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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.

Spalding Pumpkin Festival

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.

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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
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
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
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
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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Man dies after being hit by a coach

Police in Lincolnshire are trying to identify a man who died after being hit by a coach on the A16 near Spalding.

It happened at around 6pm on Saturday 4 May on the southbound A16 near to Cowbit. It is believed the man was walking along the road when the collision occurred.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man did not have any form of identification on him, so officers are trying to establish who he was. He is described as around 6'4" with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a 2-tone grey hoody, grey tracksuit bottoms and yellow trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

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