Courts

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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Spalding care home manager jailed for theft

A care home manager who stole a cheque and then used it to pay £4,500 into his own bank account was today (Thursday) jailed for five months at Lincoln Crown Court. John Valmoria, manager of the The Bungalow Care Home in Spalding, took the cheque while assisting Pamela Easey to pay her husband’s care home fees. He then filled it ...

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Cut friend with knife in drunken fracas

A heavy drinker involved in a scuffle which left a man with injuries escaped a jail sentence at Lincoln Crown Court today (Wednesday). Anthony Albert Holmes got involved in the drunken fight following an incident at a house in Sharpe Road, Grantham, earlier this year. Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said that a number of people were at the property when the victim Tafara Washoma ...

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Spalding care home manager used vulnerable person’s cheque to bank £4,500

A Spalding man has admitted abusing the trust of a vulnerable person and defrauding them of £4,500 while manager at a care home in the town. John Eric Valmoria (38) wrote out a service-user’s cheque to the value of £4,500, making it payable to himself and depositing it in his own bank account. It occurred between November and December 2012 when Valmoria was ...

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Brothers aged 29 and 21 charged with theft after alleged robbery at Spalding shop

Police have charged two brothers following an alleged robbery at a Spalding shop. Robert Caine (29) and Scott Caine (21), both from Birmingham, have been charged with theft from Treasure Island in Holbeach Road, Spalding, on May 9. The pair have been bailed to appear at Boston Magistrates’ Court on July 2.

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National charity gives financial support to Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign

A legal fund set up by the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign group has received a donation of £1,000 from The Library Campaign, the national charity dedicated to supporting public funded libraries. The fund has been set up by campaigners to help Simon Draper in his challenge of Lincolnshire County Council’s proposals to cut the library service by £2million. The challenge ...

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Man (31) admits attempted ramraid at Spalding shop

A 31-year-old man has admitted several counts of burglary – including last month’s attempted ramraid at a Spalding clothes shop. James Steven Evans, of Wisbech, was charged on Friday and has appeared before magistrates in Lincoln. Evans admitted burglaries in Spalding at Chiltern Drive on May 13 and at Holland Road on May 5. A police statement said: “He was ...

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Fund set up to aid libraries fight

Campaigners trying to save Lincolnshire’s libraries from closure have launched a fundraising appeal to help cover High Court costs. Save Lincolnshire Libraries needs £7,500 to fight for libraries in the High Court. The appeal has been started by campaigners to help Lincoln resident Simon Draper in his challenge of Lincolnshire County Council’s proposal to cut the library service by £2million. ...

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Spalding robbery: Fosdyke man pleads guilty

A man has admitted committing robbery in a Spalding street. Ben Thomas Courtney (21), of Snaith Avenue in Fosdyke, will be sentenced later this week after pleading guilty. An iPhone was stolen during the incident which involved a staff member of The Grocers shop in Francis Street on January 25 this year.

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Spalding police inspector’s warning over ‘naming and shaming’ on websites

Spalding police inspector Jim Tyner has issued a warning about ‘naming and shaming’ on websites. It follows the case of neglected dog Star and the clamour by website posters for the owner to be punished. He said: “It’s dangerous to name wrongdoers on social media as it may prevent a fair trial. “And a person admitting something on social media ...

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School meals provider to South Holland fined for filthy premises

A school meals provider has been handed a £18,230 court bill for filthy premises after an investigation by South Holland District Council officers. Food 4 Thought GB Ltd has been fined £13,800 and ordered to pay £4,300 costs after magistrates heard about the conditions at the unit where meals were prepared. Boston magistrates heard on Monday, March 24, that Food ...

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Eight years’ prison ‘not enough’ for hit and run driver

The father of a cyclist killed by a hit and run driver has said his sentence will never be enough for taking his son’s life. Stephen Osborn was speaking after driver Paul Walken (42), of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, was sentenced to prison for eight years and banned from driving for ten after admitting causing Tim Osborn’s death by careless driving ...

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