Crime

Youth football kit taken in van theft

Thieves broke into a van and took tools worth thousands of pounds along with kit belonging to a youth football team. Owner Jay Vernalls was diagnosed with COVID-19 and returned to his Spalding home last Thursday afternoon and went to bed for two days. When he was able to get up on Sunday he realised his white Fiesta van, parked ...

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Man caught drink driving for the second time in a year avoids jail

A Spalding motorist caught almost four times the drink-drive limit last Sunday has been given a suspended sentence. It was the second time in a year that Andis Bergs had given a high reading and he was on bail for the first offence. The 35-year-old was held in custody before appearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to plead guilty ...

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Dog killed and man injured after being attacked by group of teens

A man in his 60s was left injured and one of his pet dogs died after an attack by a group of teens in Spalding on Monday. The incident occurred along the Coronation Channel near to Pecks Drove shortly after 11am. A spokesman for South Holland Police said: “An investigation has began after a group of young men 13 to ...

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Teen made nearly 800 child porn images over four year period

A teenager from Holbeach St Marks has admitted making hundreds of indecent images of children. Joseph Orbell, 18, of Strawberry Fields Drive, admitted making a total of 782 still and 16 moving images of children between January 2015 and March 2019. Prosecuting at Boston Magistrates Court, Michael Little said police executed a search warrant at Orbell’s home on March 5, ...

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Five arrested after spate of catalytic converter thefts

Five people have been arrested after reports of a spate of catalytic converters from vehicles in South Holland. The five men have been arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles and one for going equipped to commit crime. Police say the arrests follow a spate of theft and attempted thefts of catalytic convertors in the Holbeach and Spalding areas ...

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Warning over fake NHS COVID-19 vaccination texts

Lincolnshire Police have warned the public about a scam in which fraudsters contact potential victims saying they’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Clicking on the texts or emails leads to what looks like an official link. A Lincolnshire Police, spokesman, said: “The scam message reads “We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” which prompts you ...

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Weapon amnesty hailed a success

Over 300 weapons were handed into Lincolnshire Police as part of a 10 week amnesty. From October 8 until December 18 secure bins were in place at police stations in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Spalding and Skegness for those that wished to dispose of a weapon or an item that could be used as one. The amnesty allowed those who took ...

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Spate of converter thefts reported

South Holland has seen a spate of catalytic converter thefts from cars. The Voice has heard several reports of incidents in the area and Lincolnshire Police has released an appeal following events in Cowbit, Swineshead, Holbeach St Johns, and Willesby Road in Spalding. Incidents have also been reported in Boston. The converters are being cut from the cars to be ...

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Jailed after a spate of incidents including five charges of assaulting police officers

A Spalding man has been jailed for 34 weeks after a spate of incidents, including five of assaulting emergency workers. Timothy Philips (52), of Park Road, came before Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court on December 12 on a number of charges. On July 12 he pleaded guilty to assaulting three police officers after being found to be driving while nearly three times ...

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Police appeal to drive carefully after rise in serious traffic collisions

After seeing a recent rise in the number of serious traffic accidents in the county, Lincolnshire Police is urging people to drive carefully this Christmas. The force says that in the first 17 days of this month, they attended seven collisions which left five people seriously injured and two dead. In the last three days 14 people in the county ...

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Holbeach lorry driver who caused death of two women avoids jail

A Holbeach lorry driver caused a double fatal crash when he drove straight into the back of a car waiting to turn right off the A17, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday, December 15). Kelvin Mason failed to see the Citroen Xsara in time to stop and although he braked it was too late and his 18-tonne lorry smashed ...

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Warning to drink and drug drivers

The annual Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown has started in Lincolnshire with police warning motorists that those who take the risk will be caught.Ten per cent of the 1,369 drivers tested for alcohol in December last year failed a roadside breath test and 40 per cent of the 115 who were tested for drugs were positive.Officers will breath test ...

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Mum slams sentence of pair ‘morally responsible’ for 14-year-old son’s death

The mum of a 14-year-old who died at a drugs party has called the sentence handed to the pair branded ‘morally responsible’ for his death as ‘not enough’. Earlier today (Monday) Alastair Turner (19) and Sam King (21) were jailed for 45 months and three years respectively after both admitted charges arising from the investigation into the death of Alex Buchan ...

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Two jailed and told they’re ‘morally responsible’ for death of teen (14) at Holbeach drugs party

Two men who organised weekly drugs parties at which a schoolboy died have been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Alex Buchan, 14, described by his family as a “perfect son,” collapsed after ingesting fatal levels of MDMA into his bloodstream. An ecstasy tablet with the motif “The Punisher” was found next to him at the home of Sam King in ...

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Woman (73) left terrified after fraudsters told her to pay money or be arrested

A 73-year-old woman from Spalding said she was left shaken after fraudsters rang her and told her to pay money to them or they would come for her. The woman, who does not want to be named, is urging others to be aware of the scam and not to panic as she did. The retired pensioner said she received the ...

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Four arrested as armed police descend on Holbeach street

Police responding to reports of a threat to a man in Holbeach last night have arrested four people. Armed officers were seen in Alison Avenue in the town shortly after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday). Men aged 17, 18 and 26 and a 26-year-old woman have all been arrested in relation to the incident. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “A man ...

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Mother tried to kill son (2) and herself amid domestic violence fears

A desperate mother who tried to kill herself and two-year-old son amid fears of domestic violence during lockdown has been jailed for four years. The mum attempted suicide herself because of fears the boy’s father would resume contact when lockdown came to an end, a court was told. Lincoln Crown Court heard the woman devised a method to kill both ...

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Dad admits manslaughter charge over death of son

A Weston dad has admitted causing injuries to his baby son which led to the son’s death years later. Jack Mitchell died, aged 15 in 2016 and a forensic post-mortem examination found he had died from a pulmonary infection and pneumonia as a result of injuries sustained as a baby in Laindon in Basildon. His biological father, John Doak, was ...

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Hare coursers face long trip back

Four people who had their car and dogs confiscated because they were hare coursing in South Holland had travelled from Blackpool. Lincolnshire Police were called to North Drove, near Tongue End, at 10.15am on Saturday, October 24. Dogs were also confiscated as a result of the incident. A statement from PCSO Colin Abbotts, of Spalding North Rural, sent out via ...

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More than 100 weapons handed in as part of amnesty

A weapons amnesty carried out by Lincolnshire Police has seen more than 100 items handed in within three weeks. Operation Raptor was launched at the end of 2019 to help reduce offences involving weapons, initially in the west of the county. After 150 weapons were either seized or handed in to the police as part of the operation, it was ...

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