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£1,083 court bill for ‘foolhardy’ fly-tipper in Spalding spotted by nearby residents

A fly-tipper spotted by members of the public dumping a sofa and an armchair has been handed a court bill of £1.063. Nedelcho Nedelchev got rid of the items on land off South Drove in Spalding on May 24 this year. However, two nearby residents noted his van’s registration number and reported the incident to South Holland District Council, which brought a ...

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Convicted workers’ rights activist Andy Hall vows to continue campaigning in Thailand

Human rights and workers’ rights campaigner Andy Hall says he will continue despite being handed a three-year suspended jail sentence in Thailand. Mr Hall (36) was convicted last month on a criminal charge of defamation after carrying out research for a report critical of pay and conditions in a Thai fruit factory. He maintains his innocence and his legal team, ...

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Spalding murders: Investigation’s lead detective – ‘a number of lives left in ruins’

The lead detective in the investigation, Det Ch Insp Martin Holvey, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit (major crime), issued the following statement after the jury’s verdict to convict a 15-year-old girl of the murders of Liz and Katie Edwards: “Between 13th April and  the 15th April this year, a tragic event happened in Spalding, Lincolnshire, whereby a mother, Elizabeth Edwards ...

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GUILTY: Jury convicts 15-year-old girl of murdering Spalding mum and daughter

A 15-year-old girl has been convicted of the murder of Spalding mum and daughter Liz and Katie Edwards. The jury at Nottingham Crown Court decided that, even though the girl did not carry out the killings, she was just as culpable as a 15-year-old boy who last week admitted to two counts of murder. The prosecution said the girl was ...

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Another successful prosecution by South Holland District Council for fly-tipping

South Holland District Council has brought another successful prosecution after tracing a fly-tipper. Crowland resident Brandon Campbell has landed a court bill of more than £1,000. He paid to have a number of items taken from his home in Thorney Road, in October 2015. However, he didn’t get any details of the person who took them or check whether they had ...

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Psychiatrist: ‘Girl accused of Spalding murders WAS suffering from disorder’; 2nd psychiatrist: ‘No, she wasn’t’

A psychiatrist has told the trial of a 15-year-old girl accused of two murders in Spalding that she was suffering from a disorder which impaired her judgement. Dr Indranil Chakrabarti, who specialises in child and adolescents, told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (Oct 12) that the girl had intended to kill both Liz Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter Katie. ...

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CPS calls for review of serial fraudster’s three-year jail sentence

The Crown Prosecution Service has asked a judge to review his sentence of a serial fraudster. Former nurse Maria Pridmore was jailed for three years after she admitted a string of offences, including claiming benefits for two of her dead children and stealing over £30,000 from friends and two elderly women. Following the sentence in August, Nigel Chapman, the hate ...

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Accused girl ‘was in full agreement’ to murders of Spalding mum and daughter

A 15-year-old girl accused of two murders told police that she had felt like murdering for a while. The girl, who was 14 at the time of the killings, told officers who interviewed her that she planned the killings of school dinner lady Liz Edwards and her daughter Katie with a then 14-year old boy, who has admitted murder. DC ...

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Spalding murder trial: Victims pleaded ‘get off me’ as they were attacked in their beds

A 15-year-old girl accused of carrying out two murders gave graphic descriptions of the killings in police interviews, a jury heard today (Tuesday). The girl, who cannot be identified because of a court order, told officers how she planned the killings of school dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards (49) and her 13-year-old daughter Katie during chats with a 15-year-old boy, who ...

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Murder trial latest: Teenage boy (15) admits double killing

Spalding dinner lady Liz Edwards and her youngest daughter Katie were attacked and killed as they slept in bed, a jury has been told. A 15-year-old boy has admitted to murdering them both. A 15-year-old girl is on trial for two counts of murder, both of which she denies. Nottingham Crown Court was told today (Monday) that when the boy ...

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Angry woman (70) slashed husband with knife after tipping mince and potatoes over his head

A pensioner who slashed her husband with a bread knife after tipping his evening meal over his head has been given a suspended jail sentence. Susan Walker claimed she had previously been subjected to domestic violence at the hands of her husband David Rogers and said that she acted in self-defence fearing he was about to attack her. But after retiring ...

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Weston man died of alcohol and prescribed drugs mix on Turkey holiday

A combination of drugs and alcohol caused the death of a Weston man who died while on holiday in Turkey, an inquest has heard. Mark Jervis James, of Broadgate, had had problems with drug and alcohol abuse in the past. His partner, Lesley Murray, told the inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court on Wednesday (Oct 5) that the 47-year-old had been trying to ...

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£1,641 court bill for hare coursers caught in Whaplode St Catherine

Two hare coursers caught in Whaplode St Catherine have been fined a total of £1,641. Philip Marsh (44), of Ramsbottom, in Lancashire, and Denny James Loveridge (36), of Slough in Berkshire, were convicted by Boston magistrates of trespassing in the pursuit of game on October 21, 2015. Marsh, who appeared in court in person, was fined £903 and Loveridge, who ...

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Man (38) jailed for slashing Spalding neighbour with knife

A man who slashed a neighbour with a knife and then barricaded himself in his own home has been jailed for a year. Shaun Smith carried out the attack after going into the street armed with the weapon. Andrew Scott, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Wednesday (Oct 5), said that Smith began shouting outside the home of neighbour John ...

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Child sex case for 69-year-old man is sent to crown court

A 69-year-old man accused of three child sex offences has had his case sent to crown court for trial by jury. Terence George Grimshaw is charged with engaging a 15-year-old girl – not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over – in sexualised role play. He is also said to have made 52 category C and 11 category B indecent photographs ...

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Workers’ rights activist Andy Hall vows to appeal Thai court conviction

Workers’ rights activist Andy Hall was on Tuesday (Sept 20) found guilty of defamation and computer crimes in Thailand – and immediately signalled his intention to appeal. The 36-year-old, from Spalding, was convicted by Bangkok Criminal Court and handed a three-year suspended jail sentence and £3,300 fine. Hall conducted interviews and research for a report by campaign group Finnwatch which ...

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£315 court bill for flytipping in Crowland

Unwanted household items found dumped in Crowland have cost the owner a £315 court bill. Kevin Cosgrove employed a man with a van to take away items including a fridge and mattresses, which were later found in Low Road (pictured). South Holland District Council’s environmental investigations officer was able to trace them to Cosgrove’s address in Whittlesey. Cosgrove appeared at ...

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Boy and girl deny murder but admit manslaughter of Spalding dinner lady and her youngest daughter

A girl and boy accused of killing a Spalding dinner lady and her 13-year-old daughter have admitted manslaughter but denied charges of murder. The teenagers – both 15 – appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (Sept 6). The pair each denied the murder of Liz Edwards between April 4 and 15 this year. They each also denied murdering Katie Edwards between April ...

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Heroin addict jailed for Spalding house burglary

A heroin addict who burgled a house only to flee when she was confronted by a 16-year-old boy has been jailed for five years. Maryann Jobson, who has convictions for more than 150 previous offences, made off with £160 cash and a kindle after entering the property in Hannam Boulevard, Spalding. Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the ...

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Mum who lost 16 babies jailed for thefts and benefit fraud using dead children’s identities

A mum who lost 16 babies before having a “miracle daughter” has been jailed for three years after she used two of her dead children’s identities to claim benefits. Former nurse Maria Pridmore (36) suffered 14 miscarriages, a stillbirth and the death of an infant son over a heartbreaking 13-year period until she successfully gave birth in 2012. Lincoln Crown Court heard ...

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