PE teacher turns caped crusader to fight crime in Market Deeping

Crimefighting superheroes from Deepings Round Table are Jason Whaley (Green Lantern), James Wright (Superman), Angus Grooby (Buzz Lightyear), Chris Ray (Batman), Darren Scott (Pudsey), Dean Buggs (Iron Man), Mike Jacklin (Captain America), Alan Girvan (Batman) and Simon Braid (Superman). Robin is not pictured.   Photo by Judy Stevens.
Crimefighting superheroes from Deepings Round Table are Jason Whaley (Green Lantern), James Wright (Superman), Angus Grooby (Buzz Lightyear), Chris Ray (Batman), Darren Scott (Pudsey), Dean Buggs (Iron Man), Mike Jacklin (Captain America), Alan Girvan (Batman) and Simon Braid (Superman). Robin is not pictured. Photo by Judy Stevens.
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A Bourne schoolteacher has joined the justice league after becoming a caped crusader to fight crime on Children in Need day.

Chris Ray, head of PE at Bourne Grammar School, was dressed as Batman outfit when he joined forces with another Batman, two Supermen, a Robin, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Captain America, Buzz Lightyear and Pudsey Bear to catch two youths suspected of vandalism in Market Deeping on November 13.

Mr Ray said: “We were out with Deepings Round Table, raising money for Children in Need dressed as superheroes.

“We went to a number of pubs to collect money and as we came out of one of them, we saw some lads damaging cars,

“They ran off so we jumped in an Age Concern van and chased after them, apprehended them and called the police.

“Then I went to the door of one of the car owners, dressed as Batman, to tell them that we’d caught the lads.

I went to the home of one of the car owners, dressed as Batman, to tell them that we’d caught the lads and who should turn up but one of the team dressed as Robin - it was just like a scene from Only Fools and Horses

Chris Ray of Deepings Round Table and head of PE, Bourne Grammar School

“During the conversation between me, the man and his family, who should turn up but one of the team dressed as Robin.

“I can’t picture how it must have looked to the man and his family with Batman and Robin outside saying ‘we’ve caught the criminals”.

“It was just like a scene from Only Fools and Horses, but it was a spur of the moment situation and we raised £1,900 for Children in Need as well.”

James Wright from Deepings Round Table, who was dressed as Superman, said: “We’ve been doing this Children in Need collection for about six years and, certainly, nothing like this has ever happened before.

“We were just out having a good night and raising money for a worthwhile cause, so we all just thought the whole thing was very amusing.”

Meanwhile, police in the Deepings posted a message about the crimefighting caper on their Facebook page.

It said: “We were surprised to arrive at a reported incident of criminal damage in Market Deeping (and) discover that the suspects had already been detained by two Supermen, two Batmen, the Green Lantern, Iron Man, Buzz Lightyear and a (Pudsey) Bear.

“Thanks guys, you’re our heroes! ‪#‎justiceleague‬”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the two youths, aged 14 and 15, had been released while inquiries continued into how the vehicles, a blue Mazda and a van, had been damaged.

Mr Ray said: “The police turned up very quickly, so we handed the lads on and went on our way.”

Mr Wright added: “It’s all been a bit overwhelming.”