Crime

Long Sutton couple fined for helping dig up 8,000 wild bluebells

A Long Sutton couple have been fined £200 each for their part in digging up 8,000 bluebells from woodland in Norfolk. Native English bluebells are legally protected and intentionally uprooting them is against the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that the UK has more than half the world’s population of bluebells and the ...

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New business hit by van thieves

A Holbeach business has been rocked by the theft of a van packed with equipment. The white Ford Transit van was parked outside the town’s police station when it was taken last Tuesday night. Nick Parrish started his new business Bounce House Party just before the pandemic and specially made inflatables costing £7,500 were inside the van. But a week ...

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Gang linked to knifepoint burglary

A gang targeting properties in South Lincolnshire and Peterborough is thought to be behind an incident in Pinchbeck where the occupants of a home were held at knifepoint while their property was ransacked. What police described as ‘a terrifying ordeal’ saw a group raid a home on Bear Lane after climbing though a window. While one threatened the occupants with ...

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Appeal over balaclava wearing gang

Police have urged people to check on elderly family members or neighbours after a spate of reports of balaclava wearing burglars breaking into homes. It follows an elderly person living on Fulney Road in Spalding having to chase them off after they broke a glass at the home on Monday, September 20. The incident has been linked to seven others ...

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Two arrested as haul of catalytic converters seized

Two people have been questioned as part of an investigation into environmental crime in Lincolnshire. The man and woman, both in their 20s, were held at an address in Long Sutton. The arrests were part of a probe by the Environment Agency into catalytic converter theft across the county. Lincolnshire Police assisted the agency, recovering a large amount of cash ...

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Armed police deployed as two arrested for threats against school children

Two men are in custody after police received two reports of a man making threats to school children, parents, and teachers on Cathedral Drive in Spalding. The first incident was reported at 8.48am and the second at 9.11am today. Armed officers were deployed to the scene and the junction of Cathedral Drive and Park Close was closed shortly before 9.30am. ...

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Dad jailed for life for murder of daughter (17)

A man who murdered his daughter and then hid her body after she made allegations of sexual abuse against him has been told he will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison. Today (Friday) Scott Walker was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of killing 17-year-old Bernadette Walker at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this year, despite ...

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Memorial gates for veterans stolen

Iron gates erected just a month ago to be part of a memorial garden for those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq have been stolen from Fleet. Anglia Motel owner Harold Payne was in the process of creating the memorial before the gates were stolen sometime on Saturday night (August 28). “I would like the person who took ...

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Man arrested after two 12-year-olds were sexually assaulted on bus

A man has been arrested after two 12-year-old girls were sexually assaulted while travelling on a bus in Spalding. Lincolnshire Police are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident which happened on at around 4.50pm Wednesday, August 18 on the 505 Stagecoach bus. An 18-year-old man has been arrested and released pending further investigations. A spokesman for Lincolnshire ...

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Appeal after stolen vehicle found in Spalding car park

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for more information after finding a stolen vehicle in a Spalding car park. Forensics officers surrounded a vehicle on the Holland Road car park last Thursday. A nearby neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Voice: “The car had appeared there a few days before in a small gap just big enough to get a ...

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Police issue reminder not to leave keys in vehicles after two transit vans taken in South Holland

Police have issued a reminder to drivers after two transit vans were taken in South Holland. In both instances the keys were left inside the vehicle. The first incident saw a white transit van taken in Gendey Hill around midday on Saturday July 31. Yesterday, (Thursday August 5) a second such van was taken from Park Gardens in Holbeach reported ...

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Tractor driver pleads not guilt to causing fatal collision on A16

A tractor driver accused of causing a fatal collision is to face a jury trial next year. William Flynn, 40, formerly of Whaplode but now living at an address in Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, pleaded not guilty today (Monday) to causing the death of Karen Fenton by driving dangerously on the A16 at Sutterton. He also denied charges of causing serious ...

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Police still aim to find body thought to be in Cowbit area

Police believe the body of a 17-year-old girl murdered by her dad could still be in the Cowbit area and are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have information to come forward so officers can help give her a proper funeral. This week Scott Walker was found guilty of killing Bernadette Walker, known as Bea, despite no body being ...

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Luxury Spalding home was bought from proceeds of £1.7m theft

A luxury Spalding home with a swimming pool, paddocks and 1.4 acres was bought from the proceeds of £1.7million worth of thefts from a pensioner, a court has heard. Des Pickersgill, 83, did casual work for the victim, who is now in her 90s, at her home in a village just outside Bedford. Meanwhile his son Gary Pickersgill, 42, and ...

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Arrests after police chase car taken at knifepoint through Pinchbeck

Two teenagers have been arrested after reports a car was taken at knifepoint before it crashed into a tree in Pinchbeck while being chased by police. The incident, which involved a black Ford Ka, occurred last night with a male (18) and female (17) having been arrested following a police operation. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Two people have ...

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Spalding identified as cold-calling hot spot as officers take part in Operation Rogue Trader

Officers visited cold calling hotspots including spending a day in Spalding to speak to businesses and residents about their rights and responsibilities during Operation Rogue Trader. On Wednesday June 16 officers from Lincolnshire Trading Standards, supported by Lincolnshire Police, descended on Spalding as it was one of five areas in Lincolnshire where residents have raised concerns about rogue traders. A ...

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Group ‘gutted’ at bush thefts

A group of adults with autism or a disability have been left gutted after trees they were looking after as part of their integration into the community were stolen. The 12 at County Care’s Holbeach branch turned up to its Park Road centre on Wednesday (June 23) to find the bushes they’d planted in May and nurtured ever since had ...

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Appeal after assault in Spalding

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Spalding on Saturday night.Officers were called to Winsover Road just after 11pm on Saturday following reports of someone being injured. A man in his 20s was found with facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.An investigation has been opened into the assault ...

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Arrests after knife wielding man impersonated police officer to break into home

Three people have been arrested after a knife wielding person impersonating a police officer broke into a Spalding home and assaulted the occupant. The incident occurred in Pennygate at 10.30am on Sunday May 30. A male posing as a police officer attended a property in Pennygate, Spalding and entered the building without permission. The offender then proceeded to assault the ...

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Warning over fraudsters sending messages about census

A warning has been issued about a new fraud scheme where criminals are posing as people behind this year’s census. It involves a message being sent via text message or email saying: “There is invalid information on your census account. To avoid a fine you are required to review your answers.” A link is then included for people to click ...

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