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Review of 2013: December

Mastermind winner Lawrence Cook, right, with Ewen MacIntosh, one of the stars of hit comedy series The Office.

Mastermind winner Lawrence Cook, right, with Ewen MacIntosh, one of the stars of hit comedy series The Office.

Market Rasen Rail User Group’s (MR RUG) campaign to get better train services was given a boost when the town’s MP Sir Edward Leigh wrote to the government’s transport minister.

Sir Edward highlighted the lack of trains serving the town and frequent overcrowding. MR RUG said it was delighted to have the MP’s support.

Brookenby resident Samantha Coulam was named West Lindsey ‘citizen of the year’ and ‘Caistor area champion’. The mum-of-six picked up her awards at the district council’s community awards evening in Gainsborough. She was chosen for her selfless service to others and involvement with community projects.

Residents of Braemar Close sheltered housing complex in Middle Rasen set up a petition to fight plans to scrap their on-site warden. The complex is one of nine across West Lindsey set to lose its warden when Lincolnshire County Council pulls £250,000 of funding.

A judge at the Old Bailey sentenced John Fitzgerald, 30, of Waddingham Road, South Kelsey, to 18 months in prison after he admitted plotting to swindle the Open University out of more than £155,000. Matthew King, 29, of St Hybalds Grove, Brigg, also pleaded guilty to money laundering offence. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Brave staff at Mick’s Caistor Chippy refused to hand over any cash to a robber with a gun who came into the shop at the end of a busy Friday night. Two members of staff spoke to the Rasen Mail about the ordeal - and how they were determined to get the man to leave.

Market Rasen organic chemist Lawrence Cook appeared on BBC2’s Mastermind - and beat off competition from other contestants to win the heat. Lawrence, whose specialist subject was world heavyweight boxing 1960 to 2000, will be back on TV in March for the semi-finals.

 

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