Triple gun deaths are ‘a shame for family and Spalding’

Coun Pete Williams has described the deaths of three people in Spalding as "a reflection of the pressures on our society at the moment".  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Coun Pete Williams has described the deaths of three people in Spalding as "a reflection of the pressures on our society at the moment". Photo by Tim Wilson.
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One of South Holland’s most well-known figures has described the deaths of a man and two women as “a shame for the family and for Spalding”.

Coun Peter Williams, South Holland District Council member for Spalding St Paul’s, described the deaths of Lance Hart, wife Claire Hart and daughter Charlotte Hart as “not good news for Spalding, nor for the nation”.

Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The three people who died, whose names have been made public by various news organisations, all suffered serious injuries believed to have been caused by a shotgun.

Coun Williams, who is also licence holder of The Punchbowl in Spalding, said: “This is an isloated incident and I don’t see it as any worry for the public.

“It’s obviously a shame for the family, but it’s also a shame for Spalding.

“We don’t need this, after the other recent problems we’ve had, and it seems like a bizarre way to resolve a family problem.

“Maybe this is a reflection of the pressures on our society at the moment and I do think there is an unbelievable amount of pressure on people that is not seen.

“It’s not good news, not just for Spalding but for the nation as well.”

At a news conference this afternoon (Tuesday), Superintendent Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police said: “We believe a shotgun was involved in the incident and we are working alongside colleagues from the East Midlands Major Crime Team in order to provide answers around what has happened today.

“Clearly, a situation such as this is hard to comprehend for a small community like Spalding.

“However, we believe all those involved were known to each other and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with this tragedy.”