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Jack (20) aiming to be South Holland’s youngest district councillor

A 20-year-old who says he feels a duty to serve Spalding is hoping to become the youngest member on South Holland District Council. Jack McLean will be standing as a Conservative candidate in St John’s ward in the May 2015 election. Jack says he has quickly developed an admiration for the hard work of the Conservative Party in and around ...

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Manufacturing firm George Barnsdale celebrates 130 years in Donington

A manufacturing business renowned for the quality of its timber products has celebrated 130 years in Donington. George Barnsdale threw a birthday bash at its High Street site last Saturday. The event brought together three generations of the Barnsdale family, alongside past and present members of staff and their families. South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes attended to ...

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Owner of Spalding eyesore site told to clear it up – or face court action

The owner of a controversial eyesore site in Spalding has been ordered to clean it up or face possible court action. South Holland District Council has lost patience with Crispen Holdings over the state of the Bull and Monkie plot in Churchgate. Planning officers last week served notice on the company ordering the site to be cleaned up. The council ...

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Arrests on night of 25 stop and searches in police clampdown on Spalding burglaries

Spalding Police’s clampdown on burglaries in the town has reaped rewards – including two further arrests on Tuesday night. Police carried out 25 stop/searches around the town as part of Operation Bonus. And news of the results of comes with an apology from Spalding’s community policing inspector to innocent people who were put out by his officers’ efforts. Insp Jim Tyner said: “Inevitably, many ...

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Retiring Spalding headteacher ‘leaving school in very capable hands’

After ten years at the helm, Spalding Grammar School headteacher Nigel Ryan has announced that he is stepping down. He will be retiring at the end of the academic year to spend more time travelling with wife Elaine. Mr Ryan said: “The Grammar School has a long standing tradition of developing well rounded, considerate young adults who are ready to ...

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Motorcyclist killed in crash at Donington

UPDATE: Thursday, 10.30AM: The motorcyclist, who died in a collision on the A52 at Donington on Tuesday, has been named as Michal Malinowski (30), from Aylestone Road in Leicester. Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in Donington on Tuesday afternoon. A motorcyclist was killed in the accident on the A52. His Ducati machine collided with a green Claas ...

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‘Very serious’ foot injury for driver (85) in collision at Spalding fuel station

Police are investigating an incident at Sainsbury’s fuel station in Spalding which left an elderly man with a “very serious” foot injury. A Mercedes car which he was driving collided with a Saab just before 4pm on Sunday. Police said: “The driver of the Mercedes, an 85-year-old man from Cowbit, was taken to hospital in Peterborough with a very serious injury ...

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Resurfacing work on stretch of A17 near Holbeach to start next week

Resurfacing work on the A17 at Saracen’s Head gets under way next week. The work, near Whaplode Manor, starts on Wednesday. It will take place each day between 7pm and 5am and is expected to complete by September 29. The road will remain open throughout, with temporary traffic lights and a convoy system in place. Washway Road in Saracen’s Head ...

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Spalding shopkeeper sold food with foreign language labels

A Spalding shopkeeper has been sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge for selling food labelled in a foreign language. Mr Weshyar Sadiqi (32), of Kubus on Sheepmarket, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the sale of food items that were not labelled in English at Boston Magistrates’ Court last week. More than 60 Polish-labelled products were uncovered in an ...

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New town centre manager determined to realise Spalding’s potential

A new Spalding town centre manager has been recruited to shape the future of the town and help unite businesses. Ex-Army major Dennis Hannant has recently completed a 43-year career in the service and brings many years of military and commercial business experience to the role, which he starts in November. Dennis says he understands the challenges facing Spalding town ...

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Community rallies round to give support to Spalding murder victim Warren Free’s son

  Shocked neighbours of Spalding murder victim Warren Free have rallied round to raise hundreds of pounds for his young son. A door-to-door collection on the Royce Road estate on Sunday raised over £400 and lots more cash has flooded in to buckets at Late Shopper and Jack’s Fish Bar in nearby Holbeach Road. As detectives try to establish who ...

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Holbeach hare coursers fined by court

Two men have been fined after appearing in court for hare coursing. A member of the public called police after seeing men with a lurcher dog which was chasing a hare in Sutton St James on November 27. Officers from Operation Galileo found the men nearby with a Green Subaru Forrester. They were searched and binoculars and a slip lead were found ...

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Man injured in Spalding assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Spalding. It happened just after 1am on Sunday (Sept 7) as the 26 year-old victim was walking home in the Pennygate area. He was attacked from behind and punched in the face. He suffered bruising and cuts to his face and received treatment at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire ...

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BBC One spotlight for work of South Holland District Council dog warden

The varied work of South Holland District Council’s dog warden has received national recognition on BBC One – and could do again. Rachel Thompson appeared in two episodes of morning show Animal Saints and Sinners. The cases featured highlighted the sometimes harrowing work which Rachel gets involved with. One owner found her dog drowned in a drain near her home. ...

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Spalding United youth section looking for land to build new base

Spalding United’s popular youth section wants to build a home of its own in the town. The Tulips are trying to find about five acres of land to develop for its growing junior set-up. About 200 youngsters are currently involved across its 12 teams and the move is seen as the next sensible step towards growing the junior side of ...

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Plea to reduce rate of spoilt recycling bags in South Holland

Residents are being urged to segregate and separate the items they put out for recycling to help cut down on contamination. South Holland District Council says the contamination rate currently stands at 13 per cent, but this figure can be improved if items are put into green bags correctly. Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “Problems happen ...

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Warren Free murder inquiry continuing in Spalding with seven juveniles on bail

Detectives are continuing their inquiry into the murder of Spalding dad Warren Free, with seven youths on police bail. Mr Free (42) was found unconscious on August 28 at his home in Coronation Close, which is at the bottom end of Royce Road. He was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. The investigation into how he sustained head injuries escalated into a ...

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Cannabis producer caught as police raid her Sutton Bridge home

Police who raided a terraced house in Sutton Bridge discovered a cannabis growing operation. Officers went to the rented property in Withington Street and found that one of the upstairs bedrooms had been converted to grow cannabis. Katarina Wilson, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said: “Police went to the address due to there being suspicious comings and goings. “When the ...

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N-ice bucket challenge for Jean (84)

An 84-year-old has proved that if you’re brave enough, you’re never too old to take part in a fundraising craze sweeping across the world. Jean Sanderson insisted on joining staff being doused with a bucket of water at Age UK Spalding District’s daycare centre in Park Road. Five staff took part in the ice bucket challenge, then Jean followed with ...

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Land search for new base for Spalding United Youth

Spalding United’s popular youth section wants to build a home of its own in the town. The Tulips are trying to find about five acres of land to develop for its growing junior set-up. About 200 youngsters are currently involved across its 12 teams and the move is seen as the next sensible step towards growing the junior side of ...

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