Courts

Man in court on attempted theft charge

A man was due to appear before magistrates this afternoon (Tuesday, December 2) charged with attempted theft from a shop and abstracting electricity in Spalding. Dmitrijs Afanasjevs (27), of no fixed abode, was due before a court in Skegness charged with attempting to steal meat from Iceland on 1st December and a further charge of using electricity dishonestly

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Prison for Spalding bike thief

A Spalding man has been sent to prison for 59 days for the theft of a bike. James Caraccio (43), of Balmoral Avenue,  pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates’ Court to theft of a pedal cycle from Holland Market, Spalding on July 1.

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Three youths appear in court over Warren Free murder

Two girls aged 15 and a 17-year-old boy have appeared at Lincoln Crown Court charged with the murder of Spalding man Warren Free. Mr Free was rushed to hospital from his home in Coronation Close, Spalding, on Thursday, August 28, with a serious head injury. He was airlifted to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, but died in the early hours of Friday, August ...

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Case dismissed but three more still to answer for rights activist

A human rights activist from Spalding has one of four charges against him dismissed. Andy Hall was facing defamation charges brought by Natural Fruit Company Ltd, but last week The Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed the charges due to an unlawful interrogation process under section 120 of the criminal procedure code. Pineapple export factory Natural Fruit has launched multiple criminal ...

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Director pocketed £300,000 from firm

A company director who defrauded the tax authorities of more than £300,000 walked away from court with a suspended jail sentence. Kevin Dodd pocketed PAYE and National Insurance contributions deducted from employees of the South Lincolnshire marketing company Duffin Slessor Dodd Ltd over a six year period and also failed to submit any returns to HMRC. Lincoln Crown Court was ...

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Spalding man died within minutes of being impaled on lifting hoist at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital

A hospital patient died within minutes of being impaled on part of a lifting hoist. A metal mounting from a knee guard perforated part of Spalding man John Biggadike’s colon during a fall. The incident occurred on ward 8A at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital where 53-year-old Mr Biggadike was being treated for abdominal fluid retention. Outlining the facts at the start ...

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Barbecue host jailed after change of music sparked violent row

A barbecue host who chased a man from his home and then slashed his tyres after the event descended into violence has been jailed for six months. Mindaugas Jonusauskas, who was hosting the event at his home, confronted his victim after a dispute over the choice of music being played. Phil Howes, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said Jonusauskas was ...

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Spalding resident in court on charge of causing death of Cowbit motorcyclist

A Spalding resident appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist by dangerous driving on the A16 near Crowland. Lithuanian national Edvinas Maciulevicius (25) is accused of causing the death of motorbike rider Marcel Banom following a collision on March 12 this year. Mr Banom (37) had an address in Peak Hill, Cowbit, ...

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Owner of 4×4 stolen from Surfleet found it for sale on eBay

The owner of a 4×4 stolen from Surfleet did his own detective work and discovered it had been put up for auction on eBay. The Isuzu vehicle, worth £27,000, went missing on July 21 but within days the owner spotted one bearing the same markings and identical damage to the windscreen being sold over the internet. Phil Howes, prosecuting at Lincoln ...

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Road tax discs no longer required – what it means for you

The requirement to display a road tax disc in vehicles ends on Tuesday. From October 1, roadside cameras will “capture” the details of untaxed vehicles. And a buyer of a used car will have to tax it straight away as the seller must reclaim any unused portion as well as immediately notify DVLA of a change of ownership. The move, ...

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Cannabis grower jailed for eight months

A judge who sentenced a cannabis grower to eight months in prison told him his 15-year-old child was not a “get out of jail card”. Nicholas Brown (38), of Hop Pole, Deeping St Nicholas, pleaded guilty to producing the drug between December 1, 2013 and April 1, this year. Judge Michael Heath had adjourned sentencing Brown for a week so care ...

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Former Spalding man charged with historical sex offences

A former Spalding man has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault and one of attempted buggery. John Edward Bates (67), who now lives in London, was due to appear before magistrates at Grantham this morning (Monday, September 15). The alleged offences were committed between 1979 and 1983 in the Spalding area.

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Holbeach hare coursers fined by court

Two men have been fined after appearing in court for hare coursing. A member of the public called police after seeing men with a lurcher dog which was chasing a hare in Sutton St James on November 27. Officers from Operation Galileo found the men nearby with a Green Subaru Forrester. They were searched and binoculars and a slip lead were found ...

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Warren Free murder inquiry continuing in Spalding with seven juveniles on bail

Detectives are continuing their inquiry into the murder of Spalding dad Warren Free, with seven youths on police bail. Mr Free (42) was found unconscious on August 28 at his home in Coronation Close, which is at the bottom end of Royce Road. He was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. The investigation into how he sustained head injuries escalated into a ...

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Cannabis producer caught as police raid her Sutton Bridge home

Police who raided a terraced house in Sutton Bridge discovered a cannabis growing operation. Officers went to the rented property in Withington Street and found that one of the upstairs bedrooms had been converted to grow cannabis. Katarina Wilson, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said: “Police went to the address due to there being suspicious comings and goings. “When the ...

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Injuries which killed Spalding murder inquiry victim Warren Free ‘unascertained’

The injuries which killed Spalding man Warren Free are as yet “unascertained”. An inquest into the 42-year-old’s death was opened at Boston Enterprise Centre on Wednesday afternoon. During a ten-minute hearing, South Lincolnshire coroner Prof Robert Forrest outlined brief details about the circumstances surrounding Mr Free’s death at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Friday, August 29. He said the ...

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Drink-driver shopped after being spotted drinking in his car at 7am

A driver who was spotted drinking alcohol in his stationary car at 7am was found to be almost twice the legal limit.  Police received a tip-off from a member of the public about a man in an Audi A8 with personalised number plates, Boston magistrates heard on Wednesday. When Deividas Druciunas drew off from Sheep Market in Spalding, police followed ...

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Paedophile caught in police sting was traced to his Holbeach home

An undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old brought to justice a paedophile looking for sex with young girls. David Hall believed he was chatting online with a young girl called Lucy but was in fact communicating with a Metropolitan Police officer. Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that Hall, who had been released from prison just six months earlier with an ...

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Prison threat for carer who took £20,000 from elderly couple

A carer who defrauded an elderly couple out of £20,000 has been warned she could face jail even if she repays the money. Caroline Davis took the money from Rodney and Lily Crowder while she was looking after them. Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Davis first became involved with the couple when she became Mrs Crowder’s hairdresser. ...

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Accountant jailed for stealing £240,000 from Sedge Homes

An accountant who stole over £200,000 from a Spalding business to fund his lifestyle was jailed for three years on Monday. Richard Sullivan, who ran his own accountancy and taxation business, took the money while assisting with the financial affairs of Sedge Homes and its associated company Sedge Estate Agents. Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said Sullivan was paid a monthly fee ...

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