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Car parking charges set to go up

The cost of car parking in South Holland is set to go up – but it’s unclear yet by how much. South Holland District Council issued a statement this afternoon saying the authority is looking into increasing car parking charges as well as introduce tariffs for the Castle Sports Centre and Castle Pool in Spalding for those not using the ...

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Sir John Hayes MP says “dither” over Brexit must end tomorrow

Sir John Hayes MP has spoken ahead of tomorrow’s big Brexit vote on a new withdrawal agreement. “Anybody who votes against the deal will face a lot of questions from their constituents who feel this has got to be brought to a conclusion,” Sir John said today (Friday). Tomorrow MPs will vote on the new deal, which is hoped by ...

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Health trust nearly £90m in the red ‘inadequate’ on its use of resources

The group that oversees hospitals in south Lincolnshire, including the Johnson and Pilgrim hospitals, is £88.2 million in the red and has been branded ‘inadequate’ over how it uses its resources. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has also been told it still “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and will remain in special measures following an inspection ...

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Spalding man who sold ivory jailed

A Spalding eBay trader who was caught with two unworked sections of elephant tusk after police raided his home has been jailed for nine months.Slawomir Kazmierczak (55) of Redthorne Close was also found to have illegal items of ivory jewellery made from elephants which were killed after the 1947 legal deadline.A judge told Kazmierczak that the illegal trade in ivory ...

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Holbeach lorry driver admits causing death of two Spalding women

A Holbeach lorry driver has been sent for sentence at Lincoln Crown Court after he admitted causing the deaths of two women in a traffic collision on the A17 at Swineshead in August last year by driving without due care and attention. Appearing at Boston Magistrates Court, Kelvin Mason (51) of The Brambles was said to have been driving a ...

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Schoolboy hit by car in Spalding

A teenager was taken to hospital yesterday evening after being hit by a car on Halmer Gate. A police spokesman said: “We received the report at 3.40pm. “He was taken to hospital for treatment. “His injuries are believed to be minor.”

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MISSING: Have you seen Summer?

Police are very concerned about missing 14-year-old girl, Summer Grimes and are appealing for information about her whereabouts.Summer, who lives in the Spalding area, has not been seen since around 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 15.She is believed to be somewhere in the Sutton Bridge/King’s Lynn area.Summer is described as white, with shoulder-length auburn hair, around 5ft 2ins tall and wearing ...

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Confusion after family in Relief Road way sent wrong letter

Lincolnshire County Council has apologised after sending the wrong letter to a family whose newly built home they moved into two years ago is in the proposed path of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Darren and Sarah Long received a letter to their Bourne Road property saying they would be affected by the route of the road, but were later ...

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Flinders is coming home – explorer’s remains to be reburied in Donington

The remains of Donington navigator and cartographer Matthew Flinders are to be buried in his home village. Following a campaign led locally by the ‘Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home Group’ and in the Houses of Parliament by Sir John Hayes MP, Captain Matthew Flinders will be laid to rest in the Parish Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood ...

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Bulldozer pain for Relief Road families

A bungalow especially adapted for a wheelchair-using special needs teacher and homes built just two years ago are among those that have been ear-marked to be bulldozed for the Spalding Western Relief Road. After looking at other options for the central section of the route of the road, on Monday Lincolnshire County Council posted letters to the Bourne Road homes ...

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Police leave race runners standing

A dozen members of a Spalding running group were left standing on Sunday when a suspected security threat forced a planned run to be cancelled. Halmer Harriers members had travelled to Peterborough to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run on Sunday but police decided it needed to be cancelled for security reasons. Harrier Ade Mills said: “We were ...

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Off-duty officer chased man who woke him breaking into car

An off-duty police officer had a late-night chase and grapple with a drunken Spalding resident spotted trying to break into a car. The officer, who was at an address in the town’s Alexandra Road, was awoken by banging and crashing outside at about 11.30pm on September 8. Prosecutor Kate Minihane told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that the officer could ...

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Battery fires could happen anywhere

Residents could be risking their lives over household batteries which aren’t being disposed of properly, the council says after the latest fire at a collection station. Household batteries discarded in rubbish and recycling bags have been blamed for a number of incidents at transfer stations in Deeping and Boston – and South Holland District Council is warning residents that the ...

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Triathlon set to reunite family after 58 years

Siblings who had thought their mother was dead for nearly 60 years are hoping to reunite with her in American next month – and a Spalding man is helping raise money to get them there. When Margaret Inglis disappeared in 1961, her five children thought their mother, who suffered physical abuse at the hands of their father, was dead.Margaret had ...

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Police dinosaur Hate-Crime Hank

‘Don’t be a dinosaur’ is the message from Lincolnshire Police during Hate Crime Awareness Week. Hate crime in Lincolnshire has increased from 432 incidents in 2017/18 to 643 in 2018/19 – a 49 per cent increase.During this period disability related hate crimes have increased by 20 per cent and racially aggravated offences by 50 per cent. Offences relating to sexuality ...

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Memories of the 1930s railways in Spalding

John Tippler has put some of his memories down on paper for readers to enjoy. In the 1930s, crossing the King’s Road footbridge, which spanned the 13 tracks of the shunting yard, was a small boy’s delight. There were usually several shunting engines at work, backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, with great puffs of smoky steam billowing upwards to ...

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House demolition route recommended for Spalding relief road

The council highways chief has said the recommendation to build the relief road at Bourne Road, which would mean the demolition of houses, as “difficult news for residents to hear”. A council spokesman said: “Following an extensive, evidence-based options analysis process, officers have recommended a route through the centre of the ‘safeguarded corridor’ within the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan ...

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High cocaine readings a blow as Spalding pub loses licence

A Spalding pub has had its premises licence revoked after police found high readings of cocaine a year after it had been instructed to enforce a zero-tolerance policy. The Black Swan at New Road was under scrutiny today (Thursday) after a police visit in July this year found high readings of cocaine. Further investigation found conditions applied to its licence ...

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Cocaine and cannabis drug-driver banned and fined

A 29-year-old Spalding woman has been banned from driving after a court heard that she had illegal amounts of cocaine and cannabis in her bloodstream when driving her car.Amie Browne of Chestnut Avenue admitted three charges of driving under the influence of drugs and one of driving without insurance, when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.Magistrates heard she was stopped ...

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Kieran back on his feet after operation

After taking his first few independent steps again, 17-year-old Kieran Evans is aiming to walk to Spalding on his own and then travel to America and Germany after his life-changing operation. After nearly a year of fund-raising to have some of the nerves in the spinal cord cut, the cerebral palsey sufferer is back on two feet and pain free.As ...

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