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Police appeal garners new leads in Alan Wood murder case

Detectives investigating the death of a man who was brutally murdered 10 years ago say they have received new information following a recent appeal.

Alan Wood
Lincolnshire Police

Alan Wood, 50, was bound and tortured before he was killed in his home in Lound, near Bourne, in October 2009.

Following an appeal on the 10th anniversary of his murder, Senior Investigating Officer, Martin Holvey, said: "A number of people have contacted us with information including people who didn't speak with us in 2009.

"We continue to work on information provided to us and we've been able to eliminate some names from the investigation where members of the public had suspicions about particular individuals."

CCTV
Lincolnshire Police

He said they're also in the process of reviewing CCTV from 2009, showing a suspect using cash-points in Bourne and Stamford.

A reward of £50,000 has been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Severe accident: A151 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A151 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, from A16 to Cross Gate.

A151 Lincolnshire - A151 High Road in Low Fulney closed and it's slow in both directions from the A16 junction to the Cross Gate junction, because of an accident involving tree and car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Wetherspoons targets Bourne as part of £200m investment

Bourne in Lincolnshire is one of the places set to take a share of £200m new investment by pub chain JD Wetherspoon over the next four years, it's been confirmed.

Wetherspoon sign
Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The investment as a whole will create about 10,000 jobs, with the opening of new pubs and hotels as well as the expansion of existing pubs across the UK and Ireland, the firm says.

Most of the investment will be channelled into developments in small and medium-sized towns, including the opening of a new pub in Bourne.

Wetherspoons founder and chairman Tim Martin said: "We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years.

"We are especially pleased a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years.

Wetherspoons operates 875 pubs and 58 hotels across the UK and Republic of Ireland and employs 44,000 staff.

Christmas reprieve for homes threatened by £39m road plan

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Residents fighting against plans to demolish their homes to make way for a new road are celebrating after councillors recommended a change to the route.

Campaigners
LDRS

Nine properties on Bourne Road were under threat of demolition as part of plans to build the £39m Spalding Relief Road.

However, this morning, members of Lincolnshire County Council’s highways scrutiny committee voted unanimously to recommend a change to the route.

The road was originally planned to pass through Bourne Road but under the newly-proposed route would cut through the nearby Trojan Woods at an additional cost of £2.24m.

Speaking after the meeting, Bourne Road resident Catherine Roberts (pictured above third from right) said: “We just can’t wait to get back to tell the rest of the residents that we can now relax and enjoy Christmas."

The recommendation will now go before council leaders on the executive committee in January.

Severe accident: A6121 Rutland both ways

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A6121 Rutland both ways severe accident, between A6121 and Glen Crescent.

A6121 Rutland - A6121 Stamford Road in Essendine blocked and queues in both directions between the A6121 junction and the Glen Crescent junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

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A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, from J17 for A1 Great North Road Peterborough to J16 for A15 London Road Norman Cross.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound from J17, A1 (Peterborough) to J16, A15 (Norman Cross), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire westbound

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A47 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to Bretton Gate.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Soke Parkway closed and queues westbound from J18 A15 Lincoln Road to the Bretton Gate junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Fulbridge Road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dino Visser was making only his second appearance in English football

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound

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A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, from J15 for Toll Bar Way to J17 for A1 Great North Road Peterborough.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane blocked on A1(M) northbound from J15, Toll (Sawtry) to J17, A1 (Peterborough), because of vehicle having a tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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Police officer's nose broken in Spalding attack

A police officer has been left with a suspected broken nose after being punched in the face in Spalding.

Police officers
BBC

The officer was dealing with a disturbance in the town over the weekend when the attack happened.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner has angrily criticised those who attack officers.

Marc Jones says he was shocked and angry when he found out about the incident, and called for the "full weight of legal retribution" for the attacker.

Severe accident: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

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A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, from Peterborough Road to B1040 Church Street.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 West End in Whittlesey closed and queues in both directions from the Peterborough Road junction to the B1040 Church Street junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A17 Lincolnshire both ways

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A17 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between B1357 Common Road and Washway Road.

A17 Lincolnshire - A17 Washway Road in Fosdyke Bridge closed in both directions between the B1357 Common Road junction and the Washway Road junction, because of a car on fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire both ways

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A43 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, from A47 to A427 Stamford Road.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 closed in both directions from the A47 junction in Duddington to the A427 Stamford Road junction in Weldon, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Severe accident: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

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A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Gosberton Bank and Marsh Lane.

A16 Lincolnshire - A16 in Surfleet closed in both directions between the Gosberton Bank junction and the Marsh Lane junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Two brothers win Lincolnshire Police public service award

Two brothers from Lincolnshire whose father killed their mother and sister have won an award for outstanding contribution to public service.

The brothers with their award
Lincolnshire Police

Luke and Ryan Hart have campaigned to highlight controlling and coercive behaviour since the deaths of their mother Claire and sister Charlotte in Spalding in 2016.

A review into the killings has detailed how Mrs Hart and her three children had been suffering from coercive control abuse by her husband for many years without them realising.

Luke and Ryan have since launched their own organisation, Coco Awareness, have published a best-selling book and have become White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions.

They also regularly speak at national and international events.

The brothers have received the award as part of Lincolnshire Police’s annual recognition awards.

Search is on in Spalding for Christmas figurines

Keep your eyes peeled in Spalding over the next month - a Nutcracker Trail is being launched with 14 figurines hidden around the town.

Staff with the Nutcrackers
South Holland District Council

The decorative Nutcracker figurines are most commonly made to resemble a toy soldier. In German tradition, the dolls are symbols of good luck.

The trail has been created by South Holland District Council and will see the figures hidden in shops around the town from December 7 to 22.

Booklets are available to help guide participants on their festive foray.

After the trail has been completed and all the figurines' names have been entered into the booklet, the participant will be able to post their entry form in special post boxes at the South Holland Centre and the council offices.

Three winners will then be chosen at random and will receive a hamper.

Marianne is latest Apprentice to be fired

American Marianne Rawlins has become the latest The Apprentice candidate to be fired.

Marianne Rawlins
BBC/Boundless

Her time on the hit BBC show came to an end last night.

Marianne, who lives in Stamford, failed to impress her prospective boss, Lord Sugar, when it came to managing an unsigned musician and was sent home in a shock double firing alongside Thomas Skinner.

Marianne told the BBC it had become clear she and Lord Sugar wouldn't have made a great match.

"He wants to be able to relate to the person he goes in to business with and he couldn't relate to me. He didn't understand what my intentions were, he misunderstood what I said a lot of the time and so there was just a real disconnect there and I think it would have led to a rocky partnership."