Crime

MP Hayes praises 999 services in aftermath of Spalding shootings – and condemns those ‘fuelling hatred and despair’

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes has praised the work of emergency services at the horrific scene of three fatal shootings in Spalding.  Using a shotgun, Moulton man Lance Hart (57) murdered his wife Claire (50) and their 19-year-old daughter Charlotte before committing suicide. The tragedy happened in the car park of the Castle Sports Complex swimming pool ...

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Another shocking tragedy for Spalding

The tragic event on Tuesday (July 19) brought the number of people killed in violent circumstances in Spalding in the last two years to six. All three incidents were unrelated and only the most recent involved a gun. In August 2014, Spalding dad Warren Free died following a beating in a park behind his Coronation Close home. Six teenagers were ...

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Spalding fatal shootings: Workers’ desperate efforts to save lives

Frantic efforts were made to save the lives of Claire Hart (50) and daughter Charlotte (19) after the triple shooting on Tuesday. It was clear to the first people on the scene at Spalding’s swimming pool car park that a third victim, 57-year-old Lance Hart, was already dead. It is believed he shot his wife and daughter before turning the ...

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Word-for-word: News conference by police on fatal shootings incident in Spalding

Text of the news conference about the triple fatal shooting at Castle Sports Complex on Tuesday (July 19). Given at Spalding Police Station at 4pm on Tuesday: Temporary Superintendent Paul Timmins, Local Policing East At 9am this morning we received a call reporting a shooting outside Spalding swimming pool on Pinchbeck Road. Emergency staff, including police and East Midlands Ambulance ...

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Spalding fatal shootings victims unofficially named

The three people killed in a shotgun incident in the grounds of Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex have been named unofficially. They are said to be Lance Hart, his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte. The family is believed to be from Moulton.

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Spalding double murder court hearing: Accused girl (15) and boy (14) remanded in custody

A girl and boy accused of murdering a Spalding school dinner lady and her 13-year-old daughter appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday (July 15). The 15-year old girl and 14-year-old boy are jointly accused of murdering Elizabeth Edwards (49) and her youngest daughter Katie Edwards, whose bodies were discovered at their semi-detached home in Dawson Avenue in April. No ...

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Holbeach man hit in the pocket for Gedney Hill fly-tip

A Holbeach resident has been handed a court bill for £362.37 for not disposing of waste correctly. South Holland District Council brought the prosecution against Peter John McManamon after enforcement officers investigating a large fly-tip at Gedney Hill linked it to him. He had paid an unknown person to remove and dispose of waste items. The council said on Wednesday (July 6): “Even ...

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Dangerous fake cigarettes seized in FOURTH successful raid on Spalding off-licence

A repeat offender off-licence in Spalding has been caught selling the type of fake cigarettes linked to fatal house fires. Police and Trading Standards officers raided Baltic in Winsover Road and seized 2,340 cigarettes. Among the haul including non-duty paid and counterfeit goods were packets of fake Pect. Cigarettes of this type have been linked to a number of house ...

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Appointment of new Lincolnshire PCC deputy did not have police and crime panel’s backing

A Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire has been appointed today (June 8) – despite not receiving key backing. The Lincolnshire Crime and Crime Panel acknowledged that Stuart Tweedale had many skills but it could not support his appointment because he “did not demonstrate an understanding of the principle of personal; independence required to undertake the role”. Police and ...

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Public’s help needed to catch drink or drug drivers this summer

Lincolnshire Police has launched its summer drink and drug drive campaign. People can report a drink or drug driver using a short code SMS text service. Police said: “We will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the courts. “This is only to be used for non-emergency cases. If you see a drink/drug driver actually driving, please ...

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iPads, laptop and cash stolen from pre-school and kids’ club

Children and staff at a village pre-school have been left devastated after a break-in. Thieves climbed in through a small window of a mobile building used by Little Stars in Surfleet and got away with two iPads used by the children and a laptop belonging to pre-school owner Bev Gromett. Just 24 hours later, thieves struck at a kids club ...

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Grandfather’s fear after foot-long arrow shot into garden

A grandfather fears his grandchildren or pet dog could be seriously hurt after a steel-tipped foot long arrow was shot into the garden where they play. The incident is the latest in a spate of ant-social behaviour blighting the home of the man and his partner, who wish to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. In another incident at their ...

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Farm machinery used to pull cash machine from shop wall

Police are investigating after a cash machine was ripped from a shop wall using farm machinery. Officers were called to reports of the cash machine being attacked at 2.26am today (May 24) at the Co-op, Sutton Bridge. When they arrived at the scene the cash machine had been stolen by thieves using a teleporter, which had been abandoned. Two further ...

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20-year sentence for child sex abuser John Edward Bates

Child sex abuser John Edward Bates was handed a 20-year jail sentence on Friday.(May 20)  The former Lincolnshire police officer and Spalding scout leader was convicted on Thursday of 16 charges of indecent assault and two charges of indecency with a child, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. Judge Simon Hirst told Bates: “You were entrusted with the welfare of these complainants ...

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Council turns down another premises licence application for Spalding

South Holland District Council members have turned down a second premises licence application for Spalding in quick succession. Councillors rejected Ernesta Tamutyte’s bid to sell alcohol at Global Foods in Winsover Road after she admitted signing false entries in the shop’s refusals register. Lincolnshire Police claimed that Miss Tamutyte, of Hallgate, Moulton, was involved in the distribution of smuggled goods. ...

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NSPCC: Bates verdict should send out message to other child abusers

A national child welfare charity has urged victims of child abuse to come forward following the conviction of a former police officer and Spalding scout leader. The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children says it hopes the guilty verdict for John Edward Bates at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday (May 19) sends out a clear message to other ...

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Ex-police officer and scout leader guilty of historic sexual assaults on boys

A former Lincolnshire Police officer is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of a series of historic sexual assaults on four young boys. John Edward Bates, who met his victims through his role as a scout leader at Wittering and Spalding during the 1970s and 1980s, was found guilty by the jury at Lincoln Crown Court of 16 charges ...

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Fake £20 notes in Spalding

Fake £20 notes have tried to be passed at Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding in recent weeks. Police are warning residents and businesses in Spalding about the situation. A spokesman said: “A number of incidents have been reported at the Springfield shopping centre over the last few weeks. “Please be vigilant and check all notes for authenticity. If in doubt, call 101 ...

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Witnesses sought after ‘assault’ during row between women

A row between two women in Gedney Hill on Tuesday (May 17) included an alleged assault. It happened outside the McColl’s shop in Hillgate between 9am and 9.30am. Police are appealing for witnesses. Contact PC Lewis Putman at Spalding Police Station by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 74 of May 17.

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Child sex abuse trial: Accused ex-scout leader gives evidence

A former Lincolnshire police officer has today (Tuesday) denied carrying out a string sexual offences against boys. John Edward Bates denies offences against four youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s when he was a scout leader in South Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. Bates (68), who faces a total of 22 charges, denies the matters and says the incidents never happened. The ...

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