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Andrew Brookes rejoined the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian as a senior reporter in May 2021 after a spell working in PR. He was previously news editor at these titles and deputy editor of the Boston Standard.

A17 set to shut – with large commercial ship to pass at bridge crossing

17 November 2023
A17 set to shut – with large commercial ship to pass at bridge crossing

A17 set to shut – with large commercial ship to pass at bridge crossing

17 November 2023

The A17 will be closed to motorists for 45 minutes this evening at Cross Keys Bridge.


Six boys – one aged just 12 – arrested after spate of motorcycle and scooter thefts

07 July 2023
Six boys – one aged just 12 – arrested after spate of motorcycle and scooter thefts

Six boys – one aged just 12 – arrested after spate of motorcycle and scooter thefts

07 July 2023

Six boys – one as young as 12 – have been arrested in connection with a spate of thefts of motorcycles and scooters.


Police report 'dramatic increase' in anti-social behaviour during school holiday

07 April 2023
Police report 'dramatic increase' in anti-social behaviour during school holiday

Police report 'dramatic increase' in anti-social behaviour during school holiday

07 April 2023

Police say that anti-social behaviour incidents have 'dramatically increased' with children off school this week.


Robbers jailed after hitting man with pliers in raid

03 March 2023
Robbers jailed after hitting man with pliers in raid

Robbers jailed after hitting man with pliers in raid

03 March 2023

Two men who robbed a petrol station after the cashier was assaulted with a pair of pliers were today jailed for a combined total of over 11 years


Bakkavor site closure confirmed - with 300 staff looking for new jobs

24 January 2023
Bakkavor site closure confirmed - with 300 staff looking for new jobs

Bakkavor site closure confirmed - with 300 staff looking for new jobs

24 January 2023

Bosses have confirmed they will axe a factory in our area - despite posting rising revenues for the last year.


Food factory workers negotiate pay rise worth 11.5%

04 November 2022
Food factory workers negotiate pay rise worth 11.5%

Food factory workers negotiate pay rise worth 11.5%

04 November 2022

Hundreds of workers at Princes in Long Sutton will benefit from a pay rise worth 11.5%.


Slavery order for car wash owners

15 October 2022
Slavery order for car wash owners

Slavery order for car wash owners

15 October 2022

The owners of a hand car wash have had restrictions imposed on them by court for the next decade.


Major rebuild revealed for secondary school

13 July 2022
Major rebuild revealed for secondary school

Major rebuild revealed for secondary school

13 July 2022

Secondary school bosses have revealed plans for a major rebuilding programme.


Woman dies after A141 crash

04 July 2022
Woman dies after A141 crash

Woman dies after A141 crash

04 July 2022

A woman has died following a collision on the A141.


Man forced to pay out £3k after being caught fly tipping tyres

18 June 2022
Man forced to pay out £3k after being caught fly tipping tyres

Man forced to pay out £3k after being caught fly tipping tyres

18 June 2022

A man was forced to pay out more than £3,000 after being taken to court by council bosses for fly tipping tyres.


Robber stole cash and cigarettes

13 June 2022
Robber stole cash and cigarettes

Robber stole cash and cigarettes

13 June 2022

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses who may have seen a robbery.


Community projects win share of £15k police cash pot

01 May 2022
Community projects win share of £15k police cash pot

Community projects win share of £15k police cash pot

01 May 2022

Funding worth £15,000 will be dished out to three projects aimed at improving village lift.


Overnight A17 closures start next week

30 April 2022
Overnight A17 closures start next week

Overnight A17 closures start next week

30 April 2022

Details of overnight closures of the A17 have been reiterated by highways chiefs as major bridge works continue.

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Overnight A17 closures during bridge work

12 March 2022
Overnight A17 closures during bridge work

Overnight A17 closures during bridge work

12 March 2022

Highways chiefs have announced overnight closures for the A17 in Sutton Bridge as part of major maintenance work.


£10k to boost village life

10 March 2022
£10k to boost village life

£10k to boost village life

10 March 2022

Community groups can apply for up to £10,000 each to make their village a better place to ‘live, work and play’.


Can you help find Donald?

03 March 2022
Can you help find Donald?

Can you help find Donald?

03 March 2022

Police are appealing for help to try to find a missing man from our area.


Long diversion route revealed for major bridge works

01 March 2022
Long diversion route revealed for major bridge works

Long diversion route revealed for major bridge works

01 March 2022

Highways bosses have revealed the official diversion route details that will be in place during works on Cross Keys Swing Bridge.


Long diversion route revealed for next week's major bridge works

24 February 2022
Long diversion route revealed for next week's major bridge works

Long diversion route revealed for next week's major bridge works

24 February 2022

Highways bosses have revealed the official diversion route details that will be in place during works on Cross Keys Swing Bridge.


Plan for 30 homes agreed despite cut for the affordables

20 February 2022
Plan for 30 homes agreed despite cut for the affordables

Plan for 30 homes agreed despite cut for the affordables

20 February 2022

A developer will be allowed to build 30 new properties, despite failing to deliver any affordable homes in the site.


Bridge work is due to start this month

12 February 2022
Bridge work is due to start this month

Bridge work is due to start this month

12 February 2022

An 18-week job to paint and repair Cross Keys Swing Bridge begins at the end of the month.


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