A Metheringham pub manager has applied for a re-inspection following a zero-star hygiene rating, as power blackouts, supply issues and a full kitchen refurbishment saw ordinary food service grind to a temporary halt.

The White Hart on Metheringham High Street was the subject of a food hygiene inspection on June 22 this year, for which they were given an alarming score of zero out of five.

North Kesteven District Council inspectors found that “urgent improvement” was needed in the hygienic food handling and cleanliness of facilities, with management of food safety being considered “generally satisfactory”.

It comes after a score of 4 out of five in its previous inspection, back in January 2021, and management at the pub has explained the reasons behind the low rating.

Callum Toynton, manager at The White Hart, Metheringham, claimed to The Lincolnite that electrical failures left the kitchen without power, while supply issues saw all storage facilities out of order and brought a sudden halt to food service at the pub.

He said: “We have had some issues with the electrical supply to the kitchen and there has been a long period to which the kitchen has been with without power, prior to this inspection we had had a supply issue meaning that all storage facilities were out of order and all fridges and freezers were then emptied to which there was no food left on the premises.

“Due to the kitchen being out of order we didn’t clean as regularly as we would when it was open. But due to work being carried out we could also not step in the way of tradespeople.

“As for the cleanliness, we have had all the kitchen re-plastered due to the plaster breaking down and new electrics ran into parts of the kitchen.

“We have got rid of all cooking utensils and have replaced with new ones, we have also had some of the roof repaired on the kitchen due to damage caused by weather.

“As you can imagine this is a slow process and things need to be actioned and put in place prior to work being started and completed.”

They also spoke about having to turn people away due to kitchen troubles resulting in a postponement of food service. The pub works are now complete with a completely refurbished kitchen and a pledge that it is “more than clean, tidy and hygienic.”

The manager added: “We have had many people come in and ask for food and have had to reject them and send them to other locals pubs to keep the business local and make sure they are supported as well.

“As for actual food service we only started serving 2-3 weeks after the service inspection due to major works needing to be carried out.

“For anyone that comes to The White Hart they know the problems we have had with the kitchen and electrical supply and are aware that during all this food service had been stopped immediately for the safety not only for the public but also the staff.

“Now all work has been carried out and completed we will be applying for a re-inspection where people will see that we are more than following hygiene laws.”

July 12, 2022 4.17 pm

We have arrested another youth in connection with this incident. The 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, and has been released on bail while our enquiries continue.

Please note that all five of the people arrested have been released on bail, including a 15-year-old boy previously reported to have been released under investigation.

Update, 10.24am 5 July:

We have made a further arrest in connection with an incident of violent disorder in Metheringham on 2 July. The 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and has been released on bail.

Our investigations continue and we would still encourage anyone with footage or information about the incident or those involved to come forward.

Original release 4.27pm, 4 July:

We are investigating an affray following reports that a large group of youths were involved in violent disorder at the playing fields in Metheringham this weekend.

The incident included two boys with what appeared to be blades as well as punches and kicks being thrown between several people, and took place at around 3.30pm on Saturday 2 July in the public space.

We are treating this as a priority and have made three arrests so far.

We believe this was an isolated and planned incident involving people who knew each other, but we know that it will be concerning for people living in the village.

Inspector Rachel Blackwell, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This was a very serious incident and we understand that there will be people who feel frightened by what they may have heard, witnessed, or seen on social media.

“Local residents may notice an increased policing presence in the coming days as we work hard to identify and deal with those involved that haven’t yet been, and more importantly to reassure the community that we are taking robust action.

“Our communities have the right to visit a play park in the middle of the day without the fear that they would witness such violent and frightening behaviour.

“There were young children and families at the park at the time of the incident, and we would like to reassure them, and anyone else who feels worried about this incident, that we are giving this our full attention.”

We have arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of public order offences and have been released on bail which our enquiries continue. We have also arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of violent disorder. He has been released on bail.

We know that there were lots of people there who saw and possibly filmed the incident, and we would appeal to them to come forward and share that footage or information they may have. This will help police to collate the full picture.

There are a number of ways to get in touch:

  • By calling 101 quoting incident 287 of 2 July.
  • By emailing [email protected] quoting incident 287 of 2 July in the subject line.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

A fourth teenager has been arrested following an incident of ‘violent disorder’ in Metheringham, in which a bladed article was reportedly used in a fight. The incident has left many in the local community in fear.

Lincolnshire Police opened an investigation into possible affray following reports of a large group of youths being involved in an incident of violent disorder on Metheringham playing fields on Saturdays July 2.

It appeared to involve at least two young males with what looked like blades. Punches and kicks were thrown towards several people in a video that was shared across social media.

Police believe it to be an isolated and planned incident involving people who knew each other.

Three people, aged 14, 15 and 16, were arrested on Monday, July 4. Two were released on bail and the 15-year-old was released under investigation while enquiries continued.

Officers have now arrested a fourth teenager, also aged 16, on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been released on bail as of Tuesday morning.

Within the Metheringham community there is a sense of fear at the severity of the incident, particularly with suggestions of a bladed article being involved.

Sarah Wigmore-Forman commented on social media to say: “We don’t need this behaviour in our very peaceful village”, while Nic Ola said they don’t believe this incident is “isolated” after all.

Nic said: “These individuals have terrorised this village for long enough, plenty of calls have been made to the police before.”

This was echoed by Emily Greaves, who commented: “Older residents are scared and young parents who want to let their children use the playing field are scared to let them go there.”

Police investigations are still ongoing and officers encourage anyone with footage or information about the incident to come forward by calling 101 or emailing [email protected] – quoting incident number 287 of July 2.

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