week. The pair were in the Royal Marines’ 42 Commandos, serving in Singapore. Lord Ashdown was a lieutenant and Frank ...

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Speeding lorries damaging historic Cross Keys Bridge at Suton Bridge

A reactive sign could be put up to try and prevent speeding lorries causing further damage to Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge. The Grade II listed structure is suffering from HGVs braking on it while crossing from the direction of King’s Lynn. The speed limit is 30mph but Lincolnshire County Council claims some are doing more than 40mph. The ...

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Spalding shop robber jailed for 18 months

A man who robbed a shop worker of her mobile phone after she refused to give him cash from the till has been jailed for 18 months. Ben Courtney walked into The Grocers in Francis Street, Spalding and approached the counter with two apples. But as he went to pay the 40p he told the assistant: “Just give me all the notes from ...

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Strong public support for crackdown on bad driving in Long Sutton

More than 100 upset residents raised concerns about bad driving in Long Sutton – despite the public meeting clashing with England’s World Cup match with Uruguay. Speeding – sometimes up to 80mph – and youngsters performing “doughnuts” and wheelspins were among the issues raised at the meeting also attended by parish councillors, South Holland district councillors, Lincolnshire County Council portfolio ...

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Three charged with assaulting police officers after incidents in Spalding and Holbeach

Spalding Police have charged three people after officers were injured in separate incidents over the weekend. One officer was injured twice, including a bite. On Friday night, officers responded to a disturbance in Hallgate, Holbeach. An officer sustained some minor scratches. Carl Stewart Peacock (44), of Hallgate, was arrested for affray and assaulting a police officer.  He was charged with ...

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Funds from Long Sutton flower festival handed to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

More than 7,000 visitors to Long Sutton St Mary’s Church flower festival helped to raise £12,800 – ten per cent of which has been donated to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Father Jonathan Sibley and churchwardens Ivor Peacock and Teresa Watts recently handed over a cheque to Faye Nam. Father Jonathan said: “We were really pleased with the support ...

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Gang target cigarettes in Holbeach fuel station burglary

A gang made off with a haul of cigarettes after an overnight raid on a Holbeach service station. Fleet Road Garage was targeted at about 1am on Saturday. Police said: “Three men wearing balaclavas gained entry to the premises via the shutter door and stole a quantity of cigarettes before leaving the scene in a silver coloured Audi.” Anyone with information ...

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Deliberate tyre damage intended as screws and nails spread on village driveways

Screws and nails have been deliberately spread on driveways to cause damage to tyres, police say. Pc Tim Newell is investigating the case in Sutton St James. Police said: “Residents from a number of properties in the Old Fendyke area have reported finding the screws on the ground in their driveways and at least one vehicle has sustained damage to ...

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17 jobs to go as Spalding care home shuts

A care home in Spalding is to close next month with the loss of 17 jobs and the displacement of nine residents. The owner of Grenoble Rest Home, in Cowbit Road, blames burgeoning government policy for her decision to shut the home on July 21 and take retirement at the age of 46. Sarah Corlett said: “It’s been a very ...

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Spalding’s Double Street closed due to bomb fears

The army bomb squad was called to Spalding last night after police found a suspicious package. Officers discovered the unidentified object when they were called to Waterside Court at 3.20pm in response to a suspected drugs offence. A number of cannabis plants were found and while searching the property police found the package. As a standard precautionary measure, the army’s Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was consulted ...

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UPDATE: Police reveal victims of violent Spalding fights were foreign nationals

  Lincolnshire Police have revealed that the victims of two violent fights in Spalding last weekend were foreign nationals. And patrols will be stepped up in certain areas of the town centre as a precaution. Police say three three Lithuanian nationals – all living in Spalding – were injured in the incident in Hall Place at 12.45am on Saturday. Police ...

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Extra £5.5million to repair Lincolnshire potholes

An extra £5.5million of Government funding for pothole repairs will be put to good use in Lincolnshire. The pledge has been made by Lincolnshire County Council following an announcement by the Department for Transport last week. Lincolnshire will receive £5,429,664 from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund pot of £168 million, although local authorities may choose to spend money on other ...

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Prolific criminal is deported to Poland

A prolific criminal who was having a “seriously negative impact” on the South Holland community has been deported to Poland. Since 2010 Spalding police have arrested 26-year-old Lucasz Jalocha dozens of times in relation to theft, burglary and drugs offences. He even damaged a cell door while in custody for another crime. Jalocha was last imprisoned for a burglary at a Spalding shoe ...

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Neighbours’ anger after hearing of Spalding Primary School’s outdoor plan

Spalding Primary School has reassured neighbours that they will have a chance for input after its hope for an all-weather sports pitch and outdoor classroom met opposition. Some residents are angry at no consultation to date. Already annoyed about ongoing parking issues at the Woolram Wygate school, they claim they only learned about the pitch and classroom proposal from last ...

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Improved CCTV system in Spalding ‘might not be the answer to reducing all crime’

The effectiveness of an improved CCTV system for Spalding town centre has been brought into focus by events last weekend. Two serious group fights broke out – one in Hall Place and Red Lion Street, which are covered by cameras, and another in Churchgate and The Vista, which are not. Police have made an arrest on the Hall Place incident, ...

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Name of first £1,000 winner in South Holland recycling reward scheme

The first winner of South Holland District Council’s £1,000 recycling reward scheme has been announced. Jason Carswell, from West Street, Crowland, scooped the prize after a live draw on Tulip FM. He was one of 25 winners to have already won £100 in the Green Bag lottery, after correctly presenting his recycling for at least three out of four consecutive ...

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Final fundraiser for Anglia Motel Veterans’ Fund is £2,500 success

The final fundraising event in the name of the Anglia Motel Veterans’ Fund was a £2,500 success. Superb weather lured thousands of people to Hunstanton over the weekend as Fleet motel owner Harold Payne’s efforts were rewarded. A large display of military vehicles on The Green was supported on Sunday with a flypast by a Dakota and 50,000 poppies dropped ...

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Princess Beatrice officially opens £9million academy extension in Holbeach

Royal visitor HRH Princess Beatrice of York has officially opened a new £9million facility at the University Academy Holbeach. Princess Beatrice visited the academy to see the new building, which offers a modern learning environment for pupils and provides 3,500 sq m of additional teaching space. The new building, which includes the Academy’s first purpose-built sports hall, specialist Design and Technology and ...

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