Review of the Year 2012 September

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Armed robbers torched their getaway car after an attempted raid on Colsterworth Post Office.

An eyewitness described how two masked men entered the post office, believed to be carrying a pistol. They got away with nothing after a shop worker pressed the alarm.

Westgate has re-opened to traffic this week - but will be closed for the final day of the Gravity Fields Festival on September 28 from 6am until 11pm.

Westgate has re-opened to traffic this week - but will be closed for the final day of the Gravity Fields Festival on September 28 from 6am until 11pm.

Value goods chain Boyes announced it would be coming to Grantham and moving into the former Marks and Spencer premises on High Street, creating 30 jobs. The premises had stood empty since early 2011.

MP Nick Boles was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government with planning and development as his brief.

A £330,000 brand new kitchen remained unused at Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School due to a dispute over tax between the food supplier, the county council and the tax department. Then the food supplier pulled out of providing school meals.

A campaign aimed at saving the spire of St Wulfram’s Church was launched. The church said it needed £600,000 to save the spire.

A sex attacker was jailed indefinitely after the woman he assaulted caught him and made a citizens’ arrest. She and her boyfriend arrested Jason Hallam only hours after the attack.

ASDA Andy retired as store greeter. Andy Widdowson, 64, had worked at the store for nine years.

He is a big Nottingham Forest fan and was at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

Disabled Doreen Jackson, 76, shared her story with the Journal after her mobility scooter was stolen by a conman.

A state-of-the-art doctors’ surgery was officially opened in Corby Glen. The £1.1m Market Cross Surgery in Bourne Road was opened by Doctors Ann and Sandy Surtees.

Mother Tanya Thomas demanded an apology from the B&Q store after a tin of paint fell on her while she was holding her baby.The paint covered her trousers and trainers and only just missed her baby.

Action group reVOLT said plans for giant wind turbines would ruin the countryside.

The group, set up to fight plans for turbines near Brandon and north of Hougham, said they had identified plans for 17 more turbines in the area.

Work on improvements to Westgate were completed.

Businesses in the street said they were pleased with the work which included raised crossing points, a new zebra crossing and a lowering of the speed limit to 20mph.

The Cherry Tree pub in Harrowby Lane shut down and it was revealed by the landlady Pat King that Tesco had bought the site for an Express store.

TV presenter Dallas Campbell opened the Gravity Fields Festival with a grand launch in the George Centre.

Teenage tearaway Casey Page, 14, became the youngest person in the district to get an ASBO.

He terrorised the Earlesfield Estate for years, leaving many people afraid to leave their homes.

MP Nick Boles said ‘Grantham is a fantastic place to die’ at a ceremony to open the new Grantham Hospice building.

Thousands of people were expected to pack the town centre for the closing ceremony of the Gravity Fields Festival.