From our archives: OAP helps policeman beaten by crowd of drunks

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1989: A 74-year-old pensioner was praised by a county judge after she came to the aid of a policeman being beaten unconscious by a crowd of drunks in Boston town centre.

The judge said: “If each one of us had her courage, then perhaps we would have a few less disorders. She should be commended for her courage but cautioned to be careful before she does it again.”

Mrs Allton stood in front of the policeman with her arms outstretched as the attackers jostled to get at him. She was in danger of losing her balance until her daughter.

Mrs Allton said: “If it was a policeman being attacked I would do it again. I think somebody has got to.”

Firefighters rescued an elderly deaf and nearly-blind dog from mud in the River Witham in Boston after it accidentally plunged over a wharf wall.

Springer spaniel Kizzy took an unexpected dive while still attached to her lead after she jumped on to the wharf wall at South End, near the Haven Bridge.

Owner Theresa Walker still had hold of the other end of the extending lead – and believed it saved 15-year-old Kizzy from serious injury as the lead snapped and broke her fall. The more the dog struggled in the mud, the more she sank deeper.A fire crew spent 30 minutes rescuing her - pulling her out onto a canvas sheet and hauling her up to safety.

“They were marvellous,” said Mrs Walker.


A young mechanic from Old Leake received one of the Royal Humane Society’s highest awards for saving a boy from drowning.

David Overton, 22, received the bronze medal for rescuing a 14-year-old boy from the rough seas off the Devon coast the previous year.

David had to swim 500 yards to go to the boy’s aid.

The boy was sailing on a small rubber dinghy when a strong offshore wind swept it two miles out to sea.For 30 minutes he tried to swim back but stopped to rest at a marker buoy 400-500 yards out. He was exhausted and struggling to keep hold of the buoy and David reached him just in time, keeping him afloat until a patrol boat picked them up.

Sportsmen and women from the Boston area were selected toplay for their country in their chosen field.

Bowler Billy Hobart was picked for the England indoor team again. He kept his place in the team for the international series against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, by impressing the selectors during a weekend trial at Bedford.

Kirton footballer Chris Woods, who had been playing for Nottingham Forest Reserves, replaced Manchester United’s Gary Bailey in the England team’s under-21 ininternational against Wales.

He came on during the second half and produced two match-winning saves.

Former Boston woman Helen Murray was also selected to play for the England women’s hockey team in the home internationals.