SPALDING SHOOTINGS TRAGEDY: MP says pool staff and witnesses should get support they need

MP John Hayes will meet staff at Spalding swimming pool.
MP John Hayes will meet staff at Spalding swimming pool.

MP John Hayes aims to “pop in” to see staff at Spalding’s swimming pool in the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting tragedy that left three members of one family dead.

Lance Hart, from Moulton, shot his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte in the car park near the Castle Swimming Pool before turning the gun on himself.

It was an incredible tragedy and an almost unbelievable event.

The South Holland and the Deepings MP says it is important that pool staff, and others who were in the vicinity at the time, get the support they need.

Speaking this afternoon (Friday), the MP said: “It’s an awful thing to have happened and we all recognise that.

“I am very anxious we make sure the staff at the swimming pool are properly looked after and I am going to pop in next week to see them.

“I think it’s just as important that those who were in the immediate vicinity receive any support that they need.”

Mr Hayes said Tuesday’s events were a great shock to everyone, but people nearby – some of whom may have witnessed or heard the event – will be shocked all the more.

Mr Hayes has been working closely with the emergency services and believes nothing could have been done to prevent the tragic events from unfolding as they did.

He continued: “We will know more when the investigation continues and reaches its conclusion.

“The police responded immediately, the ambulance was there quickly, everyone rallied round, actually, the whole community.

“It was an incredible tragedy and an almost unbelievable event.”

Mr Hayes said while people were shocked and saddened, they had responded with “an absolute resolve to keep our community together and support the people we live amongst”.