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Man in court over Facebook grooming allegations

A 47-year-old man has been sent for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on allegations that he groomed a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and incited her to engage in sexual activity. Jason Carter of Main Road, Gedney, entered no pleas but, speaking through his solicitor, indicated to magistrates at Boston that he would be pleading ‘guilty’ to all four of the ...

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Motorists to choose: massive queues or a big diversion

“Significant disruption and severe delays” along with a 32-mile diversion are set to provide motoring misery amid weeks of work on the A17 Crosskeys Bridge at Sutton Bridge. During the September and October £100,000 resurfacing, one lane on the bridge will open with traffic signals. Huge tailbacks are expected, so the council has suggested a diversion route – which is ...

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Appeal over man who’s been on the run for 19 months

Lincolnshire Police have launched an appeal to find a man who failed to turn up to court 19 months ago. Back in January 2018, Zac Nixon (30) was found guilty of taking a BMW without consent from an address in Spalding on December 21, 2016 after failing to appear at Boston Magistrates Court. He was also found guilty of on ...

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Pilgrim Hospital money ‘a drop in the ocean’

Money pledged to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital during a visit by the prime minister on Monday has been described by a union as “a drop in the ocean”. The emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital has received a national funding boost of £21.3m, as announced by Boris Johnson when he visited the hospital with the Secretary of State for Health and Social ...

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Lions help kids ride horses

Spalding Lions hosted an afternoon of horse riding for five children with cerebral palsy last weekend, from money raised from a recent event. The group’s 60s and 70s night paid for the day at Four Winds Equestrian Centre at West Pinchbeck. Lion Elaine Mothers said: “Thanks to Paula Matthews for making it a special afternoon for these special children. “They ...

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Council finalises its recycling trial

The details of a new trial of alternate recycling waste collections for Pinchbeck, Surfleet and northern Spalding have been finalised. In total 2,600 homes are set to be sent a new purple sack to put paper and card waste in for the next year. It will be collected every other week alternating with the current recycling collections. The idea behind ...

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It’s all good for Sutton surgeries

The group that runs Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge Medical Centre has been rated good across the board in its latest inspection as it continues to improve. Suttons Medical Group was found to be in breach of legal requirements in a 2017 Care Quality Commission (CQC) and though rated good overall was told it required improvement in terms of leadership ...

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Chris is boxing clever for charity

A 42-year-old has landed nearly £1,500 and plenty of punches for charity. Chris Miller from Holbeach took part in a Ultra White Collar Boxing bout at the Peterborough Arena recently in memory of Angela Sedgwick (68) who passed away following a brain tumour. He won his bout against his matched opponent in the second round while raising £710 in online ...

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Domenique shines at Miss England

After finishing second out of 20,000 women looking to become Miss England, a former Spalding High School pupil is vowing to continue to inspire others and raise money for charity. Domenique Fragale (24) was named first runner-up in last week’s Miss England competition. She’d taken on the competition after years of fundraising for Leukemia charities after her dad Eric’s battle ...

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Grot-spots Pride cash bid binned

The district council’s £250,000 investment in its Pride scheme has been described by a councillor as the authority “papering over the cracks” when it comes to curbing antisocial behaviour and problem buildings. At the South Holland District Council meeting on Wednesday, July 31, Long Sutton councillor Andrew Tennant suggested such large investments could be put into targeting well known “grot ...

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Rae of hope as MPs debate drug

There’s further hope for a 12-year-old and her family battling for her to access a potentially life-saving drug after her condition was brought up in Parliament. Rae White, of Gedney Hill, hopes the drug Spinraza will stop the type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) she’s had since birth from further limiting her movements. And after numerous delays there’s hope she ...

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Sisters are doing it for others

Two young girls have raised over £600 for charity by having their long locks cut off and used for wigs for children. Isabelle (8) and Marley Bycraft (7) both wanted to have their hair cut after their granddad explained about children losing their hair and how they could help by speaking to the organisation of the Princess Trust to do ...

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Men’s Shed looks to expand in Long Sutton

After receiving fantastic support from Long Sutton’s Men’s Shed at a difficult time in his life a widower is now looking to help the group expand its home. After losing his wife Joan Tiller (74) last September Frank Heinrich-Tiller (70) became one of the 75 members of the town’s Men’s Shed initiative which aims to bring men together who may ...

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A blooming great idea for centenary

Holbeach family firm Taylors Bulbs is celebrating its centenary by launching a nationwide competition to get more children planting bulbs. In October over 150 garden centres and schools will be taking part in Little Daffodils and encouraging kids to plant bulbs in their own pots and watch them flower the next spring. Taylors Bulbs are the UK’s leading supplier of ...

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Superskill Tom’s the top man

A Spalding 19-year-old has served up two awards after excelling at Peterborough College. Tom Hannam won the Excellence in Skills Award and was a finalist in the outstanding contribution to England and Maths award at the recent ceremony at Peterborough Cathedral. And it topped a busy night for the Catering and Hospitality student who was the chef serving up a ...

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Crisp idea helps move bike bid up a gear

A town’s crisp packet recycling scheme has earned enough money to buy the town new bike racks. Since Holbeach Parish Council set up as a community hub for saving landfill and recycling used crisp packets, the scheme has attracted a number of residents and businesses alike to save their packets and drop them in to the Parish Council offices at ...

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Rapid response service praised

An NHS statement has said families are “reaping the benefits” of a new community children’s service, launched earlier this year. A new service to treat respiratory problems in children with complex physical disabilities at home was launched in February 2019, by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). The Children’s Rapid Response Respiratory Service provides specialist assessment, treatment and management ...

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Former fish and chip shop owner cleared of sexual activity with a child

A former fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl has been cleared by a jury following a retrial at Lincoln Crown Court.   Peter Donger, who ran the Chips Ahoy shop in Spalding, denied any inappropriate behaviour towards the girl.   He told the jury he never had sex with the girl and there was ...

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Transformers and JCB power pack stolen in Crowland

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in relation to a burglary in Crowland. Police at around 10.50am on Wednesday, July 31, someone climbed over a gate at the back of a Thorney Road property. Two transformers were stolen, worth about £100 each, along with a £1,000 JCB hydraulic power pack. If you recognise ...

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Man appears in court on charges of sexual activity with under age girl

A Spalding man has been sent for trial on four allegations of engaging in sexual activity with an under age girl. Levi Shields (21) of West Elloe Avenue entered no pleas to the four charges, all of which refer to the same girl, who was aged 13-14 at the time of the alleged offences, which all took place between May ...

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