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Seven fire crews were called to building ablaze

Seven fire crews were called to a building on fire in Gedney Drive End yesterday evening. The blaze on Pit Lane was reported at 6.35pm on Saturday, August 7. Crews from Long Sutton, Spalding, Kirton, Donington, Grantham, Crowland and Boston were all in attendance. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “Last night at approx. 18:35 we were called ...

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Fleet teen blamed drink driving on lobster

A BMW spotted veering from side to side in the road had a drink-driving Fleet teenager at the wheel. Stewart Lee was stopped by police as he and his father returned from a pub meal on the WestNorfolk coast. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that 19-year-old Lee “stumbled” away from thecar and admitted he’d had alcohol. He was ...

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Council still using 5m plastic sacks a year

Despite using almost five million plastic sacks a year, South Holland District Council is not joining a new scheme to collect dry recycling in a wheelie bin. Both the authority’s partners in the South East Lincolnshire Council Partnership have adopted a purple-lidded bin for clean paper and cardboard for recycling. South Holland is still the only council in the county, ...

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Army veteran Nigel’s 1,000 miles for charity

A 72-year-old veteran has walked a thousand miles to raise nearly £1,500 for an army charity. Nigel Wickenden set himself the goal of reaching the milestone in 100 days, actually completing it in 98 days on Wednesday, July 27. It included daily walks from his home in Smithdale Close in Spalding to either Money Bridge, Jobson’s Bridge in Pinchbeck or ...

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County bears the cost of rural crime

Rural crime hit Lincolnshire hard last year, with more than £2.4m put on the cost of thefts. It was the worst-affected county in the year. And the cost of theft in the UK rose by 40 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to a recent report. Thieves returned to the countryside and farm vehicles remain a ...

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Call for path to link Spalding business park and Cowbit

A Spalding cycling group is looking to create a new path to help people get more easily to KFC, Taco Bell and Cowbit. Action group PEDALS is looking to create the New River pathway from the Little London Bridge and linking up with the Lincs Gateway Business Park. The majority of the proposed route would be along existing farm tracks ...

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Camera action amid concern over benches

A CCTV deterrent has been put up outside Spalding railway station amid claims thieves have tried to steal benches installed for the Queen’s jubilee. One of the benches in particular has been damaged and loosened from its footings, just weeks after they were installed. South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter and councillors Gary Taylor and Glynis Scalese used their ...

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£20m bid in for leisure centre

The £20m bid to revamp Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex has officially been submitted. South Holland District Council wants to extend the ‘dry-side’ of the complex so it can incorporate three pools. Other attraction on the site would include a new 3G floodlit football pitch, a changing pavilion and a multi-use games area for a variety of other sports including basketball. ...

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Moped rider who crashed into car was twice drink drive limit

A Holbeach moped rider has been banned from driving after he collided with a car while more thantwice over the legal limit for alcohol. Brogan Moody, 24, of Rathkenny Close, who admitted the offence and one of having no insurance, wassaid to have collided with a car at 9.35pm on July 16 at Willington Road in Boston. Prosecuting at Boston ...

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Man fined for drunkenly swinging metal bar around when confronted by police

Police officers threatened to tasar a drunk man wielding a wheelbrace in Pinchbeck, a court has heard. Anthony Corrigan, 29, of St Johns Road, Weston Hills admitted possessing an offensiveweapon when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Marie Stace, prosecuting, said officers were confronted by Corrigan when they attended the incident onJuly 17. She said he was shouting and swearing ...

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Public meeting to be held over Boston Road South works.

The three-year saga of a Holbeach sinkhole will be on the agenda at a public meeting in the town. With work continuing on Boston Road South, the parish council is responding to a request to hold the meeting. Anglian Water, county highways and county and district council member Tracey Carter have all been invited to take part. A date within ...

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Daughter fulfils POW dad’s wish

A Whaplode St Catherine woman has kept the promise to her dad by getting his memories of being a prisoner of war in Sumatra published in a book. After John Geoffrey Lee (known as Geoff) failed to find a publisher for his novel in his lifetime, daughter Christine Bridges vowed to ensure her dad’s story lived on. Taking his own ...

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Can you help drive Spalding charity?

A local charity that helps bring elderly people together says it’s in urgent need of new volunteers, particularly bus drivers. The Meadows is a day centre based just off Park Road in Spalding which elderly people can pay a fee to attend. The idea is to give them the opportunity, meet others, take part in games and crafts and enjoy ...

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Access fears are top of worry list

Problems with access to GPs and dentists were the top two reasons for residents to contact Lincolnshire Healthwatch, according to a recent report. From October 2020 to September 2021, more than 1,200 patients contacted the organisation’s information signposting team. The four most frequently commented on were GP access, dental access, hospital services and the COVID vaccination programme. “Additionally, an overall ...

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Business’s pain over relief works

A businessman says he’s worried his car wash business will not survive the roadworks in and around Wardentree Lane. Mohamed Khaled, of Pinchbeck Car Wash on Enterprise Way, says business is down “60 to 70 per cent” following the closure of that road at its junction with Spalding Road on Friday. The length of closure has been extended and it’s ...

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Need for more Good Neighbours

A group that aims to beat loneliness in one of the most isolated areas of the county says it needs more volunteers to come forward or it may have to close. The East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme, which covers Holbeach, Long Sutton and surrounding villages, offers a service where volunteers either go out or ring people for a chat who ...

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Police identify woman whose body was found in the Coronation Channel

Police say they’ve identified a woman whose body was found in the Coronation Channel on Sunday. They also say there’s “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We believe we have identified the woman who was sadly found in the water on Monday.  “Her family are aware and a file will be passed to the ...

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Woman’s body found in Coronation Channel

The body of a woman has been pulled from the Coronation Channel in Spalding. Lincolnshire Police were called to the waterway near to St Paul’s Church after the body was discovered at 3.42pm yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. They say the death is currently “unexplained”. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We were called at 3.42pm yesterday (Sunday) to the Coronation Channel, ...

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Taco Bell opening delayed for second time

Taco Bell has delayed the opening of its new Spalding branch for a second time. The Mexican food chain initially announced it was intending to open today (Friday, July 29), then announced this week it would be Wednesday, August 3. However it won’t now open on that day and has yet to set a new opening date. A Taco Bell ...

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Appeal after silver Skoda Fabia is stolen

Police are on the lookout for a vehicle that was reportedly stolen near Holbeach. The owner of the silver Skoda Fabia, GM26 HDL was nearby when the vehicle was taken from a field off Boston Road North at around 1pm. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “The owner was not far away and quickly realised their car was missing. “Anyone ...

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