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Two arrested after collision causes A16 closure

The A16 was closed for around five hours this morning (Monday February 4)  after a car collided with a bollard between Surfleet and Sutterton. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and a 34-year-old woman also arrested in connection with the incident which occurred at 2.52am. There were no injuries, but the collision, which involved a Hyundai I40, ...

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Appeal after report motorist was racially abused

An appeal for witnesses has been made following a report a motorist was racially abused. The incident happened at around 8.36pm on Wygate Park in Spalding on Tuesday, January 29. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a road rage incident where a motorist was racially abused. “At 8.36pm on Tuesday January 29 we received a ...

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Council’s warning over Blue Badge scams

People applying for a blue badge are being warned to steer clear of unofficial websites, some of which have turned out to be scams. The blue badge scheme helps those with severe mobility problems to park closer to their destination. In Lincolnshire, applications are dealt with by the county council. However, Lincolnshire County Council say there are a number of ...

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Man (81) in court over sexual abuse charges involving girl (14)

An 81-year-old man has appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on historic sexual abuse charges involving a girl under 14. Colin Ringer of Seagate Road, Long Sutton entered no pleas to the eight charges he faces, which are four allegations of indecent assault, one of gross indecency, two of rape and one of a serious sexual assault. All the alleged offences relate ...

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Families flee fires after two suspected arson attacks on the same street

Two families had to flee their homes after suspected arson attacks within minutes and just yards from each other in Weston Hills this morning. Both fires were reported at around 2.50am on Old Fendike Road with a total of five fire crews attending the incident. The Voice understands that two families, one of which has young children, were evacuated and ...

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Clean–up our town and take some pride

It’s time to make Spalding shine and ensure both visitors and residents enjoy the beauty of the area and support retailers and businesses. South Holland District Council is urging everyone to grab a black bag and take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean event. With town centres facing a difficult time from online competition, making everyone’s trip to ...

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Mould, dirt and no soap in public loos

Broken tiles, leaking sinks, missing seats and smashed windows were all revealed on a council tour of South Holland’s public toilets. There are nine facilities in the district and the list of problems ranged from mould and no hand dryers to broken windows and missing bins. A group of councillors and staff from the council toured the district’s toilets in ...

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High School students visit council

More than 20 students from Spalding High school visited South Holland District Council on Thursday January 24 to learn about the importance of local democracy. The presentation, from Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place, covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of an individual’s vote and when they can join the electoral register. Coun Gambba-Jones also explained ...

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Power of darts to help hospital at Spalding charity event

Darts legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will be taking to the oche to raise money for Spalding’s Johnson Hospital later this year. He will be joined by top names Wayne Mardle, Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton at the special event in September. The line-up will be hugely popular with darts fans from across the area. Organised by the team which ...

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Three funeral-goers ticketed in Holbeach

Three people attending a funeral in Holbeach on Tuesday returned to their cars to find they had been issued parking tickets. Derek ‘Del-Boy’ Fryatt, of Cecil Pywell Avenue, Holbeach, was one of the ticketed attendees. “We’ve all launched appeals,” he said of the three drivers who were fined for parking on Church Street. “I was perfectly parked in a disabled ...

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Safety campaign continues into second decade

A Spalding man has reignited his campaign for a safer junction, 22 years after he launched his first petition. Rodney Sadd, of Carrington Road, first campaigned to get street lights installed at the junction of the B1172 and the A16 at the bottom of Spalding Common in 1997. Now he says the road is even more dangerous, after a bollard ...

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Toasting 18-years of walks

Real ale lovers returned to Surfleet recently for an annual tradition that began in the village. The Fenland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) began their annual walks in Surfleet 18-years-ago. Since then the members have met monthly at different pubs around South Lincolnshire on a Sunday. The recent Anniversary Walk saw 22 members take in establishments including ...

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Tina celebrates 40 years at Spalding bakery

Two giant sausage rolls were baked as part of the celebrations for an employee who has only had one day off sick in 40 years of working for a Spalding company. Tina Arnold (56) has spent four decades in various departments and roles at what is currently the Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery on Fulney Lane North. She’s one of ...

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Petition started after remains of Donington explorer discovered

A campaign has been launched to bring the remains of one of Britain’s greatest explorers back to his home village of Donington. Captain Matthew Flinders was the first person to lead the circumnavigation of Australia at the turn of the 19th century. His grave had been lost, but last week a coffin with an inscription on it claiming it to ...

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Bike show is a winter warmer

Motorcycle fans had the chance to meet champion riders at a show held over the weekend in Spalding. Steve Plater joined Brad Ray and Dean Harrison at the Springfields events and conference centre for the two day event. Club riders, vintage bikes and model-makers were all part of the 33rd annual Springfields Motorbike Show which highlighted its green credentials with ...

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From BAM to SLAM: a new name for bikers’ safety

A motorcycle safety charity has revealed its new name and reiterated its pledge to help fellow riders stay safe. Registered charity Boston Advanced Motorists (BAM) has been working tirelessly to improve road safety in South Lincolnshire, so its changed its name to South Lincolnshire Advanced Motorists (SLAM) to reflect its reach. “In reality, the group has been covering the whole ...

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Road deaths up on previous year

The number of road deaths in Lincolnshire each year has continued to increase, according to the year-end figures for 2018. Statistics provided by the Lincolnshire Road Safety group reveal at the end of 2018, there were 56 fatalities from 48 collisions. Six collisions resulted in “double fatals” and one was a “triple” fatality. The data for serious injuries has not ...

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Long Sutton Parish Council raises precept

Long Sutton Parish Council is to raise its share of the precept by around 6.8 percent. At its council meeting on January 24, the authority announced that due to the rise it will collect a total of £81,607 and increase of £5,607 on the last financial year. A spokesman for the council said: “This included addition costs of the cleaning ...

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Relief Road consultation events announced

Your views on the proposed Spalding Western Relief Road are being sought at four consultation events. Lincolnshire County Council is holding four drop-in sessions between February 12 and 16. Local residents, along with businesses and other groups, will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views about the central section of the new road. The multi-million pound project ...

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Drive to get speed scheme into Spalding

A scheme to stop people speeding in the villages could be on its way to Spalding. Community Speed Watch, which sees trained volunteers monitor the speed of vehicles in problem locations, has been hailed as a success in many location in South Holland by its rural area co-ordinator Jan Whitbourn. Now the Spalding Town Forum wants to bring the scheme to ...

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