Grantham Journal review of the year: April

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A community from the Sharpe Road area of Grantham banded together to form an action group intended to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The residents believed that Lincolnshire Police and South Kesteven District Council’s efforts to curb the behaviour were insufficient.

Sharpe Road's action group.

Sharpe Road's action group.

The action group installed its own CCTV and were hoping to work with both the police and SKDC to tackle the problem.

A green light was given to plans for a multi-million pound tennis complex in Grantham.

South Kesteven District Council approved the proposal for a 13-court complex on the site of Grantham Tennis Club’s current facilities at Arnoldfield, off Gonerby Road.

The development was expected to cost £3.5m with funding from a private investor and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Former KGGS pupil Shona McCallin was selected to represent England’s under-21 hockey team in four matches against the USA at Lilleshall at Easter.

Nineteen-year-old Shona, of Dry Doddington, was selected for the team as part of its preparation for the European Hockey Championships later in the year. Shona was considered too young by selectors for the summer’s Olympic Games in London.

Grantham Town secured their first league title in 14 years in front of their own fans at The Meres. Watched by more than 400 fans, the Gingerbreads triumphed 1-0 over Quorn.

Grantham sealed the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South championship title with three games to spare to take them up into the Premier Division.

Pollution caused by a spillage from an overturned lorry carrying fertiliser killed hundreds of fish in the River Witham, just south of Grantham.

The tanker spilled 3,000 litres of diluted ammonia into the water system when it overturned in Church Street, North Witham.

The chemical made its way into the Witham where it killed various species of fish in a 12-mile stretch between Colsterworth and Little Ponton.

One man died and five others were badly injured in three road crashes in a single week.

Two accidents happened within minutes of each other. The first was on the A1 near Great Gonerby where a lorry overturned, leaving its driver with serious injuries. A female cyclist was also seriously injured when she was in collision with a van in Bridge End Road.

Both incidents happened two days after a man was killed in a crash with a lorry on the A15 at Osbournby. Three passengers in the car were hospitalised with serious injuries.

A gang of four men were jailed for a total of 37 years for kidnapping a cash and carry manager and robbing the Booker Wholesale premises in Grantham where he worked.

The four men from Northampton stole cash and cigarettes but were traced by Nottinghamshire Police who headed the investigation due to the initial kidnapping occurring at the manager’s home in Keyworth, near Nottingham.

Pub side Beehive United made history by becoming the first Grantham team in 51 years to win the Lincs Junior Cup.

Grantham Saturday League side Beehive beat Peterborough Premier Division leaders Pinchbeck United 2-1 in the competition’s cup final at York Street, Boston.