Author Archives: Richard Rush

Men flee car stolen from party

Three men fled a stolen car after police stopped it on Friday night (July 31). Police pulled over the blue Fiat Punto on Low Road at 11.35pm after it had been reported stolen while the owner was at a party earlier that evening. The occupants fled the scene after being pulled over, the police said. A spokesman said: “The vehicle ...

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Kind gesture after bench for hospital NHS staff is smashed to pieces

A bench installed and paid for by volunteers to allow somewhere peaceful for NHS staff to sit down has been destroyed – but another group has stepped in to help The Vernatt’s Volunteers who look after the Vernatt’s Nature Reserve put in the two benches 18 months ago at the back of the Johnson Hospital in Spalding But one of ...

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Council responds to markets criticism by announcing grants for traders

South Holland District Council is to offer grants of up to £5,000 to local market traders amid criticism over recent changes to the way it runs markets in the district. The authority last week ratified its decision to stop putting up stalls for traders at markets. It’s a move that has been stated for the reasoning why a number of ...

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Motorcyclist suffered ‘life changing or threatening’ injuries

A motorcyclist in his 30s was taken to hospital with ‘life changing or threatening’ injuries following a collision. The incident happened on Quadring Road shortly before 6.30pm on Friday, July 31. The A152 between Gosberton and Surfleet was closed as a result. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “A single vehicle collision involving a motorcyclist was reported to us as ...

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Police investigating assault

Police are investigating after an alleged assault by doormen, a purported video of which has been shared widely on social media. An 18-year-old male was left injured following the incident reported at Bentely’s establishment in New Street at 12.30am on Sunday, August 2. A 17 second video purported to be of the incident outside the venue has been shared numerous ...

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Springfields delighted at customer numbers

Those who run Springfields say they’ve had a brilliant few weeks post lockdown and trading is even up compared to this time last year. Spalding Leisure Retail say last week’s trading was better than at the same time last year. A spokesman said: “When comparing last week’s trading (week 30) with the same period in 2019, sales were up 2 ...

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Trial to see if dogs can smell out COVID-19

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire are taking part in a trial to see if medical detection dogs could help to diagnose COVID-19. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County Hospital has invited colleagues to take part in the research project to find alternative ways to diagnose those infected with the virus.The acute sense of smell ...

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Family left horrified after pet goat is decapitated

A family who’ve saved several animals from the slaughterhouse were left distraught this morning after they found one of their pet goats had been decapitated. Stuart and Rachel Roberts made the horrific discovery this morning at the Rangell Gate home near Low Fulney where they keep a number of animals. After Stuart found a pool of blood, the severed head ...

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Investigation over ‘not secure’ park cameras

Holbeach Parish Council is being investigated after claims its CCTV cameras in parks and cemeteries, including one that was stolen, weren’t “safe or secure”. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking into breaches of the Data Protection Act after a complaint by a member of the public about a camera overseeing a children’s play area. A resulting Holbeach Parish Council ...

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Criminal waste dumping at site

An illegal waste dumping site the size of a football pitch has been uncovered by the Environment Agency in Crowland. The site, on Hundreds Road, was visited by officials last Thursday in a bid to gain evidence against those taking part in illegal dumping. The huge pile of rubbish included construction and demolition materials, metals, plastics and garden waste. The ...

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Town parks are hit by vandals

Families are being intimidated by a gang of youths causing problems in Long Sutton. The parish council has received several letters of complaint about a group of young people causing issues. The letters were regarding “vandalism and intimidation caused by the group and of young families unable to enjoy the park and facilities due to their behaviour and damage to ...

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September completion for lifts

Disabled people will be able to use platform two at Spalding Station for the first time in years soon as work to complete lifts is due to be completed in September Currently a footbridge built in 1848 reached by steps is the only way to access platform two of the Grade II listed building. A previous ‘barrow’ crossing over the ...

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New bike parking facilities set for Spalding and Holbeach

New bike parking facilities are to be created in Spalding and Holbeach and pedestrian barriers removed at the Winsover Road/Station Approach junction as part of government funding to improve cycling and pavements. The Department for Transport has granted Lincolnshire County Council £105,500 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects during ...

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Generous gift to George

A five-year-old who had to be cut out of the bike he became entangled in is back in the saddle thanks to a generous gift. As reported last week, George Hallifax, of Holbeach, was left a little bruised but otherwise unhurt after he fell from it and became trapped. But the firefighters who cut him out teamed-up with JR Cycles ...

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Thanks for saving my life

A Holbeach man who has raised thousands for local charities has thanked those who helped save his own life recently – including buying one person a washing machine. Les Ward (75) was discovered unconscious at his Wilders Garth home on Friday, July 17, by friend Brenda Twigg. She alerted the ambulance and the police, with officers PC Chris Quinlan and ...

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Kennels approved amid ‘complaints’

A dog kennel has been allowed to increase the number of dogs after it was claimed those who complained refused to have noise monitoring equipment. Sutton St James Parish Council said it had received a number of complaints after applicant Mrs B Street was allowed 18 dogs at Broadgate in the village for non-commercial use for 12 months The parish ...

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LETTERS – Sir John has impeccable voting record

Of course, Mr Sloan is entitled to his political opinions (Voice letters, 23.07.20) – indeed, I entirely respect that he is a man with left wing convictions, and as such, is always likely to see the views of our Conservative MP through red tinted glasses. John Hayes has an impeccable voting record, voting, speaking and campaigning in the House of ...

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LETTERS – Many MPs take on extra jobs

May I ask that for a moment or two readers imagine that they are an employer? One of your staff comes to you and asks for some time off, say a couple of days per month, as in that time they want to work for someone else for huge sums of money and additionally they want to be kept on ...

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LETTERS – Eyesore is an absolute disgrace

I know many people that are totally fed up with local eyesores, either in town or on the outskirts in our local communities. The corner site at the junction of Carrington Road with Winsover Road Spalding is an absolute disgrace. The site was previously Burdens Garage before being bought for development, which must be almost a decade ago. The site ...

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LETTER – Spare time certainly bears fruit

Mr Sloan (Letters, July 23) speaks of John Hayes’ ‘appalling’ voting record in supporting government measures that have promoted austerity and brought hardship to many. Sir John has supported measures that have cut the NHS and put stress on its staff and has supported cutting the police force to a level where it can no longer cover all its responsibilities ...

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