Crime

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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Bid to stop young people being groomed by criminal gangs

Crimestoppers has launched a campaign across Lincolnshire this week to highlight the dangers of young people being groomed and becoming involved in County Lines. The charity is offering ways to help people identify those who are at risk of being groomed into a life of drug dealing, along with the associated physical and sexual violence.The eight-week campaign highlights how organised ...

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Judge lambasts ‘extraordinary behaviour’ as teen ‘celebrates’ birthday by stealing from Holbeach Tesco

A teenager from London decided to ‘celebrate’ his 18th birthday by stealing more than £400 worth of items from the Tesco store in Hobeach. Alan Corcoran, who was 17 at the time of the theft but was 18 the next day, of Lynton Close in Brent, admitted theft when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Michael Cole said that ...

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Appeal after men get away following late night chase involving helicopter

The theft of a car from a Spalding address sparked a police hunt across South Holland involving a helicopter last night. The car itself, a red Citroen Nemo, was stolen on Monday night from an address at Lime Court but was then spotted in Boston. It sparked a chase along the A16 and A17 and into Spalding. The suspects remain ...

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Pensioner who was set to face trial on historic sexual assault charges dies

A pensioner due to face a jury trial later this year over allegations of historic sexual assaults has died. David Walker, 73, of Coronation Close, Spalding, was accused of three charges of attempted rape and five charges of sexual assault alleged to have taken place between May 2004 and June 2012. At a brief hearing at Lincoln Crown Court today (Tuesday) ...

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Police appeal after cars vandalised in Spalding streets

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after a spate of vandalism on cars in Spalding. The incidents are understood to have happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday, May 20). Police have not said how many vehicles were affected, or what streets were hit, but The Voice understands areas include West Parade, Pennygate and Winsover Road. A police ...

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Former headteacher of West Pinchbeck school and junior football coach jailed for sexting police officer he thought to be 14 year old boy

An “outstanding” primary school headteacher caught sexting and arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14 year old boy was this afternoon (Friday) jailed for four and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court. James Shawley, who was head of St Bartholomew’s Primary School at West Pinchbeck, near Spalding, from 2016 until being suspended following his arrest in December ...

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Man (45) sent sex messages to police officer he thought was 14 year old boy

A 45 year old man sent sex messages to an undercover police officer posing as a 14 year old on the dating app Grindr, a jury was told today (Tuesday). James Shawley is alleged to have sent messages to the “boy” giving details of sex acts he wanted to perform on him and and then planned to meet up with ...

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Woman involved in dramatic police chase avoids jail after telling court she was fleeing domestic abuse

A mother of three drove at 90 mph as she attempted to evade pursuing police officers before finally being stopped by a stinger device, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday, May 4). Lauren Craig-Tyler drove through red traffic lights, went through a no vehicle area, forced other drivers to take evasive action and ignored requests from police officers to stop during ...

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Appeal after Spalding school is broken into

Police are appealing for information after a man broke into Spalding Grammar School at the weekend and stole a laptop. The perpetrator broke a window at the Priory Road school shortly before 5am on Saturday, May 1. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are appealing for information following a burglary that took place on Saturday 1st May at the ...

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Police investigate red kite poisoning

Police are investigating the poisoning of a Red Kite in the Crowland area.The raptor was found dead last year and tests revealed it had been poisoned and a detailed multi-agency investigation has been conducted.Addresses in the Crowland area have been searched and items linked to the poisoning and suspected banned pesticides were recovered.Raptor persecution is a wildlife crime and the ...

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Appeal for information

Police are appealing for help in locating two people they need to speak with.Kim Collins, also known as Kim Brown, is wanted after she failed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in Essex.She had been due to appear in connection with a fraud and has links to Lincolnshire and could be in this area.In a separate case, officers are also ...

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Review after door step calls

South Holland Police are to conduct a ‘lessons learned’ review after what they say were false reports of people entering properties in Holbeach. Reports, videos and pictures were placed on the Spotted Holbeach Facebook group of individuals in and around people’s properties on Cecil Pywell Avenue and Chestnut Avenue on Wednesday, April 7. Following enquiries, police say the people were ...

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Vandals cause bridge to be closed

Vandals have caused a bridge between Spalding and Pinchbeck to be closed. Two Plank Footbridge had a handrail broken off and thrown into Vernatt’s Drain earlier this week. Now Lincolnshire County Council, which oversees the bridge, has closed it ahead of a temporary repair. The bridge is due to be fully dissembled and replaced with a more substantial structure as ...

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