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Staff refuse to give up cash in Spalding gunpoint robbery

Spalding convenience store staff held at gunpoint refused to give up the contents of the till during a robbery on Monday and the robber left empty-handed. Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information and have released photograph of the failed robber. Police said at 8.27pm on Monday, November 5, a man (pictured) entered the Fantasia store on Bourne Road. He threatened ...

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Ambulance staff will not attend non-emergency falls in new project

Ambulance staff will not be sent to those who have suffered non emergency falls in Lincolnshire in a new pilot project that is aiming to cut waiting times. A new “model of response” to deal with falls has been announced and Lincolnshire County Council, which has pledged £300,000 to help fund it, hopes it will be up and running before ...

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Drugs charge for man near children’s play area

A Long Sutton man was found in possession of cannabis, close to a children’s play area in Spalding where anti-social behaviour had been observed. Cieren Peter Brownsword, 28, of Little London, Long Sutton admitted possessing 5.79 grams of cannabis, when he appeared before District Judge Peter Veits sitting at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson said police were carrying out observations ...

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Silhouettes from a war to remember

There are plenty of ways to pay respect to those lost in the First World War. But there can’t be many villages where the parish council chairman and his wife have hand-made a Tommy for every man killed. The dozen silhouettes can be found around the village and each has an individual’s name and details attached. Bill Harrison said the ...

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Vote for special school’s project

Pupils at a Spalding school need your votes to help them achieve their dream playground. The Priory Special School supports pupils aged from 11 to 16 years old with a range of needs. Votes are needed for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative as the school is one of three on the latest shortlist. The playground is used by 130 ...

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‘Freeloaders’ hit veterans charity fireworks display

Hundreds of people watched a fireworks display fundraiser for veterans without paying, leaving the event £2,000 out of pocket, the organiser has claimed. Harold Payne of the Anglia Motel in Fleet says he himself will foot the shortfall but the event last Saturday won’t be able to provide funds towards helping veterans go to Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landings ...

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Joanna secures distinction

A keen Donington photographer is celebrating receiving a top award from the Royal Photographic Society. Joanna Banks has been a passionate photographer for five years and specialises in capturing animal images. She has been awarded the distinction of Licentiate from the Royal Photographic Society after submitting ten photographs. “The society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after,” she said. More than ...

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East Midlands left in dark over lights

The East Midlands is the darkest region at night due to almost three in four street lights being turned off overnight. New Freedom of Information Act research by insurers confused.com puts our region in the worst position for street light switch-offs, with 211,299 (72 per cent) of the region’s street lights switched off or dimmed during the night hours. Just ...

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Batmobile brings Santa to Baytree

It’s not every day that you see the Batmobile on the streets of South Holland. And it’s even more unusual to see Santa in the passenger seat of the iconic vehicle. But Baytree’s Winter Wonderland opened at the weekend and Father Christmas arrived in style. Crowds of people gathered at the garden centre which is transformed for the festive season ...

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Government rejects MP’s call for return of the death penalty

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has had his plea for a return of the death penalty knocked down by the government’s justice minister. Mr Hayes wrote to the Secretary of State for Justice on the issue of violent crime, and asked the “potential merits” of reinstating the death penalty be explored. In a written response, Edward Argar, ...

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Spooky fun helps family charity

More than 100 witches, ghouls and werewolves met at Spalding’s South Holland Centre to help families with young children. The town centre venue was hosting a Halloween party to raise funds for local charity Ella’s Project. “We are all very grateful for the support we received and comments from party-goers during and after the event,” said Mark Le Sage, founder ...

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Police search for missing Morgan Griffin

Police are looking for information with regards to a 16-year-old from Spalding who has been missing since Sunday. Morgan Griffin has been described as stocky, has brown hair, and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms and white trainers at 6pm on Sunday. Police believe he could also be in the Milton Keynes or Wisbech areas. A ...

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New Co-op won’t deliver Post Office to Whaplode

A councillor has vowed to fight to keep a Post Office service in Whaplode after it was revealed it will not be part of the village’s newly renovated Co-op store. The £1.6 million development, which Lincolnshire Co-op says will create 10 extra jobs, will not retain the Post Office service it previously had when it is scheduled to re-open in ...

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Remembrance weekend events

This weekend marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War and Sunday’s Remembrance Day is a time to remember those lost in conflict. On Friday (November 9), Sam Fowler of Royals Gym will pay tribute to his former Royal Marines colleagues with a charity endurance event raising money for the Royal British Legion and the ...

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Leisure providers decision on way

The company that will take over the up-for-grabs council contract to run the leisure facilities at Spalding and Long Sutton will be decided at the end of the month. Minutes released from a South Holland District Council meeting last month state the procurement process is coming to an end and the decision to award a contract will be made at ...

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Pete (11) steps into the dugout

An 11-year-old with autism is getting a kick out of being the assistant manager at a men’s football team. Pete Bailey, of Spalding, has been given the job by Peterborough and District Football League Division Two club Spalding Athletic FC. He visited the Castle Sports Complex based side earlier in the season as part of a group from the Sound ...

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Charity push in mum’s memory

A daughter’s bid to provide two new rooms for end of life in care in Spalding in memory of her mum has had a Hollywood start. Emma Peake’s bid to raise enough money to create two new rooms in the Tulip Suite of the Johnson Hospital kicked off with a hugely successful showing of the film McQueen on Thursday, October ...

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Convicted killer set fire to girlfriend’s flat

A convicted killer set fire to his girlfriend’s flat after she told him their relationship was over, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Mon).   James Quantrill locked himself in the bathroom of the flat at Long’s Wharf in Spalding after telling his partner Samantha Parsons “We’re going to die together”.   Phil Howes, prosecuting, Ms Parsons was on the ...

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Four arrests after early-hours attempted burglary

Four people have been arrested following a call from a member of the public that a burglary was taking place at a shed near his house in Sutton St James at around 1am Friday morning. Police said the member of the public detained one of the individuals until police arrived and he was then arrested. Three others made off in ...

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Updated – Body found in search for missing teen.

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they’re not treating the death of a person whose body was found in Cowbit yesterday as suspicious. The body was found shortly before 10am yesterday morning as part of the search for Lee Smalley. Police have also confirmed their search has ended for the 19-year-old who had been reported missing after last being seen at ...

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