Review of the Year Part Five: Spike in thefts led police to ask for help

Lining up for a charity calendar
Lining up for a charity calendar

May saw concerns over the introduction of free school dinners for all infant pupils prompt a visit by an award-winning dinner lady.

Jeanette Orrey MBE, who came to prominence after working with Jamie Oliver, visited Osgodby School to see first hand the challenges faced by small school when it comes to lunch times.

There was a moving memorial service at Market Rasen station to remember the five-man crew killed when their Valiant plane crashed in a field nearby.

More than 200 people, including many family members of the crew, gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the crash.

John Matthews was announced as Mayor of Market Rasen for the coming year and in Brigg, Edward Arnott became the youngest mayor in the council’s recent history.

Staying with Brigg, it was revealed pub giant JD Wetherspoons were to buy The White Horse, with plans to open the “completely transformed” pub by the end of the year.

And at nearby Howsham, village hall supporters celebrated the £20,000 investment which has seen the venue go from a chilly meeting place to a welcoming community asset.

Campaigners in Bleasby Moor were back in action after hearing their nights could be disturbed by noise from a nearby poultry unit.

But a field at Normanby by Spital was made considerably quieter when thieves stole 100 pigs from a farm in the area.

The area was also suffering from a spike in thefts and police asked the public to be on the lookout to help stop the overhead cable thefts.

And West Lindsey Inspector Simon Outen answered Rasen Mail readers’ questions on crime - but it seemed his answers only led to more even questions.