A 52-year-old man from Spalding who was allegedly murdered died after a stab wound to the chest, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Darren Kirk died after an alleged assault at a property in Cygnet Court in Spalding on December 20, 2021. A second man, 46-year-old Mark Stone, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after an alleged serious assault at an address in Bowditch Road.

Wayne Rule, 45, of Cygnet Court in Spalding, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Wearing a grey top and grey jogging bottoms Mr Rule appeared before Judge Simon Hurst at Lincoln Crown Court on December 23, 2021.

The case was adjourned for a provisional trial, on a date to be fixed, at Lincoln Crown Court next year. The trial is expected to last three weeks, with his next court appearance scheduled for March 4, 2022 for a plea and case management hearing.

An inquest was opened by Paul Smith, HM Acting Senior Coroner for the County of Lincolnshire, on Thursday, January 27. The place of death was confirmed as Cygnet Court in Spalding, with the clinical cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The inquest was adjourned and a date for a further hearing was set for June 17, 2022.

A woman in her 60s has been found dead at her home in Weston near Spalding after a fire believed to have been caused accidentally by discarded smoking materials.

Emergency services were called to a fire at a property on Broadgate in the Lincolnshire village at 3.38pm on Saturday, January 22.

Police cordoned off the scene while the incident was investigated. The force has since said that the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

David Lynch, area manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “On Saturday afternoon, our crews from Spalding and Holbeach attended a house fire at Broadgate in Weston, where very sadly a woman was found dead.

“We believe that the fire was caused accidentally by discarded smoking materials. Our crews have been offered welfare support and of course we are thinking of her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Lincolnshire Police said: “Officers received reports of a house fire at a property in Broadgate, Weston in Spalding.

“A woman in her 60s was found deceased inside the property. The incident is being treated as non-suspicious.”

South Holland District Council has secured a closure order on an address in Spalding after reports of drug dealing, abusive behaviour and a host of other illegal activity taking place.

The Partial Closure Order on a property on Severn Road will last for three months after extensive work from South Holland District Council, in partnership with Lincolnshire Police.

Residents in the area issued various complaints and reports about the address, saying it was being used for illegal activity such as drug dealing, while neighbours experienced anti-social and abusive behaviour from those visiting the property.

Concerns were expressed that the tenant was being exploited by people committing these illegal actions, which prompted the council’s community safety team to seek the order, and it has been awarded in court.

Councillor Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “I welcome this important decision by the court, and would like to thank our council officers and those from the police for their quick, pro-active action to help keep our residents safe while a long-term solution is found.

“I am pleased that we have been able to secure this order, and hope that it shows the importance of reporting any anti-social behaviour to us in the district, so that we can investigate and take appropriate steps to put an end to it as soon as possible.”

The order allows for the tenant to remain in the property, and for any key workers who need to visit in the course of their duties to access it, but anyone else will be committing an offence if they are found to have entered the home.

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