A motorbike rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a police car, which was in pursuit of an Audi on the A1104 Miles Cross Hill in Alford.

The crash happened at around 5.20pm on Wednesday, June 9 and at the time of the collision police were in pursuit of a red Audi.

The chase happened after the driver had failed to stop for police.

The Audi was later recovered and a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of taking the vehicle without consent.

The matter has been referred to Lincolnshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, who will investigate the circumstances.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police is being urged to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 347 of June 9.

A 70-year-old man from Mablethorpe died and another passenger was seriously injured after a car crashed into a tree in a village near Alford.

The collision involving a Renault Modus happened on Main Road in Withern just before midday on December 22.

Two passengers, a man and a woman, were both seriously injured and taken to hospital. The female driver was not seriously injured.

Lincolnshire Police announced on Thursday, December 31 that the man has since sadly died and they are now investigating the collision.

Any witnesses or anyone with information or dashcam footage is being urged to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident reference number 149 of December 22.

A secondary school in Alford will temporarily close for a week due to coronavirus.

John Spendluffe Technology College said it has experienced “considerable staff shortages, not due to confirmed COVID cases but to protect our staff if they have potential links to settings with confirmed cases”.

On Friday it said it had two positive cases of coronavirus – one in the Year 11 cohort and one in Year 7. A letter to parents/carers from headteacher Ms Shorrock on Saturday confirmed another case within its Year 8 bubble that morning.

After consultation with its chair and vice chair of the governing body it was decided to temporarily close to all students for the week from Monday, November 16.

Ms Shorrock said: “We feel this is the right decision for staff, students and the local community. This step will allow staff to work with their individual class remotely and upload targeted work not our Class Charts platform.”

She added: “We appreciate that this will cause some disruption and inconvenience to our families but we feel this is unavoidable at present.

“There is no substitute for having children face to face with their class teacher and we do not anticipate that this pause in our usual curriculum offering will be for an extended period.

“Our desire would be to have children back in school as soon as possible, but only if it is safe to do so.”

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