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Appeal after man smashed windscreen with bolt cutters

Police are appealing for information after a man broke into a van in Crowland by smashing its windscreen using bolt cutters. The incident occurred on Beccelm Drive at around 10pm last night (Monday, March 15). A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for help to identify this man after a van was damaged on a driveway in Beccelm Drive, Crowland ...

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Spalding takeaway damaged by fire after electrical fault

A popular Spalding takeaway restaurant has been damaged by fire. Smoke was seen emerging from American Burger on New Road yesterday (Sunday) lunchtime. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “We were called out at 12.23pm to a restaurant on New Road in Spalding being used as a takeaway. “Both crews from Spalding attended and used breathing apparatus and ...

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Whaplode man threatened to knife neighbour

A 53-year-old man has been warned that he needs ‘to be very careful’ following a court appearance for causing alarm, harassment and distress to a neighbouring family. David Austen Woolfson of The Tilney, Whaplode had admitted using threatening behaviour with intent to cause Martyn Rice harassment, alarm or distress when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Jim Clare said ...

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Court told man involved in pub brawl was ‘picked on’

A Spalding man got involved in a dispute with a group described as ‘travellers’ after going out to a pub on the first day they were opened after lockdown last year, a court has heard. Luke Joshua Purvis, 24, of Laburnum Grove admitted threatening behaviour when he appeared at Boston Magistrate Court. Prosecuting, Lynn Bickley said that at 10pm on ...

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Affordable homes to be cut at Moulton Chapel development by 80 per cent after tied vote

A developer has been allowed to cut the number of affordable homes it builds at a Moulton Chapel development by 80 per cent after a tied vote by councillors. Last night (Wednesday, March 10) South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee couldn’t be split on Postland Development’s request that it could only make the 58 home development financially viable if it ...

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Motorcyclist injured following Spalding RTC

A motorcyclist has received minor injuries after a road traffic collision with a vehicle in Spalding this morning (Thursday). The incident occurred on Helmsley Way shortly before 8.30am. Police and ambulance were on the scene. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said that the motorcyclist had received minor injuries and there was no reported injuries to the driver of the vehicle.

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Cluster hub at Holbeach FEZ gets the go-ahead

The planning application for a ‘Cluster Hub’ building at the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone, has been approved, with work due to start next month. The multi-use space will provide small and medium-sized business tenants with support services, networking, meeting and events space and catering, within the new Food Enterprise Zone near Holbeach. There will also be workshops and offices, ...

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Imitation firearm and drug charges after A16 police chase in Spalding ended by stinger device

An imitation firearm and drugs were among the finds after a 12 mile police car chase down the A16 outside Spalding was ended when a stinger device was deployed. Tracy Hercules, age 22, of no fixed address, has been charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, possession of cannabis and possession of an imitation firearm after ...

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NHS worry over more town homes

There are concerns over healthcare provision in Holbeach after the NHS raised issues over the number of new houses being built in the town. It has requested a sizeable donation from a planning application submitted for 185 homes off Battlefields Lane in the town. Outline planning permission has been granted for the site on several previous occasions but are no ...

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Virus ‘ripped apart’ finances

‘Fairer funding’ was likened to a unicorn as councillors lamented a ‘horrendous’ year for finances. South Holland District Council portfolio holder for finance Peter Coupland said COVID-19 had ‘ripped to shreds’ the authority’s finances, but praised staff for off-setting most of a proposed £1.7m saving. The full council passed the budget and Mid Term Financial Strategy last week. It includes ...

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Celebrating in style to mark special birthdays

A couple of residents at a Spalding care home recently celebrated clocking-up nearly a double century. Grace Heeley marked her 100 years and Lilian Brown celebrated her 95th birthday at St John’s care home on Thursday. Staff arranged a special tea party with singing and dancing to mark the occasion. “We wish both Grace and Lilian a very happy birthday ...

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Anger over sick pay changes

Employees at the Spalding branch of a food manufacturer say they’re angry at proposed changes to sick pay. Dalehead Foods is proposing changes which mean both staff on an annual salary and those and paid by the hour would need to be certified off work for more than ten days before they can access sick pay at its Fulney Lane ...

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Market fees plan branded ‘bizarre’

Market traders are set to be given a further three-month holiday from fees, but there’s concerns those in Spalding will eventually be hit with much higher fees than elsewhere. As South Holland District Council passed its budget and medium term financial strategy last week, Coun Angela Newton asked if a stated aim for registered traders at Spalding Market to pay ...

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Nick stepping down from his county role

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth will not be standing for re-election in May. He says the time has come to step down from his role on Lincolnshire County Council but he will continue as a South Holland District Council member for at least another two years. Coun Worth (63) sits on the executive for the county council, with responsibility for ...

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Appeal after Land Rover is taken from driveway in early hours

A family are appealing for information after thieves stole a car from the driveway of a West Pinchbeck property. Criminals cut the floodlights illuminating the driveway to take the X-Tech Limited Edition Land Rover Defender 4×4 vehicle from the property off Beck Bank at around 2am this morning (Monday, March 8). The vehicle belongs to Dave Rodgers and his daughter ...

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M&S announces date to close Spalding branch

The Spalding branch of Marks and Spencer is to close in May. Staff at the Holland Market Simply Food store were told today (Thursday) that its doors would close for the final time on May 1. The store was originally set for closure last April, but was kept open following the COVID-19 outbreak. However at the time M&S said it ...

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Support for three-year-old ‘warrior’ Michael’s new battle

A Gedney Hill family have been touched by the support from the community after their three-year-old ‘glorious leader’ was diagnosed with leukaemia. Mum and dad Lisa Bell and James Lidgey-Hutt have been left devastated after son Michael was diagnosed with the cancer last month. Now they’re being offered support with Michael’s uncle Jeoffrey Bell looking to wax his legs to ...

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Wombles make national news

The fame of Spalding’s Wombles is spreading as the group featured on national television at the weekend. With more than 2,000 members and big plans for the future, the group is inspiring others around the country to begin their own campaign of litter clearing. An appearance on the BBC Look North show on Friday was followed the next day with ...

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Wildflowers for the verges

The roadside verges of Lincolnshire could be bursting with blossoms if a new scheme takes root. Progress on selecting suitable sites has been delayed, but a report is due to go before Lincolnshire County Council members on Monday (March 8). “In recent weeks however, work has commenced on exploring the opportunity to enter into a partnership with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust ...

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Anger following decision to purchase house for the homeless despite a vote it shouldn’t go ahead

The purchase of a property to house three rough sleepers has been approved despite a council panel voting against it over concerns it was unsuitable and being rushed through. Coun Rodney Grocock, South Holland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Place, has said the authority can proceed with the purchase of what is the third of three homes in Spalding. In ...

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