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Closure warning for ‘inadequate’ centre

Holbeach Medical Centre has been threatened with closure unless it improves after being rated ‘inadequate’ for a second time this year. The Park Road healthcare provider with 8,179 registered patients was served two warning notices for breaching the Health and Social Care Act 2008 when inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January. An announced inspection on April 18 ...

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Licence granted despite police concerns

The transfer of licensed premises for a Spalding shop has been granted, despite Lincolnshire Police chief constable’s concerns of criminal involvement. South Holland District Council’s Licensing Committee decided to allow Mohammad Salih Attuf to be named the premises licensee of Delicja in Westlode Street following a hearing on May 1. It follows two previously unsuccessful attempts to transfer the licence ...

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Mia is Sense’s shining star

National disability charity Sense has thanked Spalding toddler Mia Clucas after she helped them raise an amazing £172,300 as the face of its 2018 Christmas appeal. Mia, who is three in August, was born with two extremely rare genetic conditions – Coffin-Siris Syndrome and PCDH12 – which have left her with a malformed brain and rendered her severely disabled. But ...

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Holbeach Hospital’s Day Care service is to wind down

Holbeach Hospital is not taking on any new patients for its Day Care Centre as it looks to wind down the service. The community-run hospital says it is prioritising its reablement services going forward. The Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust, which oversees the running, say those who currently use the service will continue to do so. However those wishing ...

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MP asks for relief road planning applications ‘call in’

The current planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road could be decided by central government after South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes urged they be ‘called in’. He’s written to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, asking his government department decides on whether the two sections ...

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County council buys Victoria letter

Lincolnshire County Council has spent nearly £5,000 on a letter written by Queen Victoria to Lincolnshire poet Alfred Tennyson. The letter was auctioned in New York last month by Swann Auction Galleries. The Swann Auction website details the sale, stating that the final price paid for the letter with buyer’s premium was $5,750 (£4,368). The letter was estimated to sell ...

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Increase in charges but dentists are still struggling to recruit locally

Dental charges are increasing but recruiting staff for dentists continues to be a problem in South Holland, according to a local councillor. Coun Chris Brewis in his report to South Holland District Council’s meeting last night (Wednesday) on health issues in the county states that “recruitment and retention of dentists and dental nurses was putting increased pressure on the services.” ...

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Nigel stars at Snooker World Championships

Spalding’s Nigel Brasier lasted longer at the World Snooker Championships than Ronnie O’Sullivan as the Motor Neurone Disease sufferer starred in his own way at The Crucible in Sheffield. Nigel was a special guest at the sport’s showpiece event with the MND Association having been named as its official charity for its Disability Day. The 49-year-old father of three has ...

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Police sergeant finally told he can stay in UK

After several months of worry, one of Spalding’s top cops and an RAF veteran has been officially told he can stay in the country. Sgt Rick Mosley (51), the Neighbourhood Sergeant for Spalding, spoke to The Voice in April about his concerns over his citizenship given he’s originally from Canada. He moved to the UK aged five in 1972 and ...

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Calls for action at town junction

Calls have been made for changes to an A16 junction south of Crowland that campaigners say has led to motorists speeding in Crowland itself. The campaigners, including Angela Harrison, say that drivers are using James Road in the town “to race the slower moving vehicles on the A16 and gain priority at the next roundabout.” “At peak times it is ...

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South Holland is drink drive captial of UK

Fewer than one in five people think alcohol is a bigger problem than illegal drugs – despite the fact that South Holland is the UK’s drink-drive capital. A new study by alcohol and addiction advice service Port of Call exposes the fact that most people downplay the danger of alcohol addiction. While recent figures showed South Holland to have relatively ...

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Area set for new speed cameras

Upgraded new digital speed cameras, which can record in both directions, are heading to three locations in South Holland. They will replace the existing speed cameras on Holbeach Road in Spalding, the A151 at Whaplode and the A1073 in Cowbit. The new cameras, that cost between £50,000 and £30,000, use 4G connectivity to relay images of those found breaking the ...

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Good Neighbours get good funding

Community Lincs has been awarded over £300,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to further develop its successful Good Neighbour Schemes throughout Lincolnshire. Community Lincs’ Good Neighbour Schemes have been running across the county since 2017, thanks to the generous support of the Lincolnshire Co-op. There are currently seven schemes already ...

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Two arrested after report man was stabbed

Two people have been arrested after a report a man was stabbed in the leg in Spalding last night (Monday). Police were called to the incident in the Matmore Gate area at 7.42pm last night. One person was taken to hospital with what police described as “non-life threatening injuries”. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: ” We have arrested a 19-year-old ...

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Man faces imitation firearm charges

A man has been charged with two counts of possessing an imitation firearm after someone was reported as having what looked like a gun in their back pocket in Spalding town centre yesterday (Monday) morning. Kacper Malkiewicz, 21, of Cross Street, Spalding, has been bailed to appear at Boston Magistrates Court on June 19. It follows police raiding a property ...

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UPDATED – Four men arrested after reports of man with gun in Spalding town centre

Neighbours were told to stay indoors and town centre streets were closed as police arrested four men after a man was reported to have been seen with a gun this morning (Monday). At around 11am a number of police cars descended on Winsover Road and Short Street. The police helicopter and dog unit were also in attendance. Their activity centred ...

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BREAKING – Parts of Spalding closed after gunman reports

Spalding town centre has been closed after reports of a person carrying a gun in town. Lincolnshire Police just before 11.30am tweeted: “We are in #Spalding after a report of a man who had what looked like a gun. “It’s unconfirmed what type of weapon, or if it is a replica. No reports of threats made or injuries. “As part ...

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Appeal over body found at RAF Holbeach

Police are looking for help in identifying the body of a man found near RAF Holbeach. The man’s body was found on New Year’s Eve last year in a tidal salt marsh. It’s been estimated by police that he’d died two weeks earlier, around December 16 2018. The man is described as being aged between 20 and 40, of medium ...

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Appeal after Spalding McDonald’s abuse

Lincolnshire Police are investigating a report of a public order offence at McDonalds, Holbeach Road, Spalding. The incident was reported to have occurred at around midday on Friday, May 3. Police are looking for witnesses to the incident which involved verbal and threatening abuse. Both parties were in their vehicles at the time of the incident. Anyone who saw anything ...

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Teacher died in road traffic accident

A teacher was fatally injured in a traffic collision on her way home from school in Boston last November, an inquest has heard. Gemma Elizabeth Ashling (40) of Old Leake but originally from Spalding, a teacher at Boston High School, was described immediately following her death, as “dedicated, enthusiastic, kind and a wonderfully warm-hearted teacher, colleague and friend”. She had ...

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