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Police injured at illegal rural rave

Five police officers were injured while trying to break-up an illegal rave in Holbeach St Marks at the weekend. Police arrested four people for violence or drugs offences when they were called to the event in the early hours of Sunday.Around 200 people were at the rave on the outskirts of the village. The police officers received minor injuries as ...

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Ideas to improve Holbeach traffic

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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Councillor ‘stripped’ of roles

A South Holland District Councillor says he has been stripped of all his roles by his own party.Jack McLean, Conservative member for Spalding St John’s Ward, took to social media to disclose some details about what was happening.“I will no longer be the executive support member for the Communities or Place portfolios, or the vice chairman of the Policy Development ...

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Shops left with clear-up bills

A Spalding charity shop has been left with a bill running to thousands of pounds after it was broken into and damaged this week. The Sense shop in Station Road was hit just two days after The Barber Shop was also broken into.Cash and donated items were taken from the charity shop, which was also damaged and ransacked in the ...

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Police continue search for Bernadette

Police teams remain in Cowbit searching for the body of a murdered teenager.Cambridgeshire police have been in the Barrier Bank area looking for the body of Bernadette Walker whose parents were charged with her murder.The search team has been looking in areas around the River Welland.Sarah (37) and Scott Walker (50), both of Century Square, Peterborough were remanded in custody ...

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Inquest told biker hit 100mph before crash

A motorcyclist was riding at up to 100mph while overtaking a line of traffic at a junction in the seconds before he died, an inquest has heard. Lee Gardner (30) was riding a powerful track-standard BMW when he hit a car on August 23 last year on the B1192 at Langrick while he was heading for Cadwell Park.The Long Sutton ...

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Site for new town medical centre sold

A plot of land given to provide a new medical centre for Holbeach is being sold by the NHS. The 1.58acre site on Dam Gate is being auctioned off by Allsop’s with a guide price of £90,000.It was given to the health service by a local developer as part of a section 106 agreement over a decade ago.Local politicians have ...

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Pensioner (67) jailed for sexually assaulting child (7)

A pensioner who admitted sexually assaulting a young girl has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Terence MacKenzie abused the seven-year-old earlier this year while he was living in the Spalding area. Henry James, prosecuting, said the offences came to light when the young girl told her mother who called in police. Terence MacKenzie MacKenzie was arrested and when officers ...

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Anger after market traders bid to lower fees even further won’t be considered

A councillor has said she’s “disgusted” and told others “they should be ashamed” after a bid by Spalding Market Traders to lower fees further than is being proposed. South Holland District Council looks set to reduce the fees after angering traders recently by no longer providing stalls. But Spalding traders through Coun Angela Newton asked the council to consider lowering ...

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High price of coronavirus

The cost of the coronavirus pandemic to South Holland District Council is likely to be ‘considerable’. Members of the council’s cabinet were told that the financial implications were being closely monitored. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the council, our businesses and our residents. It is difficult to quantify the financial effects of the pandemic with any ...

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Frustration over COVID-19 tests

There’s frustration over a lack of COVID-19 tests in Lincolnshire as South Holland sees a slight rise in confirmed cases. According to government statistics there were 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the district last week which includes 11 confirmed on September 8. Previous to that there had only been 11 cases since July 16 and it was the ...

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Business hub set to be created at ‘UK food valley’ FEZ

Councillors gave the thumbs up to branding Holbeach’s Food Enterprise Zone ‘in the UK’s food valley’ as it was revealed the development will include a hub for start up businesses. After securing £8.5m of the government’s Getting Building Fund, work on phase two of the project is soon to begin Lincolnshire County Council’s principal officer for regeneration Simon Wright told ...

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Salon’s super charity support

A Saracen’s Head salon has presented a large cheque to Marie Curie UK after their best fundraising effort yet. Charlea’s held its third annual fundraising day for the charity in March and raised a brilliant £823. It’s the third year the event was held which involved them donating all the money for shampoo and blow drys on the day to ...

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Big clean events to still go-ahead

A group of independent councillors are set to hold socially distanced litter pick events in Spalding. Councillors Anthony Cronin, Angela Newton, Rob Gibson and Manzur Hasan will be taking on what’s being called the Great British Spring Clean events as they say South Holland District Council is not holding them this year. Coun Newton said: “Despite South Holland District Council ...

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Parents of missing teen appear in court charged with murder as search for body continues

Police are yet to find a body in the hunt for a missing 17-year-old as her parents appeared in court charged with murder this morning (Wednesday). Cambridgeshire Police have been searching around Cowbit for the last few days as part of their investigations into the disappearance of Bernadette Walker who was reported missing on July 21. Her parents Sarah Walker, ...

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Steve’s New Horizons as first novel is published

A retired Crowland man is reaching new horizons himself by landing a publishing deal. Steve Borrett is releasing New Horizons – A Mayson Edmunson Adventure under the pseudonym SteVie May on September 30. The 62-year-old says he always harboured thoughts of writing a book but didn’t have the time until retiring from working in government services. The book takes on ...

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New play area for academy

Children at a Gosberton School have been able to socially distance more outside thanks to the creation of a new outdoor area. Gosberton Academy’s outdoor area was constructed over the summer by Lincolnshire-based company Newby Leisure. It includes a mud kitchen, a water feature, planting and growing areas as well as a clamber tree. And among the first to use ...

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Murder enquiry over missing 17-year-old leads to Cowbit search

Police are searching the Cowbit area in relation to a missing 17-year-old whose parents were charged with her murder yesterday. Cambridgeshire Police has been covering the area around the River Welland and New Cover Drove to the north and west of the village for the last two days. A spokesman for the police force confirmed the search is in relation ...

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Husband and wife gardeners heartbroken after their business’s equipment is stolen for third time in four years

A husband and wife are ‘heartbroken’ after their truck and much of their equipment were stolen in the third theft targeting their ‘dream job’ in four years. Tony and Mandy Caley of T&M Gardening Service say they spent the inheritance from the passing of Tony’s mum to replace equipment following thefts in 2017 and 2019. But they woke up yesterday ...

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Road to close as new sewer main is installed in Holbeach

Boston Road North in Holbeach is to be closed for nearly a month as new sewer mains are installed. Anglian Water engineers will next week, September 21, begin crucial work to install brand new sewer pipes and a pumping station in Holbeach to support the growth of the new Peppermint Junction development. Boston Road North itself is scheduled to be ...

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