A leaking roof has forced Spalding Magistrates’ Court to close and the building may be out of action for at least a month.
Rainwater soaked a witness room, offices used by the Crown Prosecution Service and Probation Service – and part of a ceiling collapsed in one of the magistrates’ retiring rooms.
Cases listed for yesterday (Thursday)) were moved to a special session at Grantham Magistrates’ Court and it’s likely that all Spalding cases will be heard there over the next few weeks.
Defendants arriving at the Spalding court yesterday were given the option of travelling to Grantham, but only a handful chose to do so.
The long-term future of the court is in doubt because various sessions have been stripped away – and another is set to follow suit.
• See Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for more information on the court.