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Farming business fined £200,000 after manager killed

A farming business in Lincolnshire has been fined more than £200,000 after a farm manager was killed by a forklift truck.

Peter Barney, who was fifty eight, was walking from his car to a potato shed at Middle Farm in Moulton Seas End, Spalding, when he was struck in 2010.

Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £165,000 plus £39,500 in costs.

Trust pays compensation for 'botched operations'

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Compensation of over one million pounds has been awarded to a mum of three after a series of botched operations left her crippled for life.

Seven years ago Tracey Hughes, from Spalding, fell and broke her leg. But mistakes made at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital meant she almost had to have it amputated. In the meantime Tracey's home was repossessed after her partner lost his job as he took time off to care for her.

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Significant money found floating in Spalding river

Bank notes worth tens of thousands of pounds have been found floating in a river in Spalding. Credit: PA

Bank notes worth tens of thousands of pounds have been found floating in a river in Spalding.

The cash, thought to total around 60 thousand pounds, was spotted in the South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre on Friday 25 October.

The Bank of England is expected to be drafted in to help police examine the notes. Detectives say anyone who wants to claim the money will need 'evidence of ownership'.

Thousands of pounds found in river

Lincolnshire Police are investigating the the discovery of a substantial amount of money that was found in a Spalding river.

The cash was spotted floating in the South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre by a member of the public Friday 25 October.

The money was retrieved from the river by officers, whose initial count estimated the cash to be in the region of sixty thousand pounds.

It isn’t everyday that an amount of money like this is found and somebody must have information that will help the Police trace the lawful owner. I would be grateful to hear from people who have genuine information to pass on to me.

– DC Steve Hull

Spalding Pumpkin Parade

With just a few weeks to go until Halloween, a town in Lincolnshire is gearing up for its annual Pumpkin Parade.

Around ten thousand people are expected to descend on Spalding later as part of its 13th Pumpkin Festival. And as Kate Hemingway reports it's been a bumper year for the crop.

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Preparations for tonight's Spalding Pumpkin Festival

Up to ten thousand people are expected to attend the annual Spalding Pumpkin Festival tonight.

Preparations are underway, culminating in a huge parade through the town later this evening.

It's to celebrate the fact Europe's largest pumpkin grower is from the area, producing 3 million every year.

Miracle escape of "dyke crash" baby

A four month old baby from Lincolnshire survived being submerged under water for four minutes, after her mum crashed the car they were travelling in into a dyke.

Beckie Thompson from Spalding had only been driving for six weeks when she swerved to avoid an oncoming car - but ended up plunging into the water. She's now desperate to track down a man who stopped and gave her daughter CPR - saving the baby's life. As Kate Hemingway reports.

Baby rescued from car in dyke

Car wreckage that baby Imogen Thompson survived Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A four-month-old baby miraculously survived after her mother's car crashed into a ditch leaving her trapped under water for four minutes.

Beckie Thompson, 21, was driving daughter Imogen to nursery when she lost control of her Peugeot 206 while swerving to avoid another vehicle in Spalding. It rolled over into the dyke and landed on its roof.

The distraught mum managed to pull little Imogen from the wreckage - by which time the baby had been underwater for four minutes. A passing motorist stopped and gave her CPR.

Car wreckage that baby Imogen Thompson survived Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Miss Thompson said: 'It is a miracle that she is alive. For all intents and purposes she was dead for seven minutes, four in the car, then three at the roadside.

'It was like an out-of-body experience, like I was watching a soap or something. She had blue lips and blue fingertips. I really didn't think she was going to wake up."

Baby Imogen survives being trapped underwater in crash

Beckie Thompson and her baby daughter Imogen Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A four-month-old baby miraculously survived after her mother's car crashed into a ditch leaving her trapped under water for four minutes.

Beckie Thompson, 21, was driving daughter Imogen to nursery when she lost control of her Peugeot 206 while swerving to avoid another vehicle in Spalding. It rolled over into the dyke and landed on its roof.

The trainee nurse, who had only been driving six weeks, was flung back on to the rear seats of the car. But she managed to climb out and then began desperately hunting for her baby.

The dyke into which Beckie Thompson crashed leaving her baby trapped underwater Credit: ITV Yorkshire

To her horror, Miss Thompson saw her child's toes poking out of the water. She pulled Imogen, still strapped into her car seat, free and placed her on the bank.

By that stage the little girl had been underwater for four minutes and her lips and fingers were blue.

Her mother realised she was not breathing and started screaming for help. A motorist who stopped his car after witnessing the accident ran over and wrapped the baby in his T-shirt.

He then performed CPR for three minutes before the baby began to cry.

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